Paris, France

French And Critical Studies

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Sep 3 – Dec 16, 2018 (15 weeks)
  • Credit: 15-16 semester hours / 22.5-24 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 15, 2018
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Jan 7 – May 11, 2019 (18 weeks)*
  • Credit: 15-16 semester hours / 22.5-24 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Credit: 15-16 semester hours / 22.5-24 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

Overview

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Spend a semester in Paris and immerse yourself in art, society, and culture! Enjoy all that France has to offer as you study in a city that has been home to some of the world’s greatest leaders, thinkers, and artists. Improve your French through fascinating courses, excursions, and fieldwork.

Unique Experiences

  • LIVE LIKE A LOCAL STUDENT

    by taking courses at either the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3 or the Université Paris Diderot (Paris 7).

  • STUDY FRENCH THEORY

    in cinema, arts, writing, and critical thought.

  • TAKE A TRUE FRENCH GETAWAY

    with weekend trips to nearby cities and towns.

  • libraries—the most of any city in the world

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  • film or commercial shoots in Parisian streets each day

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  • annual visitors to the Notre Dame Cathedral

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Location & Culture

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If you’re looking to spend time in one of the world’s most prominent centers of culture, finance, and commerce, look no further than Paris. The capital of France - and the country’s most populous city - Paris is a top tourist destination and will make you fall in love with its historic landmarks, exquisite dining, and charming architecture.

The Culture

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • Take a weekend study tour of Bordeaux to explore the history of the slave trade, and the culture of wine.
  • Spend a day in the medieval city of Provins, former capital of the Dukes of Champagne.
  • Art buff? Then you’ll love a trip to Monet’s home and garden in Giverny.
  • Explore the hidden corners of Paris culture, art, and society through two extra-curricular activities a week. Practice your French through a vibrant language exchange with Parisians, volunteer with one of our community service partners, or live your own passion with an interest group in music, sports, art, or film!

LANGUAGE IMMERSION

  • Improve your French! Students make the CIEE Community Language Commitment to speak French at all times, which both fosters language proficiency and helps you better understand local culture.

Daily Life

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  • HOUSING

    Homestay. Adapt to the French lifestyle by living with a Parisian host. You’ll get a private room with a bed, desk, chair, lamp, and wardrobe, while sharing with the host all common spaces like the living room, kitchen, and bathroom.

  • MEALS

    All breakfasts and five meals a week are provided.

Paris, France

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE GLOBAL INSTITUTE - PARIS

    With classrooms, library space, computer areas, and more, our institute is less than a minute away from the Grands Boulevards, a 10-minute walk to the Palais-Royal, and a 15-minute walk to the Louvre.

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    UNIVERSITÉ SORBONNE NOUVELLE PARIS 3

    A 30-minute bus ride away. This institution is known for its courses in literature and language, film studies, and Arab world studies.

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    UNIVERSITÉ PARIS DIDEROT

    Near the Bibliothèque nationale. One of the few French universities to teach all disciplines. Specializes in the literature, comparative art studies, sociology, linguistics, the humanities, and natural and physical sciences.

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What you need to know

The program details

Study the topics that interest you most through our two-track system! Both tracks require students to take at least one university course at the Université Paris Diderot or Sorbonne Nouvelle.

French Studies Track: Focuses on the political, social, and cultural complexities of contemporary France.

Critical Studies Track: Offers a range of courses in cinema and visual studies, text and language, and intellectual history and critique.

All classes are taught entirely in the French language by esteemed faculty - active researchers in the fields of cinema, visual arts, textual analysis, and critical theory.

Students will take a minimum of four five courses, including a required Writing Workshop, which is an essential language learning experience for students on this program, and one that makes it possible for students to succeed in direct enrollmentlocal university courses. Most students will take a minimum of one direct enrollment course at the Université de Paris, in addition to CIEE elective courses taught in French. More advanced students, with the permission of CIEE Paris faculty and staff, may take two or three of their elective courses at the Université de Paris.

Academic year students must take a minimum of five courses in the spring semester and are encouraged to take all of their second-semester classes at the Université de Paris.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    French language classes meet twice a week. Université de Paris course hours vary from two to three hours a week. Film classes require an additional two-hour film screening to prepare for discussions and lectures. Courses also contain mandatory outings to museums, exhibitions, and conferences.

  • GRADING

    University grades are based on a combination of mid-term and final examinations and research papers and oral presentations, and are on the French grading scale of 0-20, which CIEE then converts into recommended U.S. letter grade equivalents. The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used for CIEE courses, where students are graded on the basis of attendance, class participation, homework, project work, presentations, and mid-term and final examinations. Learning outcomes assessment is continuous through personal reflections, evaluation feedback, self-assessment, and requirements as set out in course syllabi.

  • ACADEMIC CULTURE

    Get ready for a new type of college experience! Lower-level French university courses are often more formal and consist of lectures with little class participation. Great importance is placed on oral presentations, so strong French speaking and writing skills are important. Professors also expect students to work independently and determine their own study and reading schedules. Our Paris Center for Critical Studies will be there to help you navigate this new academic adventure.

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 3.0.

  • PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    4 semesters of college-level French (or equivalent) required. 

Curriculum

Program Credit

  • Total credit, semester: 15-16 semester/22.5-24 quarter credits. 
  • CIEE Course credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter credits each

Challenge yourself with fascinating courses on the arts, the French intellectual tradition, emergent global thought, and more!

During the academic pre-session, all students take the Intensive French Writing and Research Program and meet with a professor once a week for a half-hour private tutorial. During the regular semester, both tracks require students to take the CIEE course Writing Workshop and at least one university course at the Université de Paris (Diderot or Sorbonne Nouvelle); Students fulfill the rest of their credit requirements with a combination of CIEE and Université de Paris courses. 

All CIEE courses and most Université Paris Diderot (Paris 7) courses are 45 contact hours and 3 semester/4.5 quarter credits per course, unless otherwise noted. Most Université Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris 3) courses are 39 contact hours and 3 semester/4.5 quarter credits per course.

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

Spring 2019 Courses

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REQUIRED CIEE ACADEMIC PRE-SESSION COURSE

  • FREN 3503 PCCS: Intensive French Writing and Research Program

REQUIRED CIEE SEMESTER COURSE

  • FREN 3001 PCCS: Writing Workshop

CIEE ELECTIVE COURSES

  • FRST 3001 PCCS: Theory and Method in Critical Studies
  • AHIS 3007 PCCS: 20th and 21st Century Art - What’s So French About Contemporary French Art?

FRST 3001 PCCS: Theory and Method in Critical Studies is Required for Critical Studies Track Students

UNIVERSITÉ DE PARIS (UP) COURSES

Students will enroll in UP courses on site. For past course offerings, the websites are listed below. CIEE cannot guarantee courses offered in the past will be offered again.

Université de Paris Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris 3): Courses at the Sorbonne Nouvelle focus on literature, languages, cinema studies, and theater studies.
 

Université Paris Diderot (Paris 7): Courses at Paris Diderot are offered in all disciplines, including humanities, social sciences, philosophy, history, sociology, anthropology, economics, linguistics, life sciences, chemistry, physics, and computing. 

Fall 2018 Courses

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REQUIRED CIEE ACADEMIC PRE-SESSION COURSE

  • FREN 3503 PCCS: Intensive French Writing and Research Program

REQUIRED CIEE SEMESTER COURSE

  • FREN 3001 PCCS: Writing Workshop

CIEE ELECTIVE COURSES

FRST 3001 PCCS: Theory and Method in Critical Studies is Required for Critical Studies Track Students

 

UNIVERSITÉ DE PARIS (UP) COURSES

Students will enroll in UP courses on site. For past course offerings, the websites are listed below. CIEE cannot guarantee courses offered in the past will be offered again.

Université de Paris Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris 3): Courses at the Sorbonne Nouvelle focus on literature, languages, cinema studies, and theater studies.
 

Université Paris Diderot (Paris 7): Courses at Paris Diderot are offered in all disciplines, including humanities, social sciences, philosophy, history, sociology, anthropology, economics, linguistics, life sciences, chemistry, physics, and computing. 

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

Last year, we awarded more than 1,000 scholarships per term for a total of $5 million, helping more students get on planes and live their dreams in faraway places than any other organization.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.

YOUR FEE INCLUDES:

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

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Fees & Housing

Fall 2018 15 weeks Sep 3, 2018 Dec 16, 2018
$19,850
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $15,383 **

Housing = $4,000 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $19,850

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $2,600

International Airfare = $1,200 ††

Local Transportation = $475

Books & Supplies = $200

Visa Fees = $165 †††

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $3,000

Total Estimated Costs = $8,140

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

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This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** Daily breakfast and three dinners per week is included for students who choose to live with a French host. No weekly meals are included for students staying in studio apartments.

for students in studio apartment; students living with a French host should budget $1,500 for meals not included in the program fee

†† round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

††† average cost, including Campus France fees

Academic year 2018-2019 15 weeks Sep 3, 2018 TBD
$38,285
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $29,818 **

Housing = $8,000 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $38,285

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $5,200

International Airfare = $1,200 ††

Local Transportation = $950

Books & Supplies = $200

Visa Fees = $165 †††

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $6,000

Total Estimated Costs = $14,215

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

See Scholarships

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** Daily breakfast and three dinners per week is included for students who choose to live with a French host. No weekly meals are included for students staying in studio apartments.

for students in studio apartment; students living with a French host should budget $1,500 for meals not included in the program fee

†† round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

††† average cost, including Campus France fees

Spring 2019 18 weeks Nov 15, 2018 Jan 7, 2019* May 11, 2019*
$20,450
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $15,983 **

Housing = $4,000 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $20,450

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $2,600

International Airfare = $1,200

Local Transportation = $475

Books & Supplies = $200

Visa Fees = $165

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $3,000

Total Estimated Costs = $8,140

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

See Scholarships

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** Daily breakfast and three dinners per week is included for students who choose to live with a French host. No weekly meals are included for students staying in studio apartments.

*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

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