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Fall/Academic Year: Mar. 1
Spring: Sept. 20
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The CIEE Paris Open Campus program allows students to experience life in France's capital city while furthering their studies in a variety of academic fields. Students take two courses (3 sh each) per six-week block and participate in two or three blocks (12 or 18 sh total) per semester. To focus their studies, students select one of the following seven tracks of coursework: Art and Architecture; Business; Communications, New Media, and Journalism; Global and Community Health; International Relations and Political Science; Language, Literature, and Culture; or STEM and Society. In addition to taking the course(s) in their chosen track, students can enroll in courses from other tracks. Most courses are taught in English. The CIEE Paris Global Institute also offers opportunities for students to engage in internships, research, or service learning projects for academic credit.
This program is administered by the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) on behalf of an academic consortium of which the University of Iowa is a member. UI participants on the program join a group of students from other U.S. colleges and universities. University of Iowa students earn resident credit for this program.
Students must select one of the following academic tracks:
UI students must choose two or three academic blocks during either the fall or spring semester. Each academic block is six weeks long. Students need to take at least two courses per block, which typically equates to six semester hours per block.
Two Academic Blocks
Three Academic Blocks
Note: Although there is no required French course, one French language course is offered during each block (Beginning I in Block I, Beginning II in Block 2, Intermediate I in Block 3) for those students who wish to begin or continue their study of French. Students with advanced French may enroll in select French-taught content courses.
For updated course offerings, descriptions, and syllabi, visit CIEE's program webpage.
The academic program is supplemented with excursions to points of interest in and near Paris that highlight topics covered in class. Students may also participate in day trip to the nearby regions of Normandy and Champagne, as well as neighboring countries like Belgium.
Students who wish to become involved in the local community can opt to volunteer. Common placements include youth centers, schools, churches, sports clubs, and nonprofit organizations.
Fall, Blocks I & II: Mid-August to early November
Fall, Blocks II & III: Late September to mid-December
Fall, Blocks I, II & III: Mid-August to mid-December
Spring, Blocks I & II: Early January to late March
Spring, Blocks II & III: Mid-February to early May
Spring, Blocks I, II & III: Early January to early May
For exact program dates, visit CIEE's program webpage.
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The Paris Center is located in the lively Sentier neighborhood in the 2nd arrondissement, less than a minute away from the passages and cinemas of the Grand Boulevards, a 10-minute walk from the Palais Royal, and a 15-minute walk from the Louvre. The Global Institute in Paris has four classrooms, a library space, and a small computer area for student use, in addition to staff offices.
Paris, one of the great cultural and intellectual centers of the Western world, is also one of the world's most majestic and beautiful cities and displays proof of a long and vigorous past, from the ruins of an ancient Roman bath to the Cathedral of Notre Dame to the innumerable monuments built to reflect the glory of France and its rulers. The city is known for its cafés (one for every 200 inhabitants), its parks (Bois de Boulogne, Jardin de Luxembourg, Bois de Vincennes), its street life, and its markets. It remains a center for culture, art, fashion, gastronomy, and intellectual life.
France has long been considered a center of culture for food, art, fashion, and sciences. The largest country in the European Union is also one of the greenest, with stunning natural views and iconic landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Lourve, and the Palace of Versailles. The French people are passionate about their country and their way of life. Explore a rich history by visiting classic churches, dive into French cuisine, and enjoy a latte at any of the wonderful French cafes.
The US Department of State provides safety and security information for every country of the world to help you assess for yourself the risks of travel. Each country information page contains a Travel Advisory, Alerts, and other important details specific to that country that could affect you.
Pay close attention to the entry and exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions, and other details to help decide whether traveling to any given country is right for you. Non-US citizen travelers may also wish to seek guidance from the embassy of their country of citizenship. The UI International Travel Policy for Students addresses restrictions on student travel to high-risk locations and engagement in high-risk activities abroad.
CIEE students participating in this program have three housing options: a French homestay, apartments, or a residence hall. All housing options are located within 45 minutes of CIEE Paris. Housing is tight in Paris, so housing decisions are at the sole discretion of CIEE. If they cannot accommodate students' first housing preference, they will let them know before arrival.
Homestay: Students live in French-speaking homes with breakfast is provided daily with an additional five meals per week. Each home accommodates one or two students, and each student has their own room.
Shared Apartments: Most students live in shared apartments in Paris with other CIEE Open Campus students. Students live in double or triple rooms with a shared kitchen and bathroom. No meals are included.
Residence Halls: Students live in double or triple rooms in residence halls that include other CIEE, international, and local French students. No meals are included.
U.S. citizens who do not have a passport should apply for one as soon as possible. More information about how to apply for a passport is available on the U.S. Department of State’s website.
Students with a valid passport should check the expiration date. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the anticipated return to the US from studying abroad. US citizens who need to renew their passport can find more information on the US Department of State’s website. The passport must be renewed before applying for the Spanish visa required for semester or academic year programs.
Expedited processing service is available at an additional cost. UI Study Abroad encourages students to ask the passport agency at the time of application whether expedited service is recommended.
Students who are not U.S. citizens should contact UI Study Abroad (firstname.lastname@example.org) for information on how to ensure that their passport is valid for the duration of their time abroad.
Students book flights independently. Participants are responsible for being at the orientation site on time.
Within your host city and around the country, students will utilize public transportation such as buses and trains. Excursions and general travel require a lot of walking, so bring some comfortable shoes!
This program is open to University of Iowa students who fulfill the following requirements:
The most recent cost sheet for the program is included below. The cost sheet outlines the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be used for financial aid and planning purposes. It includes fees charged on students’ U-Bill (CIEE program fee, Study Abroad Administrative Fee, and mandatory Iowa Regents CISI Travel Insurance), as well as out-of-pocket expenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic. Please see the respective websites for further details. Contact your Study Abroad advisor with questions regarding the cost sheet.
Most financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) is applicable to study abroad programs. Please check the Study Abroad website for information on financial aid and how it may be applied to studying abroad. You are also encouraged to speak with someone at the Office of Student Financial Aid to explore financial aid options.
Scholarship opportunities exist for study abroad participants. Please explore Study Abroad’s websites for UI Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities.
Interested students should make an appointment with the designated UI Study Abroad advisor to discuss the program and the application process. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 319-335-0353. During the appointment, the advisor will provide full application instructions. Note: Application materials will not be reviewed unless a student has already met with the advisor to discuss the program.
The application process consists of the following steps:
• Complete the UI Online Application for Study Abroad. Applicants will be charged a $50 non-refundable application fee. As part of the UI Online Application for Study Abroad, applicants will need to upload a copy of their passport picture page and a list of courses to take while abroad.
• Complete the CIEE Online Application.
Acceptance into the applicant's chosen study abroad program is made by CIEE directly via an email to the applicant. This acceptance notification will refer the applicant to additional documents posted to the myCIEE account.
Fall and Academic Year: Mar. 1
Spring: Sept. 20
Acceptance and confirmation materials will be posted after the next application deadline.
All students preparing to study abroad should review the following:
Students are also encouraged to complete the Health Preparation Guide for International Travelform with their medical practitioner. This document is intended to help you plan for your medical needs abroad. Please DO NOT turn this form in to UI Study Abroad.
U.S. passport holders enrolling in two academic blocks do not need a visa in order to participate. However, U.S. passport holders enrolling in three academic blocks must obtain a student visa from France in order to participate in the program. U.S. passport holders should follow the batch processing visa application instructions provided by CIEE. If students do not participate in batch visa processing, they must apply for their student visa independently. Students are ultimately responsible for obtaining the necessary visa to enter France.
Non-U.S. passport holders should consult with CIEE regarding their visa requirements.
In order to prepare for your time abroad, you are required by the University of Iowa to complete two orientations. These may be in addition to orientations provided by your on-site provider.
You are required to complete the International Programs online “Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation” course distributed through ICON prior to departure. This orientation is mandatory for all students going abroad under the auspices of the University of Iowa. It covers many practical matters about living overseas, such as health and safety, communication, money, goals and much more. You will be enrolled in this course by International Programs and an email will be sent to you once enrolled. If you have any questions you can email email@example.com.
This orientation will be facilitated by your study abroad advisor and will cover content specific to your program and host country. It could be conducted in a group setting or one-on-one. Your study abroad advisor will send you more information about this mandatory in-person session.