FRE-207F is an intensive, four-week language immersion program taught at IS Aix-en-Provence, an Institute specializing in the teaching of French as a foreign language. IS Aix-en-Provence is housed in a former private mansion, located close to the town center, or vieille ville.
IS provides 15 hours/week of classroom instruction, oriented primarily towards oral comprehension and expression. In addition, students attend classes, taught by the resident Princeton faculty member, that focus on reading and writing skills. Students also participate in cultural activities related to the course contents, with opportunities to interact with French native speakers outside of the classroom.
Program participants lodge with French families in the area and are provided with breakfast and dinner en famille. All participants sign an honor pledge to speak only French at all times throughout the entire course. In all, FRE-207F provides an outstanding opportunity for total immersion in French language and culture and rapid acquisition of higher-level language skills.
* Submission of applications begins December 3, 2019. Application Process
Princeton in France (PIF) is a unique internship opportunity in Aix-en-Provence open to students enrolled in Aix-en-Provence 207F. Administered through the International Internship Program (IIP) in partnership with the Department of French and Italian, PIF internships are 4 weeks, and their goal is to introduce students to French culture and prioritize the cultural immersion experience.
Students enrolled in 207F will automatically have the option to apply for a Princeton in France internship in Aix-en-Provence, which would immediately follow the 207F program. However, participation in the additional 4-week internship program is not a requirement for FRE 207F, nor is an internship guaranteed.
Students interested in Princeton in France will first need to apply to FRE-207F, where they can indicate their intention to pursue a PIF internship. There is no separate application for the Princeton in France internship.
Once accepted to the language immersion program, students interested in PIF will meet with IIP advisers to discuss their top internship choices and write an intention letter/cover letter for their preferred internship. IIP will attempt to place students in the most appropriate internship available and attempt to honor their preferences.
History and Purpose
Every summer since 1954, Princeton in France (PIF) has sent Princeton undergraduates to France to intern in a variety of organizations. The mission of the PIF program is to introduce students to French culture in a professional environment. Students work side by side with French colleagues, speaking their language and sharing their daily routine. Participants undergo a maturing experience, rich in educational benefits, and often have one of the best, and most memorable, summers of their lives.
PIF is able to provide limited financial assistance for participants in part through the generosity of the Department of French & Italian; the American Society of the French Legion of Honor; The Bennett E. Tousley, Jr. Memorial Fund; Charles H. Moore, Class of 1931, Memorial Fund; The David J. Stainton '84 Fund for Princeton in France; The Kemper Foundation; The Kirby Family Foundation; The Scott Opler Foundation Fund; and PIF alumni and friends.
*Additional internships in France
Students interested in an 8-week internship in France but not enrolled in 207F should apply to IIP internships in France through the general IIP portal on the website.