UMW Exchange Programs | FRANCE

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For the same UMW tuition you paid this semester, you could study as an exchange student in France!
There are three UMW Exchange Programs offered in France:
  • CEFAM (International School of Management – College of Business Partnership)
  • ISCPA (School of Journalism & Communication)
Program Overview Located in Paris, the Mission Interuniversitaire de Coordination des Exchanges Franco-Américains (MICEFA) is UMW’s gateway to French universities. Students select from public universities in Paris according to their academic needs.

Member institutions include: La Sorbonne, La Sorbonne Nouvelle, René Descartes, Pierre et Marie Curie, Denis Diderot, Saint Denis, Dauphine, Nanterre, Sud, Val de Marne, Nord, Val d’Essonne, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Universite de Marne Vallee, or Institut Catholique de Paris. Select campuses offer specific fields such as the humanities, social sciences, pre-law and more.

Established in 1986, CEFAM is a Franco-American Business School working in partnership with American AACSB accredited Universities in Lyon, France.  The program is very international, accepting students from all over the world who wish to pursue business studies from an international perspective.  The CEFAM program follows the American Liberal Arts tradition in education, allowing CEFAM students to study business and non-business subjects.  CEFAM is located on the ultra-modern René Cassin campus. Two programs are offered in Paris, France:


All courses must be pre-approved by a UMW department chair. Elective credits may be approved by the Center for International Education. Students must receive a “C” or better for courses to transfer.

  • Available for spring or fall semester, or the academic year
  • Students can earn 12-18 credits per semester.
  • Course options depend on host institution selected
  • Available for fall or spring semester
  • Students will earn 30 ECTS credits (15 US credits) per semester
  • Students will select from courses in Media, Journalism, Marketing communication, and Production.
  • Perfect for  Communication and Digital Studies majors!
  • No language requirement
  • GPA requirement: 2.5 minimum
  • Must have completed at least one year of study at UMW
  • No language requirement (all courses taught in English)
  • GPA requirement: 2.5 minimum
  • Students must have completed one year of college prior to application and must be enrolled in the UMW College of Business
  • No language requirement
  • GPA requirement: 2.0 minimum
  • Must have completed at least 30 credits at UMW prior to application; program recommended for sophomores and upperclassmen
  • Open to ALL majors
Housing & Meals The MICEFA arrival package includes a ten-day hostel stay for orientation, during which you will learn your way around Paris and find a housing option that suits your needs and budget. The MICEFA staff will guide you through the selection process and make sure you find a suitable long-term option.  The housing search should be seen as an opportunity to explore Paris and its excellent transportation system.  Although Craig’s List and Air B & B are popular tools for finding rental options, MICEFA does NOT recommend you rent an apartment sight unseen from a stranger.  These tools can be used to start your research before arrival, but please wait until your MICEFA orientation to sign a lease. Cost estimates and further information can be found by visiting Exchange students will choose between three types of accommodation: single apartment, shared apartment, or homestay.

Meals are not included with the apartment options but shopping in the local grocery stores and open air markets for food is highly encouraged as part of French daily life and students will have access to a shared kitchen for food preparation.

Homestay students will have the option of up to 7 breakfast and 7 dinners per week provided by their homestay host.

There are three housing options to select from: Student residence, studio apartment, shared apartment. Costs vary from €700 -€1400 per month depending on selection.

Students will be responsible for grocery shopping and meal preparation on their own.

Excursions MICEFA sponsors extracurricular excursions on the weekends. Examples of previous excursions include: a visit to the Mont St. Michel in Brittany, a day trip to Auvers sur Oise where Van Gogh is buried, an exploration of the magnificent castles of the Loire Valley, and a stroll through Monet’s gardens at Giverny. Personal travel can be arranged on weekends and during university breaks in late September and early April. Excursions relating to classwork may be arranged while on the program, depending on the courses you are enrolled in. Some meetings may take place virtually.


To participate in any of the above exchange programs:

  • Register to study abroad with UMW.
  • You will be contacted by an advisor regarding next steps including the nomination and application process.


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