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Fact Sheet:
Emily Ostenson
Who Can Apply?:
UMA only - non-UMA students contact API
Fields of Study:
Comparative Literature, Culture, Economics, Film Studies, French & Francophone Studies, Geography, History, Linguistics, Modern European Studies, Psychology, Sociology
Host Institution:
Université Paris Diderot
Language(s) of Instruction:
Language Prerequisite:
4 College-Level Semesters
Program Provider:
Apartment, Family Home Stay, Residence Hall
In Classes With:
Mostly Host Country Students
Minimum Class Standing:
2nd Sem Sophomore
Minimum GPA:
Program Description:

A University of Massachusetts Amherst Exchange with the Université de Paris VII - Denis Diderot in partnership with Academic Programs International.

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  • Minimum 2.75 G.P.A.
  • Proficiency in French: four to five semesters of college French or equivalent

How to Apply

This program is administered in partnership with Academic Programs International (API). UMass reviews all applications and will make final decisions once students have completed the application process.

Application Process:

1. Create a profile through the UMass International Programs Office online system. Go to the IPO Homepage to begin.

2. Submit materials - UMass and Non-UMass students follow separate procedures.  Refer to your application requirements in your IPO and API accounts.

3. Language testing: Once materials have been submitted, all students will be scheduled for:

  • Online placement test 
  • Oral French Interview (can be done via phone/Skype for off-campus students)

**Visa Process: Once accepted into the program, you should begin the visa application process immediately. This entails two significant steps:

  1. Create an Etudes en France account through Campus France.  Complete the online form, submit the payment (online or by money order) and mail accompanying materials (Campus France admission form, acceptance letter, and proof of payment) in order to initiate the application.  All applications are sent to the Campus France office in Washington DC.
  2. Complete the process through an in-person appointment at the nearest French Consulate. You should sign up for an appointment time as soon as you complete the Campus France application. Schedule it 3 weeks after you submit your Campus France materials and at least 2 weeks before you plan to depart the United States. You cannot attend your visa appointment without your confirmation number from Campus France.

French Châteaux - Loire Valley - Provence - Rouen

Bruges, Belgium - Burgundy - Lille - Lyon - Rambouillet

All excursions are subject to change. If requested prior to the API payment deadline, UMass students may opt out of all excursions and will receive a discount of $700 per semester.

Academic Program

Total Credit Hours per semester: 12-18 semester credit hours

Université Paris Diderot 

Located in Paris Rive Gauche (the 13th arrondissement near the Bibliothèque François Mitterand), Paris Diderot offers a perfect immersion experience. The new campus mixes modern steel-and-glass façades with French pre-war industrial architecture. Courses are taught in French and students take classes in the humanities, sciences and social sciences with Parisian and other French students. Before classes begin, students participate in a two-week preparatory program or "stage" aimed at introducing students to the campus and teaching system. US students are taught alongside other international students who are also new to the city. Classes for English majors/minors and French language courses for foreign students are also available.

Course at API Center

Students participating in the exchange may take a class taught at the API Center.

Teaching Internships

A limited number of teaching internships are available for intermediate to superior level students. Students are placed in schools and work closely with teachers to teach English to students in French schools. An additional fee is charged for participation in the internship. Students will earn 3 semester credits upon successful completion. For UMass students, the teaching internship is accepted as an upper-level elective for the French Studies major/minor.

Course Information

Students will enroll directly in courses at the Université Paris Diderot. Registration will occur upon arrival in Paris. Because students will not have a confirmed class schedule before departing for France, it is a good idea to get pre-approval for areas of study, rather than for specific courses.

Paris-Diderot Academic Department information - Select "Licence" from "Type de formation" and academic departments from "Champ Disciplinaire" to find courses. Most students take courses in the Département Lettres et Sciences Humaines- L1 and L2

Words from Returned Students


Four months--that doesn't sound like a lot. On average, my life changes very little in four months. Four months in Paris, however, change seemingly everything. I don't even know how to begin to explain what an amazing experience I had.

Vivienne P.--University of Massachusetts Amherst

My overall experience abroad honestly could not have been any better. Yes, it can be scary to be sitting in a classroom with people around you who probably don't speak English as a first language, but they could be some of the best people you ever meet. I was invited home to Germany, Scotland and Northern Ireland for Christmas from friends I made in my classes. I also now have people to visit all over the world.

Jennifer S.--University of Massachusetts Amherst

Program Contact: 

Emily Ostenson
France Advisor

Phone: 413-545-2710
Fax: 413-545-1201

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year UMass/IPO Application Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2018-2019 04/01/2018 04/20/2018 08/28/2018 05/19/2019
NOTE: Dates for 2018-2019 have not been set. These are estimations based on past years.
Fall 2018 04/01/2018 04/20/2018 08/28/2018 01/13/2019
NOTE: Dates for 2018-2019 have not yet been set. These are estimations based on past years.
Spring 2019 10/01/2018 10/01/2018 TBA TBA