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The Institute for Field Education (IFE) is a European non profit educational institute which runs semester-long study/intern abroad programs for advanced French language learners. IFE programs turn the European professional workplace into an effective learning space, a broad interface with another culture whereby students become fluent in French, deeply familiar with contemporary European societies, and more knowledgeable in their chosen field of study or work. IFE Strasbourg students have the opportunity to study and intern at the intersection of the EU's two most powerful member-states: France & Germany. Yet, much of the attraction of Strasbourg - the only city in Europe besides Geneva to host international organizations while not a national capital - stems from it's being a lively and highly representative canvas of contemporary France. It's also a great place to live: green, crisscrossed with waterways and bike paths, a leader for urban innovation, a center for the arts, etc.


Area(s) of Study

  • Architecture
  • Finance
  • Islamic Studies
  • Public Affairs
  • Art History
  • French
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations
  • Biology
  • French Civilization
  • Law
  • Radio-Television-Film
  • Chemistry
  • Geography
  • Legal Environment Of Business
  • Religious Studies
  • Communication
  • Government
  • Liberal Arts
  • Science
  • Communication Studies
  • Health And Society
  • Marketing
  • Social Science
  • Comparative Literature
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Social Work
  • Economics
  • Human Ecology
  • Natural Sciences
  • Statistics
  • English
  • Humanities
  • Philosophy
  • Theatre And Dance
  • Environmental Science
  • International Business
  • Physics
  • Urban Studies
  • European Studies
  • International Relations And Gl
  • Psychology
  • Women's And Gender Studies

Sponsored by IFE - a UT Affiliate

Academic Information

All courses and coursework are completed in French. The program is open to a broad range of academic majors. Program has three components: (1) 5 weeks of classroom teaching on European society and work environment, (2) 12-week full-time internship & field research in your academic area, and (3) a culminating research paper.


Students can expect small lectures and group workshops for discussion, debate, press review, oral presentation, and site visits during the 5-week preparatory session. At the beginning of the internship period, each student is assigned a qualified research advisor with whom the student meets biweekly to choose and develop a research topic.

Language(s) of Instruction



Service Learning/Internship

  • Service Learning - No
  • Internship - Yes


There is no housing plan integral to the IFE program. However, IFE will help students 1)arrange a homestay, 2)reserve a place in an independent student residence or foyer, or 3)rent a private studio or apartment by providing resources for the search and possibly contacting landlords on students' behalf.

Open To

Students from all colleges and schools

Program Cost

Priority deadlines listed below are UT study abroad app deadlines; final deadlines are IFE app deadlines. Students must apply in that order. Budgets below are samples, but include everything a student will need except money for extensive personal travel. The IFE program fee may vary depending on the Dollar/Euro conversation rate.

Program Dates:

- Spring
  • January 21, 2021 to May 22, 2021
  • Priority Deadline: October 1, 2020
  • Final Deadline: October 10, 2020
- Fall
  • August 18, 2020 to December 18, 2020
  • Priority Deadline: March 1, 2020
  • Final Deadline: April 30, 2020

Application Code


Additional Resources

Program Website
Frequently Asked Questions

Next Step

1) Attend an "Explore: France & Belgium" info session. Dates and locations listed on website. 2) See an academic advisor to discuss needed credit while abroad. 3) Attend a "Ready to Apply: France & Belgium" session. Dates and locations given at Explore session. 4) Attend Mandatory Pre-departure Orientation.

Program information above is subject to change