Study Abroad

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower; Paris, France

The French and Francophone Studies Program encourages students to study abroad in a French-speaking country for a few weeks during the summer after your first year, and then for one or two semesters as a junior. Brandeis students have enrolled in programs in France, Switzerland, Senegal, Madagascar, Egypt, and Morocco. This experience will help you practice your skills, strengthen your proficiency, and develop cultural awareness.

Sample of Approved Programs

Visit the Brandeis Approved Programs List to review a comprehensive list of programs in French-speaking countries. You can also filter options or search for unique program traits like internships or research. Additional programs might have acceptable coursework, but this list shows the primary locations where French and Francophone courses may be available.

Study Abroad Liaison

To assist students with their academic choices abroad and to help answer any questions about receiving major/minor credit while abroad, each academic department and program has assigned a faculty member to serve as the Study Abroad Liaison. As every department has different policies regarding credit from abroad, the Study Abroad Liaison can assist you with guidance on major/minor credit. Find the Study Abroad Liaison for French here.


Receiving Credit in French & Francophone Studies

Students wishing to receive credit in French and Francophone Studies for coursework done off-campus during the academic year should discuss these plans with the Study Abroad Liaison. All students as part of their application process for either a summer or semester term abroad will be required to have a course proposal reviewed by the department if they wish to receive credit in that major/minor. For the semester, this is an initial conversation and students should continue to discuss plans with the department as they have more course information (syllabi, etc.). For the summer, courses are pre-approved. Upon return, semester students should complete the Petition to Request Substitution for a Requirement form for final and formal review. 


Autumn Buerkett '19

Autumn Buerkett

Major: French & Francophone Studies

Program: Academic Programs Abroad / Paris

"I chose Academic Programs Abroad because they really emphasized the importance of integrating their students into French culture. They had a carefully designed cultural immersion program which allowed students to have free passes to all major museums in Paris, free tickets to a theatrical, musical, or dance production once a week, and free trips to various culturally significant cities in France including St. Malo, Mont St. Michel, Versailles, Fontainebleau, The Loire Valley, and Giverny. I felt safe choosing APA because I could see how devoted they were to helping students understand and love not only Paris, but France overall."

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