Study Abroad Program Overview
Gain up to a year's worth of French in one semester on UCEAP's Language & Culture program in Paris. The small classes feature a curriculum specially designed to improve your oral and written language skills. Throughout the term, you will have plenty of opportunities to use the French you are learning in class in everyday situations.
In Paris you will find a rich culture, beautiful architecture, and fantastic food, as well as a dizzying array of museums, galleries, and exhibit spaces devoted to virtually any topic imaginable.
Students attend classes with UC students only.
Language of Instruction
mid-August to mid-December
You have the option of living in a homestay with a French family or in a shared apartment with UC students. Housing is organized by UCEAP's partner in Paris, ACCENT (International Consortium for Academic Programs Abroad).
The 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 ACCENT. 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 UCEAP Study Center in Paris provides additional support and supervises your academic program.
The UCEAP Language and Culture program is specially designed to immerse UC students in several dimensions of French culture and life. An introductory French language practicum introduces you to Paris and the practical use of French. The practicum is followed by intensive language sections (taught exclusively in French) that accommodate complete beginner to advanced beginner language students. You will also select one culture course taught in English. Paris is incorporated into coursework as a "living laboratory" with site visits, local cultural activities and lectures from prominent scholars based in Paris.
Courses are taught by scholars from institutions in the Paris area. You will enroll in the following courses:
- One lower-division French language and culture practicum: 4.5 quarter/3 semester UC units
- Two (consecutive) lower-division French language courses: 6 quarter/4 semester UC units each
- One upper-division content course taught in English: 5 quarter/3.3 semester UC units each. You will select from the following list:
- Histories of Paris
- French Art 1700 to 1900
- European Integration
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. 21.5 quarter/14.3 semester are required; 4 courses.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Internships, research, and independent study are not possible on this program.
UC Center Paris
The Paris Language and Culture program 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).
The UC Paris and ACCENT Study Centers are located in a nineteenth-century courtyard in one of the city’s most vibrant and diverse areas. The neighborhood is home to the Opéra Bastille and the historical Place de la Bastille. Within easy reach of métro stops, train stations, and bus lines, the Study Center offers students convenient and quick access to all of Paris.
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.
Sophomore, Junior, Senior
- The University-level language requirement is: minimum 0 quarters / 0 semesters and maximum 2 quarters / 1 semester.
2.00 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 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. Your Campus EAP Office determines selection and final admission.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: