History & Description
MICEFA (Mission Interuniversitaire de Coordination des Echanges Franco Americains) is a consortium of most of the universities in Paris and in the surrounding region. This consortium was created in 1985 to promote cultural and scientific cooperation between France and Anglophone North America. Today, MICEFA has partnered with over 80 universities in the United States and Canada.
MICEFA provides visiting students with a three-week orientation and language preparation program. This program is designed to help students to become better prepared academically as well as helping them adjust culturally. With the advisement of the MICEFA academic director, each student then selects an individualized study program. Depending on the students’ proficiency in French and degree requirements, they may attend any one of the 14 member universities. MICEFA also offers 3-4 courses per semester in French taught by Parisian university faculty. MICEFA staff also provides other services to the students, including: assistance in securing short- and long-term housing, paperwork concerning the titre de sejour, academic advising, French tutoring, a transcript of their academic work, the organization of social events, visits and short trips to places of interest.
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About The Program
MICEFA serves as a catalyst for enhancing North American/French academic cooperation. Unlike traditional “island” study abroad programs, MICEFA provides students access to a genuine experience in a French university with French and European students. The MICEFA staff also helps students obtain the titre de séjour, academic advising, French tutoring, providing transcripts of academic work, organization of social events, visits and short trips to places of interest.
Orientation & Airport Pick-Up
MICEFA provides North American visiting students with a three- to four-week orientation and intensive language program, designed to assist with academic preparation and cultural adaptation. They do not offer airport pick-up.
MICEFA's staff will help you secure short- and long-term apartment-style housing.
As you will be in Paris, you will have access to the city's excellent public transportation system. To learn more about public transportation in Paris, click on the following link.
Banking & Cell Phones
It is recommended that students keep their American bank accounts and simply use the ATM's instead of opening a local bank account. It is imperative, however, to inform your bank of your upcoming time abroad and to learn more about your bank’s policy for making withdrawals in order to best avoid any banking problems. Usually, you should expect a fee for withdrawals (usually about $3 or $4). More information regarding banking will be discussed during the BW Pre-Departure Orientation Session.
As for cell phone use, students recommend buying a cell phone and phone cards abroad for both local and international calls.
With the advisement of MICEFA’s academic director, each student selects an individualized study program. Depending on the students’ proficiency in French and degree requirements, they may attend any of the fourteen member universities. In addition to the courses that North American students can take in one of fourteen ‘Ile de France’ universities, MICEFA offers 5 to 6 courses per semester in French taught by Parisian university faculty.
All BW students are required to have international health insurance. Students will be automatically enrolled in this insurance. More information regarding this can be found at www.bw.edu/academics/study-abroad/how/health/ .
Current BW Status
You must be a current BW student and have completed at least one semester of on-campus study at BW before you may submit an application.
Your cumulative grade point average has to be 2.7 or above (the host institution might have a higher GPA requirement.) If lower than a 2.7, students may appeal with the permission of the Explorations Director.
Student Conduct Record
Serious or multiple violations of college policy may jeopardize your eligibility for Explorations/Study Abroad programs. You will not be eligible for a program if you have been found in violation of any of the following policies within the past 12 months: alcohol, drugs, assault (any type), harassment, stalking, vandalism, theft and more (this list is not all-inclusive).
Your account must be paid in full, or at least, making current payments to the University for the current term.
You must be willing to accept and pay for an international health insurance policy as required by the University. More information regarding this can be found at www.bw.edu/academics/study-abroad/how/health/
What Can I Study?
As this is a language intensive program, your classes will be on the French language and they will be taught in French.
In order to receive transfer credit from your classes abroad, you need to receive a "C" grade or better.
How Much Does It Cost?
Students who choose to participate in this full semester program can expect to pay charges as a BW residential student--current tuition, room and board, for the respective semester. All of your financial aid and scholarships will apply. Housing for MICEFA is more expensive than BW housing. Students will live in apartments and as you can imagine, an apartment in Paris will cost more than apartments in Berea, Ohio. The addditional cost will be depend on the type of apartment the student chooses. Additional financial aid may be available to help with this additional housing cost. Please see below. Students should expect to pay out of pocket for airfare and in-country expenses. These typically run between $2,000 and $4,000. However, this will depend on your personal spending habits.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
In addition to federal aid, other forms of financial assistance may be available. Public and private organizations, businesses, and churches often award grants, loans, and fellowships to students traveling abroad. Scholarships may be awarded on the basis of personal attributes (ethnic or religious background, parents' field of employment,etc.) For more information about available scholarships/funding, please visit : www.bw.edu/academics/study-abroad/how/costs/.