The Mission Interuniversitaire de Coordination des Echanges Franco-Américains (MICEFA) is a non-profit association created in 1985. It brings together 18 member universities in Paris and the Ile de France region and over 65 North American partner universities in both the United States and Canada.
This organization 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
Emma joined the MICEFA at the end of August 2022 after having completed a 6-month internship with another American study abroad company in Paris.
Emma completed her undergraduate degree at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle and then a Master’s degree in International Cooperation and Intercultural Relations. During her studies she spent time abroad in both the United Kingdom and Germany. Her time there helped her to become both fluent in these languages and discover other cultures.
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.
He is also the president of the French Society of Sport Psychology.
Annika joined the MICEFA team in May of 2017 and has been working in study abroad for a decade. She has an undergraduate degree in French and International Studies and a Master’s degree in Conflict and Mediation studies. She studied abroad herself in Angers, France during her undergraduate degree and fell in love with France and international education.
Rebecca has worked in the international education field for over a decade. She comes to the MICEFA after working for 9 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
Professor Pothier was elected president of MICEFA in 2014. He previously joined the board of MICEFA in 2004 as its 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. Professor 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 European 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 doctorate from IAE Caen in Management Science.
Claire Bourhis-Mariotti is an Associate Professor of African American History and the Co-Director of the research unit TransCrit at the University of Paris 8 – Paris Lumières in France.
Her main research concentrates on nineteenth-century African American history, particularly the emigration and colonization movements, early Black organizing, the emergence of Black nationalism, and Black internationalism.
She is also Vice-President of the French learned society REDEHJA, whose field of research is the Americas and the Atlantic World from modern times to the mid-nineteenth century.