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  • Locations: Paris, France
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: DPU applicants only
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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Term-long Academic Level: Undergraduate
Required GPA: 2.5 Living Arrangements: Homestay
Language of Instruction: English, French Prerequisite: FCH 102 or equivalent
Liberal Studies Domain: EL Study Abroad Contact: Cara Miller
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.Louvre_crop

This Paris program has two tracks. Students can apply to participate on the French language and culture track or the Film Internship track.

The French language and culture track will focus on courses in French language and French areas studies and 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.

The Film Internship track is especially designed for CDM students and offers one French language course, two content area studies courses and one internship seminar that corresponds to the internship experience. The Film in Paris track is very competitive. Selected students will complete a five-week internship at the Champs-Élysées Film Festival, gaining valuable international professional experience. Film Internship students will also have the opportunity to attend the Cannes Film Festival with DePaul Professor Tim Peternel. For additional information, contact Tim Peternel, Assistant Professor at the School of Cinematic Arts at tpeterne@cdm.depaul.edu.

Please note: the film internship track is open to students who may not have prior French language experience. There is no French language pre-requisite requirement for this program track. CDM students do not have to submit any recommendations from French language professors as part of the application.

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All students are expected to take 4 courses on this program for a total of 18 credit hours. Participants will be placed into French language courses that are appropriate to their level at the Alliance Francaise French language school. Please refer to the chart below to better understand the course structure of each program track:

French Language and Culture track
Course Location Required Course DePaul Course Equivalent Learning Domain Credit hours earned per course
Alliance Francaise 9-week French Language intensive course FCH 198/298/398 Experiential Learning (EL) 6
Alliance Francaise 6-week Writing or oral atelier course FCH 198/298/398 Experiential Learning (EL) 4
CEA Paris Center 19th Century Art: Impressionism and Post Impressionism HAA 239: 19th Century European Art Arts + Literature (AL)t 4
CEA Paris Center Paris: Culture, Identity and Citizenship in the City SAP 100SCB: Culture, Identity and Citizenship in Paris Social, Cultural, Behavioral Inquiry (SCBI) 4
Total number of credit hours 18

*Please note that the next two French language courses that you take in sequence (FCH 106, 201, 202, etc.) will be counted as either FCH 198’s, FCH 298’s or FCH 398’s. If you have any questions about this, please contact your Study Abroad Advisor listed below.

Film Internship track
Course Location Required Course DePaul Course Equivalent Learning Domain Credit hours earned per course
Alliance Francaise 5-week French Language intensive course FCH 198/298/398 Experiential Learning (EL) 4
CEA Paris Center 19th Century Art: Impressionism and Post Impressionism HAA 239: 19th Century European Art Arts + Literature (AL)t 4
CEA Paris Center Paris: Culture, Identity and Citizenship in the City SAP 100SCB: Culture, Identity and Citizenship in Paris Social, Cultural, Behavioral Inquiry (SCBI) 4
CEA Paris Center Internship Seminar DC 298: Film Internship in Paris Experiential Learning (EL)) 6
Total number of credit hours 18

Please note: students will work for five weeks on-site at the Champs Elysees Film Festival in addition to their course work.

Students interested in a language major or minor should review this degree progress video and contact the Department of Modern Languages advisor to verify how the courses through this program could potentially satisfy language major or minor requirements.

Visit the Modern Language Option page for more information on how you can substitute a sequence of three courses in the same language for three domain courses.

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 Study Abroad 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.


All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition and a program fee. Tuition is billed at the student's 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.

DePaul offers several types of scholarships for students studying abroad, and students should visit the scholarship page early in the application process for information on eligibility and deadlines. Students are also encouraged to speak with the DePaul financial aid office for more information about financing their study abroad experience.


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 country's local consulate or embassy for up-to-date instructions. As of this publication, students on the Paris AF program DO NOT need a visa. To find out more information about the visa process for your select country(ies), visit our Visa Information Page. Please note that visa requirements can change quickly. Study Abroad will update this website to reflect changes as they become available.


Contact program alumni to learn about the student experience:

Name Email Term Attended
Arran Bowen arranbowen4298@gmail.com Spring 2019
Devon Miller DMILLE63@mail.depaul.edu Spring 2019
Graham Nilles graham.nilles@gmail.com Spring 2019


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 East Jackson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604.

Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Admissions Notification Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 11/03/2019
12/01/2019 TBA TBA

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This program is currently not accepting applications.