Coley Spencer, Fall14

What You Get

Expect a lot of perks when you study abroad with CEA. From housing to excursions, our inclusions make studying abroad easy!

Here's what you get when you study abroad with CEA in Paris:

  • Personalized Pre-Departure Advising
  • Visa & Immigration Advising
  • Financial Advising
  • Tuition and Registration
  • Airport Pick-up
  • On-site Orientation
  • City Tour
  • On-site Staff Support
  • 24/7 Emergency Assistance
  • Travel Medical Insurance
  • Europ Assistance Travel Support
  • Welcome & Farewell Events
  • Centrally Located Housing
  • Wellness Activities
  • Cultural Engagement
  • Language Exchanges
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Excursions
  • Student Clubs & Organizations
  • Host Institution Services & Amenities
  • Official Transcript(s)

Housing Options

Our carefully chosen housing options enhance your experience abroad by allowing you to live like a local. While we do attempt to match your preferences with our housing options, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed. Housing and roommate assignments are first-come, first-serve based on availability; apply early to help us organize your housing arrangements.

Shared Studio

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Shared Studios are located within the 20 arrondissements (districts) of Paris and offer the comfort of apartment living, but on a smaller scale. Choose this traditionally European-style apartment, where you will benefit from private apartment amenities within typical residential Parisian buildings. Shared Studios are composed of a main room that functions as both a sleeping and living area for two students, as well as a kitchen or kitchenette and full bathroom. Cook your own French meals with roommates and friends, get to know your local shops and cafés and make your new cozy Parisian studio a home.

TYPICAL COMMUTE

  • CEA Paris Center: 30-45 minutes
  • University of Paris IV – Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne: 30-45 minutes
  • Catholic University of Paris: 30-45 minutes
  • NOVANCIA Business School – Paris: 30-45 minutes

MEALS INCLUDED

  • Not Available

ROOMMATES

  • 2 students per studio

Unit Amenities

  • Shared kitchenette
  • Shared-single sex bathroom
  • Partial bed linens included
  • Internet access
  • Washer only
  • In-room heater or central heating
  • Fans available
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Residence Hall - Shared

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If you crave a taste of university life abroad, live in a Parisian Residence Hall with local, international and North American students. Located in some of the most popular residential neighborhoods in Paris, Residence Halls are lively places that each house 80 to 200 students. If you enjoy living in a student community and seek to make friends from all over the world, this housing option is a great fit for you.

TYPICAL COMMUTE

  • CEA Paris Center: 30-45 minutes
  • University of Paris IV – Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne: 30-45 minutes
  • Catholic University of Paris: 30-45 minutes
  • NOVANCIA Business School – Paris: 30-45 minutes

MEALS INCLUDED

  • Not Available

ROOMMATES

  • 2-4 students per room
  • 80-200 students per Residence Hall

Unit Amenities

  • Shared full kitchen
  • Shared-co-ed bathroom
  • Partial bed linens included
  • Internet access
  • Telephone access available
  • Washer and dryer, pay-per-wash
  • In-room heating or central heating
  • Fans available
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Apartment

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Located within the 20 arrondissements (districts) of Paris, CEA apartments are a great match for independent, do-it-yourself type students who want to experience Paris just as the Parisians do. In addition to a shared bathroom and kitchenette, apartments also have a common living room. Cook your own French meals with roommates and friends, get to know your local shops and cafés and make your new Parisian apartment a home. (Additional fees apply whether selected as first or second choice on the housing preference form.)

TYPICAL COMMUTE

  • CEA Paris Center: 30-45 minutes
  • University of Paris IV – Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne: 30-45 minutes
  • Catholic University of Paris: 30-45 minutes
  • NOVANCIA Business School – Paris: 30-45 minutes

MEALS INCLUDED

  • Not Available

ROOMMATES

  • 2-3 per Room
  • 2-8 per Apartment

Unit Amenities

  • Shared full kitchen or shared kitchenette
  • Shared-single sex
  • Partial bed linens
  • Internet access
  • Washer only
  • In-room heater or central heating
  • Fans available

ADDITIONAL FEES

  • $250-$700 Semester
  • $200-$700 Summer
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Foyer

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Take your immersion level one step further and live amongst local and international university students in a Parisian Foyer. Residing in a Foyer gives you the unique opportunity to get to know focused and serious peers, as well as to join a strong social community of students interested in language, culture and exchange. If you are like-minded in your approach to academics and seek the authentic lifestyle of a French student in Paris, choosing a Parisian Foyer can help you achieve a culturally and linguistically fulfilling experience abroad. (Additional fees apply whether selected as first or second choice on the housing preference form.)

 

TYPICAL COMMUTE

  • CEA Paris Center: 25-45 minutes
  • University of Paris IV – Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne: 30-45 minutes
  • Catholic University of Paris: 30-45 minutes
  • NOVANCIA Business School – Paris: 30-45 minutes

MEALS INCLUDED

  • 2 meals per day – Breakfast & Dinner (M-F)

ROOMMATES

  • 1-2 students per room
  • 70-100 students per Foyer

Unit Amenities

  • Shared full kitchen
  • Shared-co-ed bathroom
  • Partial bed linens included
  • Internet access
  • Telephone access available
  • Washer and dryer, pay-per-wash
  • In-room heater or central heating
  • Fans available
  • Curfew imposed

ADDITIONAL FEES

  • $700-$900 semester
  • $200-$500 summer
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Homestay

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Engage in a cultural and linguistic experience by living in a homestay with a French family. If improving your French and your knowledge and understanding of French culture are among your goals for your time in Paris, this housing option will complement your classroom study and give you insight into Parisians' daily lives. Living with a host family and experiencing life as a local abroad will become an integral part of your study abroad experience. (Additional fees apply whether selected as first or second choice on the housing preference form.)

TYPICAL COMMUTE

  • CEA Paris Center: 30-45 minutes
  • University of Paris IV – Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne: 30-45 minutes
  • Catholic University of Paris: 30-45 minutes
  • NOVANCIA Business School – Paris: 30-45 minutes

MEALS INCLUDED

  • Daily French-style Breakfast provided
  • Breakfast + 2 additional meals per week (Additional Fee applies)

ROOMMATES

  • 1 student per room
  • 1-2 students per Homestay

Unit Amenities

  • Shared full kitchen
  • Shared-co-ed
  • Bed linens included
  • Internet access
  • Telephone access available
  • Washer only
  • In room heater or central heating
  • Fans available

ADDITIONAL FEES

  • $1,300-$2,300 semester
  • $600-$1,300 summer
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Independent Living

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While CEA highly recommends that you choose one of our Paris housing options provided, you also have the option to arrange independent housing. If your ideal housing scenario includes living in a particular neighborhood, having specific amenities or living with a specific person as your roommate, then independent housing could be just the ticket for you.

Use the online or paper housing application form to request permission for this option no later than the application closure date. If your request is approved, you will receive a rebate for your housing payment, however CEA will not provide you with any assistance setting up independent housing. Keep in mind, rebates are not granted to students who move out of their CEA housing or choose to pursue independent living arrangements after the application closure date.

 

TYPICAL COMMUTE

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MEALS INCLUDED

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ROOMMATES

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Excursions

One of the benefits of studying abroad is the ability to venture outside your host city and explore the surrounding area. Excursions are offered for all semester, year, and summer programs. Semester students are typically offered one overnight excursion and three or four day trips. Summer students are typically offered one overnight excursion or two day trips for every summer session. You will receive a calendar of the specific CEA excursions offered for your program during orientation. To give you an idea of the possibilities, we have collected typical experiences from some of the day trips and weekend excursions offered to our students in the past.

Bruges, Belgium

Board the high-speed train Thalys and cross the northern border to discover the delights of the city of chocolates, waffles, and French fries. Observe the colorful architecture of the Bruges townhouses, climb to the top of the Belfry, and try to catch a glimpse of the North Sea. Listen to the rhythm of horse shoes as a horse-drawn carriage passes nearby. Discover the last brewery still operating in town and sample the local cuisine. End your journey relaxing in a tea room with the best whipped-cream-topped hot chocolate for the ultimate chocolate experience, before returning to Paris with a huge smile on your face…and a full tummy!

Avignon and Provence

Hop on the high speed train to Avignon and visit the Palais des Papes, one of Europe’s largest, most important medieval Gothic buildings. We’ll take a private coach to discover the Alpilles of the Provence region on the way to Roussillon, a beautiful village on top of a hill that’s known for its ochre trail. Follow the trail among ochre cliffs, a landscape that inspired Cezanne and Van Gogh. The next day, we’ll visit one of the most beautiful villages in France: les Baux de Provence and its castle. On the way back to Avignon, we’ll visit the open air "Provencal" market in Saint Remy de Provence, and stop at a wine cellar to sample "vin de provence" and local delicacies.

Strasbourg, France and Fribourg, Germany

Discover the eastern region of Alsace. The excursion starts with an in-depth walking tour of the center of Strasbourg, where you’ll immediately notice the strong Germanic influence in the architecture and way of life. We’ll enjoy a cruise down the Ill River that carries us through the Petite France district and to European Parliament, the central institution of European integration. The regions of Alsace and Lorraine have been the object of much conflict over the centuries, with France and Germany fighting for ownership. The mix of two cultures has produced delicious food such as "choucroute" or "flammekueche," and fine local beers you can sample during a traditional Alsatian meal. Before leaving, we’ll cross the border to Germany and enjoy a glimpse of the black forest and the city of Fribourg. You’ll also have the pleasure of tasting Alsatian wine in a small, family-run vineyard.

Giverny

Whether you’re a novice or a confirmed fan of the Impressionist art movement, Giverny is a don’t-miss destination. The day begins with a visit to a museum dedicated to Monet's life and works. From here, take a trail leading through lush gardens where a lily pond, bamboo patches, and flowers bursting with color (a.k.a. the beautiful scenery that inspired many of Monet's paintings!) wait to be discovered. Meandering through Monet's gardens will surely work up your appetite; be sure to try some traditional dishes from Normandy. During your free time, you may opt to explore the Impressionist Museum, which displays works from several famous artists who flocked to this remarkable place to visit Monet throughout his life.

Loire Valley Châteaux

Nowhere else in the world can one discover such a rich collection of magnificently preserved castles—dating from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance—as the Loire Valley. In the comfort of a private coach, you’ll travel through mystical forests to visit Chambord and Chenonceau castles. A stop in Amboise, a lovely pedestrian town in the region’s heart, includes a visit to its castle. After some souvenir shopping, you will have the opportunity to see Le Clos Lucé, Leonardo da Vinci's former home, now a museum dedicated to the artist. The weekend doesn't stop there; you’ll learn about wine production and the particular qualities of Loire Valley wine at a local wine cellar and satisfy your appetite during a traditional French meal. The natural beauty of the landscapes, the phenomenal masterpieces of royal architecture, and the magnificently manicured gardens of the Loire Valley will charm you.

Mont St Michel

For centuries, Mont St Michel has been the object of admiration. Regardless of whether you arrive at low or high tide, you’ll be immediately overwhelmed by the majestic rocky island on the horizon. Mont St Michel has been standing for over 1,000 years; throughout the ages, the site has been the object of dispute between Normandy and Brittany to determine proper ownership.

Spend the morning climbing up the winding streets and enjoying an informative historical tour of the remarkable Gothic monastery. After all that climbing, you’ll want to sample traditional Norman dishes such as poulet à la crème and tarte aux pommes. After a night spent near the island, we’ll make our way to St. Malo, a pirate town on the Brittany coast. Before returning to Paris we’ll stop at an apple cider cellar where you’ll learn the process of making cider and taste the brut and doux versions of this lightly alcoholic apple drink.

Reims

This trip will tantalize your taste buds with delectable delights. Experience firsthand how French chocolates are made, spend an afternoon learning about world famous Brie cheese from Meaux and, visit the champagne cellars in Reims and Epernay. Seeing the magnificent Cathédrale Notre-Dame, where every French king has been crowned since the days of Jeanne d'Arc, is an incredible experience.

Cultural Engagement

Take advantage of the unique flavors of Paris. CEA offers a variety of local immersion activities to match your interests. Whether you enjoy music concerts, clubs, sports, cooking classes, language exchanges or something entirely different, CEA Paris staff will help you engage with local culture and speak with Parisian students.

Language Practice

During most CEA-sponsored activities, you can practice your French with Parisians who wish to improve their English language skills and who are eager to help others learn French. CEA hosts a variety of activities designed to help you meet French peers; in fact, we’ve combed the city to recruit French students and young people who are interested in meeting newcomers and sharing language and culture. Outdoor activities include bike riding and rollerblading through Paris, tree climbing, and picnics where CEA students can get to know their French friends—they may even become friends for life! Here are some examples of activities students have participated in:

Dégustation de Fromage (Cheese Tasting)

CEA and local French students organize an evening activity to help initiate students to the world of French cheese. With hundreds of cheeses to choose from at the market or grocery store, it can be hard to know where to start. We select a variety of cheeses from the different regions of France, representing cow, goat, and sheep varieties. Carefully selected wines accompany the cheeses, allowing you to learn the importance of a good match, the role of cheese at a French meal, the methods of storing and serving cheese, and how best to select and enjoy the many different varieties. Team up with French students to defend your favorite cheese!

Allez les Bleus!

Pick up some sports vocabulary, learn the stadium cheers en français, and get to know more about French sports culture. CEA and local French students gather to cheer on the French national team (les Bleus!) as they tough it out on the field. Don’t forget to wear your bleu, blanc, rouge!

Soirée Crêpes

Everyone loves crepes, but how many people have mastered the art of making them? Spend an evening with local French students and learn a skill that will be useful for years to come. CEA sponsors a crepe-making and tasting evening where you’ll first observe the secrets for making a perfect batter. Crepe-making experts will walk you through recipes and show you how to stuff sweet and savory crepes. Try your hand at flipping crepes, and if that’s too ambitious, feel free to simply enjoy as many crepes as you want!

Paris Vert (Green Paris)

Put on your walking shoes and join CEA for a 5K walk through the City of Light. We’ll explore the greener side of Paris, strolling through hidden gardens and forests, and stopping to enjoy refreshment from one of the city’s sparkling water fountains (oui!) Take this opportunity to reflect on Paris’ urban planning and environmental initiatives, to stay healthy while abroad, and to discover the spots where the Parisians go to exercise and to relax. On y va!

Other Opportunities

Bien-être Abroad

CEA Paris offers a program of activities focused on your bien-être (wellbeing). Sign up for your favorite sport or try a new one, keep your mind and body healthy and happy, and get to know CEA staff and faculty outside of the classroom by joining us for one of many opportunities throughout the year.

Mobile Journalist Program

Want to build your digital portfolio and earn $500 while you study abroad? Join the Mobile Journalist (MOJO) program! You’ll blog, photograph, and video your experience abroad, then share them on social media.

Alumni Ambassador Program

Your study abroad adventure doesn’t have to end when your program is over. Keep sharing your study abroad love on your home campus…become an Alumni Ambassador! This internship allows you to help other students on their study abroad journeys while gaining work experience and growing your professional network.

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