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  • Locations: Paris, France
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall
  • Program Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: CSU International Programs 
  • Restrictions: CSULB applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.75 (If you do not meet the GPA requirement, contact CSU IP as you still may be eligible to apply) Program Type: CSU IP
Language of Instruction: French Language Requirements: French - 4 Semesters
Class Standing: Graduate, Junior, Senior Financial Aid: ASI-CSULB Scholarship, Cal Grant A, Cal Grant B, EOP Grant, Pell Grant, Perkins Loan, PLUS Loan, Private Loans, SEOG Grant, Stafford Loan, SUG Grant, Veteran's Benefits
Areas of Study: Anthropology, Arabic Language and Culture, Art, Art History, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Chinese Language, Classical Studies, Communication and Media Studies, Comparative World Literature, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, English, Film, French Language and Culture, Geography, German Language and Culture, History, International Business, International Studies, Japanese Language and Culture, Jewish Studies, Journalism and Public Relations, Liberal Studies, Linguistics, Mathematics and Statistics, Middle Eastern Studies, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, Spanish Language and Culture, Theatre Arts, Woman's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Recommended Program: Yes
Program Description:

CSU IP France: Paris - Direct Enrollment

Located in the political and cultural capital of France and one of the great cities of the world, the CSU IP France: Paris - Direct Enrollment program is designed for students whose preparation in French is sufficient to permit them to enroll in a course of study primarily within the regular departments of the University of Paris. Intermediate and advanced students will take regular university courses supplemented by French language support courses designed for non-native French speakers. Students should be prepared to function independently. As a CSU IP France: Paris student you will participate in the exchange program administered by the Mission Interuniversitaire de Coordination des Échanges Franco-Américains (MICEFA), an academic exchange organization which works with several branches of the University of Paris.

Student in front of the Pyramid at the LouvreMICEFA provides CSU IP students with orientation and assists students with day-to-day matters. The CSU IP France resident faculty director lives in Aix-en-Provence and travels periodically to Paris to provide academic advising and other assistance. Students in Paris must demonstrate autonomy and self-reliance.

The program begins with a four-week intensive French language program (The Preparatory Language Program, or PLP) organized by MICEFA. The PLP is designed to prepare CSU IP participants for university classes. During this period, MICEFA will also help students with practical matters such as housing, banking, and academic-year study plans, and will arrange field trips and visits to local sites in Paris.

During the fall and spring semesters you will take courses in your major and/or minor in accordance with the advice of the MICEFA staff and the CSU resident faculty director. Placement in a cooperating branch of the University of Paris will be dictated by courses of study available and by student preparation. A wide variety of subjects is available. In addition, students take at least one French language support course offered by MICEFA or at the Nanterre or St. Denis branches of the University. Coursework information for the program in Paris is available in the IP Bulletin.

Academic Program Information

For general information about the academic program, prospective students may refer to the IP Bulletin for the previous year. Note that course offerings are subject to change and may not be offered or available during the year of intended study. Aspects of the program (e.g. approved areas of study and program requirements) as provided on the brochure web page may change from year to year. Updated program information will be available for applicants accepted to the program within four to six weeks of notification of acceptance.

Course Prerequisites

  • Required: Two years of college-level French (through intermediate level).
  • Recommended: Some upper-division French is strongly recommended.

Enrollment Status

Must be enrolled at a CSU campus no later than spring term prior to departure or eligible to enter from a California community college by fall term of the program start date.


CSU IP arranges temporary housing prior to arrival. The CSU IP on-site staff will help students find permanent housing in local apartments.

Please note: You will need to apply to this program both through the CSULB website and the CSU IP website!

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.