Paris, France

January Language + Culture

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Information for term January Language + Culture

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jan 2 – 20, 2017 (3 weeks)
  • Credit: 3 semester hours / 4.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jan 2 – 20, 2018 (3 weeks)
  • Credit: 3 semester hours / 4.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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Dive into the words of Victor Hugo. Wonder at the brush strokes of Monet. Climb the steps of the Eiffel Tower. CIEE’s January Language and Culture program is like a Parisian cubist painting, offering a multitude of perspectives. You’ll go on group excursions to Normandy and Chantilly. Along the way, you’ll discover your own favorite sights, tastes, and memories of the City of Lights.

  • Visit the city’s many scenic parks

    such as the Bois de Boulougne, Jardin de Luxembourg, and Bois de Vincennes.

  • Take a day trip

    to the historic castle of Chantilly, where you may enjoy a delicious meal made in the castle’s very own kitchen.

  • Explore the Vaux-le-Vicomte

    a breathtaking chateau, believed to have initiated the "Louis XIV style" combining architecture, interior design and landscape design.

  • five star hotels

  • visitors to Notre Dame cathedral in 2015

  • restaurants


Location & Culture

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Paris, a center for culture, art, fashion, gastronomy, and intellectual life, is also a major global metropolis. The Seine River traverses the city and its waterways, quays, and bridges serve as major thoroughfares. Explore the city’s most famous monuments such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Enjoy the delicacies at Paris’s numerous cafés - one for every 200 inhabitants!

The Culture


  • Marvel at the city’s architectural history, from the middle ages till the 21st century.
  • Go on faculty led and outings and weekend excursions to the neighborhoods that grace the iconic French capital.
  • Indulge in Paris’s haute cuisine, food meticulously prepared and artfully presented.
  • Experience the breathtaking works of art at the Louvre, the most visited art museum in the world.
  • Treat yourself to a uniquely Parisian performance at the famous Moulin Rouge theater, the birthplace of the Cancan.

Daily Life

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    Residence Hall Students share a double-occupancy room with another student. CIEE provides bed linens and basic cooking utensils. Students will need to bring their own towels. Accommodations are near markets, shops, pharmacies and cafés. Shared Apartment Students may also reside in local shared apartments. Students share a double-occupancy room with another student. Homestays Limited homestays are available, with preference given to those whose universities require living with a local family; this must be indicated when applying. Final housing assignments are solely at the discretion of CIEE.


    Students who live with homestay families receive breakfast daily plus five meals per week. Meals are not included for students in the residence halls or shared apartments, but they can prepare their own meals in full kitchens.

Paris, France

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The program details

The CIEE Study Center in Paris, known as the Paris Center for Critical Studies, is on the rue du Sentier in the lively, central Sentier neighborhood, in the 2nd arrondissement. The Center 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.

All courses are taught by faculty from a range of Paris institutions and are specialists in their respective fields.


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    Participants take classes with other CIEE students only.


    Assessment is based on participation, short papers, tests, and oral presentations. Papers require students to conduct independent research and/or independent analysis of texts and material covered in class. Attendance and punctuality in all classes weigh heavily in student evaluations.


    The program is made up of three weeks of classes with an intensive orientation beforehand. Courses typically meet Monday through Friday. Classes take place at the CIEE Study Center and include structured outings. Teachers arrange for outings in the city in order to help students work on their comprehension in day-to-day settings. The courses are designed for U.S. undergraduates, so the teaching and learning methods will be familiar to participants. Content classes are intellectually rigorous. Students should expect to be active participants in all aspects of the class, keeping up with daily reading assignments and participating in class discussions. In addition to lectures and discussions, classes may include film viewings and outings related to the themes of the class.



    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.


Program Credit

  • Total credit, 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours
  • Contact hours: 45

Students are required to take one course, Paris Collage: History, Culture, and Architecture.


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Scholarships & Grants

In 2016, we awarded over 1,000 scholarships totaling more than $5 million, helping more students get on planes and live their dreams in faraway places than any other organization. This year's no different. In fact, every year we give this unrivaled amount of funding, because we’re on a mission to help YOU go abroad, too! Explore your options today.

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

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

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.

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Breakfast daily plus five meals per week for students living in homestays
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Three-day orientation – an introduction to French culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city.
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Overnight excursions
  • 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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