The Paris Gateway Program is a semester in France with a clear goal. The Gateway is a chance to improve French language skills significantly while learning what’s going on today in France and Paris, through both coursework and local engagement.
This small, limited-enrollment program is designed to help students who have had some college-level French to immerse themselves in hearing and speaking French, all day, every day. Using Paris as a gateway to the francophone world, the specially designed program combines language instruction, classroom time plus site visits around the city, and interaction with the local community to help students achieve a degree of fluency as well as an engagement with French society.
The Gateway program is composed of complementary elements that help students gradually adjust to life in Paris and in French. Each piece builds on the last, improving French skills and preparing students to take on work they might not have thought possible at the beginning!
Have the required GPA and prerequisite courses for the program. Students with a cumulative 2.5 or higher GPA are eligible. Although the successful completion of French 245 is highly recommended for enrollment in the Paris Gateway Program, FR 233 is the minimum requirement.
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.
Orientation/Preparation session. Takes place during the first two and a half weeks. (read more)
Daily French language instruction at the Sorbonne. Ten hours per week + phonetics workshop.
Paris-France-Paris: Discovering a nation via its capital. This is a course that uses the city as its text, making a series of investigations of past and present, highlighting the main questions facing French society, while examining the issues which unite and the differences which divide France and Paris. Three hours per week.
Applied French Practicum. This course provides students the opportunity to improve by applying French beyond the classroom. For the Practicum, students choose from three types of field experience to form an individualized learning program including a guided writing assignment, and a conversation workshop. Sixteen hours per week.
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 will live in one of several independent 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.
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.
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. 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.
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. Goucher will pay for this insurance for every student on Goucher semester programs, and Goucher ICAs. 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.