Field Study and Internship in a capital of Europe, and of Alsace


The Strasbourg Field Study and Internship Program is a French-language program centered on a full-time internship or research placement as the means for linguistic immersion, cross-cultural learning, a better understanding of a chosen subject, and personal growth.

Fully immersive, unforgettable semester! This experience gave me so much vocabulary and so much cultural insight! I am currently a PhD candidate in French Studies, and in many ways my semester in Strasbourg opened the door to graduate school. I still reference my notes from the preparatory session!

Emily. French, History

Strasbourg students at the IFE center



Students take part in a six-week integrated program of classes, site visits, discussion sessions, intercultural workshops, outings, and excursions. Students gain confidence in spoken French, and get to know French society well through exploring its history, contemporary issues and culture. Students become very familar with the city of Strasbourg and the Region of Alsace.


Student-interns complete a twelve-week internship, four days per week, with a host organization whose mission coincides with their academic concentration and their objectives for the IFE program.


During their internship students complete a research project focused on one aspect of their internship, guided by a research advisor. Most of the sources for this project are from the host organization and the internship itself.

Individual follow-up and support (probably the most important part)

Each student works closely with IFE staff before arrival to determine the best possible placement. Once on site, students are in close touch with IFE staff who make sure they are adequately prepared, coached and supported throughout the semester. Students are assigned an individual research advisor for their independent research project.