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Study Abroad for Undergraduate Students

Studying in Paris has been the most rewarding experience for me. I feel like I have really grown as a person.

Everything here has impacted me in some profound way, whether it be the conversations with French friends or merely a new dish that I tried in a restaurant.

Studying abroad with the Illinois Program in Paris was the best thing I could have done! There is no textbook you can learn from that will give you the same rich, well-rounded experience.

Paris Is an Adventure

From Notre Dame to the Louvre, from Napoléon's tomb to the Eiffel Tower, from the Musée du Monde Arabe to the new Bibliothèque Mitterand, Paris is renowned for its arts, its history, and its vital cultural traditions. Lively neighborhoods, outdoor markets, shops, cafés, concerts, clubs, and countless cultural events make this a great cosmopolitan city.

Make the most of your college career and give your résumé an edge by getting an international education. Through the Illinois Program in Paris, you can learn about another culture firsthand, interact with French people and institutions, study various aspects of French civilization, and make lifelong friends.

The Illinois Program in Paris offers you a full academic year or one semester of study in French language, literature, and civilization. Established in 1971 and sponsored and supervised by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the program is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors of any major at an accredited university. To ensure quality, the program and its participants are overseen by a director, employed by the University of Illinois, who is permanently based in Paris.

Enrollment in the more immersive nine-month program (September–June) is encouraged;
however, you may select the one-semester option in the spring.

Small Classes, Big Opportunities

To understand French culture, you will start by strengthening your language fluency at classes held in the Institut Catholique de Paris (pictured on cover), an accredited institution of higher education for French natives. Named after the building in which it is located, the school offers classes in French language, literature, culture, history, translation, and theater. Consult the French advisor for classes that will transfer to the University of Illinois French Department and contact an advisor in the department in which you seek approval for other classes.

All classes are taught in French by French faculty. You will be placed in groups according to your proficiency level from a placement test. The classes are small, with no more than 25 students for seminars and fewer than 12 for language sections. If you are designated as advanced, you can take some or all of your classes with French university students at the Institut Catholique or at the University of Paris Diderot-Paris VII.

The Institut Catholique offers you the opportunity to work on a school publication, a great extracurricular activity that encourages you to practice French. The school helps organize conversation exchanges with French natives.

Language Assistant, Corporate Internship and Service Learning Opportunities

IPP is now offering a new service for students interested in helping students enrolled in the program to find internship and service learning opportunities during their time in Paris. If interested, before your departure you will be put in contact with the advisor in the Paris office. You will be guided through each step of the search and application process. IPP has agreements with organizations which work with our students on a regular basis. The office can also attempt to meet special requests. Under certain conditions, students can obtain academic credits for the experience. More infomation can be found here.


Visits to prominent French landmarks and sites are included in the program. Excursions might be made to the Loire Valley, Chartres, Vaux-le-Vicomte, or Monet's home in Normandy, among others.

You may choose housing that best fits your budget and lifestyle, including:

· living with a French family

· dormitory lodging

· independent housing


You have the option of traveling to Paris as a group, departing from Chicago, and being met in Paris by the program director. The program arranges the most advantageous price available. You can choose your own return trip date.

Cost and Financial Aid

The Illinois Program in Paris is a bargain. Tuition is lower than standard college tuition-and non-resident students currently pay in-state tuition-so costs range from $16,000 to $25,000, depending upon exchange rates and your housing option. (See for current information.) Furthermore, most financial aid applies toward the program. Students within the University of Illinois system automatically receive a scholarship of $1,500 for each semester abroad.

Eligibility and Credits

You should have an overall GPA of at least 2.5 (in a 4.0 system). French majors should have an average of 3.0 in French courses and should have completed either French 205, 207, 208, or 209, or the equivalent. Students majoring in other fields should have completed one year of French (at least French 102). If you have not fulfilled the above requirements but have basic French proficiency (4 semesters of French), you will still be considered since the Institut Catholique offers courses at all levels.

Classes will normally transfer to an official University of Illinois transcript; for University of Illinois students, classes are considered to be University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign classes. A maximum of 36 semester hours may be earned abroad by University of Illinois students.

Students obtaining a degree from any University of Illinois campus must fulfill the residency requirement established by the University; those students cannot graduate during the spring semester of their year or semester abroad, but can graduate in August of that year.

Application Deadlines

Early February for fall, summer and academic year applications.

Early October for spring semester applications.

For questions on programs, including details on the Summer Session I program in France, or questions pertaining to applications and requirements,contact Daniel Maroun to schedule an appointment via email, or visit during office hours, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays from 10-12, 2004 FLB.

Volunteer Opportunities in Paris

Looking for an internship or a volunteer/service opportunity that allows you to dive into the Parisian community more? Check out what previous IPP students are doing with our partners at Benenova:




Earn credit for French 103, 104,and 335 in just four weeks in Arles, located in the beautiful south of France! Check out this Arles photo blog to get a glimpse of what your summer Study Abroad experience could be like!

For more information on living arrangements, Arles, and Arles à la carte etc. (ACE), the in-country host institution, visit: Click here to download our program flier. Already decided? Go to the Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange website and fill out the on-line application.

Program in Arles: May 14 - June 11, 2017


  • Check back soon for the schedule of events!

For questions on programs, including details on the Summer Session I program in France, or for questions pertaining to applications and requirements, contact Daniel Maroun,or visit during office hours, Mondays and Fridays from 1-2, 2111 FLB.

Here is what students said about Arles à la Carte:

My time spent in Arles was more than I could have ever hoped it would be. This entire experience was invaluable.

In my opinion, it is remarkable how much better my French has become as a result of going to Arles.  I now understand why people say that learning by immersing yourself into the language is the best way to learn - because it's true!  It is simply incredible to me how I was able to gain so much in such a short amount of time.

Despite having done very well in all of my French classes over the years, I had always been extremely intimidated by the thought of talking with native speakers.  Upon realizing that I truly had no choice but to overcome this fear, I decided to try and make the most of it.  It was only after that moment of acceptance that I was able to have fun with learning French and speaking to native speakers. Now I love speaking with them because I know that they can tell me things about the language that non-native teachers will never be able to.   In reality, most of them were very impressed that I am even trying at all.

Before this trip, I had never left the United States and I had never flown.  Facing both at one time seemed daunting in the beginning, but I would not have had it any other way.   I feel as though I have always had an adventurous nature, so traveling to a new country was definitely appealing, but thinking about whether or not I would like France was something that weighted on my mind.

Overall, I could not begin to adequately thank everyone involved with this trip. It has given me an experience that will never leave my memory.  It changed my mind in the most positive way because it shaped my views with sights, sounds, differences and most importantly, experiences. Due to this trip, I can now interact with and communicate effectively with the large percentage of people in the world that speak the French language. I can honestly say that participating in this study abroad trip was one of the best things that I have ever done in my life and I am sure that it had left me changed for the better.


In order to apply, go to our new on-line application.

Download the information flyer (pdf).

For more information on the exchange program with Sciences Po, please visit their web site.

NB: Commercial French Studies majors who study at Sciences Politiques in Paris will need to take the equivalent of FR 485 and 486 at the Institut Catholique. They will have to pay the tuition for these two courses in addition to the fees they pay for participating in the Sciences Po exchange. In spring 2013 the tuition for these two courses (6 credits) was 935 Euros.

For questions on programs, including details on the Summer Session I program in France, as well as applications and requirements, contact Daniel Maroun or visit during office hours, Mondays and Fridays from 1-2 in 2111 FLB.


The following scholarship opportunities are open to all UIUC undergraduate students who wish to study abroad in France (compiled from the Study Abroad Office's scholarship list). These are scholarships available to students of all majors who wish to study in France through one of the French department's programs.

If you need help funding your semester abroad, plan on applying early to as many scholarships as possible. The funding is out there, but you must take the initiative to pursue it.

Major-specific scholarships for ACES, AHS, Business, Education, LAS, Global Studies, and other majors can be found in the Study Abroad Office's scholarship guide at

An additional resource to search for funding is the IIE Passport Scholarship Search:

Please contact Daniel Maroun, or visit during office hours, Mondays and Fridays from 1-2, 2111 FLB, if you have any questions.

Mainous Scholarship for Study in Arles

The Mainous scholarship is for UIUC undergraduate students with preference given to French majors or minors. Students must meet LAS academic requirements to study abroad and demonstrate financial need. There are no U.S. citizenship requirements.

Deadline: early February for Summer 2016

Amount: $500

Application information

Illinois for Illinois (I4I) Scholarship

I4I awards scholarships to students based on merit, need, nontraditional destination, and diversity. Scholarship recipients are selected based on essay responses and the ability of the student to articulate how the program complements his/her goals.

Deadlines: Apply in advance and use during any term after receipt of scholarship. There are two scholarship cycles per year, with deadlines at the beginning of Fall and Spring semesters. The final deadline for programs during Summer 2016, Fall 2016, & AY 2016-17 is early Feb. 2016.

Amount: $500 for short term, $1,000 for semester, $2,000 for year-long programs.

Apply online:

International Programs & Studies (IPS) Scholarships

Scholarship winners will be determined based on the quality of the essay responses and the ability of the student to articulate how the program complements his/her goals. Preference is given to high-achieving students (GPA of 3.0 or higher) who are active in academics, on campus, and in the community, as well as to students who demonstrate financial need.

Students studying in France are eligible for the following scholarships:

Carlene and Andy Ziegler Study Abroad Scholarship ($2,000)
Friends of IPS Scholarship ($2,000)
Michael Aiken Scholarship ($1,500)
Mary E. Mohler International Study Grant ($2,500)
Suzanne & David Martin-Reay Study Abroad Scholarship ($2,000)

Deadline: Students must be participating in a program during the term immediately following the application term (e.g., students applying for a scholarship in February 2016 should intend to be studying abroad during Summer or Fall 2016). For Summer 2016, Fall 2015, & AY 2016-17: early February 2016.

Apply online:

Gilman Study Abroad Scholarship

The Gilman is for U.S. citizens receiving a federal Pell Grant. Summer awards are available for students of all majors. Applicant success rate is approximately 1 in 3. Countries with travel warnings are ineligible.

Apply online:

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants

Students must have between 30 and 90 hours of academic credit, one year remaining at Illinois after the term spent abroad, and at least a 3.75 GPA.

Deadline: Spring 2016

Apply online:

Go! Overseas Study Abroad Scholarships

Deadline: December 5, 2015 for Spring or Summer 2016.

Amount: $500

Apply online:

Fund for Education Abroad (FEA)

Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident willing to promote education abroad on campus upon return.

Deadline: 11:59 pm EST on January 16, 2016 for summer 2016, fall 2016, or spring 2017.

Amount: Up to $5,000 / semester.

More Information:

Foundation for Global Scholars Scholarships

A variety of scholarships are offered by the Foundation for Global Scholars for U.S. and Canadian citizens. You can apply to multiple scholarships.

*Foundation for Global Scholars General Scholarship

For all students.

*STA Travel Scholar Award

For students majoring in photography, film, art, travel & tourism, foreign language.

*Financial Need Scholarship

For PELL Grant recipients

*STEM Scholarship

For students majoring in the sciences, technology, engineering or mathematics

*Ethnically Diverse Student Scholarship

For students who self-select themselves within an ethnic minority.

Amount: $1, 000 - $2,500

Deadline: rolling by program start date

More Information:

Walter Jensen Scholarship

For a student majoring in French teacher education. Must be sponsored by an AATF member.

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: March 15, 2016.


For questions on programs, including details on the Summer Session I program in France, or questions pertaining to applications and requirements, contact Daniel Maroun, or visit during office hours, Mondays and Fridays, 1-2 in 2111 FLB.