Study Abroad in Paris, France




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Experience the creative and intellectual traditions that have made Paris a destination for writers, artists, and philosophers since medieval times.

The Sarah Lawrence College Study Abroad in Paris program enables students to craft a personalized and intellectually stimulating course of study while exploring the rich cultural atmosphere that is unique to the City of Light.

Academic Options

Sarah Lawrence in Paris features two core programs designed to accommodate students at varying levels of fluency. Students in both programs will have the opportunity for study in courses within the humanities, social sciences, and the arts.

Students with low intermediate proficiency in French will follow a prescribed course of study that provides a balance between academics and the arts in the French Cultural Studies Program.

Students with advanced intermediate proficiency in French will be able to study at French universities and also pursue visual arts and performing arts courses at studios and conservatories in and around Paris through the Advanced Studies Program.

Both programs are open to juniors and seniors and welcomes students from other colleges.


The Sarah Lawrence College Study Abroad in Paris program is open to juniors and seniors enrolled at any accredited American college or university. Applicants must have at least the equivalent of a "B" average and must have studied at least two years of college-level French.

Some of the study abroad Intensive Programs require pre-approval and initial guidance prior to applying. For more information, view the Applications section below.

Contact the Office of Global Education for additional information.

Applications & Deadlines

Some of the study abroad Intensive Programs require pre-approval and initial guidance prior to applying. To secure approval, please contact Prema Samuel at

All applicants will be required to complete a written and verbal language assessment as part of the application process. Completed applications, including essay, language recommendation, letters of recommendation, study abroad approval form, unofficial transcripts (guest students only), and application fee (guest students only) are due:

  • February 1 (for fall/academic year applicants)
  • October 1 (for spring applicants)

Tuition & Fees

Students are charged the cost of Sarah Lawrence tuition each semester.

Housing options differ according to the program. Housing costs and suggested costs to cover travel, insurance, meals, and personal expenses are available here.

Financial Aid

Sarah Lawrence College students who normally receive financial aid may apply their awards to any College-sponsored program abroad.

Sarah Lawrence College offers limited financial assistance to guest students on this program. Students should consult their home school's financial aid office for guidance on other financial aid resources.

Guest students wishing to be considered for a scholarship must e-mail with their request for financial assistance.


  • Monique Middleton, Director
    Monique is responsible for the overall function of the Sarah Lawrence in Paris program. She oversees the academic aspects of the program and advises students on all academic matters. She holds a degree in French literature from the Sorbonne, an MA in comparative literature from the University of Massachusetts and a PhD in French literature from Yale University.

  • Natalie Allen, Assistant to the Director
    Natalie is responsible for the administrative aspects of the program. She holds a BA in French language and Literature from Columbia University and an MA in French literature and civilization from the University of Paris 3 – Sorbonne Nouvelle.

  • Andrew Colpitts, Cultural Activities Coordinator & Administrative Assistant
    Andy is responsible for the program’s cultural activities and student life in Paris. He is a graduate of Brown University and attended the Sarah Lawrence Paris program.

Academic Calendars

Fall 2019
Thursday, August 29 General Meeting begins at 10:30 a.m. in Reid Hall.
Attendance is mandatory.
Thursday, August 29–Sunday, September 15

First semester orientation

Monday, September 16

First day of classes

Sunday, October 20–Sunday, November 3 Reading Period*
Saturday, December 21 End of first semester at Sarah Lawrence* **
Sunday, December 22–Sunday, January 13 Holiday Break*
Spring 2020

For second semester-only students:

Friday, January 3 General Meeting begins at 10:30 a.m. at Reid Hall.
Attendance is mandatory.
Friday, January 3–Sunday, January 12 Second semester orientation
For all students (year-long and second semester):
Monday, January 13 First day of classes
Sunday, February 16–Sunday, March 1 Reading period*
Sunday, April 5–Sunday, April 19 Spring Break*
Saturday, May 9 (evening) End of second semester at Sarah Lawrence**

*Students interested in classes at French universities and other academic institutions should be aware that their calendars may vary from the SLC Program calendar. Students should verify specific dates before purchasing vacation or return tickets. Classes in dance and studio arts follow the SLC calendar.

**Please note that classes at some theater and music schools may continue through January or the third week of June.

French Institutions Academic Calendar

Students interested in courses or intensive programs at the following institutions should take note of these institutions' respective calendars, as they differ from the Sarah Lawrence calendar. Specific dates vary from year to year.


First Semester

Second Semester

Sarah Lawrence in Paris

Late August - Late December

Early January - Mid-May

Paris IV

Late September - Mid-January

Early February - Late May

Paris VII

Early September - Late December

Mid-January - Late May

Institut Catholique

Late September - Late January

Late January - Late May

Institut d'Etudes Politiques

Early September - Late December

Late January - Late May

Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales

Varies depending on courses

Varies depending on courses

EICAR Film School

Early October - Late December

Early January - Late May

MJM Graphic Design

Year-Long or First Trimester-Only Program
First Trimester: Late September - Mid-December

Second Trimester: Early January - Mid-March
Third Trimester: Mid-March - Late July


Year-Long or First Semester-Only Program
Early October - Mid-January

Mid-January - Mid/Late June

Ecole Normale de Musique

Year-Long Program Only
Early October - Mid/Late June

Ecole Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq

Year-Long Program Only
Early October - Late June