The Program | Program Director | Courses I Housing I Internship Option I English Option I Excursions and Inclusions I Flights I Video | Visas I Costs | Insurance | Financial Aid | Applications
In the vast academic and cultural resources of Paris, the Oswego-Binghamton-Geneseo Paris program is the oldest undergraduate overseas French program in the SUNY system, sending students since 1969. Today, students study academic programs in a variety of fields (Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science, Art History, Literature, Business, Economics, STEM and many other fields) through our unique and established network of Paris Universities. Internship placements in French and international companies, NGO’s, and other organizations have increasingly formed interpersonal and professional opportunities for participating students. Culturally diverse experiences are endless in Paris. France is one of the world’s leading cultural and diplomatic powers, and a top economic power and major destination for international investment. Universities in Paris are strong across a wide range of subjects. Students follow a curriculum at the Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne with exposure to noted French professors and take their own tailored academic program under the supervision of our resident director.
The Program Director
The Paris program is overseen by our resident program director. The director manages all aspects of the program, teaches a 3-credit course taken by all students, and
assigns housing, assists students in selecting courses, organizes independent studies, evaluates grades and credits, and leads the orientation program and cultural activities/excursions in Paris and France. 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. The program director is there to advise on day-to-day issues in Paris, act as research advisor for internship participants, and can help with matters such as students' travel during the weekends.
Excursions : During the semester, the resident director will organize a reduced-cost excursion outside of Paris. These destinations vary by semester but examples include the Loire Valley, Normandy, Champagne, Alsace, Bordeaux, etc. In addition, there are optional Paris cultural activities planned such as going to the opera, ballet, or theater for a minimal cost.
The SUNY at the Sorbonne program offers coursework in French and English for students of all proficiency levels, including true beginners. Students will choose one of three different program tracks:
Track 1: French Immersion Option
Track 2: Internship Option
Track 3: English Option
French Immersion Option: Students will take French language and grammar courses (9 US credits), the Director's course (3 US credits). French Immersion Option students will then choose from several elective courses taught in French in varying subjects and levels through with the Cours de Civilisation Française de La Sorbonne (CCFS) or at a University of Paris campus. This option results in at least 15 credits taught entirely in French at the appropriate level for each student. The French Immersion Conferences are specifically intended for international students. They include 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.
Additional French elective courses are available through the many University of Paris campuses including courses made for international students as well as direct-enroll coursework alongside French students. Students have the choice of which French electives will work best for their current langauge level as well as the advisement and direction of the Resident Director to help with placement during orientation. During orientation students will be able to finalize their courses and make any necessary changes.
Here are some examples of past offerings for French Elective courses.
Internship Option: Students will take French language and grammar courses (6 US credits) at the Cours de Civilisation Française de La Sorbonne (CCFS), the Director's course (3 US credits), while also completing their internship 4 days/week (6 US credits) for 8 weeks of the semester. This option results in 15 credits.
English Option: This is a great option for students with limited to no proficiency in French. Students will take French language and grammar courses (6 US credits) at the Cours de Civilisation Française de La Sorbonne (CCFS), the Director's course (3 US credits), and at least two courses taught in English at one of the University of Paris campuses (3 US credits each). There are many options for English coursework but course options vary each semester. Possibilities include coursework in business, natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and more. Inquire with the program coordinator if you have a specific coursework interest or need. This option results in a total of 15 credits.
Here are some examples of past offerings for English Option courses.
As noted above, every student in the SUNY at the Sorbonne program will take the Director's Course with the program director in Paris.
The internship program will run in conjunction with the French Immersion and English programs as it will share the same program dates. Internship students will have a slightly different class schedule. The internship will take place 4 days per week with Fridays off.
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 conjunction with EUSA (Europe's largest internship placement organization) to provide students with internship placements that span all industry sectors. To learn more, students can watch the SUNY at La Sorbonne Presentation. 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
|Healthcare & Education
||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 participant 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-placement 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
||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 troubleshooting during the placement
Participants in this program have a few different housing options.
- Residence Hall: There are three foyers, or residence halls, where students are placed for this program. Students will complete a housing questionnaire after acceptance and placements will be made based on availability. The three foyers are Fondation des Etats-Unis, Foyer Didot, and Foyer International
- Host Family: A Host Family is a great way to immerse yourself in French culture and customs- and practice your French!
- Independent Housing: Students can arrange their own housing if they chose.
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, or Champagne. In addition, there are 3 local excursions organized. These can include excursions to Opera, Ballet, or Theatre performances.
Flight and Arrival Information
Students in this program will be responsible for making their own flight arrangements to Paris. Further instructions on arrival dates, times, and location will be given post-acceptance. Students will have the option to be met at the airport by the Paris program director.
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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 coordinator for more details.
A link to the downloadable budget sheet is provided at the top of this page.
All students participating in this program are covered by the SUNY full health and accident insurance as well as medical evacuation and repatriation insurance.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.