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Designed for students who wish to study abroad in Paris and take their courses with French students, this program allows students to select their courses from those offered at the Université Paris Diderot. Students with the appropriate language level may complete a course for API students, taught in French by a local professor at the API Paris Center. Interested students may also choose to complete a teaching internship for an additional fee.

What's Included?

Highlights

Pre Departure Services

Advising

@api Online System

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Scholarships

On Site Services

Airport Reception

API Center

On-Site Orientation

Excursions (overnight, day, international)

Resident Director

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Monthly Transit Pass

Tutoring

Housing (including meals and laundry with some options)

Language and Culture Tools

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

Transcript

Alumni Network and Global Leadership Academy

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Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.75 G.P.A.
  • Open to juniors and seniors
  • Open to advanced/superior French speakers
  • Entry requirements: valid passport with student visa
  • Submit API application, one letter of recommendation, statement of purpose, and one official transcript to API
  • 2 passport I.D. photos
  • Online placement exam and interview with UMASS Amherst program coordinator
  • Supplemental application requirements are solicited upon receipt of API application
  • UMASS SYSTEM STUDENTS ONLY - Apply directly through the UMASS Amherst International Programs Office (IPO)
  • University Approval Form

API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Paris programs. All excursions are subject to change.

  • Bordeaux

    Bordeaux is one of the largest cities in France and is located in the South West of the country, not far from the Atlantic Ocean.

    The center of a legendary winegrowing region, this vibrant and sophisticated city is a top gourmet and cultural destination. Synonymous with fine wines, Bordeaux is one of France’s most beautiful and elegant cities - indeed, half the city is Unesco-listed, making it the largest urban World Heritage site. Visitors appreciate both the monumental stone architecture and attractive nooks and crannies of this city, with its fascinating historical and cultural heritage around every corner. Also, it is now fastly connected to Paris with a new TGV line connecting both cities in just over two hours.

  • French Châteaux

    Students will have the unique opportunity to explore an authentic French château and its surroundings in the Ile de France, name given to the Greater Paris region.

  • Angers

    Capital of Anjou, Angers is a city of Art and History, a haven of remarkable culture thanks to its Castle : King René, and to its Museum of Fine Arts where you will discover works dating from the fourteenth to the twenty-first century, at the Gothic Cathedral of Saint Maurice or the Museum Jean Lurçat which presents beautiful pieces of contemporary tapestry, echo of the beautiful hangings of the Château d'Angers. Located in the Loire Valley, Angers also has a natural wealth thanks to its three rivers flowing into the Loire.

  • Riviera

    The French Riviera, or “Côte d’Azur” in French is a mythical, known all over the world for its beaches and the authenticity and charm of its hinterland little villages.

    We will visit some of the famous cities by the Mediterranean sea, such as Cannes, Nice, Marseille or Antibes and also some genuine sites inland, such as Grasse or Saint Paul de Vence or even Bormes-les-Mimosas.

  • French Châteaux

    Students will have the unique opportunity to explore an authentic French château and its surroundings in the Ile de France, name given to the Greater Paris region.

  • Bruges

    Bruges, also called the “Venice of the North,” is an outstanding example of a medieval historic settlement. Picturesque cobbled lanes and dreamy canals link exceptionally photogenic market squares lined with soaring towers, historic churches, and old whitewashed almshouses. Flemish Belgium inspired some of the most famous Flemish Baroque painters such as Rubens.

  • Strasbourg

    The capital of the Alsace region, Strasbourg has one of Europe’s largest medieval quarters. In the Grand Île and Petite France, cobbled streets weave between creaking timber-framed houses that have survived for hundreds of years. The city is also the home of many European and international institutions, including the Council of Europe, on which the European Court of Human Rights and the European Parliament.

  • Burgundy

    Burgundy is one of France’s most famous wine-producing regions. Students on this excursion will have the chance to visit the renowned city and ancient capital of the region – Dijon – known overseas for its famous mustard, as well as Beaune. Beaune is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in the district, also known the world over for its wine auctions.
  • Bordeaux

    Bordeaux is one of the largest cities in France and is located in the South West of the country, not far from the Atlantic Ocean.

    The center of a legendary winegrowing region, this vibrant and sophisticated city is a top gourmet and cultural destination. Synonymous with fine wines, Bordeaux is one of France’s most beautiful and elegant cities - indeed, half the city is Unesco-listed, making it the largest urban World Heritage site. Visitors appreciate both the monumental stone architecture and attractive nooks and crannies of this city, with its fascinating historical and cultural heritage around every corner. Also, it is now fastly connected to Paris with a new TGV line connecting both cities in just over two hours.

  • French Châteaux

    Students will have the unique opportunity to explore an authentic French château and its surroundings in the Ile de France, name given to the Greater Paris region.

  • Bruges

    Bruges, also called the “Venice of the North,” is an outstanding example of a medieval historic settlement. Picturesque cobbled lanes and dreamy canals link exceptionally photogenic market squares lined with soaring towers, historic churches, and old whitewashed almshouses. Flemish Belgium inspired some of the most famous Flemish Baroque painters such as Rubens.

  • Strasbourg

    The capital of the Alsace region, Strasbourg has one of Europe’s largest medieval quarters. In the Grand Île and Petite France, cobbled streets weave between creaking timber-framed houses that have survived for hundreds of years. The city is also the home of many European and international institutions, including the Council of Europe, on which the European Court of Human Rights and the European Parliament.

  • Burgundy

    Burgundy is one of France’s most famous wine-producing regions. Students on this excursion will have the chance to visit the renowned city and ancient capital of the region – Dijon – known overseas for its famous mustard, as well as Beaune. Beaune is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in the district, also known the world over for its wine auctions.
  • Angers

    Capital of Anjou, Angers is a city of Art and History, a haven of remarkable culture thanks to its Castle : King René, and to its Museum of Fine Arts where you will discover works dating from the fourteenth to the twenty-first century, at the Gothic Cathedral of Saint Maurice or the Museum Jean Lurçat which presents beautiful pieces of contemporary tapestry, echo of the beautiful hangings of the Château d'Angers. Located in the Loire Valley, Angers also has a natural wealth thanks to its three rivers flowing into the Loire.

  • Riviera

    The French Riviera, or “Côte d’Azur” in French is a mythical, known all over the world for its beaches and the authenticity and charm of its hinterland little villages.

    We will visit some of the famous cities by the Mediterranean sea, such as Cannes, Nice, Marseille or Antibes and also some genuine sites inland, such as Grasse or Saint Paul de Vence or even Bormes-les-Mimosas.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 12-15 credits per semester

Designed for students who wish to study abroad in Paris and take their courses with French students, this program allows students to select their courses from those offered at the Université Paris Diderot. Students with the appropriate language level may complete a course for API students, taught in French by a local professor at the API Paris Center. Interested students may also choose to complete a teaching internship for an additional fee.

UNIVERSITÉ PARIS DIDEROT

Located within the 13th arrondissement of Paris that is known by Parisians as the Rive Gauche, Paris Diderot is an ideal university to study and immerse oneself in the local culture. Students can select from courses in the French language, the humanities, and social sciences. All courses are taken with French students and taught in French. To prepare for the immersion experience, students complete preparatory program or “stage” aimed at introducing visiting students to the French academic system and the campus.

TRANSCRIPTS

Transcripts are issued by the University of Massachusetts Amherst upon completion of the program.

Staff & Coordinators

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    Francine Bost-Millischer

    Francine Bost-Millischer will be one of your Resident Directors in Paris and a resource for you on-site.

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    Rebecca Cott

    Rebecca Cott will be your Program Manager and prepare you to go abroad!

    Email - rebecca.cott@apiabroad.com

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    Laure Bettencourt

    Laure Bettencourt will be your Student Life Coordinator in Paris and will assist you in adjusting to life in France!

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    Violaine Peladan

    Violaine will be your Academic Coordinator in Paris and will assist you in achieving your educational goals with us in France!

COURSE OFFERINGS

Students choose from the following subject areas taught in French:

  • Études Anglophones
  • Études Cinématographiques
  • Français langue Étrangère
  • Géographie
  • Histoire
  • Histoire de l’art
  • Langues Étrangères Appliqués
  • Lettres et Sciences: Transmissions des Connaissances
  • Linguistique
  • Littérature
  • Psychologie
  • Sciences de la Ville
  • Sociologie
  • Sports
  • Théâtre

For more course information, click here.

CREDIT INFORMATION

Most API partner universities in France operate on the contact hour system, wherein the number of credits earned depends on the time spent in class. To determine the conversion of contact hours to U.S. credits, divide the contact hours available by 15.

La France De 1945 À Nos Jours (Post War France) API French Civilization

This elective course is taught in French by a French API professor. Offerings may vary per semester. Paris has been known as the "capital city of the nineteenth century" (regarding its architecture), where the post-WWII era has been a time of deep transformations in politics, society and culture. This course will examine a chronological presentation of the main events in the city of Paris, the daily life, buildings, movies, paintings, and theorical developments, the meaning or the main aspects of this era.

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

A French Experience: Paris Teaching Internship

All students with 4 semesters of college-level French (equivalent to the intermediate level) or more are able to participate in the teaching internship for an additional 3 credits. Beginning and intermediate-level students can also do the internship, but are not eligible to earn credit or a grade for the experience. Spaces are limited and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. An additional fee is charged for the internship.

Language of Instruction: English    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

From Paris to the rest of the world: Modern and Post Modern Art

This elective course is taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester. This course is a comparative analysis of artistic concepts, works and movements, important to the distinction between Modernism and Postmodernism in 20th Century Art. It will also study the geopolitical issues of Art. Through an examination of form and content distinguishable in works of various artistic disciplines (painting, sculpture, architecture, design), students will critically evaluate artistic language and expression that is representative of modern and post-modern ideologies.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Diderot Course Information

Please visit the university site for more detailed individual class descriptions.

Language of Instruction: French   

Université Paris Diderot Class Catalog

Histoire de la Gastronomique Française (History of French Cuisine) - API Course

This course is designed to understand the role and place of French Cuisine within its society from a historical, ethnological, and sociological point of view, and to put into practice this “savoir vivre français” by cooking some traditional dishes and sharing them together. This is a reading and research class, with a cooking and tasting component.

Language of Instruction: English French   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

A French Experience: Paris Teaching Internship

All students with 4 semesters of college-level French (equivalent to the intermediate level) or more are able to participate in the teaching internship for an additional 3 credits. Beginning and intermediate-level students can also do the internship, but are not eligible to earn credit or a grade for the experience. Spaces are limited and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. An additional fee is charged for the internship.

Language of Instruction: English    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Cultural History: Post-War France (1944-45) to Today

This elective course is taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester. If Paris has been known as the "capital city of the nineteenth century (regarding its architecture or the design of the main avenues and boulevards, for example), the post-WWII era was a time of deep transformation in the way of life, in the political structure of French society, and in cultural and social representations as well. Based on a chronological presentation of the main events, focusing on the city of Paris, on daily life, buildings, movies, paintings, and theoretical developments, we will try to delineate the main aspects of this era.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Human Rights: Being International

This elective course is taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester. This course offers an introduction to international Human Rights Law. Each class will be structured around a lecture and a case study with a focus on important human rights issues in France. Students will become acquainted with the fundamentals of human rights and will become aware of specific human rights issues that arise in France.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Diderot Course Information

Please visit the university site for more detailed individual class descriptions.

Language of Instruction: French   

Université Paris Diderot Class Catalog

Modernity in 19th Century French Art

This course traces the artistic contribution to modernity in 19th -century and the first decades of 20th century French art, its utopian dimension, its different achievements and its decline. Since the French Revolution, some major works of art, art critics and theories, and artists themselves contributed to change drastically the artist’s role and the role of the arts.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Histoire de la Gastronomique Française (History of French Cuisine) - API Course

This course is designed to understand the role and place of French Cuisine within its society from a historical, ethnological, and sociological point of view, and to put into practice this “savoir vivre français” by cooking some traditional dishes and sharing them together. This is a reading and research class, with a cooking and tasting component.

Language of Instruction: English French   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

La France De 1945 À Nos Jours (Post War France) API French Civilization

This elective course is taught in French by a French API professor. Offerings may vary per semester. Paris has been known as the "capital city of the nineteenth century" (regarding its architecture), where the post-WWII era has been a time of deep transformations in politics, society and culture. This course will examine a chronological presentation of the main events in the city of Paris, the daily life, buildings, movies, paintings, and theorical developments, the meaning or the main aspects of this era.

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

A French Experience: Paris Teaching Internship

All students with 4 semesters of college-level French (equivalent to the intermediate level) or more are able to participate in the teaching internship for an additional 3 credits. Beginning and intermediate-level students can also do the internship, but are not eligible to earn credit or a grade for the experience. Spaces are limited and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. An additional fee is charged for the internship.

Language of Instruction: English    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Cultural History: Post-War France (1944-45) to Today

This elective course is taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester. If Paris has been known as the "capital city of the nineteenth century (regarding its architecture or the design of the main avenues and boulevards, for example), the post-WWII era was a time of deep transformation in the way of life, in the political structure of French society, and in cultural and social representations as well. Based on a chronological presentation of the main events, focusing on the city of Paris, on daily life, buildings, movies, paintings, and theoretical developments, we will try to delineate the main aspects of this era.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Human Rights: Being International

This elective course is taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester. This course offers an introduction to international Human Rights Law. Each class will be structured around a lecture and a case study with a focus on important human rights issues in France. Students will become acquainted with the fundamentals of human rights and will become aware of specific human rights issues that arise in France.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Diderot Course Information

Please visit the university site for more detailed individual class descriptions.

Language of Instruction: French   

Université Paris Diderot Class Catalog

From Paris to the rest of the world: Modern and Post Modern Art

This elective course is taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester. This course is a comparative analysis of artistic concepts, works and movements, important to the distinction between Modernism and Postmodernism in 20th Century Art. It will also study the geopolitical issues of Art. Through an examination of form and content distinguishable in works of various artistic disciplines (painting, sculpture, architecture, design), students will critically evaluate artistic language and expression that is representative of modern and post-modern ideologies.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Histoire de la gastronomie française (History of French cuisine)

This elective course is taught in French by a French API professor. Offerings may vary per semester.

Who has never dreamt of chocolate mousse, foie gras, or fondue? Why is France so attached to its cuisine and culinary traditions? How did they develop and what role do they play within daily life as well as national identity? How could the French indulge themselves in fastuous and lengthy meals and joyfully continue to speak about food while eating? What does eating mean? This course is designed to understand the role and place of French Cuisine within its society from an historical, ethnological, and sociological point of view, and to put into practice this “savoir vivre français” by cooking some traditional dishes and sharing them together. This is a reading and research class, with a cooking and tasting component.

La France de 1945 à nos jours (Post War France)

This elective course is taught in French by a French API professor. Offerings may vary per semester. If Paris has been known as the « capital city of the nineteenth century (regarding its architecture or the design of the main avenues and boulevards for example), the post-WWII era has been a time of deep transformations in the way of living, in the political structure of the french society, and in cultural and social representations as well. So we will try, based on a chronological presentation of the main events, to show, focusing on the city of Paris, or on daily life, buildings, movies, paintings, and theorical developments, the meaning or the main aspects of this era.

Art History: From the Impressionists to Picasso

This elective course is taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester. This course traces the artistic contribution to modernity in 19th -century and the first decades of 20th century French art, its utopian dimension, its different achievements and its decline. Art-movements, such as neo-classicism, romanticism, realism, impressionism, postimpressionism, will be analyzed with regard to their respective claim for modernity.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Histoire de la mode en France (Fashion in France)

This elective course is taught in French by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester. This course focuses on the development of costume and fashion in France from the late 17th Century to the present. Topics covered include: the influence of the state in organizing luxury industries (with Louis XIV, Napoleon); the Restoration and the Romantic Era; “Fin de Siècle” and Belle Epoque fashion; the Roaring Twenties; Wartime fashion; Haute couture and “Prêt à Porter”. Class time may be separated into lecture hours and site visits (museum, exhibitions, etc.) where students can see the original documents and/or appreciate the object of study in the wider cultural context of its time.

Littérature et chansons en France (Literature and songs in France)

This elective course is taught in French by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester. The course is an overview of the French literary and cultural tradition through a selection of chansons and texts ranging from troubadours to contemporary rappers. Each session will be devoted to a specific song or musical style, usually accompanied by a literary text (poem, short story, novel) which serve as entries to the period in question. Several excursions to related sites in Paris are also planned.

Highlights
  • Enroll in classes with French students
  • Classes taught in French
  • Transcript from U.S. accredited institution (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
  • Teaching internships available (for credit)
  • International excursion during some semesters

Students who choose to live with families are provided with five breakfast meals and two dinner meals per week with the family, along with a grocery stipend card to offset the cost of meals. Host families serve as a unique introduction into French culture and may be made up of a married couple with children, retirement-age couples, or a divorced or widowed woman with or without children. Most families live in apartments with 2-4 bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen, and a living/dining area. In some cases, there may be another API or international student in the same apartment. While most family placements offer a single room, some students share a double room.

Students also have the option of living in shared apartments that are located throughout Paris. Most are designed to house 4 students in double-occupancy bedrooms, though some may be larger. Meals are not provided, however, apartments are equipped with kitchen appliances, and students receive a grocery stipend card to offset the cost of meals.

Students in the dorm generally live in single rooms. Some rooms may be equipped with a sink, though students share bathroom and kitchen facilities. Most of the other students in the dorm are American. Students who select the dorm option are responsible for their own meals, though they will receive a grocery stipend card to offset the cost of meals.

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Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Spring Jan 3, 2020 - May 24, 2020 $16,880 Oct 1, 2019 Nov 10, 2019
Fall Aug, 2020 - Jan, 2021 $16,880 Apr 1, 2020 Jun 1, 2020
Academic Year Aug, 2020 - May, 2021 $27,980 Apr 1, 2020 Jun 1, 2020
Spring Jan 4, 2019 - May 19, 2019 $16,680 Oct 1, 2018 Nov 10, 2018
Fall Aug 30, 2019 - Jan 12, 2020 $16,880 Apr 1, 2019 Jun 1, 2019
Academic Year Aug 30, 2019 - May 24, 2020 $27,980 Apr 1, 2019 Jun 1, 2019