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Study Abroad in France!

Offered Spring & Summer Terms

Spend a semester living in Paris while completing courses toward your business major or minor! Paris is a truly amazing city and is home to dozens of museums, historical sites, and international business venues. The Warrington College of Business offers a semester-long study abroad program in Paris, France that allows students to earn UF credit by taking two online UF business courses, as well as two courses focusing on French language and culture. All University of Florida students are invited to participate in this program, as the credit earned will apply to the UF business degree, business minor, and general education requirements. Consideration will also be given to non-UF business students who are enrolled in an SUS (State University System) institution.

The City: Paris, France

The downtown buildings of Paris, France

Paris is commonly referred to as the City of Light, and visitors to this remarkable city will realize the appropriateness of this reference soon after their arrival. It is impossible to ignore the enchantment of the Eiffel Tower, the beauty of the architecture, and the immeasurable value of the museums. Yet, students are sure to remember the charm of Parisian cobblestone streets, the delightful patisseries, and the life of bistros and cafés. Although historic, Paris is also a crucial economic force in Europe, evident in the astonishing modernity of La Défense – Paris’ magnificent business district.

The Neighborhood: Historic St-Germain

The Louvre Museum and pyramid in Paris, France

Students will go to school and live in the chic neighborhood of Saint-Germain in the 6th Arrondissement. The adventure of this district lies in discovering the narrow streets and hidden squares that bring the city’s historic and literary associations to life. Dominated for centuries by a vast Benedictine abbey, Saint-Germain-des-Prés came into vogue in the early 20th century as a center of intellectual and artistic life, home to jazz clubs and literary cafés. Students will gain an understanding of French culture by being immersed in this artistic neighborhood. Though the recent arrival of couture and designer boutiques is changing the neighborhood’s character, its narrow side streets still boast art galleries, bookstores and cozy café terraces. The Boulevard Saint-Germain stretches for two miles between the Pont de Sully, which crosses to the Île St-Louis, to the Pont de la Concorde. This area boasts many tourist attractions such as Notre Dame, Louvre Museum, Musee d’Orsay and Jardin du Luxembourg. All are within reach of the St. John’s campus.

Heavener's Paris Partner: SJU

Students will stay in the newly renovated, comfortable environment of the SJU Paris Study Center, located in the popular Saint-Germain district of Paris. The St John’s University Paris campus is situated in a six-story structure containing approximately 20,000 square feet of space offering a mixture of residences, classrooms, offices and support space. Best of all, students have immediate access to the incomparable artistic, cultural and educational resources available only in Paris.

Program Benefits

Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France
  • Program offered during spring and summer semesters
  • Study alongside your UF peers and the students at St. John’s University
  • Take UF courses while experiencing an exciting new culture!
  • Participate in program scheduled cultural activities and excursions
  • Ease of applying Bright Futures and Florida Prepaid to program costs
  • Program includes meals (breakfast and dinner, four days a week)

Program Eligibility

  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccine or medical/religious waiver is required by SJU Paris
  • Students must have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA.
  • Students are required to take two UF electronic platform courses during fall and spring semesters, but must take one during summers.
  • Students must have a passport that is valid through six months after the end date of the study abroad program

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 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

Canceled in response to COVID-19 considerations.

May 10: UF courses begin
May 11: UF Drop/Add ends
June 4: Students arrive in Paris
June 4-6: SJU Orientation
June 7: SJU Session I classes begin
July 1: SJU Session I classes end
July 4-11: Mid-semester break (internship participants may be scheduled during break)
July 12: SJU Session II classes begin
July 30: Last day to withdraw from UF courses
July 30: Internship end date*
August 5: SJU Session II classes end
August 6: Last day of UF courses
August 8: Program ends – students vacate residence by 8am

Program dates subject to change.

January 5: UF courses begin
January 11: UF Drop/Add ends
January 18: Students arrive in Paris
January 19-22: SJU Paris Orientation
January 24: SJU Paris classes begin
April 8: Last day to withdraw from UF online business courses
April 9-18: Mid-semester break and program excursions
April 20: Last day of UF classes
April 23-29: UF Final Exams week
May 12: SJU Paris classes end
May 13: Program ends – students vacate residence by 8a.m.

Terms of Agreement

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
  • 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 intermediate French can apply for an unpaid internship and enroll in St. John’s University’s FRE 4980A: International Internship in France (6 cr) instead of the Summer 1 and Summer 2 courses. The internship will take place throughout Summer 1 and Summer 2.

Estimated Program Fee

The Eiffel Tower with Japanese Magnolias in bloom
  • $16,050: Spring 2022

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 is included Monday-Thursday each week for the entire semester. 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 (e.g., shopping, leisure, travel, etc.): $100-$1200/month

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 (€).

Internships

  • Internships are offered in the spring and summer semesters at no additional cost to the student
  • Students must have intermediate French level and need to submit a cover letter and resume, in French, to be considered
  • Internship placements typically conduct Skype interview with candidates about two months before the start of the program.

Housing

  • Fully-wired computer lab with printers for student use
  • Spacious meeting room, library and student lounge
  • Bilingual staff, including a resident director and resident assistants to assist with student needs
  • Two bunk-beds, wardrobes and study desks per room
  • Linens for student use during semester
  • Air conditioned rooms
  • Wireless broadband internet access
  • Digital phones
  • Four showers, sinks and toilets per residence floor
  • Some rooms feature Paris vistas that include the Eiffel tower
  • 24-hour security and maintenance staff
  • Token operated washer and dryer on premise

SJU Paris Study Center is less than a block away from an entrance to the Paris Metro (Vaneau) and is in close proximity to major Parisian landmarks, such as Notre Dame, the Louvre and d’Orsay Museums, and the spectacular Luxembourg Gardens.

Pre-Departure Preparations

Heavener Study Abroad Advisors host a series of sessions each term that are designed to establish and manage student expectations for the study abroad program. These sessions counsel students on a range of cultural, academic, and other practical issues. It is an opportunity to understand visa requirements, receive detailed information gathered from the partner institutions and prior participants, and network with other participants. Advisors will also address any fears or concerns regarding travel or program elements. The goal is to ensure students are organized prior to the program and ready to begin as soon as they arrive. Session dates and times are provided to students upon formal approval to the program.