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IFE Paris Gateway Program
Paris, France (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Fall,
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Language of Instruction: French Minimum GPA: 3.0
Housing Options: Homestay, Residence Halls Term: Fall, Spring
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IFE Language Pre-Requisite: 4 semesters
Program Advisor: Dean Sue Mennicke Program Type: Internship Opportunities, Study Center
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IFE Paris Gateway Program

Program Overview
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. Students admitted to the Gateway Program are ready to follow courses conducted exclusively in the French language and to continue to improve their command of French through daily use in a variety of settings.

Program objectives are met by four principal elements:
  • Orientation/Préparation: The first two and a half weeks of the program are devoted to a series of activities both inside and outside the classroom, designed not only to introduce students to life in Paris and its many advantages, but also to provide the keys to a basic understanding of French society needed to undertake an internship.  Activities include lectures and lecture-visits on Paris; guided visits to Parisian neighborhoods; one day trip outside of Paris; various excursions in Paris; encounter with French students; seminars on current affairs.
  • Cours de Langue Française de la Sorbonne: Students are assigned to the appropriate class level based on the results of a diagnostic exam (language course including a large number of class meetings which take the form of lecture-visits in and around Paris), with lecture material emphasizing the specificities which make a particular space special or important and discussing the culture represented by a space.
  • Part-time Internship: Each student is assigned a part-time internship (four mornings or afternoons per week plus the lunch hour whenever possible), the purpose of which is language improvement and deepened understanding of French society through contact and conversation with various actors. In light of this goal, placement is primarily in educational and non-profit milieus. The internship will be completed by a formal report (below). A part-time internship favors administrative tasks, daily or short term assignments, participation in meetings, and personal contact.
  • Language and Methodology Seminar/Internship Report: The seminar is led by a professor of French as a Foreign Language and meets weekly for an hour and a half, with a twofold purpose. On one hand, the seminar provides students additional work on phonetics, pronunciation and spoken French in general. On the other hand, it serves to advise and assist students in the preparation of the internship report, a 10-page document in French, describing the host organization, the missions assigned to the student intern, the work accomplished, and a critical analysis of the whole experience and the lessons learned.

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.

Learn more about this program here.

Franklin & Marshall Academic Policy
F&M requires all students to enroll in a full course load at the host institution or off-campus study program. You can typically find this information on the program partner's website. In many cases, this will be four or five courses for a semester. Many programs grant course credit in U.S. semester credit hours. Franklin & Marshall will award four F&M course credits for a total of 15 or 16 U.S. semester credit hours.  If the total number of credits for your program is more than 16 or less than 15, divide the total number by four to find out how many course credits you will receive.

Courses on off-campus study programs must be taken for a letter grade, not on a pass/no pass basis. Grades from off-campus study program courses will appear on your Franklin & Marshall transcript, but they will not be calculated into your cumulative GPA. 

Courses taken off-campus may be able to satisfy major, minor, language or distribution requirements (Arts, Humanities, Social Science, Non-Western Cultures or Natural Science Lab) in addition to general elective credit. Courses may fulfill more than one requirement. Please note that Franklin & Marshall cannot issue transfer credit for a course taken in a department that is not represented at the college.  If a course does not clearly fall under a department, the off-campus study advising staff can help you determine whether or not it can be accepted for credit.

Franklin & Marshall Housing Policy
Housing options during your off-campus study program will vary by program. Some programs may allow students to choose their housing option; other programs require all students to live in a certain type of housing. Typical housing arrangements may include apartments, home-stay, or on-campus housing at a local university. Please visit the program homepage to determine your program's housing options or requirements.

Please note that some programs may offer students the option to pursue independent housing (outside of the regular housing options provided by the program). F&M does not allow students to choose independent housing unless there is a significant academic or cultural reason (such as wanting to live in a homestay when only apartment housing is provided). Independent housing carries many risks and F&M and the program provider cannot provide any support to students who pursue independent housing. Students who are interested in pursuing independent housing will need to contact their off-campus study adviser to petition for approval to pursue this option.

Financial Policy, Financial Aid and Scholarships
During the academic year, students will continue to be eligible for financial aid during a term of off-campus study.   This includes federal and state loans and Franklin & Marshall merit scholarships and need-based grants. In general, eligibility for financial aid is based on Franklin & Marshall tuition, cost of housing and meals from the off-campus study program, and an allowance for books and personal expenses. Your annual estimated family contribution as generated by your FAFSA will remain the same regardless of program costs. Students who receive Grant-in-Aid benefits will continue to access these benefits for the semester off-campus. This benefit is only available to students of eligible full-time F&M faculty and staff.

Students may be eligible for additional scholarships outside of F&M, please review the Scholarships section of the website for more information. 

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