Housing And Student Life

“I would definitely recommend staying in a host family rather than in an apartment independently. That’s where I got most of my exposure to Parisian culture and language, and it’s cheaper as well.”
–Elna McIntosh, Kenyon College

Living Arrangements

Student Jezebel and the Marin host family for Sweet Briar JYF

Host families:
For best results in language improvement and cultural immersion, students are housed with carefully selected families in Paris, all of whom  have been evaluated and reviewed by former students and JYF’s housing coordinator. Host families provide a unique introduction to French culture and students can experience Parisian living at its best. Students are matched with experienced host families based on an extensive questionnaire and Skype interview with the housing coordinator. Family composition and situation will vary but students are guaranteed a private room including a bed, desk, proper storage and lighting. Household linens and laundry facilities are provided. Meal times with the host family offer opportunities for students to practice their French language skills and learn to navigate the nuances of French culture. Breakfast daily and six dinners per week are included in the JYF program fee.

Virginia and the Le Brun host family for Sweet Briar’s JYF

Other housing options:
Students seeking alternate living arrangements should notify JYF as soon as possible at the time of application. Independent housing or other options may be available. All students must secure housing before their arrival in Paris. In such cases, the cost of room and board will be deducted from the program fee. Students are also required to demonstrate approval of independent living by their home school and parents.

Community Engagement

Students are encouraged to take advantage of all Paris has to offer by exploring and engaging with the city and its people. Outside of their classes, students are provided with opportunities to get involved in the community or university student life by joining a club or sports team or volunteering in the community. By meeting French people, students not only gain another perspective on the city and culture but also pursue personal interests and hobbies or discover new ones.

Volunteering in the community can be an easy way to engage with the city and culture on another level. JYF staff offer a wealth of information on volunteer opportunities including the popular volunteer teaching assistantships in public schools for a minimal commitment each week.  JYF staff can help students find a volunteer opportunity that matches their interests and schedule.

“I like welcoming young students and sharing with them French life and French cooking,
and helping them learn the French language.”

The Laval-Charvet family