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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Autumn Semester 2019 05/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: To be considered for a UW Study Abroad Scholarship, you must apply by the priority deadline of May 15th

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Information:
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 Location Paris, France; Strasbourg, France; or Brussels, Belgium
Autumn or Spring Semester, Academic Year
 Credits 25 per Semester  
Prerequisites French 203
 Eligibility Sophomore standing or higher; 2.75 GPA
 Adviser Mike Renes |
Program Website
 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.
 About IFE
 Academics and Internships
 Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships
 Application Process


About IFE

IFE (Internships in Francophone Europe) is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing transatlantic understanding. IFE programs turn the European workplace into an effective learning space, a broad interface with another culture whereby students become fluent in French, deeply familiar with contemporary European society(ies), and more knowledgeable in their chosen field of study or work, gaining both know-how and more comparative knowledge. The IFE approach can be summed up in four elements: thorough preparation; thoughtful placement strategy; guided field research; and a complete structure of support, follow-up, and advising.

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:

  • In practitioner internships, which represent the majority of IFE student internships, students mey be called upon to perform a variety of tasks depending on the type of organization.
  • In research placements, students are placed in think tanks, research centers, and policy institutes working largely as associate researchers or research assistants.

Academics and Internships

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 movemnts 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.


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.


Program Expenses, Financial Aid & Scholarships

In most cases, if you are attending an affiliated program you will be billed by, and pay all fees directly to, the program provider or institution operating the program. The IPE Administrative Fee will be billed to your UW student account according to the regular UW tuition billing schedule.

For the total estimated costs of this particular program, you may request a budget by filling out a Budget Request Form.

For more information, see the Financial Aid and Scholarships webpage.


Application Process

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button and follow the prompts to create an application. After you create your application, click on each of the links on your study abroad application homepage and complete the remaining application requirements: questionnaires, material submissions, and electronic signature documents.

This study abroad program also requires completion of a secondary application specific to the program provider.

See Application FAQs for additional information about applications.

See Withdrawals for information about program withdrawal policies.