Inaugurated in 2007, Paris Diderot enrolls 26,000 students (6,000 international) on a campus located on the banks of the Seine near the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in the bustling, modern 13th arrondissement of southeastern Paris. This neighborhood has a distinct identity all its own: in the 1980s, ethnic Chinese refugees from the former French colony of French Indochina (modern-day Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos) settled there. Cantonese, Vietnamese and Khmer are spoken by many residents in the community.
Academic Year: September through late-May
Spring Semester: Early January through late-May
*Please take program dates into consideration and how they may coincide or conflict with internship and other academic requirements.
The exchange program at the Université Paris Diderot will complement existing offerings by allowing advanced students in the Humanities to enroll directly in courses with French students at one of the youngest and most dynamic universities in Paris. The program is ideal for juniors with advanced fluency and students may participate for a year or for one semester (spring only).
Our host college within Paris Diderot, the U.F.R. Lettres, Arts et Cinéma (LAC), offers a broad variety of courses in film studies, French literature, comparative literature, French language and linguistics, literary history and theory, literary methods and history of art and aesthetics.
The typical academic year runs from September to end-June of the following year:
In addition to public holidays, students will also receive a Christmas break the 3rd and 4th weeks of December and a Spring break between the 2nd and 4th week of April.
- Semester 1: September – December
- Exam session S1: between 2 & 15 January
- Semester 2: mid-January – mid-May (for spring only students, the semester starts the very first days of January)
- Exam session S2: between 15 & 30 May
- Juniors with a 3.0 overall GPA
- Preferred 3.5 GPA in French Language
- A minimum of 5 semesters of college level French or the equivalent proficiency
- Students should possess exceptional motivation, emotional maturity, and a high aptitude for adapting to new environments
Housing and Meals
Study Abroad staff places students in the Fondation des Etats Unis, a private student residence and cultural center within the international community of the Cité Universitaire de Paris, located in the 14th arrondissement. The Fondation has about 200 rooms, 50% of which go to students from the U.S. It also has kitchens and common areas. The complex includes a cafeteria where students can buy inexpensive meals, a post office and athletic facilities including a swimming pool. The Cité Universitaire is the closest thing to a college campus within the Paris city limits.
Students are provided with a living allowance to help with meals and living expenses.
If you are considering applying to a study abroad program and you do not have a valid passport, or your passport will expire within six months past your program end date, please take steps to obtain or renew your passport immediately. Passports can take longer than expected to process, and you may need your passport to apply for visas well before your program begins. For more information about obtaining and renewing passports visit the United States Postal Service.