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Study Abroad in France!

Offered Spring & Summer Terms

Paris is a mesmerizing, sophisticated city at the center of French business and culture. Students live in the capital of France while completing courses and indulging in food, art, history, and more. This program is ideal for UF students pursuing a business major or minor, or non-business students interested in completing upper-division electives in a beautiful European city. Non-UF students may also apply. Non-UF students may also apply.

The City: Paris, France

The Louvre Museum and pyramid in Paris, France

Paris, nicknamed the City of Light, is often cited as the most beautiful and romantic city in the world. It is impossible to ignore the enchantment of the Eiffel Tower, the breathtaking architecture, and the immeasurable value of the museums. Students will also enjoy the charm of its cobblestone streets, delightful patisseries, and the life of bistros and cafes. Paris is also a crucial economic force in Europe, evident in the modernity of La Défense – Paris’ magnificent business district.

Heavener's Paris Partner: SJU

SJU (St. John’s University) assists in coordinating the UF in Paris custom program. SJU is an American university in New York. Since SJU opened its Rome campus in 2008, they have offered quality programs that embody the SJU tradition of excellence and service. The university is internationally known for the high quality of its professors. As a result, the campus draws students from across the United States and around the world. The campus is centrally located in one of the most popular areas in Paris, Saint-Germain. Located in the 6th Arrondissement, it is within walking distance of attractions such as the Louvre Museum, Jardin du Luxembourg, and the lively Boulevard Saint-Germain.

Program Benefits

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  • Take courses to meet UF degree requirements while experiencing an exciting new culture
  • Gain professional experience through an internship placement (high intermediate French proficiency required to qualify)
  • Study & live alongside other UF students
  • Participate in cultural activities
  • Ease of applying Bright Futures, Florida Prepaid, & other financial aid to program costs

Program Eligibility

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  • Students must have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA and be in good standing.
  • Students must provide proof of completing the initial vaccination series for COVID-19 to St. Johns University.
  • Students must have completed two full semesters at UF by program start. Students should avoid studying abroad in their final semester.
  • By application deadline, students must have a passport that is valid through at least six months after program end date.
  • After acceptance into program, students should be prepared to complete post-approval steps before departure.

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: October 1
  • Summer: March 1

Program applications are located on the UF International Center website. Students are not accepted into the program until they submit their application and non-refundable deposit to the UF International Center. Please note that the program operates on a first-come, first-serve basis, though the program rarely reaches full capacity prior to the application deadline.

Program Dates

Program dates subject to change.

  • January 9: UF courses begin
  • January 13: UF Drop/Add ends
  • January 17: Students arrive in Paris
  • January 18-20: SJU Paris Orientation
  • January 23: SJU Paris classes begin
  • April 14: Last day to withdraw from UF courses
  • April 7-16: Mid-semester break and program excursions
  • April 26: Last day of UF classes
  • April 29-May 5: UF Final Exams week
  • April 25: No SJU classes (holiday)
  • May 1: No SJU classes (holiday)
  • May 8: No SJU classes (holiday)
  • May 11: SJU Paris classes end
  • May 12: Program ends – students vacate residences by 8am

Program dates subject to change.

  • May 15: UF courses begin
  • May 16: UF Drop/Add ends
  • June 2: Students arrive in Paris (Check in by 2PM)
  • June 2: Mandatory orientation at 3PM with neighborhood walking tour
  • June 2-3: SJU Orientation
  • June 5: SJU Session I classes begin
  • June 9: Day trip to Saint Malo
  • June 30: SJU Session I classes end
  • June 30-July 9: Mid-semester break
  • July 10: SJU Session II classes begin
  • August 3: Last day to withdraw from UF courses
  • August 3: SJU Session II classes end
  • August 5: Program Ends – Students vacate residence by 8am
  • August 7-11: Last week of UF classes (in the U.S.)

Please note that on-site portion of the program ends before the end of the UF Summer 2023 semester. Your lectures and your final exam will likely fall after you return to the US. Exam dates are not finalized until the start of the Summer 2023 semester. Please stick to the program dates above so you can be ready for any required class activities/final exams on Monday, August 7. Students should not plan on traveling between August 7-11. Any onward plans other than returning to the US on the designated program end date are at your own risk and will not be considered mitigating circumstances in relation to exam scheduling.

Terms of Agreement

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Students must withdraw from their study abroad program on or before the following dates to avoid fee liability:

  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer: April 1

Students become financially obligated for the full cost of their study abroad program after these dates. Only in extreme circumstances (e.g., serious personal injury, family emergency, etc.) will a student be allowed to petition for withdrawal prior to the start of the program. Petitions will be reviewed by the Associate Dean and Director of the Heavener School of Business.

Academic Structure

(13-17 credit hours)

All students are required to take two courses offered by SJU and two online UF business courses.

2 St. John’s University Courses (3 transfer credits each)

  • FRE 1000 – Beginning French I and French II (Equivalent to UF’s FRE 1130)
  • Intermediate and Advanced French language classes
  • FRE 4980A: Internship (intermediate level of French or higher)
  • ART 1175A: Art and Architecture in France
  • PHI 3000C: Metaphysics
  • THE 2810: Religions of the World

A complete list of courses & syllabi can be found on the St. John’s University program page under the ‘Academics’ tab.

2 Online UF Business Courses (4 UF credits each)

These courses follow the UF spring calendar.

  • BUL4310: Business Law
  • ENT3003: Principles of Entrepreneurship
  • GEB3373: International Business
  • MAN3025: Principles of Management (not offered in Spring 2024)
  • MAN4504: Operations Management
  • MAR3023: Principles of Marketing

(10-14 credit hours)

All students are required to take two courses offered by St. John’s University and take at least one online UF business course.

2 St. John’s University Courses (3 transfer credits each)

The summer term is broken into two sessions. Students must select one course for each session. A complete list of courses & syllabi can be found on the St. John’s University program pages (Summer 1 and Summer 2) under the ‘Academics’ tab.

  • Summer 1
    • FRE 1010C: French I
    • FRE 1020C: French II
    • FRE 2030: French III
    • FRE 2040C: Intermediate French Conversation
    • FRE 3110: Advanced French Conversation
  • Summer 2
    • ART 1775A: Art and Architecture in France

1-2 Online UF Business Courses (4 UF credits each)

These courses follow the UF summer C calendar.

  • BUL4310: Business Law
  • ENT3003: Principles of Entrepreneurship
  • MAN3025: Principles of Management
  • MAN4504: Operations Management
  • MAR3023: Principles of Marketing

*Internship Option

Students with high intermediate French can apply for an unpaid internship and enroll in St. John’s University’s FRE 4980A: International Internship in France instead of the Summer 1 course. The internship will take place throughout Summer 1 and Summer 2.

Program Costs

Program Fee

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  • Spring 2023: $16,225
  • Summer 2023: $12,600

Program fee includes all academic expenses (tuition/fees), orientations, co-curricular activities within Paris, housing/utilities, international travel medical insurance, and 24/7 emergency support. Breakfast and dinner are included Monday-Thursday each week during the program. The $425 deposit paid at the time of application is included in the above figure. Note that some courses may require additional fees upon arrival.

Other Estimated Expenses

In addition to the Program Fee, which is billed by UFIC and due before the program begins, students can also expect to incur the following out-of-pocket incidentals at various stages before or during the program.

  • Passport (if needed): $145-$205
  • Visa (Spring only): approximately $70
  • Flight: $600-$1400
  • Textbooks/Supplies: $100-$350
  • Phone: $15-50/month
  • Meals: $250-1000/month
  • Other personal expenses: $100-$1200/month
    • E.g., shopping, leisure, travel, etc.
Aerial photo of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

The above figures are general estimates. All incidentals, except the passport, will vary between students depending on circumstances and preferences. Students are strongly encouraged to devise a budget for meals and other personal expenses in-country. The currency in Italy is the Euro (€).

Refer to the Heavener International Programs COVID FAQs webpage to determine possible COVID-related expenses.

Internships

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Students are required to have high intermediate French proficiency to qualify for the internship in Paris.

All eligible students are guaranteed a non-paying internship as part of the program. The internships are designed to be holistic professional development experiences that equip students with skills necessary to compete in today’s globalized marketplace.

Students do not source their own internships or choose the exact company/organization at which they will work. SJU oversees the internship placement process and provides the necessary support, services, and supervision to ensure that students succeed. To help facilitate the placement process, students submit a portfolio of documents – cover letter and resume (in English & French) – after completing the UF Paris application and being accepted into the program.

Placements are almost always in start-ups, SMEs, or non-profits. The internship sites are in the greater Paris area, so students should expect to commute to any in-person aspects of the internship, as is typical in and around the city. Due to the workplace evolution spurred by the pandemic, modality may vary between or within internships.

Placement information is typically provided approximately two weeks before the internship begins.

Students are encouraged to keep an open mind with respect to their placement. The most successful interns possess the following qualities:

  • Adaptability, flexibility, & creativity
  • Strong work ethic & communication skills
  • High level of initiative & self-motivation
  • Enthusiasm & commitment to ongoing learning

Housing

Housing and utilities are included in the cost of the program. Students will live In the SJU residence hall centrally located and popular St-Germain district of Paris. The student accommodations are located above the classrooms in the St. John’s University Paris campus building. The building is located a minute’s walk from the Vaneau metro stop.

SJU oversees the housing assignment process. To help facilitate that, students submit a housing/roommate questionnaire after completing the UF in Paris application and being accepted into the program. Students will be informed of their housing assignment approximately two weeks before the start of the program.

St. John's University Paris Campus Courtyard in France

Students can expect the following from the residence:

  • Two to three students per bedroom
    • Bedrooms are same gender
  • Shared Bathroom
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Access to shared common area
  • Laundry facilities access
  • Wifi
  • Security systems (including key card access to the building) & live-in Residence Life staff

Outside the Classroom

Woman in Lavender Field in Provence, France.

Paris is a vibrant city with plenty of places to enjoy and explore. SJU provides many co-curricular and extracurricular activities around Paris. Note that local SJU staff also share regular recommendations for activities and events with students. We encourage students to do some research, think about how best to spend their free time, and try to connect with locals whenever possible! Check out a few resources below:

Pre-Departure Preparations

In addition to regular advising during the application process, Heavener International Programs hosts a series of sessions for program participants that are designed to offer support and manage student expectations:

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  • First Meeting: Typically held within a week of the study abroad application deadline, students meet others in the cohort and begin networking. Cultural resources are reviewed and further pre-departure tasks are clarified.
  • Pre-Departure Session: Typically held two weeks prior to the end of UF classes the preceding semester, final preparations (e.g., packing, finances, phones, etc.) are reviewed. Arrival information, daily life, health & safety, and more are also addressed.
  • Study Abroad Survival Session: Typically held the Reading Day of the preceding semester, students are led through a series of activities about cultural adjustment, global fluency, and comfort zones. Advisors also address any additional fears or concerns regarding travel or program elements.

Exact session dates and times are provided upon formal acceptance into the program. Students also complete an online Pre-Departure Module designed and overseen by the UF International Center and receive regular communication from Heavener International Programs and Nebrija each step of the way. Lastly, students are provided with a Heavener International Programs Pre-Departure Guide approximately 2-4 weeks before departure. Please email us if you would like to see samples of any pre-departure materials.