Paris, France

French And Critical Studies

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Information for term French And Critical Studies

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

May 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Aug 12 – Dec 14, 2019 (18 weeks)*
  • Credit: 15-16 semester hours / 22.5-24 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • 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

November 1, 2019
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days
hours

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

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

Application Deadline

May 1, 2019
weeks
days
hours

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 co-curricular activities that turn Paris into the most inspiring classroom on earth.

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

    to destinations like Bordeaux and Marseille - on our rich study tours.

  • LIBRARIES - THE MOST OF ANY CITY IN THE WORLD

    830
  • FILM OR COMMERCIAL SHOOTS ON PARISIAN STREETS EACH DAY

    10
  • annual visitors to the Notre Dame Cathedral

    14M

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 - is a top tourist destination. You’re destined to fall in love with its historic landmarks, exquisite dining, and charming architecture.

The Culture

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • Go on a weekend study tour of Bordeaux to learn about the history of the slave trade, sustainability, and the culture of wine.
  • 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, and share common spaces like the living room, kitchen, and bathroom with your host.

  • 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

    The university is located on a new campus near the Bibliothèque Nationale and the Cinémathèque Française, and offers courses in literature, languages, film, philosophy, history, sociology, psychology, economics, and almost every branch of the physical sciences.

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What you need to know

The program details

All students are required to take Writing Workshop I and II, to acquire essential French academic writing and reasoning skills needed to succeed at the Université Paris Diderot or Sorbonne Nouvelle.

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 five courses, including Writing Workshop I and Writing Workshop II, which is an essential language learning experience for students on this program, and one that makes it possible for students to succeed in direct enrollment local 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

    Courses taught at the CIEE Global Institute are typically for CIEE students only. Classes are scheduled Monday-Friday and meet either two, three, or four times per week, and attendance is strictly enforced both for classes and required co-curricular excursions. Students should expect an average of two hours of preparation required for each hour in class. Instruction is supported and augmented online by our learning management system, Canvas.

  • GRADING

    French university grades are based on a combination of midterm 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 classes. Students are graded on the basis of attendance, class participation, homework, project work, presentations, and midterm 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! Each six-week CIEE course is a full semester in content, so the pace is accelerated, and the workload is demanding. CIEE courses are designed to follow U.S. academic culture and standards. The class environment typically features a combination of traditional lecture and discussion with co-curricular excursions and activities. Heavy emphasis is placed on student participation. To avoid falling behind, students should not plan personal travel out of Paris when classes are in session and plan trips for the long weekends in between blocks. 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 Writing Workshops 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 semester credits
  • Course credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter credits unless otherwise noted in syllabus

Challenge yourself with fascinating courses on the arts, French academic reasoning and its intellectual tradition, and the vast offering of courses at the Université de Paris.

During the first six weeks of the semester, Block I, all students are required to take Writing Workshop I, and then Writing Workshop II for the second six-week Block 2.  CIEE French and Critical Studies students must take 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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 Courses offered in Paris are listed below; course list is subject to change. Courses are in French, and 45 contact hours (60 for language courses), 3 semester/4.5 quarter credits, unless otherwise noted in the syllabus. 

REQUIRED CIEE SEMESTER COURSE

BLOCK 1

BLOCK 2

CIEE ELECTIVE COURSES

BLOCK 1

  • FREN 3101 PAFR: Pensée contemporaine française / Contemporary French Critical Theory (in French)

BLOCK 2

  • AHIS 3001 PAFR (FREN): Histoire de l’art du 19e siècle / 19th Century Art History (in French)

BLOCK 3

  • AHIS 3002 PAFR (FREN): Histoire de l’art du 20e siècle / 20th Century Art History (in French)

UNIVERSITÉ DE PARIS COURSES (UP)

  • 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.

 

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

CIEE offers more than $8 million in scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

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

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarships
  • 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
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

 

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Program

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Fees & Housing

Spring 2019 18 weeks 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.

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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.

Fall 2019 18 weeks May 1, 2019 Aug 12, 2019* Dec 14, 2019*
Spring 2020 18 weeks Nov 1, 2019 TBD* TBD*
Academic year 2019-2020 18 weeks May 1, 2019 Aug 12, 2019* TBD*

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

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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