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IFE: France: Paris: The Paris Gateway Program
Paris, France (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Sponsor: IFE - French Field Study & Internship Programs 
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2018 09-APR-2018
Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year, Graduate student Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0
Language Requirement:
3000 level, 4000 level, native
Open to Non-UVa Students:
Housing: Homestay, University dormitory Language of Instruction: French
Credit Type:
Transfer Credit
Program Type:
Field Study/ Experiential, Internship
Tuition Payments Made To:
Program Provider
Education Abroad Advisor:
Martha Sadler
Application Fee:
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
Subject Area:
Art, Commerce, Cultural Studies, Economics, Education, Engineering, European Studies, Foreign Affairs, French, History, Internship, Media Studies, Political Science, Urban Studies
Program Description:

The Paris Gateway Program

The Paris Gateway Program currently enrolls students from Goucher College, DePauw University, and Franklin & Marshall College. IFE works closely with the French Departments and study abroad offices of those institutions to determine admissibility.

In general, the Gateway program serves students who are at an upper-intermediate level in French language acquisition (4-5 college semesters).

Students admitted to the Gateway Program are ready to follow courses conducted in the French language and to continue to improve their command of French through daily use in a variety of settings. Typically students enroll in the Gateway program in order to increase significantly their level of linguistic and cultural acquisition, and in many cases in order to ready themselves for a full program of linguistic and cultural immersion, such as IFE’s Field Study and Internship programs.

Students from other institutions than the three named above and who are interested in this program should contact both IFE and their study abroad office and/or their French professors.

Supported by Goucher College, DePauw University, Franklin & Marshall College

For whom?
- For any French-speaking student who is ready for a semester entirely in the French language, having already acquired:

  • The oral comprehension skills needed to follow a course taught in French (for non-Francophones)
  • The basic conversational skills needed to join in a class discussion
  • A basic competency in written French.

- For any student wanting to acquire a strong command of the French language, regardless of his or her major field.

- For any student seeking an early, sustained contact with France today.

- For any student wishing to get ready for an advanced French-language study abroad program in a later semester. (Example: one of IFE’s French Field Study and Internship programs.)

Why the Gateway, why IFE?

Whatever a student’s academic focus, the Paris Gateway Program is a chance to improve French language skills tremendously while learning alot about what’s going on in France and Europe today, through both coursework and contact with local surroundings.

Goucher College chose IFE, a French educational organization, to operate this program because of its track record in providing students innovative opportunities and programs for getting inside France today.

Depauw University and Franklin and Marshall College have joined this program because of what they see as significant language and cultural acquisition in the space of one semester, for students ready for a first experience entirely in French.

Finally, the Gateway Program has proven to be an ideal preparation for subsequent participation in one of IFE’s Field Study and Internship programs. Each year several students take advantage of this well-coordinated two-semester option.

How exactly does the program work?

IFE’s Paris Gateway Program is a tightly-constructed, integrated program focused exclusively on getting to know France today while perfecting French language skills.

The small size of the student group ensures individual attention and a high level of participation in classroom discussion and debate.

Program objectives are met by five principal elements:

- Orientation / Préparation

- Cours de Langue Française de la Sorbonne

- Paris - France – Paris: Discovering a nation via its capital

- Part-time Internship

- Language and Methodology Seminar / Internship Report


Internships in Francophone Europe is a French not-for-profit educational organization, founded in France in 1987. Active in Paris, Strasbourg and Brussels, IFE offers French-language Field Study and Internship programs for undergraduates and recent graduates. These programs are academic programs of education abroad, lasting a semester or longer.

IFE was founded for the purpose of serving as a resource for advancing trans-Atlantic understanding and contributing to French and European studies in the US. It fulfills this mission principally by providing undergraduate and recent post-graduate students the opportunity, the preparation and the necessary structure for effective cross-cultural, French language-based education focused on contemporary French and European society.  

Since its creation, IFE has developed close relations with a number of leading American colleges and universities. It has diversified its programs of cross-cultural learning while remaining focused on its central area of expertise: using its field-study-and-internship model to provide students the opportunity to discover France, Belgium and Europe from positions within French (or Belgian) society.

In 2004 IFE earned the "haut patronage" of the French Ministry of Education in recognition of its contributions to these objectives through its various programs.

Applying to the Paris Gateway Program

Currently the Paris Gateway Program (PGP) is chiefly open to students from Goucher College, DePauw University, and Franklin & Marshall College. (interested students from other institutions should contact IFE:

Interested students should be sure to have taken all required initial steps with their study abroad office

- The Goucher College Office of International Studies (OIS): Carol Donhauser,
- The DePauw University Office for Off-Campus Study (OCS): Sarah Whitaker,
- The Franklin & Marshall College Office of International Programs (OIP): Rachel Helwig,

The IFE-PGP application

The PGP application is comprised of five forms. You may download each form separately as a PDF file. The files contain text fields and other fields that may be completed on-screen online, but please note that unfinished files cannot be saved or stored. The easiest method is likely to prepare answers in separate text documents and then copy and paste into text fields in IFE application files.
The five forms comprising the IFE-PGP application:

Candidates are also requested to submit, along with these forms, a current curriculum vitae in English

All questions concerning these forms should be addressed to IFE (

All questions about the application process may be addressed to the respective study abroad office contacts provided above.

This program is currently not accepting applications.