America is my country and Paris is my hometown. -Gertrude Stein
You know, I sometimes think, how is anyone ever gonna come up with a book, or a painting, or a symphony, or a sculpture that can compete with a great city. You can’t. Because you look around and every street, every boulevard, is its own special art form and when you think that in the cold, violent, meaningless universe that Paris exists, these lights. I mean come on, there’s nothing happening on Jupiter or Neptune, but from way out in space you can see these lights, the cafés, people drinking and singing. For all we know, Paris is the hottest spot in the universe. -Owen Wilson as Gil in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris
While parading les boutiques off the Avenue des Champs Elysées or sipping a café on the Boulevard Saint-Germain, you might contemplate your next day in the most beautiful city in the world. On this extraordinary year or semester-long UConn faculty-led program, you will study at the University of Paris, founded in 1215 and still one of the most prestigious in the world, perfect your French language skills, and experience the rich culture of Paris in all of its dimensions, from its bustling markets and crowd-gathering street musicians to its quiet museums and sublime cathedrals. You will also be taken to excursions both within the city limits – a sunset cruise on the Seine, among others–, to the French countryside – a visit to Normandy and the D-Day Beaches or to Impressionist painter Claude Monet’s house and gardens– and, at the of the year, to another country whether in Europe or further afield: in the past, the group has traveled to Croatia, Spain, Italy, Greece, Senegal, Mauritius and Tunisia.
Paris is an ideal location from which program participants can explore the rest of France and Europe on their own during beaks or on weekends. Popular destinations and trips for our students have included: weekends in Amsterdam, Berlin, or London, Provence and the Côte d’Azur, as well as ski trips to the Alps.
An activity that is free and open to all and requires no additional funds: just walking around Paris, like a 19th century flâneur, getting lost in the crowds or lost in the streets only to suddenly emerge on Notre Dame or the Eiffel Tower around a corner.
The Program is set up in such a way as to accommodate all majors, whether they have very little French or are intermediate or advanced in the language. While students with no background in French can be accommodated, a minimum of two semesters of college-level French is recommended (high school equivalency can be substituted). All participants – whether absolute beginners in French or advanced – are guaranteed a minimum 12-credit load, which will be transferred directly as UCONN courses to their transcripts. The program offers one course in Human Rights, taught in English and which can count towards the Human Rights minor or major (more information below).
This is a typical course load for our participants:
The core courses:
-All students take a French placement test at the Sorbonne Cours de Langue et Civilization Françaises upon arrival and are placed in classes from absolute beginner to advanced. These two classes earn 6 to 8 credits.
-The Resident Director course, taught in English, is a general cultural history of France from the mid-19th century to the present. The course is a combination of history, sociology, film, and art history and can also be taken for French credits by students who do readings and assignments in French. 3 credits
-Art History: taught in English. One course is offered in the fall (From the Impressionists to Picasso), and one course in the spring (From Cubism to Contemporary Art). The courses can also be taken for French credits by students who do readings and complete assignments in French. 3 credits
-Human Rights: taught in English. One course, HRTS 3420 (Being International), is an introduction to human rights and geopolitics with a focus on particular issues such as: the European Human Rights system; human rights, citizenship and security in France; Europe and the Syrian Crisis; human rights and the Arab Spring; women’s rights and the “veil issue” in France. This course is only offered during the fall semester.
Within this core group of classes, students already have a choice corresponding to a fulltime load of 12 to 15 credits.
Students with advanced language skills may enroll in regular courses with French students at one of the University of Paris campuses. In the past, participants have taken courses in French literature, European Studies, art history, economics, political science, science, history, international relations, studio art and cinema In order to earn credit at UConn for courses completed on this program, individual courses must be approved by a designated UConn course evaluator and assigned a UConn course number. Complete instructions for this process can be found under Academics.
Most of you will live in a furnished single room at the Fondation des Etas Unis at the Cité Universitaire de Paris, a 5-10 minute metro ride to the center of Paris. Student restaurants, cooking and sport facilities, laundry, and e-mail are among the many amenities on site. A few of you might also reside in fully furnished and centrally located apartments.
The Program is led by a member of the UCONN French and Francophone faculty, with the help of a Program Assistant; both are available to assist you with getting settled, getting around the first few days from the moment you arrive at the airport to your last day in Paris. The Resident Director sets up individual advising sessions both at the beginning of your stay and at the end, when your credits are transferred; s/he teaches one course per semester, and organizes a number of excursions for the UCONN in Paris group; receptions are also organized at the RD apartment. Both the RD and the Program assistant remain available throughout for helping students with their classes should the need arise. There are also many opportunities for conversation exchanges with Parisian students.
As UCONN in Paris Program participants you are eligible to apply for the Marandon Scholarship, which is awarded on the basis of academic merit by the Societé des professeurs francais et francophones d’Amerique – Association of French and Francophone Professors of America (SPFFA); the deadline for this scholarship is in January, so you should make sure to apply before then. There are also part-time job opportunities in Paris such as tutoring and babysitting. For details on scholarships and program information, you may contact French and Francophone Program faculty: Professors Roger Celestin, Eliane DalMolin, and Anne Berthelot.
Please note that this program charges half program fees and half in-state tuition. This affects the types of financial aid that can be applied to defray the cost. Click the link below for this program’s budget sheet and contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.
You may apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: CT Aid for Public College Students Grant, Federal Title IV Funds including Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Loans, and private scholarships.
You may apply half of the awarded amount of the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship).
You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work StudyBudget Sheets: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
- Location: Paris, France
- Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Class status:||2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year||Academic area:||Humanities, Social Sciences|
|Language of instruction:||French||Prior language study required:||2 semesters|
|Open to non-UConn students:||Yes||Required GPA:||2.5|