Study Abroad

Sweet Briar College in Paris

  • Location: Paris, France
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Language of Instruction: French
  • Class Eligibility: Juniors


Paris is the city of Notre-Dame, the Champs-Elyssés, the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, and much more. Each of the city’s 20 arrondissements has its own distinct character, as do the two banks of the river Seine that weaves through the heart of the city. The tone of the Rive Droite (Right Bank) is set by spacious boulevards and formal buildings; the Rive Gauche (Left Bank) is more “carefree” and “bohemian.” Paris is a relatively small city and has a population of just over two million. Most monuments and museums, etc. are within walking distance of one another. Students attend universities throughout the city.

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    Non-US citizens should consult with Sweet Briar and Denise Allison, Director of International Student Services, before applying to the program.

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  • Fees: Students pay Haverford tuition, room, and partial board to Haverford College. Haverford will then be responsible for submitting payment to the program.

Students must have a junior class standing by the start of the program. Students must have completed two years of pre-college French (as per the Haverford French department’s requirements) with at least one course in literature, language, or civilization beyond the intermediate level. Students must be enrolled in a French course the semester prior to study abroad. Some exceptions are made based on French Faculty recommendation. A course in French or European history is also recommended. French Majors/ Minors must take two of their courses in French at one of the universities.

Academic Credit

Students will be required to take 15 semester credit hours per semester. Major, minor, and concentration transfer credit will only be granted for courses in which students received a grade of a C or above.

Per the French department, no credit is awarded for orientation.


Sweet Briar Courses offered in French Language, French Literature, French Civilization, Art History, French Theater, and International Affairs. Students are encouraged to take most of their courses at French universities, where they can choose from a wide range of courses in humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.

Opportunity to enroll in multiple French universities including Paris III (Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle), Paris IV (Université de Paris-Sorbonne), Paris VII (Université Denis Diderot), The American Business School of Paris, Faculté Libre de Droit d’Economie et de Gestion de Paris (FACO), Institut Catholique de Paris, and the Alliance Française Students are treated as regular French students.

Course Highlights

Africana Studies, Anthropology, Art History, Archaeology / Archeology, Biochemistry, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Comparative Literature, Computer Science, East Asian Studies, Economics, Education, Film, Fine Arts, French, German, Growth and Structure of Cities, History, Instrumental Instruction, Italian, Linguistics, Literature, Math, Molecular Biology, Music, Peace & Conflict Studies, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Russian, Sociology, Spanish, Theater

Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.

Review the Full Academic Requirements for Studying Abroad


Preliminary period of coursework to orient students into the French academic way of life. The semester begins in Paris with an in-depth orientation to the city and the French university system to help prepare students for life in the city and as students in France.

Number of Students

Approximately 20-50 students attend each year.

Housing/Meal Plans

Homestay. Students received 7 breakfasts and 6 dinners a week with their host family. Haverford students may not opt for housing not arranged by the program.


Application Requirements for Recommendations
-You can ask your professors to mail their recommendations directly to Sweet Briar      OR
-Ask your professors to put their recommendations in a sealed envelope with their signature across the flap, and include these in your final application so you are mailing everything at once


Apply to Study Abroad!

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  • Semester


  • Semester I: Late-Aug/Early-Sept to Mid-December
  • Semester II: Early-January to Mid-May

Application Deadlines

  • Semester I: March 1
  • Semester II: October 1

Faculty Contact

Koffi Anyinefa

David Sedley