A STUDENT’S GUIDE TO THE
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
EDUCATION ABROAD PROGRAM
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
Local Transportation .....................................................37
Transportation to the Study Center .............................37
Computer Access and Internet Use ............................42
For frequently asked questions about EAP see the last page of this guide book.
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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.
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 (eap.ucop.edu) 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
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
• 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
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: StuFinance@eap.ucop.edu
Jeret Lemontt, International Programs Specialist/Academics
Approximate time Phone: (805) 893-6155; E-mail: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
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 www.info-france-usa.org/culture/education
/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 www.state.gov/m/dghr/hr/intern.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.”
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Semester Break February 7 - February 13
Semester II January 31 - May 27
Spring Break March 28 - April 10
Exams May 23 - June 30
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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)
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
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
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.
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.
“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
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.
• 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.
• 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
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
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,
Price, Roger A Concise History of France, Cambridge, 1993.
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
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
“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
Amazon.com). 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
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.
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.
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
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 voyages-sncf.com.
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.
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).
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
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.
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.
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 www.free.fr, www.mageos.fr, and www.libertysurf.fr. 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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
"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
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 eap.ucop.edu/sc/paris.
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
formalities. People do not
look others in the eye on
the street—eye contact
signifies that you want to be
noticed, which can be
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.
outdoor market Past students recommend staying in youth hostels. Additional information about the
(I frequented Marché French Youth Hostel Federation is available at www.fuaj.fr.
d'Aligue in Paris) is great for
French student organizations offer a great range of weekend trips and vacation travel at
practicing your language.”
“Planned activities by
ACCENT (Paris) or UC were The following guides provide a wealth of travel information:
• 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 eap.ucop.edu/eap/reference/guide/safety-health-welfare.htm
France and other
EAP emergency/security issues page: eap.ucop.edu/911
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 www.travmed.com 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 travel.state.gov/links.html
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
Critical Studies, Grenoble (National Polytechnic Institute only), and Sciences Po.
Oral contraceptives, and
Toulouse and Bordeaux are exempt.
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:
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
• 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 www.gopaccess.gov; and through the Bureau
of Consular Affairs home page at travel.state.gov.
• 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
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 eap.ucop.edu/eap/contact.asp for
the appropriate names and contact 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
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. eap.ucop.edu/eap/budgets. 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 email@example.com.
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
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
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 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 www.westernunion.com). 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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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 www.travlang.com/money.
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 www.euro.ecb.int.
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 eap.ucop.edu/eap/budgets, 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 expedia.com 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 eap.ucop.edu/eap/budgets, 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
**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
• 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.
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
eap.ucop.edu/eap/budgets. 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
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.
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
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
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.