Off-Campus Study

Paris Program

The Paris Program aims to provide the student with in-depth exposure to French society and culture through a combination of work experience and classroom instruction.

Held in the fall semester each year, the Paris program provides intensive language study, an on-site French Culture seminar and an unpaid internship for academic credit chosen from opportunities in a variety of fields. Students experience full immersion as they work, study and live with French families.


Students must be at the junior or senior level, have demonstrated French language proficiency, and have a solid academic background in their major field(s). Students are normally expected to have a B-average (2.67 GPA). Internships are graded on a Credit/D/Fail basis; the other two courses use the A/B/C/D/F system.


All students will be housed in private homes arranged by the director in Paris, Dr. Maria Al-Salem ’67. Students pay regular Lake Forest College tuition, plus room and board in Paris, activity/excursion fees and transportation costs.

The fifteen-week program (September-December), includes:

  • A two-credit internship in a profit or non-profit organization or a government agency.
    Students have been placed in areas such as advertising, education, film, government, journalism, law, public relations and research. Students have interned at the International Herald Tribune, UNESCO, not-for-profit agencies, fine arts institutions, Paris schools, law offices,  businesses and many other locations.
  • A one-credit 300-level language course, Advanced French for International Affairs.
    The intensive language course is conducted during the first month; academic internships begin after completion of this course.
  • A one-credit 400-level seminar on French Society and Culture.
    This seminar meets once a week throughout the semester in different locations in Paris according to the topics studied; this seminar also includes weekend excursions to the Loire Valley and Normandy.