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  • Locations: Paris, France
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: DPU applicants only
  • Click for Tuition + Program Fee: Spring Quarter
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Length: Term-long Academic Level: Graduate
Required GPA: 2.5 Living Arrangements: Apartment
Language of Instruction: French Prerequisite: None
Liberal Studies Domain: None Study Abroad Contact: Cara Miller
Program Description:
This study abroad program is only available to graduate-level philosophy students that are nominated by the Philosophy Department Chair. The timeline for this program is as follows:
  1. October 1: Philosophy Department Chair nominates selected students to DePaul Study Abroad Advisor managing program
  2. October 15: Study Abroad sends link to online application to selected students via email
  3. November 1: Nominated students complete online application materials before November 1
  4. November 15: Admissions notifications are distributed to students on or before November 15
  5. December 1: Commitment deadline (Students must decide whether or not to confirm participation in program)
  6. December 2: Pre-departure phase begins (Study Abroad collect forms, students take online French language placement test from Alliance Francaise, students begin housing search, etc.)
  7. January: Pre-departure orientation session presented by DePaul Study Abroad
  8. February: Students make final preparations before study abroad (packing, travel documents, etc.)
  9. March: Students begin program. Students travel to France after winter quarter, typically at the end of March, during the spring break period. The majority of course work happens at the Alliance Francaise during the months of April and May.
  10. June: Students end program.
  11. September: Transcripts arrive at DePaul and grades are recorded. Students should anticipate a delay with receiving scores from the Alliance Francaise, as it typically takes between 3-4 months to acquire academic records from international partner schools.


Students selected to participate in this program will be enrolled in two French language courses at the Alliance Francaise in Paris.

The Alliance Francaise is an international language school where students will be able to become conversant in French and also 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 course structure and credit hours are as follows:

Course Description 9-hour/week French Extensive course 6-hour/week French Atelier course
DePaul Course Code FCH 498: French language in Paris FCH 498: French language in Paris
Number of DPU Credit hours 4 4
Graduate-level Philosophy students will take a TOTAL OF 8 credit hours for spring quarter.

For the atelier course:

Students can choose to take an ORAL or WRITTEN atelier course.

If students choose the oral atelier, they will work on improving their French speaking and listening comprehension skills.

If students choose the written atelier, they will work on improving their French reading and writing skills.

Please note: the French extensive course usually meets every Monday/Tuesday/Thursday for 3 hours in the morning between 9am – 12noon. The French atelier course usually meets every Wednesday/Friday for 3 hours in the afternoons between 1:30 – 4:30pm. *Schedules can change from year to year. These days and times are tentative. Contact the DePaul Study Abroad Advisor to confirm session details each for each program iteration.


Students are responsible for arranging their own housing on this program. When students first arrive in France, they will probably have to find temporary accommodation while searching for a place to stay. Youth hostels are the cheapest option in Paris: A valuable website to check out is:

On the website listed above, you will find information on accommodation listings, what housing discounts and benefits may be applicable to you as an international student, and practical and legal advice on renting in France.

There are several ways to find an apartment in France. Another way to join a colocation ("coloc") with French people are websites like,, and

Here are some additional housing resources to check out:

  When you're checking out apartments/rooms (especially things that are on the cheaper side), make sure to ask whether the toilet/the shower are in the apartment or "sur le palier"; whether there is an elevator (since it's likely that you'll be living on a higher floor) and a kitchen (kitchenette) and a window. Also ask whether you can get CAF (allocations familiales) - usually, you can register to get about 100-200EURos in rent support from the government.

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.

The DePaul Philosophy department can also aid students by providing tuition waivers, but please contact the PHL Department Chair, Kevin Thompson for more details about how these PHL tuition waivers may be applied.


DePaul Study Abroad is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, and this program is currently moving forward. If the program is canceled prior to departure, students will be refunded 100% of the program fee and withdrawn from any associated classes with no penalty or tuition charges. Study Abroad has also modified the standard Withdrawal Policy, and any students who commit to this program and decide to withdraw 90+ days prior to the program start date will not be charged any withdrawal fees. For more information, go to the DePaul Study Abroad COVID-19 Updates page.

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 SPRING PARIS program DO NOT need a visa. The program itself is less than 90 days in length; however, if you plan to travel within the Schengen area before or after the program, resulting in your stay exceeding 90 days, then you DO need a visa. It is the student's responsibility to ensure you obtain your own visa, if necessary. To find out more information about the visa process for entering France, 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
Bryan Maddox Spring 2019
Zhen Liang Spring 2018


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:

Thank you for your interest in this program! We are not currently accepting applications. In general, applications open about 6 months before program application deadlines.

This program is currently not accepting applications.