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Fields of Study: Humanities, Social Sciences

On this program, the city of Paris is used as the classroom to introduce you to the historical underpinnings and precedents of social justice and the rise of particular forms of activism.

Unique study opportunities

  • Examine how corporations in France are taking responsibility for their impact on society.
  • Learn how French youth continue to confront what they see as unjust.
  • Discover how the artistic vehicle of French cinema is raising awareness of social issues.


Language of Instruction: English

French Language Study: Required

Although the program is taught in English, it requires one French City and Language course. This course introduces you to Paris and the practical use of French.

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad

Winter Quarter

To successfully complete this program: 

  • Take a full-time course of study: Three courses for a total of 15 quarter/9.9 semester UC units. All courses are 5 quarter/3.3 semester units.
  • You can take one course per term for pass/no pass.
Spring Semester

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Four courses for a total of 20.5 quarter/13.6 semester UC units. 
  • Take one City and Language course worth 6 quarter/4 semester UC units, which lasts the duration of the program.
  • During the first 10 weeks of the program, enroll in two elective courses worth 5 quarter/3.3 semester UC units each.
  • During the final 5 weeks of the program, enroll in one 4.5 quarter/3 semester UC unit course.
  • You can take one course per term for pass/no pass.
  • If you decide to take one of your courses for pass/no pass credit in the first 10 weeks of the program, you cannot use the pass/no pass option for the last 5-week course.

Current Program Courses 

Required course:
  • City and Language (lower-division)
Upper-division electives (select two):
  • Social Justice in Business: Corporate Social Responsibility in France
  • Confronting Injustice: Youth Protests
  • Media, Violence, and Social Justice in France
  • Social Justice and Activism in French Cinema
Upper-division courses available to spring semester students only (select one):
  • Documenting the Periphery: Identity and Citizenship in the "Other" Part of Paris
  • (Un)veiling the Republic: France in the Muslim World and the Muslim World in France
  • Food in a Global City: Food Cultures and Food Politics

Catalogs and resources

  • Course Descriptions​: Review detailed course descriptions for this program.  
  • Campus Credit Abroad: Learn the types of credit (major, minor, general education, elective) students from your campus received at this location. There are currently no listings for this program in the database.

Academic culture

You’ll be on this program with other UC students in relatively small classes. Since courses are designed for UC students, regular papers, reports, exams, and projects are all part of the curriculum. Attendance is taken at every course meeting. Professors are local Parisians with experience teaching UC students. They will bring some of the French style to the classroom, including vibrant discussions, expectations of student professionalism, and a fondness for student independence. 


You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework. Grades for the winter quarter are usually ready in late April. Grades for the spring semester are usually ready in mid-July.