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Academic Programs Abroad
Paris, France (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
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Restrictions: Princeton applicants only
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Dept Offering Program: Study Abroad OIP Program Type: Study Abroad (semester)
Language of Instruction: French Language Prerequisite: YES
Program Features: Academic Study Degree Level: 3 - Sophomore, 4 - Junior, 5 - Senior
Time Away: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester Housing options: Homestay
Program Group: Study Abroad OIP Program Adviser: Jordan Zilla
Program Description:
Program Description:

Academic Programs Abroad

Please be reminded that you need to meet different deadlines when applying to this program: 
  • APA application deadline: October 15, 2020
  • Princeton application deadline: October 16, 2020 
APA offers American students the opportunity to discover a new culture by immersing themselves in French academic, cultural and social life. To ensure you a truly excellent academic experience, APA partners with some of the most prestigious and reputable universities in Paris, and students can take courses at multiple universities throughout the city. 

The Universities

Students may take courses in a variety of Parisian universities to satisfy their Princeton course requirements. Students are matriculated in Grandes Écoles and learn alongside French students as well as other international students taking advantage of these top universities. To view the list of universities affiliated with APA, please view the academic opportunities on their website

The Setting

The APA center is located in the 14th district of Paris, not far from some famous sites like the catacombs of Paris and Montparnasse. Homestays are located all throughout the city, and because students have the opportunity to take courses at multiple universities, the entire city of Paris because one's campus. Students may take courses at various faculties at the Sorbonne, which is located in central Paris, or as far as Saint Dennis (Paris 8), which is located to the north of the city centre. APA provides students with a public transportation pass for unlimited travel within Paris and Ile-de-France, which is included in the program fee. 



Students work with APA staff to select appropriate courses across the many Paris institutions. Academic areas include History, Art History, Sociology, Political Science, and more, plus an increasing number of STEM students are also participating in the APA program. Students typically enroll in four courses for 16 credits for one semester, to be the equivalent of four Princeton credits. APA's ongoing methodology and language support assist students with both adjusting to the French university system and developing their French language skills. 
You can learn more about course selection by visiting APA's webiste.  


For Princeton approval, participants must have at least a 3.0/ B average for the fall and spring semesters prior to the semester of study abroad, and students must have taken at least up to French 107 at Princeton or the equivalent. Students must be prepared to take all courses in French. 

Grading & Credits:

For information regarding credits, grading, and other academic policies, read the Academic Policies on the Study Abroad website.      

Academic Calendar

The fall semester typically runs from late August to late December.
The spring semester typically runs from early January to early May. 

For up-to-date program dates, please visit APA's website

APA provides several different housing options for their program: a homestay or student residence. Living with a carefully selected host family affords students the opportunity to develop close relationships with locals, utilize their French language skills, and be immersed in French culture. Students who choose to live in a student residence also have the opportunity to meet local Parisians and are placed in private, furnished bedrooms with access to a common area and communal kitchen. For more information on housing, please visit the housing section of the APA website. Please note that Princeton students are not permitted to select the "independent housing" option and are required to secure APA-sponsored accommodations.

Student Life

There are many opportunities for you to get out and integrate into the community. Students can take advantage of extracurricular activities, CUPA programming, as well as independent cultural integration projects.  Learn more about APA's cultural offerings on their website.  

Money Matters

Students who receive financial aid at Princeton continue to receive Princeton financial aid for the approved costs of study abroad programs during the academic year. Students who do not receive financial aid will pay all costs and fees associated with the program directly to APA. For detailed information about financial aid, program fees, and billing for study abroad, please visit the Money Matters section of the Study Abroad website.     
For estimated program costs, please click on the budget sheet at the top of this brochure. 

Passport and Visa

Students must have a passport valid for at least six months after the end of their study abroad program.  For information on obtaining or renewing a US passport, please consult the US State Department Passport Website.    

All students wishing to pursue studies in France for more than 90 days must first register with Campus France first to obtain a student visa. After that time, students will complete an online application and then schedule an in-person for one of the VFS Global Centers in the U.S. The visa cannot be issued once you are in France. Please schedule your appointment as early as possible but within 60 days before departure to France. You may not apply more than 90 days prior to your departure. 

The VFS administration has full authority to evaluate and request more documents than those submitted by the applicant. Submitting the following documents, while required, does not guarantee issuance of a visa.

International students (other than European Union nationals) residing in France for more than three months must obtain a “student” residence permit (which is distinct from a visa), within two months of their arrival in France.

Application Process

Students interested in applying to this program must complete two separate processes:
  1. Apply directly to the program. Visit the program website directly for application instructions and deadlines. Please note that program application deadlines are often earlier than Princeton approval deadlines. 
  2. Complete the Princeton approval process. You may download the course approval form and instructions from your GPS application. Click “apply now” on this brochure to access these items. Check GPS for Princeton’s approval deadlines. 


Start planning your study abroad experience!

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Spring Semester 2021 10/16/2020 10/20/2020 01/07/2021 05/09/2021
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