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Social Justice and Activism in France, UC Center Paris

Study Abroad Program Overview

Learn about social justice issues facing France (past and present) as well as the role of protest and advocacy at the local and national level. The program offers interdisciplinary courses on the media, youth protest movements, the corporate world, and social justice and activism in French cinema. A limited number of internships are available with NGOs, unions, and social justice research centers for juniors and seniors.

The program is located in one of Paris' most diverse and lively neighborhoods, close to the Place de la Bastille. From the nearby metro stop, you will have quick and easy access to all the city's iconic sites.

Watch this video to see what your experience in Paris might be like.
Students attend classes with UC students only.

Language of Instruction


Language Study



Winter Quarter :  
​early January to late March









​​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).

Extracurricular Activities

​​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.

On-site Support

​​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.​​

Course Opportunities

On this program you will become familiar with social justice and activism in France. The city is used as the classroom to introduce you to the historical underpinnings and precedents of social justice and the rise of particular forms of activism. You will enroll in a City and Language course that introduces you to French history, culture and language through team-taught instruction. You supplement this course with 2 or 3 additional courses from the list below. All courses are 5 quarter/3.3 semester units. 

Required Course: 
  • City and Language (lower-division) 
Elective Courses (all upper division, you select two):
  • Social Justice in the Corporate World: CSR in France
  • Confronting Injustice: Youth Protests
  • Media, Violence, and Social Justice in France
  • Social Justice and Activism in French Cinema
  • Optional Internship for juniors and seniors (see internship tab for more information) 

Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:


You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. 15-20 quarter/9.9-13.2 semester units are required per semester; three to four courses.

Research and Independent Study

​Research and independent study are typically not available on this program.

Test Drive Your Future

Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.


Internships will be related to the topics of social justice and activism and are available to juniors and seniors. Students will be assigned an internship based on their elective course enrollment from a pre-determined bank of internship hosts. Internships will be part-time, for 16 hours a week plus a research seminar that meets for 2 hours a week. You will produce a 6-8 page research paper. The internship will serve as one of your elective courses.

Setting Up Your Internship

  • ​You will indicate interest in an internship in the pre-departure process
  • Space in internships is limited, you will need to submit additional application materials to request placement in an internship 
  • There is a required seminar that goes with the internship that will guide you through the process of integrating into your host work culture. You are required to submit a research paper at the culmination of your internship. The seminar is worth 5 quarter/3.3 semester UC units. 

Estimated EAP Costs *

OptionWeeksUnits (Qtr)Units (Sem)UCEAP Fees 1Additional Costs 2
* 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.


Class Level:

Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Language Prerequisites:



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: