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Columbia in Paris at Reid Hall
Paris, France (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
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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: Apartment, Homestay
Program Group: Study Abroad OIP Program Adviser: Jordan Zilla
Program Description:
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Please be reminded that you need to meet different deadlines when applying to this program: 
  • Columbia application deadline: October 1, 2020
  • Princeton application deadline: October 16, 2020
​**Columbia is rolling admissions, so students are encouraged to apply early. 

Columbia in Paris at Reid Hall

Columbia in Paris is a great fit for French-language learners at the intermediate level who are looking to improve their French and broaden their understanding of France's socio-cultural heritage. This program allows students the opportunity to continue their language learning by taking one French language course, in addition to taking a combination of courses taught both through Columbia University in Paris and one of several top universities in Paris. 

The Universities

Students may take a combination of courses taught both at Reid Hall (Columbia University) and in a variety of Parisian universities to satisfy their Princeton course requirements. Students are matriculated in Grandes Écoles such as Sciences Po, Paris I, Paris IV, and more. This allows the opportunity to learn alongside French students as well as other international students taking advantage of these top universities. 

The Setting

Located in the lively Montparnasse (sixth) district of Paris, Reid Hall was originally a porcelain factory, built in the early 18th century, before the French Revolution. Conveniently located near the Luxembourg Gardens, it is within walking distance of the Latin Quarter, as well as several branches of the University of Paris. Today, Reid Hall primarily houses administrative offices and classrooms and also has a small reference library, a student lounge, and two large conference rooms. Students have access to WiFi in classrooms and all common areas of Reid Hall.



Students are required to take either one or two language courses, plus three to four electives to be the equivalent of four Princeton credits.

Based on the results of a language assessment during the orientation, students will take part in either one or two language courses. Both courses are designed to help students succeed in their academic work in French. "Academic Writing" is an intensive course that introduces students to the major differences between French and American ways of approaching academic analysis and production. This is a mandatory course for all students on the program. Additionally, students who place into either Level I or II will enroll in the Language Practicum for the duration of the semester. Those students who place high enough do not need to take the language practicum. 

Elective courses are taken all in French and can be a combination of Columbia-taught and university courses. Columbia recommends that students enroll in a maximum of two university courses plus the Columbia electives. More information about courses can be found on the Columbia website


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 of the 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 early September to late December.
The spring semester typically runs from early January to mid-May. 

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


Students choose between 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. Student residences also offer the opportunity for language immersion, although they are different from residential dorms in the United States, with more independence and fewer amenities. Please note that although Columbia allows the option of "independent living," Princeton requires that students select one of the Columbia-sponsored housing options. For more information on housing, please visit the housing section of the Columbia website. 

Student Life

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

Columbia will provide admitted students detailed information about how to apply for a visa. 

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. Click “apply now” on this brochure to access these items. Check GPS for Princeton’s approval deadlines. 


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Spring Semester 2021 10/16/2020 10/20/2020 01/10/2021 04/24/2021
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