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Fields of Study: Humanities

With the city of Paris as your extended classroom, you can take an interest in French language and culture to the next level. In just a single summer or semester, you will be a true aficionado of Parisian history, art, and life. In addition, your French language skills will thrive with the help of experienced local language instructors.

Unique study opportunities

  • Fast-track your French language skills.
  • Go on class trips to world-famous museums and cultural sites in Paris.
  • Benefit from instruction techniques specially tailored for UC students.
  • Meet fellow UC students from across California in class.

Language

Language of Instruction: English, French

French Language Study: Required

French language courses are taught in French using techniques tailored to UC students. All elective courses are taught in English.

Summer Packages

This program has two separate summer language tracks: Semi-Intensive and Intensive. Both tracks include French language study along with one upper-division elective course taught in English.

If you have no French language background you may take either the Semi-Intensive track or the Intensive track. If you are above the introductory level of French then you may only take the Intensive track, and you will be required to complete a language questionnaire in order to be placed in a language class at your level of proficiency.

The French language course on the Semi-Intensive track is comparable to one quarter of French language study at UC.

The French language courses on the Intensive track are comparable to two quarters/one semester of French language study at UC.

Fall Package

The fall package is only open to students who have no French language background. The package consists of French language study along with one upper-division elective course taught in English.

The French language courses on the fall package are comparable to three quarters/two semesters of French language study at UC.

Courses and credit

Requirements while abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Two courses for a total of 9 quarter/6 semester UC units.
  • One lower-division beginning French language course: 5 quarter/3.3 semester UC units.
  • One upper-division elective course taught in English: 4 quarter/2.7 semester UC units.  
  • You may choose to take one course pass/no pass.

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Three courses for a total of 14 quarter/9.3 semester UC units.
  • Two consecutive French language courses, parts A & B: 5 quarter/3.3 semester UC units each.
  • One upper-division elective course taught in English: 4 quarter/2.7 semester UC units.
  • You may choose to take one course pass/no pass.

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Four courses for a total of 21.5 quarter/14.3 semester UC units.
  • Three consecutive lower-division French language courses, parts A, B, & C: 5.5 quarter/3.7 semester UC units each.
  • One upper-division elective course taught in English: 5 quarter/3.3 semester UC units each.
  • You may choose to take one course pass/no pass.

Current Program Courses

The Semi-Intensive track includes two courses; one language class, and one elective class taught in English.

French language course:
Elective course options:

Exact offerings may vary depending on enrollment and instructor availability. Final course offerings are announced before the start of the program. Recent courses include:

Research and independent study are typically not available on this program.

The Intensive track includes three courses; two consecutive language classes, and one elective class taught in English. The language course levels correlate roughly with the lower-division elementary and intermediate designations at UC.

French language course series:
Elective course options:

Exact offerings may vary depending on enrollment and instructor availability. Final course offerings are announced before the start of the program. Recent courses include:

Research and independent study are typically not available on this program.

During the fall, you benefit from four courses; three consecutive language courses, and one elective course taught in English. The three consecutive language courses accommodate complete beginner language students. Paris is incorporated into coursework as a "living laboratory" with site visits, local cultural activities, and lectures from prominent scholars based in Paris.

French language course series:
Elective course options:

Exact offerings may vary depending on enrollment and instructor availability. Final course offerings are announced before the start of the program. Recent courses include:

Research and independent study are typically not available on this program.

Catalogs and resources

Summer Packages

Fall Package

  • UCEAP Course Catalog: See a list of courses UC students have taken on this program.
  • Campus Credit Abroad: Learn the types of credit (major, minor, general education, elective) students from your campus received at this location.

Academic culture

This language and culture program is designed especially for the University of California and taught by experienced French language instructors. Courses are demanding, but action-packed. You will be in the classroom or on course site visits and excursions Monday through Thursday. There will be occasional events and excursions in the afternoons and evenings, and on some Fridays. All field exercises and excursions, which are integral components of the courses, are required.

You are required to attend class, arrive punctually, and participate actively in all of your courses. Attendance is taken at every course meeting.

Grades

You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework. Grades for the summer program are usually available by mid-September. Grades for the fall program are usually available by late January.