Duke in France/EDUCO

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A Full Course of Study 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. The administrative and academic center, EDUCO, co-managed by the four named universities, is located in the Montparnasse neighborhood on Boulevard Raspail in the 14th.

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 resident director and by select French university faculty.


Location: Paris, France

Term: Fall, Spring, or Academic Year

EDUCO Dates: September 2, 2018-December 21, 2018 (Fall); January 8, 2019-May 31, 2019 (Spring)

Science Po Dates: August 23, 2018-December 21, 2018 (Fall); January 16, 2019-May 31, 2019 (Spring)

Application Deadline: October 15 (Spring), March 1 (Fall and Academic Year)

Academic Theme(s): French Language and Culture

Credit Type: Hybrid Credit Structure

Eligibility: Applicants must have completed at least one French course at the advanced level (Duke 300 level or above/5th semester) or have equivalent proficiency. Priority will be given to juniors and 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 Foyer

GEO Advisor: Alayne Wood

  • 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 resident director, 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 Paris VII and, with special permission, the Institut D'Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po). Advanced students may consider courses at Paris IV.

NOTE: Only Duke students will be allowed to study at Sciences Po through the Duke-Sciences Po exchange. Non-consortium students are excluded from this option.

  • Credits & Final Grades


All course approvals 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 see 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. 


Paris I, IV, and VII 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


Fall 2018

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.

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.

Arts Contemporains

(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.

The Economic and Political History of the European Union. 

(CZ, SS, CCI, FL, MMS Approved), 1.0 credit
Instructor: Professor Laurence Blotnicki

The idea in the wake of the Second World War of a common Europe is still a long way from fulfilling its intended goals. There remain numerous challenges to overcome. The first part of this multi-disciplinary course deciphers the complexities of the European Union and predicts its future given its demographic, social and economic makeup. The second part of the course analyzes European Union’s institutions and the way they function. It examines its agricultural and industrial policies as well as investigates its monetary and economic policies. From its original six members to today’s twenty seven, the course addresses the question of the future of the EU which in spite of multiple differences has created a unique political and economic model.

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.

Lieux de Culte (Places of Worship)

CZ, CCI, FL 1.0 credit
Instructor: Professor Cary Howie

This course invites you to think about a quality of modern life easy to forget: the role of devotion, that is to say the sentiment (but also the practice) which transforms everyday places to be places of worship (and in nearly the same way, places of worship in more or less everyday places).We will begin with an in-depth study of the philological and philosophical links between "cult" and "culture" (with the philosophers Josef Pieper and Jacob Taubes); we will then orient ourselves thanks to certain theorists and historians of the place (and its close cousin, the space), such as Marc Augé, Michel de Certeau, Michel Foucault, and André Vauchez; and we will, thus prepared, immerse ourselves in places particularly full of meaning: the cemetery of Montparnasse (for the tomb of Susan Sontag, among others); Notre-Dame Cathedral and St. Denis Basilica (for their religious and museum qualities); the Louvre and the Museum of Arts and Crafts (for almost the same qualities); and typical places of Parisian consumption, e.g. Le Bon Marché. The question of the place of worship, and of what is "religious" even in the most profane experiences, will also be articulated through literary texts such as Au bonheur des Dames (with its representation of the department store ) and Notre-Dame de Paris (with its transformation of the place of worship par excellence into a place of horror and love). 

EDUCO Spring

Spring 2019

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.

Migrations Sans Frontiers
Curricular codes pending, 1.0 credit
Instructor: Professor Laurence Blotnicki

Advanced Expression
(CCI, FL), 1.0 credit
Instructor: Professor Gourévitch

This course focuses on grammar and communication with the objective of achieving an effective level of communication. This requires a mastery of both the spoken language and of grammar and syntax, as well as a thorough understanding of the cultural context. One section will be devoted to Grammar and Communication and the other section will study Phonetics and Communication.


Curricular codes pending, 1.0 credit
Instructor: Professor Cary Howie

Paris Universities

The transfer credit courses found in the Course Approval Database have been offered in the past by the Universities of Paris I, IV, VII, 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 Center

The EDUCO Center is the administrative home of the shared EDUCO program, where Duke, Cornell, Emory, and Tulane students can meet with our staff, take advantage of the WiFi and library resources, and meet with tutors as necessary.

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 MyGlobalEd 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.




EDUCO usually offers the following cultural activities for students.

Activities for all students:

  • Language partnership with French students
  • An evening at the Opéra
  • Dinner at a restaurant 

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

  • Internships (10 students per year)
  • French Gastronomy Workshop (20 students per semester)
  • Wine tasting workshop (28 students per semester)
  • Dinner with French students (30 students per semester)
  • Various visits to museums
  • Visual arts workshop (6 students per semester)
  • Photography workshop (5 students per semester)
  • Volunteer Work (unlimited)
  • One-day exploration to the "province" to Lille, Rouen, Dijon, Amiens (6 students per semester)
  • Weekend family homestay in Lyon and/or Charleville-Mézières (5 students per semester)

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


Each semester, students will have the opportunity to partcipate on one 2-day excursion to places such as Normandy, Loire Valley, Berry, or Burgundy. There will also be one day trip to 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. Students will rank their preference for housing type at the time of application to the program. Housing type cannot be guaranteed.

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.

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 2018 or Spring 2019

  Duke Students
Tuition $26,880
Program Fee $2,500
Other Costs

Other Costs (Fall) 

Other Costs (Spring)

TOTAL (Estimated) $38,910 - $40,610

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 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 2018
  • Spring 2019

Fall 2018


  • EDUCO Student arrival:  September 2, 2018
  • EDUCO Initial Info session: September 2, 2018, 4:00pm
  • EDUCO orientation: September 3, 2018- September 14, 2018
  • Paris 7 courses begin: September 17, 2018
  • EDUCO courses begin: September 17, 2018
  • Holidays/Days Off: November 1, 2018
  • End of EDUCO courses (exams included): December 21, 2018
  • Fall students depart: December 21, 2018

Sciences Po

  • Sciences Po Arrival: August 23, 2018
  • Sciences Po Welcome Program: August 24, 2018- August 31, 2018
  • Sciences Po Classes begin: September 3, 2018
  • Holidays/Days Off: November 1, 2018
  • End of Sciences Po courses (to be confirmed): December 21, 2018
  • Fall students depart: December 21, 2018


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 MyGlobalEd 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 2019


  • EDUCO Student arrival: January 8, 2019
  • EDUCO Orientation: January 8-18, 2019
  • Paris-Diderot courses start: January 14, 2019
  • Paris I and Paris IV courses start: TBA
  • EDUCO courses start: January 21, 2019
  • Spring Break: April 20, 2019- May 5, 2019
  • End of Semester: May 31, 2019 (tentative)

Sciences Po

  • Sciences Po Arrival: January 16, 2019
  • EDUCO Orientation for Science Po Students: January 17, 2019
  • Sciences Po Welcome Program: January 18-25, 2019
  • Sciences Po Classes begin: January 26, 2019
  • End of Semester: May 31, 2019 (tentative)


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 MyGlobalEd 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.

Program FAQs

1. What is "EDUCO" and what does it stand for?

EDUCO is the name by which our program is known in Paris. The program is jointly owned by four U.S. universities: Duke, Emory, Cornell, and Tulane Universities. Students from all four universities participate in the program each semester, sharing housing, classroom, and activities.

2. What are the different housing options in Paris and what are the advantages of each?

There are two housing options available for advanced EDUCO students: French households and foyers. The majority of students live in French households, carefully chosen by the EDUCO staff in Paris. Living with native French speakers offers the highest level of cultural and language immersion among the program's housing options. The foyer (student residence) option is available on a limited basis to men and women. In the foyer, students enjoy the company of peers in a group living situation. The clientele of the foyers tends to be very international, with a common shared language of French.

3. How do I get a French visa?

The Duke Global Education Office will provide you with basic instructions on how to obtain a student visa, but you will need to check with the French consulate assigned to your home jurisdiction for specific information. Information will be sent in your acceptance packet.

4. Should I take my laptop to Paris?

We strongly encourage students to take a laptop to Paris as the computer facilities at the EDUCO center are limited. Students will most likely not have Internet access in the French households, but off-line composition of emails and academic papers on a laptop can save time and money as you can more efficiently make use of the EDUCO computers or Internet cafés for printing and Internet connection.

5. Can my friend and I room together with a family?

You are able to request a preferred roommate on your housing form at the time of application. Roommate requests must be mutual, so please coordinate requests. Requests will be considered and honored when at all possible.

6. If I arrive early in Paris to travel in Europe will the EDUCO office store my luggage?

The EDUCO office does not have sufficient space to store luggage while you are traveling. You may consider putting your luggage into rented lockers at bus or train stations or at the airport, if available.

7. When will my grades be posted to ACES when I return?

Unfortunately, grade reporting is often a delayed process in the French university system, especially compared to the speedy readiness of grades on the Duke campus. The bulk of fall semester grades will arrive to the Duke campus and be posted to ACES as quickly as possible in March and April. The bulk of spring grades (with some fall grades sprinkled in) will arrive in July and August. Very occasionally, some grades (fall and spring) are delayed into the following fall semester. One of the quickest ways to ensure that your grades are posted as soon as possible after we receive them is to provide EDUCO with your course information and description as early in the semester as possible so that courses can be approved. Without a course approval at Duke, grades cannot be posted on the Duke transcript.

8. How do I change my course listings if they are cross-listed?

If you wish to change your course listing while still studying with the program in Paris, please consult with Academic Services Coordinator Valérie Herbunot. If you wish to change your course listing after your term abroad has ended, you will need to contact the Global Education Office.

9. Can I work in Paris while I’m there?

French labor laws prohibit you from working for pay while in France on a student visa. Any paid employment, without benefit of a change in visa status, would be outside the official realm. It is possible in some cases to obtain an unpaid internship. Students are encouraged to consult with the EDUCO staff regarding internships upon arrival in Paris.

10. What’s the best way to access money abroad?

By far the easiest method is to use your debit card to draw funds from your home accounts through local ATM's abroad. Money is disbursed in the local currency and you can get small or large amounts, according to your needs at the moment. Access to a credit card for large or more specialized purchases (train or plane tickets, for instance) will also prove very convenient.

11. How do I register for my next semester classes while abroad?

Duke students will receive an email with registration instructions from the registrar prior to the registration period. ACES is available through internet access abroad. Registration may also be done via fax or email if the internet proves unreliable.

12. Will there be an interview in the application process?

Yes, an interview with the on-campus director of Duke in France is required. All application materials must be received before an interview can take place.

13. Should I invest in a cell phone when I arrive?

Cell phones are highly encouraged, although not required, and most students on the program will obtain one during their time in France. You will receive information on cell phones during the EDUCO orientation in Paris. Sometimes, former students will offer to sell their cell phones to incoming students at a reduced price. Because the cell phone system in Paris does not operate on the basis of service contracts, there is much more flexibility and mobility in phone ownership.

14. Do I have to take all of my classes in French?

Because program students are at the advanced level in French and immersion is a primary goal of the program, all coursework must be done in French. One exception is that declared English majors will be allowed to take one English literature course in English per semester, provided s/he has cleared it with the EDUCO directors.

15. How many courses will count towards the French major or minor?

All courses may be counted towards the French major, as long as the courses are approved for and meet the criteria set forth for the French major by the Department of Romance Studies at Duke. A maximum of three courses with French course numbers above the 300-level per semester may be counted toward the core-course requirement for the French major. Other courses may be counted towards the French major, as long as the courses are approved by the DUS for the Dept of Romance Studies, and meet the criteria set forth for the French major by the Department of Romance Studies at Duke. Related courses may cover a variety of topics related to French or European studies, but cannot simply be a physics course taught in French. Related courses must meet the same criteria expected on the Duke campus. A maximum of two courses with French course numbers above the 300-level per semester may be counted toward the French minor. Information about requirements for the French major and minor can be found in the Duke Undergraduate Bulletin.


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 visiting faculty director and president of EDUCO. 

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 - Monique Benesvy
  • 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. 

Anne-Gaelle Saliot

On-Campus Director, Duke in France

Susan Pratt

GEO Asst. Director & Regional Manager

Joy Searles

GEO Senior Staff Assistant for Programs


Deadline: October 15 (Spring semester) and March 1 (Fall semester and Academic year) 

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. Application opens November 1.

Eligibility: Applicants must have completed at least one French course at the advanced level (Duke 300 level or above/5th semester) or have equivalent proficiency.

Priority: Priority will be given to juniors and 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.


Apply Now

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 MyGlobalEd

  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
  6. Sciences Po Questionnaire

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.