|Location||Paris, France; Strasbourg, France; or Brussels, Belgium|
|Academic Term||Autumn Semester / Spring Semester|
|Summer Quarter / Academic Year|
|Credits||25 UW credits per semester|
|Eligibility||Sophomore standing or higher; 2.75 GPA|
|Program Manager||Mike Renes | firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Priority Application Deadline||Autumn Semester/Academic Year: April 15
Spring Semester: October 15
|General||IFE programs combine classroom study with internships to develop French language skills and immerse students in professional European environments. IFE works with students to determine internships that best fit the student's interests and experience.|
Programs are typically a semester-long, with 5 weeks of interdisciplinary courses followed by a 12 week full-time internship.
IFE works with a broad variety of organization types to ensure a good fit between an intern and the work environment. Government ministries, agencies, not-for-profits, schools, research centers, foundations, corporations, cultural institutions, laboratories, NGOs, small firms and partnerships, and media organizations are some of the organizational categories in which IFE students can intern.
Internships are generally placed in two categories:
Various locations in Europe are available. See Academics section to learn more about each location.
Prerequisites and Language Requirements
Students participating in this program must be of Sophomore standing or above and must have a 2.75 minimum GPA.
25 UW credits per semester
IFE programs are a three-stage adventure, beginning with thorough training, continuing into the internship period when well-prepared students participate in a working team of European professionals in their chosen field, and culminating in a research project carried out with the help of an IFE research adviser.
Paris Field Study Program
The Paris region concentrates significant levels of activity in a large diversity of spheres. Besides being the administrative, financial, and economic center of France, Paris is also a capital of scientific research, cultural activity and creation, and social/political movements for France and beyond.
The preparatory (pre-internship) session is 5 weeks long and consists of 2 courses:
- Course I - The Foundations of French Politics, Policies, and Institutions, Yesterday and Today
- Course II - Structure, Transformation, and Issues in French Society: A socio-cultural approach
During the internship, students will return weekly to IFE campuses to attend a third academic course:
- Course III - Towards a European society
Strasbourg Field Study Program
Strasbourg is known for international excellence in scientific and biomedical research, for its dense cultural heritage and culture life, as a dynamic urban space, as a center for European affairs, and as the capital of a border region where bilingualism and trans-nationa reflexes are part of everyday reality. There are identifiable local particularities which IFE and prospective students can exploit in defining aplacement strategy: access to local actors in social, political, and cultural affairs; bilingualism (and trans-border activities) for students speaking some German as well; the European institutional framework and the many European-focused organizations headquartered in Strasbourg; the administrative life of a French region as accessible in the regional capital; and other aspects, depending on a student's field (for example, medieval architecture).
Courses taken during the preparatory session include:
- Course I - A Political History of France: Transformations in the state and political life since Napoleon
- Course II - France in Europe and the World
- Course III - French Society: Problems and prospects
Student-interns will return weekly during the internship period to attend a fourth academic course, a seminar which examines globalization from a local and ethical standpoint:
- Course IV - Globalization: Myth and reality from a European perspective
Brussels Field Study Program
IFE Brussels welcomes student participation from across the undergraduate curriculum, whether in local/comparative politics, EU politics and policy, international relations, sociology and anthropology, contemporary cultural affairs, art history, literature, peace studies, social engagement, architecture and urban studies, natural sciences, and other fields.
The three courses comprising the preparatory session are:
- Course I - Belgium: A contemporary European culture
- Course II - Brussels in Belgium and in Europe: A socio-urbanist approach
- Course III - Belgium in Europe and the World: A historical approach
Students will also attend a weekly seminar course during their internship period:
- Course IV - What is Europe? Culture, Institutions, Society(ies)
**IFE hesitates to publish lists of internship placements. Instead, a few student profiles of past participants can be found on the IFE website.
If you’re looking for a record of how courses from this institution have been transferred in the past, visit the credit equivalency database to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW.
For more information about receiving credits for your study abroad, visit Earning credits abroad.
IFE will arrange housing for students who would like this service. IFE’s housing policy emphasizes language immersion and the opportunity to make local acquaintances. Students may choose either family-stay or student residencies (foyers – IFE works with ones whose principal clientele is French and European students). Students may also arrange their own housing.
The UW Study Abroad Office can't officially advise you about visas.
The volume and diversity of students participating, the shifting requirements of foreign governments, and the complexity of these applications make it impossible for us to accurately advise you on immigration policies.
If your program requires a visa, documentation will be provided from your host institution after your acceptance.
The Study Abroad fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates. Students must pay the course-related fees directly through the IFE application.
- A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
- You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans. To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid. For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
- Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.
- There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
- Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
- For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered. You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship. Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.
We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:
- Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
- Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at email@example.com to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
- Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
- Visit the Finances section of our website.
The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.
To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. Visit your study abroad homepage to complete this mandatory orientation. You must also attend any program-specific orientations offered by the program director.
UW Study Abroad Office also offers several optional orientations aimed at preparing you for your study abroad experience. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for any optional orientation sessions that pique your interest.
Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.
The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at disability.uw.edu.
The UW Study Abroad Fee is non-refundable once the payment contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program may also be responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. Note that no part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun.
The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:
- Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
- Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.
Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.