France Guidebook 2004-05.pdf by shenreng9qgrg132


									       A STUDENT’S GUIDE TO THE


 Fall Semester and Academic Year Programs

EAP EMERGENCY PHONE: (805) 893-4762

 France......................................................................................3        Housing and Meals ............................................................ 45
 Useful Websites....................................................................4                       Paris ................................................................................ 45
 Program Administration .....................................................5                              Bordeaux Year Program............................................... 48
 Academic Information                                                                                       Bordeaux Fall Program................................................. 48
        EAP Opportunities in France ..........................................6                             Grenoble Year Program................................................ 49
        Academic Culture............................................................7                       Lyon Year Program ....................................................... 50
 Fall Intensive Language, Culture,                                                                          Lyon Fall Program......................................................... 51
 and Society Programs.......................................................10                              Toulouse Year Program................................................ 51
        Bordeaux Fall Program.................................................11                            Important Information about Renting
        Lyon Fall Program .........................................................14                       Apartments in France ................................................... 52
 General Academic Programs..........................................15                                      Home-Stays ................................................................... 53
        The University of Bordeaux ..........................................16                             Questions about Housing ............................................ 55
        The University of Grenoble...........................................18                       Student Activities ............................................................... 57
        The University of Lyon...................................................20                         Etiquette......................................................................... 58
        The University of Toulouse ...........................................21                            Independent Travel....................................................... 59
 Special Focus Programs                                                                               Health and Safety
        Paris Critical Studies Program .....................................23                              Health ............................................................................. 60
        Programs in Political Science.......................................24                              Safety and Security ....................................................... 61
        Ecoles Normales Supérieures (ENS) ..........................26                                      In an Emergency (While Abroad) ................................ 63
 One Semester Programs in Paris                                                                       Financial Information
        The American University of Paris: Introductory                                                      Financial Aid Disbursement Schedule........................ 64
        Studies in Western Civilization .....................................27                             Money............................................................................. 64
        UC Center Program in French & European Studies ..30                                                 Budget Planning for EAP: Think About Expenses!.... 70
 French Preparation............................................................32                           Automatic Deposit of Your Financial Aid Via
        Recommended Reading ..............................................32                                Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Direct Deposit ........ 72
 Logistical Issues                                                                                          Program Finances......................................................... 73
        Packing ...........................................................................35
        Local Transportation .....................................................37
        Transportation to the Study Center .............................37
        Communication .............................................................40
        Computer Access and Internet Use ............................42

                 For frequently asked questions about EAP see the last page of this guide book.

 The University of California, in accordance with applicable Federal and State law and University Policy, does not discriminate on the basis of
 race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, medical condition (cancer-related), ancestry, marital status, citizenship, sexual
 orientation, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran or special disabled veteran. The University also prohibits sexual harassment. This
 nondiscrimination policy covers admission, access, and treatment in University programs and activities. Inquiries regarding the University’s
 student-related nondiscrimination policies may be directed to the campus Affirmative Action Office.

                                  From Pre-History to High Technology
                                  French culture is as ancient as the Paleolithic caves in its south and southwestern
                                  regions, and as modern as the space age. Although France is relatively small, the
             “I had a             climate, terrain, agriculture, and architecture vary greatly from one region to another.
             fabulous time        EAP students in France find an environment with special regional patterns of land use,
             abroad. I would      folklore, buildings, and know-how. At the same time, France is a highly centralized
             recommend it         country, and the imprint of national standards on administration, language and
             to anyone. I         education is very strong.
 learned so much about the
 world, about myself, about       EAP offers programs in Bordeaux, Grenoble, Lyon, Toulouse, and Paris, each with its
 other people, I think it was     own special features and focus.
 absolutely invaluable for
 me and I'm sure that it will     French culture has made significant contributions to Western culture, and has been
 be helpful for practical         influential in the U.S., as reflected in numerous artistic, intellectual, and commercial
 reasons, grad school,            currents. The French have also developed unique lifestyles, modes of thinking,
 career, etc. It was definitely   institutions, and cultural values. The French venerate their traditions and maintain them
 invaluable for my                even in today’s rapid-paced world. It is not uncommon to see a daringly postmodern
 knowledge of French.             building next to a medieval church, or a high tech production facility by an old craft
 There is no way that you         studio. It is this mixture that makes this country a fascinating place in which to learn.
 can compare living in
 France for four months with      EAP Study Centers in France are located in very different regions, each providing
 going to French class for        students with opportunities to learn about the regional cultures and histories that have
 an hour! My EAP                  shaped this varied country. EAP students in France will examine how each region’s
 experience was definitely        climates, varieties of agriculture and land use, and architectural styles often are in
 positive, one of the most        opposition to other regions and to the country’s unifying tendencies. Add to this the
 memorable parts of               influence of European integration now transforming French government, economy,
 college.”                        education, and media-and one finds the patchwork of conflicts, syntheses, and mixtures
                                  that characterize modern France.

                                  The French language is spoken by approximately 120 million people worldwide.
                                  Speaking the language provides greater access to understanding cultural tradition and
                                  offers a means of expression that extends far beyond the mainland to countries as
                                  distant and diverse as Vietnam, Senegal, Canada, and Madagascar.

                                  France was the setting for the first University of California Study Center, which opened in
                                  1962 in Bordeaux. The program has since grown to include study opportunities at eight
                                  host institutions which, although similar in academic structure, differ in areas of
                                  academic strengths, history, and social milieu. The Universitywide Office of EAP places
                                  students at sites in France based on host institution preference, major and allied
                                  interests, and space availability.

Useful Websites
The following web resources are available through the country home page on the EAP website at:

Host institution pages for university and course                Country information and cultural websites:
information:                                                      EURO (the EMU's official website about the euro)
American University of Paris                                      Expedia Currency Conversion
Institut d'Études Politiques, Paris (Sciences Po)                 France: A Cultural Primer, by Guy Spielmann
Paris Center for Critical Studies                                 International Travel Health Guide by Stuart R. Rose, MD
UC Center Program in Paris                                        Lyon Metro (subway)
École Normale Supérieure, Paris (rue d'Ulm)                       Paris Metro (subway)
University of Bordeaux                                            Toulouse Metro (subway)
   University of Bordeaux 1 (Sciences)                            The Electronic Embassy—with links to web resources
   University of Bordeaux 2 (Life and Social Sciences)            U.S. State Department Travel Warnings and Consular
   University of Bordeaux 3 (Humanities)                          Information Sheets
   University of Bordeaux 4                                       World Factbook (France page)
   Institute of Political Sciences (IEP)
                                                                Country search engines:
   Departement d'Études de Francais Langue Etrangere
     (DEFLE)                                                      Yahoo! France (in English)
University of Grenoble                                            Yahoo! France (in French)
   University of Grenoble I (Sciences) Joseph Fourier
                                                                France News Links:
   University of Grenoble II (Humanities and Social
     Sciences) Pierre Mendes-France                               Le Monde

   University of Grenoble III (Humanities and Language)           Yahoo! France: Actualités
                                                                France Travel Information Links:
   Institute of Political Science (IEP)
                                                                  Lonely Planet: France
   National Polytechnic Institute (INPG) for engineering
                                                                  French Rail Network (SNCF)
                                                                  French Youth Hostels Federation
University of Lyon
   University of Lyon II main page
   International Center for French Studies                       For additional information on the types of courses
                                                                 available in this program (including important details
   Institute of Political Science (IEP)
                                                                 and restrictions) students should visit the EAP website
University of Toulouse                                           ( to consult the Program Wizard and
   University of Toulouse I (Social Sciences)                    Course Finder, and to find links to host institution
   University of Toulouse II- Le Mirail (Humanities)
   University of Toulouse III- Paul Sabatier (Science and

Program Administration
                              The Universitywide Office of EAP, a division of the UC Office of the President, establishes
  In an Emergency
                              and operates EAP programs and coordinates EAP administration systemwide from its
  If you need emergency
                              headquarters in Santa Barbara. Prior to departure, the Campus EAP Office is a student’s
  assistance call the main
                              primary contact and coordinates recruitment, student selection, orientation, and academic
  EAP office number at
                              advising. While preparing to go abroad students work closely with the International
  (805) 893-4762. This
                              Academic Programs unit of the Universitywide Office of EAP.
  number is answered by a
  live attendant 24 hours a   Most programs in France are administered by UC faculty members.
  day, seven days a week.        • The Study Center Director in Bordeaux administers programs at the Universities of
                                   Bordeaux and Toulouse.
                                 • The Grenoble and Lyon programs are administered by the Study Center Director
                                   in Lyon.
                                 • The programs at the American University of Paris, École Normale Supérieure at
                                   rue d'Ulm, Sciences Po, and the UC Center in Paris are administered by a Study
                                   Center Director at the Center in Paris.
                                 • A Resident Director in Paris oversees the Critical Studies Program, although grade
                                   reporting and official UC course registration is administered by the UC Study
                                   Center Director.

                              Study Center Directors and staff at each site advise students on academic matters,
                              assist with housing, plan field trips, and provide information on cultural opportunities.

                                 Key Universitywide EAP Contacts
                                    Universitywide Office of EAP (UOEAP)
                                      6550 Hollister Avenue, Room 2402
                                      Goleta, CA 93117-5509
                                      Phone: (805) 893-4762; Fax: (805) 893-2583
                                    For student finances:
                                      Caroline Gonzalez, Student Finance Analyst
                                      Phone: (805) 893-2761; E-mail:
                                    For academics:
                                      Jeret Lemontt, International Programs Specialist/Academics
 Approximate time                     Phone: (805) 893-6155; E-mail:
 difference for all France:
                                    For all other program issues:
 add 9 hours (between
                                      Todd Giedt, International Programs Specialist/Operations
 September 30 and October
 30, add 8 hours)                     Phone: (805) 893-4255; E-mail:

 Key Study Center Contacts

 Bordeaux Study Center                    Lyon Study Center                           American University of Paris (under
 Centre d’Etudes de l’Université de       Université de Californie                    direction of the Paris Study Center)
    Californie                            18 Quai Claude Bernard                      The American University of Paris
 Université de Bordeaux III               69365 Lyon, Cedex 07, France                31, Avenue Bosquet
 Batiment E, Domaine Universitaire        EAP Phone: (011-33) 4-72-73-48-29           75343 Paris Cedex 07, France
 33607, Pessac Cedex, France
                                          Grenoble Study Center (under                Paris Critical Studies
 EAP Phone: (011-33) 5-57-12-44-88
                                          direction of the Lyon Study Center)         Interuniversity Center for Critical Studies
 Toulouse Study Center (under             Université de Californie                    154, Boulevard Haussmann, Bâtiment B,
    direction of the Bordeaux Study       Université Stendhal, B.P. 25,                   4 ième etage
    Center)                               38040 Grenoble, Cedex 9, France             75008 Paris, France
 Centre d’Etudes de l’Université de       EAP Phone: (011-33) 4-76-82-77-25           EAP Phone: (011-33) 1-40-75-00-19
                                          Paris Study Center                          Institut D'Etudes Politiques
 Université de Toulouse II Le Mirail
                                          UC Study Center                                (Sciences Po)
 5, Allée Antonio Machado
                                          89 rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine            (under direction of the Paris Study Center)
 31058 Toulouse Cedex, France
                                          75011 Paris, France                         The American Center
 EAP Phone: (011-33) 5-61-50-45-03
                                          EAP Phone: (011-33) 1-49-28-54-00           56 rue Jacob
                                                                                      75006 Paris, France

Academic Information
 EAP Opportunities in France
 Notes:                                Semester Programs in Paris
                                       The following semester-length programs are available to students with limited or no
                                       French language background. With the exception of required French language
                                       instruction, all course work is taught in English.
                                          • Fall/Spring Semester Introductory Studies in Western Civilization at the American
                                            University of Paris
                                            Sophomores, juniors, and seniors with no prior knowledge of French may begin
                                            learning French and take regular university introductory courses in Western
                                            civilization at the American University of Paris.
                                          • Fall/Spring Semester in French and European Studies at the University of California
                                            Center in Paris
                                            Sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have limited French language skills may
                                            participate in a specially designed curriculum of upper division courses in the
                                            humanities and social sciences taught in English, plus continued study of French
                                            language and culture in the unique atmosphere of Paris.
                                       Fall Intensive Language, Culture, and Society Programs
                                          • University of Bordeaux, School of French as a Foreign Language
                                          • University of Lyon, Center for Instruction in French Studies
                                       Students may complete second-year French on these programs, immersing themselves
                                       in French culture at the same time. Sophomores are especially encouraged to take
                                       advantage of these opportunities.

                                       General Academic Programs
                                          • University of Bordeaux (year and spring options)
                                          • University of Grenoble (year option)
                                          • University of Lyon (year option)
                                          • University of Toulouse (year option)
                                       These programs allow students with at least two years of French to work in their major,
                                       study and experience French culture, and gain fluency in the language.

Notes:                         Special Focus Programs
                                  • Paris Center for Critical Studies
                                    This program is for students who want to pursue advanced study in contemporary
                                    French thought, film theory, film history, literary theory, philosophy, and/or
                                    semiotics. Graduate students are especially encouraged to take advantage of the
                                    opportunity to study and pursue research in Paris in these fields.
                                  • University of Grenoble Science and Engineering (INPG)
                                    Senior science and engineering students, as well as graduate students, may
                                    study for either a semester or a year at the Joseph Fourier University or the
                                    National Polytechnic Institute, utilizing Grenoble’s well-known scientific
                                    laboratories. Only one year of French is necessary for students who are already
                                    well advanced in their major.

                               Programs in Political Science
                                  • Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po)
                                    Graduate students and advanced undergraduates who have excellent French
                                    language skills and a strong background in political science may take advantage
                                    of the special curriculum for international students at Sciences Po.
                                  • Other Instituts d’Etudes Politiques
                                    Additional venues for political science students who want to pursue studies in
                                    other fields at the same time include the Instituts d’Etudes Politiques (IEPs) in the
                                    academic year programs at Bordeaux, Grenoble, and Lyon.
                               Graduate Opportunities
 Note: Graduate students       Graduate students with EAP-approved study plans can be accommodated in most fields
 need to complete the          on EAP in France. In addition, the following special graduate-level opportunities exist:
 project description              • Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po): Graduate students who
 (articulation of academic          have strong language skills and a strong background in the social sciences can
 interests) in French on the        participate in this year-long multidisciplinary program concentrating on social
 Graduate Preliminary               science research.
 Inquiry Form. Some
                                  • Joseph Fourier University and the National Polytechnic Institute of
 programs offer both upper-
 division and graduate-level        Grenoble: Graduate students in the natural sciences or engineering may apply
                                    for a semester or year of research in the laboratories of Joseph Fourier University
 credit for course work
                                    or the National Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble. Research is conducted in French
 taken on EAP. Students
 must clarify academic              and English.
 plans with their graduate        • ENS-Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris (rue d’Ulm): Opportunities exist for
 adviser and outline their          graduate students in the natural and physical sciences, humanities (antiquity,
 plans on their Graduate            classics, French literature: Middle Ages and 18th to 19th century), French and
 Student Agreement before           foreign literature, geography (contemporary problems in Europe, Asia, Africa, and
 departure                          the environment), and social sciences.
                                  • Paris Center for Critical Studies: Graduate students may focus on film theory,
                                    contemporary French thought, and culture.
                               For more information on graduate studies through EAP and information on the
                               application procedures, contact the Campus EAP Office.

                              Special Opportunity: Teaching English
                              A new work opportunity in France enables EAP students to become teaching assistants
                              at French high schools after their academic program ends. The French Ministry of
                              Education hires native English speakers as temporary instructors for English language
                              courses. Eligible applicants must be under 30 years of age and should be French
                              majors, or majors in another field that requires French study. Students can download
                              instructions and an application form prior to departure through Cultural Services of the
                              French Embassy website in New York. The salary is approximately $1000 per month for
                              about 12 hours per week of work. The availability of these openings generally is not
                              known until late September, and the location may require a commute. Teaching
                              assistants are required to participate in a short course and orientation prior to beginning
                              work. EAP recommends that students do not pursue this option concurrently
                              with their study abroad. Past students have had logistical problems, given
                              inflexible working hours and study schedules.

                              EAP students may arrange internships in which they teach English in French high
                              schools after their study abroad term is complete. The French Ministry of Education is
                              authorized to hire native English speakers to teach English language courses. Eligible
                              applicants must be under 30 years of age and should be French majors, or major in
                              another field that requires French study. Teaching assistants are required to participate
                              in a short course and orientation prior to beginning work. Students can download
                              instructions and an application form prior to departure through the Cultural Services of
                              the French Embassy website in New York at
                              /support/assistant. The salary is approximately $1,000 per month for about 12 hours per
                              week of work. These internships do not receive academic credit. The availability of these
                              openings is generally not known until late September, and the location may require a

                              Internships at the American Consulate in Toulouse are available for students who apply
                              through the U.S. State Department or Commerce Department at least six months prior
                              to coming to Toulouse on EAP. For more information on this opportunity, please visit the
                              State Department’s website at

Academic Culture
                              French University Background
 Students register with the   Departments at French universities differ considerably in size, structure, and offerings.
 EAP Study Center during      Even the beginning and end dates of terms, vacation periods, and exam times can vary
 the intensive language       from one department to another. The Study Center will help EAP students to obtain
 program (ILP) and obtain     information about the courses, their locations, schedules, and how to enroll.
 their student ID card. A
 meeting is held in early     UC students may select classes from different departments and programs. However,
 October to distribute        they may find it difficult to accommodate their schedule choices if they want to take a
 course information and       variety of classes from different departments, which are frequently located at a good
 assist with university       distance from one another. Past students have found themselves somewhat restricted
 course registration.         in the diversity of courses in which they could enroll. Nevertheless, within these
                              restraints, UC students still do find stimulating classes that fit their majors, and do well
                              on their final exams.

                              Registering for classes
                              Registering for courses in French universities is not the streamlined process that it is at
                              UC. University course catalogues are a rarity, and course descriptions and scheduling
                              are often drawn up the week before classes begin, and posted in departmental offices.
                              Quite often, students and Study Center staff will receive conflicting or ambiguous
                              information during the registration period. For this reason, it is important for EAP
                              students to consult with the Study Center throughout the registration process.

                              At Bordeaux and Toulouse, the office registration (to obtain the student ID card) is done
                              by Study Center staff during ILP. Otherwise, a meeting regarding course information and
                              registration is held during the first half of October.

                              Course Structure
                              French classes are organized into cycles for first-, second-, and third-year students.
             “Students at     Classes are usually very large. Although semester-length courses are offered more and
             the university   more frequently, students should expect many year-long courses with exams at the end
             are inde-        of the academic year that test an entire year’s instruction.
             pendent and
                              There are two main types of courses within the French university system. One type,
There is no regular control   called cours magistral, consists of a series of lectures held in amphitheaters for 200 to
over their workload. They     400 students. The lectures present a broad theoretical analysis of major issues and
have fewer assignments        trends in the given field. Most EAP students’ experience is that, contrary to practices
but that doesn’t mean they    at UC, often there are no syllabi, course readers, or published course notes available.
do not work. They are         Although assigned homework is rare, professors do provide extensive bibliographies
expected to work at home      from which students are expected to select books to read. Students are not
on their own and the          provided with a schedule of reading assignments such as they might receive at UC.
bibliography given by each
                              On the final exam, students may be asked to present a broad, conceptual analysis of a
professor helps them
                              given question based on lectures and independent reading. Students must obtain a
enrich the course.”
                              comprehensive knowledge of the subject through judicious reading.

                              At some host institutions, courses of a second type, the travaux dirigés or conférences
                              de méthode, are conducted in smaller groups and follow more closely the pedagogical
                              pattern practiced in American universities. At the graduate level, research seminars are
                              the major mode of instruction.

                              Generally, French courses meet once a week for one, one-and-a-half, or two hours.
                              They may be supplemented by travaux dirigés over a 12- to 30-week period. Year-long
                              courses prevail, although departments in some universities are changing to a semester

                              French courses often have a general title but the specific content, methodologies, and
                              approach may vary from year to year. It is not unusual for a course to follow an irregular
                              meeting schedule. EAP students are expected to remain informed about class meeting
                              times and report the total number of anticipated meetings to the Study Center.

                              French professors tend to be less accessible than UC faculty members. They
                              occasionally cancel classes or change meeting times with no prior warning. Students
                              are expected to take responsibility for pursuing their own learning during any breaks in
                              regular class meetings.

                              Some Study Centers have moniteurs (tutors), who supplement formal lectures through
                              guided reading, discussions, and research, and help students acquire background that
                              French students already have. Tutorial sections, taught by French graduate students or
                              faculty, are arranged for many courses and/or subject areas. (There are no tutorials or
                              moniteurs either in the Paris Critical Studies Program or at the ENS, where most courses
                              are seminars offered by French university faculty.)

                              The small group classes are comparable to classes at UC, with a lot of participation,
                              required exposés, continuous assessment, papers, an eventual midterm and a final
                              exam. As far as lectures are concerned, EAP students usually feel that, while the classes
                              are comparable in size to UC and sometimes smaller, the teaching style is drastically
                              different. Professors expect the students to take more notes than at UC, and this
                              requires a strenuous effort for international students, as the course typically lasts for two
                              hours with only a short (optional) break.

                              Very little or no in-class participation is involved. Also, UC students may be under the
                              false impression that there is no homework required because there are no accurate
                              syllabi, no clear reading requirements, and few references to the course bibliography.
                              However, for the final (and sometimes only) exam, students are expected to know their
                              course notes in-depth, and to have read as much of the course reading material as

 Notes:                          Outside class, students usually cannot expect as much help as at UC. Office hours, if
                                 they exist, are limited, and usually there are no teaching assistants or discussion
                                 sections. These are the downsides of the French lecture classes, but once students get
                                 beyond the anxiety over this change in academic culture, the system teaches them to
                                 become intellectually more independent and improves their individual research skills.

                                 Generally speaking, all books from the reading lists may be found at the university
                                 libraries. However, libraries usually have limited hours and do not offer the option of late
                                 evening studies. It may be difficult to check out books, or to have them reserved. As a
                                 result students sometimes need to purchase books from the reading lists (though it may
                                 not prove that expensive, as usually there is less required reading than at UC). The
                                 situation varies here from one university to another.

                                 Academic Challenges
                                 EAP students in France usually feel that overcoming the language barrier in the context
                                 of their courses is the first main challenge they have to face, at least at the beginning of
                                 their stay. It is also difficult to master the various French academic writing styles (the
                                 “dissertation” with its “plan détaillé”, the “commentaire composé”), plus the mere fact of
                                 writing under pressure in French. However, the EAP “cours d’écriture” offered through
                                 the Study Center has shown to be quite valuable in helping students meet this
                                 challenge. Overall the dominant feeling for most EAP students in France is that although
                                 the challenges are very real, the benefits are as well.

Fall Intensive Language, Culture, and
 Society Programs
  Students who think they        EAP offers two opportunities for students to study French intensively at the intermediate
  might be interested in         (second year) level. The Lyon program is designed for students with a solid 3 to 4 quarters
  extending must submit a        (2 to 3 semesters) of university-level French. The Bordeaux program can accommodate
  Departmental Pre-Approval      students with from 3 to 5 quarters (2 to 3 semesters) of university-level French. The
  to Extend form (available      Universitywide Office of EAP places students at either Bordeaux or Lyon, based on prior
  at the Campus EAP Office)      French language study and other academic factors. Both programs offer a specially
  before departure. This may     designed curriculum intended to improve both oral and written language skills while
  then be activated by           providing a fundamental background in French culture and society. All course work is
  November 1, with the           conducted in French. Language classes are mostly offered at the lower division level,
  approval of the EAP Study      while some of the culture classes are upper division.
  Center Director.
                                 Extending EAP Participation
  Students who are planning
                                 Qualified students participating in the short-term language programs may extend their
  to extend for the year
                                 participation from the fall semester to a spring term in one of EAP’s regular university
  should also get the year-
                                 programs in Bordeaux or Lyon. Extending EAP participation requires the permission of
  long student visa, as it is
                                 the EAP Study Center Director and local university departments. (See Academic Year
  impossible to extend the
                                 programs for descriptions of programs at the Universities of Bordeaux and Lyon.)
  six-month visa after arrival
                                 Students interested in pursuing this possibility must initiate the process early in the
  in France.                     semester by talking to the EAP Study Center Director about the feasibility of an
                                 extension. The Director will consider a number of criteria in approving or denying an
                                 extension petition, including language preparation and a student’s academic plan.
                                 Further approvals for extension must be obtained from the Universitywide Office of EAP
                                 and the student’s home campus.

                                 Lyon Extensions
                                 Students who have participated in a fall intensive language, culture, and society
                                 program in Lyon may extend their EAP participation to the spring in Lyon. Following the
                                 fall program, students attend a brief intensive language program (ILP) before the regular
                                 spring semester begins. The semester consists of regular courses taken at University of
                                 Lyon II or the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (IEP), as well as a required
                                 language/methodology course.

Bordeaux Fall Program
q   Students in the semester
                                    Projected Academic Calendar
    program do not have
    access to regular               Bordeaux Fall Program
    University of Bordeaux             Official EAP Start Date                 September 6
    courses.                           Orientation                             September 7 - September 8
                                       French Language Placement Test          September 9
                                       Stage Intensif                          September 9 - October 1
                                       Break                                   October 2 - October 10
                                       Fall Courses                            October 10 - December 22
               “If you're on a
               short term
               program,          Intermediate language and culture classes are at the core of the Bordeaux program.
               speak French      The program is taught entirely in French. Most of the instruction is conducted at the
               as much as
                                 University of Bordeaux’s Department for French as a Foreign Language (DEFLE), which
               possible. It is
                                 enrolls students from a wide variety of countries and cultural backgrounds, and provides
very easy to go through the
                                 training in French language and culture. Students will be able to take advantage of the
whole program without
                                 most up-to-date teaching facilities and pedagogical methods.
learning much French at
all. Don't get discouraged       Academic Program
with the classes, because
                                 The academic program begins with a four-week practical language session, the stage
they are the most French
                                 intensif, followed by more advanced language courses for the remainder of the term.
practice you'll have daily.”
                                 Stage Intensif
                                 During the stage intensif students take language classes every weekday morning and
 Students who successfully       three afternoons. Instruction is designed to advance each student’s language abilities to
 complete this program will      the level necessary to function successfully in the subsequent fall culture classes. The
                                 stage intensif includes the study of written and oral French through exercises,
 earn approximately 24 UC
 quarter units, for a total of   conversation practice, lectures on contemporary French civilization, and the
                                 presentation of French films. An additional two afternoons per week are devoted to
 five courses.
                                 excursions, sports activities, and an optional 12-hour stage d’oenologie where students
                                 can study winemaking and merchandizing.

                                 Following the stage intensif there is a break during which students can get to know more
                                 about France. EAP may schedule a group excursion, or students may travel on their
                                 own. All students are expected to keep a journal during this time and to submit a report
                                 describing their experiences and what they have learned.

                                 At this time students select and prepare an individual study project that leads to a
                                 graded term paper (in French) at the end of the semester. Teaching assistants will be
                                 available during this time and for the remainder of the semester to offer their help to the

                                 Fall Semester Courses
                                 During the second part of the program, students enroll in language and culture classes
                                 at the DEFLE. Students take approximately ten hours per week of oral and written
                                 French language study, plus six hours per week of courses on French culture and
                                 civilization. Students choose two courses from class offerings in literature, fine arts, and
                                 media studies. In addition to course work, students select a topic for a semester project,
                                 about which they complete a research paper by the end of the program. Topics may
                                 include Roman art, city government, trade unions, merchandizing Bordeaux wine,
                                 staging Racine at the Grand Theatre, traffic regulation in a medieval city, planning the
                                 new riverfront at Bordeaux, etc. Tutorials are offered to orient students in these projects
                                 and help them with their paper writing.

Notes:   The French culture and civilization courses typically are as
         French Civilization and Culture
         This course comprises a thematic and comparative approach to French civilization,
         focusing on issues of culture and society, physical geography, history, language,
         religion, political institutions, and state and regional administration. This course studies
         the emergence of modern France from the French Revolution to World War II. Major
         topics of the course are: political geography of France, demographic developments
         during major periods of the 19th century, and industrialization and social classes during
         the 19th century. Working in groups, students study and analyze related documents,
         explain the historical, geographical, political, and economic terms and concepts.

         French Civilization
         This course provides an evolutionary account of the fundamentals of French attitudes
         and aspects of French civilization. It discusses regions and regional differences, cities
         and countryside, the expression of living standards, attitudes towards health and health
         care, the use of leisure time, and styles of the media. In addition to the course, students
         work at a mandatory semester project. They choose a theme from a list of topics,
         exploring that theme in close contact with institutions, companies, and individuals who
         work in the area of that theme. Themes include open markets, kindergarten, primary
         schools, the “Grand Theatre,” rugby, the profession of shepherd in the “Landes,” oyster
         farming in the bassin d’Arcachon, and immigration. Students note their questions and
         record their interviews in a diary. At the end of the semester, students present a 10-page
         written report on their project.

         French Society
         This course concentrates on comprehensive features of French society such as
         demographic data, recent transformations, and economic background conditions. The
         course examines social differentiation: the countryside and its life, workers and trade
         unions; and the tertiary domain: employees and public officials. The course also
         analyzes the structure of French administration and presents some of the most
         important institutions. In addition to the course, students work at a mandatory semester

         French Culture I
         For this culture course, students choose two options out of the following five:
            1. French with an Emphasis on Tourism: discusses means of transportation and the
               different types of tourism as well as the professions that relate to tourism;
            2. Literary History: focuses on the history of French literature, its major movements,
               basic terminology, and the evolution of genres;
            3. Francophone Literature: offers an overview and an account of the literatures of
               Quebec, the French Antilles, African countries, and of authors who have chosen
               to write in French;
            4. Literary Texts: explores the difference between the language of literature and the
               language of communication;
            5. Language of French Media: studies contemporary texts and recordings drawn
               from French media.

French Culture II
For this culture class, students choose two options out of the following five:
   1. France and the European Union: focuses on the history of the European Union,
      with special emphasis placed on supra-national institutions;
   2. 19th Century French Painting: focuses on the Realism period during the second
      and third Republics, examining Courbet, Millet, and Daumier;
   3. 17th Century French Literature: focuses on 17th century French culture and
      society, examining key literary texts of the period;
   4. 19th Century French Literature from Romanticism to Naturalism: examines the
      lives of key authors and their literary aspirations and value systems;
   5. French Business Studies: the French business system and the different types of
      communication within firms.

French Culture III
Students choose two options out of the following eight:

    1.   France and the European Union: focuses on the history of the European
         Union, with special emphasis on supra-national institutions
    2.   19th Century French Painting: focuses on the Realism period during the
         second and third Republics
    3.   Contemporary French Thought: focuses on major trends in 20th century
    4.   17th Century French Literature: focuses on 17th century French culture and
    5.   19th Century French Novel: emphasizes the major works of Chateaubriand
         and Flaubert
    6.   19th and 20th Century French Poetry: traces the evolution of modern French
    7.   20th Century French Theater: surveys French theater and the authors of major
         dramatic works
    8.   French Business: studies the French business system and the different type of
         communication within firms.

Lyon Fall Program

                       Projected Academic Calendar*
                       Lyon Fall Program
                          Official EAP Start Date                  August 27
                          Fall Term                                August 30 - December 18
                          Break                                    October 23 - November 1
                          Exams/Last Day of Instruction**          December 18

                     * Approximate dates: Do NOT use these dates to make airline reservations
                       See the EAP website for details.
                     * Students are not permitted to leave before their final exams on December 18.

                    The course work in this program is designed for UC students by the Center for
                    Instruction in French Studies (CIEF), which specializes in teaching French language and
                    culture to international students. Home-stays are an integral part of the program (and
                    are required).

                    The language portion of the Lyon program is divided into three sessions. The first two,
                    each three weeks in length, consist of a two-part structure and culture course, which
                    introduces and further develops students’ knowledge of linguistic structures and their
                    contextual use, and provides pertinent cultural and literary information. Attached to this
                    course are an oral and a writing workshop. During the remaining eight weeks of the
                    program, students study advanced composition and grammar, organization of ideas,
                    and oral presentation. In this part, each student engages in a field project, the results of
                    which are presented in the form of both an oral and a written report at the end of the
                    program. Students earn 18 lower-division UC quarter units for the language course

                    In addition to the course work described above, students also enroll in two or three of
                    the following courses, each worth three upper-division UC quarter units:

                       Genres in Literary Analysis
                       This course examines fundamental aspects of French 19th and 20th century literary
                       production by focusing on three main genres: realism (Stendhal, Flaubert, Zola,
                       Proust, Celine, Sartre, Beckett, Modiano); autobiography (Duras, Ernaux, Leiris,
                       Perec); and poetry (Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Lautreamont, Appolinaire, Char, Michaux).

                       Cinema and History
                       This course focuses on main events and moments in contemporary French and
                       European history as represented by French cinema. Topics include World War I, the
                       30s and the rise of totalitarianism, collaboration and resistance during World War II,
                       decolonization, and the events of May 1968.

 Notes:                               History of Art and Architecture in Lyon
                                      This course offers an in-depth study of the history of art and architecture in Lyon,
                                      using slides, lectures, reports, and field trips. The emphasis is placed on Roman
                                      through Renaissance art and architecture, as well as some modern art. Weekly field
                                      trips include visits to important museums and other historical sites.

                                      Contemporary French Society
                                      This course focuses on France’s social structures and institutions, as well as some
                                      major issues currently facing France on the national and international stage. Topics
                                      include the French educational system, French political parties and elections, France
                                      within the European Union (the Maastricht Treaty), corruption, immigration policies
                                      and policies toward asylum seekers, civil rights, unions, and French/U.S. relations.
                                      Visits to regional and departmental councils, courts of law, and places of local
                                      historical importance (such as the Resistance and Deportation Museum), are

                                   Classes in the Lyon fall program are held five days a week, Monday through Friday.
                                   Additionally, please note that the last final exam will be held on the last day of
                                   instruction, and no student is permitted to leave Lyon before that date.

General Academic Programs
 q   Students should bring         Intensive Language Program & Orientation
     familiar reference books      Most academic year programs begin with a two- to six-week orientation and intensive
     and key works which are       language program (ILP) in France. The ILP concentrates on providing an introduction to
     important for their majors,   French contemporary culture and history, and developing French writing, conversation,
     since these materials         and grammar skills. The ILP is designed to prepare students for the demands of regular
     might not always be           university course work.
     readily available in
     English.                      Orientation provides information about France, the host universities, and the academic
                                   program, and includes field trips and cultural activities.
 q   Many of the courses are
     year-long and students        Academic Year
     need to spend more time       During the year, most UC undergraduates take a combination of year-long and
     preparing for exams.          semester-length university courses. Most courses involve one or two lectures a week.
     French students follow        UC students usually take the same exams, write the same papers, and are graded in
     pre-determined curricula      the same way as French students.
     and take exams at the
     end of the year.              Depending on language proficiency, students may be required to continue their
                                   language study during the year. Some host institutions require international students to
                                   take an entrance examination to assess their language skills, the results of which may
                                   determine what course work may be undertaken during the year.

                                   The Study Centers offer tutorials to help students succeed within the requirements of the
                                   French academic system. EAP may sponsor a writing course during the year to refine
                                   students’ French composition skills.

                                    The Study Centers convert French grades into the appropriate grades
                                    according to the UC system. All changes to a student’s academic program, such
                                    as adding or dropping a class or changing a grading option, must be made through
                                    the UC Study Center, as well as the host university.

                                   Subject Area Lists
                                   For additional information on the types of courses available (including important details
                                   and restrictions) students should visit the EAP website to consult the Program Wizard
                                   and Course Finder, and to find links to host institution websites.

Notes:              While these course lists can provide a general idea about the types of courses that have
                    been taken in the past, there is no guarantee that a specific course will be offered again
                    in the future. Using the available course information, EAP students must discuss
                    possible academic options with their departmental advisers to determine what types of
                    courses, rather than specific courses, will best fit into their major program. While
                    abroad, students should remain in contact with their UC departmental advisers as they
                    plan their study program for the year. EAP students should take the relevant pages from
                    their home UC campus catalogs to France to compare UC departmental courses to
                    those offered at the host university. Students should not expect to find courses that
                    correspond exactly with UC courses.

                      Grades From EAP Take Time
                      Grades will not be posted to students’ UC records as quickly as home campus UC
                      grades are posted because grade reporting practices at universities abroad differ
                      from those at UC and generally are more time consuming. When grades for a
                      program are received at the Universitywide Office, they are processed as a group,
                      not individually, and are sent to UC campus registrars. Grades are generally
                      reported to the registrars’ offices within 90 days of the end of a program. If after 90
                      days the grades have not been reported, students may request an Individual Grade
                      Report, provided they have an urgent need for grades and provided that other
                      documentation (e.g., blank grade report, official correspondence to a requesting
                      agency) will not suffice until grades are received. Such requests will not be accepted
                      prior to the end of the 90-day period, and students are cautioned that in some cases
                      grades may still not be available from the host university. Students who have
                      questions about receipt of their grades should contact their Campus EAP Office.

The University of Bordeaux
                    The capital of the rich and historical Aquitaine region, Bordeaux has a population of
                    700,000. The Bordeaux area produces some of France’s most famous wines. The city is
                    located at the mouth of the Gironde River, close enough to the ocean to be subject to its
                    tides. The nearest beaches are 40 miles from town.

                    Bordeaux’s history dates to Roman times. The city has a medieval, narrow section and
                    neighborhoods and public gardens in the grand style of the 18th and 19th centuries.
                    Gothic churches and Renaissance palaces coexist with modern buildings that
                    sometimes mimic their architecture. The city is vibrant with cultural activity. Students can
                    frequent the colorful “Victoire” neighborhood’s patchwork of cultural diversity that equals
                    or surpasses that of California.

                    The city center is the scene of lively cultural activity, particularly in music. The Museum
                    of Modern Art hosts large international exhibitions of contemporary art. Outside of the
                    center one can find the hills of St. Emilion where the philosopher Montaigne had his
                    castle. Students can travel to Gascogne, medieval home country of the Three
                    Musketeers. The Pyrenees Mountains are less than two hours away.

                    Past EAP students have felt at home in Bordeaux. In addition to the various social
                    opportunities available in town, the university offers several extracurricular activities that
                    provide an enjoyable and effective means to meet French students, including sports
                    and dance programs, and the university choir and orchestra.

                    Universities in Bordeaux
                    Bordeaux has had a university since 1441. Today the city hosts four universities-
                    Bordeaux I, II, III, and IV—each with its group of disciplines. Over 60,000 students are
                    enrolled at the Bordeaux universities. Most of the universities’ departments are located
                    in Talence on a vast campus about 30 minutes by bus from the center of town.


                                   Projected Academic Calendar
                                   University of Bordeaux, Year Program
                                      Official EAP Start Date                   September 6
                                      Orientation                               September 7 - September 8
                                      French Language Placement Test            September 9
                                      Intensive Language Program                September 9 - October 26
                                      Semester I (for sciences courses)         September 20 or 27 - February 1
                                      Semester I                                September 20 or 27 - February 1
                                      (for economics, business, &
                                      political science courses)
                                      Semester I (other disciplines)            October 6 or 13 - February 1
                                      Winter Break                              December 22 - January 3
                                      Semester Break                            February 21 - February 29
                                      Semester II                               January 31 - May 25
                                      Spring Break                              April 17 - April 25
                                      Exams                                     May 25 - June 19
 Students are required to
 enroll in a minimum of 18
 UC quarter units each          Academic Year Program
 semester. The average          UC students begin the academic program with an intensive language program (ILP) in
 course load is five to seven   Bordeaux. The ILP includes intensive language training, coaching in French paper
 courses per semester.          writing, and background on French culture. The ILP must be taken for a letter grade.
 Students take a                During the ILP students are provided with orientation sessions and information about the
 combination of semester        university and its fields of study.
 and year-long courses.
                                The academic program during the year consists of regular university courses. Classes
                                are available to EAP students in a wide range of fields. Recommended fields include
                                African studies, anthropology, art history, environmental/ecological studies, French, history,
                                medieval studies, political science, and sociology. The art history department offers a variety
                                of survey courses from classical antiquity to the present. An inter-departmental ecological
                                studies program examines this field from a variety of perspectives. African studies courses
                                from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives are available.

                                Students are required to take the equivalent of 18 UC quarter units each semester, or an
                                average of five or six courses. EAP students enroll in Bordeaux classes with the help of
                                the local EAP staff. The Study Center provides a course list that helps students to select
                                classes. EAP students also may seek out new courses not listed. For these, students
                                are required to collect relevant data about the new course, which is submitted to the
                                Universitywide Office of EAP for approval and for the appropriate UC unit evaluations.

                                Classes often require two term papers, a mid-term, and a final exam. EAP students are
                                required to take a language test upon arrival that determines the level of classes
                                permitted during the first semester. Those who place in the two lowest levels are
                                required to take a French language class during the year.

                                In addition to the regular classes, students may arrange with the Study Center Director
                                to do independent study.

The University of Grenoble
Notes:              Grenoble
                    As the capital city of the Alps, Grenoble is surrounded by the beautiful mountains of
                    Belledonne, Chartreuse, and Vercors. Stendhal, who was born and lived in Grenoble,
                    wrote about the town, “At the end of each street, a mountain.” Though it is a very old
                    city, present development began only after World War II. It is considered today one of
                    the most dynamic French cities, and has a population of 420,000.

                    Grenoble has a highly developed industrial network and is noted for technological
                    research conducted in a collaborative mode between industry and the university.
                    Grenoble is home to several national and international research centers, including the
                    European Synchrotron Radiation Facility and the National Telecommunications
                    Research Center. The city welcomes numerous foreign industrial leaders and executives
                    from all over the world and it has become a cosmopolitan and international center.

                    Grenoble’s universities attract a great number of students who take advantage of the
                    numerous activities available: skiing, hiking, climbing, hang gliding, and windsurfing, to
                    name a few.

                    University of Grenoble
                    The University of Grenoble was founded in 1339 and currently enrolls close to 55,000
                    students. The single-campus university is located on a plain surrounded by mountains
                    east of Grenoble in the suburb of Saint-Martin d’Heres. The university consists of five
                    separate institutions: Grenoble I/Université Joseph Fourier (sciences), Grenoble
                    II/Université Pierre Mendès-France at Grenoble (humanities and social sciences),
                    Grenoble III/Université Stendhal at Grenoble (humanities and language), the Institute of
                    Political Science (IEP), and the National Polytechnic Institute (INPG) for engineering

                       Projected Academic Calendar*
                       University of Grenoble
                          Official EAP Start Date                 August 21
                          Orientation (Paris)                     August 21 - August 25
                          French Language Placement Test          September 3
                          Intensive Language Program
                                                                  To be determined
                          Academic Year                           To be determined
                          Christmas Holiday                       To be determined
                          Winter Break                            To be determined
                          Spring Break                            To be determined
                          Exams                                   To be determined

                     * Approximate dates: Do NOT use these dates to make airline reservations
                       See the EAP website for details.

                    Academic Program
                    The academic program begins during the summer with a few days of required
                    orientation in Paris. From there, EAP students proceed to Grenoble to attend the ILP.
                    During the ILP, the Study Center Director provides students with academic advice and
                    helps each to develop their academic program for the year.

                    During the academic year most EAP students officially enroll in one of Grenoble’s five
                    institutions (based on the student’s major). However, students may take courses in
                    more than one institution.

                              Grenoble offers many courses for UC students in French language, literature and
Students are required to
                              linguistics, geography, history, international relations, political science, sociology, and
enroll in a minimum of 18
                              psychology. Outstanding science students with good French language ability may take
UC quarter units each
                              science courses. Students who plan to take courses in psychology should have a
semester. This usually
                              strong math and philosophy background. All students are required to take a French
means an average course
                              writing course during the year. Please note that Grenoble is not recommended for
load of four to six courses
                              Economics students.
per semester taken in a
combination of semester       Permission from the instructor is required for all courses, but instructors usually
and year-long courses.        welcome international students. Undergraduate students are encouraged to take
                              courses at the DEUG level (1st and 2nd years), but can also take courses at the licence
                              level (3rd year) in their major. Beyond the licence, courses become very specialized and
                              students must have advanced background in the field of study; these courses are more
                              suitable for graduate students.

                              Science and Engineering Opportunities
                              EAP offers opportunities for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in most
                              science fields and in engineering at the University of Grenoble’s two main scientific
                              units: the National Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble (INPG) and Joseph Fourier
                              University (UJF).

                              INPG’s 32 research labs are organized into 5 clusters: electronics, process automation
                              and signal processing; computer science and applied math; materials and process
                              engineering; mechanical engineering; and physics. UJF has 77 research labs, 21 of
                              which are associated with the INPG labs. The INPG also offers internship opportunities
                              in French engineering firms.

                              Advanced undergraduate and graduate students may participate for the fall semester or
                              academic year. Research is conducted in the laboratories of INPG and UJF in French
                              and English with some seminars conducted in English. A partial waiver of EAP’s
                              language prerequisite may be considered for such advanced students.

                              At the Joseph Fourier University, advanced engineering undergraduates may study in
                              most science and engineering fields, particularly in geotechnical engineering, industrial
                              computer science and instrumentation, environmental engineering, and materials
                              engineering. Instruction is in French. The science and engineering program begins with
                              an orientation in Paris along with other Grenoble and Lyon students followed by a short
                              intensive language program beginning the first week of instruction.

The University of Lyon
Notes:              Lyon
                    The second largest city in France, Lyon is home to over 1.5 million people. It is located
                    in a dramatic setting ringed with hills at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers.
                    Its location on a major trade route between Northern Europe and Italy made Lyon an
                    important city of the Roman Empire. During the Renaissance it was a center for
                    humanist scholarship, printing, banking, and the newly-established silk industry. It is
                    also where the Resistance against the Nazis was born. Lyon continues to grow as an
                    industrial, cultural, and gastronomic center. Today it is one of France’s most prominent
                    centers for European business.

                    The University of Lyon
                    The University of Lyon (Le pôle Universitaire Lyonnais) consists of Lyon’s three
                    universities and three of its grandes écoles. EAP students take courses at the Université
                    Lumière Lyon II, a nineteenth-century neoclassical university located on the banks of the
                    Rhône in central Lyon, at the affiliated Institut d’Etudes Politiques (IEP), located in a
                    beautiful new building next to the Musée de la Résistance, or at the University’s modern
                    satellite campus in the Lyon suburb of Bron, which is served directly by tram from the
                    city center. Disciplines offered include anthropology, art history, classics,
                    communication, dramatic arts, economics, French literature, geography, history,
                    linguistics, music, political science, psychology, and sociology. IEP Lyon is one of the
                    most respected institutes in France. Its international connections are extensive, and its
                    programs in Politics and Administration, Politics and Communication, and Arab World
                    Studies are renowned.

                       Projected Academic Calendar*
                       University of Lyon
                         Official EAP Start Date                  August 21
                         Orientation (Paris)                      August 21 - August 25
                         French Language Placement Test           August 30
                         Intensive Language Program (Lyon)        August 30 - Sept. 17
                         Academic Year                            To be determined - June 15
                         Christmas Break                          December 17 - January 3
                         Winter Break                             To be determined
                         Spring Break                             To be determined
                         Exams                                    May 12 - June 15

                     * Approximate dates: Do NOT use these dates to make airline reservations
                       See the EAP website for details.

                    Academic Program
                    EAP’s year-long program in Lyon begins with a few days of required orientation in Paris.
                    From Paris, students proceed to Lyon to participate in the intensive language program
                    (ILP). During the ILP, Study Center staff provide students with academic advice and help
                    them develop their academic program for the year.

                    During the year, most students develop an academic program consisting primarily of
                    courses in the humanities and social sciences. The IEP features a multidisciplinary
                    curriculum aimed at providing an intellectual basis for the interpretation of contemporary
                    society. It offers courses in economics, history, political theory, and sociology. Lyon II
                    offers courses in economics, French literature, geography, history, linguistics,
                    psychology, and sociology.

                    Some departments are located on the Bron campus. Students may arrange to attend
                    classes at both locations, if scheduling permits, and if available courses are relevant to
                    their academic program. Students are required to take an EAP-sponsored writing
                    course during the academic year.

Notes:                          Permission from the instructor is required for all courses, but the instructors are usually
                                very pleased to welcome international students to their courses. Undergraduate
                                students are encouraged to take courses at the DEUG level (1st and 2nd year), but can
                                also take courses at the licence level (3rd year) in their major. Beyond the licence,
                                courses become very specialized and students must have a strong background in the
                                field of study; these courses are more suitable for graduate students.

                                  EAP students are required to take the equivalent of 18 UC quarter units each
                                  semester. Many courses carry only two to three UC quarter units, which means that
                                  students take eight to ten courses per semester in a combination of semester and
                                  year-long courses.

                                  Some courses may be related in such a way as to combine them to allow for
                                  departmental credit back home.

                                  In some cases, courses may be supplemented with special projects or papers in
                                  order to increase the units for a single course (that a student wants to apply toward
                                  requirements within his or her home UC department). The EAP Study Center staff will
                                  work with students to plan an appropriate combination of course work.

The University of Toulouse
 EAP students are required      Toulouse
 to take the equivalent of 18   With a population of about 700,000, Toulouse is known as the rose-colored city. It is
 UC quarter units each          built with bricks, and has carefully preserved a medieval inner city with its churches and
 semester. Many courses         monasteries. Toulouse boasts one of the most beautifully-crafted squares—la Place du
 carry only two to three UC     Capitole—and stately Renaissance hotels, which were the homes of wealthy noble
 quarter units, which means     families. As a home to aerospace, electronics, and biotechnology industries, Toulouse
 that students take eight to    is the showpiece of France’s planned high-tech industry. It is one of the fastest growing
 ten courses per semester       cities of France, and buzzing with activity. Music, photography, and the cinema are
 in a combination of            among the highlights of its rich cultural scene.
 semester and year-long
                                Near Toulouse are the fortified towns and castles of the Cathars, a medieval sect
                                bloodily suppressed by the church and the emerging French Kings. Barcelona, the
 Some courses may be            Mediterranean, and Provence are only a few hours away. The Pyrenees Mountains and
 related in such a way as to    their skiing slopes are at a day trip’s distance.
 combine them to allow for
 departmental credit back
                                University of Toulouse
 home.                          The University of Toulouse has its roots in the 13th century. The university has several
                                institutions, among them Toulouse I, Toulouse II-Le Mirail, and Toulouse III-Paul
 In some cases, courses         Sabatier. Toulouse I, located in the center of the city, focuses on the social sciences,
 may be supplemented with       including law and business. Toulouse II-Le Mirail focuses on the humanities, including
 special projects or papers     psychology and sociology. It is located 20 minutes from the center but is easily
 in order to increase the       accessible via subway. Toulouse III-Paul Sabatier, which includes the Faculties of
 units for a single course      Medicine, Pharmacy and Sciences, the Toulouse and Pic du Midi Observatories, as well
 (that a student wants to       as the more recent University Institute of Technology, is now one of the largest of the
 apply toward requirements      French universities. It currently enrolls 30,000 students and employs 2,000 teaching and
 within his or her home UC      research faculty. Eighty-three of the University’s 108 research centers are recognized
 department). The EAP           nationally, and 600 of its researchers are affiliated with national research institutes.
 Study Center staff will work   Together, the institutions enroll about 60,000 students.
 with students to plan an
 appropriate combination of
 course work.


           Projected Academic Calendar
           University of Toulouse
               Official EAP Start Date                August 18
               Orientation                            August 18 - August 20
               Intensive Language Program             August 26 - September 24
               Semester I (for sciences courses)      September 20 - January 28
               Semester I                             October 4 - January 28
               (for economics, business, &
               political sciences courses)
               Semester I (for other disciplines)     October 11 - January 28
               Winter Break                           December 22 - January 3
               Exams                                  February
               Semester Break                         February 7 - February 13
               Semester II                            January 31 - May 27
               Spring Break                           March 28 - April 10
               Exams                                  May 23 - June 30

         Academic Program
         UC students begin the program in Toulouse with an intensive language program (ILP).
         The ILP combines intense language training, coaching in French paper writing, and
         background on French culture. These classes must be taken for a letter grade. In
         addition to the ILP, students attend orientation sessions where information is provided
         about the academic year, the fields of study, and the host institutions.

         Following the ILP, local EAP staff helps students to enroll in academic year courses. The
         Study Center will post a list of classes from which students can select. Students are
         required to take an additional language test, which will determine the level of some of
         the classes a student can take during the first semester.

         Students select from a wide variety of courses at all three of the institutions, both from
         the curricula offered to the French students and from classes addressing the special
         interests and needs of international students. Strong areas at Toulouse for EAP students

            Toulouse I: Social sciences, including comparative economics, industrial policy
            issues, macro- and microeconomics

            Toulouse II – Le Mirail: French literature and geography

            Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier: Science and technology

         In addition to the regular classes, students may make individual arrangements with the
         Study Center Director to do independent study.

Special Focus Programs
 Paris Critical Studies Program

                                    Projected Academic Calendar*
                                    Paris Critical Studies Program
 q   Students applying to this         Official EAP Start Date                   August 18
     program need to
                                       Orientation/Housing Search                August 18 - August 29
     demonstrate their
     familiarity with some             Intensive Language Program                August 30 - September 24
     aspects of modern                 Fall Break                                September 25 - October 3
     French thought or film            Semester I **                             October 4 - January 21
     theory, and list the              Paris III Courses Begin                   October 18
     courses and/or reading
                                       Deadline for Course Registration          October 29
     they have done in these
                                       Holiday                                   November 11
     areas on their EAP
     academic program plan.            Winter Break                              December 18 - January 3
                                       Final Exams **                            January 17 - January 22
                                       End of Paris III Classes                  January 28
  Students typically take four         Final Exams at Paris III                  January 31 - February 12
  or five courses each                 Semester Break                            January 24 - February 7
  semester and are required            Semester II ***                           February 14 - May 27
  to enroll in a minimum of            Paris III Classes Begin                   February 21
  18 UC quarter units each
                                       Deadline for Spring Course                February 25
  semester, plus the 8 units
  of the ILP.
                                       Spring Break                              April 9 – April 24
  Note for graduate                    Holiday                                   May 19
  students: Graduate                   Final Exams at Paris III                  Early to Late June
  students at the Paris
  Center for Critical Studies     * Approximate dates: Do NOT use these dates to make airline reservations
  take courses in film and           See the EAP website for details.
  literary theory, philosophy,    ** Paris III exams go into February.
  criticism, and the allied       *** Paris III exams go into early to late June..
  arts, and may arrange to
  do some independent            The Critical Studies Program provides a multidisciplinary curriculum in theoretical
  research in these fields.
                                 aspects of the arts, humanities, and social sciences for advanced undergraduate and
  Graduate students must
                                 graduate students. It is offered in cooperation with the University of Paris III (Sorbonne
  complete a Graduate            Nouvelle) and administered by the Council on International Educational Exchange. The
  Student Agreement
                                 program takes place at the Paris Center for Critical Studies, located on the Boulevard
  (GSAG) with their UC
                                 Haussmann on the right bank between the Champs-Elysées and the Opéra.
  department prior to
  departure. Many courses        Academic Program
  are offered at the             Prior to the start of the academic year, students are required to participate in the intensive
  undergraduate level. The       language program (ILP) in Paris. Students are tested before the ILP begins to determine
  Program Director will          their language level. During the ILP, students take language classes and an introductory
  advise appropriate             seminar on practices of critical study. At this time the Program Director will provide
  graduate course work.          academic advice and help students to develop an academic plan for the year.

                                 The Critical Studies Program offers up to eight courses per semester, which draw upon
                                 theoretical concepts that have evolved in a number of disciplines over the past 40 years.
                                 Courses are designed specifically for the program and most are taught by French
                                 university faculty, many of whom are pioneers in film theory and contemporary French
                                 thought. All course work is done in French.

                                 A listing of courses likely to be offered at the Paris Center during the year is available in
                                 the booklet: University of Paris: Critical Studies Program, available in the Campus EAP
                                 Offices and accessible through the EAP website. The program does not have a film
                                 production component.

Notes:                        Specific course offerings can change from year to year, often too late to be included in
                              catalogs. EAP students should not expect that any particular course will automatically
                              be offered.

                              In addition to the coursework, students may take one course per semester at affiliated
                              institutions such as the University of Paris III. Graduate students may also audit classes
                              at the Collège International de Philosophie.

                              Internship opportunities may be available and should be discussed with the Program

                              EAP students will be issued a University of Paris III student card and will be entitled to
                              use their facilities, the library, and the video center. With a photo I.D., student card, and
                              proof of address, students can apply to check out books for up to two weeks from any
                              public library such as the Bibliothèque Sainte Geneviève, 10 Place du Panthéon. The
                              Paris Center maintains a small library, and each arrondissement has a library which
                              students may use after they have established an address. American libraries also exist
                              in Paris; the largest one is at 10 rue du Général Camou.

Programs in Political Science

                               Projected Academic Calendar*
                               Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Paris (Sciences Po)
                                    Official EAP Start Date                  August 29**
                                    Orientation                              September 1
                                    French Language Placement Test           September 1
                                    Intensive Language Program               September 1 - October 1
                                    Fall Semester                            October 4 - February 11
                                    Holiday Vacation                         December 18 - January 2
                                    Fall Exams                               February 3 - February 11
                                    Winter Break                             February 12- February 20
                                    Spring Semester                          February 21 - June 29
 Since acceptance into this         Spring Break                             April 9 - April 17
 program is highly                  Spring Exams                             June 13 - June 29
 competitive, interested
 students are advised to       * Approximate dates: Do NOT use these dates to make airline reservations
 submit a back-up                 See the EAP website for details.
 application to one of the     ** Students may arrive as early as August 27.
 other year-long programs
 at Bordeaux, Grenoble, or
 Lyon, all of which also      Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Paris (Sciences Po)
 have excellent               The Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Paris (Sciences Po) is an elite and highly selective
 departments of political     school, which offers a traditional training in political science. It was founded in 1872 and
 science (IEPs).              from its very beginning has taken on the responsibility of training a merit-based elite for
                              leadership roles. Situated in the midst of the Saint-Germain district of Paris, Sciences Po
                              is neighbor to the decision centers of French life including ministries, corporate
                              headquarters, and the Assemblée Nationale. Sciences Po functions like a business
                              school, with an emphasis on training.

                              Advanced undergraduate and graduate students may spend a year at Sciences Po. The
                              academic program presents, in comparative light, a number of questions facing
                              European societies and explores contemporary France in a European and international
                              framework. Students who are interested in this program must have excellent, relevant
                              academic records and high proficiency in spoken and written French.

Notes:                           Non-credit summer internships for two to four months are available following the
                                 academic year.

                                 EAP students enroll in the Sciences Po Programme International, which offers courses in
                                 French society, politics, history, economics, and international relations with a special
                                 emphasis on the new Europe. Each semester, students select two courses from a group
                                 of four in these disciplines and take a mandatory year-long course on comparative
                                 societies. The program offers students a thorough exposure to the principal elements of
                                 a Sciences Po education: a multidisciplinary approach and rigorous methodological
                                 training in social science research.

                                 Students selected for the Sciences Po program begin their year with an intensive
                                 language program (ILP). During the ILP students take language classes and an
                                 introduction to French culture and the structure of the French educational system, with
                                 special attention to the structure of the academic program at Sciences Po. The ILP at
                                 Sciences Po is graded on a Pass/No Pass basis.

                                 Although the intensive language program precedes the fall semester, no other formal
                                 language training is offered during the year. Students applying for Sciences Po should
                                 have strong French language skills, a solid background in political science coursework,
                                 and be prepared to devote all of their time to the curriculum of the school. Final
                                 selection is made by the host institution.

                                 Other Instituts d’Etudes Politiques
                “You will be     UC students who are enrolled at EAP host universities at Bordeaux, Grenoble, or Lyon,
                taking most      may also take courses at one of these universities’ corresponding Instituts d’Etudes
                of your          Politiques (IEP). Like Sciences Po in Paris, the IEPs are part of the network of the
                courses          Grandes Ecoles. They are well suited for students who do not wish to take all of their
                through the
                                 coursework in the Institut or follow a strict curricular regimen.
IEP since it offers courses
not only in political science,   Students attending the IEPs enroll in the general university at each location and may
but in economics, history,       take courses in any department for which they are qualified.
and international relations.
Take a good look at the IEP      IEP Bordeaux is known for its Centre d’Etude d’Afrique Noire (CEAN), an internationally
booklet in your Campus           renowned research center focusing on the analysis of political issues of sub-Saharan
EAP Office.”                     Africa.

                                 The equally prominent IEP Grenoble offers several nationally-renowned research
                                 centers focusing on specific regional developments within the European Union

                                 IEP Lyon is recognized for its programs in international relations and public law. At
                                 Lyon, most courses are taken through the IEP multidisciplinary curriculum.

Ecoles Normales Supérieures (ENS)
 Notes:         The four Ecoles Normales Supérieures(ENS) in France are referred to as grandes
                écoles. They are tutorial and research institutions where exceptional students prepare
                for careers in French higher education. In place of the first two years of university work,
                most ENS candidates do intensive study in their chosen field at specialized lycées, in
                preparation for highly competitive entrance examinations. Only a small proportion of
                candidates are accepted into the ENS. The roster of graduates, extending back for 200
                years, includes many noted intellectuals and political leaders.

                The ENS is not a degree-granting institution; it provides an intellectual and collegial
                environment and offers tutorial instruction as students prepare for the licence, maîtrise,
                and doctoral degrees, or the agrégation, which results for successful candidates in a
                life-long teaching career at the secondary and tertiary levels.

                EAP is affiliated with the ENS Paris (rue d’Ulm). This program is designed for graduate
                students. Student status and integration varies according to need and the proposed
                research. It is possible to come to ENS as an international student and follow the
                research seminars. A student may also come as a young research scholar, and be
                assigned a tutor in his or her discipline or field. The tutor will help the student to
                establish outside connections to facilitate research. Students who are interested in this
                option should submit a graduate student preliminary inquiry to the Campus EAP Office
                before applying.

                EAP students are expected to participate in at least one or two ENS seminars and to
                produce a substantial paper or research report by the end of the year.

                It is essential that students fully integrate into the life and intellectual activities of the
                school. This can be accomplished in various ways, including enrollment in seminars,
                giving some formal academic lectures, accomplishing a major piece of academic work
                under supervision, etc.

                Ecole Normale Supérie ure, Paris (Rue d’Ulm)

                 Projected Academic Calendar*
                 Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris (Rue d’Ulm)
                      Official EAP Start Date                   September 10
                      Information Meeting & Registration        To be determined
                      Academic Year**                           September 6 - June 28
                      Fall Break                                October 20 - November 1
                      Winter Holiday                            December 18 - January 3
                      Semester Break                            February 12 - February 27
                      Spring Break                              April 9 - April 24
                      Exams***                                  May - June

                 * Approximate dates: Do NOT use these dates to make airline reservations
                    See the EAP website for details.
                 ** The beginning of the academic year varies by discipline; although courses
                    generally start during the first two weeks of September.
                 *** Exams vary by discipline, but generally are held in May and June.

                Founded during the French Revolution in 1794, ENS Paris (rue d’Ulm) currently enrolls
                about 750 students and has a teaching staff of 125. ENS rue d’Ulm is very competitive
                and is recommended only for strong graduate students with well-developed study,
                research, and scholarly agendas.

Notes:   UC students may take courses and/or do research in natural and physical sciences,
         humanities (antiquity, classics, French literature: Middle Age and 18th to 19th century),
         French and foreign literature, geography (contemporary problems in Europe, Asia,
         Africa, and the environment), and social sciences. ENS Paris occupies several buildings
         in and near the rue d’Ulm in the Latin Quarter. It is near the Universities of Paris I-V and
         to numerous book stores, cafes, and intellectual meeting spots. The main cluster of
         buildings houses the administration and classrooms, and includes the historic site of
         Louis Pasteur’s laboratory and office. A large cloister-like courtyard at the center of the
         main building, called “the aquarium” by the ENS students, permits outdoor study and
         socializing among the students and faculty. Other facilities are located on the Boulevard
         Jourdain at the southern edge of Paris, near the Cité Universitaire.

         Students are assigned faculty tutors who assist in matching them with the appropriate
         seminars, help with research connections outside the school, and assist with finding the
         research documentation needed for the work to be undertaken. Students must have a
         good enough knowledge of French upon arrival to understand what is being said in
         seminars, converse with officials, and do research, but students may continue to perfect
         their French during the year through courses arranged by the ENS.

One Semester Programs in Paris
 The American University of Paris:
 Introductory Studies in Western Civilization

                                       Projected Academic Calendar*
                                       American University of Paris
                                          Official EAP Start Date                  August 28
                                          AUP Orientation                          August 28 - September 5
                                          UC Orientation                           August 31
                                          Fall Semester                            September 6 - December 18
                                          Last Day to Add/Drop Courses             September 13
                                          Midterms                                 October 20
                                          Fall Break                               October 27 - October 29
                                          Armistice Day (holiday)                  November 11 - November 12
                                          Reading Days                             December 11 - December 13
                                          Final Exams                              December 14 - December 18
 q   Participation in this
     program is open to                * Approximate dates: Do NOT use these dates to make airline reservations
     sophomores and juniors              See the EAP website for details.
     with a 3.0 GPA and little to
     no prior university-level
     study of French language.      The American University of Paris
                                    The American University of Paris (AUP) is an urban institution that was founded in 1962.
                                    It is centrally located in the 7th arrondissement of Paris on the Left Bank near the Eiffel
                                    Tower and the Seine. AUP enrolls more than 800 students representing over 85
                                    nationalities. While AUP’s academic culture, structure, and policies are similar to those
                                    of liberal arts universities in the U.S., its interdisciplinary curriculum is enriched by an
                                    international dimension in all fields. AUP offers a wide range of student activities and
                                    cultural programs, including course-related study trips, cultural excursions throughout
                                    France and Europe, and a wealth of cultural events in Paris.

                                    Academic Program
                                    This is a one-semester program only. It is offered in the fall and spring. All students
                                    enroll in beginning French in addition to three courses selected from a list of
                                    approximately 30 whose subject matter pertains to the theme of Western European
                                    studies, with special emphasis on Paris, France, and European culture. These courses
                                    may fulfill general education and/or breadth requirements as well as major requirements
                                    in the fields of art history, literature, communications, history, urban culture, political
                                    science, and psychology. One of the three courses may be an elective selected from
                                    the general offerings of AUP (so students may continue to make further progress in their
                                    degree). Students earn 6.0 UC quarter units for the French language class and 4.5 UC
                                    quarter units for each of the three subject courses.

                                    The following is a list of selected courses for UC students at the American University
                                    of Paris:

                                    French Studies
                                      Beginning French (FR 110A)
                                      Elementary French II (FR 120A)
                                      Oral Expression and Songs (FR 212)
                                      Acting in French (FR/DR 277)

Notes:   Art History
           Introduction to Western Art I-II (AH 100 & 120)
           Materials and Techniques of the Masters (AR 120)
           Various courses: Art of the Ancient Near East. Ancient Art, Medieval Art, Renaissance
              Art and Architecture, Baroque and Rococo Art and Architecture, 19th and 20th
              Century Art (AH 211-216)
           Paris 1795-Present: From Modernity to Post-Modernism (AH 204)
           Paris Through its Architecture (AH 200)
           Masters of French Literature I-II (CL 257, CL 258)
           Theater in Paris (CL/DR/FR 275)
         European Cultural Studies and Philosophy
           Europe and Cities: The Age of the Renaissance (ES 105)
           Europe and Cities: The Modern City (ES 110)
           Approaches to Culture: Frames, Practice, Objects (ES 200)
           Introduction to the History and Analysis of Narrative Film I: From Méliès through the
               Hollywood Studio Era & World War I (ES 275)
           Film Genres and Topics (ES 290-295)
           Belief, Knowledge, Facts (PL 100)
           Ethical Inquiry: Problems and Paradigms (PL 121)
           Critical Thinking: Logic and Everyday Reasoning (PL 122)
           Crucial Elements of Ancient Philosophy (PL 211)
           Philosophy and Religion I: From the Ancient to the Medieval World (PL/ES 213)
           Philosophy and Religion II: From the Early Modern to the Postmodern World (PL/ES 214)
         International Communications
           Comparative Mass Communications (CM 102)
           Intercultural Communication (CM 161)
           Communications and Society (CM 205)
           Media Analysis (CM 223)
         History and Social Sciences
           Introduction to French Society (S0 212)
           History of Western Civilization I (up to 1500) and II (from 1500) (HI 101, 102)
           The Contemporary World (HI 103)
           The French Revolution and Napoleon (HI 201)
           France in the Modern World (HI 202)
           Social Anthropology (AN 101)
           Cultural Anthropology (AN 102)
           Political Anthropology (AN 203)
           Psychology and Gender (GS/PY 110)
           Contemporary Feminist Theory (GS/CL 206)
           Social Psychology (GS/PY 245)
         International Affairs and Politics
           Introduction to Political Philosophy (PL/PO 203)
           Comparative European Politics (PO 110)
           Political Economy of Developing Countries (PO 205)
           International Relations (PO 231)
           Introduction to International Economic Relations (EC 230)

UC Center Program in French and
European Studies

                                   Projected Academic Calendar
                                   UC Center in Paris
                                      Official EAP Start Date                  August 18
                                      Intensive Language & Practical           August 23 - September 10
                                      Fall Semester                            September 13 - December 17
                                      Semester Break                           November 1 - November 7
                                      Final Exams                              December 13 - December 17
q   This program is open to           Dormitory Check-Out Date                 December 20
    students who have a 3.0
    GPA and one to four
    quarters (or one to two     Academic Program
    semesters) of university-   The program begins with a three-week introductory French language and culture
    level French. The           component (the Language Practicum) to introduce students to Paris and the practical
    curriculum is designed by   use of French. This course earns 4.0 UC quarter units of credit. During the following 12-
    UC faculty with the         week semester, students continue their study of French, earning 6.0 UC quarter units,
    objective of providing an   and enroll in two or three upper division program courses in the humanities and social
    academic foundation for     sciences. The program courses, which emphasize French and European studies, meet
    later advanced study or     for 2 to 4 hours per week and are taught by faculty and scholars from various institutions
    work in French and          in the greater Paris area. Each course carries 4.0 or 5.0 UC quarter units of credit. All
    European studies.           instruction and readings are in English.

                                Students select courses from a list of six to eight offerings, which may be cross-listed in
                                several subject areas. All except the French language courses are taught in English.
 Students who think they
 might be interested in         Extending EAP Participation
 extending must submit a        Qualified students participating in the UC Center program may extend their participation
 Departmental Pre-Approval      from the fall semester to a spring term in EAP’s regular university programs in Bordeaux.
 to Extend form (available      Extending EAP participation requires the permission of the EAP Study Center Director
 at the Campus EAP Office)      and local university departments. (See Academic Year programs for descriptions of
 before departure. This may     programs at the Universities of Bordeaux.) Students interested in pursuing this
 then be activated by           possibility must initiate the process early in the semester by talking to the EAP Study
 November 1, with the           Center Director about the feasibility of an extension. The Director will consider a number
 approval of the EAP Study      of criteria in approving or denying an extension petition, including language preparation
 Center Director.
                                and a student’s academic plan. Further approvals for extension must be obtained from
 Students who are planning      the Universitywide Office of EAP and the student’s home campus.
 to extend for the year
 should also get the year-      General Courses
 long student visa, as it is    Students can enroll in one of the following:
 impossible to extend the       Contemporary French Society and Politics. A survey of the institutions, social
 six-month visa after arrival   structure, economy, and political life of contemporary France, this course focuses on
 in France.                     current public debates: political decentralization, constitutional reform, the educational
                                system, the future of the welfare state, and immigration and citizenship in France. The
                                course is taught from a social science perspective. Readings include texts by political
                                scientists, sociologists, anthropologists, as well as excerpts from journalist, speeches,
                                and political commentary in translation.

Notes:   French Civilization and History. Taught from the perspective of the humanities, this
         course surveys some of the canonical and conventional “landmarks” of French culture
         and civilization, although it does so in unconventional ways. Readings combine
         selections from French writers, playwrights, and philosophers with primary sources used
         by historians and literary scholars in order to make sense of the unity and divisions of
         French society and its cultural productions since the later Middle Ages.

         Specialized Courses
         Students can enroll in one or two of the following:
         * denotes a course taught in Fall 2003. Course contents and instructors may vary.

            * France and European Integration. This course examines the role of France in
            the development of European institutions after World War II; the influence of France
            in contemporary debates about EU expansion, the creation of a European army; and
            European political institutions. The course also considers the impact of these
            institutional changes and the construction of Europe on the French state and nation.

            * Histories of Paris. Using the buildings and spaces of Paris as a laboratory, this
            course surveys key events in the histories of Paris and France. The course focuses
            on the social and cultural history of the city in its material dimensions, the relation of
            streets and buildings to the unfolding events of French history; and the meanings of
            local topography within the enduring mythologies of the city.

            Identities of France. Using case studies of intellectual and political debates since
            the 1980s, this course surveys recent French attempts to come to terms with
            France’s changing identity under the impact of immigration, feminism, and economic
            and cultural globalization.

            * Post-War French Intellectual History/Critical Theory. This course surveys the
            intellectual history of France since World War II, using selections of major thinkers in
            a variety of disciplines: political philosophy, gender theory, linguistics,
            psychoanalysis, history, and literary theory. Situating French thought in its social and
            political contexts, the course explores in particular the development of critical theory
            since the 1960s, considering recent as well as classical work on the problems of
            identity, subjectivity, and language.

            Visual Culture in France: Histories, Contexts, Publics. Beyond the traditional
            field of Art History, the study of visual culture has emerged as an established field of
            scholarly inquiry. Drawing on a range of media and visual arts (drawing painting,
            printing, film, digital arts), this course studies the material production, distribution,
            and public reception of visual artifacts in French history, focusing on the 20th

            Art and Spectacle in Paris: Behind the Scenes. This course on the contemporary
            “arts scene” in Paris investigates the actors, institutions, and ideas involved in the
            production of cultural exhibitions and spectacles. Taking students “behind the
            scenes” in a variety of context—artistic exhibitions, theatrical productions, opera and
            ballet, and the music industry—students study the critical processes and choices in
            France that go into the production of cultural performances.

            France and the United States: How Media Shape Perceptions. How do different
            media in France produce different understandings of the United States? How does
            the U.S. media convey specific images of France and French civilization? This
            course compares and connects the French and American experiences in the second
            half of the twentieth century, drawing on examples from journalism, the book
            publishing industry, and film.

French Preparation
               “Practice         The more French a student knows before leaving for France, the easier his or her time
               reading,          abroad will be. Prior to departure, all students are encouraged to spend 45 minutes a
               writing, and      day, or at least five sessions a week, working to improve their French. Even though a
               speaking          student may know the language, he or she may have trouble understanding people at
               French as         first because they may speak fast, have a regional accent, speak colloquially, etc. To
               much as           prepare for this, students shouldn’t just read, but should also look for opportunities to
 possible beforehand. Don’t      speak and listen to the language. Students can go on a regular basis to the UC
 be afraid of making a           language lab and listen to conversation tapes. Some campus language labs have good
 mistake while talking;
                                 collections of unrehearsed, spontaneous conversations with written transcripts, which
 everybody makes
                                 provide a good basis for practicing aural comprehension. Students should also try to
 mistakes, even the French.
                                 improve their writing skills. The following are some good methods to prepare
 The only way you’re going
 to improve is by doing. I’ve
 found the people extremely         • Read magazines, cover to cover, using an all-French dictionary. Using such a
 helpful. Most are anxious to         dictionary is difficult at first, requiring a certain amount of discipline, but it will
 practice their English, too.”        prove beneficial when you get to France.
 “Make vocabulary lists—ten         • Read newspapers, French and American, as often as possible. (In general the
 words a day. Read aloud              French are better informed on world affairs than are most Americans.)
 when you read something
                                    • Read French websites, especially French news websites.
 in French.”
                                    • Read at least two difficult books, one fiction, one non-fiction. Give your French
 “Speak as little English as          comprehension a workout; the harder you work here, the easier your term abroad
 possible—even with                   will be.
 American friends.”
                                    • Read at least one book in your major in French.
                                    • Keep a daily journal in French.
                                    • Keep a notebook with French phrases, expressions, whole sentences, and
                                      structures that you would like to use in your vocabulary.
                                    • Rent or go to French movies; buy and listen to French records or tapes; seek out
                                      French-speaking people. Listen to French broadcasts on the Internet.
                                    • Read aloud (anything in French) for 20 minutes at a time. Strive for correct
                                      pronunciation; read progressively faster, maintaining correct pronunciation.
                                    • Talk to yourself in French, practicing phrases picked up from conversation and
                                    • Try to speak with native French speakers (students, professors, etc.) on a regular
                                 Recommended Reading
                                 EAP students are urged to become as acquainted as possible with France prior to
                                 departure, and to keep up-to-date on issues by reading articles in newspapers,
                                 magazines, and journals. Students are encouraged to read Le Monde, the premier daily
                                 of France, at least twice a week. Le Monde is available at UC campus libraries. Other
                                 popular periodicals include Libration, Le Point, L’Express, and Le Nouvel Observateur
                                 magazines. Students who are in the Paris Critical Studies will be sent additional reading
                                 suggestions prior to departure which will help in preparation for the year’s studies in
                                 film, semiology, and critical analysis. French literature majors are encouraged to read a
                                 few books in French before coming. The following titles are often studied in class: Le
                                 Lys dans la Vallée (Balzac), Madame Bovary (Flaubert), Les Fleurs du Mal (Beaudelaire),
                                 La Peste (Camus), Le Rouge et le Noir (Stendhal) and La Chartreuse de Parme

                                 Students are also strongly encouraged to review popular travel guides prior to departure
                                 for France. Many guides provide excellent background information about the region’s
                                 history and culture. Some examples include Fodor’s Paris, and Lonely Planet guides.

In addition, the following books and historical novels can provide historical information
and an insight into France and French culture.

Ardagh, John           France in the New Century: Portrait of a Changing
                       Society, Penguin, New York, 2000.
Asselin, Gilles and    Au Contraire: Figuring Out the French, Intercultural
  Mastron, Ruth        Press, 2001.
Bailey, Rosemary,      Eyewitness Travel Guide to France, DK Publishing,
  Ardagh, John,        1998.
  and Brown, Deni
Bernstein, Richard     Fragile Glory: A Portrait of France and the French, New
                       York, 1990.
Birnbaum, Pierre,      The Idea of France, Hill & Wang Pub, 2001.
   DeBevoise, M. B.
Fenby, Johnathan       France on the Brink, Arcade Publishing, 2000.
Gedlin, Frances        Culture Shock!: Paris at Your Door, Graphic Arts Center
                       Publishing Company, 1999.
Karnow, Stanley        Paris in the Fifties, Random House, 1999.
Laubier, Claire, ed.   The Condition of Women in France: 1945 to Present,
                       London/New York, 1990.
Mermet, G.             Francoscopie, Larousse, Paris, published yearly.
Potel, J. Y.           L’Etat de la France, Edition La Découverte, Paris,
                       published yearly.
Price, Roger           A Concise History of France, Cambridge, 1993.

Logistical Issues
 q   Additional information     Visas
     about passports, visas,    All U.S. citizens need visas to study in France.
     and other documents that
     are required for           In order to obtain a visa, a student must first possess a current passport, valid at least
     participation in this      three months beyond the end date of their EAP program.
     program is provided in
                                The Universitywide Office of EAP will provide information about obtaining the
     the EAP General
     Information Guide and in   appropriate visa. It is not possible to apply for a visa after arrival in France, and students
     the EAP packet.            who enter the country as tourists cannot switch to a student visa after arrival. Students
                                must obtain the appropriate visas before leaving for France.

                                Students will submit various documents to the French Consulate when they apply for the
                                visa. The documents submitted should all be returned to the student with the visa. If the
                                documents are not returned, students should request them immediately. Since students
                                must take these documents to France, they should make copies of all documents
                                before submitting them to the French Consulate. The documents will be needed, after
                                arrival in France, when students apply for their carte de séjour (residence permit—only
                                applicable to year students and students who extend from fall to year). Additional
                                information is provided in the country-specific visa/entry requirement information
  Paris Students: the Study
                                included in the EAP packet.
  Center procures the carte
  de séjour for all Paris
  students.                       Special Note for Non-U.S. Citizens: Students who are not citizens of the U.S.
                                  should contact the appropriate French Consulate immediately upon their
                                  acceptance into EAP to determine their specific visa requirements. Requirements
                                  may differ depending on the student’s country of citizenship and the process may
                                  take longer than that for U.S. citizens.

                                Carte de Séjour
                                EAP students in year-long programs or intending to extend from semester to year
                                programs need to obtain a Carte de Séjour at the local préfecture (police station) after
                                arrival in France. The Carte de Séjour may be either a sticker placed in the student’s
                                passport or a credit card-sized card. It must be carried at all times. Study Center staff
                                will provide the necessary information for obtaining the Carte de Séjour.

                                Without the Carte de Séjour, students can leave France but cannot re-enter if there is a
                                passport inspection at the border. Identity checks occur frequently, and students who
                                are unable to produce their Carte de Séjour risk spending the night in jail. Every student
                                must carry his or her passport and Carte de Séjour at all times. The French are
                                becoming increasingly stringent about immigration and foreigner status in France. Even
                                those with student status are subject to the laws.

                                Students should note that the process for obtaining the Carte de Séjour begins well
                                before arrival in France, so it is important that students heed all deadlines associated
                                with the submission of pre-departure paperwork. Since the process can take several
                                weeks or even months, it is essential that students order the certified copies as soon as
                                possible. The Universitywide Office of EAP will provide detailed information about these
                                requirements in the pre-departure packet.

                                When year-long students receive their year visas before departure, they will notice that
                                the term of entry is only three months. This simply means that students must arrive in
                                France sometime within that three-month window. Once they arrive, and the Carte de
                                Séjour has been processed, these visas will become valid year-long visas. As part of the
                                Carte de Séjour application process, all students are required to have a medical exam
                                after arrival in France. This is in addition to the health clearances students are required

                                    to have before departure. Students will have to pay for the French health exam. The cost
                                    is not covered by student insurance or by the EAP student fees. The cost of the exam is
                                    expected to be about $70. Students will also have to pay for a timbre fiscal of about $40.

                                    EAP students are strongly encouraged to travel light and avoid sending surplus supplies
                                    to France. Students most likely will have to carry all their own luggage through customs.
                                    When deciding what to pack, students must remember that the baggage allowance is
                                    normally two bags of 70 pounds each, but varies from airline to airline. This is quite a
 If you can’t carry your own
                                    large allowance. Students should ideally aim to travel with about half of this, or one large
 luggage, then you’ve
                                    suitcase. All students will be responsible for carrying their own bags quite some
 packed too much!
                                    distance, including to their final residences. Homes do not have elevators.

                                    In addition, most cities in Europe are not set up with wheelchair ramps. Consequently,
q   Do not ship computers,          rolling luggage may need to be carried for some distance. Students will be responsible
    medication, or valuable
                                    for keeping their luggage with them at all times, even while they are traveling before or
    items to France unless
                                    after the program. It is very expensive to have bags shipped home or consigned at an
    you get absolute
                                    airport or train station, and most students find that they can get by on much less than
    confirmation from the
    shipping agent and              they brought. In addition, many students find that a large backpack (not an external
    French Customs that you         frame backpack) is more convenient than a suitcase. Backpacks are easy to carry and
    can receive your                especially handy when traveling by train.
    shipment without import
                                    Students who take any medicine regularly should bring more than enough to last the
    duty taxes. Keep all your
                                    duration of the program. It can be very difficult or impossible to send prescription and
    receipts for electronic
    equipment and register          over-the-counter medications through the mail. Bring an extra copy of the prescription
    your computer with U.S.         for any medication, eyeglasses or contact lenses. Students might also consider bringing
    Customs to make it easier       favorite brand name products that might not be available overseas (familiar brands of
    to bring equipment back         shampoo, antiperspirants, Advil and other over-the-counter medications, particular
    to the U.S.                     brands of contact lens supplies, etc.). Although the brand may be difficult or impossible
                                    to find abroad, it is almost always possible to find a local equivalent.
q   Luggage restrictions vary
    from airline to airline. Most   Students should not pack their passport, currency, jewelry, medication, other travel
    carriers have weight            documents, or valuables in checked luggage. They should be kept in carry-on bags and
    restrictions.                   in sight. All students should pack a photocopy of the first page of their passport and
q   When traveling always           receipts for travelers checks in the checked luggage. These should always remain
    personally carry your           separate from the actual documents. Students should keep one change of clothing and
    passport, visa, ticket,         a toiletry kit, including any prescription medications, in their carry-on luggage in case the
    prescription medications,       checked luggage does not arrive with the student’s flight.
    and money. Never put
    valuables in your checked       If things do have to be shipped, packages should be mailed through the U.S. Postal
    luggage. Leave extra            Service, even if this means sending several separate packages. The cost is
    credit cards at home.           considerably less than most other shipping methods, even counting the handling
    Carry only what is              charge of $5 to $10 per package upon arrival. Private freight agents add a variety of
    necessary.                      fees, the total of which often exceeds the value of the package or the amount paid to
                                    ship it.

                                    When shipping important documents, it is sometimes worthwhile to use such shipping
                                    services as Federal Express and DHL. These companies, along with the U.S. Postal
                                    Service, have special additional services that help to ensure that the documents reach
                                    their proper destination. All of these options usually require a physical address (no P.O.
                                    boxes) along with a phone number.

                                    Students should be sure to remind parents, friends, and others who might send a
                                    package to declare “For Personal Use Only/No Commercial Value” on the customs slip.

                                    Valuable items should not be sent through the mail, as students may be required to pay
                                    high customs charges for these items overseas. Fees as high as $100 for something as
                                    simple as a coat or camera are not uncommon. Furthermore, even inexpensive items
                                    that are correctly marked “For Personal Use Only/No Commercial Value” are sometimes
                                    not immune to customs charges.

                                 It will be warm when you arrive in France in August, with temperatures sometimes
                                 reaching the 80s and low 90s (Fº), depending on the location. However, later in the fall
q   Former participants highly   France will become cold and wet, especially in winter. Pack the appropriate clothing!
    recommend bringing dark
    or black clothing to wear       • Take warm clothing, including thermal underwear, an umbrella, and a warm,
    out in the evenings.              waterproof winter coat. You may want to buy a coat after you arrive in Europe,
                                      since typical California winter coats are too thin for the cold winters. However,
                                      clothing is more expensive abroad.
             “Don’t buy all         • Take items of clothing with multiple uses that are can be easily layered. Laundry
             new clothes              facilities are expensive in Europe (approximately $5 per load of wash) and are
             before you               often hard on clothes. Therefore, students should take easy-to-care-for clothing
             get here, just           that can be washed at home and drip-dried.
             stick with             • Between cultural activities, excursions on-site lectures, and general traveling,
             what you’re              students will be doing a lot of walking overseas. Comfortable shoes are a
comfortable with and you              necessity; make sure they are well broken-in before departure. Sturdy walking
can buy new clothes in                shoes, preferably with thick rubber soles boots, and tennis shoes are
France."                              recommended.
“The weather gets pretty            • Europeans dress similarly to Americans. If anything, they tend to dress up a bit
cold in winter. Your                  more. Europeans do not generally wear sweatshirts, sweatpants, athletic shoes or
summer clothes won’t get              jeans with holes or tears. Students may feel more comfortable if they try to dress
worn very much except                 to “fit in.” Wearing dressy clothes is obviously not practical for everyday purposes,
during the first and last             and students can get by wearing nice shirts, blouses, or sweaters with pants or
months. People don’t wear             nice jeans. All students should pack a couple of dressy outfits, however, for
shorts or tennis shoes in             evenings out or visits to churches and museums.
the city or to school.”
                                 Clothing for Women
                                 Good jeans, skirts, sweaters, and other casual attire are sufficient for everyday wear. A
                                 warm dress or skirt and blouse will be needed for more formal occasions, such as the
                                 theater, opera, vins d’honneur, or dinner with a French family. Most French women do
                                 not wear shorts, halter-style tops, or revealing clothing on the street, on campus, or in
                                 class. Students who do are likely to attract unwanted, crude, and annoying attention.
                                 Abbreviated clothing is acceptable and common at the beach and recreational areas.

                                 Clothing for Men
                                 Jeans and permanent press shirts are practical. French men wear sweaters over their
                                 shirts in cooler weather. Men will need some formal attire for dressier occasions, such
                                 as the theater, vins d’honneur, the opera, or dinner with a French family.

                                 Not all books can be found easily in France. Students should bring a reference grammar
                                 book with which they feel comfortable. The grammar books for foreigners available in
                                 France do not concentrate on the usual difficulties and particular problems of native
                                 speakers of English. Students who do not have a grammar book may want to ask their
                                 current French instructors for a recommendation of a good French grammar book.
                                 Once in France, students can purchase a good French dictionary.

                                 The Paris Study Center helps EAP students in Paris acquire French dictionaries at a
                                 group discount rate. (The Paris Study Center also has a book buy back at the end of the
                                 year for students who don’t want to travel home with their books.)

           Lyon and Bordeaux Fall Semester Students: Students should bring a first year
           French grammar book and/or a familiar beginning second-year book.
           Recommended is Jacqueline Morton’s English Grammar for Students of French,
           published by the Olivia and Hill Press, now in its fifth edition (available from
  Some students may find it very basic; however, past students found
           it useful, as French instructors use grammatical terms and concepts much more
           frequently than do American instructors, and assume that EAP students already
           have total familiarity with them, which may not be the case. Once in France, EAP
           instructors will have students buy a reference book of their own choosing.

           UC Paris Center Students: Students should remember that there will be additional
           reading materials for this program. Books will either be handed-out at the spring
           orientation or they will be available immediately upon arrival in Paris. Students also
           may need to purchase additional books for their individual courses after their arrival
           in Paris. Reading materials are out-of-pocket expenses, which are estimated in the
           student budget.

         Electrical Appliances
         In France, as well as in most of Europe, the current is 220 volts at 50 cycles, instead of
         the 100 volts at 60 cycles found in the U.S. Travel irons, curling irons, hair dryers, and
         electric razors with built-in adapters for all currents are available both in the U.S. and
         abroad. Adapters and transformers are available in the U.S. for European current and
         outlets (the same adapters cost more in France).

         Students should take a few small, lightweight, typically American gifts for their foreign
         hosts and new friends. Some gift suggestions include Frisbees; cassettes or CDs; T-
         shirts with city, state, or campus logos; UC pens or pencils; decals; baseball caps
         representing major league teams; California pistachios or almonds; California
         postcards; posters; scenic calendars; or scarves.

         Bringing a small computer has advantages, especially for students who are no longer
         used to writing papers in any other way.

         UC Center Paris students are strongly urged to bring laptop computers. Printing
         and Internet services are available at the Study Center in Paris.

         Disadvantages include keeping an eye on it to avoid theft, and printing: The few
         commercial outfits which provide printing are neither numerous or cheap. There may be
         lines to use university printers. A computer with a modem will give the owner access to
         private e-mail. Past students who brought computers, printers, and/or modems were
         generally pleased they did.

           Grenoble/Lyon Year Students: Packing for the Paris Orientation
           Upon arrival in France, Grenoble year and Lyon year students will have a four-day
           orientation in Paris before the start of their ILP in Grenoble or Lyon. Students should
           have a small suitcase or bag containing essential items (clothes, toiletries, etc.) and
           a towel for the Paris orientation. All other luggage will be sent directly from the airport
           to the Grenoble or Lyon ILP dorm location. Therefore, it is important that students
           pack their luggage accordingly. Following orientation, students will travel by TGV rail
           (tickets purchased by the Study Center) to their ILP site. The TGV rail ticket cost is
           included in the EAP student fees.

Local Transportation
                              Location transportation commute times and costs varies by location and host-institution.
                              In Paris, most students will have between a 15 to 50 minute commute to their classes.
                              However a 25 to 35 minute commute is average, as it is for all other Parisians.
           "Beware of all     Transportation options include walking, the metro, and the bus within Paris. Most
           the strikes. Be    students purchase “carte orange” pass, which allows students to ride both the metro
           patient, things    and the bus. The cost of this pass is €48.60 per month. Individual metro tickets cost
           do not run         €1.30.
           smoothly here.
Give yourself a few days to   In Bordeaux, Grenoble, Lyon, and Toulouse, most students live 35 to 45 minutes
do errands. Start way         away from the university. Monthly transportation passes, available in all of these cities,
before you would in the       cover the bus and/or tramway and metro services. The costs of these passes are listed
US."                          below:

                                              Bordeaux             Lyon             Grenoble             Toulouse
                                  Cost           €26                €32                €22                  €20

                              Bike riding is another option in some cities, however it is not really viable in Paris.
                              Grenoble, for instance, has 165 km of bike paths, which makes it a very bike friendly
                              city. Grenoble students who wish to rent a bike can do so for €19 per month. Bordeaux
                              and Toulouse are less bike friendly, however there are bike lanes to accommodate

                              When traveling between cities and countries, most students use the train. A train ticket
                              to go from Lyon or Grenoble costs approximately between €61 and €122, however
                              students can receive a 25 percent discount. There are high-speed trains (TGV) between
                              Bordeaux and Paris, as well as Lyon and Paris. To find routes, fares, and departure and
                              arrival times, students should go to the website for France’s train transportation system,
                              SNCF, at

Transportation to the Study Center
            “As soon as I     q   In light of recent terrorism alerts, airplane flights are routinely changed or cancelled.
            set foot in the       EAP students are strongly urged to begin calling their airlines about two weeks
            airport I began       before their departure date to confirm their flight departure times and days.
            to experience
                              q   Even if you are on full financial aid, you are respons ible for reserving and
            life as a
                                  purchasing your ticket. Your financial aid office will not do it for you.
sometimes wanted, other       q   Standby tickets are not appropriate for EAP students.
times unwanted. People
                              q   Identify each item of your luggage on the outside with your name, home address,
spoke to me as if I was
                                  and destination abroad. For extra protection, identify your luggage on the inside as
hard of hearing. I couldn’t
                                  well. You may wish to protect your luggage with personal property or luggage
help but think of how
                                  insurance. To avoid theft, never leave your luggage unattended while traveling.
immigrants in the U.S.
must feel when people         EAP has made group travel arrangements to the Study Center for the AUP, Lyon, and
mistake their lack of         Grenoble programs only. These flights, described in the materials prepared by the travel
understanding English for     agency and provided in the EAP packet, have been selected by EAP as the best flight
deafness. This experience     option for the group flight. Students attending programs for which a group flight is
was the beginning of my       offered are strongly encouraged to take the EAP flight unless there are extenuating
reflection on certain         circumstances that make participation impractical.
aspects of my own life and
American society.”            Students must make their reservations directly with the travel agency by using the
                              reservation form provided in the EAP packet, and pay the agency directly for the ticket.

                              The Study Center Director and/or staff will meet the EAP group upon arrival and escort
                              the group to the specified location for the start of the program.

Notes:   Changes in Flight Plans
         Any request for a change in EAP-arranged flight plans after the date noted on the
         Student Flight Information and Transportation Reservation Form must be sent to the
         travel agency in writing.

         Students who withdraw from a flight after this date will be liable for all non-recoverable
         transportation charges. A late request to be added to the flight is subject to flight
         availability and possibly increased flight costs.

         Independent Travel to Host Country
         Students who do not participate in the EAP-arranged travel need to make their own
         travel arrangements to France. The projected academic calendars contained in this
         guidebook and on the EAP website list the Official EAP Start Dates. Students who travel
         to France independently need to arrive at the specified location in the host country on
         time on the Official EAP Start Date. As stated in the Student Agreement, students
         who fail to appear on the Official EAP Start Date are subject to dismissal from
         the Program. (Student Agreement, Section 10.) Detailed arrival information is
         provided in the EAP packet.

         The starting date of the program can change due to unforeseen circumstances.
         Students who are traveling independently are responsible for making modifications in
         their travel itinerary to accommodate such changes. EAP is not responsible for any non-
         recoverable transportation charges a student may incur for independent travel

         In order to be kept informed of any program changes, students must notify the
         Universitywide Office of EAP of any changes in their address, telephone number, or e-
         mail address. Students must inform the Universitywide Office of EAP of their itinerary no
         less than 30 days prior to the group departure date for programs that require a
         transportation intention form (see your UOEAP packet).

         Return Transportation
         Students who do not make round-trip arrangements should be sure to book a return
         flight with plenty of lead time once abroad. Study Center staff can refer students to local
         travel agencies for information on return travel. Flights to the U.S. fill up fast, and
         economy-fare seats are booked early.

           Attention Financial Aid Students: Each student’s financial aid package is based
           partly on the student budget for their program. The estimated round-trip airfare
           amount in the budget is based on the cost of the EAP-arranged group flight, or the
           cost of a student rate to the host country if no group flight is available. If a student’s
           independent travel costs are greater than the program budget airfare estimate,
           Financial Aid counselors must be notified. Neither EAP nor the campus Financial Aid
           office can guarantee Financial Aid will fund the additional cost.

q   The Study Center offices     French Postal System
    in France are
                                 French mailboxes are yellow and they can easily be found in public places and on the
    incommunicado from the
                                 outer walls of post offices. Collection times are indicated on each box. In general, mail
    first week of July until
                                 sent within France that is posted before the last collection, arrives the next day, unless
    flight arrival.
                                 sent economy rate. Mail sent abroad will take a little bit longer, and delivery times
q   Approximate time             depend on the destination—on average it takes between one to five days. Students
    difference for all France:   should anticipate five days for letters to reach the U.S. Stamps are available in post
    add 9 hours (except          offices, which are open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and on
    between September 30         Saturday mornings. In Paris the main post office, located at 52 rue du Louvre (metro
    and October 30, add 8
                                 station ‘Louvre’), is never closed! It is the only post office in France open 24 hours a
                                 day, every day of the year. Stamps are also available from tobacco shops, called
               “Give out your    “tabac,” at the same rates as the post offices. These shops are identifiable by a red or
               Study Center      orange diamond-shaped sign. The cost of a stamp for a letter to the U.S. is
               address           approximately €0.90.
               before you
               leave so you      Sending parcels home from post offices is generally convenient and reliable. Sturdy
               have mail the     yellow shipping boxes with self-fastening systems are available in all sizes at moderate
first crucial weeks upon         costs.
                                 Another safe and reliable way to send large items, parcels, or luggage within France is
                                 by using the SERNAM. This forwarding service operates out of all major train stations.
                                 For a reasonable charge SERNAM will forward an item by rail and immediately deliver it
                                 via car or van to its final destination. Parcels can be delivered to the SERNAM office at
                                 the train station or be picked up by their courier service.

                                 Mail During ILP/Orientation
                                 All students should have mail sent to the local Study Center during the ILP and
                                 thereafter (once the students are settled in their permanent residences) to the student’s
                                 private address. It is not advisable to have mail sent to the temporary student
                                 residences (this mail may not distributed and is not forwarded). Students attending the
                                 Paris Critical Studies Program, Lyon, and Grenoble programs should always use the
                                 Study Center address and not their residence, as there is a risk that the mail will be lost.

                                 Study Center addresses are provided in the Program Administration section.

                                 During the orientation, AUP students may receive mail in their student mailboxes.
                                 Correspondence should be addressed to the student at the following address:

                                       Student Name - New Student
                                       The American University of Paris
                                       31, avenue Bosquet
                                       75343 Paris Cedex 07
                                 Important Documents and Care Packages
                                 If you need to receive important documents overseas, EAP recommends that you have
                                 them sent by private express mail (Federal Express, Airborne, DHL, etc.). The item will
                                 be registered and insured, and the mailing time is only a few days. The express mail
                                 service offered by the U.S. Postal Service takes much longer than the private services as
                                 the package enters the regular mail system once it arrives overseas. Note that these are
                                 only suggestions, and before shipping anything overseas, it would be well worth your
                                 time to research the prices and regulations of various companies. Students will need
                                 their passport to pick up packages and registered mail.

                                 Be sure to remind parents, friends and anyone else who might send you a care package, to
                                 declare “For Personal Use Only/No Commercial Value” on the customs slip. EAP strongly
                                 discourages anyone from sending valuable items through the mail, as the recipient of the
                                 package may be required to pay high customs charges to receive the package overseas.
                                 Fees as high as $100 for something as simple as a coat or camera are not uncommon. In
                                 addition, even inexpensive items that are correctly marked “For Personal Use Only/No
                                 Commercial Value” are sometimes not immune to customs charges.

Notes:   Phone
         Public phones work with prepaid cards (known as a “telecarte”) that can be purchased
         in any post office, tabac, bookstores, newsstands, and some cafés and numerous other
         locations. France Telecom should be used to call the U.S. only at the most economical
         times (Sundays or between 1 a.m. and 6 p.m. French time), or for very short calls. In
         recent years, increasing numbers of students have purchased cell phones for the year.
         Many students now choose to obtain a cellular phone shortly after arrival. A wide
         selection of cellular phones is generally available. However, students may be required to
         have a bank account in order to buy one. If you already have a cellular phone, you
         should check with the manufacturer to see if it will operate in France. Information will be
         available after arrival at the Study Center.

         AUP students staying at the FIAP during orientation can be reached through the FIAP’s
         switchboard. The telephone number is the following: (33 1) 43 13 17 00 (remember to
         dial ‘011’ if calling from the U.S.). If you are not in your room, the switchboard operator
         will take a message for you. Alternatively, messages can be left at the AUP Student
         Affairs Office at (33 1) 40 62 06 43. Students can also receive faxes during the
         orientation program. The fax number at the FIAP is (33 1) 45 81 63 91 and on campus
         (33 1) 45 51 89 13. Any fax arriving for students will be placed in their room at the FIAP
         or in their student mailbox. There is a student fax machine at AUP and students may
         send faxes by purchasing a fax card on sale at the AUP Student Affairs Office. During
         the regular semester, most AUP students obtain their own telephones once they have
         moved into their new home. The University has international prepaid calling cards
         available for purchase. These cards provide favorable telephone rates that can
         significantly reduce the cost of international phone calls. In addition, you may choose to
         arrive in Paris with a long-distance calling card from your local telephone company,
         providing reduced rates in comparison with those of France-Telecom for long
         distance/international calls. Contact your local company or AT&T for more information.

         UC Center students living in the ACCENT residence can receive incoming calls for free;
         outgoing calls require a pre-paid phone card. Home-stays have limited phone access.
         Public phones are available throughout Paris. Students will be informed about
         renting/purchasing cell phones as an additional option. Some home-stay students find a
         cell phone particularly useful.

Computer Access and Internet Use
                              Students should expect that, in most cases, computer access will not be as extensive
                              as it is at UC. If possible, students are encouraged to bring a laptop computer. Students
                              who choose to do so should carefully consider security risks, insurance, and
                              precautions. Laptop computers are among the most frequently stolen items from
                              travelers. Students who bring a laptop should be sure to personally carry it at all times
                              and never let the bag containing the computer out of reach.

                              Most laptop computers are equipped with a voltage converter allowing the use of the
                              220 volt electricity in Europe. Read your manual to confirm. The converter is usually part
                              of the “box” located halfway down the power cord. Students still need an adapter to
                              change the plug shape to be able to plug it into the wall.

                              In order to have Internet access on a laptop in Europe, students will need:
                                  1.   Access to a phone jack. If students have access to a phone jack and can
                                       make outgoing calls, they will need a dial-up number for an ISP (see below).
                                       Students living in home-stays will most likely not be allowed to use the phone
                                       jack for Internet access.
                                  2.   European phone cord. The phone plugs are shaped differently in each
                                       country in Europe. Students will need to buy a phone plug for their host
                                       country. These are available in the U.S. and in Europe and are not expensive.
                                  3.   European ISP (Internet Service Provider). Students should talk to their
                                       American ISP to see if they can use their service while abroad. If not, they will
                                       need an ISP in Europe. Every dial-up number in Europe (even local calls) cost
             “Paris                    money, so students will be paying for every minute they are on-line. Some
             students: If              services require a monthly subscription; others are more flexible. Note: An ISP
             possible, take            from the U.S. may exist in Europe but will require a different billing/payment
             a computer                set-up (for example, AOL).
             and a voltage
                              The following describes the availability and access of e-mail to students at various EAP
transformer. At the Paris
                              locations in France. In addition, numerous Internet cafés are also located near many
Center, I was required to
                              universities, student residences, and/or within city centers in France. These cafés offer
do my papers
                              Internet and e-mail access for a fee to the general public.
                              Paris Study Center
                              The UC Paris Study Center maintains three computer workstations, eight DSL hook-ups,
                              and Wi-Fi study space. Students in all Paris programs have access to the Internet during
                              orientation and the regular semester. Workstations cannot be used for personal e-mail,
                              however the DSL hook-ups can be used for e-mail, depending on the traffic. All students
                              have printing and copying privileges at the Study Center, although conditions of access
                              vary according to the program. Paris also has a large number of Internet cafés that are
                              reasonably priced and located in central neighborhoods. A list can be found on the
                              Study Center website. Most students (except AUP) generally keep their UC campus e-
                              mail addresses as their principal e-mail addresses, and access them from campus web
                              pages. In some situations, it may be useful to sign-up for “free” access to servers in
                              Paris, in which you pay the costs of local phone calls for access. There are a number of
                              these servers, including,, and Please
                              contact the study center for more information once you arrive.

                              During the orientation, students may use Internet access at the Paris Study Center to get
                              settled, but during the term the Study Center permits and supports only academic
                              research on the Web including the use of the California Digital Library, J-STOR, and
                              Lexis-Nexis. Study center staff will instruct students how to configure their laptops as
                              proxy servers, and how to install the necessary drivers for printing capability and Wi-Fi.
                              Students who bring laptops MUST have an up-to-date anti-viral program that is
                              configured to update itself weekly. During the semester, students with access to
                              telephone lines for local calls can set up access to servers, both local and global.

                              Basic hours at the study center are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but evening hours are often
                              maintained during exam times and other periods.

Notes:   AUP students are issued an AUP e-mail address that should be used for all AUP
         communications. Students who already have an e-mail account elsewhere, such as
         Yahoo! or Hotmail, can forward mail sent to their AUP account automatically to that
         address. Students must go to the AUP computer lab during the week of orientation in
         order to acquire a password for an account and to activate it. Students should do this
         as soon as they arrive, as professors, university offices, and fellow students will be
         sending mail to this account. Professors at AUP expect all papers to be typed. Personal
         computers with word processing programs, printers, e-mail, and Internet access are
         available at the AUP computer labs, although access is limited due to heavy traffic at the
         end of the semester. Therefore, laptops are useful but not essential. Most students
         prefer to purchase their own laptop or personal computer. Students, who do have their
         own computers, but not their own printers, can print their documents in the computer
         lab. Depending on the home-stay, some students may be permitted local phone
         access, and thus access to the Internet, but generally, students rely on AUP facilities,
         the UC Center, and cyber cafés.

         UC Center students also have computer access at the ACCENT Center, which is in
         the same courtyard as the UC Study Center. Students have access to the Apple
         computer lab and can sign up for three one-hour slots per week for personal mail.
         Academic computing is done at the UC Study Center, either on the workstations or on
         personal laptops. As noted above, students have access to printing and photocopying
         facilities. Staff at the UC Center will help students install all necessary programs and
         drivers on their laptops. It is highly recommended that UC Center students bring
         laptops, since much course material will be online, and computer resources at
         the Study Center are limited. Students without laptops will have access to all
         materials through the workstations. In the residences, students will have the capacity to
         dial out using pre-paid phone cards purchased locally, and can configure their
         computers to dial a local server with these cards.

         At the Paris Center for Critical Studies, two computers are available at the Center. At
         present, the Paris Study Center does not offer e-mail or Internet access. Access (30
         minutes per day free) is available at the Forum des Images and students may pay for
         access at cyber cafés. Students who bring laptops can subscribe to an Internet service
         provider (such as AOL or CompuServe), although using commercial servers can be
         costly. Students with laptops should make sure that their internal modems will work
         outside the U.S. and should bring the necessary converters/adaptors. The University of
         Paris III has a computer center equipped with 25 computers (PC and Mac). The Center
         has two computers (PC and iMac) for student use (word processing). Critical Studies
         students are also permitted to use the UC Study Center (see above), but not the Accent

         Students at Sciences Po have access to the Sciences Po computer lab’s workstations
         and printers at the American Center (at Sciences Po). Computer facilities are considered
         adequate, although many students enjoy the convenience of personal laptops.
         Sciences-Po workstations already have access to J-STOR, and students can use their
         laptops as proxy servers to access other CDL resources. Tutorials will be provided by
         the Study Center as necessary.

         Students at ENS Paris (rue d’Ulm) have free access to computers and e-mail at rue
         d’Ulm. Limited Internet access is also available. Papers cannot be hand-written.

         Students have free access to computers and e-mail at Bordeaux III (PCs and Macs) and
         at the DEFLE. Limited Internet access is also available. Those who have personal e-mail
         accounts (Yahoo, Hotmail, etc.) can access them at the Study Center. It is not possible
         to use the talk system or to access libraries or home UC campus services. An individual
         account can be opened through the Study Center.

         Papers can be hand written. Students should expect computer access to be less
         plentiful than at their UC campus.

Notes:   Grenoble
         International students have computer and e-mail access on campus. to the Internet
         from campus is limited. However, students can use the facilities at Internet cafés in
         town. (A list of local Internet cafés is available at the Study Center.) There, for about $8
         an hour, a student can use an individual e-mail account and access the Internet.

         Lyon Year Students
         Year-long students enrolled at the Political Science Institute have access to computer
         rooms for writing papers. The rooms have Macintosh and IBM computers. All students
         are given an e-mail address when they register. The Study Center staff will send
         academic-related e-mails to EAP students’ advisers and professors. Students who have
         accounts with America Online back home can continue to use them. There are also
         quite a few Internet cafés available.

         Lyon Fall Students
         For fall students e-mail access is restricted. Most host families probably will not allow
         students to use their phone lines to connect to the Internet (it’s expensive and may
         create tension over the already touchy subject of the use of the phone). Past students
         note that there are many places in Lyon where Internet access is available, such as
         Internet cafés. They recommend LCDC on Rue de Marseille.

         Free computer and e-mail access, although somewhat limited (it’s not available every
         day), is provided at Toulouse I and II. Limited Internet access is also available. Students
         can access personal e-mail accounts (Yahoo, Hotmail, etc.) at the Study Center. Papers
         can be hand written. Students should expect computer access to be less plentiful than
         at their UC campus.

Housing and Meals
 q   Unless otherwise            Depending on the program, EAP students will live in apartments, dormitories, or home-
     instructed all students     stays. For some sites in France, housing is arranged for the first few days abroad and/or
     must make their housing     for the ILP, and paid for from the EAP fees. For some ILP sites you will be responsible
     payments (even those on     for some or all room and board costs.
     financial aid).
                                 During the academic year you are responsible for the cost of your housing and board.
 q   EAP students are strongly
     discouraged from sharing
     apartments with American
     students. Sharing with a
     French student greatly
     enhances French
     language skills.

  Note: Immediately upon         American University in Paris (AUP Fall)
  arrival, AUP students are      During orientation, students will be assigned a room at the FIAP (the Foyer International
  required to reimburse AUP      d'Accueil de Paris) upon arrival. Students will share rooms with other AUP students. The
  €100 for their housing         rooms are spacious, with private bathrooms and showers. Facilities include: a self-
  deposits, which AUP pays       service laundry, ironing boards, television room, pool table, disco and tourist center.
  for during the summer.         Sheets and hand towels are provided. Students should pack ONE bag with the things
  Students should pay AUP        they will need for the first five days of orientation, and store the rest of their bags in the
  and not EAP. Additional        luggage area of the FIAP.
  information on how to pay
  this fee is available at the   All students will be housed in home-stays for the duration of the program. (See
  Paris Study Center after       the home-stay section, below.) This is a program requirement.
  arrival in Paris.
                                 Rooms in the home-stays vary in size, amenities, and proximity to school.
                                 Accommodations are available in a variety of styles and neighborhoods, all of them
                                 equally secure and easily accessible to the AUP campus. Each student will have a
                                 private, furnished room with or without a limited meal option. The rooms have access to
                                 a kitchen and bathroom. The accommodations are located throughout Paris area with a
                                 reasonable commute by bus or métro to the university. Some rooms are in the homes of
                                 families; perhaps with young children or “empty-nesters,” some are in the homes of
                                 professional adults. Some rooms have private bathroom facilities. Linens, bedding, and
                                 towels are provided by the home-stay, although most students bring their own towels
                                 (personal preference). All utilities, except phone, are included. There is no curfew,
                                 however, landlords generally do not permit visitors or overnight guests, including

                                 Rent is paid on the first of the month directly to the home-stay landlord (not AUP or
                                 EAP). It is usually paid in cash (in Euros), and never in travelers checks. The degree of
                                 interaction with other members of the household varies from home-stay to home-stay.
                                 Generally, home-stays that offer meal plans (see below) offer more interaction than
                                 those that do not. Students who do not wish to have very much interaction are strongly
                                 advised to not choose the meal plan. All students, whether or not they chose the meal
                                 plan, will have access to the kitchen or cooking facilities. They will have space in the
                                 refrigerator and cupboard(s) for their food. AUP also encourages students to take
                                 advantage of the local caterers and (less expensive) places to eat. Students with any
                                 food issues or dietary restrictions (diabetic, vegetarian, vegan, kosher, allergies, general
                                 pickiness) should NEVER take the meal plan.

                                 Students should also be aware that the architecture of apartments in Paris is
                                 significantly different than what is typically found in California. Buildings generally are
                                 older and not as spacious as student housing in California.

                              UC Center Program
                              Students will be housed in either home-stays or at the ACCENT residence hall in Paris.
                              As in the U.S., European residence halls and student hotels tend to be simple. The
             "The ACCENT      student residences in Paris consist of single studio rooms and are furnished with the
             studios were     necessities: a bed, a desk, a closet or armoire, sheets, pillows and blankets. Each
             great although   studio has its own bathroom (toilets and shower) and students need to provide their
             a few were       own towels, soap, shampoo, etc. Each room also includes a kitchenette with hotplate,
             smaller than     sink, small refrigerator, basic dishes and utensils, and microwave. Pay-per-use laundry
the other studios. They are
                              facilities are located within the building. Living in a residence hall requires sharing space
very close to ACCENT,
                              and being respectful of the needs of others. European residences tend to be much
which is very convenient. I
                              quieter as students generally socialize off campus. Dorms require that quiet hours be
should have stayed with a
                              observed between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m.. Overnight guests and excessive noise are
family to practice my
                              prohibited— the French are quite serious about this. Parties are not allowed within the
French more."
                              residences, and students who violate these rules may be expelled. There are numerous
“Having a home-stay was       cafés and restaurants in the vicinity of the student residences where you can gather
wonderful, it made my         socially.
Paris experience complete.
Students MUST live in a       Students who do not live in the ACCENT dormitory will live in home-stays. If you are
home-stay to gain the most    planning to extend to Bordeaux Spring, you must choose the home-stay option.
of this experience.“          Home-stay accommodations provide the opportunity to observe firsthand how the
                              French live. As in a residence hall, living in a home-stay requires respect and sensitivity
"I liked that we had a
                              to others. You will receive a set of “Family Living Guidelines” upon arrival in Paris to help
choice, living in dorms
worked well for me, but I     you adjust more smoothly to your accommodations. If you are considering a home-stay,
                              you must have a French language background.
know my French suffered."
                              Students in home-stays must be flexible and adaptable, and realize that the term
                              “family” does not necessarily indicate a nuclear family that will include you as a
                              member. “Family” is used more freely to incorporate many types of living arrangements,
                              and they may view you simply as a paying guest. You will be welcome in the house, and
                              you should try to establish a relationship that is mutually satisfying. Students in home-
                              stays will have limited access to the kitchen and should keep this in mind when
                              budgeting for food.

                              Home-stay students are provided with sheets, blankets and towels by the host family.
                              Students will be given breakfast and four dinners per week (Monday through Thursday).
                              Telephone usage varies from home to home but students are generally allowed to
                              receive calls in the home and may make short phone calls from their home stay. Any
                              outgoing calls will be paid by the student.

                              Housing Contract: ACCENT will send students a housing contract and roommate
                              preference form later this spring in a separate mailing. These forms must be completed
                              and returned to the San Francisco office of ACCENT by the deadline stated on the
                              forms. Detailed instructions will be included with the forms.

                              Critical Studies and Sciences Po Programs
                              Upon arrival in Paris, Critical Studies students will have a few days of orientation
                              before the start of their academic program. Students will be housed in dormitory-style
                              housing for the first two weeks of the program. The cost of the Critical Studies
                              temporary housing is included in the student fees.

                                Note: Students who do not wish to live in the temporary housing must inform EAP at
                                least one month prior to the departure date.

                              Most students in the Sciences Po program either live in temporary housing for the first
                              couple of weeks to a month while they look for permanent housing (more information on
                              this in the packet) or find their housing before departure. The cost of the temporary
                              housing is not included in the student fees. Students must pay for their own meals.

                "I lived in an   During the first week in Paris, students will begin the search for their permanent
                apartment with   accommodations. (Beyond the initial housing period, mentioned above, dorms are not
                French           available for Critical Studies students and are limited for Sciences Po students.)
                students for     Although the most pressing concern upon arrival may be locating permanent housing,
                €350 /month      this is perhaps one of the easiest hurdles to overcome. The Study Center staff runs a
                for my own       workshop to help students locate desirable neighborhoods, learn specialized
room. Tips: Try to live in       vocabulary, and feel more comfortable dealing with leases, and making payments for
Paris, not the suburbs; try      deposits, rent, telephones, utilities, etc. Each semester the Study Center publishes ads
to cook for yourself
                                 for housing in a Parisian publication, and receives several hundred responses. The
because groceries are very
                                 Study Center also maintains a list of preferred landlords who have rented to EAP
cheap and good; most of
                                 students in the past. Depending on individual needs, the Study Center can suggest
all, try to live with French
                                 different options ranging from studios or apartments to share, to rented rooms in private
                                 French homes or home-stay with French families.
“When choosing a location,
keep in mind the                 Students should be prepared to be flexible in all of their expectations, especially with
importance of being              respect to location, space, and price, or be prepared to spend extra time finding a more
centrally located. The           suitable place. Many accommodations lack the familiar conveniences of home. Parisian
French system is different       apartments are notoriously small and expensive.
from the American one in
                                 Before beginning the housing search, students must assess their priorities:
regards to living on
campus. Most student life           • Is it more important to live in one of the expensive areas or to have more space
is in the city. Public transit        but live further from the center of Paris?
does not run late into the
                                    • If budget is tight, can you live with a toilet or shower down the hall?
                                    • Can you share with another person to bring down the rent?
                                    • Are you willing to live with a family, or is personal freedom important?

                                 At the beginning of the housing search students will be provided with more concrete
                                 choices, but it is useful to think ahead about the conditions and what you are willing or
                                 able to spend.

                                 Students often ask about the best neighborhoods: Paris is divided into 20 districts, or
                                 arrondissements. All the arrondissements have interesting parts to explore; students
                                 should become familiar with different neighborhoods as soon as possible. Choosing a
                                 neighborhood is a question of personal taste but, typically, the farther away from the
                                 center and to the east, the cheaper the rents. However, students are encouraged to take
                                 an apartment in Paris, rather than in the suburbs. Although the suburbs may seem less
                                 expensive up front, there are hidden costs such as transportation and travel time, and
                                 participation in Parisian evening cultural events.

                                 After arrival students may purchase a monthly Metro pass for the city for about 46 euros
                                 (about U.S. $50). The Study Center will provide additional information.

                                 ENS-Rue d’Ulm
                                 Students are personally responsible for room and board costs. ENS-Rue d’Ulm students
                                 will use an agency to find their lodging. In most cases students will be required to pay a
                                 one- or two-month rental deposit in advance. This is returned within one month after the
                                 student moves out, depending on the condition of the apartment. ENS-Rue d’Ulm can
                                 also provide students with dormitory housing for €230 per month.

                                 After arrival students may purchase a monthly Metro pass for the city for about €46
                                 (about U.S. $50). Costs vary according to distance covered.

Bordeaux Year Program
           "I chose to rent a    During the orientation and ILP in Bordeaux, housing will be arranged for students in
           room in the           a residence hall located across the street from the ILP facilities. The cost of rent during
           house of a            orientation and the ILP is included in the EAP fees. All rooms are single and each
           French couple. I      contains a bed, desk, wardrobe, and lavatory. Each floor has communal bathrooms and
           recommend             showers. There is one kitchen per floor, containing a stove, sink, and refrigerator, but no
           living with native-   cookware. Washing machines and dryers are available in the building. While the
speakers of the country (&       dormitories are definitely not luxury apartments, they do provide basic
not with other Americans).       accommodations. Students should note that bus service to the city center does not
It enriches your experience
                                 begin until September (students arrive in late August).
& forces you to speak the
language (even in times          During the ILP students will search for their academic year housing. Furnished and
when you don't want to!)"        unfurnished rentals are available in various parts of the city. Most students choose
"Start early when you're         apartments located approximately 30 to 45 minutes from the university.
looking, it's by far the most
                                 The Study Center will provide lists of rental addresses, including those rented to former
stressful part of the first
                                 EAP students, and information about prices, French housing laws, and rental contracts.
month for everyone.
                                 Students should be prepared for the usual frustration associated with any housing
Getting to classes takes
                                 search. Students who have difficulty locating housing should contact the Study Center
about 30 min. on a good
                                 immediately! The Study Center is often indispensable in helping students find housing.
day so be prepared, just try
                                 While the Study Center will not actually go out and find housing, staff can be of great
to make it so that at least
you don't have to transfer       assistance, especially if students are finding the housing search to be a frustrating,
between buses (it's not          difficult experience. Past students report that in the end the search for housing is a good
worth it), takes longer,         learning experience and well worth the effort.
always worrying about
                                 Student Residence: The Bordeaux Study Center also acquires a limited number of
                                 rooms at a local student residence. Ten double rooms are usually available. Students
"The ILP housing is a bit        who are interested in this option will need to apply before departure for a room in the
depressing. Then the             residence, “Les Estudines,” and should plan to live there for the entire year. The
home-stay is absolutely          residence is located in the very center of the city, only a ten-minute walk from the “Place
wonderful. Experienced           de la Victoire,” which is the heart of Bordeaux student life. There are many advantages
another side of French           to selecting Les Estudines: no stress at arrival time and during the first few weeks in
culture. Save bunches of         France (while other students look for housing in the tight Bordeaux housing market);
time - not having to worry       good location (ten minutes from the town center); and excellent facilities. Living in the
about grocery shopping,          residence also helps students to meet other students. Additional information and
cooking, and cleaning. The       application forms for the residence will be included in the EAP packet materials.
costs come to about the
same in the end."

Bordeaux Fall Program
                                 During the stage intensif, all fall students will live in a residence hall (the same facility as
                                 is used during the ILP for the Bordeaux year students, described above). Thereafter,
                                 students will live either in apartments or home-stays. Students must choose their
                                 housing option prior to departure by responding to a questionnaire provided in the EAP
                                 pre-departure packet. This housing questionnaire is binding and students should not
                                 expect to change their housing preference after arrival.

                                 Apartments: Students who choose to live in apartments will have the same options as
                                 the Bordeaux year students. The Study Center will help students to locate appropriate
                                 housing. See the Bordeaux year program housing section, above, for details.

                                 Home-stays: There will be a wide range of home-stay accommodations, in terms of
                                 location, facility, family interest, and socio-economic and educational background.
                                 Students who choose this option should carefully review the section on home-stays
                                 printed in this guide before making a final decision about housing. Again, the housing
                                 choice is binding. Breakfast and dinner seven days a week are included in the home-
                                 stay housing cost.

Grenoble Year Program
Notes:             Orientation: Upon arrival in France, students will have a few days of orientation in Paris
                   before moving to Grenoble to the start their ILP. Paris housing will be arranged for
                   students and paid from their EAP fees. Students will be housed in a residence hall.
                   Continental breakfast will be provided. During this time students are responsible for all
                   other meals, local transportation, and incidental expenses. Accommodations consist of
                   shared rooms only (as many as eight per room). There are no accommodations for
                   couples. Students who have dependents should contact the Study Center to discuss
                   alternative arrangements. For security reasons, students cannot have guests at the
                   Paris residence.

                   ILP: ILP housing in Grenoble is arranged for students and is paid from their EAP fees.
                   Accommodations consist of private rooms in a residence hall. There are no refrigerators
                   or cooking facilities. Students must be prepared to pay for all their meals during the ILP.
                   The cost of eating out can be quite high, but more reasonably priced meals are
                   available at nearby university dining facilities.

                   Academic Year: Housing options during the year include living with a family in an
                   apartment or a house, sharing an apartment with other students, or living in a university
                   residence. Students will be responsible for finding their own accommodations. Grenoble
                   is a university town where renting furnished apartments on a short-term basis is more a
                   part of the culture than in other EAP host cities in France.

                   Students who have difficulty locating housing should contact the Study Center
                   immediately! The Study Center is often indispensable in helping students find housing.
                   While the Study Center will not actually go out and find your housing, staff can be of
                   great assistance, especially if you are finding the housing search to be a frustrating,
                   difficult experience. Past students report that in the end the search for housing is a good
                   learning experience and well worth the effort. You may arrive early (before the start date)
                   to look for housing if you wish. However, if you choose this option, bear in mind that the
                   Study Center may not be open to assist you (depending on the actual date of arrival).

                   Students will receive information about temporary housing before the official start date
                   of the program (sometime in May or June). It is each student’s responsibility to procure
                   their own temporary housing—the Study Center arranges ILP housing, but it does not
                   provide for temporary housing before the start of the program!

                   Apartments: Students usually prefer to share apartments in the center of town or near
                   the university with French students. To facilitate, the Study Center places ads in the local
                   newspaper and shares the responses they receive with EAP students.

                   University Residence: Students who are interested in this option need to apply during
                   the spring semester preceding their year stay. Students should be prepared to commit
                   to this housing for the entire academic year. Living in a university residence has several
                   advantages: it is inexpensive, it is located close to the university, and it provides a good
                   way to meet other students. Additional information and application forms for this option
                   will be included in the EAP packet materials. If you are interested in this option, please
                   contact UOEAP.

                   Living With Families: Students who live with families should have access to full kitchen
                   facilities. They will be expected to cook for themselves. The Study Center will aid in
                   placing students with families if they choose this option.

Lyon Year Program
Notes:              Orientation: Upon arrival in France, students will have a few days of orientation in Paris
                    before the start of the ILP in Lyon. In Paris students will live in a residence hall. This
                    housing is pre-arranged and paid from the EAP fees. Continental breakfast is provided.
                    However, students are responsible for all other meals, local transportation, and other
                    incidentals. Accommodation consists of shared rooms only (as many as eight per
                    room). There are no accommodations for couples. Students who have dependents
                    should contact the Study Center to discuss alternative arrangements. For security
                    reasons visitors are strictly forbidden at the Paris residence.

                    ILP: ILP housing in Lyon is arranged for students in a residence hall and is paid from
                    their EAP fees. Accommodations consist of private rooms with no refrigerators or
                    cooking facilities. Students must be prepared to pay for all meals during the ILP. The
                    cost of eating out can be quite high, but more reasonably priced meals are available at
                    nearby university dining facilities.

                    Academic Year: Academic year housing options include rooms in private homes or
                    shared apartments in Lyon or its outskirts. The suburbs of Lyon are well connected by
                    an efficient subway network.

                    Students will be responsible for finding their own housing. Private rooms are more
                    expensive than shared rooms. Past students have found the first month in Lyon to be
                    somewhat stressful. Students should be prepared for the usual frustration associated
                    with finding ideal housing. Past students report that this is a tough time but it is also a
                    good learning experience and well worth the effort. Students who have difficulty locating
                    housing should contact the Study Center immediately! The Study Center is often
                    indispensable in helping students find housing. While the Study Center will not actually
                    find your housing, staff can be of great help to students who are finding the search
                    frustrating and difficult.

                    Note: You may arrive early (before the start date) to look for housing if you wish.
                    However, if you choose this option, bear in mind that the Study Center may not be open
                    to assist you (depending on the actual date of arrival).

                    Students will receive information about temporary housing before the official start date
                    of the program sometime in May or June. It is the individual student’s responsibility to
                    procure such temporary housing—the Study Center arranges ILP housing, but it does
                    not provide for temporary housing before the start of the program!

Lyon Fall Program
q   Under no                      All students will reside in home-stays during the Lyon fall program. Students will be
    circumstances may             assigned to private rooms with families in Lyon and its environs. In order to aid the
    students begin staying        Study Center in arranging appropriate housing, all students must complete an EAP
    with their host family in     housing questionnaire during the spring prior to departure.
    Lyon prior to the Official
                                  Students must be committed to their housing and will be expected to start
    EAP Start Date.
                                  corresponding with their host families before departure for EAP. The Study Center will
                                  only consider reassigning a student in severely mis-matched situations.

                                  There will be a wide range of accommodations, in terms of location, facility, family
                                  interest, or socio-economic and educational backgrounds. Some of the home-stays
                                  may be as far as 30 to 40 minutes by bus from the university, but Lyon has excellent

                                  Accommodations include breakfast and dinner seven days a week. Students must
                                  provide their own lunch. As a guest in a home-stay each student will be expected to
                                  conform to French family norms. Flexibility and adaptability are important qualities for a
                                  successful home-stay. Students cannot expect to live as they do at home. The burden
                                  of adapting is entirely on the student. Students should carefully review the home-stay
                                  section of this guide for further guidelines.

Toulouse Year Program
                                  Students are responsible for room and board costs during most of the ILP and during
 Note: The entire housing
                                  the entire academic year.
 fee is non-refundable.
 Students who withdraw            For the first three weeks of the program, rent is paid from EAP student fees. During the
 from the program for any         ILP students stay in the Toulouse dormitories in the downtown area. Individual rooms
 reason after the EAP             contain a bed, desk, wardrobe, and toilet. Washing machines are available in the
 payment deadline of July         building, and there is a communal bathroom and shower on each floor. Linens,
 15, will therefore receive no    blankets, and pillows are provided, but students should bring their own towels. There
 refund of the housing fee.       are no cooking facilities on the premises, but food is available at the many small shops
 This is due to the tight         and bakeries near the university, or at the university cafeteria, which serves lunch and
 availability of housing in       dinner during the summer. Meals at the cafeteria cost about €2 - 3.
                                  The distance from the dormitories to the campus is a short walk to the subway and a 15
                                  to 20 minute ride to campus.
             Estudines…           During the academic year Toulouse students live in a student residence, private homes,
             where should I       boarding houses, or furnished or unfurnished apartments with roommates. EAP staff in
             begin? On the        Toulouse will help students in their housing search by providing a list of rental agencies
             whole, I rather      and current year’s landlords willing to rent to EAP students. Students who have difficulty
             like it here. This   locating housing should contact the Study Center immediately! The Study Center is
was a good choice for me
                                  often indispensable in helping students find housing. While the Study Center will not
personally because I like to
                                  actually find your housing, staff can be of great help to students who are finding the
live alone. I have a studio
                                  search frustrating and difficult.
apartment, the size of
which somewhere between           Student Residence: The Toulouse Study Center has recently acquired a student
20 and 24 square meters.          residence with a limited number of rooms. Students who are interested in this option will
The rent is initially about       need to apply before departure for a room in the residence, “Les Estudines.” Living in
€390 per month; after the         Les Estudines has many advantages: no stress at arrival time and during the first few
CAF it's only €260, which is      weeks in France (while other students look for housing in the tight Toulouse housing
quite a bargain if you're
                                  market), good location (ten minutes from the town center and the metro), good facilities,
used to the astronomical
                                  breakfast is included (200 euros per year), and it is a good way to meet other students!
rent prices in California.”
                                  Students can also take advantage of the special student aid from the French
                                  government (the Study Center will help you with this after arrival), which subsidizes
                                  students up to €130 each month for rent. The Study Center will take care of the deposit
                                  for EAP students. Additional information and application forms for this residence will be
                                  included in the packet materials.

             "Get housing       Private Homes/Boarding Houses: Rooms in private homes or boarding houses vary
             close to the       widely in the amenities they offer. Meals usually are not included in the housing
             center of town,    arrangements, although students generally can arrange to have access to the kitchen or
             and jump on it     a cooking facility. Students generally choose accommodations located 30 to 45 minutes
             early, as the      from the university. Most students purchase a transportation pass covering bus and
             quantity gets      subway service within the city for €40 per month.
less and less as time goes
on."                            Students will need linens; however, it is best to buy them abroad since there are several
                                sizes of beds. Furnished flats are rented with blankets and pillows. For unfurnished
                                accommodations, students will need to provide their own sheets, pillows, blankets,
                                towels, and basic cooking utensils (silverware, plates, cups, pots/pans, etc.).

Important Information about
Renting Apartments in France
           “Utility bills can   Only students on the following programs may rent apartments:
           be costly. To
           help sort out the      Bordeaux Year                               Grenoble Year
           phone bill, you        Bordeaux Fall                               Lyon Year
           can request that
                                  Paris Critical Studies                      Sciences Po
           it be itemized.
Beware: electricity is very       ENS Rue d’Ulm                               Toulouse
expensive!”                     Students on the AUP, Lyon Fall, and UC Center programs may not rent apartments.
“Make sure when you rent        Students who rent apartments—regardless of host city—should be aware of the
an apartment that the           following:
landlord clearly explains les
charges and la provision        Apartment Fees: Students who rent apartments under their names (shared or not)
and pays for the water,         must pay the taxe d’habitation, which is equivalent to about one month’s rent and is
electricity, and gas (ask       billed annually by the government. The fisc (French IRS) is increasingly more
about augmentation of           computerized and efficient. If the fisc sends an inquiry, it must be answered.
rates and any additional
charges that could              Renting an apartment also may require the payment of an agency fee (typically, one
mysteriously appear during      and a half months’ rent), and a security deposit equal to two months’ rent. These
or at the end of the year).”    factors can increase the monthly housing expense by one-third. The security deposit
                                should be refunded after the termination of the lease, generally after the landlord has
“If you find a roommate
                                checked the apartment and made sure that the utilities have been paid, and that there
(English or French-
                                is no damage. The security deposit cannot be applied toward the last month’s rent. In
speaking), write a contract
                                accordance with the housing agreement, students must give sufficient notice before
and sign it right away.
Include all details as to how   moving.
much each person owes           Leases: Although a lease usually covers 12 months, French law does provide a
and when the money will         procedure for early termination. To terminate a lease, the owner must be notified by a
be paid. Make sure to do
                                registered letter (receipt requested) at least three months in advance. During the three
‘l’état des lieux’ with the
                                months before departure, students must allow the landlord to show the apartment. If
landlord at the beginning,
                                these requirements are fulfilled, students are freed of the lease. By law the landlord has
so there is no question
                                two additional months to return the security deposit, less any damages. There is very
about the condition of the
                                little chance of finding someone to sublet an apartment. Students should ask the Study
apartment when you leave.
If you decide to leave your     Center staff for help with these important matters, especially when they receive and/or
apartment mid-year, a           sign official documents.
three-months’ notice is         Renter’s Insurance: Under French law, students are required to have renter’s
necessary. If you don’t give
                                insurance, which can cost about €80 to 140 for the year. This insurance covers fire,
this advance notice, the
                                water damage, accidents, and theft. For ENS, Bordeaux, and Toulouse the renter’s
landlord has the right to
                                insurance is included in the EAP fees.
keep your deposit.”
                                Utilities: Depending on the type of housing, utilities (gas and electricity) may be
                                included in the rent, but phones services are not. You should definitely plan on paying
                                a phone bill.

             "I am truly      There is probably no better way for students to be immersed in their host culture than to
             happy with the   share everyday life with a family. The down side of this is that students probably have
             choice I made,   not lived with their own family in a few years. Conforming to someone else’s rules,
             liv ing with a   especially if they seem strict, may be a strain. Students may need to accept some limits
             host family."    on their independence. Home-stay families may require that students be home by a
"My stay with a host family   certain hour each night, may restrict their guests to the house, or may have different
is the only reason I now      rules governing use of the phone, food, and utilities. Some families place restrictions on
have passable French."        visitors; however, in some homes students may have their own entrance and
                              considerable privacy.
"I would say that it is
definitely the best idea to   Although students may be made to feel like a part of the family, some families are more
live with a family."          distant and will establish a more impersonal and bus iness-like arrangement. The French
                              are conservative about the use of electricity, hot water, and showers. Students should
                              respect host family expectations with regard to use of utilities.

                              Students need to be flexible. The burden of adapting is on the student, not on the host
                              family. Before departure students might want to contact an American family that has
                              hosted a foreign student. Students can gain a lot of insight from their anecdotes about
                              their foreign guest whose ways they could not understand. Students may learn that it is
                              easier to be amused than aggravated by a situation.

                              The home-stay is intended to be a mutually convenient social arrangement, a cultural
                              experience, and a financial agreement between the host family and the student. At the
                              same time, the home is intended to be more than just a place to stay.

                              Being in a family setting, it is imperative for students to take into account local customs
                              as families come to know them personally. The matching between family and student
                              has been made carefully, but a perfect match is virtually impossible. Dialogue, patience,
                              negotiation, and consideration are usually the best vehicles for good results. While the
                              program has attempted to place one student per household, occasionally another
                              student might be present from another program. In order to be placed in the most
                              suitable situation, students must fill out the pre-departure housing questionnaire as
                              carefully and accurately as possible by the required deadline.

                              The primary purpose of being with a host family is to interact socially and culturally, and
                              to improve language proficiency. It is expected that everyone, including other guests in
                              the home, will speak the host country language at all times. If a host family requests that
                              a student speak English, it may be beneficial to work out a reciprocal arrangement in
                              which the student occasionally speaks in English to help the host family with the
                              language, while remaining committed to use the host family’s help in his or her own
                              acquisition of the host country language.

Notes:   There may be some unspoken conditions and responsibilities to a home-stay involving
         everything from use of the kitchen to possible curfews. To avoid any confusion, students
         must communicate with their host family early on and about the following:
             1. Keys: Will students be issued keys to the house? Do families expect them to be
                 home at a certain time of night?
             2. Bathroom privileges: What are students’ rights and responsibilities concerning
                 the bathroom facilities? If possible, students should set up a schedule,
                 especially for the morning.
             3. Meals: How many meals per day will students receive? What should be done if
                 they know they will miss a meal? What should students do if they miss a meal
                 unintentionally? Students should discuss any special dietary needs and
                 scheduled meal times. Students should inquire about access to the kitchen
                 and the household’s food. Vegetarians must be flexible.
             4. Towels and linens: Will they be provided? Who will launder them? How often
                 will linens be changed?
             5. Your room: Who is to clean the room? Make the bed? Change the linens?
             6. Laundry: Who is responsible for doing the laundry and what laundry will be
                 done? In some situations the host family will do all laundry except underwear.
                 Students should ask their host family how laundry will be done. Who is
                 responsible for especially dirty clothing from field trips?
             7. Water: Considerate usage is highly recommended. Students should talk with
                 their host family beforehand.
             8. Guests: Are students allowed to have guests, including overnight guests? What
                 about parties and social gatherings in the home? Remember, the host family
                 should always be informed about any out of town trips and times when
                 students may expect to arrive home late, in case of an emergency.
             9. Payment: Students must make sure they are clear about how payment for room
                 and board is to be made. Can students pay in American dollars or must they
                 use the host country currency? When is payment due? In some programs,
                 home-stay payment is included in the EAP fees.
             10.Telephone: This is generally an expensive utility. Students should ask their host
                 family about the use of the phone and how to reimburse them for phone bills,
                 and then follow the set guidelines. Also, when leaving, students should leave
                 some money to cover charges that have not yet been paid. Procedures and
                 expectations may vary by program. Most students obtain cell phones, which
                 avoids this problem altogether.
             11.Internet access: Related to telephone use is internet access. To avoid
                  problems and misunderstandings, students should assume that home-stay
                  internet access (either via the student’s own laptop or a computer belonging to
                  the home-stay family) will not be possible or very limited at best. Instead,
                  students should seek out other ways to access the internet, such as computer
                  labs and internet cafés.
             12.Other utilities: Students must not leave lights, computers, or other items
                 running when not in use. They should check with their host family regarding
                 use of heat, etc.
         Students must not hesitate to report difficulties to the Study Center Director. Concerns
         should be aired immediately to avoid having a small instance build up into a major
         annoyance. Often, an upsetting situation is the result of a cultural misunderstanding that
         the Study Center may be able to help explain.

Questions About Housing
Notes:            Q: How do I pay my rent?
                  A: Generally, rent during the ILP is paid by the program (collected through the EAP
                  student fees) prior to departure. Exceptions to this are as follows:

                        Paris Critical Studies: Rent paid from EAP fees covers only the first two weeks
                        of the program.

                        Sciences Po: Temporary housing is not part of the student fees, and therefore is
                        an out-of-pocket expense.

                  During the regular academic year, students in the Bordeaux, Critical Studies,
                  Grenoble, Lyon Year, Rue d’Ulm, Sciences Po, and Toulouse programs will be
                  required to provide a one- to three-month’s rent as a housing deposit. This is returned
                  within one month after the student moves out if the apartment is left as it was found.
                  Rent is due at the beginning of each month. Students who decide to move without
                  giving two months notice might have to pay a penalty (up to 2 months rent). Utilities and
                  phone bills are extra costs. Students also may have to pay a renter’s tax (about 1
                  month’s rent). Additionally, all renters in France are required to have liability insurance
                  (for protection against accidents, fire and water damage). The premium is included in
                  the EAP fees. Students who arrange to rent through rental agencies may have to
                  provide documentation of parental income, as well as additional deposits and agency
                  fees. In addition, students are responsible for any extra housing expenses such as
                  cleaning, utilities, and cell phone bills that are charged to the student after the program
                  is over. Failure to pay such bills will result in the student being blocked from registering
                  for courses at their UC campus upon their return and from obtaining transcripts from
                  their UC campus.

                  Rent for the home-stays in the Lyon Fall program, as well as for both the home-stays
                  and the dormitory in the UC Center Program in Paris, are paid for through the student

                  Rent for the home-stays in the AUP and Bordeaux Fall programs, is paid at the
                  beginning of each month—usually in cash (in Euros) and directly to the landlord (never
                  with travelers checks). In most cases, students will be required to pay a one- or two-
                  month rental deposit in advance. This is returned within one month after the student
                  moves out if the apartment/room is left as it was found and in good condition.

                  Q: What do I need to bring?
                  A: Generally, students need to bring their own towels.

                  During the ILP at Bordeaux, Grenoble, Lyon, and Toulouse, sheets, blankets, and
                  pillows usually are provided, but towels and kitchenware are not. (Toulouse and
                  Grenoble do not have kitchen facilities—students eat in local cafeterias during the ILP.)

                  Paris Critical Studies and Sciences Po students must provide their own sheets,
                  pillows, blankets, towels, and basic cooking utensils (silverware, plates, cups, pot/pans,
                  etc.) for both the ILP and regular academic year. During the regular academic year,
                  students may or may not have to provide their own linens; however, it is best to buy
                  them abroad since there are several sizes of beds. Furnished flats are rented with
                  blankets and pillows. For unfurnished accommodations, students will need to provide
                  their own sheets, pillows, blankets, towels, and basic cooking utensils (silverware,
                  plates, cups, pots/pans, etc.).

                  Students in home-stays (AUP, Bordeaux Fall, Lyon Fall, UC Center) usually are
                  provided with sheets, blankets, and pillows, but must provide their own towels.

                  AUP students should remember to pack one bag with the things that they will need for
                  the first five days of the orientation at the FIAP.

                                     Q: Where will I eat?
                                     A: Meals in student restaurants are substantial and inexpensive, and cost about €3
                                     each. Keep in mind that meals in Paris generally cost more. Students may arrange
               At Les Estudines      cooking privileges at home or eat with the family. Students who choose to rent
               in Toulouse, for      apartments or private rooms should ensure that they will have access to full kitchen
               €220, you can get     facilities. Students should be prepared to make some of their own meals. Students who
               breakfast six days    eat primarily at student restaurants can keep within the estimated budget noted on the
               a week (not on        fees and minimum expense worksheet in this guidebook. Students who cook some
Sundays or holidays). It's not       meals and eat out often should plan on spending at least $100 more each month than is
the most exciting selection of       noted in the estimate of expenses. Eating out in France is generally a lot more
food: there are typically several    expensive than it is in the U.S.
kinds of juice, yogurt, hot
                                     In Bordeaux, a student cafeteria located near the ILP dormitories serves reasonably
chocolate, coffee, tea, several
                                     priced meals, which cost about €3 per meal. It is also possible to buy food in shops and
kinds of pastries (usually
                                     bakeries near the university.
croissants or chocolate filled
croissants), bread, butter, jelly,   Bordeaux fall students living in home-stays are provided breakfast and dinner seven
cute little pieces of toast"         days a week. Students must get or prepare lunch on their own.
“The bread is wonderful!             For the Grenoble and Lyon year programs, there are no cooking facilities in the ILP
There are boulangeries all           dormitories, but reasonably priced meals are available at nearby university dining
over and you can buy fresh           facilities (approximately €3 at the “restaurant univeristaire”). In Grenoble, there is also a
bread every day. The
                                     restaurant close to the ILP residence that serves cheap meals.
cheese is great too—250
different kinds!”                    Lyon fall students living in the home-stays have access to kitchen facilities to prepare
                                     their own meals. Breakfast and dinner are provided seven days a week and the cost is
“Cuisses de Grenouilles
frogs’ legs (thighs, literally)      included in the students’ fees. Students must prepare their own lunch or eat at one of
are quite good if you try not        the local cafeterias.
to imagine the frog. They
                                     In Toulouse, there are no cooking facilities available in the ILP dormitories. However,
taste like chicken and the
                                     meals are available at the local cafeteria for about €3.
French will be very pleased
and surprised if you eat             In Paris (Critical Studies, ENS Rue d’Ulm, and Sciences Po) the most economical
them.”                               options are to eat at university cafeterias or restaurants universitaires and/or to shop and
                                     cook for oneself. Food is also available at the many small shops and bakeries near the
                                     university, or at the university restaurant, which serves lunch and dinner during the

                                     At AUP, students can choose a limited meal option that includes daily breakfast and
                                     three dinners per week. Students with special dietary needs, such as vegans, diabetics,
                                     students with allergies, or those adhering to kosher diets, should not choose this meal

                                     As noted above, one of the main advantages of the meal plan is that it offers more
                                     social and French interaction than students would normally experience. All students,
                                     whether or not they chose the meal plan, will have access to the kitchen or cooking
                                     facilities, including refrigerator space and cupboard(s) to store their food. EAP also
                                     encourages students to take advantage of the local caterers and (less expensive)
                                     places to eat.

                                     In the UC Center Program students living in home-stays will be provided breakfast
                                     daily and dinner Monday through Thursday. However, meals are not provided during the
                                     mid-term vacation. All other meals must be prepared by the students themselves
                                     (students will have kitchen access), or eaten out. Students living in the ACCENT
                                     dormitory will have a kitchenette with a microwave, sink, refrigerator, and hot plates in
                                     their studio.

Student Activities
                                 EAP students are encouraged to participate in cultural activities while in France. EAP
                                 subsidizes a percentage of the cost of visits to museums, monuments, performances,
 q   Drug use is strictly
                                 theater and musical events, and tours. Study Center staff have information on cultural
     forbidden by law.
                                 and social events, and will arrange various activities, excursions, lectures, and social
 q   The drinking age is 16.     gatherings during the year.
 q   Smoking regulations are     In order to integrate more fully into the French community, students are urged to
     never enforced. The         become involved in extracurricular activities; to join clubs, sports, musical, theater, or art
     smoking environment is      groups; to provide volunteer services to social organizations; to participate in athletic
     present in restaurants,     events and religious activities; and to attend lectures, discussions, and receptions in
     cafes, and at the           academic and community circles.
                                 Although it may appear that not much is happening at the university, this generally is not
 q   Working Abroad: Contact     the case. Theatrical performances, films, concerts, and lectures do take place at most
     the embassy or consulate    universities, but may not be well publicized. Posters and notices of these events can be
     of your host country for    found on bulletin boards and walls. Local students are a great source of information
     information about working   about upcoming activities.
                                 Bordeaux has a number of major museums and galleries. There are also various
              "Just be           contemporary art expositions and a great variety of musical and theatrical presentations.
              yourself. Don't    The Grand Theater is a unique and magnificent building (18th century neoclassical).
              pretend to be      There also are numerous cinema clubs, presentations, and sports events. Outside of
              French because     Bordeaux are famous wine chateaux, the seashore around Arcachon, the pine forest of
              you're not. Be     the Landes, and several beautiful castles of the Dordogne Valley.
 friendly, and keep your         During the ILP at Bordeaux there will be excursions every Wednesday and every
 frustration with French         Sunday, two picnics, and students have the opportunity to participate in various sports
 inefficiency and                activities throughout the term.
 administrative and cultural
 stupidity to a minimum.         Bordeaux Familles d’Accueil Program: The Study Center offers a Familles d’Accueil
 You'll be cut in line every     Program through which EAP students have the opportunity to interact with a French
 day, don't make a stink         family. Although activities vary, through the program students may be invited to join a
 about it or you'll be pissed    family for meals, social gatherings, and outings. This has been a highly successful and
 off the entire time. Just       popular program in the past.
 laugh it off as a cultural
 difference."                    Lyon and Grenoble
                                 While there are many rich cultural opportunities in the area that can be experienced
 “Grenoble has a free
                                 independently, there are also organized excursions planned to nearby locations such as
 weekly journal that often
                                 Perouges, Cluny, and the Beaujolais, Le Puy for its medieval festival, Avignon, La Garde
 has great cultural activities
                                 Adhemar, and the Grignan Castle in the Drome. Some of these excursions are an
 and all the new movies.
                                 integral part of the ILP. Students are also invited to meet with a group of French
 Take advantage of the
 opportunity to see foreign      students (who have just recently returned from studying at various UC campuses).
 films.”                         For a short multimedia presentation of last year’s excursion to Cerdon, see

                                 Paris is immensely rich in cultural activities. A useful weekly guide to events is available
                                 at newspaper stands (Pariscope). The Study Center posts notices of plays and lectures
                                 and publishes a weekly gazette rich in announcements. EAP students may find that
                                 integrating into Parisian life is a bit difficult. Students are encouraged to pursue their
                                 interests (musical, artistic, etc.) and use the Study Center and the university as
                                 resources. Students at AUP have access to a number of student clubs covering a
                                 diverse range of interests.

                                 The Paris Study Center sponsors a lecture series during the regular semester for EAP
                                 students and their guests. For more information about this series and the Paris Study
                                 Center in general, see the Study Center’s website at

                                Toulouse is a lively city with several museums, galleries, and exhibitions. Near Toulouse
                                are medieval cities (Carcassonne, Albi) and skiing/snow boarding in the Pyrenees.
                                During the ILP there will be three excursions and two picnics.

                                Toulouse Familles d’Accueil Program: The Study Center offers a Familles d’Accueil
                                Program through which EAP students have the opportunity to interact with a French
                                family. Although activities vary, through the program students may be invited to join a
                                family for meals, social gatherings, and outings. This has been a highly successful and
                                popular program in the past.

          "Take risks with      The French are very attached to certain formalities, such as shaking hands frequently
          the language. Try     and kissing on the cheek several times when meeting friends, and using expressions of
          to speak French       courtesy like bonjour, au revoir, and merci, followed by monsieur, madame, or
          whenever              mademoiselle when in public situations. They do many things in writing that Americans
          possible.             tend to do by phone or not at all, such as sending invitations to dinner or following up
          Observe what          with a thank-you note to someone who has had them to dinner. EAP students can avoid
other French people are         misunderstandings by observing closely and conforming to some of these customs.
doing and follow their
example. For example, say       The student society is more relaxed than the adult society and once initial contact is
"bonjour Madame" to a           made, EAP students should have little difficulty socializing with young French people.
shopkeeper and "merci, au       Students frequently go out in groups.
revoir" when you leave."
"Manners are very
important in France (as
they should be
everywhere)—as are
formalities. People do not
look others in the eye on
the street—eye contact
signifies that you want to be
noticed, which can be

Independent Travel
                                  EAP students are encouraged to explore the vicinity around their host cities during
                                  weekends and holidays. Longer vacations are best for traveling to other regions in
                                  France. France’s excellent rail network is run by the state-owned SCNF (Société
            "Travel!! Go          Nationale des Chemins de Fer) and operates the high-speed TGV (train à grande
            north at the          vitesse), which offers quick connections between certain cities such as Lyon and Paris.
            warmest times,        For travel in rural areas with few train lines, students might want to consider inter-
            and south in the      regional bus services.
            winter. The
            outdoor market        Past students recommend staying in youth hostels. Additional information about the
(I frequented Marché              French Youth Hostel Federation is available at
d'Aligue in Paris) is great for
                                  French student organizations offer a great range of weekend trips and vacation travel at
practicing your language.”
                                  low rates.
“Planned activities by
ACCENT (Paris) or UC were         The following guides provide a wealth of travel information:
extremely good.”
                                     • Lonely Planet’s Travel Survival Kit for France
"If you can, avoid going
                                     • Shoestring Guide to Western Europe
home to the U.S. for the
holidays. After being                • Shoestring Guide to Eastern Europe
abroad for 4 months you              • Let’s Go France
will finally have gotten into a
rhythm, and a mere 2                 • Let’s Go Europe
weeks vacation home will             • Le Guide du Routard
break that rhythm. You
                                     • Michelin Guides (red and green)
may find yourself more
homesick upon return.”               • Baedekker’s France
                                     • Baedekker’s Paris
                                     • Birnbaum’s France
                                     • Fodor’s France
                                     • Frommer’s France
                                     • Hachette’s France
                                     • Hidden France
                                     • The Shell Guide to France
                                     • Blue Guides to the Loire Valley, Normandy, and Brittany
                                     • The Best of Paris (Gault Millau)
                                     • French Leave (wine and culinary guide to all provinces and country inns)
                                     • The Best of France (hotels and restaurants only)
                                     • Paris Walks
                                     • French Country Inns and Chateaux Hotels (Travel Press)
                                     • Menu Master France
                                     • Long Walks in France
                                     • 100 Hikes in the Alps
                                     • On Foot Through Europe: France and the Benelux Nations
                                     • The Food of France (Waverly Root. An excellent culinary guide to all the regions
                                       and many of the cities of France; also includes material on history and general

Health and Safety
 q   In addition to the following   Most important, students who feel sick or have a medical emergency should not only
     section, students should       seek medical attention, but should also contact the Study Center Director as quickly as
     also read the health and       possible. The Study Center Director will have recommendations on which clinic to visit
     safety sections of The         and the necessary medical insurance claim forms to complete. If arrangements need to
     EAP General Information        be made with a student’s professors due to extended absence from class, the Study
     Guide.                         Center Director may also be able to assist.
 q   Before departure all
     students should read the        Key resources
     International Travel Health
     Guide by Dr. Stuart Rose,       EAP general health and safety information
     especially the sections on
     France and other
                                     EAP emergency/security issues page:
     countries you intend to
     visit while abroad. The         U.S. State Department Travel Warnings and Consular Information Sheets:
     Guide is available online       These country-specific consular information sheets contain general information
     at              about safety and security, crime, medical facilities, traffic safety, and disaster
                                     preparedness in each country, as well as details about specific issues of concern.

                                     Most (though not all) U.S. embassies abroad also post information about local
                                     safety and health issues for U.S. citizens on their websites; students can access the
                                     websites for all U.S. Embassies abroad at
                                     Once linked to the home page for the U.S. Embassy in a particular country, links to
                                     local safety and security information can usually be accessed from the embassy’s
                                     home page, or by following links to “American Citizen Services” and/or “Consular
                                     Services” on the Embassy’s home page.

                                    Keep the following numbers handy in case of a medical emergency:

                                       • Medical emergencies and SAMU (24-hour ambulance): 15
                                       • Police: 17
                                       • Fire department and other emergencies: 18
                                    For students in need of counseling, the International Counseling Service is a group of
                                    eleven English-speaking clinical psychologists and psychiatrists in Paris. Additional
                                    information is available from the Study Center.
  Note About Birth                  French National Health Insurance
  Control: Condoms are the
                                    Students who are enrolled in EAP year-long programs are required to obtain mandatory
  only type of birth control
                                    French national health insurance (sécurité sociale). Year programs include Lyon, Paris
  available over-the-counter.
                                    Critical Studies, Grenoble (National Polytechnic Institute only), and Sciences Po.
  Oral contraceptives, and
                                    Toulouse and Bordeaux are exempt.
  other pharmaceutical
  forms of birth control, are       The cost of the sécurité sociale is approximately $180, and is included in the EAP
  available only with a             student fees. Arrangements to pay for the sécurité sociale are made by the Study
  prescription in France.           Center, and it is not necessary for students to do anything in advance of arrival.

                                    Sécurité sociale covers about 70 percent of basic medical costs, as long as students
                                    are treated by a designated category of doctor.

Safety and Security
Notes:                Many students and their families have concerns about safety and security abroad,
                      especially in today’s world. Study abroad, like most other things in life, DOES involve the
                      possibility of risk. No one can guarantee student security either in the U.S. or abroad,
                      but EAP takes every reasonable effort to assure a safe environment in its programs
                      abroad, and to counsel students on potential risks and necessary precautions.

                      Maximizing student health and safety while abroad requires a partnership between
                      participants and EAP. EAP takes student health and safety abroad seriously; in return,
                      EAP expects students to take these issues equally seriously and participate actively in
                      minimizing their risks while abroad.

                      EAP is in continual contact with EAP and/or local staff abroad and monitors safety
                      issues on an ongoing basis. Student safety and welfare is a key concern for these local
                      resources, and local safety issues are a key component of on-site orientation.

                      Keeping all of the above in mind, students and their families must make the final
                      decision about whether to study abroad in a given location. Students should read the
                      available materials, and talk to campus advisors and UOEAP staff about questions and
                      concerns. However, each student must take the responsibility for gathering information
                      about possible risks, and for making final decisions about participation on EAP.
                      Students need to carefully read all pre-departure materials, and pay attention to
                      information presented at pre-departure orientations. Once abroad they need to pay
                      attention to on-site orientation safety presentations, ask questions, keep abreast of local
                      developments and behave responsibly.

                      The government of France maintains a national anti-terrorism plan, “Vigipirate Renforce.”
                      Under this plan, in times of heightened security concerns, the government mobilizes
                      police and armed forces at airports, train and metro stations, and other high-profile
                      locations, such as schools, embassies, and government installations. In recent months,
                      arrests have been made in France in connection with various possible terrorist plots.
                      American citizens should remain alert and vigilant, and report any suspect packages or
                      suspicious activities to local police. All passengers on subways and trains are urged to
                      be aware of their surroundings and to report any unattended baggage to the nearest

                      In the past, political assassinations and random bombings have occurred in France.
                      However to date, no U.S. citizens have been killed.

                      The Basque Separatist Party (ETA) and the National Front for the Liberation of Corsica
                      (FLNC) continue to operate in the south of France, and occasionally bomb local
                      government institutions, banks, travel agencies, etc. There have been numerous
                      politically-motivated bombings on the island of Corsica. While no deaths were caused
                      by any of these acts of terrorism, Americans should remain vigilant when traveling to

                      Crime and Personal Safety
                      Violent civil disorder is rare in France. In the past, however, student demonstrations,
                      labor protests, and other routine demonstrations have turned into violent confrontations
                      between demonstrators and police. Americans are advised to avoid street

                      France has a relatively low rate of violent crime. However, students should be aware of
                      their surroundings and avoid becoming the victim of petty crime. It is important to use
                      common sense and practice the same personal safety techniques that one would use at
                      home. Specifically, students should remember to lock their doors and secure their bikes
                      to prevent theft. On buses and in crowds, secure wallets and purses. Students should
                      avoid deserted, “lonely” areas—especially at night.

              "For female         The following safety precautions are suggested:
              students: Guys
              hit on you             • The most common crime is petty theft. Pickpockets are professionals and they
              everywhere in            are good at what they do! They prey on tourists and can usually spot one a mile
              France, but it's         off. It is the one moment that your attention is elsewhere that you may lose your
              not a problem            purse or wallet to them. To decrease the chances of becoming the next victim, it
so long as you recognize               is important to be as inconspicuous as possible. Act like you know where you are
that it's part of their culture        going, even if you don’t. Plan ahead when you are in an unfamiliar part of a city so
and all you need to do is              you won’t have to pull out a map and demonstrate that you are lost. Always walk
ignore it."                            with a friend. You should also try to dress to blend in with local people. College
                                       sweatshirts, sweatpants, baseball caps, white sneakers, and shorts are all
“Sexual harrassment in
terms of catcalls, guys not            associated with Americans and may make you stand out as more of a target.
leaving you alone in the               Carry your wallet in a front or breast pocket, and never in your back pocket. Paris’
street is very common. The             Gare du Nord train station, where express trains from the airport arrive, is a high
US is abnormal that way                activity area for pick pocketing and theft. Additionally, several sexual assaults
compared to the rest of the            involving American citizens have occurred recently in the immediate vicinity of the
world so I took it in stride           Gare du Nord train station. Travelers should also beware of thefts that occur on
(you have to learn to deal             both overnight and day trains, especially on trains originating in Spain, Italy, and
with it eventually), but it            Belgium.
does get frustrating.”               • Many thefts occur on the Number One Subway Line in Paris, which runs to many
“If you’re a ‘California Girl’         major tourist attractions, including the Grand Arch at La Defense, the Arc de
you’d better get used to not           Triomphe, the Champs Elysées, Place de la Concorde, the Louvre, and the
being your normal, sweet,              Bastille. Pickpockets are especially active on this metro line during the summer
outgoing, expansive self.              months. Thefts also occur at the major department stores (Galeries Lafayette,
Be assertive and learn to              Printemps, and Samaritaine) where tourists often place their wallets, passports,
assume the ‘mind your                  and credit cards on cashier counters during transactions.
own business’ demeanor
                                     • In Paris, thieves operate on the rail link from Charles de Gaulle Airport to
that European women
have, or else you’ll no                downtown Paris by singling out jet-lagged, luggage-burdened tourists and
                                       students. Typically, one thief distracts the potential victim with a question about
doubt be hassled.”
                                       directions, while an accomplice takes a momentarily unguarded backpack,
                                       briefcase, or purse. Thieves also time their thefts to coincide with train stops so
                                       that they may quickly exit the train. Be careful on subway lines, especially those
                                       that pass by main tourist attractions, as they are prime location for petty theft.
                                       Avoid the Eiffel Tower late at night, especially if you are alone.
                                     • If a pickpocket does steal your wallet or purse, the most important thing is to not
                                       let it affect your sense of personal safety. It can happen to anyone and
                                       possessions are much less important than your overall safety and your good

                   Other Suggestions

                      • Carry your purse or bag with the strap diagonally across your chest. Do not store
                        a camera or other valuables in backpacks where they can be removed without
                      • Leave items that you don’t need on that particular day at your home. Most
                        importantly, this includes your passport! Copy the first page of your passport to
                        use as a form of ID, and leave your actual passport safe in your room. If you lose
                        your passport, or if it is stolen, immediately notify the nearest American Embassy
                        or Consulate, the local authorities, and EAP Study Center staff. In the case of a
                        lost or stolen passport, go to the Consulate immediately and obtain information
                        about passport replacement.

                         For additional information about how to provide for a trouble free journey, see the
                         State Department pamphlet, A Safe Trip Abroad. The pamphlet is available by
                         mail from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office,
                         Washington, D.C., 20402; online at; and through the Bureau
                         of Consular Affairs home page at
                      • Do not use an ATM in isolated, unlit areas or when there are people who may be
                        loitering in the vicinity. Beware of people standing close enough to the ATM to
                        read your PIN (Personal Identification Number) as you enter it into the machine.
                        Thieves often conduct successful scams by simply observing the PIN as it is
                        entered. If your card gets stuck in the ATM, be wary of people who offer to help,
                        even those who seem to be helpful and ask for your PIN so they can “fix” the
                        machine. Legitimate bank employees never have a reason to ask for the PIN.

In an Emergency (While Abroad)
                   In any emergency, students should first contact the
                   Study Center.
                   What constitutes an emergency?
                   A situation that places a student or students at risk.

                   It may include illness or harm, or a traumatic incident involving violence, a student who is
                   missing, civil unrest, or a natural disaster in the host country. Emergencies are not
                   necessarily medical. They do, however, represent circumstances out of the ordinary, those
                   that are unplanned or unexpected, and that threaten the health, safety, and well-being of
                   one or all of the students.

                   What should I do?
                   During business hours:
                   (Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. PST):
                   Contact your Study Center. If staff are not available contact the appropriate country-
                   specific staff at the Universitywide Office of EAP (805-893-4762).
                   After business hours:.
                   Call the EAP 24-hour emergency number (805) 893-4762.
                   The attendant will collect information from you and immediately contact appropriate EAP
                   staff. In health and safety emergencies, an EAP staff member will call you back

                   For all non-emergency business:
                   Refer to EAP’s main contact information page at for
                   the appropriate names and contact information.

Financial Information
 Financial Aid Disbursement Schedule
                                   All disbursements by check must be mailed to a U.S. address. Disbursements by
                                   Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) must be made to a U.S. bank account. Disbursement
                                   mailing dates are contingent upon the timing of the receipt by EAP of the student’s
                                   financial aid package.

                                    Program                    Number of                    Disbursement Mailing
                                                               Disbursements                Dates
                                    France Year                3 payments                   before departure, 12/15,
                                                               (1@50%, 2@25%)               3/15
                                    France Semester            1 payment                    before departure
                                    Extension                  1 payment                    During the spring term
                                   q       The official currency of France is the euro (€). As with all currencies, the value of the
  EAP year students
                                           euro relative to the U.S. dollar fluctuates daily. Depending on these fluctuations,
  should take enough
                                           your real living expenses (in terms of U.S. dollars) can rise or fall over the duration
  money ($2,000 to $2,500)
                                           of the program. Additional information about the euro is available at the end of this
  in travelers checks to cover
  initial living expenses (rent,
  meals, and incidentals)          q       Be sure to review the EAP Undergraduate Student Budget for your program costs
  that will be incurred shortly            as soon as possible. The budgets can be found online at
  after arrival.                  You are responsible for your finances while you are
                                           abroad. Plan your finances carefully including your independent travel expenses
  Year students (including
                                           and entertainment, as well as all incidentals not covered by the program. For
  those who plan to extend
                                           financial aid issues contact Caroline Gonzalez, Student Finance Analyst, at the
  their EAP participation
                                           Universitywide Office of EAP at
  from the fall to the year)
  will also need about $40 in      q       U.S. travelers checks are extremely useful abroad. Travelers checks can be cashed
  September for the fiscal                 at all banks displaying the word ‘change’ (and at American Express offices).
  stamp required to obtain         q       You receive a better exchange for purchases made with credit cards.
  the residency card , and         q       If you take a credit card don’t forget to make arrangements to have your statements
  about $70 in                             sent to France, OR arrange for your parents or a responsible person to receive and
  October/November to                      pay your bills from the U.S.
  cover the cost of the
                                   q        Past students have found it useful to bring an additional credit card strictly for
  medical exam required by
                                   q       There are many Cirrus and Plus ATM machines from which students can access
  Fall students will need                  funds in their home accounts. These machines require a 4-digit PIN. There must be
  less money initially ($500-              money in the account related to your ATM account. Apart from the relatively small
  $1,000).                                 fee charged for using the foreign ATM, there are no additional fees for the currency
                                           exchange. There may be a limit on the amount accessible from an ATM.
                                   q       Students can expect to need at least a minimum of $800 to cover meals and
               “I knew that                incidentals during the orientation and ILP.
               Europe as a         Extra Expenses
               whole was
                                   In programs where housing options include private (apartment) accommodations,
                                   students should note the following: To rent an apartment one normally must have funds
               than the U.S.,      to cover the following:
 but it was a shock for me             •    one to two months’ rent for a security deposit
 when I arrived. I wish I had          •    taxe d’habitation
 more preparation for price            •    renters insurance
 differences.”                         •    possible agency fees
                                       •    the first month’s rent

           “A good way           In addition, students are responsible for any extra housing expenses such as cleaning,
           to get money          utilities, and cell phone bills that are charged to the student after the program is over.
           from home is          Failure to pay such bills will result in the student being blocked from registering for
           to have your          courses at their UC campus upon their return and from obtaining transcripts from their
           parents buy           UC campus.
checks and make them out
                                   Students in the AUP programs will need to reimburse AUP €100 immediately upon
to you.”
                                   arrival for part of their housing deposit, which AUP pays for the students prior to
“Make sure that you                arrival.
budget your money wisely.
Financial aid checks may
                                 Late Withdrawal Penalties and Fees
take a lot longer to arrive
than was previously              Students who withdraw after the EAP deadlines, as noted on the EAP Student
arranged. This is true for all   Agreement, will incur financial penalties.
sorts of mail.”                  “Conditional students” who do not meet their conditions and are withdrawn
“Count on everything             after the dates noted below, will also incur penalties. EAP is not responsible for
costing more than you            reimbursing conditional students for their airfare. Conditional students are advised
think, and economize in the      not to buy plane tickets until their EAP participation is confirmed.
beginning so you can
gauge how long your              The chart below outlines various financial penalties, the programs to which they apply,
money will last. Travel is       and the withdrawal dates after which they will be incurred.
very important and it’s a
shame when you waste                     Program                    Withdrawal Date             Financial Penalty
your money and then can’t         All France Programs                 After May 10                     $100
afford to go anywhere.”           AUP                                  After July 1                    €100
                                  UC Center in Paris           Between June 1 and June 30               €75
                                  UC Center in Paris           Between July 1 and August 9             €200

                                 Travelers Checks
                                 Travelers checks provide an easy and safe means of handling normal transactions in
                                 Europe, particularly when traveling and prior to getting settled. Generally, students can
                                 expect to receive better exchange rates for travelers checks than for cash at banks and
                                 exchange bureaus. American Express Travelers checks are the most widely accepted.
                                 Students who set up bank accounts in France may not have access to money in the
                                 new accounts for up to a month, and will need to convert cash or travelers checks for
                                 routine needs. As a general rule however, ATM cards, credit cards, and cash are more
                                 useful once students have established bank accounts. Some students use ATM cards
                                 (see below) immediately for their initial financial needs, however travelers checks are
                                 safer than carrying large amounts of cash.

                                 Be sure to make two copies of the check numbers, and give one copy to a family
                                 member or friend. Keep the other copy for yourself, separate from the actual checks.
                                 Should you lose your checks, you will need to provide these numbers and the receipts
                                 in order to obtain replacements.

                                 If you are a member of the Automobile Club of America (AAA) you may be able to
                                 purchase American Express Travelers Cheques without a commission from an AAA

                                 Travelers checks may be cashed at any bank marked “Change” or at exchange offices
                                 conveniently located throughout the larger French cities. Be sure to keep the checks
                                 and a record of their numbers in separate, secure places.

                                        In Grenoble, there is no American Express office. However, students can cash
                                        travelers checks at most banks.

                                        In Toulouse, students have had trouble cashing travelers checks without a bank
                                        account. Since students will need money before they will be able to open bank
                                        accounts, the Study Center advises students to bring an ATM card and withdraw
                                        $300 per day for eight days.

                            Cash Upon Arrival: Upon arrival in France (or even better, before departure from the
                            U.S.), it is wise to obtain €150 to 200. Besides providing an advance opportunity to
                            become familiar with the currency, the funds will be useful upon arrival for snacks, local
                            transportation, tips, and unexpected purchases. Local U.S. banks can purchase the
                            foreign currency; the process may take a week or more.

                            It is also possible to exchange dollars for euros at international airports (both in the U.S.
                            and abroad), although exchange rates are less favorable and exchange offices are not
                            always open in the late and early hours of the day.

                            Obtaining Cash Abroad
Note: Keep in mind when     Past students have reported that a good way to have money transferred is through an
choosing a PIN that         ATM. In most large cities in France, it is as easy to use an ATM as it is at home. To get
overseas ATMs do not        an ATM card students must first open an account at a bank or credit union in the U.S.
have letters on the         (done before departure). Most U.S. banks and credit unions offer ATM cards. They are
keypads as they do in the   usually connected to a checking or share draft account. Students should check with the
U.S.                        bank to make sure the ATM can be used to access funds in France. The bank will issue
                            an ATM card and a personal identity number (PIN). The PIN needs to have four digits in
                            order to work in France. Most cards carry the symbols for the Cirrus and Plus systems
                            on the back. These are common ATM networks throughout Europe. Once abroad, the
                            ATM card and PIN can be used to withdraw money from the U.S. account. There is no
                            waiting period, and money deposited in the U.S. is immediately available for withdrawal
                            abroad. There may be limitations on the amount of cash accessible per transaction, and
                            there are usually fees. Also, since the ATM enables access to funds on deposit,
                            students can withdraw only as much as they have.

                            ATM machines are available at most French banks and commercial centers and accept
                            all major ATM and credit cards.

                            Besides using ATM cards and travelers checks, students have also used the following
                            methods to access cash from the U.S.:

                               • Wiring Money: One option for wiring money is the MoneyGram from Thomas
                                 Cook. The transfer generally takes about ten minutes and all fees are paid in the
                                 U.S. For more information, contact a Thomas Cook office. In Paris, an office is
                                 located at 4, Boulevard St. Michel in the Latin Quarter. American Express also
                                 maintains a wire service, and transfers from the U.S. generally take two business
                                 days. (Note the higher fees associated with American Express wire services.) You
                                 may receive funds directly in travelers checks, if desired. American Express also
                                 permits cardholders to charge travelers checks to their account, and to cash
                                 personal checks. In Paris, there is an American Express office located at 7, rue
                                 Scribe (métro: Opéra). Another option for wiring money is to use the international
                                 transfer services operated by Western Union (telephone in the U.S. is (800) 325-
                                 6000 or online at As with the Thomas Cook
                                 MoneyGram, all fees are paid in the U.S. You may pick up the money at one of
                                 many post offices in Paris or the larger French cities within two or three hours from
                                 the time it was sent.
                               • American Express International Money Orders and Gift Cheques: American
                                 Express International Money Orders and Gift Cheques provide an inexpensive
                                 and efficient way to receive money from home. However, relying on this system
                                 requires planning ahead and knowing some time in advance that you will need
                                 funds. Allow at least two weeks for the Money Order or Gift Cheques to reach you
                                 by airmail. You may cash them at an American Express office. Note: Grenoble
                                 does not have an American Express office.
                               • Personal Checks: U.S. bank checks and cashier’s checks are not easy to cash
                                 in France. Therefore, this is NOT a recommended option. However, AUP students
                                 can cash personal U.S. dollar checks countersigned by the Bursar’s Office. One
                                 check for a maximum of U.S. $600 can be countersigned every two weeks. The
                                 service stops three weeks before the end of the semester. If you have an
                                 American Express card, you may cash a check for up to $1,000 at the American
                                 Express Office. (Note: Grenoble does not have an American Express office.)

Notes:                           • Credit Card Advances: You may obtain a cash advance with your Visa or
                                   MasterCard from a bank offering “Dépannage.” Your PIN is not usually required if
                                   the transaction is conducted inside the bank, but you must show your passport.
                                   Remember that interest begins to accrue the day that you take the cash advance,
                                   not at the end of the billing period as is the case with purchases. Also, the interest
                                   rate charged on cash advances is usually higher than that charged on regular
                                   purchases. If you plan to use your credit card for cash advances, check with the
                                   issuing bank in the U.S. before you leave to make sure that the card will be
                                   accepted by European banks and ATMs. EAP recommends that all students
                                   obtain an ATM card with an international PIN before departure. These cards come
                                   in handy should you need to obtain a cash advance after hours.
                              During EAP orientation the Study Center will provide information about banking. It is
                              important that students be aware of French banking legislation.

                              EAP students in certain programs can open checking or savings accounts at local
                              banks; the Study Center may be able to provide assistance. To open an account, a
                              student needs to deposit money in a negotiable form (travelers check, U.S. currency,
                              bank draft, personal check). Travelers checks enable immediate access to the money in
                              the account.
 Note: Above all, do not
 bring large amounts of       A student will need his or her passport to open an account. Students may also be asked
 cash (American or            for their (temporary) carte de séjour (applicable to year students only). Unlike the U.S.,
 European)!                   students will rarely need to show official identification when they write a check or
                              withdraw cash at the bank once an account has been established.

                              After an account is opened, deposits can be made by transferring funds via cable or by
             “Once in         Telex, or depositing checks. Money orders are not advised. In order to avoid excessive
             France, be       processing charges, money for the year should be sent in a few large sums rather than
             sure to check    frequent small payments. Personal or bank checks and money orders from the U.S.
             banking hours.   need to be cleared before funds can be drawn on them. Clearing checks can take from
             Some are         10 days to a month. Overdraft penalties for checking accounts are extremely high.
             closed on
Mondays, others on            Closing Accounts: At the end of the year a student may be entitled to a refund for
Saturdays; all close on       certain items, such as the housing security deposit (this usually requires that the
                              landlord inspect the apartment and verify that all bills have been paid). Students should
Sundays and holidays.”
                              not have reimbursements sent to them in the U.S. in the form of a check. By French law,
“Balance your French          checks from a French bank account cannot be accepted for deposit in the U.S. (A local
checkbook/bank                California bank is likely to be unaware of the French law and may first accept the check,
statements, because they
                              but eventually it will bounce.)
tend to make errors
(bizarre charges, etc.).”     Students who expect a reimbursement should:

                                 • Leave open their French bank account until all checks are deposited. Once all
                                   reimbursements are completed, a student should write to the bank and have them
                                   close the account. Students can request that the French bank transfer the
                                   balance to a U.S. account. There will probably be a transfer fee of $25.
                                 • Have the person who owes the money transfer it through his or her bank directly
                                   to the student’s U.S. bank account. International bank-to-bank transfers are
                                   allowed by French currency regulations.

Notes:   Bordeaux Banking
         To be on the safe side, students should bring enough money (about $2,000 to $2,500)
         in travelers checks to cover initial expenses (rent, meals, and incidentals), since it will
         not be possible to open a bank account immediately upon arrival. Past participants
         have used a variety of Bordeaux banks, including Crédit Lyonnais, the Banque National
         de Paris, and Société Générale, usually choosing the bank with a branch near their
         residence. Services and fees vary from one bank to another, and students should shop
         around for a bank that best suits their needs. After opening their accounts, students will
         receive checkbooks and bankcards. At some banks it may be possible to write a
         personal check from an account in the U.S., so students should consider keeping their
         American checking accounts open, and take a supply of checks.

         An American Express credit card can greatly facilitate money transfers. The American
         Express office in Bordeaux will cash official checks (financial aid, bank-issued checks),
         even without an American Express card. American Express does not cash personal

         Grenoble Banking
         Students have the choice of three different banks on campus, where they can easily
         open bank accounts. After opening an account, students are issued checkbooks and
         debit cards which allow them to withdraw euros from bank offices and branches.
         Grenoble does not have an American Express office. Students are strongly encouraged
         to bring a credit card.

         Lyon Banking
         To be on the safe side, students should bring enough money (about $2,000 to $2,500)
         in travelers checks to cover initial expenses (rent, meals, and incidentals), since it will
         not be possible to open a bank account immediately upon arrival. Lyon Fall students
         should bring about $300 in travelers checks to cover initial expenses.

         Students can open accounts at Credit Lyonnais in Lyon without an initial deposit.
         Personal checks from American accounts can be deposited into a Credit Lyonnais
         account without charge. The money is credited in a few days. There are not any fees for
         exchanging travelers’ checks, U.S. checks (not recommended), or money transfers at
         Credit Lyonnais. The Study Center will organize a meeting with a bank agent from Credit
         Lyonnais for the purpose of opening accounts. Students will receive a checkbook and a
         bankcard when they open their accounts.

         It is possible to cash personal U.S. checks at the American Express office in Lyon with
         an American Express card (except for the special student Optima American Express
         card). Personal checks can be cashed for Euros at American Express although they do
         not offer the most favorable rates.

         With a Star, Plus, or Cirrus ATM card students in Lyon can also access up to $300 a day
         from their home checking accounts for a small fee.

         Paris Banking
         Students attending short-term programs will not be able to open bank accounts in Paris
         unless they can maintain a substantial balance. Students staying for one year may
         consider opening a bank account. The Study Center advises the following forms of
         handling money: debit card, credit card, travelers checks, personal checks for American
         Express members, and wire transfers. How students divide their money into the various
         forms is entirely an individual choice and students should choose the options with which
         they feel most comfortable. EAP recommends that students choose several different
         forms of handling money so if there is a problem with one, another can be used.

            • AUP: The university has a special arrangement with two exchange agencies that
              allows students to cash personal U.S. dollar checks countersigned by the
              Bursar’s Office. One check for a maximum of US $600 can be countersigned
              every two weeks. The service stops three weeks before the end of the semester.

Notes:                          • Paris Critical Studies Program: Some year students prefer to open a bank
                                  account in Paris. Advantages include having a checkbook and a French ATM
                                  card. Students should open an account if they wish to receive wire transfers, and
                                  deposit and/or cash personal checks. Also, students who plan to buy cell phones
                                  need bank accounts. The Paris Center has worked with the Banque Nationale de
                                  Paris in the past, but EAP students are under no obligation to use their services.
                                • ENS: Inquire at the Study Center for recommendations about opening a bank
                                  account in Paris.
                                • Sciences Po: During the stage d'intégration, Sciences Po invites local bank
                                  representatives to meet with students. These representatives help students to
                                  open their (for students who might still be in the process of finding housing and
                                  procuring the carte de séjour).
                                • UC Paris Center: Due to the short duration of the program, students are not
                                  encouraged to open bank accounts. Neither ACCENT nor the Study Center will
                                  facilitate the process. Students are advised to access money from abroad using
                                  their ATM cards or travelers checks.
                             Toulouse Banking
                             To be on the safe side, students should be prepared to access enough money (about
                             $2,000 to $2,500) to cover initial expenses (rent, meals, and incidentals). Students are
                             advised to use ATM withdrawals as it is not possible to open a bank account
                             immediately upon arrival (and you can’t cash a travelers check without a bank account).
                             Students are advised to make ATM withdrawals of $300 per day for eight days.

                             The Study Center has selected one particular bank for students’ banking needs. Shortly
                             after arrival the Study Center will organize an orientation for the students with the bank.
                             Students will receive checkbooks and bankcards when they open their accounts.

                             Credit Cards
                             Credit cards generally offer the best international exchange rates. Visa, known as Carte
                             Bleue in France, is the most widely accepted credit card in Europe. With a Visa card,
                             students usually can get an immediate cash advance by presenting their card and
                             passport at a major bank. Four digit PINs are essential in order to use credit cards at
                             ATMs. MasterCard is also widely accepted, as is American Express, though to a lesser
                             extent. An American Express card can be used to purchase travelers checks overseas.
                             The Discover card is not commonly accepted.
 Note: In writing numbers,   The Euro (€)
 commas and periods are      The euro is the currency unit of the European Union. EAP students should familiarize
 reversed in Europe. For     themselves with the European currency either before or shortly after arrival in France.
 example, 1,00 is what we    Keep the current exchange rate in mind, but try to think in euros rather than converting
 would consider 1.00 and     to dollars. Up to date exchange rate information is available at
 1.000 is what we would
 consider 1,000.
                             There are 100 cents in 1 euro (denoted by the symbol: €). Coins (la monnaie) come in
                             denominations of one cent, two cents, five cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, €1 and
                             €2. Unlike in the U.S., euro bills (les billets) are of different sizes and colors, and come in
                             denominations of €5, € 10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500.

                             Additional information about the euro is available at

Budget Planning for EAP: Think About Expenses!
                    Various expenses are associated with EAP at different stages. The EAP Undergraduate
                    Student Budget Worksheet, available on the web at, will
Notes:              help explain expenses and provide helpful hints on how to prepare yourself financially.

                    Use this worksheet in conjunction with the EAP Undergraduate Student Budget. The
                    budget will help you get an idea of the expenses associated with your program. Print
                    the budget and the payment coupons. Start thinking now about how much money you
                    will need. Talk to past participants and see what they recommend. If you are on
                    financial aid, talk to your campus Financial Aid Office for detailed advice.

                    I. Helpful Tips
                    How EAP estimates the conversion rate:
                    The EAP Undergraduate Student Budget contains the most current exchange rate
                    available at the time this guide went to press (found under “Estimated Personal
                    Expenses”). Exchange rates are updated daily and posted on various travel-related
                    websites. EAP presently uses the currency converter. Do your own
                    research for the most up-to-date rates.

                    Looking at the budget:
                    Sometimes EAP collects fees ahead of the program start date for the cost of items
                    such as orientation activities, instruction in an intensive language program (ILP), room
                    and meals during the ILP, mandatory cultural activities, EAP-arranged housing for the
                    semester/year, etc. Other times these fees must be paid out of pocket, by you. The
                    Student Budget Worksheet specifies who is responsible for what.

                    Section 1: Program Fees: These are fees that you pay to EAP. The EAP Program
                    Fees include UC registration and educational fees (including campus fees, which vary
                    by campus), on-site orientation, and fees for the mandatory EAP health insurance.

                    Section 2: Estimated Personal Expenses: The costs listed under “Estimated
                    Personal Expenses” are paid by you but not collected by EAP. These costs are a
                    reasonable estimate of what you can expect your minimum out-of-pocket expenses to
                    be both before and after arrival. They do not include personal entertainment or
                    independent travel abroad, nor do they account for major fluctuations in exchange rates.

                    II. Before Departure
                    A sampling of expenses you can expect to incur follows. EAP has provided estimated
                    costs where possible. However, bear in mind that these costs can fluctuate without
                    notice. Not all costs are applicable to all students in all programs. Check your
                    Undergraduate Student Budget carefully.

                       First fee payment to EAP ($450*)               Optional preventive medical expenses
                       U.S. passport fees ($60)                           (dentist, eye doctor, etc.)
                       Notary fees ($20)                              Airfare
                       International student ID ($20)                 Independent travel before program
                       Various photos (approx. $10 to $30)            Shoes and clothes for the new host
                       Visa (about $50 to $150)                           climate
                       Medical exam(s) and other medical              Money belt
                           expenses                                   Travel guides ($30)
                       Inoculations, vaccines, etc.                   Gifts for host families ($30)
                       Prescriptions to last the duration of          International phone card ($50)
                           your stay abroad                           Luggage

                    * The first payment of $450 due to EAP is automatically deferred for financial aid students. If
                      you are a financial aid student (receiving more than just Direct Student Loans), the EAP
                      payments outlined in Section 1 of the Undergraduate Student Budget will be covered by
                      your financial aid award before any financial refunds are made to you.

Notes:   III. While Abroad
         The EAP Undergraduate Student Budgets contain a sample of what costs you may
         expect. Most costs vary by student and by program. Read the student budget carefully
         to see what applies to you. The student budget estimate does not include personal
         entertainment or independent travel abroad, nor do they account for major fluctuations
         in exchange rates.

         IV. Before Coming Home
         Again, the following is just a sample of what costs you may incur. Most costs vary by
         student and by program. Read the student budget carefully to learn what applies to you.

            Housing deposits                            Final expenses due to your host
            Room and meals**                                university or dormitory
            Books**                                     All outstanding bills
            Local transportation**                      Final rent payment
            Independent travel during program           Housing repairs, if any
            Internet café fees                          Adjustment fees for your plane ticket
            Luggage storage fees (during travel if      Independent travel after program
                needed)                                 Departure taxes
            Cell phone (usually better to acquire       Transportation-related expenses
                once abroad)                                (taxis to airport, etc.)
            Bicycle                                     Shipping costs (if needed)

         V. How to Pay EAP Program Fees
         The EAP Payment Coupons, available on the web at, will
         tell you when the payments are due, the payment amounts, and the address where the
         payments need to be sent. You are expected to pay the Program Fees directly to the
         Universitywide Office of EAP in accordance with the dates and amounts outlined on
         the payment coupons. If you still have a balance due, a billing statement will be sent to
         your U.S. address prior to the end of your program.

          Where to Go with More Questions
          The Student Guide to EAP (and the EAP website) contain contact information for
          the EAP Student Finances Analysts for each program. You will also find valuable
          resources in your campus Financial Aid Office, Campus EAP Office, and from past
          EAP participants.

         **See the amounts included under “Estimated Personal Expenses” in the Undergraduate
           Student Budget Worksheet. Divide the amount by the number of months your program
           lasts to determine the estimated monthly expense for each item.

Automatic Deposit of Your Financial Aid Via
Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Direct Deposit
                                   The University Office of the Education Abroad Program is pleased to provide
                                   automatic deposit of your financial aid funds into your U.S. savings or checking
                                   account. UC and EAP fees will be deducted from your financial aid total. By selecting
 EAP strongly recom-               the EFT option any remaining credit balance will be electronically deposited into your
 mends that all students           U.S. bank account. If you do not select the EFT option OR if the EFT Authorization
 take advantage of the             Form has not yet been processed, the remaining credit balance will be processed in
 EFT option.                       the form of a check and mailed to the address indicated on the EAP Financial
 The EFT may take                  Disbursements Form. Disbursements for all EAP participants will be requested through
 approximately 30 days to          UCLA Accounting Office.
 become effective. The             To enroll in automatic deposit:
 authorization will remain in
                                      • Complete the attached EFT Authorization Form and include a current voided
 effect until cancelled in
                                         check. All of the banking information on the Authorization Form, including the
                                         account number, must match the information on the voided check.
 Students who cannot take
                                      • If you do not have a voided check or if you are depositing funds to a savings
 advantage of this option can
                                        account, you must provide your bank’s name, address and routing number.
 still have checks sent to their
                                        This information is available from your bank. Your full name as it appears on
 U.S. address. This process
                                        your UC registration must be on the EFT form, as well as your full name as
 will take an additional 10 to
                                        it appears on the bank account.
 15 working days.
                                   It is your responsibility to submit complete and correct information.
                                   EFT Authorization Forms that do not contain the required information will not be
                                   processed. Students who submit EFT Authorization Forms with incorrect information
                                   will not be contacted for correct banking information. When an EFT Authorization Form
                                   cannot not be processed, disbursements will be issued in the form of a check.

                                   What else you need to know:
                                     • Automatic deposit takes approximately 30 days to become effective. If the EFT
                                        Authorization Form has not yet been processed your disbursement will be
                                        issued in the form of a paper check. You must complete the EAP Financial
                                        Form indicating the U.S. address where you would like your check mailed.
                                      • Once EFT has been established, you will remain on direct deposit until you
                                        cancel the EFT authorization or change your bank account.
                                      • If you change accounts, close your account, or change institutions, a new
                                        authorization must be completed. The transfer will not go automatically to a new
                                        account. It will also delay the receipt of your funds via a paper check.
                                      • Make sure the form you send is the original; copies or faxes will not be
                                      • UCLA students will not receive Stafford Loans by means of EFT. A paper
                                        check will be mailed to the U.S. address indicated on the EAP Financial
                                        Disbursements Form.
                                      • The bank account you designate to receive your EFT deposit must be in the U.S.
                                      • Deposits cannot be issued to accounts held at investment firms.
                                      • You will receive a statement indicating a disbursement has been issued to you.
                                        You must call your bank to verify amount and date of deposit of funds into your
                                      • If you receive funds you are not entitled to you will be billed for repayment.

Program Finances
Notes:             Program Finances
                   The Undergraduate Student Budget Worksheet is provided to help students calculate
                   minimum anticipated program costs. You can find your budget worksheet at
          The worksheet also notes estimated out-of-pocket
                   expenses that must be paid directly to providers here or abroad, as appropriate
                   (“Estimated Personal Expenses,” Section 2 of worksheet).

                   Additional UC fees are assessed to graduate students. Amounts vary depending on UC
                   campus, graduate school, year of admission to graduate program, and California
                   residency status.

                   Program Fees Payments
                   EAP participants and alternates (with or without conditions) are expected to pay
                   Program Fees directly to the Universitywide Office of EAP in accordance with the dates
                   and amounts outlined on the payment coupons. If applicable, Non-Resident Tuition also
                   will be assessed. Payments in the form of check or money order are due by the dates
                   noted. Credit cards are not accepted. Of the first payment to EAP, $100 is considered a
                   non-refundable participation deposit.

                   Students who receive financial aid will have the first payment of $450 deferred. You will
                   be billed later for any balance not covered by financial aid. Students who do not provide
                   information necessary for the timely completion of the financial aid process will be
                   considered non-financial aid students by EAP, and will be ineligible for the initial
                   payment deferral. Non-financial aid students are subject to the program payment
                   schedule as required in the payment coupons. Financial aid students are expected to
                   be familiar with the composition and status of their financial aid package at all times,
                   both before and after departure.

                   Estimated Personal Expenses
                   The amounts for personal expenses, section 2 of the Undergraduate Student Budget
                   Worksheet, are intended to provide a reasonable minimum estimate of personal costs
                   associated with the program. These estimates are based on a lifestyle corresponding to
                   student status. The estimate does not include optional independent travel, emergencies,
                   personal entertainment, or major currency fluctuations. A student who manages funds
                   diligently should be able to provide for basic needs as estimated in the budget.
                   However, EAP funds are not available to compensate for situations in which a student
                   may have failed to monitor expenses carefully. In extreme circumstances, a student may
                   have to withdraw from the program and possibly incur the academic and financial
                   consequences associated with withdrawal.

                   Withdrawal from EAP
                   Withdrawal from EAP, either before or after departure, requires written notification to
                   EAP. Students who withdraw prior to departure must complete a “Pre-Departure
                   Withdrawal Form” at the Campus EAP Office. No financial liability is incurred if the
                   withdrawal is completed prior to the withdrawal deadline as specified in Section 9 of the
                   Student Agreement. Students who withdraw or become disqualified to participate in EAP
                   after that deadline are subject to a $100 minimum fee, program fees, and non-
                   recoverable costs determined by EAP, regardless of the reason for withdrawal.
                   Disqualification includes Administrative Withdrawals. Students who fail to complete
                   academic or administrative requirements allowing their placement or continued
                   participation will be subject to Administrative Withdrawal from the program. All
                   disqualified students are subject to applicable financial and academic penalties.
                   Scholarships and other financial aid are retroactively reduced if a student withdraws or
                   becomes disqualified. If these adjustments result in a balance due to EAP, the student’s
                   UC registration will be blocked until such balance is paid.

Alternate Status
Students with alternate status who are not placed in an EAP option will receive a full
refund of program payments. Refunds will be issued approximately 30 days after EAP
notifies students that they cannot be placed.

EAP Account Statement
An EAP account statement is issued according to financial aid status. If a student’s
financial aid awards exceeds his or her EAP Program Fees, a statement and a UC
financial aid disbursement will be issued approximately two weeks before the official
program departure date. For students whose financial aid is less than the EAP Program
Fees, and for those who are not on financial aid, a statement will be issued indicating
the balance due.

Changes in Fees
All Program Fees are subject to change based on Regental, campus, or EAP action. If
fees are adjusted for any reason, students will be notified of the adjustment and the new
balance due.

Students Must Satisfy All Financial Obligations Abroad.
Students are responsible for paying their debts abroad. EAP is negatively impacted
when a student fails to settle his or her debts in the host country. Students who leave
unpaid charges abroad are subject to disciplinary, financial, and academic penalties
imposed by the University of California.

 Financial Aid Distribution
 Financial aid is determined by the student’s home UC campus rather than by EAP.
 Amounts vary from one student to another, depending on many factors. The
 Universitywide Office of EAP will distribute financial aid for students while on EAP.
 Before departure, it is the student’s responsibility to verify with his or her Financial
 Aid Office and the Universitywide Office of EAP that he or she has met all
 requirements, completed all documents, and made the appropriate arrangements
 for EAP to forward all UC financial aid disbursements to the appropriate U.S.
 Each student’s campus Financial Aid Office must notify the Universitywide Office of
 EAP in writing of the financial aid awarded for EAP. All confirmed financial aid
 awards, including Federal Direct Loans (except UCLA students), will be credited to
 the student’s EAP account. UCLA students will receive Stafford Loan checks via EAP
 once the lending financial institution issues them. At time of publication there are
 varying disbursement possibilities for approved PLUS loan applications (Parent
 Loan for Undergraduate Student). EAP advises borrowers to verify with the student’s
 campus the expected method of disbursement upon loan approval, and plan
 Unconfirmed or estimated financial aid awards cannot be credited to EAP accounts.
 Upon confirmation from the campus Financial Aid Office, EAP will issue a
 supplemental financial aid disbursement.
 It is the student’s responsibility to know the amount of financial aid awarded and the
 disbursement dates. Occasionally, receipt of financial aid disbursements can be
 delayed due to revisions to financial aid. Students must have a plan for back-up
 funds, should delays occur.

Frequently Asked Questions
 About EAP in France
                                                                                                      For more information
 Question                                                                                                         see page

   Q. Can I travel in and out of France before the program begins?                                                 34
      A. No, year students must first get their Cartes de Séjour. Information about this process is
      provided in your EAP student information packet.

   Q. Do I really have to undergo a medical exam after arrival?                                                    34
      A. For year students, yes, a medical exam is required for the Carte de Séjour. Semester
      students do not need the medical exam.

   Q. What should I pack?                                                                                          35
      A. Pack lightly. In general, take warm clothes, clothes that can be layered, and a good pair of
      walking shoes. In addition, bring medications that you regularly take.

   Q. Where will I live?                                                                                           45
      A. Depending on the program, you will live in an apartment, dormitory, or home-stay.
   Q. Am I committed to the housing chosen for me?                                                                 45
      A. Yes. However, if a conflict arises see the Study Center immediately.
   Q. Can I arrive early?                                                                                          50
      A. The Grenoble year and Lyon year programs allow students to arrive early to look for
      housing. Additional information is provided in your EAP information packet. However, Study
      Center staff may not be available open to assist you with this process before the program
      begins (depending on the actual date of arrival).
       The AUP, UC Center, and Lyon fall program does not allow early arrival or early move-in
       under any circumstances. You can move in with your host family only after the Official EAP
       Start Date.

   Q. Do I have to cook my own meals?                                                                              56
      A. Generally yes, however some meals in home-stays are provided.

   Q. What address do my parents use during the ILP?                                                               40
      A. Parents should use the Study Center address during the ILP.
   Q. Will I have access to e-mail?                                                                                42
      A. Yes. However, Internet and e-mail access availability varies by program.
   Q. What is the best way to receive money from home?                                                             64
      A. Via ATM, or have it wired into your bank account.


To top