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New York/Paris Exchange Program

For many college students, studying for a semester or a year at the University of Paris is a lifelong dream. For over thirty years, the New York/Paris Exchange Program has been helping to make this dream come true for thousands of students at Queens College and the other campuses of CUNY.

 This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines who are full-time CUNY students who have already spent one semester at CUNY and have a GPA of 2.65 or better. The program, while not limited to French majors, asks that participants have either three college-level courses in French OR the equivalent proficiency before they go.

The language of instruction in most courses taught on the program is French. For participants with the minimum French requirements, there is the possibility of taking courses in FRENCH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE. For those who have good reading and writing skills in French, courses are available in literature, art history, cinema, photography, history, economics, sociology, philosophy, political science, women's studies, the natural sciences, and computer science.

A three-week intensive French language course and orientation is offered by the program in September and January before the French university semesters begin. Students are highly encouraged to take this introductory course in Paris.

 Students receive elective credits for all the work they complete on the program.

 Students receive help in finding two types of housing in Paris. They can be au pairs for French families, which involves 12 to 15 hours of service to the family—usually in the form of offering English conversation or help with English homework to the children of such families—in exchange for room and board. Or, they can share rented apartments in Paris with other students.

 Along with the application, you must submit a $400 check made out to Queens College. This is a non-refundable application fee. Students pay regular CUNY tuition during their semester or year abroad. They remain eligible for TAP and PELL financial aid during this time. In addition, they must pay their round-trip transportation, housing expenses. For students who don't become au pairs, food and housing costs are approximately $6,000 per semester, or $12,000 per year.

Click here to view a video about CUNY Paris Exchange!

Application Deadlines

Fall semester - April 1st

Spring semester - October 15th

Application:Click here for more information on how to apply

Contact Information:

Mohamed Tabrani

Queens College CUNY, King Hall, Room 203

65-30 Kissena Blvd.

Flushing, NY 11367

Tel: 718-997-5125  FAX: 



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