Arizona in Paris

Program Facts

Program Type: UA Faculty-led

Credit Type: UA Direct Credit

Level of Study: Undergraduate

GPA: 3.0

Class Eligibility: Freshman , Junior , Senior , Sophomore

Language of Instruction: French

Program Open To: UA and Non-UA Students

Explore Arizona in Paris

Summer 2024 Dates: May 20 - June 22 | Please do not purchase plane tickets until you have received instructions from Study Abroad.

Students are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to be fully up to date including any CDC recommended COVID-19 booster dose(s) when eligible.

Arizona in Paris, offered for over 25 years, has been designed to ensure that all aspects of the six-week program maximize students’ opportunities to make rapid progress in fluency, comprehension and writing, while increasing their understanding and appreciation of France and French culture.

The program is led by UArizona faculty and includes a homestay with a local French family.

You must have completed French 202 (courses begin at the 300-level) by the time the program starts, and have a minimum French GPA of at least 3.0. 

Eligibility requirements: 
Students must have completed French 202 before the start of the program and have a minimum French GPA of 3.0.

In addition to classroom instruction, students in all courses participate in faculty-guided visits to historical sites, museums, and monuments in Paris and beyond during this five-week immersion program. All courses are taught by UArizona faculty and staff members, and participants earn six units of UArizona credit. 

Classes meet at the Cultural Experiences Abroad (CEA) center located centrally in Paris. 

Depending on each student’s level, several different course combinations are available:

FREN 301: Pronunciation and Conversation. This course focuses on oral communication and is designed to enhance listening comprehension and fluency in French. (Taken with FREN 302)

FREN 302: Grammar, Usage, and Composition. This course stresses written communication. In addition, conversation and reading are targeted as means to inform writing. (Taken with FREN 301)

FREN 310: Spoken French in Cultural Context. The primary objective for this course is to cultivate the student’s ability to speak French correctly (with few mistakes) and authentically (intelligible to a Francophone speaker). Various activities—debates, roundtable discussions, role play, dialogues, interviews and Q/A sessions—will engage the participation of each student. (Taken with FREN 320)

FREN 320: Written French in Cultural Context. This course is designed to give you the opportunity to further develop your ability to communicate in written French and proposes to do so through the extensive and intensive reading and writing of a great variety of French texts. (Taken with FREN 310)

FREN 425: The cultural history of France surveyed through selected works of literature, art and architecture. Readings and discussions, in conjunction with faculty-guided visits to historical sites in Paris. This course if only offered through Arizona in Paris! (Prerequisite: FREN 310-320, taken with FREN 457)

FREN 457: Study of selected film classics, from the origins of the cinema (les frères Lumière) in 1895 to the 20th century. Draws on the resources of the various Paris cinematheques. This course is only offered through Arizona in Paris(Prerequisite: FREN 310-320, taken with FREN 425.)

Professor Lilia Coropceanu ( will lead the program, accompanied by a Teaching Assistant from the Department of French Studies. 

Location: Paris, France

Students will have the opportunity to visit, both with faculty as part of course curriculum and during their own free time, some of the world’s most famous cultural sites from the days of the Romans (Arènes de Lutèce) to the designs of tomorrow; from medieval streets and Gothic cathedrals to some of the most exciting solutions to the problems of the modern city; from the world’s most-visited museums and monuments (Louvre, Versailles, Notre-Dame) to some of Europe's most popular spots for walking, shopping, and enjoying Parisian life (Montparnasse, Quartier Latin, Champs-Elysées). Learn more about Paris here

Classes meet at the Cultural Experiences Abroad (CEA) center located centrally in Paris. 


Good To Know

LGBTQ+ Equality Index rating: France rates 77/100 (with 100 being the most equal) on Equaldex’s LGBTQ+ Equality Index.

Global Peace Index rating: France ranks 67/163 in the Global Peace Index. The lower the score, the more peaceful the country.

Language Spoken: French


Housing: Homestay

Students live in private homes in the Paris metropolitan area with French families accustomed to welcoming study abroad students from UArizona and beyond. During the application process, students will complete a questionnaire through which they can provide information on their living preferences and special needs (dietary restrictions, allergies, etc.) in order to be matched with the best possible host family for them. Host families will provide daily breakfasts and three dinners per week. 

***Due to the impact of the 2024 Paris Olympics on the Parisian student housing market, type of housing may change to studios, shared apartments or residence halls depending on availability.***

Arizona International scholarships: 

Departmental scholarships:

External scholarships:

Term: Summer
Application Deadline: February 10
Start Date: mid May
End Date: late June

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