Paris, France

Boston University’s Internship Program


Paris is a city of history, politics, art, fashion, and romance. Some of the world’s greatest artists, writers, and intellectuals have lived along the banks of the Seine, and Paris is the home of such well-known sights as the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the tree-lined Avenue des Champs-Elysees, the Louvre, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Lately, Paris has become a magnet for musicians; since the early 1980’s, pop clubs have been staging the concerts of Paris’s many immigrant musicians, and the city’s streets have become filled with a crazy quilt of sound and rhythm called Afro-pop. To experience Parisian culture is to enrich one’s life forever. For Paris is, as Hemingway said, “a moveable feast.”

The Program

The internship program in Paris, administered by Boston University and sponsored by Allegheny, offers a semester of study and work in this international city. The program combines an internship with intensive French language study and liberal arts courses. Two tracks are available, depending on a student’s language skills (intermediate or advanced). French faculty from local universities and private colleges teach courses in both tracks.

Upon successful completion of a semester, students earn sixteen credits. Internships include Advertising/Public Relations, the Arts, Business/Economics, Film/Television, Health/Human Services, Hospitality Administration, International Organizations, Journalism, and Politics.


This program is open to students with at least four semesters of college-level French, or the equivalent, with grades of B or better. Language screening and interviews may be required by the host program. Applicants must also have a minimum 3.0 GPA in their major. Participation is limited to 1-2 students per semester

Application Process

Allegheny students must first be approved to study off-campus before applying to their chosen program. Application deadlines are February 20 for fall programs and September 20 for spring programs. Applications will be reviewed immediately following the appropriate semester deadline. For more information about the off campus study application process, please visit:

Student Life

Students have the option of living in a residence hall in the Cite Universitaire or living in a French household. The Fondation des Etats-Unis residence hall is located in southern Paris and is in close proximity of the Metro. All rooms in the Fondation are singles and are located near student lounges and laundry rooms; also in the Fondation are telephones, computer rooms and a student cafeteria.

If living in a French household is more appealing to you, Boston University can arrange a homestay. Choosing to be in a household may be the best way to facilitate language acquisition and to integrate you into French society and culture.


Students are charged Allegheny tuition, fees including a $300 off-campus fee, and North Village 1 room rate. Allegheny financial aid, with the exception of work-study, is applied to program costs. Students must pay the $45 application fee to BU but do not have to pay the $400 program deposit. Additional costs include meals, international travel insurance (if applicable), international airfare, and personal expenses (including passport, visa, local transportation).