Nestled in the heart of Paris, the North Carolina Consortium in Paris program is a great opportunity for students who wish to increase their French language proficiency and gain first-hand experience with French culture. With this thoughtful program design, students will have the chance to experience cultural immersion every day by living with a host family, communicating in French, and exploring the City of Light as only a local could.
The Surrounding Area
Paris is a convenient location for travel around France or elsewhere in Europe. Students are encouraged to plan short trips within France to better their French language skills and experience different aspects of French culture. Versailles and Giverny, where students can explore Marie Antoinette’s hamlet or Claude Monet’s garden, are both short train rides away. From Paris, further trips can include the South of France, the Alps, or Normandy. Students are also able to explore all that Europe has to offer. With Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK, and Northern Africa nearby, students will have the opportunity to embrace a multitude of cultures.
Location................................................................. Paris, France
City Population ..........................................................2.2 million
Discover the City of Light while earning credit towards your home school degree! Located in one of the world’s cultural hot spots, Paris offers a multitude of opportunities. Students have access to historical landmarks, various museums, genuine French cuisine, and world-renowned monuments. With experienced professors, some of whom have nearly 20 years of experience working with the NC Consortium in Paris, this program offers academic excellence, numerous cultural activities and frequent excursions within Paris. Paris is yours to explore - the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe, and Champs-Élysées will all be in your backyard!
- Degree-seeking student
- At least sophomore standing at time of participation
- Good judicial standing
- 2.5+ GPA at time of application
- Completion of two semesters of college-level French language or equivalent
- Must be at least 18 years of age at time of participation
This program's unique curriculum is designed for students who wish to obtain credit in environmental studies, art and international/global studies while continuing to learn French.
All students take an intensive French language course (6 credits)
at the Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne. Students also take International Engagement in Paris (3 credits)
at the NC Paris Program Center, which is just a short walk from the Sorbonne. The Engagement course offers four program options:
- Paris Architecture and Urbanism: Walk the neighborhoods of Paris and understand the challenges of 21st century global cities.
- The French Educational System: Volunteer as an English Teaching Assistant in a local middle schools.
- Service Learning: Volunteer with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and help Paris face local and global issues.
- Urban Agriculture: Volunteer on a local Parisian farm for first hand experience in sustainable food sourcing in an urban setting.
Students will also choose two of the following possible Electives (3 credit each)
. Course descriptions can be found on the program website:
- Reality & Representations of French Islam - Fall (taught in French)
- Cultural History of Paris - Fall (taught in French)
- Urban Environment and Agriculture in the 21st Century - Fall (taught in English)
Students also have the option to take a global studies course in English at the Faculte des Sciences Sociales et Economiques (FASSE) Catholic University OR
a course taught in French at the Catholic University of Paris.
To enrich the immersion experience, students may choose to live with in a homestay. Living and interacting with French families presents opportunities to communicate in French and increases access to authentic daily life and culture in France. Hosts are located in either Central or Grand Paris. Many past participants have cited their homestay as a highlight of their experience. Student who do not wish to participate in a traditional homestay, may choose to stay in a Foyer or residence hall (limited spots available). Additional accommodation descriptions can be found on the program website: http://uncw.edu/international/abroad/consortium.html
Academic Year Dates
Early September to Early June
Fall Semester Dates
Early September to Mid-December
Spring Semester Dates
Late January to Early June
Please refer to the program website for current program fee. (Non-UNCW students should consult their home school study abroad advisor for program costs).
The program fee includes:
- Welcome & farewell dinners
- Cultural activities
Does not include:
- International airfare
- Passport & visa
- Local transportation
- Additional meals
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Federal and state financial aid may be applied towards this program. Even if you are normally ineligible for financial aid, you should submit a financial aid application (FAFSA). You may find that you are eligible for additional funding.
UNCW students may also apply for a UNCW Education Abroad Grant and additional study abroad scholarships. Grant applications and additional information are available at https://uncw.edu/international/abroad/aid.html.