Drawing upon the resources of the city, the program helps students gain both the knowledge and the confidence necessary to live and communicate in a French-speaking environment. It challenges students to step outside the boundaries of a traditional French language program and use French as a means to further their understanding of their own areas of study. It is also appropriate for students who wish to broaden their understanding of France's sociocultural heritage, its position in the European community and the Francophone world, and its role in global politics and international relations.
The fall semester program runs September to mid-December, spring from early January to the end of May and the academic year program runs from September to the end of May.
Must be a currently enrolled undergraduate student and in good academic standing
Must have completed at least two years of college-level French or the equivalent
Minimum 3.0 average language GPA
Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
It is expected that you will be enrolled in a French language course in the term preceding your enrollment in Paris. Grammar, composition, or literature courses will better prepare you for a semester in Paris than conversation courses.
You might want to consider applying to the Summer French Studies program in order to meet the eligibility requirements for the fall, spring, or academic year program.
The home base of Columbia University in Paris is the Columbia Global Center|Europe located at Reid Hall, a building owned and administered by Columbia. It also serves as an educational center for other American universities and for scholars from around the world. Its long and distinguished past of intellectual, artistic, and cultural exchange has made it significant to the relationship between France and the United States for over a century.
Located in the lively Montparnasse (sixth) district of Paris, near the Luxembourg Gardens and within walking distance of the Latin Quarter and several branches of the University of Paris, Reid Hall was built in the early 18th century, before the French Revolution. Modern additions have enlarged the facility, creating an interior courtyard and private garden overflowing with trees and flowers. Reid Hall primarily houses administrative offices and classrooms and also has a small reference library, a reading room, lounges, and two large conference rooms. Students have access to WiFi in classrooms and all common areas of Reid Hall.
Welcome from the Director
Welcome to the Columbia in Paris program.
Studying abroad is a transformative experience for many students. From an academic perspective, those who attend our program not only acquire the language skills necessary to work in a French academic environment, but they also confront new forms of thinking and learn different critical approaches to course subjects. Many return home with a renewed sense of self and a greater understanding of the direction in which they want to focus their studies.
Drawing upon the resources of the city, our program helps students gain both the knowledge and the confidence necessary to live and communicate in a French-speaking environment. It is designed for students who also wish to broaden their understanding of France 's sociocultural heritage, its position in the European community and the Francophone world, and its role in global politics and international relations.
Students not only have a wide variety of opportunities for language instruction, but they can select intellectually challenging courses in French history, political science, art history, literature, philosophy, gender and colonial studies, as well as in math and the sciences. Classes are taught by French scholars either at Reid Hall or in the French university system. Qualified students are required to attend classes at a French university and are provided with the academic support necessary to work efficiently in the French academic world.
In addition to their courses, students also benefit from extensive support services ranging from individual tutorials to workshops, site visits and excursions, and a variety of extracurricular activities such as plays, operas and shows, as well as culinary and gastronomical workshops. A host of information on volunteer work, internships, sports activities, and cultural outings is also provided. Events, sites, and special interest groups in Paris are an integral component of the academic experience and French students are increasingly solicited to form cultural partnerships with students and to participate in activities.
Our entire staff is committed to making students' experience's well rounded and fulfilling, with the knowledge that their time in France will be one of discovery and growth.
A bientôt, we hope!
Director, Columbia in Paris at Reid Hall
606 Kent Hall MC 3948 1140 Amsterdam Ave New York, NY 10027 Phone: 212-854-2559 Fax: 212-854-5164