Study Abroad Program Overview
Experience life in two vibrant cities and countries on the same program! Earn UC credit for an academic semester spent half in London and half in Paris. Choose an elective course at each site in addition to a city immersion course and participate in an Internship plus Workforce Course in your second city. The internship begins near the end of your courses and continues full-time through the rest of the semester.
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.
Cross-cultural internships are different from home-culture internships in more than one way and can serve a variety of purposes. The main purpose of the internship is to deepen your understanding of contemporary French/British society today through daily contact and conversation with members of that society.
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.
Students attend classes with UC students only.
Language of Instruction
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
late March - late July
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. Semester students may need to change rooms when the Quarter portion of the program ends.
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.
You will take part in an interesting series of activities designed to broaden your cultural awareness and enhance your study abroad experience.
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).
Study in the “global cities” of London and Paris, exploring the complex social, political, and economic issues. 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 the first city, and then you will take one elective course, one culture course, and your internship plus workforce course in the second city. Students may choose to take one additional elective course in the first city. All elective courses are upper division. This is an intensive semester of study and will require your rigorous participation.
Please note that the course content and offerings listed below are subject to change.
Course Selection LONDON
3.0 quarter/2.0 semester UC Lower Division units if London is your first city
6.0 quarter/4.0 semester UC Lower Division units if London is your second city
- 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/3.0 semester 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
3.0 quarter/2.0 semester UC Lower Division units if Paris is your first city
6.0 quarter/4.0 semester UC Lower Division units if Paris is your second city
- City and Language: Pursuing 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: Urban Studies, History, French
Elective Courses (4.5 quarter/3.0 semester 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
- Nation and Identity in Modern France: A Series of Great Ideas. What is France? And who is French? Explore these questions by referring to authors in a variety of fields, including political science, philosophy, and literature, ranging from the 18th century to the present day. Subject areas: Philosophy, Political Science, History
- 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
The internship begins near the end of the courses and continues full-time for the rest of the semester. (4.5 quarter/3.0 semester UC Upper Division units)
- Internship plus Workforce Course: Explore the changing organizational structures of work in Britain and examine the social and economic changes that affect the workplace in the U.K. Subject areas: vary depending on placement
- Internship plus Workforce Course - Obtain an overview of working in France and of the current economic situation in the country. Explore how the economic situation affects the workplace, and how you can integrate into French working life. Topics include: current political and economic climate, national legal framework, structure and workflow, integration of immigrants into the workforce, discrimination in the workplace, and comparison between France and U.S. work experiences.
MyEAP course catalog
lists the courses offered in London
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad: 22.5 quarter/15 semester UC units per semester. (27 quarter/18 semester UC units if you take an extra elective course in the first city.)
Research and Independent Study
Research or independent study is not possible with this program.
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
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
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.
Test Drive Your Future
Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.
The internship portion of this program takes place in the second city, during the final five weeks of the program. This program is intensive and requires your participation in class and at the internship approximately five days a week. You should be prepared to spend about four days a week interning, and one day a week in your Culture Course and Workforce Course.
Please note that when you express your areas of interest for an internship, do not limit yourself to the areas mentioned below. You are not guaranteed an internship in your major. Be prepared to be flexible, unforeseen opportunities might open up and a good match between you and an organization might be found.
One of the main goals of the internship is to foster growth and development in a field of interest while also immersing you in British society. Check out this guide
on planning and engaging in a successful internship.
Internships will most likely be offered in the following areas:
- Marketing and Public Relations
- Administration in legal aid organizations and charities
- Event Management
- Museum Studies (Examples of possible internship placements include smaller museums, the British Library, The Georgian Group, and an 18th century garden being restored and used for school visits and for the local community. The bigger museums such as the British Museum or the National Gallery are not possible.)
- Descriptions of previous internship placements
One of the main goals of the internship is to give you an opportunity to immerse yourself into French society. Because of linguistic barriers and the nature of the internship (short term/part-time), these internships will be entry-level. Check out this guide
on planning and engaging in a successful internship.
Internships will most likely be offered in the following areas:
National or international NGO's in fields such as public health, development, immigration, education, gender, and social welfare
Small or large companies or public agencies active in areas such as communication, marketing, trade, tourism, media, etc.
Research, either in social sciences or sciences might be considered for a student with the proper background who could be of help in editing scientific articles in English or/and carrying out their own research project
If you are fluent or proficient in languages other than English or French, internships might be identified in companies working mainly in these other languages (examples: Spanish, Chinese, or German)
Institutions that might be more difficult to reach in general are French public institutions (schools, museums, government ministries) or local institutions for which proficiency in French will be required since their working language won't be English
Setting Up Your Internship
- You will be asked to submit information regarding your internship interests at the time of application.
- The Study Center staff in London and Paris will help facilitate this process, and your internship placement will be finalized once you are on-site.
- On rare occasions, interns may be placed at more than one organization during the internship. This will depend on supervisor capacity and the availability of internship projects at a particular organization.
- The internship is an integral part of this program.
- You are required to obtain a Tier 4 Student Visa before departure from the U.S.
- You enroll in a Workforce course in addition to your internship in the second city of the program.
- You will earn 4.5 UC quarter units for your internship and the Workforce course.
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.
Estimated EAP Costs *
|Spring (London to Paris)||17||22 - 25||14.7 - 16.7||$13,850||$5,050|
|Spring (Paris to London)||17||22 - 25||14.7 - 16.7||$15,450||$5,800|
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated for 2016-17. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2016-17 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:
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.
- 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
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
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
Sophomore, Junior, Senior
2.50 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
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. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by ACCENT International.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines:
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