MICEFA is a consortium of most of the Universities of Paris and its region. It was created in 1985 to promote cultural and scientific cooperation between France and Anglophone North America. Our North American partners include over 70 universities in the United States and Canada. MICEFA serves as a tool for enhancing North American/French academic cooperation. Unlike traditional “island” study abroad programs, MICEFA provides students access to a genuine experience in a foreign university with local students.
Exchanges last for one semester or an academic year. Two- to four-month exchanges are arranged in the field of Medicine.
For the past couple of academic years, MICEFA has facilitated the exchange of approximately 450 students and scholars. Each year MICEFA facilitates the integration of approximately 200 North American students. As students are exchanged on a one-to-one basis, we send an equal number of French students to our partner institutions. Fees and tuition are paid to the home university and not to the host institution. Reciprocity is a key requirement for the success of these exchanges. Students are expected to be in good standing in their home universities and to possess adequate language proficiency (at least 80 and sometimes above 90 for some of our partners on the TOEFL for the French students andit is highly recommended* to have at least two semesters of university level French or equivalent for the North American students). As students are non-degree candidates, their studies abroad are counted toward the completion of their home degree requirements.
*Absolute beginners with French Focus studies accepted for the Fall semester.
MICEFA provides North American visiting students with a three-week orientation and language preparation program. This program is designed to assist with the academic preparation and cultural adaptation.
With the advisement of the MICEFA academic director, each student selects an individualized study program. Depending on the students’ proficiency in French and degree requirements, they may attend any one of the 16 member universities (one university per semestre).
MICEFA also offers 3-4 courses per semester in French taught by Parisian university faculty.
MICEFA staff provides many 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.
MICEFA provides French students with general and individual information about the host universities and the type of programs they should get enrolled into. MICEFA also offers complete assistance to the French students when they have to put together their application form for the North American University or consortium of universities which has accepted their candidacy. MICEFA has also negotiated the best health coverage for all outgoing French students with an international insurance company. Finally, MICEFA provides assistance in the visa process and in the last steps before they leave for their study abroad time.
We are currently in the process of developing an alumni database. Our aim is to help students continue to make the most of their study abroad experience by keeping in contact with the MICEFA network. We hope this network will facilitate further educational, personal and professional exchange. If interested, please don’t hesitate to contact us at email@example.com
MICEFA also offers several Teaching Assistantships in French secondary educational institutions. We also offer 3-4 positions for native English speakers to teach as “lecteurs” in the Parisian universities. Please see the section to the left for more information.
MICEFA offers French students few Teaching Assistanships in North American university partners.
MICEFA has a Medical Exchange program, which offers participants the opportunity to experience another country medical system. We are currently collaborating with University of Pennsylvania, George Washington University, Albert Einstein at Yeshiva University, Harvard University and Columbia University Schools of Medicine on the U.S. side and Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris Diderot University, Paris Sud Orsay University, Paris Val de Marne University and Paris Nord Villetaneuse University on the Parisian side. The main principle of our program is again a reciprocal medical exchange: students (Med 1,2, 3, or 4) from the American university partners and students of Paris Medical Schools enroll with a tuition waiver from the host institution.
MICEFA expects reciprocal services to be offered to French students in regards to orientation, advisement and general student services.
MICEFA team provides:
A Summer program in French language and culture offers French courses in the morning and cultural activities and visits in the afternoons during the month of July (option for a faculty member to accompany university student group).
MICEFA is a non-profit organization with a Governing Board composed of the Presidents of the participating universities, elected officials and public figures. Funding is provided through public resources, including the participating Parisian universities and the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research as well as fees paid by participating French students.
Contributions by the U.S. embassy in Paris and some alumni are used to help underserved students to participate in the exchange.
26 rue du Faubourg St. Jacques
T. +33 (0)1 40 51 76 96
F. +33 (0)1 44 07 18 10