Study Abroad Program Overview
Study abroad in Paris at one of the most prestigious institutions of higher education in France! The École normale supérieure (ENS) offers advanced undergraduate and graduate students a unique opportunity to study alongside exceptional French students and faculty in the humanities, social sciences, and theoretical sciences. At ENS in Paris, you have the flexibility to create your own interdisciplinary curriculum that suits your academic interests and allows you to explore your area of study from unique and varied perspectives. Research opportunities are plentiful and this program is ideal for students planning to continue on to, or already in, graduate school.
ENS is competitive and the program is recommended for academically strong students who have a well-developed study, research, and scholarly agenda as well as a strong proficiency in French.
Students attend classes with host country students.
Language of Instruction
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section to see current or past calendars.
early September to February
mid-February through June
early September through June
With support and advice from the UC Paris Study Center, you will look for housing before departure or after you arrive. You can look for a room in a private home, share an apartment with others, or rent a studio apartment. More information on housing
There are many student clubs and societies
within the ENS, most of which are associated under the Social Activities Organizing Committee. They cover a wide range of cultural, artistic, and sporting activities: theater, music, cinema, photography, dance, football, rugby, tennis, and fencing.
UCEAP students are supported by UC’s network of UCEAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. Local UCEAP staff in Paris is available for assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.
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).
The Humanities and Social Science departments at ENS encompass the following disciplines: cognitive sciences, geography, art history and theory of the arts, literature and languages, philosophy, history, sociology, anthropology, political sciences, law, economics. The Science departments include biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, and geosciences. You will enroll in regular university courses and undertake a research project.
Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:
Undergratuate students will be required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. You will enroll in 21 UC quarter units (14 semester units) per semester.
Graduate students unit requirements will be agreed upon in the Graduate or Professional Student Agreement (GSAG).
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Research is a required component of this program. You will submit a research proposal as part of your application to ENS. Once you are onsite, you will be assigned a faculty mentor. Internships are not available.
Écoles Normales Supérieures (ENS)
The four Écoles Normales Supérieures (ENS) in France are referred to as grandes écoles. They are tutorial and research institutions where exceptional students prepare for careers in French higher education. In place of the first two years of university work, most ENS candidates do intensive study in their chosen field at specialized lycées, in preparation for highly competitive entrance exams. ENS accepts only a small percentage of candidates. The roster of graduates, which extends back for 200 years, includes many noted intellectuals and political leaders.
UCEAP is affiliated only with ENS Paris. Founded during the French Revolution in 1794, ENS Paris currently enrolls about 2,200 students and has a teaching and research staff of 1,000. ENS is highly competitive and is recommended only if you have a well developed scholarly agenda and excellent proficiency in French.
Visit the Écoles Normales Supérieure Paris
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 *
* 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 2015-16. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2015-16 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 the same 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.
- All pre-departure expenses (passport, health clearance, visas)
- Round-trip airfare
- UC fees
- Tuition at ENS
- Mandatory Host Country Health Insurance
- On-site orientation
- Room and board
- Books and other incidentals (laundry, cell phone, etc.)
- Local transportation
- Automatic transfer of classes 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.
- The University-level language requirement is: minimum 3 years (9 quarters / 6 semesters) with a minimum language GPA of 3.50.
3.50 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.
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 Partner Institution.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: