Students who were accepted to participate in study abroad programs canceled during the previous academic year will receive priority placement on 2021-2022 programs.
While we will make every effort to accommodate all students on their first choice, there may be limited space on some programs for first-time applicants.
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. However, an intermediate or advanced knowledge of French will give participants more class options.
Due to the continued impact of COVID-19, applicants should be aware that changes to academic calendars may occur with little or no notice. Students are encouraged to either wait to book travel or book travel that allows for changes with no financial penalty.
Applicants should also be aware that processing of visas may be impacted or halted by specific countries. Failure to secure the necessary visa may result in inability to participate in this program.
Participants on this program may be required to self-quarantine prior to the start of their program for a specified period of time. Students are responsible for arranging (logistics and financial) their travel appropriately to ensure self-quarantine is completed prior to the start of the program.
While knowledge of the French language would be useful for UParis students, it is not required. However, an intermediate or advanced knowledge of French will give participants more class options. Participation in UParis requires very flexible academics, as students are not enrolled in classes until arrival in Paris. We find it works best for students who have the flexibility to take electives, start/complete a "Beyond the USA" cognate, or French language courses. In many cases, the Parisian universities do not publish in advance which courses will be offered during the spring term.
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 prepares students for life in France. In addition, all UParis students will be enrolled in a mandatory 3-credit foundation course, taught by a UM professor. This course, FRE 310/322, includes excursions and activities designed to help students fully immerse themselves in and gain a better understanding of French culture. With these 2 courses, UParis students have 6 credits already built into their spring program
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. In addition to courses at the Parisian universities, students may also register for one of the courses taught by French professors at the MICEFA student center. MICEFA classes are taught in both English and French, and offerings vary from one semester to the next. Here are the latest MICEFA study center courses: MICEFA Course List 2020.pdf
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. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of the equivalent of 12 UM credits.
To see the grading scale between the French and US grading systems, please click here
1 MICEFA credit = 1 UM credit
2 ECTS credits = 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.
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:
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 email@example.com or the program's study abroad advisor, Jess Driemeier, at firstname.lastname@example.org.