Duke in France/EDUCO

Advanced French Language and Culture

Experience France as a Student at the University of Paris

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In 1983, Duke in France was created by the Department of Romance Studies as a Duke-administered study abroad program. This program introduces students directly into French institutions of higher education, where they study alongside French students. Today, the program has grown into an educational consortium that includes students from Emory, Cornell, and Tulane Universities, as well as other American colleges and universities. 

Duke in France offers students a full course of studies, with the experience of total immersion in French life and culture in Paris. Participants spend the year or semester as fully matriculated students at the University of Paris, selecting courses from many fields. Conditions permitting, they may also be eligible to take courses at the Institut D'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po). Specially arranged courses are offered at EDUCO by the Faculty in Residence and by select French university faculty.


Location: Paris, France

Term: Fall, Spring, or Academic Year

EDUCO Dates: Tuesday, August 30, 2022 - Friday, December 16, 2022 (Fall); January 9, 2022 - May 26, 2022 (Spring)

Sciences Po Dates: Thursday, August 18, 2022 - Friday, December 16, 2022 (Fall)

Application Deadline: Extended to April 1st (Fall and Academic Year); October 1 (Spring)

Academic Theme(s): French Language and Culture

Credit Type: Hybrid Credit Structure

Eligibility: Applicants must have completed French 204 or have equivalent proficiency. Priority will be given to students having an overall GPA of 3.0 and an average grade of B+ in French. Non-Duke students must apply through Emory University.

Duke Affiliation: Co-sponsored by the Duke Department of Romance Studies

Housing: Homestay or Student Dorm

GEO Advising: Request an appointment

  • Duke in France students exploring Paris near Montmartre

  • Enjoying a French meal with friends

  • Paris from above

  • Exploring Provence on a Duke in France excursion

  • In the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles

  • Sharing a meal in Normandy while learning about regional cuisine

  • Sunrise on the streets of Paris


All students are required to take four courses per semester, with no underloads or overloads allowed. All courses are taught in French. Course selection is made in Paris during the registration period.

Each semester begins with a one- to two-week orientation program. The orientation program includes an intensive language review, as well as special activities, lectures, cultural events, and local excursions to familiarize students with Paris. The orientation program is mandatory but does not earn academic credit.

Students staying for the fall semester only are required to enroll in two EDUCO program courses, plus two Paris university courses.

In the spring semester, students are able to select ALL FOUR courses from French university offerings if they wish. The two-course restriction is only true of the fall semester.

Each semester, students have the option of selecting up to two of their courses from among those offered by the EDUCO consortium. In order to fulfill the necessary number of contact hours during the fall semester, any student staying only for the fall semester will be required to take two courses at EDUCO and supplement their Paris University courses with special tutorial sessions as assigned by the faculty resident director.

EDUCO courses are taught by the Faculty in Residence, usually a professor of Duke, Emory, Cornell, or Tulane, and visiting professors from Parisian institutions. Each semester the program offers one French literature course; a second course rotates between art or globalization. Occasionally a third course, usually a French history course, is offered. Depending on the specialties of the visiting professors, the course line-up will vary.

In addition to the EDUCO courses, students are able to select courses from the offerings of the Universities of Paris I and The University of Paris. Advanced students may consider courses at Paris IV.

  • Credits & Final Grades


Transfer Credit Approval

All transfer credit course approval requests for the Duke in France program are handled through the EDUCO program. All courses must be approved by an academic department at Duke to be eligible for credit towards the Duke degree.

To request approval of a French university course prior to departure, please contact the Duke in France advisor in the Global Education Office. To request approval of courses once in Paris, please consult with EDUCO Academic Services Coordinator Valérie Herbunot.

A list of French university courses already approved for Duke students can be found by searching "Duke In France" and the individual departments in the GEO Approved Course Database. Transfer credit courses (Paris university courses) and EDUCO (Duke) courses will be listed in this database. 

French major: All courses may be counted towards the French and Francophone Studies major, as long as the courses are approved by the Department of Romance Studies at Duke as per the course approval process. Courses may cover a variety of topics related to Francophone or Romance Studies. Approval will not be granted for courses with unrelated content, such as Biology or Math taught in French. 

French minor: A maximum of two courses with French course numbers at or above the 300-level per semester may be counted toward the French minor. Courses must meet the same criteria as explained for the major, above.

Information about requirements for the French and Francophone Studies major and minor can be found on Duke University’s Romance Studies website


Paris I, IV, and University of Paris Registration

Each semester's course listings for the Paris institutions are only available in the weeks immediately prior to the start of classes, making it impossible to announce in advance which courses will be available to students. When the French university courses are posted, students are aided in their course selection and registration by the EDUCO academic staff. Academic credit for a Paris university course is not guaranteed until the individual course is approved by the appropriate department at Duke University. A list of approved Paris university courses is available in the GEO Approved Course Database (search on "France, Duke-In" and departments). 

Sciences Po Registration 

Duke students authorized to enroll in Sciences Po will need to register online on the Sciences Po website prior to departure. Sciences Po will send registration information and instructions.

Full-time applicants at Sciences Po are required to take 30 ECTS each semester, but will receive only four course credits towards graduation. Registration should be made according to the following formula:

Per semester:

  • Cours magistral ET conférence de méthode  (10 credits ECTS ) -represents 2 courses, 3 contact hours
  • Séminaire ou cours optionnel (5 credits)- Elective , 2 contact hours
  • Séminaire ou cours optionnel (5 credits)- Elective, 2 contact hours
  • Séminaire ou cours optionnel (5 credits)- Elective, 2 contact hours
  • Cours de FRANÇAIS obligatoire (5 credits), 2 contact  hours

Total 6 courses=30 ECTS

All successfully completed courses, once transferred to the Duke transcript, will be eligible for major, minor, and coding requirements at departmental discretion.

Credits & Final Grades

Credit Information for Duke Students

For Duke students, Duke in France is a "hybrid" credit program. This means that EDUCO courses will earn full Duke credit and Duke grades, while courses taken in the Paris University system, including Sciences Po, will earn transfer credits.

Transfer credit courses may apply to major/minor requirements per departmental discretion, and are eligible for Areas of Knowledge codes. You may also apply for Modes of Inquiry coding for transfer credit per the instructions found at the Global Education Office for Undergraduates website. You must earn the equivalent of a C- or better to transfer the credit, but the grade will not appear on your Duke transcript and will not be computed in your GPA. All course approvals should be routed through the EDUCO academic services coordinator, Valérie Herbunot.

As none of the Sciences Po diplôme courses are EDUCO courses, all courses taken will receive transfer credit. Duke students at Sciences Po must take 5 courses per semester to transfer four back to Duke. Students studying full-time at Sciences Po are required to take five courses per semester. All five courses will be listed on the Duke transcript and all five will count towards major/minor and curricular requirements as appropriate, but only four course credits will count towards graduation. All five courses must be taken for graded credit at Sciences Po and a minimum grade of C- or better earned. In place of a grade, TR will appear on the Duke transcript for each successfully transferred course. 

Final Grades

Due to the manner in which French universities submit grades, final grades and credits may not be posted by the Duke University Registrar for up to four months or longer after the end of the semester. Students applying for summer internships and other employment or academic opportunities should keep this fact in mind. In addition, the program cannot guarantee that any participating seniors will graduate with their class, since grade reporting for courses taken in the program takes place significantly later than is common for courses taken on the Duke campus.


Students take a mix of courses offered at the EDUCO center, as well as those offered through the University of Paris, giving them hundreds of courses from which to choose.

All students studying with Duke in France for the fall semester only must take a minimum of two EDUCO courses out of a total of four to receive credit.

Spring semester students may take all four courses at the French universities if they so wish.

Only EDUCO courses will earn a Duke grade on your transcript. Other courses will be listed as transfer credit.

  • EDUCO Fall
  • EDUCO Spring
  • Paris Universities


NOTE: All courses subject to change

Fall 2021

The EDUCO courses listed below are scheduled to be offered at the EDUCO Center. The Duke departments and course numbers are indicated. All courses are taught in French. Courses subject to change.

Communications 1: Grammaire et Communication
(CCI, FL), 1.0 credit
Instructor: Professor Gourévitch

Ce cours prend en compte tous les aspects de la langue : grammatical, phonétique, lexical, et communicatif; sans oublier la civilisation, intrinsèquement liée à la langue. Nous poursuivrons un triple objectif : d'une part, se familiariser avec l'univers quotidien des Français d'aujourd'hui, d'autre part, développer les capacités de compréhension et d'expression écrite, enfin, intégrer et maîtriser les automatismes et réflexes de la communication orale.
Communications 2: Phonétique et Communication

(CCI, FL), 1.0 credit
Instructor: Professor Gourévitch.

Ce cours a pour objectif de faire découvrir aux étudiants les phénomènes qui permettent une production orale efficace. Il est admis aujourd’hui que la maîtrise d’une prononciation correcte, est primordiale dans la communication. Il s’agit donc de favoriser l’intériorisation des systèmes phonétique, intonatif, accentuel et rythmique du français parlé. C’est pourquoi, nous nous engagerons dans une triple démarche : d’une part, se familiariser avec l’étude linguistique des sons, d’autre part, améliorer la perception et la production des sons, enfin, acquérir les structures prosodiques (accentuation et intonation) de la langue française.

Art moderne et contemporain en France

(ALP, CCI, FL), 1.0 credit
Instructor: Professeur Samuelle Carlson

Le présent cours est composé de douze séances qui s’organisent autour des cinq modules suivants : Libération de la Tradition, Subversion et Expérimentation, Art et Société, Nouveaux Moyens et Nouveaux Endroits de l’Art, et Icônes du XXe siècle. Sous ces intitulés, le cours suivra un ordre chronologique, proposant un panorama des principaux mouvements de l’art moderne et contemporain en France (Fauvisme, Cubisme, Dadaïsme, Surréalisme, Nouveau Réalisme etc.). Basées sur l’analyse d’œuvres spécifiques, les sessions auront pour but de réinscrire ces dernières dans leurs contextes artistiques et social. Les œuvres facilement accessibles aux étudiants (Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Musée National d’Art Moderne) seront privilégiées. Au fur et à mesure des séances, les étudiants seront invités à mettre en relation et à comparer les œuvres et les mouvements étudiés ce qui est la première compétence que le cours cherche à développer.

De la culture des Lumières à la culture populaire

(CZ, CCI, FL), 1.0 credit
Instructor: Professor Florent Jakob

Si les usages du terme sont multiples, la notion de « culture » a néanmoins une histoire dont l’importance à l’époque moderne et contemporaine va croissante. Histoire conflictuelle, elle ne saurait être indépendante de la politique, de la société, et plus encore de la ville (Paris) au sein de laquelle elle s’élabore principalement. En prenant régulièrement la ville de Paris à titre d’exemple, nous chercherons à construire au fil des séances une histoire réfléchie ou sociologique de la culture française (et partiellement européenne). Nous tenterons ainsi de « remonter » les conflits dont hérite la culture contemporaine en éclairant les moments majeurs qui l’ont dessinée depuis l’époque pré-révolutionnaire. Il ne s’agira pas pour autant d’un cours d’histoire puisque nous nous orienterons davantage sur les enjeux théoriques que soulève chaque période, et la manière dont les sociologues, les théoriciens critiques (philosophes, critiques littéraires ou spécialistes de l’esthétique) les ont formulés. Depuis l’opposition de la nature et de la culture telle qu’elle se joue pour les pré-romantiques à la critique de la culture de masse par les théoriciens « post-modernes ». Nous éclairerons chaque fois ces débats et enjeux, non seulement par quelques extraits d’articles ou d’ouvrages, mais aussi par une série de représentations, et enfin par quelques visites au cours desquelles les étudiants pourront eux-mêmes déchiffrer ces strates historiques et théoriques qui composent la ville.

Cultural History of Paris and Its Suburbs
(CZ, FL), 1.0 credit
Instructor: Taught by the Emory University Faculty in Residence, Prof. Catherine Dana

Since the rural exodus followed by the immigration of foreign labor during the Industrial Revolution, Paris has had complex links with its suburbs and those who live there -this population made up of French people from the countryside, of 'single' men, Vietnamese, Cambodians and Laotians, 'repatriates' from Algeria and West Indies who came to France with BUMIDOM, populations from sub-Saharan Africa in the 1980s and 1990s and asylum seekers.

In this course, we will study the history of this relationship from the 1950s until today through the cultural (literature, cinema, theater, music, dance) and urban production in the city and the suburbs —the arrival of the different populations as well as their sustainability, their places of life, the social changes in which they participate or that they initiate, the mutation of the language. We will also study the parallel transformations of the architecture of Paris and its suburbs by considering specific cases: large housing estates, the ring road, the University of Paris 8-Vincennes, Ile Seguin, etc. to look to the future Greater Paris, which proposes to encompass the inner suburbs in the city center.

History of Psychology in France and Europe

(FL), 1.0 credit
Instructor: Ségolène Payan

This course aims to open students to the place psychology holds and how it is presented culturally and socially, as well as exposing them to French psychological practices. To do so, we will identify historical and conceptual landmarks concerning contemporary psychology in France and Europe. Students will focus on the birth and life of psychology, from its 18th-century beginnings to its current applications in France. Such movements as physiology, associationism, psychoanalysis, Gestalt, cognitivism, and social psychology will be scrutinized through readings, lectures, and co-curricular outings to those places in Paris where psychology is put into practice.

EDUCO Spring

Spring 2022

The EDUCO courses listed below are scheduled to be offered at the EDUCO Center. The Duke departments and course numbers are indicated. All courses are taught in French. Courses subject to change.

Communications 1: Grammaire et Communication
(CCI, FL), 1.0 credit
Instructor: Professor Gourévitch

Ce cours prend en compte tous les aspects de la langue : grammatical, phonétique, lexical, et communicatif; sans oublier la civilisation, intrinsèquement liée à la langue. Nous poursuivrons un triple objectif : d'une part, se familiariser avec l'univers quotidien des Français d'aujourd'hui, d'autre part, développer les capacités de compréhension et d'expression écrite, enfin, intégrer et maîtriser les automatismes et réflexes de la communication orale.

Democracy and Its Future: Authoritarian Tensions, Technological Constraints, Dreams of Justice

(CZ, SS, FL), 1.0 credit
Instructor: Professor Jakob

In this course, we will think through democracy and its possible futures, by first trying to understand what democracy means then grasping its contemporary flash points. We will concentrate on the French context in our case studies, both because students will be in Paris and because 2022 is an election year. But we will also balance out these examples by considering the broader European and American context, and, if possible, we will strive to explain global tendencies and tensions. 

The first part of the course will allow us to understand the historical, political, and conceptual limitations within which the question of democracy is articulated. This question thus tells a tale, and it will give students the necessary basics to generally understand the stakes of democracy. 

We will then identify the transformations that are produced from this situation. Firstly, those contemporary trends that balance out this story through the lens of gender and the postcolonial question. 

From there, we will consider attempts to reach out to or integrate more actors and dimensions within the democratic process so as to broaden its scope or face up to two critical phenomena: inequality and the climate crisis (stakes involved with social inequality and environmental inequality).

We will then be able to explore darker scenarios that could alter the democratic horizon, such as shifts towards authoritarianism and populism, or their relationship with science and technology. 
Finally, we will come back to our starting point by trying to draw conclusions from new forms of contestation as much as from new forms of fragmentation that touch today’s democracies. 

Theatrical Representation

(ALP, FL), 1.0 credit
Instructor: Emory University Faculty in Residence, Prof. Catherine Dana

As the playwright Michel Vinaver puts it, “the theater text is hybrid. It is literature, it is even one of the great forms of literature, and its main destination is to give rise to a performance.” In this course, we will study the passage from the timeless text to the ephemeral spectacle. From the classroom and the analysis of the theatrical text, we will move on to the theater locations. We will first analyze the text, then see the performance of the play — the theater, the directing, the set, the actors, and so on. Back in the classroom, we will leave the public position to analyze the performance in relation to the expectations we had during the first reading of the text. Texts and shows plays from classical theater to contemporary theater following the programs of Parisian and suburban theaters. Visit of theatrical places, rehearsals, meetings with people from the theater.

Paris Universities

The transfer credit courses found in the GEO Approved Course Database have been offered in the past by the Universities of Paris I and IV, the University of Paris, and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po). They have been approved by academic departments at Duke (equivalent course numbers are indicated). There are many more courses offered by the Paris Universities available to our students, so please do not limit your enrollment to the courses indicated.

Course approvals should be coordinated through our Academic Services Coordinator in Paris, Valérie Herbunot.

EDUCO Administrative Offices and Classrooms

The administrative offices and classrooms for EDUCO are located in the Accent Paris Study Center. The location is in the Bastille area, a central neighborhood with cafes, quiet residential squares, lively commercial avenues and one of the best Paris markets, Marche d’Aligre. Located in the 11tharrondissement on the Right Bank, the Center is also near galleries, boutiques, and a popular culinary scene. More information about the Accent Paris Study Center can be found at the Paris Center website.

Sciences Po Exchange 

By exchange arrangement with the prestigious Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), a limited number of advanced level Duke French students each year may attend Sciences Po full time for the fall, spring, or academic year. Duke selects the students to be nominated for the exchange.

Applicants for Sciences Po need to complete a Duke in France/EDUCO application within MyExperientialEd and indicate that they would like to apply for Sciences Po. The exchange nominees who are selected will then be contacted by GEO and provided instructions for completing the Sciences Po online application.

Full-time applicants at Sciences Po are required to take 30 ECTS each semester. Regardless of the number of courses taken, they will receive a maximum of four Duke credits towards graduation per semester. All successfully completed courses, once transferred to the Duke transcript, will be eligible for major, minor, and coding requirements at departmental discretion.

NOTE: Only Duke students are allowed to study at Sciences Po through the Duke-Sciences Po exchange.

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES (NOTE: All excursions and activities are subject to change due to COVID)



EDUCO usually offers a selection of the following cultural activities for students.

Activities for all students:

  • Language partnership with French students
  • An evening at the Opéra
  • Dinner at a restaurant 
  • Internships
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Museum visits

Activities for small groups (sign-up sheets) during the semester:

  • French Gastronomy Workshop (20 students per semester)
  • Wine tasting workshop (28 students per semester)
  • Dinner with French students (30 students per semester)
  • Visual arts workshop (6 students per semester)
  • Photography workshop (5 students per semester)
  • One-day exploration to the "province" to Lille, Rouen, Dijon, Amiens (6 students per semester)

See http://www.educo.fr/en/discovering-french-heritage for more information.


Students will have the opportunity to participate on day trips to locations such as Chartre, Chablis, Fontainebleau, Vaux-le-Vicomte, Giverny, or Riems.


Paris, the capital of France, possesses a unique and lively character that forever changes those who visit, live, or study in the city. One million people reside in Paris proper, and over eight million live in the surrounding Ile de France region, endowing the Paris metropolitan area with a legendary vibrance.

Divided into 20 districts or "arrondissements," Paris has a mosaic-like appeal. The Left Bank of the Seine River comprises the southern half of the city and has been home to the Latin Quarter, the center of French and international university life since the Middle Ages. A historical gathering place for students, artists, and intellectuals, the Left Bank has come to signify not only a geographical region, but also a particular lifestyle or fashion centered on scholarship and creativity. The Right Bank is traditionally known for its elegance and sophistication and for what is perhaps its signature: the breathtaking avenue of the Champs-Elysées.

Cultural Paris both defies and exceeds expectation. Those traveling to the Louvre to view the famous Mona Lisa might be equally impressed by the stunning glass Pyramide juxtaposed with historic museum buildings or by the rapturous Michelangelo sculptures also housed in the Louvre. Notre Dame, the Musée d’Orsay, L’Opéra, the Centre Georges Pompidou, the theaters, and the myriad smaller museums and galleries all provide unparalleled cultural opportunities.

Grand monuments such as the Eiffel Tower and Napoleon’s Arc de Triomphe yield an astounding backdrop for the bustling streets of contemporary Paris. Cafés, bookstalls along the Seine, fashionable stores, and restaurants boasting gastronomic delights—all of these uniquely Parisian features give the city an atmosphere that Hemingway aptly described as "a moveable feast."


The EDUCO program offers two types of student housing: French households and student foyers. Although housing type cannot be guaranteed, students are able to rank their preference for housing type at the time of application to the program.

French Household 

By and large, the most popular option, and the one most encouraged for students wanting to gain fluency in the French language and culture, is living in a French household.

Lodgings are located throughout Paris, in a variety of neighborhoods and arrondissements (not solely in the 5th, 6th, 7th arrondissements). An average commute to the EDUCO center or to the universities for classes is 35 minutes by Métro (which is considered an easy commute by Parisian standards).

Breakfast every day and three dinners per week are included in this housing option. Sheets and towels are also provided.

Students are able to request a preferred roommate on the housing form at the time of application. Roommate requests must be mutual, so please coordinate requests. Requests will be considered and honored if possible, but cannot be guaranteed.

Student Foyer

Housing in Paris will differ greatly from what students may be accustomed to in the United States. Dormitories are often located in old buildings and are not equipped with all the household amenities taken for granted in the U.S. For example, clothes dryers are a rarity and access to Internet not always available.

Each student will have a single room with a shower and sink, and sheets and towels will be provided. Meals are not included, but students will share a communal kitchen.

Independent Housing

Occasionally, students are able to pre-arrange housing in Paris, independently of the EDUCO program, either through relatives or family friends. If students choose not to live in EDUCO-sponsored housing, they and their parents will be asked to sign a waiver releasing the program from housing responsibilities and confirming the student's address in Paris. All non-program accommodations must be arranged 2-3 months prior to the start of the program. To discuss this option and to obtain a waiver form, please contact the Global Education Office.

More information about housing types can be found be found on the EDUCO housing form, due at the time of application to the program or at http://www.educo.fr/en/housing.


These costs are estimated based on previous years’ programs and the current exchange rate. All costs are subject to change.

Fall 2021 or Spring 2022

  Duke Students
Tuition $29,042.50
Program Fee $2,500
Other Costs

Other Costs (Fall) 

Other Costs (Spring)

TOTAL (Estimated) $41,122.50 (Fall)
$42,822.50 (Spring)

Explanation of Costs

Financial Aid

Duke students receiving institutional need-based grant aid are eligible for aid for this program; work-study funds are converted to grants. Students are individually responsible for making the necessary arrangements with the Karsh Office of Undergraduate Financial Support and the Duke Bursar’s Office.


For academic year students, the fall semester does not end in December, but rather in mid- to late January. There is a winter break in December/early January for academic year students, the dates of which are not available before the start of each Parisian academic year. Arrival and departure dates for students attending Sciences Po full-time will also differ from the regular EDUCO calendar. Please contact the EDUCO staff in Paris for details.

Students studying at EDUCO for the fall only can make special arrangements with their professor to take course exams or submit papers in December, rather than in late January when the French semester ends.

The dates listed are tentative and subject to change. Students should verify dates with the EDUCO staff before making any personal travel plans. 

NOTE: The academic calendar for Sciences Po students is very different, especially with regards to arrival dates. Please consult the Sciences Po and EDUCO websites for details.

  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2022

Fall 2022


  • EDUCO Student arrival:  Tuesday, August 30
  • EDUCO orientation: Wednesday, August 31-September 10
  • Université de Paris, Sorbonne, and Panthéon Sorbonne classes begin: Monday, September 12
  • EDUCO courses begin: Monday, September 12
  • Semaine de lecture (No EDUCO courses): October 31 - November 5
  • End of EDUCO courses (exams included): Friday, December 16
  • Fall students depart: Saturday, December 17

*Note: These dates are tentative 

Sciences Po 

  • Sciences Po Arrival, Orientation: August 18-19
  • Sciences Po Welcome Program: August 22-26
  • Sciences Po Classes begin: August 29
  • End of Sciences Po courses (exams included): December 16
  • Fall students depart: December 17


You will make your own travel arrangements to and from the program site. You are expected to arrive on the arrival date cited below, which usually means departing the U.S. one day prior. Once you have a flight itinerary, log in to MyExperientialEd to update your travel registry.

Housing Before/After

You will need to make your own housing arrangements if you will be arriving before the program start date or leaving later than the program end date.

Spring 2022


  • EDUCO Student arrival: Sunday, January 9, 2022
  • EDUCO Orientation: Monday, January 10-January 21
  • Paris 7-Diderot courses start: January 17 
  • Paris I and Paris IV courses start: January 24
  • EDUCO courses start: January 24
  • Reading Week: February 28-March 4
  • Spring Break: April 25-May 6
  • End of Semester: May 26

Sciences Po (NOTE: This option is not available for AY 2021-2022)

  • Sciences Po Arrival: N/A
  • EDUCO Orientation: N/A
  • Sciences Po Welcome Program: N/A
  • Sciences Po Classes begin: N/A
  • End of Semester: N/A


You will make your own travel arrangements to and from the program site. You are expected to arrive on the arrival date cited below, which usually means departing the U.S. one day prior. Once you have a flight itinerary, log in to MyExperientialEd to update your travel registry.

Housing Before/After

You will need to make your own housing arrangements if you will be arriving before the program start date or leaving later than the program end date.



NOTE: Visa, travel, and passport rules, restrictions, and procedures are all subject to change due to COVID.

All students will be required to obtain a long stay student visa to study in France, unless you are a citizen of the European Union.

Duke's Global Education Office will send you instructions on how to obtain your student visa and make this information available in MyExperientialEd. It will be your responsibility to follow these instructions and gather all documentation required by the French Embassy in Washington, DC. It is a two-step process. First, you will need to apply online to register with the French Embassy via Campus France. After that registration is confirmed, you will make an appointment and appear at any VFS Global Center in the US to submit your visa application and required materials. We encourage all students to be in possession of a valid passport and to begin the VFS visa process within ninety days of your departure for Paris. You can begin the Campus France registration as soon as you receive your acceptance into the program. You should allow at least three weeks for Campus France processing and four weeks for VFS processing. You must obtain a French student visa prior to your departure in order to participate in the program.

Your long stay student visa will allow you to study in France for a semester or an academic year. You will not be allowed to work on this type of visa.


All participants must possess a valid, signed passport. Make sure your passport has at least six months of validity beyond the program end date to avoid unintended disruptions. For instructions on obtaining or renewing your U.S. passport, visit passports.state.gov.

International Student Identity Card

An International Student Identity Card (ISIC) is optional. ISIC is the only internationally recognized form of student ID, endorsed by UNESCO. If purchased in the U.S., the card also carries with it a supplemental insurance policy, which can prove to be very helpful in the event of serious injury. You may purchase this card through www.myisic.com. Processing of the card takes between 4-15 days. 


EDUCO Staff - Paris

On a rotating basis, each university in the EDUCO consortium (Duke, Cornell, Emory, and Tulane Universities) sends a professor to Paris for the academic year to act as the Faculty in Residence for the year. 

The permanent EDUCO staff provide on-site advice on every aspect of life in Paris and are dedicated to helping students have a first-rate educational experience:

  • EDUCO Administrative Director - Brent Keever
  • EDUCO Program Coordinator - Giulia Squatriti
  • EDUCO Academic Services Coordinator - Valérie Herbunot 
  • In addition, there are often graduate students to assist the staff with program activities.

Contact information for the Paris staff will be provided in orientation materials.

Duke in France Contacts - Duke Campus

The Duke in France program is jointly administered at Duke University by the Department of Romance Studies and the Global Education Office for Undergraduates. 

Dr. Deborah Reisinger

Associate Professor of the Practice of Romance Studies

Susan Pratt

GEO Asst. Director

Joy Searles

GEO Senior Staff Assistant for Programs


Deadline: Extended to April 1st (Fall and Academic Year); October 1 (Spring)

Eligibility: Applicants must have completed at least French 204 or have equivalent proficiency.

This program has rolling admission. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis until the program fills; after that, qualified students are added to a waitlist and notified of openings. Applications must be received by the deadline to be considered.

Priority: Priority will be given students having an overall GPA of 3.0 and an average grade of B+ in French. Full-year applicants also receive priority.

Minimum GPA: The minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) required for Duke students wishing to study away during the semester is 2.7 (3.0 for Pratt students) on a scale of 4.0. See Academics section for details.

Non-Duke students: Duke in France only accepts applications from Duke students. Non-consortium students applying to EDUCO must apply through Emory University. More details and an application can be found on Emory's Office of International and Summer Programs website.


Start your application early to ensure that it is complete by the deadline! Incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the program directors for consideration.

Submit the following items using MyExperientialEd

  1. Online application
  2. Official transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended. First-year students should wait for fall semester grades to be posted before submitting their transcript.
  3. Personal statement, one page minimum, written in English or French, describing why you want to study with Duke in France/EDUCO in Paris and what you hope to gain from it.
  4. Two academic letters of recommendation, one from a French instructor.
  5. Duke in France Housing Application

Once an applicant has submitted the materials listed above, the Department of Romance Studies will contact him/her to set up a language interview. Please note that students do not need to complete the interview prior to the application deadline.


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