(Mission Interuniversitaire de Coordination des Échanges Franco-Américains)
Paris, France Program Highlights
Choose from a wide range of degree programs at 16 different ‘Ile de France’ Universities
Live and learn in Paris, the romantic capital of France
Do an internship or apprenticeship while in France
The Program and Location MICEFA is a consortium made up of most of the universities in Paris and the surrounding area. It was created in 1985 to promote academic cooperation between France and Anglophone North America, partnering with over 80 universities across the US and Canada. Students at MICEFA get the opportunity to have a genuine experience in a French University, studying alongside French and European students.
Depending on the students’ proficiency in French and degree requirements, they may attend any one of the fourteen member universities. Four semesters of college-level French (or equivalent proficiency) are highly encouraged. Students work with MICEFA’s academic director to select an individualized study program. In addition to the courses that 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.
Find more information by visiting the MICEFA website below in Useful Links and selecting MICEFA Courses & Help with Studying
Credits and Grading
Loyola students will take between 24 and 30 ECTS credits (12-15 credits at Loyola). The average course load is 4-6 courses per semester.
MICEFA converts student’s grades and reports them to the home institution using an A-F scale. You can find grade conversions under Transcripts and Reporting on the MICEFA website below in Useful Links
Fall Semester: August – December/January
Spring Semester: January – May/June
You can find detailed calendars under French University Calendars on the MICEFA website below in Useful Links
Before each semester MICEFA provides North American visiting students with a 3-week orientation and intensive language program, designed to assist with academic preparation and cultural adaptation. Students are required to participate.
Student Life Finances and Budgeting
Please refer to BUDGET SHEET for the appropriate term. Typically fall and spring terms are estimated to cost the same. A full year is estimated to be double the cost of spring.
You will also find useful cost of living information in the Welcome Packet on the MICEFA website below in Useful Links
Housing and Meals
Students are offered affordable temporary housing upon arrival in France, which allows them to get a sense of Paris before jumping into a permanent living arrangement. MICEFA assists students in finding permanent housing using an extensive database with former student accommodations: chambre de bonne, studio apartments, apartment shares, au pair positions and host families. A limited amount of student residences are also available and on a first-come first-serve basis.
Visa Regulations Visit this page and select The Visa to learn more about MICEFA’s visa process. Get started early, the process can take a while to complete.
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.