BU’s five Paris programs make the most of France’s capital city. The Paris Internship Program, offered fall and spring semesters, provides eight weeks of intensive French-language study and liberal arts courses, followed by seven weeks of full-time internships with organizations in the greater Paris area. French faculty from local universities teach courses on contemporary France specifically designed for students in the BU program at the BU Paris Academic Center, which is walking distance from the Eiffel Tower.

Internship Areas

Internships are available in both French and English; internships in English are reserved for students who have taken fewer than four semesters of French at the university level (or the equivalent). Students who have taken four or more semesters of French should expect their internship to be conducted in French. Note: Internships in English will be offered in the following sectors only: marketing, communications, start-ups.

Note: the following are examples of past internship placements only. While BU Study Abroad guarantees an internship to program participants, specific placements vary from semester to semester and may not always be available. Likewise, internship placements may be available in academic areas not listed. The level of proficiency in the target language is an important factor, which internship supervisors will take into account.

  • Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations
    • Serve in marketing and product development, press relations, events management, or public relations. Past internship placements have included Le Book, Set in Paris, Dlab Shop, Mediatic, Brain for Beauty, MEEDEX, Quartier General, and Reputation Squad.
  • Arts & Arts Administration
    • Serve in museums, galleries, and related cultural institutions. Recent placements have included Galerie Maeght, Artistik Reso, Galerie Richard, Galerie RX, and Théâtre in Paris.
  • Business & Economics
    • Serve in the marketing or research departments of French companies. Recent placements have included Humour Consulting, JPA International, Finance Innovation, and Q.S. Paris.
  • Film & Media
    • Experience small film and production companies. Recent placements have included Forecast Pictures, European Producers Club, and ECU Film Festival.
  • Health & Human Services
    • Observe and assist in hospital, therapy, or educational programs. Serve in health centers, social and cultural centers, or community care centers. Recent placements have included Hôpital des Quinze-Vingt, Hôpital Franco-Britannique, Centre Popincourt, and Centre Social Belleville.
  • Hospitality Administration
    • Serve in the hospitality industry in such fields as hotel or event management. Recent placements have included Hotel Buci, Hotel Baume, Family Twist, Comforts of Home, BNB Sitter.
  • Journalism
    • Help with research and translation with some limited writing tasks for online magazines.  Recent placements have included Inspirelle, Les Louves, WorldCrunch and Webistan.
  • Politics & International Relations
    • Serve in NGOs or international institutions. Recent placements have included AERI (teaching and learning about the Resistance), Robin des Bois (environmental protection agency), Children of Prisoners Europe (parent-child relations), EGAM, Ambassade du Méxique, Jeunes Européens France, Promothée Humanitaire, and CRIDES.

Week 1–Week 8 (Core Phase)

After an orientation period, students enroll in three courses and begin the internship placement process. Students take one French language course, and/or two or three electives in either French or English, depending on their proficiency. Note: Syllabi are for course approval and reference only. Students will receive up-to-date syllabi when their courses begin.

Students who have completed fewer than four semesters of college-level French or the equivalent enroll in one required French-language course at their level. Please note that we strongly encourage students who have completed four semesters of college-level French or the equivalent to enroll in CAS LF 301, and students who have completed five semesters of college-level French or the equivalent to enroll in CAS LF 320 as one of their electives, although they are not required to do so. Such additional language instruction will better support and prepare students for success in their academic and internship placement obligations throughout the semester.

  • CAS LF 111 First-semester French (4 credits)
    • No prerequisite; for beginners in French
    • A multimedia approach for students who have never studied French. A variety of communicative tasks develop speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills.
  • CAS LF 112 Second-semester French (4)
    • Prerequisite: CAS LF 111 or placement test results
    • Continues CAS LF 111. A multimedia approach which develops speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills, together with the grammar and vocabulary needed for more complex communicative tasks.
    • Syllabus
  • CAS LF 211 Third-semester French (4)
    • Prerequisite: CAS LF 112 or placement test results
    • Authentic literary selections by writers from diverse Francophone countries, cultural readings, and discussion of short-subject films by francophone filmmakers, accompanied by advanced study of grammar and emphasis on communicative skills.
  • CAS LF 212 Fourth-semester French (4)
    • Prerequisite: CAS LF 211 or placement test results
    • This language course focuses, both at the oral and written communication levels, on creating tools:
      • To communicate in everyday interactions, with a focus on colloquialisms and language used in varied situations in everyday life and in the workplace.
      • To discover and discuss cross-cultural differences in connection with everyday life and the workplace.
    • Syllabus
  • CAS LF 301 Living French in Paris: Accent on Speaking  (4)
    • Prerequisite: LF 212 Fourth-semester French or the equivalent
    • This course aims to have students not only speak, but also live French in the context of contemporary French society, adjusting their oral expression to informal, professional, and academic situations, through the development of their language and cultural skills.
    • Syllabus
  • CAS LF 320 Living French in Paris: Practical Communication and Current Culture, Level 2 (4)
    • Prerequisite: LF 303 Fifth-semester French or the equivalent
    • This course aims to help students understand the ways in which language and culture are interconnected, combining written and spoken French, practical and theoretical approaches, daily, professional, and academic contexts, spontaneous and guided cultural discoveries.
    • Syllabus
Elective Courses

Students select two or three courses from the electives offered in English or French, depending on their interest and proficiency level. Students who have previously completed four or more semesters of college-level French or the equivalent may take one elective in English but are strongly encouraged to take all of their electives in French. Students who have previously completed fewer than four semesters of college-level French must select electives from this list of courses offered in English.

  • CAS AH 356 Modern and Contemporary Art in Paris (4 credits)
    • This class is an occasion to better understand contemporary French society through a study of various cultural manifestations that have marked the Parisian art scene since the middle of the 19th century. It allows visiting students to understand that Paris is not only a city with a brilliant and prolific artistic past, but is still today an important cultural place. The seminar offers the opportunity to experience contemporary visual art under its various expressions (painting, sculpture, photography, installation art, video art). It gives students the tools for investigating the various meanings of a work of art and ultimately prepares them to argue and defend their own perspective on the most recent cultural productions.
    • Syllabus
  • CAS EC 361 Economic Development of Europe  (4)
    • Offers a broad understanding of the European Union, its history, and its prospects of growth beyond the current member-states. The course covers the following areas: Europe in search of new structures; institutions of the Union; instruments and systems of organization; economic policies of the European Union; social dimensions of an integrated market; monetary policies; and relations with other free market nations.
    • Syllabus
  • CAS LF 302 Living French in Paris: Accent on Writing  (4)
    • This course aims to refine grammatical and written skills in order to improve language level and increase its flexibility in daily, academic, and professional contexts, using life in Paris to explore and apply concepts learned in class.
    • Syllabus
  • CAS LF 320 Living French in Paris: Practical Communication and Current Culture, Level 2 (4)
    • Prerequisite: LF 303 Fifth-semester French or the equivalent
    • This course aims to help students understand the ways in which language and culture are interconnected, combining written and spoken French, practical and theoretical approaches, daily, professional, and academic contexts, spontaneous and guided cultural discoveries.
    • Syllabus
  • CAS LF 342 French Society through Theater, Cinema, and Music (4)
    • Theater, cinema, and popular music as windows on the subtleties of French society and ways of thinking. In-class analysis of plays, films, and song lyrics is integrated with outings and site explorations, to develop understanding of Paris’s artistic popular history.
    • Syllabus
  • CAS LF 343 Literary Representations of Paris (4)
    • Using the city of Paris as a unique text, students will read its monuments and buildings and interpret selected texts devoted to the city (fiction, history, politics). The course aims to teach students not only how to critically engage with and interpret textual material, but also how to read and analyze the physical space around them. Authors include Hugo, Baudelaire, Zola, and Modiano. Visits include the Palais Royal, Montmartre, and the Musée d’Orsay.
    • Syllabus
  • CAS LF 344/ HI 268: Postcolonial Paris  (4)
    • Paris, after being the capital of the second largest colonial empire in the world, is now (i.e., after decolonization) the center of important flows of immigration, especially from its former colonies. It is difficult and almost impossible to understand French history without taking into account its colonial past. It is even more difficult to understand today’s Paris without thinking about its postcolonial condition. This course aims to introduce the students to this lesser known but quite real postcolonial Paris. They will discover physically, during visits tailored to the course, how this heritage of colonization, decolonization, and immigration is seen and understood in Paris’ monuments (Vincennes, Musée du Quai Branly) and urbanism (slums, suburbs, projects).
    • Syllabus
  • CAS PO 240 Paris Politique   (4)
    • Formerly CAS PO 450.
    • Analysis of the political life of France beginning with a historical overview of the French political system. The course includes issues related to administrative organization and the civil service, issues of regionalism, and France’s role in the international community.
    • Syllabus

  • CAS EC 330/CAS IR 336 European Business Environment: Institutions & Enterprise (4 credits)
    • This course addresses key factors and issues affecting European businesses, and other firms doing business in the European "single market." Themes may include — but are not limited to — European regulations, consumer market, tax and custom policies, social and labor aspects, currency, political issues, current developments (Brexit, for instance). This idea would be to focus on business running rather than on the history of EU’s institutions, and to deal with practical matters, case studies, and current events. The course could explore, for each theme, common characteristics and differences amongst EU members, and use France as a focus, as well as the US both as an important EU partner (TAFTA) and to underline differences of visions/policies/systems.
    • Syllabus
  • CAS AH 383 Paris Architecture and Urbanism (4)
    • This course traces the development of Parisian architecture and urbanism from the Roman period to the present, with a strong emphasis on the 19th and 20th century development of the city. It is designed to offer the student a sense of the dynamic exchange between architectural form, urban development, architectural theory and the larger cultural and political history of Paris. The course prioritizes firsthand exploration of the city, which requires that students complete readings and arrive prepared to relate readings to the cityscapes we visit. The course will be divided between in-class seminars (1/3) and visits (2/3).
    • Syllabus
  • CAS PO 248/CAS IR 305 Comparative European Politics: France and Beyond (4)
    • This seminar course aims to compare the political systems of European countries as well as provide an overview of the main elements in contemporary European democracies. The course also seeks to introduce and assess multiple approaches to the study of social and political science, from rational choice to political anthropology as well as the sociology of elected officials. Finally, it will offer a glimpse at the unity and diversity within the European political system. Within this framework, special attention will be given to the French political system. The course will seek to circumscribe its specificities through in-depth comparison with other European democracies. The circumstances of the course, i.e., the French Presidential election of May 2017, will be especially considered.
    • Syllabus

Week 10–Week 16 (Internship Phase)

During the second half of the semester, students participate in local professional life through faculty-supervised internships. Students serve as interns full time, Monday through Thursday, while also attending small group and individual writing tutorials, which monitor progress in the internship and the drafting of an extensive analytical internship report. A mock professional interview for a full-time position in the company where the student interns completes the course’s requirements.

Students enroll in a four-credit internship placement. The course number will depend on the area of specialization in which the student completes his or her internship. Placements are contingent upon students' past experiences, language abilities, professional interests, and available opportunities in any given semester, so flexibility is essential.

Interns are evaluated throughout their placements by the faculty member monitoring the final internship paper and another faculty member & EUSA representative who evaluate a brief oral presentation.

Placements in English are limited and reserved for students with lower levels of French proficiency. Students who have taken four or more semesters of college-level French should expect their internship to be conducted in French. The internship course is offered in both French and English. Note: In Spring 2017, internships in English will be offered in the following sectors only: marketing, communications, start-ups.

  • CAS AH 505  Internship in Art/Architecture Abroad
  • CAS EC 497  Internship in Business/Economics Abroad
  • CAS PO 401 /IR 451 Internship in Politics Abroad
  • CAS PO 403  Internship in Comparative Law Abroad
  • CAS PO 405 /IR 455 Internship in International Organizations Abroad
  • CAS PS 495  Internship in Human/Health Services
  • COM CM 471  Internship in Advertising or Public Relations
  • COM FT 493 /494 Internship in Film and Television
  • COM JO 411 Internship in Journalism
  • SHA HF 390  Internship in Hospitality Administration


The Global Learning Experience: An Online Course

Students in all Fall and Spring programs have the opportunity to enroll in The Global Learning Experience at no additional cost.

  • CAS IP101 The Global Learning Experience (1 credit)
    • All program participants have the opportunity to make the most of their semester abroad with The Global Learning Experience, a self-paced, Pass/Fail course with brief readings and experiential assignments that accompany them while living and studying in a country and culture different from their own. Students post their work, experiences and observations to an online platform to trace and articulate their achievements abroad from an academic, personal and professional standpoint. The course links students with the faculty instructors as well as peers studying on other BU Study Abroad programs around the world. Students earn one credit in addition to the total program credits mentioned below at no additional cost.
    • Syllabus

Local Homestay or University Dormitory
  • Individual bedrooms in local family home
  • Each room includes a bed, a desk, and some storage space
  • Linens are provided and washed regularly
  • Kitchen access is allowed with reserved space in cabinets and refrigerator, and full use of the appliances to prepare meals
  • Board not included; students eat 1 meal/week with family. No stipend.
  • Host families provide laundry and internet
  • Single rooms with desk, sink, closet, fridge
  • Shared showers, toilets & kitchen
  • Sheets are provided and changed every 2 weeks
  • Board not included, no stipend
  • Students may eat at the student cafeteria
  • Laundry facilities at the residence hall

There are gyms at the university and in town. Students can study at the BU Paris Center. Many students study at home, as university libraries have more restricted hours than in the US.

  • Fall Semester: late August to mid-December
    • Spring Semester: early January to late April

    • Fall Semester: March 15
    • Spring Semester: October 1