Brown in France

At a Glance
Cities: Lyon or Paris
Housing: multiple options, facilitated by on-site staff 
Partner: Multiple institutions, see program descriptions
Language Requirement: Varies by program
Calendar: Semester or Year
Accepts Non-Brown Students: Yes

Paris

Paris is France’s dizzying intersection of politics, fashion, business, arts and science, boasting some of the most prominent universities, sporting events, opera companies and museums in the world. 

The Brown in France program maintains an office in Paris staffed by an administrative director, a resident faculty director appointed from Brown’s faculty, and several tutors who assist students. Two program options are available:  the University Studies program, based at the University of Paris, and the Paris Engineering Program, based at Ecole Centrale Paris.

Cultural activities are combined with orientation to prepare students for their entry into the French university classroom and for life in France.

Lyon

Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital and second-largest metropolitan area, combines the allure of a bustling city with old-world charm. The Brown in France program in Lyon is overseen by an on-site coordinator, who helps students with housing, assists with cultural and general orientation to Lyon and the French university system, and provides student support and advice as needed.

Orientation

Brown's programs in France begin with a month-long orientation in September for fall semester and full-year students and in January for spring semester students. The orientation combines language study, information about Paris or Lyon and the French university system, and cultural activities to prepare students for their entry into the French university classroom and for life in France.

Cultural Activities

Brown's France programs include monthly social gatherings and cultural events (such as attending a theater, ballet, or opera performance). A weekend trip to a historically or culturally important region is scheduled each semester. Recent trips include Burgundy, Brittany, Normandy, and Provence.