** 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.
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 Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne based on their preparation in French, interests, and the results of proficiency evaluation tests that are given upon their arrival in Paris. Students of all French language levels are welcome to apply and follow the English option, no experience necessary. 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. The program director 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.
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 Sorbonne 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 at the Sorbonne 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.
Internship Option: Students will take French language and grammar courses (6 US credits), the Director's course (3 US credits), while also completing their internship 4 days/week (6 US credits). 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), 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.
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.
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 International, and Foyer Didot
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.
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.
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.
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.