Study Abroad Program Overview
Study abroad in Paris on the UCEAP Language and Culture program that offers semi-intensive language study for students with no previous French language experience. The program is for beginners and is specially designed to provide you with introductory French oral and written language skills. Throughout the summer you will have plenty of opportunities to practice the French you are learning in class in everyday situations and a personal project will also put you in direct contact with French culture and society.
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.
Students attend classes with UC students only.
Language of Instruction
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section to see current or past calendars.
mid-June to August (six to seven weeks)
You can choose to live in a shared apartment with UC students or in a homestay with a French family. Housing is organized by ACCENT (International Consortium for Academic Programs Abroad). More information on housing
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).
The Paris Summer Language and Culture, Semi-Intensive Track is designed to provide students who have no experience with French language the equivalent of one quarter/semester of introductory French. In addition to your language course, you will also enroll in one culture course taught in English. For the seven weeks you are here, your mornings and afternoons will be spent in language classes taught by resident Parisians and in lectures and activities related to your culture course. These courses offer 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 program courses are taught by faculty from local universities in Paris. While attending the program you will take two courses:
- One lower-division beginning French language course: 5 quarter/3.3 semester UC units
- One upper-division content course on French culture: 4 quarter/2.7 semester UC units. You will select one course from the following list: (detailed course information for the Content Courses)
- Paris as a Palimpsest
- Paris Reflections
- Tastes of Paris
All courses must be taken for a letter grade.
Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. 9 quarter/6 semester UC units are required; two courses.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Internships, research, and independent study are not possible on this program.
UC Center Paris
The Paris Summer Language and Culture, Semi-Intensive Track 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.
Visit the UC Paris website
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 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 related to visas
- Round-trip airfare
- UC fees
- Optional airport meet and greet
- On-site Orientation
- Books and other materials
- 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.
Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate
- The University-level language requirement is: minimum 0 quarters / 0 semesters and maximum 0 quarters / 0 semesters.
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 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
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: