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CEA Paris Center

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Accreditation

Courses at the CEA Paris Center are designed in conjunction with and transcripted by the University of New Haven, which is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the New England Association for Schools and Colleges. 

Located in the heart of the Marais district, the CEA Paris Center was founded in 2005 to provide North American students with a curriculum that emphasizes disciplinary study appropriate to Paris: art history, political science, communication study, and international business. Faculty at the CEA Paris Center utilize Paris as an extended classroom, allowing you to not only acquire discipline-specific knowledge, but also create intellectual links between your courses and the city. You’ll grow familiar with your new surroundings and gain insight into how France fits into a globalized context. 

Courses taught at the CEA Paris Center have been designed in conjunction with, and approved by, the University of New Haven (UNH). In addition, faculty appointments have been approved by UNH. After the successful completion of a session at the CEA Paris Center, students will receive a UNH transcript for their work. Credits earned at the CEA Paris Center are easily transferable to US-accredited institutions.

Classroom and Information

  • Classes are taught by faculty selected by CEA and approved by UNH.
  • Periodic homework assignments and final examinations will be administered.
  • Class attendance is mandatory and monitored by each professor. You may access your grades and attendance on their MyCEA Account.
  • Class size is limited to 30, allowing for personalized attention.
  • Language classes are designed to be taken with other CEA students of equivalent language levels.
  • CEA Paris Center routinely welcomes local French students to enroll in English-language elective courses, thereby adding an international dimension.

Grading

Faculty at the Paris Center will evaluate student work and progress throughout the academic session. The following grading system is in use at the CEA Paris Center:

CEA Grading Scale (Effective Spring 2017)

Letter Grade

Numerical Grade Low Range

Numerical Grade High Range

Percentage Range

Quality Points

A+

9.70

10.00

97.0 - 100%

4.00

A

9.40

9.69

94.0 - 96.9%

4.00

A-

9.00

9.39

90.0 – 93.9%

3.70

B+

8.70

8.99

87.0 – 89.9%

3.30

B

8.40

8.69

84.0 – 86.9%

3.00

B-

8.00

8.39

80.0 – 83.9%

2.70

C+

7.70

7.99

77.0 – 79.9%

2.30

C

7.40

7.69

74.0 – 76.9%

2.00

C-

7.00

7.39

70.0- 73.9%

1.70

D

6.00

6.99

60.0 – 69.9%

1.00

F

0.00

5.99

0 - 59.9%

0.00

W

Withdrawal

 

 

0.00

INC

Incomplete

 

 

0.00

Completion of a course is defined as a receipt of a letter grade (A+ to F) as opposed to Withdrawal or Incomplete.

In order to determine a quality point ratio, each letter grade from a completed course is assigned a quality point value. The quality point value for each grade earned during a semester is multiplied by the number of semester hours assigned to that course. The sum of these points is the total number of quality points earned during the semester. It is divided by the number of semester hours completed to obtain the quality point ratio (QPR).

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Université de Paris IV - Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne

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Accreditation

Université de Paris IV - Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne is monitored by the French Ministry of National Education as an official state institution.

The Université de Paris IV, often referred to as la Sorbonne, is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world. It was founded by Robert de Sorbon in 1253 and attracts thousands of international students each year. French language courses for CEA students in the French Language & Liberal Arts program are taught by the Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne (CCFS), the University center at la Sorbonne dedicated to teaching French language and culture to international students.  

CEA students attend courses at the CCFS’ Raspail campus. This newly renovated location features state-of-the-art classrooms and phonetics laboratories, creating a modern learning environment within a historically rich setting. Students who successfully complete the program will be issued a transcript from the Université de Paris IV - Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne. 

The overall student population at the University is 25,000, with an international student population of 3,000. You’ll attend classes with other international students, giving you the opportunity to interact with many of the world's cultures in one of Europe's most diverse and exciting cities. 

Classroom and Information

  • Language courses are taught by faculty at the Université de Paris IV - Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne.
  • Periodic homework assignments and final examinations will be administered.
  • Class attendance is mandatory and monitored by each professor. CCFS regularly communicates attendance records to CEA Paris.
  • Course enrollment ranges between 10 and 25 students, allowing for personalized attention.
  • Courses are specifically offered to be taken with other international students of equivalent language level and not with native French students.
  • The French style of teaching differs from that in the U.S. Be prepared to adapt to different classroom structures and coursework expectations.

Grading

The French grading system is based on a scale of 20, as opposed to 100 in the U.S. system. It would be inaccurate to merely multiply a French grade by a factor of five to find its U.S. equivalent. Grades in France are awarded on a scale of 1-20, but the tradition is such that grades higher than 16 are seldom awarded. The passing grade for a single subject is usually 10/20, although grades of 8 and 9 may indicate satisfactory performance. Grading in France is severe and can vary from one institution to another, and from one course to another. 

The Franco-American Commission for Educational Exchange recommends the following comparison of grades:

French Number Grade

U.S. Letter Equivalent

14-20

A

12-13.9

B+

11-11.9

B

10.5-10.9

B-

10.1-10.4

C+

10

C

9-9.9

C-

8-8.9

D

0-7.9

F

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Institut Catholique de Paris

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Accreditation

Institut Catholique de Paris is monitored by the French Ministry of National Education and a member of the International Federation of Catholic Universities (FIUC).

                                                                                                                     

Institut Catholique de Paris, founded in 1875, is a private French university that has welcomed international students to its campus since 1948. Courses are held on the Institut Catholique campus in the 6th arrondissement, the heart of historical Paris. You’ll attend class just a stone's throw away from the Latin Quarter, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, and Montparnasse. The school is accredited by the French Ministry of Education, and is a member of the International Federation of Catholic Universities (FIUC). Students who successfully complete their program will be issued an official transcript by the Institut Catholique de Paris. 

You’ll enroll in courses with other international students at the Institut de Langue et de Culture Françaises (ILCF), the Institut Catholique’s center for French Language and Culture. The professors at ILCF specialize in teaching French as a foreign language to students of all language levels. Out of a total student population of 30,000, there are approximately 3,500 foreign students, representing 120 countries and providing you the opportunity to meet students from around the world in one of Europe's most diverse and exciting cities. 

Classroom and Information

  • Language and elective courses are taught by faculty at Institut Catholique de Paris through Institut de Langue et de Culture Françaises.
  • Periodic homework assignments and examinations will be administered.
  • Class attendance is mandatory and monitored by each professor. Institut Catholique regularly reports attendance records to CEA Paris.
  • Course enrollment ranges from 10 to 25 students, allowing for personalized attention.
  • Classes are specifically offered to be taken with other international students of equivalent language level and not with native French students.
  • The French style of teaching differs from that in the U.S. Be prepared to adapt to different classroom structures and coursework expectations.

Grading

The French grading system is based on a scale of 20, as opposed to 100 in the U.S. system. It would be inaccurate to merely multiply a French grade by a factor of five to find its U.S. equivalent. Grades in France are awarded on a scale of 1-20, but the tradition is such that grades higher than 16 are seldom awarded. The passing grade for a single subject is usually 10/20, although grades of 8 and 9 may indicate satisfactory performance. Grading in France is severe and can vary from one institution to another, and from one course to another.

The Franco-American Commission for Educational Exchange recommends the following comparison of grades:

French Number Grade

U.S. Letter Equivalent

14-20

A

12-13.9

B+

11-11.9

B

10.5-10.9

B-

10.1-10.4

C+

10

C

9-9.9

C-

8-8.9

D

0-7.9

F

 

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Novancia Business School - Paris

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Accreditation

The Novancia Business School - Paris is recognized by the French National Ministry of Education and is a member of the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles, as well as the European Foundation for Management Development.

Ranked among France’s top 20 undergraduate business schools, Novancia Business School - Paris is internationally accredited and one of the eleven prestigious “Grandes Ecoles” in France. Novancia’s history began in 1863 with the creation of the ECCIP, a school specializing in the field of entrepreneurship. Today, Novancia is operated by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a member of the CGE (Conférence des Grandes Ecoles, an association of 200 elite institutions of higher education under the highest standards of academic excellence,) and a member of EFMD, the European Foundation for Management Development. Novancia maintains membership with the AACSB. 

The university has a permanent team of 95 faculty members, including 40 research professors, and a student population of about 2,000 a year. The school offers degrees in Entrepreneurship, Commerce, and International Business. You’ll attend class with degree-bound students in undergraduate departments. Eligible students may also enroll in advanced placement graduate seminars in the school’s graduate program. Students who successfully complete a program will be issued a transcript from Novancia Business School - Paris 

The Novancia campus is located in Paris’ Montparnasse district, a 20-25 minute commute from the CEA Study Center. You can easily commute between the two schools using public transportation. 

Classroom and Information

  • Courses are taught by faculty at Novancia Business School - Paris.
  • Students and faculty represent a variety of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds.
  • CEA students attend core curriculum and/or elective courses with undergraduate Novancia students.
  • Periodic group assignments and final examinations will be administered.
  • Class attendance is mandatory and monitored by each professor.
  • Most courses enroll between 20 and 30 students, with a few lecture hall seminars enrolling up to 70 students.
  • The French style of teaching differs from that in the U.S. Be prepared to adapt to different classroom structures and coursework expectations.

Grading

The French grading system is based on a scale of 20, as opposed to 100 in the U.S. system. It would be inaccurate to merely multiply a French grade by a factor of five to find its U.S. equivalent. Grades in France are awarded on a scale of 1-20, but the tradition is such that grades higher than 16 are seldom awarded. The passing grade for a single subject is usually 10/20, although grades of 8 and 9 may indicate satisfactory performance. Grading in France is severe and can vary from one institution to another, and from one course to another.

The Franco-American Commission for Educational Exchange recommends the following comparison of grades:                                                                                       

French Number Grade

US Letter Equivalent

14-20

A

12-13.9

B+

11-11.9

B

10.5-10.9

B-

10.1-10.4

C+

10

C

9-9.9

C-

8-8.9

D

0-7.9

F

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CEA Staff

Our dedicated on-site staff works to ensure your well-being. CEA staff will assist you with any questions that may arise during your program, help you transition into local culture, monitor your academic progress, and organize cultural and social activities.

Alexandra Mitchell

Director of International Programs – France
Paris, France
As the Director of International Programs for France and Director for the CEA Paris Center, Alexandra is responsible for overall programming and operations for CEA sites in France, maintaining CEA standards across all educational programs. There's a lot to keep her busy on-site, including long and short-term Program Development, managing Finance and Human Resources, overseeing Student Affairs and Academic Affairs, and working with students in and out of the classroom.
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Christopher Edwards

Academic Director
Paris, France
Christopher oversees academic programs offered through CEA Paris. His responsibilities range from curriculum development to faculty training, as well as student advising and partner program oversight. He has developed an extensive working knowledge of academic approaches to topics ranging from world health care systems to global management information systems.
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Devon Derousseau

Director of Student Affairs
Paris, France
Devon oversees the Student Life department at CEA Paris, working closely with the Student Life Advisor and Student Housing Advisor. She is responsible for program logistics, including orientation, excursions, social activities, student well-being, housing, and program budgeting. Devon also manages social media at the CEA Paris Center.
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Anne-Cécile Couderc

Student Life Advisor and Instructor of French
Paris, France
Anne-Cécile's role at CEA is to accompany students through their time abroad, helping them adjust and adapt to their new Parisian lives and host culture. She organizes orientations, excursions, and social activities throughout the program, and is an excellent resource for things to do in France.
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Elisa Dordevic

Academic Coordinator
Paris, France
As Academic Coordinator, Elisa liaises with local academic institutions in Paris, including the Université de Paris IV - Sorbonne, the Institut Catholique, and the Novancia Business School. She also manages registration, course and co-curricular scheduling, and student advising for all CEA Paris academic programs.
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Isabelle Morin

Program Adminstrator
Paris, France
As Program Administrator, Isabelle provides administrative support to the CEA Paris office and is responsible for human resources, legal, facilities, and financial administrative processes. Isabelle also assists the CEA Paris team with event planning and tasks that span all aspects of CEA programming.
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