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  • Locations: Paris, France
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2017 04/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission 09/06/2017 12/21/2017
NOTE: Start date reflects departure from US. End date reflects end of program and return to US.
Spring 2018 10/15/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Instruction Language: French Minimum GPA: 2.5
Class: Sophomore, Junior, Senior Program Type: Internship, Study Abroad
SUNY Code: 490 Program Coordinator: Julie Dale -
Program Description:

Courses   I   Housing   I   Internship Option   I   Excursions and Inclusions   I   Flights   I   Visas   I   Costs   I   FAQs 

The Program
The Oswego-Binghamton-Geneseo Paris program, established in 1969, is the oldest undergraduate overseas French program in the SUNY system. The program provides an enriching academic experience through exposure to noted French professors and the vast cultural resources of Paris. Although greater proficiency in French is the common goal of all participants, not all participants are French majors. Students follow a curriculum at the Sorbonne (Cours de Civilisation Française) based on their preparation in French, interests, and the results of evaluation tests that are given ten days after their arrival in Paris.  Most students on the SUNY at the Sorbonne program are low-intermediate to advanced French language students. Students at the beginning level of French are welcome to apply. Upon successful completion of course work, students will receive a Certificat/Diplome of Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne.

The Program Director
The Paris program is overseen by our Paris Program director. The director assigns housing, assists students in selecting courses, organizes independent study, evaluates grades and credits, and organizes the orientation program and cultural activities/excursions in Paris. Final course selection is done in Paris, where the director reviews the student's transcript, placement examination, and degree/career needs, and holds an individual consultation with each program participant. In addition to these duties, our Program director is the 24/7 in-country emergency contact and serves as a resource for participants. She is there to advise on day-to-day issues in Paris, act as research advisor for internship participants, and even help with matters such as students' travel during the weekends.

Course Information
All classes are taught in French, yet are intended specifically for international students. They include the French language, French literature, history, economics, political science, art and architecture, and cinema. The courses are designed to meet the specific needs of international students who wish to follow a course of study in French culture and civilization. Students enroll for a minimum of 16 credit hours per semester (15 credit hours for doing the internship). Students in the standard SUNY at the Sorbonne program will take a French language and grammar course (9 credits), the Director's course (3 credits), and two conférences or lecture courses (2 credits each), for a total of 16 credits.
Students choosing the Internship Option will take a French language and grammar course (6 credits), the Director's course (3 credits), along with the internship (6 credits) for a total of 15 credits. For more details, please view the SUNY at La Sorbonne course descriptions.

Got more questions? Have a look at our program-specific question and answer sheet.

Sorbonne Entrance
CCFS Building Entrance
Phonetics lab
Phonetics Lab

Housing Information
Participants in this program have the choice of 3 housing options. Students may choose to live in a foyer (residence hall), with a host family, or make their own apartment-living arrangements. 

Internship Option
The internship program runs during the same time as the standard program and shares all of the same program dates, although internship students will have a slightly different class schedule. Please see the SUNY at La Sorbonne Course Descriptions for more details. Note: Applicants for the internship program should have the equivalent of 4th semester, college-level French language proficiency.

The SUNY at the Sorbonne program works in conjuction with EUSA (Europe's largest internship placement organization) to provide students with internship placements that span all industry sectors. In addition to the program coursework, students will be placed in an 8-week internship in a field related to their major or minor.  Some examples of placements include, but are not limited to:

Arts & Culture Business Communications
Healthcare & Education Media Politics, Law & NGOs

Below are some of the placements of past participants. Please note that these are examples of past internship placements. Placements are unique to each particpant and are based on the term, needs of the organization, and the students' level of experience.

International Relations - Fondation Scelles CRIDES (NGO) International Business - Reputation Squad (Marketing) Global & International Studies / Journalism - Irish Embassy of Paris
Arts Management - Zs2 Creative / ECU Film Festival (Film Production) Art History - Musée Rodin Economics - Humour Consulting Group (Marketing)

Once students are accepted into the program, an internship placement is guaranteed. EUSA will initiate contact with the participants to set up pre-placment meeting, to understand the interests and needs of each student. From pre-departure all the way to the conclusion of the internship EUSA will be there to support each student, ensuring the following:

Individual telephone pre-placement meetings. (see sample internship pre-departure webinar) Mid-term review and final evaluation
Materials on topics such as interviewing skills and CV (resumé) preparation. On-site internship orientation in Paris
Coaching and trobleshooting during the placement.

Excursions and Inclusions
During the semester, the Program director will organize 2 reduced-cost excursions outside of Paris. These destinations vary by semester but examples include the Loire Valley, Normandy, and Champagne. In addition, there are 3 local excursions organized. These include excursions to Opera, Ballet, and Theatre performances.
Included in the program are airport pick-up, in-country orientation, instruction, evaluation, advising and student services by our Paris director.

Flight and Arrival Information
Students in this program will be responsible for making their own flight arrangments to Paris. Upon acceptance to the program, students will be provided with the arrival date, time, and location to be met by our Paris Program Director.

Program Video

Visa Information
All participants in this program are required to apply for and obtain a long stay student visa at the French Consulate in New York City. More details and instructions on obtaining the French visa are provided upon acceptance. Note: Non-US passport holders (or dual European Union citizens) may require different procedures. Please contact the program specialist for more details.

Costs (budget sheet)
Select your term of interest for the latest budget information.

Fall  Spring

All students participating in this program are covered by the SUNY full health and accident insurance ( as well as medical evacuation and repatriation insurance.

Financial Aid
Students currently receiving financial aid can use their aid for overseas study, and may, in some cases, have their awards increased. Students not currently receiving financial aid may be eligible. Those interested in financial aid for this program should contact the financial aid office on their home campus.

Late applications are accepted on a space-available basis. Please contact our office at for further details.

A non-refundable deposit of $250, applicable to the program cost, must be paid within 14 days of acceptance to the program in order to secure program participation. Any deviation from program requirements must be requested in writing and authorized by the Director of International Education and Programs before the final payment date.

Updated: 02/23/2016