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France: Universities of Paris
Paris, France (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Sponsor: CSU International Programs 
Restrictions: CSU System applicants only
Budget Estimates Academic Year
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2018-2019 02/01/2018 04/15/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
GPA Requirement:
2.75 (If you do not meet the GPA requirement, contact CSU IP as you still may be eligible to apply)
Class Standing:
Graduate, Junior, Senior
Language of Instruction: French Language Prerequisite: 4+ sem/6+ qtr college-level French
Areas of Study: Anthropology, Arabic, Art, Art (Studio), Art History, Asian Studies, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Chinese, Classics, Communications, Comparative Literature, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, English Literature, European Studies, Film Studies, French, French Studies, Geography, German, History, International Business, International Relations, Japanese, Jewish Studies, Journalism, Liberal Studies, Linguistics, Literature, Mathematics, Middle East Studies, Modern Languages, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, Spanish, Theatre Arts/Drama, Women's & Gender Studies
Program Description:



Academic Year Applications
February 1: Priority Deadline
March 1: Secondary Deadline 
April 1: Late Applicant Deadline

Note: CSU IP recommends that students apply by the priority deadline. If spaces are available, student may submit applications for the later deadlines, but may need to be flexible regarding their program options, available spaces may be limited on popular programs.


Eligibility Requirements
Minimum 2.75 GPA; Students must be enrolled at a CSU campus no later than fall term prior to departure, or eligible to enter from a community college by spring term of the program start date.

Course Prerequisites
Completion of 4 semesters/6 quarters of college-level French (through intermediate level). Additional upper division French language coursework is also strongly recommended.

Academic Credit
Students are required to take the equivalent of 15 CSU units per semester.

Students pay the same tuition for France: Universities of Paris as the tuition paid for their home CSU campus. For more information on costs, including accommodations, travel and other expenses, see the Budget Estimates above.

Program Dates
CSU IP students spend an Academic Year abroad on this program. 


Universities of Paris is an exchange program through Mission Interuniversitaire de Coordination des Échanges Franco-Américains (MICEFA), an academic exchange organization which works with several branches of the University of Paris. The program is administered by MICEFA, in association with the CSU Resident Director, who is based in Aix-en-Provence, but travels to Paris throughout the semester to provide academic advising and other assistance to CSU students in France. Students participating in this program must demonstrate autonomy and self-reliance and be prepared to function independently.

France - ParisThis program is designed for students whose preparation in French language is sufficient to permit them to enroll in French-taught courses within regular departments of the University of Paris. The program begins with a four-week intensive French Preparatory Language Program (PLP) organized by MICEFA. The PLP is designed to provide linguistic and cultural preparation for the year in Paris. MICEFA also arranges field trips and visits to local sites as an introduction to Paris. 

During the fall and spring semesters, students will enroll in courses for their major and/or minor within regular departments of the University of Paris. Placement in a cooperating branch of the University of Paris will be dictated by courses available and by student language ability and preparation. A wide variety of subjects are available. In addition, students take at least one French language support course offered by MICEFA or at the Nanterre or St. Denis branches of the university.

For more information about the academic program, students may refer to the CSU IP Academic Bulletin from the previous year. Note that course offerings are subject to change and may not be offered during the year of intended study.


Paris, the political and cultural capital of France, is a major European city and a global center for art, fashion, and culture. Its picturesque 19th century cityscape is crisscrossed by wide boulevards and the River Seine, and is known for landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower or Notre-Dame cathedral. Students will take courses at branches of the University of Paris, which are located throughout the city.


Upon arrival in Paris, students are provided with temporary hotel accommodations arranged by CSU IP. During the orientation week, the on-site staff will provide students with housing information and assist them in finding permanent accommodations. Most students choose to live in local apartments.