Paris, France (Outgoing Program)
Remember what Hemingway wrote: "If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man [or woman!], then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast." And this moveable feast — the "City of Light" — is not only the capital of a major European power, but home to a multicultural population ranging from movie moguls , municipal workers and young students like yourself. It's both a museum city and a monumental architectural experiment where, in half an hour, you can walk from Roman ruins, past the 12th-century cathedral of Notre Dame, to the 21st-century Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Make Paris your home for a semester or a year, and you’ll be living and studying in one of the most magnificent cities in the world.
In order to have an idea of what classes are available at all of the participating universities, please visit the MICEFA website and brochure.
Students take their courses in French at one of the University of Paris campuses. At the start of the semester MICEFA provides students with a three-week intensive language program prior to the start of the semester (students will receive 3 RU credits). MICEFA also offers a variety of in-house courses including: Intermediate Grammar, French Civilization, Architectural History of Paris, Literary History of Paris, and History of Franco American Relations.
In the Spring semester only, all Rutgers students in Paris will take a required upper level, 3 RU credited course on contemporary France, Une introduction à la France contemporaine, taught by resident director, Dr. Catherine Healey. Instructed in French, this class examines social issues, cultural events and political controversies that are making the headlines in France at the moment. Assignments will include interviews and visits to sites in Paris alone or with the class. Please click here to view a sample syllabus.
International Service Learning: Social Justice/Solidarité - Diversity/Diversité
Rutgers students studying in Paris can participate in a 3 RU credited International Service Learning (ISL) course that focuses on transnational perceptions of social justice and diversity, with a focus on the first-generation immigrant youth of Paris’ 18th arrondissement. Enrollment in this course requires 4 semesters of college level French. Over the course of the semester, you will interact with French youth in a service learning environment in the form of after school tutoring for inner-city Parisian youth at the Club Barbès.
You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to MICEFA and Rutgers University. That means you will need to take at least 24-30 ECTS credits (12-15 RU credits) each semester. Thus, most students take four to five classes a term. It is not possible to take classes as not-for-credit or pass/fail.
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Fall Semester: September – December/January (Dates Vary Depending on School)
Spring Semester: January – May/June (Dates Vary Depending on School)
To view the current academic calendar of each member university, please visit the MICEFA web page.
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the university and the academic dates have been confirmed.
Accommodations and Meals
Rutgers will provide 10-day temporary housing in a hostel in central Paris. Students are responsible for arranging their own housing and food on this program. Students are encouraged to begin their housing search as early as possible, prior to arrival in Paris. Please note, although it can be very useful to start your research before arrival, we do NOT recommend you rent an apartment sight unseen from a stranger.
Because of MICEFA’s vast network of contacts, as well as other sources, students usually find housing within 10 days of their arrival. The MICEFA office has a list of former student housing which they make available on a first-come first-serve basis. MICEFA also reserves temporary housing for students during the first 10 days of the program, while they search for housing. Students usually find housing consisting of small rooms or flat shares for 500-750 Euros per month. Some students also find demi au pair placements, in which students are placed in French homes as tutors or baby-sitters and must provide 10-15 hours of work per week in exchange for a free room with the family. Some students also opt for a homestay, in which students live with a family and are usually provided with meals for 500-800 Euros per month.
For more information on accommodations please visit the MICEFA website.
Program Cost: 2016-2017
For more information about the additional Non-Billable Expenses please click on the Budget Sheet links near the top of this page.
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid please visit the Finances Section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
Center for Global Education Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance and are reviewed on a first-completed basis. For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.
Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant. For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.
Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.
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