This summer, explore one of the most famous cities in the world! Arts in Paris is a unique international study opportunity offered through the Center for Global and Intercultural Study (CGIS) and the LSA History of Art Department. The program offers students the opportunity to explore the rich art culture of Paris with a U-M History of Art professor, supplemented with exposure to French language and culture through French language instruction and home stays.
Students take a French language course at their language level (4 credits) and an Art History course taught in English (3 credits).
Students will take the French language course at a local institution in Paris, the Institut Catholique. An online placement test will be administered prior to departure and students will be placed into a language course according to the placement test results. Information about U-M course equivalencies for the language course can be found in the CGIS Handbook for Arts in Paris (link provided under "Additional Resources" below). Students who would like to receive credit for specific U-M French courses should keep in mind that they will not know what level course they will be taking until they are on-site in Paris.
For French majors and minors, the Art History course can count as a 200-level French Course taught in English.
LSA Students: All grades earned abroad will factor into the cumulative GPA.
Non-LSA Students should check with their home school or college to determine whether the grades will be calculated into their cumulative GPA, and what type of credit they will receive for the program (in-residence credit or transfer credit).
Please note: this program will begin accepting applications approximately three months in advance of the deadline.
Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing by program start date
Good academic standing
Minimum 3.0 GPA
No previous knowledge of French language required
Priority given to students with previous French language experience (i.e. U-M courses in French, or tested out of at least one semester of college-level French on the U-M placement exam)
LSA Study Abroad Scholarship: Students should apply for the LSA Study Abroad Scholarship at the same time they apply for the program. Scholarships are granted based on financial need and may only be applied to one program per spring/summer period.
Students paying for their university experience via a Michigan Educational Trust (MET) plan may use this plan towards a CGIS study abroad program.
Program costs vary greatly among all CGIS programs and the CGIS staff recommends that you carefully review the most recent budget sheet for any program you may be interested in to see what fees/costs are involved. Please note that the itemized budget sheets are per term estimates accurate at the time of publication and are subject to change. Please check back regularly to see the most recent term costs available. If you have any questions about the costs involved for a program or how to read the budget sheet or interpret the notes, please contact the appropriate CGIS Intercultural Programs Advisor for more details and information.
The Center for Global and Intercultural Study encourages all students to share this information with people in your life who help you make decisions (such as parents, guardians, family members, etc.).
Prior to departure, it is each student's responsibility to research and obtain entry/exit requirements. The consulate or embassy of your country of destination determines the visa requirements and application process for each type of visa. You can locate consular information and read about entry/exit requirements on the U.S. Department of State website.
When determining your exit/entry requirements, be sure to check each country in your travel itinerary, even if you will only be visiting for a short period. Requirements, visa types, and application fees can vary greatly based on your citizenship and individual travel plans. Please note that most consulates will require a passport to be submitted as part of the visa application. The amount of time required can also vary greatly. We recommend beginning your research early and being aware that independent travel plans may be affected by the process.
For more information on travel documents and pre-departure preparation, visit Students Abroad, a website created by the Department of State just for students, or contact your CGIS Intercultural Programs Advisor.
Detailed application instructions for your program will be provided when you begin an application.
1 Academic Recommendation (short questionnaire is sent via the online application to recommender's e-mail, recommender submits online)
Application Questionnaire (short essay questions)
Throughout the remainder of the semester and when you return, you will be required to submit additional documents and attend CGIS program events.
Students live with French families for the duration of the program. These placements are made based on the housing information form you will complete upon acceptance into the program; if you have any special needs, particularly any dietary restrictions or allergies, you are strongly encouraged to note these on your housing form. The homestay arrangement includes breakfast daily and dinners 3 nights per week.
If you intend to arrive in Paris before the official start of the program, or stay beyond the end of the program, you will need to make
your own boarding arrangements.
CGIS provides resources and information on its website to help students understand policies, procedures, and how to navigate the experience from start to finish. Refer to the Students for information related to the topics listed below, and more:
Note:The decision date listed is not necessarily reflective of when you will hear back about admission. After acceptance, students will have one week to commit to a program. Upon commitment, your participation will be considered financially and legally binding. Deadlines will not be extended for students waiting on decisions for multiple applications.