AU Liberal Arts - Exchange Program at
Universite Paris Ouest in France
AU College of Liberal Arts has established a student exchange program with its counterpart at Université Paris Ouest (a.k.a. Paris Ouest Nanterre and Paris X). Founded in 1970 with the merger of the Sorbonne humanities and law faculties and incorporation of the Ville d’Avray IUT (University Institute of Technology), the university has a vast range of academic disciplines such as Literatures and Languages, Human Sciences, Law, Economics and Management Sciences, Technology, Arts, Culture, Social Sciences, and Communication, as well as Physical and Sports Activities. Among some of its famous alumni are Nicolas Sarkozy, former president of France, Luc Brisson, philosopher, Daniel Cohen, economist and journalist for Le Monde and Sylvie Germain, writer.
For more information on this program, review the details below as well as the AU Liberal Arts Website.
Below is a list of eligibility requirements in order to participate in this program.
- Auburn students with Junior level standing or above.
- An intermediate level of French (B1 level) is strongly recommended.
- A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required to participate in this program.
- Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.
- Recommended application completion: March 30
- Application Deadline: April 30
- Arrival and orientation: Approx 3 September 2018
- Date classes begin: Approx 10 September 2018
- Date classes end: Approx 11 January 2019
- Recommended application completion: September 30
- Application Deadline: October 15
- Arrival and orientation: 8 January 2018
- Date classes begin: 15 January 2018
- Date classes end: 18 May 2018
Students may take up to four courses during their term at Paris Ouest, with a maximum of those being three French language courses.
Students are encouraged to take courses in French language and culture prior to studying at Paris Ouest. Language level of all international students will be tested at the very beginning of the semester for a correct class placement. During the fall term, lower-level intensive French language and culture courses tailored to foreign students are offered to improve students’ knowledge of French. During the spring term, intermediate to advanced-level French language and culture courses are offered. Refer to the FETE course listing webpage for French language courses.
Courses offered at Paris Ouest are taught in French (some are available in English) in a variety of subjects including literature, philosophy, economics, political sciences, psychology, and history. Students should only consult the course list for the term they are planning to study at Paris Ouest to have the correct, updated course offering. Refer to the list of University Paris Ouest Courses and contact the Auburn Faculty Director for current course offerings.
Please note that this list does not guarantee exact credit equivalency until students complete the course approval form as part of their application.
Auburn students pay Auburn tuition and fees for a full time student equal to 12 hours for undergraduate students and 9 hours for graduate students (based on their residency status). Students will be enrolled in the Auburn Exchange Course (UNIV 3000/6000) while abroad. Auburn students will also pay for the Auburn University International Insurance for the duration of their program.
Students will not pay tuition to the host institution but may pay other fees and are also responsible for their meals, books, housing, and airfare. An estimated budget for a month at Paris Ouest for international students is 900 euros.
Download a copy of the complete ParisOuest.Budget.pdf
The University is a city within the city: outside of its own metro stop is all of the administration and instruction buildings, library, medical clinic, university restaurant, theatre with 500 seats amphitheater, and cinema with 900 seats, the largest digital cinema in the Ile-de-France region. The university sports center includes a multifunctional sports hall, special rooms and outdoor courts and fields (tennis, basketball, football, athletic stadium, etc.), and Olympic-size swimming pool.
Most Paris Ouest students will live in the neighborhood of Saint Cloud, a short commute away from campus. Saint Cloud offers students a chance to experience modern French life in an urban environment. Although located on the outer regions of Paris (zone 3), connections to the city center and main attractions are abundant through the Metro and RER. Students can appreciate Saint Cloud for the conveniences of living in the city (including access to shops, food markets, pharmacies, and medical clinics) without a more relaxed atmosphere.
Nanterre, Paris, France
Universite Paris Ouest is located in Nanterre, approximately 11 kms (7 miles) west of the center of Paris. It is served by three stations on the RER line A: Nanterre-Préfecture, Nanterre-Université, and Nanterre-Ville. Consult its official site: http://www.nanterre.fr/
Paris is a beautiful and majestic city of history, culture, intellect, leisure, fashion, commerce, and government. Many of the riverbanks and neighborhoods retain their village atmosphere and invite the visitor to stroll and sightsee. By day or by night, you can experience the special ambience of the various Parisien quartiers as well as the many parks and gardens throughout the city.
For more information on Paris, consult the following page: http://en.parisinfo.com/
Although there are no formal excursions included in this program, students will have ample opportunities to explore Paris and the surrounding region. Students are highly encouraged to participate in student groups and activities.
PASSPORT AND VISA REQUIREMENTS
If you do not have a PASSPORT: Please check www.travel.state.gov for the nearest local passport office and forms. Auburn Abroad recommends that you apply for a passport as soon as possible. If you already have a passport: Please check the expiration date. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months following your scheduled time abroad.
- US Citizens with a valid passport traveling to France for short visits of 90 days or less do not need visas to enter France.
- US Citizens staying longer than 90 days will need to obtain a student visa (semester study will require a visa).
- Students must work directly with the French Consulate in Atlanta, GA to obtain visa and receive for more information regarding application process, forms, and appointment scheduling.
- Non-US Citizens must check on visa requirements for visits of any duration in France.
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