Top 10 Study Abroad Programs: French

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Below is our list of the Top 10 Programs for Study Abroad in French. To read the article introducing our study abroad feature click here. If you want to know more about how & why this list came to be, click here.

1. AIFS:
AIFS has offices in 15 countries, and offers many University-level study abroad programs.  In Cannes, Grenoble, or Paris, students can choose from a variety of language & culture programs, or alternatively, study at a local host university.

Info: Programs available for all levels of French (including beginners), Scholarships available

2. Syracuse University:
Open to University students across America, Syracuse University Abroad offers topical French Language and Culture programs as well as traditional immersion programs in Strasbourg and Paris.

Info: Only US students eligible, No French language requirement

3. Arcadia University:
abroadco An Arcadia study abroad experience in France includes undergraduate coursework at the American Graduate School of International Relations & Diplomacy (AGSIRD), and language study at the Alliance Française, as well as orientation programming which introduces students to the history, culture, and current affairs of the country.

Info: Only US students eligible, Scholarships available

4. AYA:
AYA offers its students the opportunity to study at the Université de Paris-Sorbonne as well as the Institut Catholique. Classes are offered at all levels of study, and all courses (regular courses taken with Sorbonne students) are taught in French by regular university professors.

Info: French knowledge required, US & Canadian students only eligible

4. USAC:
USAC’s summer Pau program is ideal for students unable to participate on the semester or yearlong program and who are interested in learning French language and culture. Through formal coursework and personal interaction with the host culture, students greatly expand their language skills and knowledge of French society.

Info: Worldwide students with GPA of 2.5 or better welcomed to apply, Extensive student support

4. CIEE:
CIEE provides the opportunity for US & Canadian Students to spend a semester or academic year in France. Programs vary in curriculum from critical studies to contemporary French.

Info: US & Canadian students only eligible, extensive student services

7. UC Davis:
UC Davis’s Summer Abroad programs in France are located in the French Riviera and in Paris.  Both are taught in English and focus on separate themes.

Info: No French language requirement, All University of California students eligible as well as students from any other institution (by permission)

8. Programme Averroès:
A student exchange between universities from Europe and the Maghreb, the program is administered by six French universities and one in Belgium.  A scholarship may be granted to excellent candidates.

Info: Only students from the Maghreb eligible, Credits easily transferable, Scholarships available

9. Erasmus:
The ERASMUS programme provides higher education students within the EU with the opportunity to spend one semester or academic year abroad at a different university as part of their course of study. The students can go to a University in France, Switzerland, Luxembourg, or Belgium and attend classes there.

Info: Only EU students eligible, Scholarships available, French knowledge required

10. Abroadco:
Abroadco offers all-inclusive academic year, semester, and summer study abroad programs complete with tuition, housing, excursions, & resident staff. French programs are held in Aix-en-provence, Cannes, Nice, & Paris.

Info: French language knowledge not compulsory for all programs, Scholarships available

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