French Field Study and Internship Program
Lining one side of the River Rhine, the city of Strasbourg has known all the roles of a borderland. Its two-culture heritage is alive and well, as it stands at the intersection of the EU’s two most powerful member-States. It is home to international institutions, and a motor of the European community at local, regional and trans-national levels. The capital of Alsace also has an identity all its own, and its rich history and culture, ethnic diversity, and large students population make it an ideal location to integrate into contemporary France and Europe society.
IFE’s Field Study and Internship programs turn the European professional 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 comparative knowledge.
The Strasbourg Field Study and Internship program takes place in both the fall and spring, over the course of an 18 week semester. The semester begins with 5 weeks of intensive interdisciplinary courses, followed by a 12 week full time internship, in the student’s field. During the internship, students conduct independent field research, delving into a topic in depth and producing a 30 page paper on subject.
Attend a Study Abroad 101 and 102 Session
Have the required GPA and prerequisite courses for the program. Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and a minimum of a B+ average through five semesters of French (or the equivalent) are eligible to apply.
Students must have completed three semesters of college before studying abroad. Goucher cannot guarantee that any sophomore will be accepted by the host institution.
Declare a major in order to study abroad for a semester
Students cannot be on academic or disciplinary probation at the time of application
Students must complete the online Goucher study abroad application by the published deadline. See the Events and Deadlines Calendar for the most up-to-date information. Students must next apply to IFE by their published deadline. Initial approval is granted by Goucher OIS and final acceptance is granted by the host program and institution.
Spring 2017: January 17 - May 19
Fall 2017: August 22 - December 22
Do not purchase airline tickets until you receive confirmation of acceptance from the program and verification of arrival and departure details.
Three courses comprise the Preparatory Session
Course I - A Political History of France: Transformations in the state and political life since Napoleon
This course is designed to provide students with several important keys to understanding France today, chief among them being the development of the French notion of the State as well as changes in this central concept over time. Taking a historical and political approach, the course demonstrates how the notion of the State has structured and continues to structure French political life and French society, even as it is undergoing transformation as a result of pressure from new forms of integration, from Europe, from forced changes in the French model of the welfare State, etc.
Course II - France in Europe and the World
This course provides students with fundamental keys to understanding France today in terms of its colonial past, its real and perceived role on the world stage, and the several versions of the question of decline that currently color the French outlook. Its successful adaptation in the face of the upheavals of the 20th century, its transformation into an industrial power, and its leadership role in establishing a peaceful Europe have, in turn, led to further challenges and questions of French identity. These include the question of nation and European community, the notion of State in a modern context, and others. Domestic and foreign policies overlap and interact. This course uses France’s place in Europe and the world to lead students to an understanding of the new political and social makeup of France that is slowly emerging, a source of both doubt and hope.
Course III - French Society: Problems and prospects
The key to understanding contemporary French society that is provided to students by this course lies in grasping the paradox between the democratic ideal that is at the foundation of all the institutions of modern, post-revolutionary France on one hand and, on the other, the current crisis of those institutions – and even of deep societal values – which is provoked by the pressures of global economic liberalism and the transformations taking place in Europe and in its Union. Through this course students become familiar with the effects these pressures are having on the specific institutionalized relations which exist between French citizens and their culture, work, education, immigration and other facets of life and society.
During the internship period
It is during the internship period that students work individually with their research advisor to delineate a research topic, set an outline, define sources, and produce the independent study field research project.
Student-interns also return weekly to IFE premises to attend a third academic course, a seminar which examines globalization from a local and ethical standpoint.
Please read IFE's Internship Placement to see the internship possibilities and placement strategy.
Course IV - Globalization: Myth and reality from a European perspective
This course draws on the foundations that students acquired during the preparatory session as a standpoint from which to broaden and deepen the examination of the world, and France and Europe’s place in it, keeping in mind the interplay among local, regional (EU), and global levels as well as the place of the nation-state. The course is structured along three main types of regards or focal lengths: an overall approach to globalization that studies the many different ways to divide – or join together – the world space; a closer look at the major elements of this space as seen from Europe; and finally a closer look at local/global interactions using European cases, including from Alsace. Concomitantly, a European humanist perspective is used to analyze from an ethics-and-justice point of view some of the important specific facets of globalization such as culture and identity; immigration, delocalization and work; interdependence and group identity; free trade and economic imbalance; agriculture; international civil society and governance; and others.
A Political History of France: transformations in the State and political life since Napoleon - 3 Goucher credits
French Society: Problems and prospects - 3 Goucher credits
France in Europe and the World - 3 Goucher credits
Globalization: Myth and reality from a European perspective - 3 Goucher credits
Internship/Field Research 6 - Goucher credits
Goucher will transfer grades and credits as reported on the IFE transcript. grades will be recorded on the Goucher transcript and will factor into the GPA.
Grades count toward a Goucher GPA
Study abroad courses may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Students must take a minimum of 12 credits and maximum of 18 credits
All students must participate in a 1 credit Study Abroad Immersion Course while studying abroad. Details will be provided at predeparture orientation.
Students on Goucher programs will receive Goucher grades and credits for all approved courses taken while abroad
Since Goucher students are fully enrolled at Goucher and receive Goucher credit while abroad, they pay regular Goucher tuition for any Goucher semester abroad program. This payment is regardless of the cost advertised and is charged by the program itself. Students pay the non-academic costs (i.e. room and board) in part or in full to Goucher or directly to the study abroad organization or overseas institution depending on the program. Estimated additional costs that a student may incur in attending these programs are listed on the Budget Expense Worksheet for each program. You can utilize institutional and federal aid for a Goucher semester program.
Any awarded financial aid may be used as payment for semester programs sponsored by Goucher College; however; you are allowed to transport your Goucher institutional aid for only one semester, unless you participate in the Goucher Oxford University yearlong program. In addition, all students are eligible to apply for Goucher OIS scholarships and can apply during the program application process. For information on OIS and outside scholarships please visit the OIS scholarship/financial aid section.
To apply for an OIS scholarship please submit your application by the study abroad application deadline for this program through the following application:
A $500 deposit is due upon application. Study abroad program costs are billed through your Goucher student account and are due at the same time as regular semester fees. Please refer to the Budget Expense Worksheet for details for this program.
The $500 deposit paid upon application is applied to the student’s account and becomes non-refundable when accepted by Goucher College and the host program. If you are not accepted into a program, your deposit will be refunded.
If for any reason, a student withdraws from a Goucher semester after the deposit deadline, he or she will not be entitled to a refund of any fees paid to Goucher, including program deposit, tuition fees, travel fees, or any other fees incurred in connection with the program. If, due to any unforeseen circumstances or other circumstances beyond the control of the college, a semester Goucher program is cancelled, either prior to departure or during the course of the program, the student will not be guaranteed a refund of any fees paid to Goucher, including program deposit, tuition fees, travel fees, program fees, or any other fees incurred in connection with the program. In most cases, the college forwards program fees to vendors in foreign countries, making it very difficult to recover such fees due to a program cancellation. In such cases, the college will make a good-faith effort to recover such fees and to return any portion of fees that it may recover that may be attributable to a student’s participation in the program. However, the college makes no guarantees regarding the recovery of fees and is not liable for any fees that it is unable to recover.
Students live in one of several indepdent student residences or foyers arranged by IFE. If you require family housing you may request IFE to find a family within the limits of available situations.
If your housing selection with IFE exceeds the Goucher housing allowance you will be billed for the overage by Goucher.
No, however the student residences will have a facility to prepare your own meals.
A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation. Students will participate in online orientation material prior to the mandatory group orientation prior to leaving Goucher for the semester prior to studying abroad. Dates will be provided upon study abroad acceptance.
Passport, Embassy, Consulate, and Visa Resources
Students are required to have passports for all Goucher programs. Failure to have a passport will prohibit participation in the program. Passports take time to process and need to be valid for six months after your return to the U.S. Check your expiration date and renew if necessary. Please see the U S State Department section on passports
U.S. Consulate in Strasbourg
U.S. Students are required to obtain a French Student Visa to study for a semester in France. This process requires a lot of preparation and time. Please read the information on Obtaining Your French Student Visa from IFE and make sure you have the time to properly obtain your visa before applying for this program. You will receive further instructions from IFE to apply after official acceptance into the program.
Please note that among other documents students must present a Financial Guarantee at the visa appointment signed by parent or guardian accompanied by a bank statement showing 615 euros/month for length of stay or proof of financial aid.
Non-US Citizens check with your home country consulate, as well as the embassy of the country in which you plan to study, regarding visa requirements. Permanent Residents of the US should check with US immigration as leaving the country for more than one year may jeopardize permanent resident status. Tax clearance and re-entry forms may also be necessary in these cases.
You will be required to submit health forms signed by a health care provider prior to studying abroad. Forms will be supplied when you are accepted. Please read the Health and Safety section of the Goucher OIS website for information regarding Health and Safety, Disability Support, Diversity Abroad, Safety and Security, and Insurance:
Study Abroad Insurance
All students participating on Semester, Year or ICA Goucher programs will be automatically enrolled in a health insurance plan tailored to meet the needs of study abroad students. Students participating in Goucher semester programs will be billed $300. The insurance carrier is ACE American Insurance Company.
Prior to the start of the program abroad, OIS staff will register students for the insurance program. Students will receive information about how to use the health insurance policy from the Office of International Studies prior to departure for study abroad.
Students with Disabilities
Goucher encourages all students who meet our eligibility requirements to consider studying abroad. OIS will work with you regarding any special needs you may have. However, we cannot guarantee that any or all of our program sites can accommodate all of your needs or interests. More information can be found on the OIS Disabilities Support section of the website.
Research the fact sheet for your location of interest on the U.S. State Department website for information on LGBTI rights, women travelers, safety and security, religious, and accessibility/mobility laws and information.
On the CIA World Factbook website, look for your host country’s page and research the “People and Society” section, where you can find the breakdown by ethnic group, religion, and race.
Refer to Goucher OIS section on Student Identity for additional resources for student identity.