The Mission Interuniversitaire de Coordination des Echanges Franco-Américains (MICEFA) is an association created in 1985 that brings together 15 Universities in Paris and the region of Ile de France and over 60 North American partner Universities in both the United States and Canada.
This association promotes cultural and scientific cooperation between France and Anglophone North America. We work with Universities and their students to facilitate the exchange of students and the promotion of education abroad.
Meet the MICEFA Team
In the office
Sandie arrived at the MICEFA in spring of 2018. She loves working with students and in the field of international education. Sandie did her Bachelor’s Degree in Luxury Hospitality Management at the Institut Conciergerie International.
Dr. Jean Fournier
Jean Fournier PhD is Associate Professor of Sport Psychology at Université Paris
Nanterre. As Academic Director of MICEFA, he helps students adjust to the French
system, and advises them in their academic choices.
Annika enjoys working in study abroad and is on her 8th year in the field. She manages the French students going abroad, the Medical exchange program and the Summer Language & Culture program and Medical Program in Paris. She joined MICEFA in 2017 and hopes to promote the association.
Rebecca has worked in the international education field for over a decade. She comes to the MICEFA after working for 8 years with another study abroad group in Paris. Rebecca majored in French during her undergraduate degree and is passionate about helping students adapt to their exchange in Paris.
Katia has been working with MICEFA since 2009. She organizes all of the French intensive sessions and activites, helps to guide students in their academics and provides academic tutoring and assistance. Katia obtained her PhD from Paris Descartes Sorbonne in Linguistics.
Members of the Board
Dr. Jacques Pothier
Dr. Pothier was elected president of MICEFA in 2014. He was in the service of MICEFA since 2004 as the Secretary General. He comes to MICEFA as a professor in English studies, specializing in American Studies at the Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin and Sciences Po St Germain en Laye. Dr. Pothier is a deputy director of the doctoral school in Humanities and Social Sciences at Université Paris-Saclay and serves on the advisory board of the Institut des Amériques. He has served on the board of the French Association for American Studies, the Euroean Association for American Studies.
Mrs. Masgnaux was elected treasurer of MICEFA in 2017. She is Maître de conférence in the Management Sciences in the School of Management at Paris I-Sorbonne Panthéon. She comes to MICEFA after a long career in Management in the French Aviation sector. She obtained her Doctorat from IAE Caen in Management Science.
Mrs. Pauwels came to MICEFA in 2014 when she was elected Secretary General. She is a senior lecturer at the University of Paris Nanterre in the department of Foreign Languages where she specializes in American studies and does research on the consumer society, the American workplace, inequalities in capitalism, and entrepreneurship in the English-speaking world.