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Americans in Paris


Students will live in a dormitory across the street from the Luxembourg gardens and share rooms. Each double room has a mini fridge and a sink. Down the hall from the shared rooms are simple kitchens to heat water.   

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The dorm includes a simple French continental breakfast of bread, coffee and juice.  In the neighborhood near the dorm are several inexpensive eateries, organic and non-organic markets, bakeries, cheese shops and restaurants where students can buy food.  Except for occasional class picnics and a farewell dinner, students are responsible for their own meals.

Excursions and Day Trips

The following excursions will be part of the program fees:

  • An overnight field trip to World War II sites and a coastal town in Normandy
  • A one hour tour of the Seine 

Additionally, students will be required to "travel" through Paris. They will have daily assignments that ask students to explore the history and culture of Americans in Paris through its streets and architecture, and to visit historical sites, museums, and exhibits (both longstanding and new) that inspired past and current Americans living in Paris.

Note: The cost of museum entrances is not included in the program fee, but is part of the estimated expenses in the incidentals category. Students should plan to budget $413 for entrance fees for required activities. Students may want to purchase a Paris Navigo Metro card on their own for about $80. For more on program costs, see the Cost page.

Study Abroad Advisory of Student Risk

Participation in this UC Davis Study Abroad program requires travel to and live, for an extended period, in a foreign location(s) abroad. UC Davis Study Abroad endeavors to reduce and mitigate risk wherever possible.  However, the environments and risks associated with living in these locations are substantially different than those found during a regular course of study at UC Davis. All participants must download and review the following information prior to departure. Any questions should be directed to the Program Coordinator.

Study Abroad General Risk Advisory

Program Specific Risk Advisories (PDF)

About France

This program is taught in English and you will receive a quick review of "Survival French" on site. However, you may want to brush up on your language skills - or start to learn before you travel to Paris. 

Lonely Planet says, “Paris' monument-lined boulevards, museums, classical bistros and boutiques are enhanced by a new wave of multimedia galleries, creative wine bars, design shops and tech start-ups.”  We hope that students will learn to navigate these and other sites that are of interest to them.

Currency: Euro (EUR)

Language Spoken: French

Weather and Climate

Prepare for fluctuating weather conditions. Some days will be very hot; others will be rainy. You can monitor the weather in the weeks leading up to the program online.

Research Your Destination

Summer Abroad endeavors to provide you with as much accurate information as possible. However, information can change daily. It is your responsibility to become acquainted with your host country before your departure.

It is a good idea to contact official tourist offices for brochures and general information. We have listed some good starting points for your personal research.

Country Specific Information

Keeping in Touch

Since communication options can vary dramatically from country to country, Summer Abroad advises checking with the instructor or the Program Specific Guide for advice about what might be the best option for your particular program.

Calling the U.S. from Abroad

Many U.S.-based long distance phone companies provide special services that make it easy for you to phone home from abroad. Some provide toll-free access numbers that connect with an operator in the U.S. Some provide the means to charge long distance calls to a credit card or to a third party. Some provide better long distance rates. Others provide access to emergency, medical, legal, translation, and entertainment information. Students are encouraged to investigate these options before departure and to shop for the best services and rates.

Global Cell Phones

Most cell phone companies can sell you a special global cell phone with the option to add more minutes as needed. Also, most cell phone companies can unlock your cell phone for global use, but this requires a trip to a provider at your destination who will give you a SIM card and sell you minutes. Check with your cell phone provider for more information. Global cell phones are also available through travel agencies and online. Be sure to check the policies for both incoming and outgoing calls and text messages.

Cell Phone Rental

Some students choose to rent a cell phone that works at their destination. Some companies will ship the phone directly to the student in advance of the program dates—and include a packet for sending the phone back when they return. Interested students can locate service providers via the Internet.

Phone Cards

Many travel agencies and specific phone providers carry great options for phone cards. Check the rates available from your long distance provider. You can often buy phone cards on site.


Skype is a computer program that you can download for free that allows you to talk (for free) on the phone over the Internet with anyone else who has Skype. Go to to download the program. For an extra fee (as low as .02 cents/minute) you can enable your Skype to call land lines instead of just other computers. You will need a microphone and headset so that you can talk to the person on the other line. Skype also includes a chat option for instant messaging.

Instant Messaging Systems

Instant messaging systems are also a great free way to communicate with people back in the states. There are numerous options for messaging systems from AOL Instant Messenger to Yahoo Messenger. Just about every messaging program can be downloaded for free online.

Internet Access

Computer and internet access varies by program. Information for your site will be listed in your Program Specific Guide.

Internet access is offered in all the countries we go to, but the reliability of it differs from program to program. Internet can be accessed through internet cafes. Some programs also offer access through the dorms or on-campus computer labs. Internet cafes are very reasonably priced and often times have various instant messaging programs installed and headphones available to chat with loved ones. Relying on internet cafes may reduce worry of bringing your own laptop with you. You can upload pictures at most internet cafes, but remember due to the speed of some connections, it may be a better idea just to bring multiple memory cards to avoid spending your whole day on the computer.

Cultural Learning

Living in a new culture can be exhilarating, rewarding, and stimulating. It can also be frustrating. It is one thing to tour a country, but it is quite another to live and function according to different norms. It is important to be open toward a new culture, to try to discard stereotypes, and to learn as much as possible about the culture before departure. If you educate yourself about the country you will be visiting, you will better understand and appreciate your new surroundings!

Even with preparation it is likely that you will experience "culture shock." Recent studies show that there are distinct stages of culture shock. Some of these stages include: awareness of the host culture and preparation, initial euphoria and excitement, irritability phase during acclimation, gradual adjustment, and adaptation to culture. Upon return to the United States, many students face "reverse culture shock."

There are some things you can do to minimize your cultural adjustment. Keep a sense of humor! Treat yourself to an occasional U.S. indulgence like a favorite food, or purchase a U.S. magazine or newspaper. Avoid other Americans who are overly negative or who complain a lot. Keep healthy. Above all, don't be afraid to try new activities!

Resources for Further Study

Ethical Considerations in Study Abroad