Created in 1968, Dauphine has established a solid reputation for its openness to the business world and transdisciplinary approach to teaching and research. Home to approximately 9,000 students, Dauphine specializes in organizational sciences, management, economics, mathematics, applied data, and law. Students have access to a wide curriculum in the university system, including courses in economics, computer science, business, French as a foreign language and social sciences.
Courses are taught in French and English with one main building in the West of Paris.
The Boston College in Paris program consists of approximately 30 students across six schools. Academic and cultural support are provided by the BC resident director and the exchange coordinator at the university abroad.
BC Resident Director - BC in Paris
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Academics & Support
Dauphine offers courses in economics, computer science, business, French as a foreign language and social sciences. Courses are taught in French and English with one main building in the West of Paris at Metro: Port Dauphine.
Students begin the semester with a mandatory two week intensive French language course taught at Dauphine worth 2 ECTS/1 BC credit. During the regular semester, students take a course in 19th-20th Century Art History taught by the BC Paris on-site coordinator, this course is worth 6 ECTS/3 BC credits. All students are also registered for the French conversation exchange program. In addition to the French language course and Art History courses students will register for an additional 22 ECTS per semester directly at Dauphine.
Dauphine’s International Office offers exchange students the option to take courses in English
or in French as a Foreign Language
(FLE). Eligible students may also take courses taught in French
by the regular academic departments. For these courses, students should choose those courses marked as Licence or L.
BC students on the French track are required to take a minimum of three classes in French per semester, at least one in a regular department plus 2 FLE courses. Students planning to take courses in the regular Dauphine curriculum in French must get a signed letter from a BC French professor confirming they have a minimum level of B2 in French. Students on the English track must take a minimum of 2 FLE courses per semester.
Course registration will take place online prior to your arrival in Paris. Dauphine will email students directly with registration information. Students will submit an online learning agreement as soon as possible once the registration period opens.
- Fall Term: Starts in late August and ends in mid-December.
- Spring Term: Starts in early January and ends in late May.
Students are required to live with a French host family during their first semester in Paris. Students studying in Paris for the full academic year may choose to live in an apartment during their second semester, if students choose this option they will be responsible for finding an apartment.
Housing is arranged by a housing agency in Paris. The housing agency reviews students’ housing questionnaires and notifies students of their host family placements approximately one month prior to departure for Paris. Each host family lives close to public transportation. It is very common for students to walk 10-15 minutes from their homestay to the closest Metro stop and then take the Metro 30-40 minutes to the host university.
A one month security deposit is required immediately after students submit the housing questionnaire and full payment will be due prior to the start of the semester, all housing payments are made directly to the housing agency not to Boston College. Cost estimates are available here. Cost varies depending on the number of dinners students have each week with their host family. Students are provided breakfast every morning and may choose to have from1-5 dinners per week with their family. Students purchase their own lunch each day.
In addition, tenant Insurance is required under French law, students will make this payment directly to the housing agency, the cost is approximately 110 Euros.
The French government requires foreign students to enroll in social security regardless of any health insurance they already have. This regulation means that while studying in France, BC students are required to maintain their domestic insurance, the GeoBlue insurance purchased through BC and to enroll in French social security. This coverage is required as each individual insurance covers different things. For example, French social security only covers you while you are in France, which means that if you travel outside of France you would not be covered. GeoBlue covers you worldwide for existing conditions as well as repatriation, two things most domestic insurance does not cover. The cost to enroll in French Social Security is 200-220 Euros.
In addition to university-sponsored events, clubs, and sports, BC students may participate in some activities organized by the BC resident director. Activities may include museum visits, dance, theater, opera and weekend excursions to the country side. The BC resident director will inform you of your option upon arrival.
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for information about living in Paris.