From Notre Dame to the Louvre, from Napoléon’s tomb to the Eiffel tower, from the Musée du Monde Arabe to the new Bibliothèque Mitterand, Paris is renowned for its arts, its history, and its vital cultural traditions. Lively neighborhoods, outdoor markets, shops, cafés, concerts, clubs, and countless cultural events make this a great cosmopolitan city.
Make the most of your college career and give your résumé an edge by getting an international education. Through the Illinois Program in Paris, you can learn about another culture firsthand, interact with French people and institutions, study various aspects of French civilization, and make lifelong friends.
The Illinois Program is Paris offers you a full academic year or one semester of study in French language, literature, and civilization. Established in 1971 and sponsored and supervised by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the program is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors of any major at an accredited university. To ensure quality, the program and its participants are overseen by a director, employed by the University of Illinois, who is permanently based in Paris.
Enrollment in the more immersive nine-month program (September-June) is encouraged; however ,you may select the one-semester option in the spring.