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Paris, France (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Budget Sheets Fall,
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2016 10/01/2015
01/10/2016 05/31/2016
Year 2016-2017 03/01/2016 ** TBA TBA
Fall 2016 03/01/2016 ** TBA TBA

** Some programs accept students on a rolling admission basis. Students may be notified prior to this date of acceptance into the program.

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Program Description:

Hosted by EDUCO and the University of Paris (I, IV, and VII)

Academic Focus: The EDUCO program is Emory's preeminent full immersion semester/year study abroad program in France.  EDUCO, a consortium of Emory, Duke, Cornell, and Tulane Universities, is open to ALL majors and is designed for students studying French at the advanced level who want to increase their knowledge and proficiency in the language.  The program offers students the experience of total immersion in French life and culture in Paris and a challenging and diverse course of study.  Participants will spend the semester or year as fully matriculated students at the University of Paris or Sciences Po, selecting their courses from many fields. ALL CLASSES AT EDUCO AND THE UNIVERSITY OF PARIS ARE CONDUCTED IN FRENCH.

Visiting (non Emory) students are welcome to apply to the EDUCO program through Emory.  Due to the large volume of consortium-member applications for the Fall semester, only the Spring semester is open to visiting students.

Approximate Dates:
Fall: early September to late December
Spring: early January to late June
Year: early September to late June

Eligibility Requirements: Minimum 3.0* GPA; good academic standing.

EDUCO applicants must have taken five semesters of college-level French or the equivalent, including FREN 310; FREN 314 is highly recommended. Oxford College students applying to go abroad during their 4th semester must have completed FREN 314 or 310 at Oxford and must have permission from Academic Affairs at Oxford. Grades of B or better are required in the pre-requisite French courses.

Please note:  Students who have not taken the pre-requisite French courses but who have a strong background and good grades in intermediate French may still be able to apply - students should consult Study Abroad Programs and the French Department for further information.

* Students with below 3.0 GPA minimum may petition to apply to this program. Please meet with your study abroad adviser for more information or view GPA Waiver Process.

Courses:  EDUCO students take a normal load of four courses per semester, worth a total of 16 Emory credits. Students generally choose two of their courses from those offered by EDUCO; for the other two courses, students choose from a wide variety of course offerings, including science courses, from the University of Paris system.

EDUCO usually offers 3-5 courses each semester taught by the EDUCO president and guest professors from various Parisian institutions: French grammar (students are given placement test) along with rotating offerings that have included courses in French Literature, Theater, Art History, History, Cinema, Sociology, and Politics that usually focus on France or Paris. ALL CLASSES AT EDUCO AND THE UNIVERSITY OF PARIS ARE CONDUCTED IN FRENCH.

French universities do not publish a course catalog or schedule in advance, so students will not know what is offered or be able to select their French university courses until after their arrival in France. Academic advice and support is available from EDUCO, Emory's French Department, and Study Abroad Programs throughout the course of the program. For a list of blanket-approved courses for this program: CIPA Blanket Approval DatabaseEDUCO Credit and Grade Translation Memo .


Additional Activities and Opportunities:  Interested students may apply to do independent research for an honor's thesis (EDUCO Honors or Independent Study Abroad); if approved, this would count as one of the courses taken on the program.

Limited non-credit-bearing internship and volunteer opportunities are also available to qualified students.  Please contact your study abroad adviser for additional details.

In addition to academics and at no additional cost, EDUCO organizes social events, lectures, theater excursions, cultural dining experiences, day trips around Paris, and various celebrations and activities.  Students can also write for MILLEFEUILLE, the on-line magazine for EDUCO students.

Living Arrangements:   Students have the choice of living in a French household or in an international foyer (residence hall). The program will try to satisfy the student's first choice in living arrangements, but the EDUCO resident director and housing coordinator will make the final decision. Students living in a French househould will receive 3 meals per week, and students in the foyer will receive a limited number of meal tickets for the French university cafeterias.

Costs: A full description of program costs and billing procedures is described in the budget sheets. Please click here for the budget sheet: Fall or Spring.

Financial Aid / Scholarships: Students are eligible to carry existing financial aid and scholarships on Emory-approved study abroad programs. Students on this program may also be eligible to apply for the Benjamin Gilman Scholarship. For more information, please visit Study Abroad Scholarships, Grants, Research & Service.

Orientation: Emory students are required to attend the mandatory study abroad orientations. (Visiting students will participate in an orientation via phone or Skype.) The Study Abroad Programs pre-departure orientation for students studying abroad for Fall or Year will take place in early April; for Spring, in early November. There will also be a specific EDUCO orientation. Details will be emailed with acceptance letters.

Visa Information: All students will need a long-stay student visa for France. Additional documents and instructions will be provided to accepted students during the EDUCO-specific orientation.

If you are not a U.S. citizen, please also contact ISSS to make sure you have the appropriate documentation to return to Emory after the EDUCO program.

Program resources:

EDUCO Video - student perspective

EDUCO Video - Professor Elissa Marder, Emory French Department

EDUCO Handbook Fall 2015

Visa Information (French Consulate of Atlanta)

University of Paris 1

University of Paris 4

University of Paris 7

Emory French Department

U.S. State Department - France

CDC - France

Post Graduate Opportunities in France

Faculty Contact:
Professor Subha Xavier, Emory's Department of French & Italian, EDUCO liaison,

Study Abroad Contact:
Emory Study Abroad Programs:
Jeremy Billetdeaux, 404-727-2240,

Peer Adviser:
Katherine Couch,