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IAP expects you to be an active participant in preparing yourself for your study abroad experience. As a participant on an IAP program, you will receive a pre-departure orientation, either in-person or online. The type and format of this orientation will vary by program and will be provided to you upon acceptance to the program.
A student visa is required. U.S. citizens must have a U.S. passport valid for at least six months beyond the end of the program. CIEE will provide you with visa information.
Getting to Your Program
You are responsible for arranging round-trip transportation to the program site.
You will be enrolled in the UW System required health insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) and the cost of the insurance coverage is included in program fees. The iNext card for evacuation purposes is also included in CIEE fees.
Offered through CIEE the Critical + Francophone Studies in Paris program is an approved UW affiliate program. The Critical Studies track offers you a range of courses in the fields of cinema and visual studies, text and language, intellectual history and critique. The Francophone studies track allows you to achieve a clear understanding of the political, social, and cultural complexity that characterizes contemporary France.
You will be working closely with both IAP and CIEE on this program. You can access the program page through the CIEE website
to learn more about the academics, housing, excursions and activities, and location.
Paris, a metropolitan area of approximately 10 million, offers limitless cultural and historic resources. Its buildings and monuments represent more than 2,000 years of history. Its museums, theaters, and libraries are among the finest in the world. Paris is a major world metropolis. The Seine River traverses the city; its waterways, quays, and bridges are major thoroughfares, and also ways to see the city's most famous monuments, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre museum, and the Notre Dame cathedral. The city is known for its cafes (one for every 200 inhabitants); its parks (Bois de Boulougne, Jardin de Luxembourg, Bois de Vincennes); its street life and markets; and as a center for culture, art, fashion, gastronomy, and intellectual life.
Getting to Your Program
Students arrange their own travel to and from Paris but are given guidelines for arrival dates and times.
A student visa is required for participants prior to departure. CIEE provides visa instructions. A passport valid for at least six months beyond the end of the program is also required.
A required orientation session held before departure at UW-Madison helps students prepare for studying abroad. Topics covered include academic, financial, administrative, cultural, and site-specific issues. In Paris, the mandatory orientation program lasts three days. The orientation is designed to introduce students to the country, the culture, and the academic program, and to provide practical information about living in Paris. Daily sessions are devoted to safety, and security, academics, practical matters, and cultural differences. Walking tours orient students to different neighborhoods in Paris.
Orientation housing, as well as permanent housing during the semester, is included in the program fee. The standard housing placement is in a studio or flat-sharing situation with a French person. The Paris center attempts to find housing situations for students that emphasize independence and student life in Paris.
Breakfast and some other meals, including a welcome dinner, are provided during the orientation period. Meals during the semester are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student.
Excursions and Activities
Extracurricular activities and group excursions are organized throughout the semester and are included in the program cost. CIEE resident staff organizes local outings to cultural activities in Paris, such as special exhibits, film festivals, and lectures. Day trips to sites close to Paris such as Chartres and its cathedral, the chateau in Vaux-le-Vicomte, Reims, or Monet's home and garden in Giverny, are also organized for all CIEE students. Weekend trips have taken students to the Loire Valley, Normandy, Burgundy and Brittany.
All participants in IAP programs are enrolled in health insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) and the cost of the insurance coverage is included in program fees. CIEE also has arranged for some health/accident insurance and evacuation insurance.
CIEE Resident Director
Use the links below to find out more information on academics, daily life and student impressions for this program.CIEE Paris Critical + Francophone Studies Academic Notes
(Spring - 2015-16)
Returned Student Network
to contact a returned student.
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How to Apply
First complete the IAP Online Application. UW Affiliate programs may require you to apply directly to the affiliate either simultaneously during the IAP application process OR after you have received a preliminary admissions decision from IAP. After you have completed the IAP Online Application, the following forms will become available to you through the application portal. Be sure to read the instructions carefully for information on when to apply to the affiliate.
CIEE Online Application
Unofficial Transcript (Student Record)
Unofficial Transcript - OPTIONAL - Additional File
Forms are subject to change. Complete the forms according to the checklist provided to you in the online application portal.
After the Deadline
IAP will review your application and make a preliminary admissions decision. You will be notified of the admissions decision via email. The affiliate university or organization will make the final admissions decision.