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Global Cities Urban Realities, London & Paris (Quarter)

Study Abroad Program Overview

Experience life in two vibrant cities and countries on the same program!  Earn UC credit for an academic quarter spent half in London and half in Paris.  Choose an elective course at each site in addition to a city immersion course.

Eurostar train transportation from the first half of the program to the second half of the program will be provided, including to and from the housing to the train. 
This program offers one of the few opportunities for sophomores to participate in a UCEAP option.
Orientation in London and Paris:
UCEAP and ACCENT will provide a thorough orientation when you arrive in your first city, and again when you move to your second city.
  • Welcome Reception in first city
  • Meet and bond with other students
  • Learn what to do in matters of health, safety, emergency
  • Topics include banking, communications, transportation, budgeting, food, housing contract
  • Advice given on integration into the host country culture, etiquette
  • Guidance on how to register your courses with both ACCENT and UC, to make sure you receive UC credit for courses taken abroad
  • Information packet with maps and city guidebook
  • Walking tour of local neighborhood
  • Ongoing cultural and social activities
  • Departure packet by email
  • Farewell Reception in second city
Participation in orientation sessions and events is mandatory; missing them could result in dismissal from the program. 
The website for our Study Centers in the U.K. and Ireland provides access to social media and much more. 
Students attend classes with UC students only.

Language of Instruction


Language Study



Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.
Spring Quarter :  
late March - mid June








Although you are applying to begin the program in either London or Paris, applicants may be re-assigned due to numbers or housing imbalance.  Do not purchase airline tickets until your assignment is confirmed.


You will live in pre-arranged student housing, included in the cost of the program.  Overnight guests and excessive noise are not allowed.  Wireless internet is available in all housing.
In LONDON:  You will stay in double or triple rooms in centrally located apartments which are fully-furnished with shared living room, kitchen and bathroom facilities. Rooms are small and have very minimal storage space. Kitchens include a refrigerator, microwave, stovetop, dishes, cutlery, and basic cooking utensils. Towels, sheets, pillows, and blankets are provided. Laundry facilities are located in each apartment or within the apartment complex. In rare circumstances, apartments are co-ed with single-sex bedrooms.
In PARIS: You will be housed in double or triple rooms in shared apartments. Amenities include a fully equipped kitchenette with dishes, cutlery, basic cooking utensils, a stovetop or hot plate, and refrigerator, Apartment kitchens also have a microwave. Sheets, pillows, and blankets are provided, but not towels. 

Extracurricular Activities

​You will take part in an interesting series of activities designed to broaden your cultural awareness and enhance your study abroad experience.

On-site Support

This program is administered jointly by UCEAP and ACCENT (International Consortium for Academic Programs Abroad). Local staff at the UCEAP London Study Center and UCEAP Paris Study Center advise students on academic matters, while ACCENT staff provide information on cultural and social activities.
​See the UCEAP Program Guide​ for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; and information about the intensive language program (if applicable).

Course Opportunities

Study in the “global cities” of London and Paris, exploring the complex social, political, and economic issues affecting these cities. Learn how immigration, increasing diversity, and urban conflict influence these issues. You take courses with visits to sites throughout the global cities bringing your studies to life! Some courses may occasionally require activities on a weekend or holiday.
Whether you start in London or Paris, you take one elective course and one culture course in each city. Students may choose to take one additional elective course in the first city. All elective courses are upper division.   
Please note that the course content and offerings listed below are subject to change.
Course Selection LONDON
Culture Course (3.0 quarter UC Lower Division units):
  • London Uncovered: Meaning and Identity in the Contemporary Metropolis: Explore London as a trading city, as an Imperial center, as the seat of both traditional authority and Parliament, and as a city of migration. Visits to local sites of importance will round out the instruction. Syllabus available soon.  Subject areas: History, Sociology, Urban Studies
Elective Courses (4.5 quarter UC Upper Division units): 
  • Health and Urbanism: Landscapes of Health and Disease. Explore questions of health and disease as they relate to London, from the mid-nineteenth century through to the present day. Subject areas: Urban Studies, Political Science, Geography
  • Policing London: Policy, Law and the Police in the Global City. Explore the relationship between the police, the judicial system, and policy makers in London. You will learn the history of the police force in the UK and the developments that have formed the Metropolitan Police in London today.  Subject areas: History, Political Science, Urban Studies
  • Exhibiting Ourselves: Museums, Display, and Identity in London. Explore the cultural relationship between museums and identity in London, and learn how to 'read' exhibits and develop a critical awareness of the issues relating to collecting practices, modes of display, and the construction of knowledge. Subject areas: Anthropology, Art History, Political Science
Course Selection PARIS
Culture Course (3.0 quarter UC Lower Division units):
  • City and LanguagePursuing Paris and Unlocking French. Explore the city’s history and culture and learn survival or more specialized French to assist you in a deeper appreciation of local culture. Visits to local sites of importance will round out the instruction.  Subject areas: French, Urban Studies, History  
Elective Courses (4.5 quarter UC Upper Division units): 
  • Documenting the Periphery: Identity and Citizenship in the “Other” Part of Paris.
  • Examine the socioeconomic and political disenfranchisement experienced by residents of the "other France" – a France comprised of working-class citizens often of immigrant origin and from France’s former colonies. Subject areas: Sociology, Urban Studies, Comparative Literature
  • (Un)veiling the Republic: France in the Muslim World and the Muslim World in France. Draw from the fields of history, political science, sociology, and international studies to examine the fraught relations between France and the Muslim world over the centuries.  Subject areas: History, Political Science, Sociology
  • Food in a Global City: Food Cultures and Food Politics. Explore the intersection between food cultures and food politics, and examine the debates that have animated French culinary culture. Subject areas: Anthropology & Sociology  
 MyEAP Course Catalog lists the courses for London and Paris


You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad: 15 quarter UC units per quarter. (19.5 quarter UC units if you take an extra elective course in the first city.)

Internships, Research, and Independent Study

​Research, independent study, and internships are not possible on this program. However, an internship is an integral part of the Semester with Internship program! Gain a deeper cultural understanding of your second host city while developing valuable job skills.

UCEAP Study Center in London

UCEAP Study Center in London
UCEAP has two Study Centers in the UK: one in Edinburgh, Scotland and one in London, England. The Study Center in London supports UCEAP students in UK summer programs, English universities, and programs coordinated with ACCENT. Located in Bloomsbury in central London, the Study Center is very near to the ACCENT Center.

ACCENT Center in London

ACCENT Center in London
The multi-city program office and classroom building is based in the heart of London’s Bloomsbury district, near the British Museum and the University of London. Bloomsbury is a vibrant and historic area, well known for its formal garden squares and attractive buildings. Before and after class, take the opportunity to explore Russell Square, Bedford Square, and the businesses that surround you. The program facilities are run by ACCENT staff in collaboration with UCEAP.

UCEAP Study Center and ACCENT Center in Paris

Host Institution
You will find Paris, "City of Light," to be a fascinating mix of the ancient and the modern, with many layers where the old and the new intersect on a daily basis. The UCEAP Study Center and the ACCENT Center in Paris sits deep within a courtyard off the rue du Faubourg St. Antoine, a street famous for interior design stores and furniture factories. One of the city’s most lively and diverse areas, the neighborhood is home to the Opera Bastille and the historical Place de la Bastille. Within easy reach of metro stops, train stations, and bus lines, your classroom building offers convenient and quick access to all of Paris and its suburbs, including Versailles.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.

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These expenses are estimated for 2017-18. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2017-18 payment information, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
  • Predeparture expenses (health clearance, student visa, etc.)
  • Round-trip airfare
  • UC fees
  • Program course fees
  • On-site orientation
  • Room and board
  • Program excursions
  • Books and other incidental expenses
  • Local transportation
  • Transportation at the end of the first half of the program
  • Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.​


UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details  regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.


Study abroad scholarships for United Kingdom (England & Scotland)


AASAP Lord Acton Memorial Scholarship

The Association of American Study Abroad Programs in the UK offers a merit-based scholarship of £500 & £1000 for study abroad in the United Kingdom.  Find out more.

BUTEX North American Scholarship Program

The British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX) awards scholarships to undergraduates from the USA or Canada to study at a BUTEX-affiliated UK university for a semester or year. Scholarships provide £500. Find out more.

Snowdon Awards Scheme for Students with Disabilities

This program provides funding for students with a physical or sensory disability who are studying at a college or university in the UK. Grants of up to £2,500 are awarded to help cover disability-related costs. Find out more.

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Application Information and Deadlines

Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.

Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.

For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.

These are minimum requirements. Your Campus EAP Office determines selection and final admission.  

Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines:

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