The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Study Abroad Center offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to study for the fall and/or spring semesters in Paris, France. On site, the program is coordinated by Université Catholique de Lille, Institut d’Économie Scientifique et de Gestion (IÉSEG) School of Management, Paris campus. Students may choose from a wide variety of courses offered at IÉSEG.
The period of study is August through December for the Fall semester, and January through May for the Spring semester.
Spring 2017 dates:
- Jan. 2-May 25 (IÉSEG only)
- Jan. 2-May 27 (IÉSEG + Sorbonne)
This program is open to all majors, but is particularly ideal for students who are pursuing degrees, minors and/or certificates in the following fields of study:
- French language
- International Business
Graduate students can take Masters-level classes in a variety of fields, including Accounting, Education, Finance, International Business, Nursing, and Travel Industry Management.
Informational meetings: TBA
Fall 2017 application deadline: Monday, April 3
The UHM Semester in Paris Study Abroad program is offered in partnership with the Université Catholique de Lille, Institut d’Économie Scientifique et de Gestion (IÉSEG) School of Management, Paris campus. As a French Grande École and member of the Conférence des Grandes Écoles, IÉSEG is one of the most prestigious higher education institutions in the country. In 2013, IÉSEG is the first post-baccalaureate school to be accredited by EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) and AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business).
Established in 1964 in Lille, the school has a second campus in the Parisian region at La Défense, Europe’s biggest business hub. The School has a total of 3,380 students on both campuses. More than 84% of IÉSEG’s faculty is international, and the School has a network of more than 200 partner universities in more than 51 countries. All Bachelors and Masters Programs at IÉSEG are taught in English.
IÉSEG is a member of Conférence des Grandes Écoles, EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development), AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and CLADEA (Consejo Latino Americano de Escuelas de Administración).
At IÉSEG, UHM students may take French or other language courses, along with other courses taught in English. Students who wish to participate in an intensive French-language track can opt to study at the Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne, facilitated by IÉSEG as well.
The UHM Semester in Paris program provides students an opportunity to fulfill UHM major, minor, elective, focus, foundations, diversification and foreign language requirements for graduation. Students on the program must be enrolled full-time and may earn up to 15 credits.
The program runs from late August to mid-December for the fall semester, and late January to mid-May for the Spring semester. The Sorbonne program typically ends two weeks after the IÉSEG program in the Spring only.
The UHM Study Abroad Center appoints a designated UHM Resident Director when appropriate. The Resident Director teaches two classes, oversees students’ academic progress and mentors all participants. All students are required to take one of the two UHM Resident Director’s classes. The subjects vary each semester according to the expertise of the UHM professor.
IÉSEG: Students may select from a variety of courses in accounting, art, business law, economics, environmental science, finance, French civilization and language, history, international business, marketing, math, political science, psychology and sociology. Classes, except for languages, are taught entirely in English by international faculty
Sorbonne: In order to take intensive French language courses at the Sorbonne, students will be tested for language proficiency upon arrival in Paris to ensure placement at the appropriate level. Students will study language, phonetics, conversation, and civilization in French. Depending upon placement results, students may be eligible to enroll in conférences, or seminars in areas such as French art history, civilization, geography, history, literature and politics.
Click here for the list of courses offered for the Semester in Paris. Course offerings are subject to availability and may change without prior notice.
FACULTY RESIDENT DIRECTOR
Spring 2017: Glenn Man, UHM Dept. of English. His courses:
- ENG 272 (W focus): Culture and Literature: Paris and France in Literature
- ENG 494: Study Abroad: French Cinema, Culture & Society
Fall 2017: Kara Miller, UHM Dept. of Theatre & Dance. Her courses:
- Dance 255: Dance in World Cultures: Global Perspectives in Dance Theater
- Dance 459: Special Topics – Business for the Arts
Spring 2018: Elizabeth Colwill, UHM Dept. of American Studies. Courses are forthcoming.
Courses taken at IÉSEG and Sorbonne will appear on UHM transcripts as UHM credits.
STUDY ABROAD ADVISOR
Spring & Fall semesters: Max Lee
Current as of Jan. 20, 2017.
Paris, capital of France and home to over eight million people, has long been known as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Famous for its cuisine, fashion, architecture, museums, parks, boutiques, and rich intellectual and cultural life, it is also a city of contrasts between the ancient and the modern; the quaint and the high-tech. The IÉSEG School of Management’s main campus is located in the modern business district La Défense, at the start of the western outskirts of Paris; the campus is situated right underneath the iconic main building of La Défense. The Sorbonne is in Paris’ fifth arrondissement, near the River Seine.
The sophisticated and reliable French rail system SNCF (Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Français) makes Paris a very convenient hub from which to travel to other locations in France and elsewhere in Europe. The transportation company RATP (Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens) provides connections within metropolitan Paris, as well as to suburban areas, through an extensive network of trains, subways, buses and trams.
Students will live with a French host family. Partial meals with the family are provided for the duration of the program. A major value of the homestay is that it provides students with the opportunity to closely interact with and learn from the host country nationals. In addition to taking students beyond the public face of the French people, the everyday speaking and hearing of French in a natural setting facilitates students’ understanding of the culture and enhances language learning.
Excursions and Extra-Curricular Activities
Students will participate in a number of visits included in the total cost. Possible locations include Château de Fontainebleau, Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, Le Mémorial de Caen, and Claude Monet’s Garden in Giverny.
Both the French Civilization and the Art History courses have visits to relevant sites and museums in Paris, which may include the Louvre, Maillol, Orsay, Picasso, Rodin, Quai Branly, Jacquemart-André. Through the Student Government Association, students can participate in various social events and weekends trips to other parts of Europe. Additionally, sports such as basketball, soccer, volleyball, rugby and handball are offered.
A comprehensive, mandatory three-day orientation is provided to all incoming first-time students. Led by a faculty member, the on-site orientation introduces Paris life, school, accommodations, money, transportation, personal safety issues, etc.
$19,186 (Fall 2016)
Cost includes IÉSEG tuition, single homestay accommodation, enrollment in four IÉSEG courses, health insurance, student visa, textbooks, museum visits, meals, airport pick-up, métro pass, laundry, UHM Study Abroad and student visa fees. Students who enroll in Sorbonne courses may pay a supplement.
Round-trip airfare between Honolulu and Paris is not included; students have the option of taking the flight arranged by Third Eye Travel or making their own travel arrangements.
FOR UHM STUDENTS ONLY: In order to receive financial aid, please ensure that either: a) you are receiving financial aid during the current semester, or b) that you complete the Financial Aid application during the current semester. www.hawaii.edu/fas
NON-UHM STUDENTS (those attending other colleges and universities during the regular school year) must apply for financial aid at their home institutions
See the Resources page for a list of possible scholarships.
Students participating in the UHM Semester in Paris program must obtain a student visa prior to arriving in France.
The program is primarily designed for undergraduate students who are interested in studying in Paris with specific academic interests. All candidates must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0, strong English writing skills, absolute fluency in English, and successful completion of course pre-requisites. However, students with a lower GPA may be considered. Non-native English-speaking students must have taken the TOEFL exam within the last two years and earned a composite score of 600+ or have taken the UHM ELI placement exam.
Admission to the program is selective. All applicants for the program will be judged on their academic performance, reasons for wishing to attend the program, flexibility and sensitivity to other cultures, and ability to adjust to a new cultural setting.
Immediately upon acceptance to the program, students are required to pay a $500.00 non-refundable initial payment to ensure a place in the program. The initial payment will be applied toward the cost of the program.
Please note that students accepted to the program are required to attend three mandatory pre-departure class sessions totaling 12 hours. Failure to attend will result in students being withdrawn from the program.
A completed Study Abroad Center application and three academic references must be received by the Study Abroad Center by the following dates to receive consideration. Students from outside the UH System must also submit official transcripts from every college attended.
Fall semester: April 1*
Spring semester: October 15*
*The Study Abroad Center is closed on weekends, and Federal and State holidays.