Courses & Credits - Advanced Studies
Students studying on the Advanced Studies program will enroll 14-17 credits at the Skidmore Center in Paris and/or at a variety of institutions throughout Paris. Each student is required to take a French language course and at least one additional course taught at the Skidmore Center. Most courses are taught in French although there are a few courses taught in English in certain disciplines.
Coursework taken in Paris is reported on a Skidmore transcript, and grades will be computed into the Skidmore GPA. Maturity-level credits taken in Paris may count toward Skidmore's maturity-level requirements with upon departmental approval. Visiting students should check with their home campuses for information on credit transfer.
Skidmore Center Courses
Each semester, the Skidmore Center will provide 5-7 courses just for students on the program. Skidmore Center courses are only for students on the program and are taught by French or international faculty. Courses offered at the Skidmore Center are taught in French, except for the occasional English department course.
Partner Institutions (Courses outside of the Skidmore Center)
Skidmore partners with a number of academic institutions in Paris to offer a wider range of course options for students. However, enrollment at some outside institutions, like the French universities, Paris IV-La Sorbonne, Paris X-Nanterre, and l’Institut Catholique, depends on linguistic competence.
Skidmore has official exchange agreements with the Université de Paris IV, La Sorbonne and the Université de Paris X, Nanterre, however, program participants also have the opportunity to enroll in courses at additional institutions, such as:
*Require advanced language skills
Actual course offerings available outside the center will vary each semester depending on what is available through the local universities and students’ academic needs. The exact list of courses available at outside institutions will NOT be available until after arrival in Paris.
For information about course options in Paris, please see the Advanced Studies course guide.
Skidmore students who are French language majors at the advanced language level are required to take at least one elective at a French university that is taught in French.
Internship experiences are also available to full-year participants during the spring semester in a variety of fields. Internship participants must meet the appropriate qualifications and experience required for the placement. Fields included are business, psychology, government, art, as well as teaching English at various levels in Parisian public schools and colleges.
Tutorials for French university courses
Courses offered at the francophone universities are taught in French and are part of the regular curriculum at the university. In order to facilitate our students' comprehension and integration into the French academic system, select courses offered through the local universities are accompanied by Skidmore-sponsored tutorials that aim to help students succeed in that given discipline.
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