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Sweet Briar in France
Nice, France; Paris, France
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** 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.
|Program Type:||Direct Enroll||Language of Instruction:||French|
|Language Prerequisite:||Yes||Housing Options:||Home Stay|
|Minimum GPA:||3.0||Courses Offered:||Anthropology, Art History, Arts, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Chinese, Communication Sciences, Computer Science, Dance, Economics, Environmental Studies, Film, French, French and Francophone Studies, German, German Studies, History, International Studies, Italian, Japanese, Japanese Studies, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Religious Studies, Russian, Sociology, Spanish, World Literature|
Why Sweet Briar JYF?
The Sweet Briar Junior Year in France is the oldest coeducational intercollegiate program in Paris. Created in 1923 by the University of Delaware, the Junior Year in France has been administered by Sweet Briar College, Virginia since 1948. Students have the choice of studying in Paris or in Nice, and course offerings vary depending on location of study. During the spring semester, students are eligible to participate in interships in the art, business, culinary, education, health and human service, multimedia, NGO, press and communication, and political sectors. The programs mission is to enable you to develop a deeper understanding of the world and a broader perspective on your own country. It aims to provide an academic experience that increases your competency in the French language, while allowing you to elect courses that fit your academic goals.
Students selected by the Junior Year in France are able to take regular university courses with French students. In Nice, they are registered as regular students at the University of Nice/Sofia Antipolis and do the same work as their French counterparts. In Paris, students are able to choose from an extensive variety of regular university courses in the sciences, math, business, arts and humanities available at four Paris universities of the Sorbonne (III, IV, VII, Dauphine).
Sweet Briar's academic program consists of an orientation. The preliminary orientation is an introduction to the French way of life. It provides practical knowledge of the language so you can readily use it in your studies. Most importantly, it initiates you to academic life in France. The two-week orientation sesstion includes practical training in composition, translation, and conversation. A recommendation for one unit of credit is made (equivalent to a semester course) for those who sucessfully complete the intensive orientation session for the realong program in either city. JYF provides you with an immersive program to improve your French, while also offering you courses to take in order to keep up with other academic duties.
Students live with French families both in Paris and in Nice. Host families are carefully selected and evaluated by students in the program every year- they are truly interested in welcoming American students. In tours, students also stay with different families. There are a numer of excursions provided and social events organized as a group:
For the Nice program you visit the beautiful cities of Villefranche, Eze, Grasse, Beaulieu, Antibes, Cannes, and the ever-exciting Monte Carlo. Each semester there is a weekend excursion to either Avignon, Marseille, or Paris.
In the fall Paris program, you will visit the Loire Valley Chateaux, host a Seine River cruise, tour the Opera Bastille, visit the catacombs and journey to Provence to see Arles, Pont du Gard, and Baux de Provence. You also go on a day trip to Reims to see the cathedral and the Pommery champagne caves. At Thanksgiving you are served dinner at a Parisian restaurant. In the spring you'll take a day trip to Rouen, recieve a guided tour at the Louvre and travel to Normandy to see Bayeux, American Cemetery, landing beaches, and Saint Malo. Trips to Mont Saint-Michel and Avignon are alternated in the fall and sping.
Living in France
Despite the rainy weather, most expats enjoy living in Paris, especially due to its many cultural offerings. The city is famous for its theaters, and lovers of classical music and dance have the choice between the Opéra national de Paris, the Opéra Comique, and many other less well-established stages and companies. A completely different kind of musical performance, which used to enchant theater-goers, is the art of cabaret. Going to the cinema is a favorite pastime among locals, though. There is a wide array of both commercial and art-house cinemas available to cinéastes living in Paris. Paris is not exactly known for its great outdoor facilities. However, there are 16 public parks, numerous public gardens and green squares, as well as the two large outlying woodland areas, the Bois de Boulogne and Bois de Vincennes. Some parks have swimming pools or municipal tennis courts. While it seems slightly superfluous to mention that Paris is great for shopping, some people might not be aware that there is far more to it than fashionable designer boutiques and department stores. Apart from the over 75 neighborhood food markets, there are countless flea markets specializing in various items from old postcard collections to antiques and second-hand books, flower markets, arts and crafts markets, and many more.
Known as one of the oldest human settlements in Europe, Nice has flourished since the late eighteenth century. Today, it is the second most popular tourist destination in France, after Paris. Living in Nice will therefore involve living within an international community. With its population of 550,000, this city has expanded rapidly, ensuring that living in Nice will never hold a dull moment for its residents. The Metropolis of Nice offers a varied territory to its residents: mountains, rivers, urban centers, ski resorts, beaches and parks are all jostled together in one small space. Living in Nice, in such an exciting environment, means that there is always plenty to do and to enjoy. For expats living in Nice, the concept that the culture is geared towards tourism cannot be avoided. In spite of this, most expats tend to get the feel for a true Niçois lifestyle after spending some time there. The cuisine, in areas outside of the main tourist walks – such as the Promenade des Anglais – retains its traditional flavor. Also, most locals living in Nice are not interested in speaking English, preferring to stick to their native French. There even remains a small minority who enjoy speaking the disappearing local dialect, Niçard. If you are considering living in Nice for a significant period of time as an expat, it would be a wise idea to brush up on your French, as this will instantly distinguish you from the hordes of tourists around the city. Nice has become famous for its lovely environment. Whether you prefer lazing on the beach at the Baie des Anges, or skiing in one of the six resorts on the mainland, the city has outdoors activities to suit all tastes. Living in Nice might lead you to kindle a love of jazz at the annual, world-renowned Nice Jazz Festival; discover the local dance, the farandole; or reconnect with natural beauty at the Mercantour National Park.