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Global Cities Urban Realities, London & Paris (Semester)

Study Abroad Program Overview

Experience life in two vibrant cities and countries while participating in the same program. Earn UC credit for an academic semester spent half in London and half in Paris. Transportation via Eurostar train will be provided from London to Paris, including transportation to and from the train to program housing.

This program option begins in London and ends in Paris.

Orientation in London and Paris:
UCEAP and ACCENT will provide a thorough orientation when you arrive in London, and again when you move to Paris.
  • Welcome Reception in London
  • 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
(Participation in orientation sessions and events is mandatory; missing them could result in dismissal from the program). 
After orientation you will begin the term, taking an elective course and a culture course in London. In Paris you will take two elective courses and one culture course.
Students attend classes with UC students only.

Language of Instruction


Language Study



Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.
Spring Semester :  
late March - late July








The semester program (without internship) begins in London and ends in Paris.


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. 

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 logisitcal issues, social activities, and housing.
​See the UCEAP Program Guide​ for details about program structure, courses, academic culture and conduct, units, grades, housing, orientation, and health and safety while abroad.

Course Opportunities

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.
This program option begins in London and ends in Paris.
You take one elective course and one culture course in London, and then you will take two elective courses and one culture course in Paris. Students may choose to take one additional elective course in London. 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/2.0 semester 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 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
Culture Course (6.0 quarter/4.0 semester UC Lower Division units)
  • 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

MyEAP course catalog lists the courses offered in London and Paris


​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 London.)

Internships, Research, and Independent Study

Research, independent study, and internships are not possible with this program. If you wish to apply for an internship in London, please consider applying to the Global Cities Urban Realities Semester with Internship Program. Participating in a London-based internship will give you a deeper cultural understanding of London 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.

Estimated EAP Costs *

OptionWeeksUnits (Qtr)Units (Sem)UCEAP Fees 1Additional Costs 2
Spring (London to Paris)1722 - 2514.7 - 16.7$15,675$5,125
* 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 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.



Class Level:

Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Language Prerequisites:



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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