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  • Locations: Paris, France
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Winter-Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: CIEE 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter-Spring 2022 10/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission 01/03/2022 05/07/2022

** Application materials may be reviewed prior to the program's application deadline. (Please note: if all of your boxes are checked-off, your application is complete.) In most cases, for applicants applying to programs led by PSU faculty, interviews and final selection will take place after the program deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Fulfills University Studies Requirement: Yes, Reporting Live Supplemental Course
Program Description:

Program Overview Paris

Customize your study abroad experience. Our Open Campus program at the new CIEE Global Institute – Paris offers maximum flexibility to engage and experience Paris in your own way. Match the academic experience with your interests, aspirations, and degree requirements: Pair two or three six-week blocks for your perfect amount of intensive study and cultural engagement, select your academic track from five diverse options, then choose your electives from our wide range of courses and subject areas.
No matter how you build your program, you’ll surround yourself with the French language, culture, and people throughout the quarters of Paris. Live with French hosts, study in state of the art classrooms, and get involved with fun activities, interest groups, and sports on a campus designed to connect you with the local community. Plus, you’ll have plenty of chances to get out and see Paris and France up close during included excursions and multi-day study tours.

Program Focus

All CIEE students, regardless of previous language experience, have the opportunity to learn French. Courses at a variety of proficiency levels are available, and more advanced French speakers can take advantage of French-taught area studies courses. Faculty from local institutions and CIEE faculty teach CIEE courses. Students studying in Paris for all three academic blocks can also enroll directly in a French university course. Students may choose from the fo
llowing tracks:
  • Language, Literature, and Culture – Build your French language skills and probe the fascinating cultures found in Paris, France, and Europe as you absorb Paris’ architectural masterpieces and world-class arts scenes. Some courses are available in both English and French, so you can choose the path that meets your goals.
  • Business – France is a huge entrepreneurial powerhouse, making Paris the perfect place to explore the basics of all aspects of business.
  • Communications, Journalism and New Media – Dive into the vast media scene Paris has to offer by taking courses focusing on TV, film, radio, the Internet, music, advertising, and literature.
  • Health Sciences – See how France and the European Union are addressing major health care challenges with a combination of courses and exciting fieldwork with renowned institutions and research centers.
  • International Relations and Political Science – There’s no better place than Paris – with France being one of the largest founding members of the European Union – to examine the pressing challenges facing Europe today and their impact on every corner of the globe.    

Class Format

Courses taught at the CIEE Global Institute are typically for CIEE students only. Classes are scheduled Monday-Friday and meet either two, three, or four times per week, and attendance is strictly enforced both for classes and required co-curricular excursions. Students should expect an average of two hours of preparation required for each hour in class. Instruction is supported and augmented online by our learning management system, Canvas.

Students are required to enroll in two 3-credit courses each block; those students attending the program for all three blocks in a semester may select one block in which to enroll in only one 3-credit class (recommended for the block of the Academic Project, where applicable).  Each course is 3 semester credits, unless otherwise noted in the syllabus.  All students can also add the non-credit survival language course, during orientation, in addition to their normal credit load.


The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used. Students are graded on the basis of attendance, class participation, homework, project work, presentations, and mid-term and final examinations. Learning outcomes assessment is continuous through personal reflections, evaluation feedback, self-assessment, and requirements as set out in course syllabi.

Academic Culture

Each six-week course is a full semester in content, so the pace is accelerated and the workload is demanding. CIEE courses are designed to follow U.S. academic culture and standards. The class environment typically features a combination of traditional lecture and discussion with co-curricular excursions and activities. Heavy emphasis is placed on student participation. To avoid falling behind, students should not plan personal travel out of Paris when classes are in session and plan trips for the long weekends in between blocks.

Students who opt to combine CIEE courses with one course at a local French university should expect a greater focus on independent student work outside of the classroom. They will also need to work closely with CIEE staff to prepare for the French university course examination system.
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Program Provider CIEE
Program Dates Current CIEE Calendar

Fall Semester with CIEE = Fall Quarter at PSU
Spring Semester with CIEE = Winter & Spring Quarters at PSU
Areas of Study Explore the courses offered on this program

This program is a good fit for the following majors:
  • European Studies
  • Business
  • French
  • Culture
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Gender Studies
  • Globalization
  • Community Health
  • Communications
  • History
  • International Studies
  • Liberal Arts
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Political Science
  • Social Science
  • Women's Studies
Credits Students enroll in 3 semester credits (4.5) quarter credits
Capstone Option Reporting Live Capstone available during Fall & Spring Quarters
Language of Instruction  English, French
Host Country Language  French
Housing Students will live in either shared apartments in Paris with other CIEE Open Campus students, or a homestay with a local family.
Class Standing Eligibility
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Post-baccalaureate
Minimum GPA Requirements Undergraduate: 2.50

Must be in Satisfactory Academic Standing.
*Students interested in taking a direct enrollment class at University of Paris must have a 3.0 GPA.
Language Requirement No previous language study required
Program Fee Click here to view the CIEE Program Fee

PSU Students receive automatic discounts on CIEE programs!
PSU Fees Click here to view PSU Fees

Application Fee:
All applications include a $50 non-refundable fee due on the application deadline. Students who do not intend to complete a program application are required to withdraw before the deadline, otherwise, the $50 application fee will
be assessed to the students' account.