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Paris: French Language, Society, Culture and Arts at Alliance Francaise
Paris, France (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring
Restrictions: DePaul University applicants only
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2016 11/01/2015 12/01/2015 03/24/2016 06/11/2016
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 CEA Paris Center and 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. The Alliance Francais is located in the Saint Germain neighborhood of the prestigious 6th arrondissement of Paris, on the left bank. Within walking distance, students will find the Luxembourg Garden, Boulevard Saint-Germain and many other architectural landmarks. The CEA Paris Center is located in the Marais District, in the 3rd arrondissement, blocks from the famed Pompidou Centre, Hotel de Ville, and Notre Dame, and offers a comprehensive and supportive academic environment to help fully engage students in their curricular experience abroad. Proximity to other major European cities also allows students to visit additional places of interest following their stay in Paris.
The program includes 2 day trip excursions in and around Paris, and 1 overnight trip 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 take four courses on this program and be enrolled in classes that are worth 16 credit hours. Participants will be placed into language courses appropriate to their level at the Alliance Francaise for 8 credits (each language class is worth 4 credit hours). For the remaining eight credits, students will take two content area courses.  These two non-language courses are taught in English.

Required Courses (8 credits):
19th Century Art: Impressionism and Post Impressionism 

Paris: Crossroads of Francophone Cultures
 Paris, France Louvre Museum

Language Courses (8 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.
Students live with French homestay families in Paris to help further improve their French language skills. All housing is carefully vetted to provide an optimal experience for students. The commute time from housing locations Paris, Francevary, but typically does not exceed 30-45 minutes by bus and metro. Students will be placed in homestays with 1 student per homestay. Students will be provided with daily French breakfast, typically between the hours of 8am - 10am, as well as three dinners per week with the homestay family. Students will have access to the kitchen and shared space in the refrigerator. Students are responsible for their midday meals, which can be taken at any crepe stand around the city or an inexpensive cafeteria at the Alliance Francaise.

For further information regarding homestays, please feel free to refer to CEA's website: http://www.ceastudyabroad.com/docs/housing_policies/CDG_Homestay.pdf


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 Cara Miller Brytan at cmille12@depaul.edu  or visit during open advising hours.


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