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UMD Exchange: MICEFA Paris (France)
All students accepted to an Exchange program are automatically considered for an award of $1,000! See Cost tab for more information.
Live and study in the City of Lights with MICEFA. MICEFA is a consortium of most of the Universities of Paris and its region. It was created in 1985 to promote cultural and scientific cooperation between France and Anglophone North America. MICEFA works with 16 universities in Paris and the surrounding area to place UMD students. MICEFA also offers coursework in English. Students can take a combination of MICEFA and direct enroll courses in either French or English. MICEFA organizes trips and site visits and provides on-site support to students which include resources for accommodation search, assistance in establishing a bank account, cell phone plane, a French language tutoring.
Students can explore various Paris university options on the MICEFA website.
Paris is considered one of the great capitals of the world. A cosmopolitan city with a rich history and culture, Paris is the perfect back-drop to your exchange experience. Wander the historic streets of St. Germain des Pres, explore world renown art collections in the Louvre and Musee d'Orsay, commune with the famous dead in Pere Lachaise cemetery; Paris offers a variety of ways to explore French history, culture, and current affairs. As France's capital, Paris is also a major transportation hub, home to numerous sport teams and Fortune 500 companies.
MICEFA offers a number of site visits and activities. Students have visited places such as Fontainebleau, Vaux-le-Vicomte, Giverny, the D-Day beaches and American Cemetery in Normandy, Mont Saint-Michel, and the Châteaux of the Loire Valley. Activities in Paris have included picnics on the Champ de Mars, karaoke night, tours of the Christmas markets, scary movie night, tea at the Grande Mosquée, among other things. These trips and activities are the chance for students to get to know Paris better and see France outside of the capital.
Exchange programs are highly competitive and space in each program is limited. You must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to apply to this program:
- 3.0 GPA
- Completion of 2 semesters at UMD
- Completion of 2 semesters of college level French
Exchange programs are a good fit for students looking for immersion, personal growth, and the opportunity to strengthen qualities such as independence and adaptability.
Upon being nominated to MICEFA, students complete a three part application process that includes:
1. List specific courses that students intend to take at specific partner universities. Students should refer to specific course lists on each university website (see French University Partners).
2. Complete a written French language test for assessing written communication abilities
3. Participate in a verbal discussion via Skype with MICEFA staff to assess oral communication abilities
Each partner university requires a different level of French, so these assessments help MICEFA to determine the best school fit for students.
Student Visa Information
A student visa is required for participation on this exchange. For more information, please visit our study abroad visa guide to view instructions for the country you will be visiting. Please note that visa information is subject to change and you are responsible for checking the embassy website for updates.
- Click "Apply Now" at the top of this page. You will log in with your UMD directory ID and password.
- Submit all application materials by the deadline listed below. This includes meeting with your EA advisor (listed at the top of this page), requesting a faculty letter of recommendation, and submitting an official transcript.
- After the application deadline, we will review all completed applications and nominate students for available spots in each exchange program.
- If you are nominated to participate in this exchange, you will work with your EA advisor (listed above) to apply directly to the host university, who will formally admit you to the exchange program.
- Nominated students will then work with their EA advisor (listed above) and our partner universities to coordinate all aspects of the stay at the host university such as course registration, visas and arrival.
Visit the Academics & Study Abroad page which outlines key considerations for your academic planning as you navigate different phases of study abroad:
- Pre-Departure Course Selection & Approval
- Finalizing Course Enrollment Abroad
- Transcripts and Credits on your UMD Record
UMD Students on the MICEFA exchange direct enroll in one of 16 university partners located in Paris and the surrounding region. Students who are accepted will work with MICEFA directly to identify the best fit of local university based on level of French proficiency and academic interests. Accepted students will have the chance to tour or do site visits of potential host universities once they arrive in France. Partner universities in Paris offer a variety of courses in French and English.
NOTE: UMD students may not take MICEFA courses for academic credit since the consortium is not accredited. Instead, students should search the course lists at the partner universities. This includes the introductory stage intensif. MICEFA is currently investigating alternative orientations for UMD students with its partner universities.
There may be other course offerings on this program that are not currently listed in the Study Abroad Course Database (SACD). If you are interested in taking a course not listed in the SACD, please submit a transfer credit evaluation request.
MICEFA provides resources for finding student jobs and internships. Students will not earn credit for internships.
All credit you earn on this program will count as transfer credit towards your UMD degree. Most courses at University will be converted as follows:
|MICEFA Paris Credit||UMD Credit|
|Dependent on host university|
Undergraduates must receive a C- equivalent or better in order to be eligible for the transfer of credit.
|MICEFA Paris Grade||UMD Grade|
MICEFA does not provide guaranteed long-term housing for students but does provide resources. MICEFA does offer one week temporary housing for students to arrive and begin their housing search. Students interested in temporary short-term housing must reserve a spot. The cost is 330 Euro.
Once students are in Paris, MICEFA has a number of networks that will assist students to find housing for the semester. MICEFA staff assist students to locate long-term housing with a comprehensive list of available housing. This involves the student making a direct call to the landlord in French. MICEFA staff are on hand to assist in this process. The housing rent ranges between 400 and 750 Euro per month. The one alternative housing option is the Fondation des Etats-Unis, private housing that costs 800 Euro per month.
UMD students participating in an Exchange program have the benefit of paying UMD tuition rates to attend an institution abroad. For specific information about this Exchange program, please reference the Cost of Attendance Chart.
Tuition and fees for exchange programs are charged directly to your UMD account, which means you can apply UMD scholarships, state and federal financial aid, and alternative loans towards the cost of an exchange. Housing costs are paid directly to the host institution or on-site housing agency.
You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor (listed above) is available to help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.
All students accepted to an Exchange program are considered for an automatic award of $1,000! To be considered for this scholarship, you must:
- Be a current degree seeking undergraduate UMD student (graduate students are not eligible for this award)
- Not currently receive full tuition scholarship/benefits (i.e. Banneker Key, tuition remission, Frederick Douglass Scholarship, etc.)
Additional Financial Resources
Maximize your time abroad by taking advantage of resources at your host institution!
Student Clubs and Organizations
Since there are many different partner universities, sports clubs and organizations will vary by university.
A three-week intensive French course is offered through the orientation program and is based on the student’s French level.
Counseling & Health Services
All exchange students are automatically enrolled in the French healthcare system “Sécurité Sociale” upon enrolling at their French host university. However, it is not mandatory to administratively complete the process if you do not wish to.