The UCEAP Language & Culture summer program in Paris offers intensive French language study for beginners and students with up to two quarters (one semester) of university-level French. The program features a curriculum specially designed to improve your oral and written language skills.
You will find Paris to be a fascinating mix of the ancient and the modern, with many layers where the old and the new interact with one another 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. The UC Paris Study Center, located in a nineteenth-century courtyard near Bastille, contains administrative offices, a reading room, three dedicated research terminals (with access to the California Digital Library collections), wireless internet access, printing capabilities for students, and a small research library. It is open to all University of California students in Paris.
Students attend classes with UC students only.
Language of Instruction
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late June to August (six to seven weeks)
You can choose to live in a student residence with UC and other American students or in a homestay with a French family. Housing is organized by ACCENT (International Consortium for Academic Programs Abroad).
All program courses use the city of Paris as an extension of the classroom by visiting world-famous museums, temporary exhibitions or performances, and historical monuments. Additionally, all students participate in three mandatory excursions to sites such as Chantilly, Versailles, and Auvers-sur-Oise, which are important to their understanding of French culture.
Students on the program also attend a ballet at either the historic Opéra Garnier or the modern Opéra Bastille for which they are prepared with a lecture from faculty prior to attending the performance.
UCEAP students are supported by UC’s network of study abroad offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. In Paris, UCEAP partners with ACCENT International and their local 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.
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).
UC Center Paris
The Paris Summer Language and Culture Program is specially designed for UC students with the objective of providing first-year French language skills to students with little or no experience with the language. It is designed to immerse students in several dimensions of French culture and life, with intensive language sections to accommodate complete beginner to more advanced first-year language students (taught exclusively in French), and the choice of one of two culture courses (taught in English), Paris Landscapes: Literary and Visual Constructions of the City or Paris as Palimpsest: A Perpetual Dialogue between Past and Present, which provide students with engaging scholarly perspectives on the arts and social sciences as they pertain to the city of Paris in particular and French culture in general.
The courses are 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.
This program focuses on the study of French at an introductory level.
While attending the program you will take two courses:
- One French language course (10 UC quarter units/6.6 semester units)
- One elective course on French culture (4 UC quarter units/2.7 semester units)
You must take the language course for a letter grade. The culture course may be taken as Pass/No Pass.
You will take a full-time course of study while abroad for 14 UC quarter units (9.3 semester units).
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Generally, internship opportunities are not available for this program.
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.
* 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 (visa, etc.)
- Round-trip airfare
- UC fees
- Tuition at host institution
- Accident and medical insurance
- On-site orientation
- Room and board
- Program excursions and activities
- Books and other incidental expenses
- 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 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.GPA Note
: Good academic standing is also required, as defined by your UC campus.
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. Your Campus EAP Office determines selection and final admission.
Visit your Campus EAP Office for more information:
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