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BSBA Paris Internship Abroad (France)
Paris, France (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: WUSTL applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
App Deadline
WU Decision Date
Start Date
End Date
Spring 2018 05/01/2017
Rolling Admission 01/02/2018 05/19/2018
Fall 2018 02/01/2018
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2019 05/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Early application is strongly recommended for all programs. Deadlines that fall on a weekend or holiday are automatically extended to the next workday.

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Fact Sheet:
Program Adviser:
Liz Shabani
Additional Opportunities:
Internship, Research
Program Description:
BSBA Paris Internship Abroad

  Olin partners with IFE and ACCENT to offer a unique Paris Internship Program. This programs  uses the workplace as a classroom for both intercultural learning, as well as comparative training in a the student's field. What this means is this program is both highly individualized, and very different from a semester spent in the classroom. This type of requires a high level of independence and a desire to dive deeper into a field from a different cultural perspective.
Eligibility: Students must meet all eligibility requirements, including a minimum 3.0 GPA and Junior standing by program start date. This program is open to BSBA students and second majors in the Business School. BSBA students must have completed prerequisites courses that relate to the field or industry in which they want to intern. For example, finance placements require FIN 340, marketing placements require MKT 370, etc. Students must have at least French 307D (must have been taken for a grade and not pass/fail). 
Second majors should have completed MEC 292 prior to the start of the program. Non-business internships are available and students with sufficient French can apply to the program even if they are not business majors, e.g., science majors or Art History, etc.

Program Dates:
Term Dates
Fall Mid Auguust - Late December
Spring Mid January - Mid May

Students spend the first 5 weeks of the program participating in the same courses which are interdisciplinary and designed for both language improvement and cultural context. Students have a break immediately following the course work and then begin 12 weeks working full-time in an internship. Students do not have the opportunity to select courses and will earn the below credit:
  • L99 301 International Studies Distribution (6 credits)
  • L99 301 Behavioral Analysis Distribution (3 credits)
  • INTL 420 Internship Research Paper (3 credits)*
  • MGT 450I International Internship in Business (1.5 credits)*
  • MGT 450Z European Study Tour (1.5 credits, Spring only)*
Courses marked with an asterisk will be applied toward a student's GPA. As part program students also complete a significant research project. The field research goes hand-in-hand with the internship and writing of a significant paper (30 pages, in French) and presentation.

Internship Placement
At the core of the IFE model, the placement strategy for each enrolled student is put into place by IFE and the admitted student several months before the start date of the program. The process begins with the “placement form” filed as part of the application for admission. This form provides applicants an opportunity to delineate what they hope to gain from the IFE Field Study and Internship semester as well as to describe their relevant background, skills and any other ideas they may have for the internship (such as type of organization).  All organizations which host IFE interns understand several key points:
  • This is a trans-cultural experience for both parties.
  • An IFE student is well prepared in general for the internship and will be ready to take on some responsibility after a short period of adaptation.
  • The student intern is to be included as part of a working team, interacting on a regular basis with other members of the team.
  • Hosting an intern requires a commitment of time and space to make sure the internship is a structured learning experience.
European Study Tour
Students on the Paris internship program in the Spring semester participate in the European Study Tour, a 1.5 credit hour mandatory course. The EST serves as a comprehensive introduction to the European Union and European markets. The EST is designed to develop research, analysis and presentation skills in an experiential format allowing for students to apply theory, concepts and skills gained at Olin to consulting-type exercises abroad. This course requires travel outside of your study abroad host country during two different weeks. Teams of two students are assigned an important business topic and an EU capital. You and your partner travel to the country, conduct interviews with government officials and business experts, and complete as much on-the-ground research as possible. During part two of the study tour, you and your fellow participants gather in Brussels to attend lectures and meetings with European Parliament members and debate your findings with fellow study abroad students at a mock parliament. There is an additional cost for the logistics of this program. This program may or may not be offered during the Fall semester. 
  Paris, France
Paris, the largest city in France and its capital, is the banking and financial center of the country. Paris offers countless art institutions, important historical sites, the twice yearly Paris Fashion Week, as well as major professional sports. 
  Housing: Students select one of two housing options and will likely be placed with other Olin students participating in the semester study abroad. In the past students have been placed in housing in the 11th or 12th arrondissements. Students do not have the opportunity to select housing outside of the below options.
  • Apartments: Student residences are available in double or triple occupancy rooms in shared student apartments. Rooms in student apartments are furnished with a bed, closet or armoire, an area for toiletries, bed linens and towels. Kitchen facilities include a small stove, refrigerator, dishes, a microwave or an oven and basic cooking utensils. Apartments are equipped with wireless internet, washing machines and drying racks.
  • Homestay: Students have the opportunity to live with local residents in a single occupancy room in a homestay. Breakfast is included daily and four dinners per week will be provided (with the exception of mid-term break). Many homestay students feel the experience greatly improves their linguistic ability and increases their level of cultural understanding. 

Student Life: IFE can help students find associations and activities in Paris. IFE offers outings to the cinema, theater, or comedy shows, as well as day trips to the surrounding areas. Students are also deeply immersed in the culture through their internship, where they connect with their colleagues, often meeting other French interns. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in evening cultural activities offered by ACCENT as well as group dinners.

On-Site Support: IFE organizes the academics and internship placement. IFE offers extensive pre-departure materials (including exercises in intercultural learning to prepare students for their semester.) The first day of the program is dedicated to a practical orientation, including information  games, as well as a tour of the neighborhood. Olin's logistical housing partner in Paris is ACCENT. ACCENT staff are available to assist students in areas where support is needed. ACCENT is an international education organization that works with over 50 American colleges and universities to provide high quality study abroad programs. ACCENT students come from all over the U.S. and represent a wide range of ages, education levels and academic interests.  

  Estimated Program Price: When you study abroad for a semester or a year for academic credit, you will be charged tuition by Washington University at a rate equivalent to tuition on campus for the corresponding time period. WU tuition covers only the educational and administrative costs of the study abroad program. WU tuition does not cover any study abroad program costs for room, board, transportation, personal expenses, passport or visa fees. Such costs are charged separately either by WU, the program sponsor, or a third party. Scroll to the top and select the appropriate term under "Budget Sheets" to view estimated program expenses.

Orientation: All students participating in Olin semester programs are required to enroll and participate in pre-departure (INTL 300A, 1 credit) and post-departure (INTL300B, 0.5 credit online while abroad) coursework. A non-credit pre-departure orientation will be required for all students on fall programs. A special session on-site with IFE is required.
Visas & Immigration: It is required by the French Immigration Department that non-EU citizens must obtain a proper Student Visa to study in France. This is a multi-step process that you should begin immediately upon admission to IFE. Students will complete an online registration via Campus France prior to being able to set up their visa appointment. As of Fall 2016, visa appointments must be made in person at the French Consulate for the region of your permanent address. There is no French Consulate in St. Louis, meaning that all students will have to travel for their visa appointment. Students are responsible for obtaining their visa. Students should research the process immediately upon admission to the program. Given the differences for each country and student status, coordinators are limited in their ability to offer visa guidance. See the Global Programs handbook for more details. 

Olin Global Programs: The Olin Global Programs website provides additional information on academic policies, health insurance abroad, contact information for peer global ambassadors, and other critical information. 


Email the appropriate Global Programs Coordinator (listed at the top of the page), visit us during our on-call hours, join us for an information session, or call (314) 935-6315 to schedule an appointment. Program information subject to change. 

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