International Exchanges – France: Sarah Lawrence College in Paris

Open to Pitzer students only. Program options subject to change.

This program is unavailable for Spring 2025.

Program Title: Pitzer Exchange with Sarah Lawrence College in Paris

france-sarah-lawrenceLocation: Paris, France

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Sarah Lawrence College requires that applicants have a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale and have studied at least four semesters of college-level French.

At least one course in comparative politics, intercultural communications, Introduction to International/ Intercultural Studies, Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology, The World Since 1492 or a European area studies course is strongly recommended.

Students must first apply through Pitzer’s Office of Study Abroad and International Programs. If accepted by Pitzer, students will then be asked to complete the Sarah Lawrence College application.

Program Dates
Fall: Late August to late December or mid-January (The end date will depend on specific course schedules. If a student chooses to take a course at one of the French institutions affiliated with the Sarah Lawrence program, he/she may be obligated to stay into January.)
Spring: Early January to mid-May

Required Courses
Students on the Paris program typically take four courses, which consist of a humanities or social science seminar, an advanced French language course and two electives. Students enrolled in one of the Intensive Programs (Visual Arts, Film, Dance, Music, Theater) will take more classes than the typical four. See the Sarah Lawrence website for more detail: Sarah Lawrence has partnerships with a number of French Institutions. Students may select courses at any one of these schools, as long as they have the required proficiency in French and appropriate academic background. 

Intensive Language
All students will be expected to take a French language course at the advanced level.

Course Options
For information go to the Sarah Lawrence College in Paris page, and choose “Academic Program” to the left.

Credit Possible
Students must take a minimum of 15 semester units in order earn the equivalent of four Pitzer course credits.

Housing and Board Options
Pitzer students are required to live in homestays.

Additional Notes
Chances of placement are limited. Only two students can be accepted each semester.