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CIEE Paris Global Institute

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year


Paris, France




Overall GPA 3.0; 2-4 or more semesters of college-level French or equivalent.

Application Due:

10/20 for Spring
3/20 for Fall and Academic Year

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.

This program at the CIEE Paris Center, for students at intermediate French level, is designed to develop strong language skills while also taking stimulating courses, taught in English and French, on contemporary French society and cross-cultural issues, also literature, art history and immersive practicum courses. Related outings include participation in conferences and outside classes, or observation in the streets and neighborhoods of the city. The program is administered by the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) on behalf of a consortium of which The University of Iowa is a member. Participants join a group of students from other U.S. colleges and universities. UI students earn resident credit on this program.

Academic Program

Majors in the humanities or social sciences should be able to do upper-level work in their fields. Content classes are set up so that the more advanced students can go deeper into issues that interest them, while others work at a more introductory level. Students select from courses taught in English or French depending on their level.

A strong program of language instruction begins with an intensive two week session that subsequently meets twice a week; small classes are taught in French and instructional materials include magazines, newspapers, films, and video.

Language in Context Track

The pre-requisite for this track is two semesters of college French. Students take two required language classes, and choose three more from a range of courses taught in English or several language-through-content offerings. An option in Intercultural Communication includes joint classes with French students.

Language and Culture Track

The pre-requisite for this track is three or four semesters of college French. Students take two required language classes, and choose three more from among the content courses taught in French. Practicum classes available to students in this track include assistant teaching in French schools and volunteering with low-income French youth.

Students with five semesters of college French and demonstrably strong language skills have the option to audit classes at the Université de Paris. They are required to take the CIEE workshop on French academic writing and reasoning, a class designed to facilitate students’ understanding of French academic culture.

CIEE classes are with CIEE students only.

Program Dates

Late August to mid-December; mid-January to late May.

For More Information

Students are required to meet with the program adviser in the UI Study Abroad office before initiating an application. Program details are found at this CIEE webpage.

The Paris Center for Critical Studies

The Paris Center is newly 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 Opera Garnier. The Sorbonne Nouvelle is a 20-minute bus ride away.

Students with the appropriate level of French are encouraged to audit or take one class at the University of Paris.


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.

Living Arrangements

Students are housed with a French host. The student will have his or her own furnished room and will share kitchen, bath and living area. The CIEE housing coordinator will provide detailed information on site and will facilitate initial contact with the French host. Housing and one meal a week are included in the program fee.

Breakfast and some other group meals are provided during the three day orientation period. Meals during the semester outside of the one meal per week are the student’s responsibility. It may be possible to arrange for some additional meals with the host to be remunerated directly.

Travel Arrangements

Students make their own travel arrangements to arrive in Paris by a designated date. Specific information will be provided in post-acceptance materials from CIEE.


Overall GPA 3.0; 2-5 or more semesters of college-level French or equivalent.


The Program Fee is charged on the U Bill and covers tuition, housing, group excursions, orientation and other support services, an iNext travel card that provides insurance and other travel benefits, and the UI administrative fee.

The semester fee for Fall 2013 was $18,884 for students that are Iowa residents and $20,480 for non-residents. Additional costs include round-trip airfare, meals, books and supplies, and personal expenses.

The Iowa Regents mandatory International CISI insurance will also be collected on the U bill.

How to Apply

Before starting an application for this program, students must meet with their study abroad advisor to discuss their program selection and receive information about supplemental materials that are required for an application. Appointments can be set up in person at 1111 UCC or over the phone at 319-335-0353. Applications are considered on a rolling basis and early application is advisable.

After meeting with your advisor, click here to begin the UI application.

Application Deadline

Application deadlines are October 20 for the spring semester and March 20 for the fall and academic year programs.

Acceptance Packet

To read and retain for your own records:

Withdrawal policy

After applying for a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
After Confirmation of Participation is signed Administrative fee: $400
Portion of program fee: As determined by the program contract with CIEE
After Program Start Date Administrative fee: 100%
Portion of program fee: As determined by the program contract with CIEE

Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Check with your specific provider/host university for details. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.

Orientation Information

Following acceptance, students receive arrival and other information from the CIEE office, as well as a Program Handbook with comprehensive student information for France.

All students attend a general TIPS orientation for UI Students Studying Abroad. Additional individualized meetings address specific topics, as well as billing and credit procedures at Iowa.

CIEE also conducts online orientations for its students.