Nestled in the heart of Paris, the North Carolina Consortium in Paris program is a great opportunity for students who wish to increase their French language proficiency and gain first-hand experience with French culture. With this thoughtful program design, students will have the chance to experience cultural immersion every day by living with a host family, communicating in French, and exploring the City of Light as only a local could.
The Surrounding Area
Paris is a convenient location for travel around France or elsewhere in Europe. Students are encouraged to plan short trips within France to better their French language skills and experience different aspects of French culture. Versailles and Giverny, where students can explore Marie Antoinette’s hamlet or Claude Monet’s garden, are both short train rides away. From Paris, further trips can include the South of France, the Alps, or Normandy. Students are also able to explore all that Europe has to offer. With Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK, and Northern Africa nearby, students will have the opportunity to embrace a multitude of cultures.
Location................................................................. Paris, France
City Population ..........................................................2.2 million
Discover the City of Light while earning credit towards your home school degree! Located in one of the world’s cultural hot spots, Paris offers a multitude of opportunities. Students have access to historical landmarks, various museums, genuine French cuisine, and world-renowned monuments. With experienced professors, some of whom have nearly 20 years of experience working with the NC Consortium in Paris, this program offers academic excellence, numerous cultural activities and frequent excursions within Paris. Paris is yours to explore - the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe, and Champs-Élysées will all be in your backyard!
All students take an intensive French language course (6 credits) at the Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne. Students also take International Engagement in Paris (3 credits) at the NC Paris Program Center, which is just a short walk from the Sorbonne. The Engagement course offers three program options: 1) Explore Arts and History of Paris, 2) Explore French Society from Inside: English Teaching Assistant in local middle schools, or 3) Explore French Society from Inside: Work as a volunteer with local Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs).
Students will also choose one or two of the following possible Electives (3 credit each). Course descriptions can be found on the program website:
Reality & Representations of French Islam - Fall (taught in English)
Cultural History of Paris - Fall (taught in French)
Urban Environment and Agriculture in the 21st Century - Spring (taught in English)
Modern Art in the 19th and 20th Centuries - Spring (taught in French)
Students also have the option to take a global studies course in English at the Faculte des Sciences Sociales et Economiques (FASSE) Catholic University OR a course taught in French at the Catholic University of Paris.
The language prerequisite for this program is 2 semesters, to be completed by the start of the program.
The French language component of the program is very strong; students should be serious about learning French. Five levels of intensive French language courses are offered at the Sorbonne program; each 6-credit course includes intensive language instruction as well as a phonetics class held for one hour daily every other week for a total of 4 weeks. Students are placed in the appropriate level by means of a placement test at the Sorbonne. Students on the program will sign a language contract to confirm that they will speak French on all program activities, in the office and classrooms, among themselves and with the Resident Director.
Courses in this program are Transfer Credit. Transfer Credit Courses (not taught by UNC Faculty): ACTION REQUIRED
To enrich the immersion experience, students may choose to live with in a homestay. Living and interacting with French families presents opportunities to communicate in French and increases access to authentic daily life and culture in France. Hosts are located in either Central or Grand Paris. Many past participants have cited their homestay as a highlight of their experience. Student who do not wish to participate in a traditional homestay, may choose to stay in a Foyer or residence hall (limited spots available). Additional accommodation descriptions can be found on the program website: http://uncw.edu/international/abroad/consortium.html
Please refer to the program website for current program fee. (Non-UNCW students should consult their home school study abroad advisor for program costs).
The program fee includes:
Welcome & farewell dinners
Does not include:
Passport & visa
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Federal and state financial aid may be applied towards this program. Even if you are normally ineligible for financial aid, you should submit a financial aid application (FAFSA). You may find that you are eligible for additional funding.
Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.
Tuition and fees for the program are set based on the host institution’s rates, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Always refer to the Budget Sheet on this page, and not the host institution’s posted rates, as it is customized for UNC students. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad.
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.