Dear Colleagues:

In light of the rapidly worsening COVID-19 outbreak in France, the closure of all schools and universities in France, and based on the best available official sources, including the CDC, the French Ministry of Health, and the World Health Organization, the Sweet Briar College, JYF in Paris program has made the difficult decision to suspend the spring 2020 program. Current students will be able to complete their Sweet Briar and Paris University course work remotely. Students should make plans to return to their homes as soon as possible. Please contact Marie Gree (mariegree@sbc.edu) with your travel plans or if you have any questions or concerns.

Enrollment for fall 2020/academic year 2020-21 remains open and applications to the Sweet Briar College JYF in Paris program are being accepted.

Best wishes,


We help students achieve French language fluency and advanced intercultural skills to prepare for leadership and success in the global workplace. We believe that immersion combined with a balance of challenge and support is key to effective learning and personal growth.

A history of excellence in French language and culture education.

The JYF program offers an advanced and immersive learning experience in Paris for qualified students from American colleges and universities. Through direct enrollment in Paris universities and access to courses in almost any major, JYF students benefit from a high quality academic program to suit their academic and language goals. Integration in French family life, internships, supportive advising and guided reflection help to deepen cultural immersion and language practice and allow for exploration of all facets of French life and culture. Our affordable program fee and generous scholarships make it possible for any qualified student to experience “la vie à la parisienne” for a semester or academic year.

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