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Fact Sheet:
Emily Ostenson
Who Can Apply?:
UMA only - non-UMA students contact API
Fields of Study:
Accounting & Information Systems, Economics, Finance & Operations Management, French & Francophone Studies, Management, Marketing
Host Institution:
Université Paris Dauphine
Language(s) of Instruction:
English, French
Program Provider:
UMass in cooperation with API
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 IX - Dauphine in conjunction with Academic Programs International.

  • Enroll directly in classes with French students at a Parisian university
  • Classes taught in French and English
  • Housing: local host families, dorms and shared apartments
  • Entry Requirements: Valid passport with supporting documents (more information provided during post-acceptance)
  • Teaching internships available


Paris Detail


  • Minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Proficiency in French: Basic knowledge of French desirable, but not required
  • Course of study in Business, Management, Economics, or related fields

How to Apply

This program is administered in conjunction 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 list for both the IPO and API applications.

3. Language testing: Once materials have been submitted, All students who wish to take classes taught in French will be scheduled for:

  • Online placement test 
  • Interview with UMass Amherst France Advisor (can be done via phone/Skype for off-campus students)

**Visa Process: Please note that 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-Dauphine 

Established in 1968 the Université Paris-Dauphine has become a leading business school in France. The campus is located in a former NATO building at Porte Dauphine next to the Bois de Boulogne. With 26% foreign students among its enrollment of 9000 students the university is characterized by an international atmosphere. Dauphine is specialized in the fields of Organizational Sciences and Decision: Management, Economy, Law, Political Science, Sociology, Applied Mathematics, Information Technology and Data Processing. Courses are taught predominantly in French, although some courses in English are available.

Université Paris-Dauphine Information for Exchange Students

Course at the API Center

Students participating in the Dauphine 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 French schools and work closely with teachers to teach students English. 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 Université Paris Dauphine and should have a strong background in economics, management, and/or mathematics. Most courses will be taught in French, although the university does offer courses in English. Students will be in class with French and other international students. 

Paris-Dauphine Course Guide and Academic Information

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 are not yet set. These are estimations based on past years.
Fall 2018 04/01/2018 04/20/2018 08/28/2018 05/19/2019
NOTE: Dates for 2018-2019 are not yet set. These are estimations based on past years.
Spring 2019 10/01/2018 10/01/2018 TBA TBA