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Program Overview

Program Overview

CIEE Global Internship programs are built just for you! All of our locations offer a wide range of internship opportunities across a diverse set of industries. When you apply, we work directly with you to find an internship that suits your unique needs and professional goals.

Students on this program begin by taking two CIEE elective courses offered on a 6-week academic block system. Electives cover a variety of area studies and language courses. Each area studies course includes 45 contact hours for 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours. Beginning language courses include 60 contact hours for 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

The second part of the program includes an 8-week CIEE full-time internship (200-240 internship hours) with an integrated academic seminar (30 contact hours) for 6 semester/ 9 quarter hours. In addition, students on this program have the option to enroll in one additional CIEE elective course for 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hoursfor 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours: 1) Intercultural Communication and Leadership (ICL) or 2) Doing Business in Europe during their internship to augment their placement.

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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    The GAIN Grant helps cover airfare costs to and from CIEE program locations for students who demonstrate high financial need. GAIN Grants are available for short-term (January and summer), semester and year-long CIEE programs.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

    Applicants for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship can apply for the CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant, which provides both program cost support and support for airfare. Students will have to provide proof of having applied to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, upon request.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-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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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Placement Process

  • Individual pre-placement meeting, personalized matching process, and coaching for each student throughout the internship placement
  • Materials to guide creation of a resume appropriate for local business culture as well as guidance on application materials relevant to industry area of interest
  • Interviewing skills webinar based on local business culture in addition to individual student feedback to help prepare for Skype interviews with potential internship supervisor
  • Pre-arrival webinar to review packing recommendations, travel logistics, and first few days of program
  • On-site orientation activities including neighborhood resources overview, review of program parameters and emergency procedures, welcome reception, historical and key sites city tour, introduction to public transportation, and practice commute
  • Ongoing coaching and consulting related to coursework, internship, and city activities
  • Midpoint review from student and supervisor
  • Final written evaluation from student and supervisor

Professional Development

Professional development workshops may include:

  • Making the Most of your Internship
  • Networking and Informational Interviewing
  • Understanding Working Styles
  • Leveraging your Internship for a Global Career

Cultural Exploration

On half- or full-day activities, students can deepen knowledge of ancient and 20th century history and wars by visiting Museum of the Army and the Museum of the Navy; explore emblematic Parisian neighborhoods, such as Montmartre, Montparnasse, the Latin Quarter, Saint Germain, the Marais, the Canal Saint Martin; or visit the Museum of the History of Medicine and observe an exceptional collection of surgical, diagnostic, and physiological instrumentation spanning centuries. They might visit Amboise, a small market town that was once home of the French royal court and Leonardo da Vinci, or Giverny, the renowned location of Claude Monet’s garden and home.

Coursework

Students on this program begin by taking two CIEE elective courses offered on a 6-week academic block system. Electives cover a variety of area studies and language courses. Each area studies course includes 45 contact hours for 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours. Beginning language courses include 60 contact hours for 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

The second part of the program includes an 8-week CIEE full-time internship (200-240 internship hours) with an integrated academic seminar (30 contact hours) for 6 semester/ 9 quarter hours. In addition, students on this program have the option to enroll in one additional CIEE elective course for 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours: 1) Intercultural Communication and Leadership (ICL) or 2) Doing Business in Europe during their internship to augment their placement.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Fall 2017 (14 wks)
05/01/2017
08/14/2017
11/18/2017
$14,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes internship placement and supporting services, coursework, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advsising.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs
$10,943
Housing **
$3,440
Insurance
$167

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

** Does not include a meal plan

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$1,515
International Airfare *
$1,150
Local Transportation
$300
Books & Supplies
$300
Visa Fees
$50
Personal expenses
$1,750

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* Roundtrip based on U.S. East Coast Departure

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Spring 2018 (14 wks)
10/01/2017
01/08/2018
04/14/2018

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

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.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Eligibility
2.5 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.5
  • Sophomore standing and above at time of participation
  • Minimum of 4 semesters of college-level French or equivalent
  • Note: Students should understand that a background in French will expand the potential range of available internships. A limited number of internships for those who speak primarily in English may be available.
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total credit for the program is 12 - 15 semester / 18 - 22.5 quarter hours.
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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students participate in a weekly integrated academic seminar alongside the full-time internship placement.

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About the City

About The City

Paris offers some of the greatest sites in the world: Notre Dame, the Arc de Triomphe, the Palace de Versailles, the Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower to name a few. Beautiful, small touches greet you every step of the way, from fresh baguettes and croissants at every boulangerie to the gorgeous squares and parks that line the city. The Seine’s waterways, quays, and bridges transport you to breathtaking sights including the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, and Notre Dame Cathedral.

Transportation

Students commute to their internships and most program activities via public transportation. We provide an Introduction to the system during orientation, and students are responsible for securing their own public transportation pass. Program housing is convenient to public transportation and all internship locations are accessible.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Brent Keever

Director, Global Institute - Paris

Brent Keever is Director of the CIEE Global Institute - Paris. He received his B.A. in English and literary criticism from Princeton University, and his Ph.D. in English and modern studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has taught and lectured in, on such topics as satire and humor, the literary and cinematic representations of sound, mysticism, and technology, and ethics in cartoons. His research interests include the history of critical theory and criticism, film studies, musicology, and modernist poetry and prose. He is currently working on a project that throws into question certain theories about listening and sharing.

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Souvent considéré comme un musée habité, Paris se démarque plutôt comme un carrefour où se rencontrent multiples cultures, croyances, langues et histoires. L’un des objectifs principaux du programme des études critiques et francophones est de vous faire vivre ce mélange énergique qui alimente l’expression artistique et littéraire, la pensée critique et le débat social et politique depuis des siècles. En puisant dans les arènes de l’univers culturel parisien et en suivant des cours proposés à notre centre et à l’Université de Paris, vous pourrez apprendre à négocier ce croisement qui libère et qui encadre les corps et les esprits, les mots et les choses.

— Brent Keever, Resident Director

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Lucie Laureillard

Lucie Laureillard has two master’s degrees, one in English history and one in French teaching. At CIEE Global Institute Paris, Lucie is managing housing and well-being for all students. She is also in charge of Faculty led programs, short term programs (Jmester, Maymester, IFDS) and Gap year in Paris. She stayed 4 years in Newark Delaware, studied for her Ph.D in linguistics and taught French at the University of Delaware. Lucie also teaches French, the internship seminar and intercultural communication at Global Institute Paris.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

The CIEE Global Institute – Paris has four classrooms, library space, a small computer area for students to use, and staff offices. It 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. Paris offers some of the greatest sites in the world: Notre Dame, the Arc de Triomphe, the Palace de Versailles, the Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower, to name a few.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Students live in shared apartments, residence halls or homestays. In apartments and residence halls, students share a double-occupancy room with another student. Meals are not included, but students can prepare their own meals in the shared kitchen. CIEE provides bed linens and basic cooking utensils. Students will need to bring their own towels. Accommodations are near markets, shops, pharmacies and cafés.

Limited homestays are available, with preference given to those whose universities require living with a local family; this must be indicated when applying. Students who live with homestay families receive breakfast daily plus five meals per week. Final housing assignments are solely at the discretion of CIEE.

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Orientations

Orientations

Your experience abroad starts now! Before you’ve even left home, you will participate in a one-one-one Skype conversation with a program director who lives and works in Paris. Our directors are extremely knowledgeable about their programs and cities, and will share information about your program, provide you with helpful tips, and answer any questions you may have. You will also have an opportunity to take part in an online webinar and connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, learn what others in the group would like to accomplish, review packing recommendations, travel logistics, and talk about the first few days of the program. And if that’s not enough, once you touch down in Paris, you will receive an on-site city orientation with other interns on the program. This may feature a tour of the neighborhood, where to shop for food, tips on affordable living, an introduction to the transit system, crash courses on language, a walkthrough of your commute, and even visits to markets and neighborhood eateries to help you take advantage of the best local fare.

CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple: to help you understand more about the program, and identify your objectives so that you arrive well-informed and return home having made significant progress towards your goals. Don’t worry – you’ll arrive in Paris with the knowledge to succeed.

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Internet

Internet

Housing, classroom, and internship locations all have internet access. Students are encouraged to bring Wi-Fi enabled laptops.

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Academics

Academics

Academic Culture

Students on this program should expect to spend 30 - 32 hours per week (220-240 hours total) engaged in internship project work. In addition, the academic internship seminar will meet for approximately 4 hours per week (30 contact hours total). Students are expected to dress and behave professionally throughout their internship project and are subject to the agreed-upon internship protocols arranged by CIEE and the host organizations.

Nature of Classes

Courses taught as part of the CIEE Global Institute are for CIEE students only are are designed to provide a rigorous, interactive learning environment.

CIEE Community Language Commitment

While the Global Internship program is conducted in English in all locations students will have the opportunity to develop communicative language skills through interactions with peers and host organization colleagues throughout their internship experience. CIEE will offer non-credit communicative language activities throughout the internship program to help students learn basic vocabulary and phrases, and the integrated internship seminar will include important business vocabulary and phrases used in the workplace.

Grading System

Assessment

Students will be assessed via assignments and activities related to the integrated academic seminar, as outlined in the syllabus. Assignments and activities include but are not limited to the following: reflective papers, synopsis of research, collaborative discussions, individual or small group presentations, analysis of readings, class participation, and feedback from the internship supervisor.

Internship supervisors and students each provide a written evaluation of progress towards goals during their placement. In addition, resident directors seek out individual conversations and group feedback through formal and informal channels throughout the program.

Language(s) of Instruction

English

Faculty

All courses are taught by local adjunct faculty who typically have a terminal degree in their field, relevant professional background, and experience teaching an international cohort of students. Most faculty are also associated with and/or have taught at a local university.

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

All Courses

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.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

Students may choose between any of the 6-week courses offered through the CIEE Paris Open Campus program in Block I. Sample course descriptions follow:

LITT 3001 PAFR (ENG)

19th Century French Literature
Students taking this course will grasp the literary history of France from the Romanticism of Chateaubriand through the realist Comédie humaine of Balzac and the epic impact of Victor Hugo. Emile Zola’s naturalist shift in such works as La bête humaine and Le Bonheur des dames and the absurdist attacks of Lautréaumont and Jarry will finish out the class. The painting and sculpture of this era from Courbet, Manet, and Rodin will accompany students in this exploration of 19th-century French literature.

HIST 3003 PAFR / INRE 3001 PAFR


Studying the decisive historical events of the French and American revolutions in terms of an “Atlantic Revolution,” we arrive at a new understanding of political modernity. First, we underline the differences and similarities of the two revolutions. Then we see how these events created the basis of what political modernity in Occidental civilization is. Lastly, we investigate how these models compete and converge today in proposing the fundamentals of modern democracy.

CINE 3001 PCFS

Global Cinema
This course focuses on contemporary French cinema, with an emphasis on film culture in Paris and its area. It also provides an introduction to the practice of film analysis as well as to the main figures and movements in the period considered. In addition, we will examine the importance of cinema in documenting and affecting the social, cultural, and political changes taking place in contemporary France.

(GI) BUSI 3001 PAFR

International Finance
This course provides students with an overview of the dynamics of the global financial and international monetary systems. Students develop knowledge of the fundamental concepts needed to understand foreign direct investment, financial flows, international trade and investment deals. As political risk and economic exposure to global events have become more immediate, special attention will be given to the 2007-2012 world banking crisis, the role of central banks in stabilization of national economies, the European debt crisis, and the specific economic challenges suffered by nations of southern Europe, including Italy. Alternative views and policy measures to help struggling economies overcome economic and financial crisis - like contracting (or expanding) government spending – as developed by the EU, and the US, accordingly will be assessed and critically analyzed.

FRST 3001 PCFS

Paris Collage: History, Culture, Architecture
This course is a multi-faceted approach to Paris development and evolution, with an emphasis on the impact of cultural, social, and political forces on the city’s built environment. The continuance of building, on both a large and a small scale, renders Paris – more so, perhaps, than other cities – a diverse and dynamic metropolis embodying the architectures of yesterday, today and doubtless, tomorrow as well. In this course we will analyze aesthetical and functional aspects of urban structures and how their surroundings establish the atmosphere and characterize every urban society - characteristics that vary from different geographical situations and climates, the size of the city, and from one period to another (thus talking about styles). Beside theoretical lectures, the making of Paris is studied in the city itself, from the Gallo-Roman forum to contemporary urban designs. Through numerous field studies students will gain insight into the history of Paris major landmarks, but also learn how to perceive architectural and urban compositions in general (vocabulary, symbols, materials, functions, archaeology, etc.).

FREN 2001 PAFR

French Language – Intermediate I
In this course, intermediate French language students will gain a broader lexical and grammatical foundation for their language studies. Students will improve their written and oral expression, aided by an in-depth study of grammar (tenses, reported speech, an introduction to conditional and subjunctive), as well as syntax and vocabulary. They will learn idiomatic expressions and learn to identify and eliminate Anglicisms in their speech. This theoretical study is complemented by reading and analysis of simple texts to illustrate the grammatical points raised in class. By the end of the class, students will be able to write a descriptive or narrative text in a clear and organized fashion about subjects with which they are familiar. They will be able to understand the concept of registers of speech and have a face-to-face conversation about a range of issues.

REN 2002 PAFR

French Language – Intermediate II
This course is designed for students with three to four semesters of college-level French, or the equivalent as determined by a placement test. Students read news articles and stories, and through them improve their knowledge of grammatical points (tenses, including the conditional and the subjunctive, pronouns, and beginning of argumentation). By the end of the semester, students should be able to express their opinions on familiar subjects, give oral presentations in an organized way, and write a short essay on a subject of general interest using a range of registers. The student should be able to understand a conversation including several participants and covering a range of personal and general topics.

FREN 3001 PAFR

French Language – Advanced I
This course is designed for students with four or five semesters of college-level French, or the equivalent as determined by a placement test. Students read articles, essays, and literary texts, and carry out regular in-class and at-home writing exercises and essays, which are reviewed in class. The grammatical points covered in the syllabus (tenses, including the conditional, subjunctive, and passé simple, pronouns, and argumentation). By the end of the semester, students should be able to argue a point of view on abstract subjects in an oral presentation and write a well-constructed and coherent essay on a subject of general interest. They should be able to understand and use appropriately varied kinds of discourse, including formal and informal, slang, and academic language, as well as begin to master the different registers of language.

FREN 3002 PAFR

French Language – Advanced II
This course is designed for students with five or six semesters of college-level French, or the equivalent as determined by a placement test. Students read high-level articles, essays, and literary texts, and carry out regular in-class and at-home writing exercises and essays, which are reviewed in class. The grammatical points covered in the syllabus (irregular tenses, imperfect subjunctive and simple past, advanced idioms and rhetoric, the use of the expletive “ne”). By the end of the class, students should be able to argue a point of view on abstract subjects in an oral presentation and write a well-constructed and coherent essay on a subject of specific interest. They should be able to master varied kinds of discourse, including formal and informal, slang, French wit and turns of phrase, and elegant argumentative and expository language.

Weeks 7-14

All students enroll in the 8-week CIEE Global Internship with Integrated Academic Seminar and then will have the option to choose one of the two elective courses.

Required CIEE Internship

INSH 3806 PAFR

Academic Internship in Paris
The CIEE Global Internship program combines a full-time internship with an integrated academic seminar to provide professional exploration and specific skills development, enhance intercultural understanding, and a contextualized real-world work experience in a local or multi-national company or organization. The 8-week program includes between 200 - 240 hours of onsite internship project work alongside a 30-hour integrated academic seminar focusing on local business culture, intercultural communication, professional development, and linkages between local observations and global trends. Students will be assessed via assignments and activities that include but are not limited to the following: reflective papers, synopsis of research, collaborative discussions, individual or small group presentations, analysis of readings, class participation, and feedback from the internship supervisor.

CIEE Elective Courses

Students choose one of the following courses:

(GI) COMM 3301 PAFR (ENG)

Intercultural Communication and Leadership
In this course, you will develop skills, knowledge, and understanding that will help you more appropriately and effectively engage, communicate, and lead in local as well as other intercultural contexts. Course participants explore a variety of topics in intercultural communication based in the context of students’ experiences abroad, and practice intercultural learning processes that can be applied when working across cultural differences in a wide variety of common contexts. Students increase their cultural self-awareness and develop critical personal leadership skills that equip them to become more effective citizens and leaders in an increasingly interdependent world.

(GI) BUSI 3007 PAFR

Doing Business in Europe
This course aims to provide an introduction to the related influences of business, society, government and culture in the region and link these influences to students’ experience within their professional internship program and academic coursework. Using our location of Paris as our beginning reference point, this course will review Europe’s economic and cultural contexts and major changes. We will explore the shared cultural history and diversity across the region (for purposes of this course, we will focus on the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Germany, and Italy). Through small group work and individual inquiry, we will strive to focus on gaining an understanding of the major cultural groups in each country, their heritage and business activities along with the country’s current challenges and opportunities for trade and expansion within the region and globally. By using current business cases and media coverage of economic, political and business issues, we will focus on what we as outsiders to the region need to quickly assess and integrate into our business approaches for success in the region.

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