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  • Locations: Paris, France
  • Program Terms: Spring Semester
  • Budget Sheets: Spring Semester

Immerse yourself in the City of Lights through UM's newest semester-long program: UParis!

Students on the UParis program will spend  the spring semester living in the heart of Paris while taking classes at a local French university and using the city as their classroom.  This program is open to ALL MAJORS regardless of their knowledge of French. 

While knowledge of the French language would be useful for UParis students, it is not required. Before courses begin at the various universities around the city, UParis students will participate in a three-credit French language "bootcamp". This course lasts approximately three weeks and is held in conjunction with MICEFA's extensive orientation which fully prepares students for life in France. In addition, all UParis students will also be enrolled in a mandatory 3-credit foundation course, taught by a UM professor and graduate student.  This course, FRE 310/322-- Paris: City of Controversy and Creation, includes excursions and activities designed to help students fully immerse themselves in and gain a better understanding of French culture. 

Through partnership with MICEFA, an organization that works with a consortium of Parisian universities, UM students will have access to classes at one of several prestigious Parisian institutions.  Students will be placed at a university based on the academic area(s) they choose to study. A list of general academic areas offered at each institution can be found here: Academic Area University Offerings.pdf (asterisks indicate some courses in that area are offered in English).  As of September 2017, the courses listed on the following spreadsheet will be taught in English for the 2017-2018 academic year; all students can take 'Licence' level courses, and senior students are additionally eligible for 'Master 1' level courses. Note that each tab of the spreadsheet represents a different university in the MICEFA consortium; students will be placed at one of these universities: English Courses AY 2017 2018 English Courses in Paris.xlsx

In addition to courses at the Parisian universities, students may also register for one of many courses taught by French professors at the MICEFA student center. MICEFA classes are taught in both English and French, and while offerings vary from one semester to the next, students can expect to find art, literature, along with French language, history and culture courses on a regular basis. 

With three credits from the French language bootcamp and three credits from the mandatory foundation course, students can take as few as two additional courses of their choice at the Parisian university and/or MICEFA study center  in order to maintain their status as a full time student. 

To see the grading scale between the French and US grading systems, please click here.

Credit Equivalency:

1 MICEFA credit = 1 UM credit

UParis students have the choice to live in a fully-furnished, shared apartment with other UM students on the program or in a homestay with a French family. Shared apartments typically house four students and include two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room and a kitchen where students can cook their own meals. In the homestay, students live with a French family and possibly one other international student. For those looking to truly immerse themselves in the French culture and improve their language skills, this option is particularly appealing. Students who choose to live with a homestay family also enjoy the added benefit of having breakfasts included in the cost of their stay. 

Whether students choose to stay in a shared apartment or live with a homestay family, all UParis students will be housed in the same centrally located neighborhood allowing them to easily explore the city together. 

Program Costs:
In addition to paying UM tuition, students on the UParis program will also be expected to pay a program fee of $5,280. 

This program fee includes:
  • Housing
  • Cultural activities throughout Paris (i.e. museum visits, theater performances etc.) 
  • Day trips to other regions in France (i.e. Loire Valley)
  • Some group meals
As participants in an official UM study abroad program, UParis students will be able to use their financial aid and scholarships towards paying for this program. 

For more information about UParis, contact the faculty director of the program, Logan Connors, at or the program's study abroad advisor, Jess Driemeier, at