This program offers UC graduate students an exceptional opportunity to study at the premiere institution of higher education in France for the humanities and theoretical sciences.
UCEAP is affiliated solely with the ENS Paris (rue d’Ulm). Founded during the French Revolution in 1794, ENS Paris (rue d’Ulm) currently enrolls about 750 students and has a teaching staff of 125. ENS rue d’Ulm is highly competitive and is recommended only if you are a strong graduate student with a well developed study, research, and scholarly agenda.
ENS occupies several buildings in and near the rue d’Ulm in the Latin Quarter. It is near the Universities of Paris I–V and numerous bookstores, cafés, and intellectual meeting spots. The administration and classrooms, housed in the main cluster of buildings, include the historic site of Louis Pasteur’s laboratory and office. “The aquarium,” a large cloister-like courtyard at the center of the main building, permits outdoor study and socializing among the students and faculty. Other facilities are located on the Boulevard Jourdain at the southern edge of Paris, near the Cité Universitaire.
Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.
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*You may make arrangements to complete your fall semester program by late December.
early September to late January*
mid-February through June
early September through June
You can extend your UCEAP participation from the fall to the year option.
You have the option of living in a private home, the ENS student residence, or an apartment.
Participating in extracurricular cultural and social activities while on UCEAP is an excellent way to meet people, improve your language skills, and integrate more fully into the community. Join sports, musical, theater, or arts groups; volunteer at local organizations; attend lectures and receptions held in academic and community circles; and get the most out of your time abroad.
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 provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other logistical matters.
See the UCEAP Program Guide
(PDF) 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
UCEAP will submit your application to ENS on your behalf. ENS will contact you directly if they need further information or documentation and will notify you directly of their final admission decision.
École Normale Supérieure, Paris (Rue d'Ulm)
You can participate in one of two options: you may follow research seminars, or you may be assigned a tutor in your discipline who will provide help in making outside connections to facilitate your research. École Normale Supérieure, Rue d'Ulm (ENS) is competitive and the program is recommended for academically strong graduate students who have a well developed study, research, and scholarly agenda.
You may take courses and conduct research in natural and physical sciences, humanities (antiquity, classics), French literature (Middle Ages and 18th to 19th century), foreign literature, geography (contemporary problems in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the environment), and social sciences.
Use the following resources to learn about courses on EAP:
- EAP Program Search provides information on general areas of study.
- Host institution online catalogs or course listings:
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. Units are determined by your graduate advisor based on the Graduate or Professional Student Agreement and Academic Planning form.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Internships for academic credit are generally not available in this program. You may engage in research and independent studies projects to supplement regular course work.
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 Non Resident 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 2012-13. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2012-13 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include Non Resident Fees. 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 (student visa, health clearance, etc.)
- Round-trip airfare
- UC fees
- Tuition at ENS
- Accident and medical insurance
- On-site orientation
- Room and board
- Program excursions
- Books and other incidental expenses
- 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.
* You must have sufficient knowledge of French upon arrival to understand what is being said in seminars, converse with officials, and conduct research.
3.00 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
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental predeparture 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 the host institution.
Visit your Campus EAP Office for more information:
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