Sweet Briar College in Paris

  • Location: Paris, France
  • Language of Instruction: French
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • 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.

  • Visa:

    Required.  See the NAFSA France Visa FAQs and the  France Visa Regulation Updates.

  • Fees: Students pay Haverford tuition, room, and partial board to Haverford College. Haverford will then be responsible for submitting payment to the program. Airfare is included in the tuition fee for fall and year students and thus will not be deducted from your Haverford College tuition.

  • Requirements

    Juniors with a 3.0 GPA or higher may apply. Students must have a junior class standing by the start of the program. Students must have completed two years of pre-college French and two years of college-level French (or the equivalent), with at least one course in literature, language, or civilization beyond the intermediate level. It is preferred that students be enrolled in a French course the semester before they are expecting to study abroad. The Spring GPA requirement is higher than the Fall. 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 normally take nine units for the year (one for the preliminary period in the fall and four each semester). A unit is a semester course. Students take four courses per semester. In the fall, the preliminary course is awarded 1 credit. In the spring semester, the preliminary course is very short, and is therefore, not awarded any credit. Major, minor, and concentration transfer credit will only be granted for courses in which students received a grade of a C or above.


    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), Paris X (Dauphine), 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, Classics, 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

  • Non-Academic Overview

    Orientation: Preliminary period of coursework to orient students into the French academic way of life. Fall and full-year orientation held in Tours.

    Number of Students: Approximately 75 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.

    Opportunities / Cultural Events

    Field Trips: In the fall Paris program, SBC arranges trips to the Loire Valley Châteaux and to Provence to see Arles, Pont du Gard and Baux de Provence. The program also arranges a day trip to Reims to see the cathedral and the Pommery champagne caves. In the spring, there is a day trip to Rouen and to Normandy to see Bayeux, American Cemetery, landing beaches, and Saint Malo. Trips to Mont Saint-Michel and Avignon alternate between the fall and spring.

    Internships: A limited number (about 15) internships in government or social agencies are available during the second semester. Students must have the approval of their Dean and a faculty sponsor on their home campus. One unit of credit (3 or 4 credit hours) is granted for the research paper, which accompanies the internship.


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!

  • Semester / Year
  • Semester I: Late August to mid-January
  • Semester II: Mid-January to end of May
  • Year: Late August to end of May
Application Deadlines
  • Semester I: February 5
  • Semester II: October 5
  • Year: February 5
Faculty Contact

Koffi Anyinefa

David Sedley