Paris: Academic Year

Photo of Paris at sunset
Final App Deadline: 
Friday, February 2, 2018
Language Requirement: 
Required
Coordinator: 
Lewis Fortner
Quarter(s): 
Academic Year

Please note: Study abroad programs sponsored by the undergraduate College of the University of Chicago are open to University of Chicago students only. Applications from outside the University are not accepted.

Through Chicago’s Academic Year program in Paris, students in the College live and study for nine months in one of the world’s great centers for learning and culture. In addition to an advanced French language course taken by all participants, students enroll in regular courses at one or more of the universities with which Chicago has an agreement:

The first four institutions are part of the federated University of Paris. Denis Diderot (Paris VII) and Nanterre (Paris X) are relatively comprehensive universities with rich offerings in the humanities and social sciences. Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI) is a science and mathematics university. Dauphine (Paris IX) specializes in economics, business, and related subjects. The Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, popularly known as “Sciences Po,” is one of the Grandes Ecoles of France with strengths in political science, public administration, and the social sciences. The Menton campus of Sciences Po focuses on political, economic and social issues in Mediterranean countries, the Middle East and the Gulf. Courses are offered in French, Arabic and English.

For each university course taken by Paris program students, Chicago establishes a tutorial in which the material of the course is discussed and the student's work is monitored and assessed. The selection of a student’s courses in Paris is based partly upon the requirements of his or her individual degree program, and partly upon the availability of courses in Parisian institutions. Normally a Paris Academic Year student takes courses in his or her major subject as well as electives. All instruction, including the tutorial sessions, is conducted in French.

Center in Paris

Headquarters for the College’s study abroad programs in Paris is the University of Chicago Center in Paris, the University’s research and teaching arm in Europe. Situated in the thirteenth arrondissement, the Center in Paris is part of an ambitious intellectual project along the river Seine, including the Bibliothèque Nationale and a new home for Université Denis Diderot (University of Paris VII). The Center in Paris features classrooms, offices for faculty and graduate students, computer facilities, a small library and an apartment for the faculty director. For participants in Chicago’s programs, the Center in Paris provides a focus for academic activities, a central meeting place and a continuing Chicago “presence” within one of the major capitals of Europe.

Housing

Participants in the Paris Academic Year program are housed in a residence hall within the Cité Internationale Universitaire (Cité). The Cité, a park-like residential complex in the fourteenth arrondissement, is the international student campus in Paris, though French students also live there. Students reside in single rooms with a private bath and have access to Cité facilities, including a library, theater, laundry and athletic facilities. Students will have access to common kitchens in the residence halls and can purchase inexpensive meals at the Cité’s restaurant universitaire.  Alternatively, students may choose to arrange their own housing in advance of the program’s start. In this case, the student would pay for housing costs independently and the program fee would be adjusted accordingly.

Credits and Registration

Study abroad students remain registered as full-time students in the College. They receive a full year’s credit for their work. Course titles, units of credit and grades are placed on the College transcript. Since the use of these credits in a specific degree program is variable, students should consult with their academic adviser and program chair to determine the exact distribution of credits.

Finances

Participants in the Paris Academic Year program pay regular College tuition, a program fee and a non-refundable study abroad administrative fee. The tuition and program fee are paid in conformity with the home campus payment schedule, and the non-refundable study abroad administrative fee is submitted when accepting a place in a program. Precise figures for the Paris academic year program for the 2016-17 year are listed below:

Academic year tuition: as set by the Bursar’s Office

Study abroad administrative fee: $650

Paris Academic Year program fee: $10,689 (2017-18 program fee TBD)
 

Program fee* includes: Out-of-pocket expenses include:
accommodation at Cité  round-trip airfare to and from the program site
program excursions transportation on site
student support meals
*Note the program fee is divided into three quarterly payments. course materials
  personal entertainment and travel
  communications (most students bring or buy a cell phone)
emergency travel insurance (ISOS) health insurance and upfront payments for care
  other miscellaneous expenses

Study abroad students retain their financial aid eligibility. For more information about financial aid resources, please see our Tuition, Fees, and Funding section.

Eligibility and Application

The Paris Academic Year program is open to University of Chicago undergraduate students only. Applications from outside the University are not accepted. 

This program is designed for undergraduates in good academic standing who are beyond their second year in the College. Participants must have taken, with excellent grades, at least two years of French in the College or demonstrate, by examination, a comparable competence. Beyond this minimum prerequisite, students are strongly encouraged to take French language and literature courses beyond the second-year level. Though the program stipulates no minimum grade-point average, an applicant’s transcript should demonstrate that they are a serious student who will make the most of this opportunity.

Students wishing to apply to this program must meet with Lewis Fortner as a requirement of the application process. Appointments can be made with Mr. Fortner by contacting the Study Abroad Office at 773.702.4858 or fortner@uchicago.edu.

Further Information

To discuss the Paris: Academic Year program and the possibility of participating in it, please contact Lewis Fortner.

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What you’ll see: 

Photo of Paris at sunset