Study Abroad Program Overview
Discover the unique complexities of this multi-layered and multi-cultural city where the past is always present, and the present is always coming to terms with its past. This program features a multidisciplinary curriculum that provides windows into French politics, society, history, and culture, as well as the broader European perspective. All courses feature site visits that use the city of Paris as an extension of the classroom. Small classes, cultural activities and excursions, and volunteer opportunities enhance your academic experience.
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 daily life a rewarding experience.
Watch this video to see what your experience in Paris might be like.
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 or in a shared apartment with UC students. Housing is organized by UCEAP's partner in Paris, ACCENT (International Consortium for Academic Programs Abroad). More information on housing
You have the opportunity to participate in 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.
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 social sciences and humanities. Courses are taught by scholars from institutions in the Paris area. You will enroll in the following courses:
- One lower-division French language course: 6 quarter/4 semester UC units
- Two or three upper-division content courses: 5 quarter/3.3 semester UC units each. You will select from the following list. Exact offerings may vary slightly depending on enrollment and instructor availability:
- Fashion as Phenomenon- NEW course!
- Food and the Environment in France- NEW course!
- European Integration
- Media, Politics, and Society in France and the EU
- Politics, Gender, and Cultural Production
- Histories of Paris
- Parisian Voices in Literature
- Faces of the City, Faces of French Cinema
- Food and Dining in French Art: From Early Modern to the Present- NEW course!
Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:
- UC Paris Study Center website for current course information
- MyEAP Course Catalog lists courses previously taken by UC students. The MyEAP Course Catalog for this program is in the process of being updated and is not available at this time. Check back for updates.
- Academic Chapter of Your Program Guide
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
Internships, research, and independent study are not available for this program.
UC Center Paris
The French and European Studies 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.
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||$14,700||$5,150|
* 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 2017-18. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2017-18 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 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 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:
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