Study and intern abroad at the CEA Center in Paris.
Make the City of Light your classroom when you study abroad at the CEA Paris Center. From business and finance to fashion, the art scene to the foodie scene, Paris offers limitless opportunities. France’s capital city has long been a center of intellectual thought, politics, art, and social change, where diversity and modernity thrive alongside centuries of rich history. Studying and interning abroad in Paris at the CEA Center offers stimulating approaches to learning by combining a global internship and in-class work with group projects, co-curricular activities, and excursions.
Deepen your understanding of local French and global cultures, politics, art and current events while earning credits in your field of study. Electives are taught in English and focus on an active learning approach, as your instructors take you outside the classroom and into the city, using the streets, markets, museums, and people of Paris to enhance your learning and discovery. Jumpstart your French language skills with the Early Start option in the fall semester. Plus, improve your French language skills in courses available at all levels of proficiency. Earn 12-18 credits.
CEA program fees are comprehensive and include tuition, housing, excursions, activities, 24/7 emergency support, insurance, and more.
Earn 12-18 credits. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for study abroad and 2.75 for the internship option. Study abroad students must be at least 18 years of age and have completed high school. Internship students must have completed at least one year of college. Courses are 3 credits/45 contact hours. Classes meet at various times, Monday through Friday. The optional Early Start option consists of one French language course. Prior to departure, you will select your preferred courses and take an online language placement exam. After arriving in Paris, you'll also take an oral language placement exam. Credits are issued by the University of New Haven.
Stay in a single studio, residence hall, homestay, shared apartments, or foyer conveniently located in central Paris. Apartments are close to the city center and commuting distance of 20-45 minutes to the CEA Paris Center. Apartments, foyers, and homestays may incur an additional fee. Homestays include breakfast and the option of two additional meals per week. All other housing is self-catered.
CEA provides a variety of activities throughout the program, including a wide range of welcome, orientation, and engagement events and opportunities. Excursions vary by term and may include visits to Avignon and Provence, Strasbourg, Giverny, Bruges, Belgium, and/or Fribourg, Germany. CEA also provides pick-up from the airport in conjunction with planned arrival dates.
The internship course is a variable 3-6 credit course. Internships are available in a variety of fields, including Accounting, Advertising, Architecture, Arts, Business Management, Communication, Culinary Arts, Culture, Education, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Hospitality, International Relations, Journalism, Life Sciences & Resource Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Media Technology, NGO & Development, Non Profit Administration, Political Science, Public Relations, Publishing, Sustainability, Teaching, Theatre, Tourism, Visual & Digital Arts, Visual Arts & Design.
CAPA’s partner CEA provides comprehensive support services for students to utilize during their time in Paris. The team is available throughout the duration of the program to assist and support students 24/7 with any emergency situations. Students also have access to various safety, health, and wellness resources during their program.
As a student in the CEA program, you’ll receive medical, travel, and accident insurance.
In this course, you will be engaged in an in-depth analysis and pictorial survey of 20th century artistic expression, one of the most diverse, politically contentious and maddening periods in the history of art. To this end, you will first seek out the origins of Modernism by looking at the late 19th and nearly 20th century artistic efforts (from Courbet, Manet and the Symbolists to the modernist works of the Cubists, Fauves and Futurists) to come to terms with the mechanized, urbanized and politically charged mood of fin-de-siècle industrial society in Europe.
PARS ARH 430
Designed for the student having had two or more years of university-level, French language instruction, Advanced French builds on the basic structures, learned at the beginner and intermediate levels, with you, the immersion student, in mind. Learning French in France, you have a considerable advantage as far as active, language acquisition is concerned: the reality of continual contact with the French and all their linguistic and cultural idiosyncrasies. As part of active language acquisition, and in order to help you engage in diverse, cultural experiences, the instructor will lead a limited number of discovery excursions into the city of Paris including, but not limited to libraries, museums, theatres, or local bakeries. More concretely, at the advanced level of French, you will continue refining your proficiency in the four areas of language competency in order to communicate effectively in the target language. The varied class activities and exercises focus, therefore, upon the following four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Conducted entirely in French, this class requires daily preparation as well as a high level of engagement on your part during class meetings. And while the instructor does not expect you to understand every word said in class, you should look for patterns and look/listen for contextual clues in order to gain a global understanding of the situation and sense behind it. Learning to derive global meanings from speech and text that you may not entirely understand is a powerful tool that will hone your ability to understand your environment as you navigate your way through French-speaking cultures, both literally and figuratively. Your constant attention and dynamic participation are indispensable ingredients for making real and observable improvements in your cross-cultural competency. As an active student you will be expected not only to come prepared to class, but also to discuss there the new cultural facts or discoveries you have encountered outside of class.
PARS FRE 301
Gaining practical fluency in a foreign language is one way in which to expand insight into another culture. As a student in linguistic immersion you have a unique opportunity to engage locals, even at the beginning levels as a way to increase both your bi-cultural and your intercultural competence. However, as a beginner, you may wonder how you can go about engaging locals despite your lack of adequate conversation skills. This course will begin with an emphasis on phonetic control and aural comprehension with the objective of training you to distinguish and reproduce sounds, words and structures in immersion. Designed for students beginning university-level French language instruction, this course offers students a structured learning environment for a directed study of French phonetics and the acquisition of beginner-level, action-based conversations appropriate to the immersion experience, such as: ordering at the market, making a medical appointment, reserving a train ticket and booking a hotel to name a few. Over the course of the semester, you will hone your beginning-level competences in “oral communication” through an action-based, intercultural approach that will also promote the favorable development of your personality and sense of identity in response to the enriching experience of otherness in both language and culture. Your goal, therefore, is to systematize competencies related to listening and oral production so as to effectively achieve acts of speech such as “establishing basic social contact”, “producing simple, mainly isolated phrases about people and places”, and “asking and answering simple questions”. While vocabulary and grammatical competencies are not listed in the objectives for this course, mastering them is a step necessary to making progress in this course. This course reinforces those spoken and listening competencies normally acquired in the A1 level of the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFRL). As such, it is also appropriate for the student with greater writing and reading competence in French but who lacks equal proficiency in listening and speaking. Conducted entirely in French, this class requires daily preparation as well as a high level of personal engagement during class meetings. And while the instructor does not expect you to understand every word said in class, you should listen/look for patterns and contextual clues in order to gain a global understanding of the situation and sense behind it. Learning to derive global meanings from speech and text that you may not entirely understand is a powerful tool that will hone your ability to understand your environment as you navigate your way through French-speaking cultures, both literally and figuratively.
PARS FRE 111
Designed for the student having had no prior contact with the French language, Beginning French I introduces the basic structure of the French language with you, the immersion student, in mind. Learning French in France, you have a considerable advantage as far as active, language acquisition is concerned: the reality of continual contact with the French and all their linguistic and cultural idiosyncrasies. As part of active language acquisition, and in order to help you engage in diverse, cultural experiences, the instructor will lead a limited number of discovery excursions into the city of Paris including, but not limited to libraries, museums, theatres, or local bakeries.
PARS FRE 101
Designed for the student having had minimal prior contact with the French language, Beginning French II builds on the basic structure of the French language learned in Beginning French I with you, the immersion student, in mind. Learning French in France, you have a considerable advantage as far as active, language acquisition is concerned: the reality of continual contact with the French and all their linguistic and cultural idiosyncrasies. As part of active language acquisition, and in order to help you engage in diverse, cultural experiences, the instructor will lead a limited number of discovery excursions into the city of Paris including, but not limited to libraries, museums, theatres, or local bakeries.
PARS FRE 102
In this course you will cover material related principally to Calculus III dealing with functions of multivariable calculus. These mathematics are an important tool in science and engineering and an extensions of the concepts from Calculus I. The content of this course will thus focus on: curves and surfaces in Euclidean 3-space, length and curvature, area and volume; surfaces, partial derivatives, total differential, tangent planes to surfaces; gradient; vector-valued functions; path integral; Stokes’ theorem, Green’s Theorem, and Divergence Theorem. In addition to the cognitive and knowledge skills listed above, students in this course will explore practical applications of math and science to the field of engineering.
PARS MATH 245
Mathematica is a computer programming language that through over 30 years of development covers a full range of technical computing needs. It relies on built-in functions and automated algorithms to simplify the coding language process that makes it a very useful tool for engineers. This 1-credit course is an assignment-based laboratory using Wolfram’s Mathematica software, and it is intended to complement the 4-credit Calculus III course. More specifically, it consists of weekly, one-hour laboratory sessions in which students develop their skills in the application of Mathematica in order to resolve Calculus-based problems. Emphasis will therefore be placed on the practical implementation of real world models, building on competencies acquired in the 4-credit Calculus III course. The laboratory sessions are informal and students are expected to contribute in a positive manner.
PARS MATH 246
This course thus explores the interaction between culture and communication and introduces students to the knowledge and skills requisite to building intercultural competence. More specifically, this course invites students to analyze and evaluate how their own cultural identity influences communication with others; encourages interaction with the host culture; and prepares students with knowledge and skills to be effective and ethical intercultural communicators.
PARS COM 340
This course provides a survey and analysis of the major political, ideological, social, economic and cultural issues confronting France in the early 21st century. You will first receive an overview of France’s quest for domestic political and social stability as well as international stature and cultural recognition abroad since the founding of the Fifth Republic in 1958.
PARS POL 362
In this course you will cover material related principally to differential equations dealing with ordinary differential equations. These mathematics are an important tool in Science and Engineering and are commonly associated with understanding population dynamics, radioactive decay, and certain chemical reactions. The content of this course will thus focus on first-order differential equations, higher-order differential equations, Laplace transforms, and series solutions of linear differential equations. In addition to the cognitive and knowledge skills listed above, students in this course will identify the relevance and practical applications of mathematics to various fields.
PARS MATH 350
This course will guide you through the basic principles of ideal linear time-invariant electrical circuits and will provide you with the main tools for a full comprehension of their behavior. The basic circuit elements will be explained, together with the main laws deriving from their connection. The main methods for circuit analysis, efficiently merging the information on circuit components, and circuit topology will be introduced and described.
PARS ENGR 340
A historical and sociological analysis of French civilization and culture from Roman to contemporary times, this course engages you in the life and culture of France’s capital city, Paris, in order to encounter, analyze and appreciate French society, culture and behavioral patterns
PARS CUL 350
This course is designed as a survey of the past 200 years of designing, making, wearing and commenting upon the clothes we wear. You will begin by tracing out the origins of Haute Couture by threading your way back into late 17th century aristocratic circles and their social customs of dress. You continue your historical exploration by analyzing the fabric of 18th and 19th century bourgeois mentality, sensibility and insecurity. Taken together, these early fashion and stylistic efforts help you unravel the complexities and diverse impulses of 20th century fashion designers and their creations.
PARS ARH 361
In this course you will trace the history of Paris from an architectural perspective from the Gallo-Roman times to the 21st Century. Our starting point is the conviction that architecture and city planning are more than utilitarian or aesthetic enterprises–that such efforts necessarily involve, and are often dominated by, political and ideological considerations. Therefore, you will analyze the political and historical forces at work in the many styles of modern French building in order to demonstrate how each style reflects both the contemporary historical forces at work in each period as well as the political aspirations, in both the domestic and international spheres. To this end, you will explore the crucial role played by the Monarchy, the Church, the aristocracy, the French State, the bourgeoisie, and France's many Kings, Emperors and Republican Presidents in the drafting, designing, funding, and constructing of the many grand monuments, public buildings, and private mansions in Paris.
PARS ARH 420
Designed for the student having had one year of university-level, french language instruction, Intermediate French I builds on the basic structures, learned at the beginner level, with you, the immersion student, in mind. Learning French in France, you have a considerable advantage as far as active, language acquisition is concerned: the reality of continual contact with the French and all their linguistic and cultural idiosyncrasies. As part of active language acquisition, and in order to help you engage in diverse, cultural experiences, the instructor will lead a limited number of discovery excursions into the city of Paris including, but not limited to libraries, museums, theatres, or local bakeries.
PARS FRE 201
Designed for the student having had three semesters of university-level, French language instruction, Intermediate French II builds on the basic structures, learned at the Intermediate I level, with you, the immersion student, in mind. Learning French in France, you have a considerable advantage as far as active, language acquisition is concerned: the reality of continual contact with the French and all their linguistic and cultural idiosyncrasies. As part of active language acquisition, and in order to help you engage in diverse, cultural experiences, the instructor will lead a limited number of discovery excursions into the city of Paris including, but not limited to libraries, museums, theatres, or local bakeries.
PARS FRE 202
The primary goal for you in this course is to build a broad-based foundation for understanding the many actors, practices, and structural forces that make up the global marketplace today. This course will enable you to pursue additional business studies within a wide range of courses in international marketing, management, and finance and it will empower you personally for the future international business ventures and challenges you seek to take on.
PARS BUS 320
During this course, you will be invited to reflect weekly on your internship experience within the context of your host culture by comparing and contrasting your experiences with your global internship placement with that of your home culture. By creating an intentional time to reflect on your experiences in your internship, the role you have played in the evolution of your experience in your internship placement and the experiences of your peers in their internship placements, you will develop a greater awareness of your strengths relative to the career readiness competencies, the subtleties and complexities of integrating into a cross-cultural work environment, and how to build and maintain a career search portfolio.
PARS INT 430
This course provides an overarching introduction to the causes and consequences of Earth’s recent anthropogenic climate change and its intersection with environmental, social, economic, and geopolitical issues. When looking at possible human responses to this anthropogenic climate change, the key variables in modeling different scenarios for Earth’s future climate are demographics, choice of energy resources, land use, and politico-economic decisions. For each scenario, this course will illustrate the consequences of climate change with a specific focus on these global issues.
PARS ENV 320
In this course, you will explore the relationship between mass media and the fashion industry from 19th century Paris to today's new media platforms and globalized communication networks. And while the fashion industry provides an arena for conventional media business it also involves a coded and complex dialogue among creators, corporations, tastemakers and the masses. The first half of the course addresses therefore the primary forms of conventional fashion media (journalism, photography, film, new media) while the second half of the course emphasizes the media dialogue and diplomacy a well as its value arbitration (representation, taste, status, trend, globalization). As an integral part of this course, you will consider the various interactions between fashion and media by personally conducting interviews or fashion show reports along with a trend analysis in order to gain practical experience in the ways of fashion journalism. The course includes a shared blog component for posting of assignments and critiques of your visits to fashion industry headquarters or exhibitions.
PARS COM 321
This course examines the relationship between the media and democracy with a particular emphasis on the new media technologies and their profound impact on the current political processes worldwide. The course will first provide an overview of the traditional theories of the media’s role in democracy and then will go on to investigate the effects of the new communication technologies on the public sphere, media systems, democratic governance, and individual expression. Throughout the course, we will study the French media system in depth, but we will also use various other worldwide empirical cases to understand how the media–and the new media technologies in particular–can enhance or undermine democratic processes. The course aims to familiarize students with different media systems and provide a thorough understanding of the media’s role in democracy and its current challenges. Students will engage in applied learning by becoming citizen journalists themselves by researching and interacting with local players in Paris first-hand.
PARS COM 385
The course begins with an overview of the field of trend forecasting including methodologies for field research from street observation to fashion fairs & exhibitions. The product focus will span street fashion to high fashion and include both niche and mega-product trends. We will then shift our focus to filtering the information gathered through field research, retaining the most salient elements of that research and representing them through visual dialogue, stories and trend boards. Special attention will be given to leading a trend meeting including differentiating between audiences and visually representing trends in digital formats. Digital forecasting and predictive modelling will be analysed as part of the future of fashion trend forecasting. Students will be confronted with the realities of various social and cultural backgrounds empowering them to disconnect personal judgement during the product development process.
PARS FM 325
Learn how the camera can be used in a foreign environment as an exciting tool of documentary record, cross-cultural understanding, artistic expression and self-discovery. After an introduction to the fundamentals of photography, both traditional and digital, your camera will be trained on the city of Paris and the personal experiences absorbed here including the architecture, history, people, and rich culture. As you develop your technical, compositional and critical skills you will create a portfolio of images that will both showcase and celebrate your whole unforgettable study abroad experience.
PARS PHT 301
This course will guide you through statics for engineering, the branch of mechanics that analyzes the forces and torques of bodies in equilibrium. Statics defines quantities such as the moment of a force, the centroid, and moments of inertia that describe how structures and bodies can remain at rest or maintain a constant velocity. In this course you will learn about trusses, joints, frames, and machines. You will understand the use of forces and moments and how these combine to achieve equilibrium. As a tool for engineering, statics will provide you with the methods to design structures capable of supporting and moving loads safely and effectively from beams to bridges. The course includes two- and three-dimensional force systems, moments, equivalent systems; trusses, frames, machines; centroids, centers of mass, moments of inertia, friction, internal axial and shear forces, and engineering applications. The course will also give you the opportunity to discuss and analyze complex and composite rigid systems, considering their inner structure and identifying the forces and moments required to maintain equilibrium. You will explore the challenges engineers encounter in designing ever more functional structures and machinery and how these designs introduce requirements and constraint on materials.
PARS ENGR 380
For more than 1,500 years, Jews have lived within the modern-day limits of Paris and France. France even became the first nation, at the time of the Revolution in 1789, to grant equal rights to this community. Yet despite an entrenched history in France, Jewish life and experiences in this region are not monolithic. This course concentrates on the origins and history, the changing cultural conditions, and the particular characteristics of the French Jewish experience. Class time will reflect on the cultural, linguistic, religious, and political diversity of Jewish communities in Paris and its surroundings. We will visit the major Parisian monuments of historic and contemporary Jewish life in order to analyze key chapters of French Jewish history since the end of the 18th century. Major events studied may include: the Revolution and the Emancipation; the Dreyfus Affair; waves of Jewish immigration to the Paris area; State antisemitism and deportation during the Occupation and the Vichy régime; and post-Holocaust reconstruction and life.
PARS REL 341
This course will guide you through thermodynamics, the branch of Engineering that deals with the macroscopic behavior of systems. Thermodynamics defines quantities such as internal energy, entropy, and pressure that describe the global properties of a body. It states that the behavior of these quantities is subject to general constraints that are valid for all materials whether these are liquids, solids, gasses, and irrespective of their particular properties and chemical composition. These general constraints are expressed in the Laws of Thermodynamics which can be interpreted in terms of statistical mechanics. In the course, you will be dealing with heat and temperature and their relation to energy and work. You will master fundamental issues such as energy conservation, irreversibility, and how these govern the working of devices. As a tool for Engineering, thermodynamics will provide you with the methods to analyze and use physical laws in processes aimed at transforming, transferring, and storing energy such as in engines, refrigerators, and batteries. The course includes basic elements of classical thermodynamics, the First and Second Laws, the properties of pure materials, the Ideal Gas Law, the Carnot Cycle, control volume analysis of closed simple systems and open systems at steady state; Engineering applications, including engine cycles and psychrometrics. You will have the opportunity to discuss in physical and quantitative terms the functioning of systems that are apparently complex and diverse such as a heat pump, a combustion engine, or a solar panel. You will explore situations that bring the predictive power of physics into play in unexpected and important situations such as in the energetics of a living cell and discuss ideas such as harnessing energy from the surroundings that continuously challenge engineers and are at the heart of our present energetic and environmental concerns and strategies.
PARS ENGR 281
This course introduces students to the display, theories, and processes of visual merchandising presentation in retail, showroom, and other fashion settings. After situating merchandising in the historical record, this course will cover topics such as customer behavior, environment, and brand collection and rely on frequent, student analyses of stores & boutiques in the urban environment to illustrate how merchandising theory is applied in a retail environment. Later in the course, while studying the window, the entrance, and colours, students will apply their new merchandising techniques to actual products. This course prepares the students using both classic and modern approaches to the subject and provides the necessary skills that to attract the consumer’s eye and interest.
PARS FM 269