Type of Program: Semester
City: Paris, Strasbourg, and Brussels
When offered: Fall or spring semester
Cost: See Program Costs page

Through intensive coursework, seminars on European issues, a 12-week internship, and an independent research project, the Internships in Francophone Europe (IFE) program in Paris, Strasbourg, or Brussels provides students with a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in contemporary France or Belgium.  The IFE semester is a three-part program that prepares students thoroughly for their internship, accurately places them in a professional work environment, and advises them as they harmonize experience and reflection through writing. IFE attracts applicants from reputable colleges and universities worldwide.  IFE applicants are evaluated not only on the basis of their academic and linguistic strengths, but also for their maturity, seriousness of purpose and ability to fit into a situation where independence, flexibility, and good will are expected.  IFE provides housing in families or student residences ("foyers").  Goucher students are encouraged to apply to IFE for a spring semester, as a complement to the fall Paris program.  Visit the website, www.ifeparis.org

2015 - 2016 Program Dates 

Spring 2015: January 19 - May 22
Fall 2015: August 17 - December 18
Spring 2016: January 18 - May 20

Spring 2015: January 20 - May 22
Fall 2015: August 18 - December 18
Spring 2016: January 19 - May 20

Spring 2015: January 19 - May 22
Fall 2015: August 17 - December 18
Spring 2016: January 18 - May 20

Semester Calendar: 5 week intensive preparation term + 1 week vacation + 12 week internship & field research 

Eligibility and Prerequisites

Students must have declared a major and taken prerequisite courses.  Students must have completed three semesters in college-level residence.  Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and a minimum of a B+ average through five semesters of French (or the equivalent) are eligible to apply.

Application and Study Abroad Deposit Deadlines


For Study in Spring 2014

For Study in Fall 2015

Application and $500 deposit

September 27, 2013

February 27, 2015


Please note that both the application and fee are due in the Office of International Studies. All students must attend an advising session in the Office of International Studies in order to obtain an application.


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