The Paris Internship Program offers a semester of study and work in the hub of French and European business and culture. The program combines an internship with intensive French-language study and liberal arts courses. French faculty from local universities teach courses on contemporary France that are specifically designed for students in the Boston University program.
After completing the program's seven-week core phase, students spend the final eight weeks in full-time internships with organizations in the greater Paris area, while also attending individual writing tutorials.
Start with the numbers:
- 75+ programs
- 30+ cities around the world
- 20+ countries
- The first to establish programs on six continents
- More than 4,000 active internship sources worldwide
- Last year we accepted 2,100 students from 150+ colleges
- Since 1984, 16,000 students have participated in our programs
Add in the internships:
It's what we're known for and what we do better than pretty much any other program: we give students a way to intern AND study while living in a foreign city.
- Internships are guaranteed
- Internships are personalized,
- Internships are available in arts, business, communications, journalism, advertising, marketing, pre-law, international relations, NGOs, political science, psychology, social policy, and more.
Learn why interning abroad is such a unique opportunity and why BU is the leader in internship opportunities.
Finally, consider all these benefits:
FOREIGN LANGUAGE SKILLS
Students in Boston University language programs learn foreign languages based on their skill level in countries all over the globe.
EASY CREDIT TRANSFER
Upon completion of the program, students receive an official transcript from Boston University, helping to make credit transfer easier.
Competitive program prices and financial aid make study abroad more affordable than ever.
ACADEMIC AND ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT
Students benefit from years of professional experience of Boston University's resident faculty and staff overseas. See a full staff listing of our Boston and overseas program offices.
A HOME AWAY FROM HOME
Each of our programs provides housing, whether it's in BU-managed properties, dormitories/off-campus housing of affiliated colleges and universities, in a local family's home, or in apartments or residential hotels. All housing options are screened by Boston University Study Abroad.
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- Courses with special focus on contemporary Parisian life and current events
- Personalized placements in quality internships across a broad range of specializations
- Housing in a French household or a student residence hall
- State-of-the-art classroom facilities near the Champs de Mars and the Eiffel Tower
- Excellent program to combine with a semester in Grenoble, Geneva, or Niamey, Niger
Boston University Study Abroad
888 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Valpo Application Requirements and Deadlines
You must have at least sophomore standing and at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and have taken at least four semesters of college-level French. You should consult with your academic advisor and the OIP as early as possible. Freshman year is not too early to begin your inquiries about study abroad. Almost all Valpo students can participate in this program without delaying graduation if they plan carefully with their academic advisor.
The application is facilitated online through the Terra Dotta application management software. Upon beginning your application, you will be able to view requirements to complete an application layed out in a to-do list style page. Once an item is complete, a check box will be marked so you can easily identify which items are still outstanding.
Once all items are marked off, you will be able to submit your application. If you have any questions about the application, please contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop in.
Application deadlines: **EARLY Deadlines for Spring Semester!:
- Meeting with Study Abroad Advisor
- $75 Application Fee
- Read & E-sign Visa Application Responsibility
- Submit your Study Abroad Course Planning Worksheet
- Electronic Signature Consent
- General Questionnaire
- Passport Information
- Personal Statement
- Unofficial Transcript
- General Academic Recommendation
- Academic Advisor Form
- Language Evaluation
Applications will be reviewed by the language department alongside the Office of International Programs study abroad staff after the deadline has passed. Once a decision has been made, applicants will be notified via their Valpo e-mail.
- Academic Year & Fall semester: March 1 (the semester prior to the term abroad)
- Spring semester: mid-Sept (the semester prior to the term abroad)
Students are welcome to meet with the program advisor at any time to assist with planning. Students are able and encouraged to start planning well before they would complete an application, and it's very common that they are working with study abroad staff a semester, or even a year or two beforehand. It's important for them to understand how study abroad courses will fit into their degree program, and start considering cost and funding information and the initial scholarship search.
Click the "Apply Now" button at the top of this page to begin an application.
Once students are officially accepted, post-acceptance items will also be facilitated through the Terra Dotta software in the same fashion, though additional requirements may be requested via e-mail. It's important to OIP Study Abroad's preparation process that students are engaged throughout the process and being mindful of all requirements, shared information, and deadlines.
All study abroad program participants are required to complete pre-departure orientation. Orientation includes the following:
- General Orientation Logistics Portion: This is facilitated online to provide a basic understanding of general topics including packing, money handling, safety and more.
- Culture & Identity Workshop: This is a required in-person session for all students going abroad that cycle co-lead by the Office of Multicultural Programs, in which students will participate in guided activities and discussion pertaining to identity and culture when they study abroad.
- Site-Specific Meeting: Students studying in the same location will have at least one meeting as a group to go over many of the general topics in greater detail and have an opportunity to ask questions and check in as they prepare for departure.
Of course, students are welcome to meet with their study abroad advisor as many times as they'd like to ensure they are on track and things are clear and to ask questions as they come up.
See the Budget Sheet above.
Students pay the same tuition and general fee they would pay at Valpo. Tuition, general fee and program fee will all be posted to Student Accounts as they would for a normal semester at Valpo. All financial aid (except work-study and some 'on-campus' aid) applies. Be sure to meet with your Financial Aid Advisor to determine the exact cost. Students pay housing and service fee at BU's rate.
Start your scholarships & funding search as early as possible so that you are able to plan and ensure you are able to meet any deadlines. Your study abroad advisor can also help you with brainstorming potential resources as well.
Program Contact Information
Study Abroad Advising
Erin Kunert- Director of Study Abroad
Office: Gandhi-King Center, Union 2nd floor
Phone: (219) 464-5333
Contact Erin with administrative questions about application, registration, program cost, etc.
Study Abroad Fairs
Don't miss upcoming Study Abroad Fairs to learn more about our programs, including this one! OIP Study Abroad hosts two fairs per year ahead of each application cycle. Current fair information is below.
- Wednesday, August 29, 2019 from 10:30 am - 3:00 pm in the CCLIR Community Room: Featuring Spring 2020 semester and Spring Break 2020 programs
- Friday, January 31, 2020 from 10:30 am - 3:00 pm in the CCLIR Community Room: Featuring Fall and Summer 2020 and 2020-2021 Academic Year programs
Apply for a Passport!
Passports need to be valid for at least six months past the program’s end date. As part of the application, students must upload a copy of a valid passport, or a receipt or similar proof that the student has submitted a passport application. Information on how to apply for a passport can be found here.