UC Davis Study Abroad, Summer Abroad France, Americans in Paris Program, Header Image, Overview Page

Summer Abroad France - On Site

Americans in Paris


Students will live in a dormitory across the street from the Luxembourg gardens and share rooms. Each double room has a mini fridge and a sink. Down the hall from the double rooms are simple kitchens to heat water.   

UC Davis reserves the right to change the accommodation location. Should this be necessary, we will arrange alternative lodging. Please note that elevators, air conditioners and other modern conveniences may not be available in all locations.


The dorm includes a simple French continental breakfast of bread, coffee and juice. In the neighborhood near the dorm there are several inexpensive eateries, organic and non-organic markets, bakeries, cheese shops and restaurants where students can buy food. Except for occasional class picnics and a farewell dinner, students are responsible for their own meals.

Excursions & Activities

Past program excursions and activities have included:

  • An overnight field trip to World War II sites and a coastal town in Normandy
  • A one hour tour of the Seine 

Additionally, students will be required to "travel" through Paris. They will have daily assignments that ask students to explore the history and culture of Americans in Paris through its streets and architecture, and to visit historical sites, museums, and exhibits (both longstanding and new) that inspired past and current Americans living in Paris.

Note: The cost of museum entrances is not included in the program fees, but is part of the estimated personal expenses in the "other program-related expenses" category. For more on program costs, see the Cost page.

Get to Know Your Destination

This program is taught in English and you will receive a quick review of "survival French" on site. However, you may want to brush up on your language skills or start to learn before you travel to Paris. 

Lonely Planet says, “Paris' monument-lined boulevards, museums, classical bistros and boutiques are enhanced by a new wave of multimedia galleries, creative wine bars, design shops and tech start-ups.”  We hope that students will learn to navigate these and other sites that are of interest to them.

CurrencyEuro (EUR)

Language Spoken: French

Weather and Climate: Paris Weather

Study Abroad Advisory of Student Risk

Participation in this UC Davis Study Abroad program requires travel to and extended living in a foreign location(s) abroad. UC Davis Study Abroad endeavors to reduce and mitigate risk wherever possible.  However, the environments and risks associated with living in these locations are substantially different than those found during a regular course of study at UC Davis. All participants must download and review the following information prior to departure. Any questions should be directed to the Program Coordinator.

Student Experience

Global Learning Hub Student Blogs & Articles

Check out student blogs, global learning, and student life across a variety of program experiences.