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Paris: French Language, Society, Culture and Arts at Alliance Francaise
Paris, France (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: DePaul University applicants only
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Dates / Deadlines:
Thank you for your interest in this program! We are not currently accepting applications. In general, applications open about 6 months before program application deadlines.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Term-long Academic Level: Undergraduate
Eligible GPA: 2.5 Living Arrangements: Homestay
Language of Instruction: English, French Prerequisite: FCH 102 or equivalent
Liberal Studies Domain: JYEL
Program Description:

DePaul's study abroad program in France is located in the heart of one of the world's most beautiful and exciting cities. While studying at the Alliance Francaise, an international language school, participants not only have the chance to become conversant in French but also to experience the rich cultural and political life of Paris. Proximity to other major European cities allows students to visit additional places of interest following their stay in Paris.
The program includes excursions in and around Paris, and longer trips to the surrounding French countryside. In this way, students have an opportunity to combine their classroom learning with direct experience with a variety of French communities. Previous excursions have included a weekend in Les Chateaux de la Loire, a rich historic area where several French monarchs maintained their courts, day trips to Versailles, the palace of the Sun King, Louis XIV, and the Cathedrale de Chartres.

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Students will enroll for a total of 18 hours of credit. Participants are placed in language courses appropriate to their level at the Alliance Francaise for eight credits. For the remaining eight credits, students will take the HAA 397 and PHL 234.  These two non-language courses are taught in English.

Required Courses (8 credits):

HAA 397 - French Art History 
This course is taught by Madame Chantal Larinier, an established art historian living in Paris, and will survey the history of French art. Study trips to numerous museums and galleries in Paris are an integral part of the course.

PHL 234 - Philosophy and Modern Society 
This course is taught by Dr. Bob Vallier, an alum of both DePaul and the DePaul Paris AF program.  Bob Vallier received his Ph.D. in Philosophy in 2001 from DePaul University, where he also served as the Assistant Director of the Honors Program from 2004-2010.  His area of specialization is Continental Philosophy with a focus on the post-war French thought.  He also teaches courses in philosophy of art, and on issues of socio-political philosophy. This course in Paris will consider such issues as the relations between society and the state, the connections between work, leisure and poverty, and the social effects of prejudice and resentment.
 Paris, France Louvre Museum

Language Courses (10 credits):
FCH 103 - Basic French III
FCH 104 - Intermediate French I
FCH 105 - Intermediate French II
FCH 106 - Intermediate French III
FCH 201 - Advanced Communication I
FCH 202 - Advanced Communication II
FCH 203 - Advanced Communication III
FCH 322 - Advanced Grammar and Usage


Students participating in this program during the Spring of their senior year should be aware that overseas grades may not receive their degree conferral until August. While the Study Abroad Program will do everything they can to expedite the process, we usually do not receive the overseas transcripts early enough for a June graduation conferral.
Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change at a host institution, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.
Paris, FranceStudents live with French hosts in and near Paris. To help further improve their French language skills, DePaul students will have as roommates fellow students from the Alliance Francaise who are not native English speakers.
The French hosts will prepare breakfast and dinner daily. Students are responsible for their midday meals, which can be taken at an inexpensive cafeteria at the Alliance Francaise.


Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and have completed, or currently be taking, at least FCH 101 to be considered for this program. It is expected that students will also complete FCH 102 before the program start date. To apply to this program, students must submit two (2) academic recommendation forms from faculty familiar with your academic work (one must be from a French language instructor).


All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition and a program fee. Tuition is billed at the students regular DePaul tuition rate based on the number of credits enrolled. Click here for the program fee for your program.  Read the details carefully to understand exactly what is included. Please also note the withdrawal policy.


If you are planning to study abroad and do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. Some programs require students to obtain student visas. In that case, contact the countrys local consulate or embassy for up-to-date instructions. As of this publication, students on the Paris AF program DO NOT need a visa. Please note that visa requirements can change quickly. The Study Abroad Program will update this website to reflect changes as they become available.


Questions about this program? Contact PJ at pshoulde@depaul.edu or visit during open advising hours.


DePaul University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or handicap in admissions, employment, or the provision of services. Inquiries regarding this policy should be addressed to the Director of Human Resources, 1 E. Jackson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604.


This program is currently not accepting applications.