Study Abroad Program Overview
Study abroad in Paris! Introduce yourself to French life and culture by studying the language and taking courses taught in English that use the city as your classroom. Many courses have a Parisian dimension, while others provide a window into France from a European perspective. Paris boasts exceptional architecture and a rich cultural heritage, as well as fantastic food, fashion, and shopping. Whether visiting the Louvre, strolling along the banks of the Seine, going to the opera, or enjoying your neighborhood café, you will find much to make your academic work and daily life a rewarding experience.
Students attend classes with UC students only.
Language of Instruction
The content courses are taught in English.
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
mid-August to mid-December
You have the option of living in a homestay with a French family, in a shared apartment with UC students, or in a student residence with UC and other American students. Housing is organized by ACCENT (International Consortium for Academic Programs Abroad). More information on housing
The UC Paris program includes a series of evening and weekend activities that will help you discover both traditional and contemporary French lifestyles. The cultural activity series is designed to bring Paris to you and to immerse you in Parisian culture.
You also have the opportunity to attend additional optional cultural activities offered by the Paris Center. These activities include traditional French dinners such as fondue or crêpes, concerts in some of Paris's most prestigious venues, boat rides along the Seine, pétanque tournaments, day trips to beautiful towns in the region such as Reims, Chartres, and Troyes, and weekend trips to historically rich destinations such as Brittany, Normandy, and Lyon, to name but a few. A knowledgeable tour guide accompanies the group on day and weekend trips to enrich your experience and highlight the historical and cultural significance of the sites. All activities are chosen to broaden your cultural awareness and enhance your study abroad experience.
UCEAP students are supported by UC’s network of UCEAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. In Paris, local ACCENT staff help integrate you into the culture and provide assistance with housing, safety, and other issues. The EAP Study Center in Paris provides additional support and supervises your academic program.
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).
You begin the semester with an 11-day introductory French language and culture practicum which introduces you to Paris and the practical use of French. During the semester, you continue to study French and enroll in two or three upper-division program courses taught in English in the humanities and social sciences. Courses are taught by scholars from institutions in the Paris area. You will enroll in the following courses:
You must take your French language course for a letter grade. You may take either your French language practicum or one of your elective courses for Pass/No Pass.
Optional Directed Study: The directed study course provides students with an opportunity to conduct research on a topic related to the French and European Studies Program. Students in the course will complete a research project on a topic of their choice by participating in workshops with their instructor and peers at key moments in the research and writing process. 2 quarter/1.3 semester UC units.
Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. 20.5 - 25.5 quarter/13.7 - 17 semester units are required; four-five courses.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
You have the option of adding on a 2 quarter/1.3 semester unit Directed Study. Internships and research are generally not available for this program.
UC Center Paris
The French and European Studies program in Paris is specially designed for UC students and taught by faculty from local universities in Paris. The program is administered jointly by UCEAP and ACCENT (International Consortium for Academic Programs Abroad). Staff at the UC Center will help advise you on academic matters and provide information on cultural and social activities.
The UC Paris Study Center is located in a nineteenth-century courtyard near Bastille. The Bastille is the famed prison that was stormed at the outset of the French Revolution. Though the Bastille is no longer standing, the square where it used to be is now home to the Opera Bastille and one of Paris’s largest weekly open air markets. You will find Paris 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. Each of your courses is designed to illuminate a different aspect of this fascinating city—its art, history, literature, and politics.
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 *
|Fall||17||20.5 - 25.5||13.7 - 17||$12,900||$4,850|
* 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:
- Predeparture expenses (passport, student visa, health clearance, etc.)
- Round-trip airfare
- UC fees
- Tuition at host institution
- On-site orientation
- Room and board
- Selected program excursions and activities
- Books and other incidental expenses (laundry, cell phone, etc.)
- Local transportation
- 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.
Sophomore, Junior, Senior
- The University-level language requirement is: minimum 0 quarters / 0 semesters and maximum 4 quarters / 3 semesters.
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.
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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