Overview - Columbia in Paris, Reid Hall
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.
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.
- 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.
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.