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UC Center Paris:

- French & European Studies, Fall
- Language & Culture (Intensive Track), Summer



This guide was created to help you navigate the different aspects of travelling abroad as a UCEAP student. All important aspects of attending university in your host country are addressed here, including academic information, extension of UCEAP participation, cultural awareness, orientation, transportation, finances and much more.

Remember to also visit the Participants section of the UCEAP website for important information and deadlines.
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Academic Information
Program Overview

Language and Culture, UC Center Paris

The curriculum in this summer program is designed by UC faculty with the objective of providing first-year French language skills to students with little or no experience with the language. This language-based curriculum provides you with approximately two quarters of French.
 
See the Paris Study Center website for complete course descriptions and syllabi from previous years.
 

Requirements

You will take two sequential French language courses worth 5 UC quarter units (3.3 semester units) each. In addition, you select one of two upper-division culture courses worth 4 UC quarter units (2.7 semester units) that present topics in French culture with an emphasis on either the humanities or social sciences.
 

Registering for Courses

You will complete your course registration prior to departure. The Academic Coordinator will e-mail you instructions on how to sign up for your courses. There will be an electronic language assessment prior to departure for students who are above the introductory level of French.
 

French and European Studies, UC Center Paris

The curriculum is designed by UC faculty with the objective of providing an academic foundation for French and European studies.
 
An eleven-day French language and culture practicum provides an introduction to Paris and the practical use of French. For the semester, you will continue to study French and enroll in two or three upper-division program courses in the humanities and social sciences. Courses emphasize the city of Paris, France, and European studies, and are taught by scholars from institutions in the Paris area.
 
Recent course offerings include:
  • Histories of Paris
  • European Integration
  • French Art 1715–1914
  • Media in France and the European Union
  • Parisian Voices in Literature
  • Under French Eyes
  • Paris Jazz
  • Theater in France

These courses may fulfill general education and breadth requirements as well as major requirements in the fields of art history, literature, communications, history, political science, and economics. See the UC Paris website for complete course descriptions and syllabi from previous years.

 

Requirements

You will take the French language and culture practicum worth 4.5 UC quarter units (3 semester units), an intensive French language course worth 6 UC quarter units (4 semester units), and two or three culture courses worth 5 UC quarter units each (3.3 semester units each). Expect to take a full-time load of approximately 21 UC quarter units (14 semester units) on this program.
 

Registering for Courses

You will complete your course registration prior to departure. The Academic Coordinator will e-mail you instructions on how to sign up for your courses. There will be an electronic language assessment prior to departure for students who are above the introductory level of French.
 
Academic Culture
Course Information
Grades

​Grades for the Language and Culture, UC Center Paris summer program are usually available by early September and grades for the French and European Studies, UC Paris fall program are usually available by late January.

 

For detailed information about grades, see the Academic Information chapter of the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad.
Extending UCEAP Participation
 

Extension Opportunities

Extending your UCEAP participation may be possible. The following extension options are available:
 
  • UC Center Paris Language & Culture summer to UC Center Paris French & European Studies fall semester 
     
  • UC Center Paris French & European Studies fall semester to Bordeaux Language & Culture spring semester
     
    Eligibility: In order to extend in this option, you must have completed 2 quarters/1 semester of French at your UC campus (or equivalent) before you start the Paris program
     
  • UC Center Paris French & European Studies fall semester to University of Bordeaux spring semester (immersion)
     
    Eligibility: In order to extend in this option, you must have completed one year of French at your UC campus (or equivalent) before you start the Paris program
     
  • UC Center Paris French & European Studies fall semester to Sciences Po spring semester
     
    Eligibility: In order to extend in this option, you must be majoring in and have a strong academic background in political science or a related field. Refer to the list of eligible majors for Sciences Po. You must also have a minimum 3.2 GPA and completed at least two years of university course work (high school AP credit does not count).
     
If you are planning to extend from the UC Center Paris fall semester program to either the University of Bordeaux spring immersion program or the Bordeaux spring Language & Culture program, be mindful that the progress you make with your French in the fall program will determine whether you can extend to Bordeaux and into which option. The Paris Study Center will conduct an evaluation before your extension to Bordeaux is approved.
 
 
Cultural Awareness
Educate Yourself
Also, familiarize yourself with the UC Paris website, especially the Student Life page, which has links to great student resources.
Etiquette
 
Concealment Act
The French Concealment Act prohibits the wearing of the full-face veil in public places in the territory of the French Republic. However, hijabs are very common and unlikely to lead to any specific harassment in France. Students wearing hijabs in France may encounter stares, though not likely any outright hostility. If you encounter any kind of hostility, contact the UC Study Center staff immediately.
 
Official Start Date & Mandatory Orientation
 
Travel Planning
Travel to Your Host Country
 
 
 
Travel Documents
 
 
 
Packing Tips
 
 
 
 
Return Travel
 
Financial Information
Understanding Your Finances

Your MyEAP Account & Budget
 
 
Handling Money Abroad

Obtaining Cash Abroad

The Study Center recommends the following forms of handling money: debit card, credit card, international money orders for AmEx members, and wire transfers. How you divide your money into the various forms is entirely your choice; choose the options with which you feel most comfortable. UCEAP recommends that you choose multiple methods of accessing funds so if there is a problem with one, you can use another.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Travelers Checks

Travelers checks are rarely used nowadays in France, so they are not recommended. 
 

Banking

Due to the short duration of the UC Center programs program, you may not open a bank account. Neither ACCENT nor the Study Center can facilitate the process. You are advised to access money from abroad using your ATM card.
 
Late Withdrawal Penalties & Fees
 

UC Center

In addition to UCEAP penalties, ACCENT will charge withdrawal penalties based on the withdrawal date. Refer to your online Student Budget and the online Predeparture Checklist for more information. The effective withdrawal date is the date that ACCENT is notified of the withdrawal. It is important that your Campus EAP Advisor notify the UCEAP Systemwide Office of the withdrawal immediately.
 
Communications Abroad
Internet Access
  

UC Center

You will have access to the ACCENT Center, which is in the same courtyard as the Study Center. You can sign up for three 1-hour slots per week to use the Apple computer lab. You can do academic work at the Study Center, either on the computer workstations or on personal laptops. You also have access to printing and photocopying facilities in the ACCENT Center. It is highly recommended that you take a laptop because a decent amount of course material will be online. If you do not take a laptop, you will have access to all materials through the workstations.
 

Residences

Daumesnil residence is equipped with a DSL connection in every room (no WiFi). The only thing you will need to purchase is a plug adapter, which is available in France.
 
Cité residence provides wireless (WiFi) access in every room.
 

Homestays

All homestays have Internet, although WiFi is not guaranteed.
 
 
Phones
 

UC Center

Most students find a cell phone particularly useful. You will be informed about renting or purchasing a cell phone during your orientation in Paris.
 
In the Daumesnil residence, you will have a phone in your room. On this line, you can receive incoming calls from anywhere for free and make unlimited free calls to any landline in the Paris region (phone numbers starting with 01 or 09) and any landline in the United States. You will need a phone card to call any cell phone (the card access phone number should start with 01).
 
In the Cité residence, you can activate the phone in your room by paying a small fee at the front desk of the residence, and then you will need a phone card to call out.
 
Homestays have limited phone access.
 
Mail & Shipments
 

Mail

Have mail sent to the Study Center during the Practicum/Welcome Programme and to your private address once you are settled in your permanent residence. It is not advisable to have mail sent to your temporary residence (this mail may not be distributed and is not forwarded).
 

UC Center

Have your mail sent to the ACCENT Paris Center. Address mail as follows:
 
[Student Name]
c/o ACCENT
89 rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine
75011 Paris
France
 
Housing & Meals
Where Will I Live?

Language & Culture, Summer

Upon arrival, you will move into your homestay or the Daumesnil residence hall (see Residences and Homestays below). If you extend from the UC Center summer program to the UC Center fall program, you must live in a homestay during the fall semester in Paris. ACCENT, not the Paris Study Center, manages all the student housing for their programs. Housing costs are included in your UCEAP program fees.
 

French & European Studies, Fall

Upon arrival, and for the duration of the UCEAP orientation and practicum, you will stay at the Daumesnil residence hall, the Cité Universitaire residence hall, or a residential hotel in Paris. You will then either move to a homestay or remain at the Daumesnil or Cité Universitaire residence hall  (see Residences and Homestays below). If you are planning to extend to the Bordeaux spring program, you must choose the homestay option for your semester in Paris. ACCENT, not the Paris Study Center, manages all the student housing for their programs. Housing costs are included in your UCEAP program fees.
 
Housing Contracts: The housing contracts, costs, roommate preference forms, and detailed instructions are available in the ACCENT Enrollment Forms found in your Predeparture Checklist. Complete the forms and return them to the San Francisco ACCENT office by the stated deadline. Housing option requests are honored on a first come, first served basis. Ranking an option does not guarantee placement in that housing choice.

Residences

Living in a residence hall requires sharing space and being respectful of the needs of others. European residences tend to be much quieter than U.S. dorms, as students generally socialize off campus. Dorms require that quiet hours be observed between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. Overnight guests and excessive noise are prohibited—the French are quite serious about this. Parties are not allowed within the residences, and violation of these rules may lead to expulsion. There are numerous cafés and restaurants near the student residences where you can gather socially.
 
As in the U.S., European residence halls tend to be simple. The student residences in Paris consist of single and double studio rooms and are furnished with the necessities: a bed, a desk, a closet or armoire, sheets, pillows, and blankets. You will need to bring or buy your own towels and toiletries, including toilet paper. Pay-per-use laundry facilities are located within both residence buildings.
 

Daumesnil

Single- and double-occupancy studios are available. Each studio is fully furnished with a restricted access telephone line; internet access/DSL; kitchenette with a hot plate, a sink, a small refrigerator, basic dishes and utensils, and a microwave; and private bathroom with shower, toilet, and washbasin. There is a common TV area and lounge. The Daumesnil residence is within walking distance of the ACCENT Center, where you will attend classes.
 

Cité Universitaire (not available in summer)

Single studios are available. A telephone and internet (WiFi) access is provided in each room. Each room has a sink, while showers, toilets, and kitchenettes are shared and located on each floor. Toilets and shower rooms are gender neutral and are locked from the inside. Washers and dryers are located on-site. From the Cité residence, the commute to the ACCENT Center where you will attend classes takes approximately 30-40 minutes with public transportation.
 

Homestays

Homestay accommodations provide the opportunity to observe firsthand how the French live. As in a residence hall, living in a homestay requires respect and sensitivity to others. You will receive a set of “Family Living Guidelines” upon arrival in Paris to help you adjust to your accommodations.
 
The host family will provide sheets, blankets, pillows, and towels. The number of meals provided per week will depend on the meal plan you have chosen with your host family. Phone usage varies from home to home, but students are generally allowed to receive calls in the home and may make short phone calls. You may need to pay for outgoing calls. All homestays have Internet, although wireless (WiFi) is not guaranteed.
 
Students in homestays will be placed in homes throughout Paris, thus commute time to the ACCENT Center will vary. If you choose the homestay option, you will get the name and address of your host family during the UCEAP orientation in Paris. This information will not be available prior to departure from the U.S.
 
 

Rent Payment  

All homestay and residence rent is paid through the UCEAP student fees.
Meals
If you live in a homestay, you will be provided with some meals. The summer program homestays offer daily breakfast and two dinners per week. The fall program homestays have two options: a) daily breakfast and dinner four days per week; or, b) daily breakfast and dinner one day per week. Meals are not provided during the midterm vacation. During this time you must prepare or buy all other meals yourself (you will have kitchen access). Report any meal issues immediately to the UC Center staff.
 
If you live in a residence (dorm), no meals will be provided. If you live in the Daumesnil residence, you will have a kitchenette with a microwave, sink, refrigerator, hot plate, and basic dishes and utensils in your room. If you live in the Cité Universitaire residence, you will have access to a common kitchen with these amenities that you will share with other students in your hall.
 
 
Daily Life Abroad
Local Transportation
 
 
 
Extracurricular Activities
 
Students with Disabilities
Travel Sign-out Form
 
The UCEAP student budget does not include funds for recreational travel abroad.
Working in France
Students on the UC Center Paris programs may not legally work in France. 
Volunteer Opportunities
 
Insurance
UCEAP Insurance
 
Staying Healthy
Local Medical Facilities
 
Physical Health
If there has been any change in your health—physical, mental, or dental—since you submitted your health clearance form to the UCEAP Systemwide Office, you must immediately notify the UCEAP Program Specialist.
 
Prescription Medications
 
Mental Health
 
Health Risks
Staying Safe
Minimize Risk
 
Crime & Prevention
 
Civil Unrest
 
Traffic & Transportation Safety
 
Substance Abuse
 
Police
 
UCEAP Contingency Planning
 
 
Fire Safety
 
In An Emergency
 
 
 
 
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