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  • Locations: Paris, France
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Merrimack applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2019 09/28/2018 10/26/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: Art History, Business, Communication, European Studies, French, Health Science, History, International Business, International Relations, Literature, Media Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health Housing Options: Apartments, Homestay
Language of Instruction: English, French Minimum GPA: 2.8
Class Standing: 3-Junior, 4-Senior
Program Description:
Semester Program


CIEE Global Institute – Paris: Open Campus Program

Arc de Triumphe ParisCIEE's Global Institutes allow students to take 3 6-week blocks of classes. Students can take all three blocks in Paris, or take two blocks in Paris and the third block at another Global Institute such as Berlin or Rome to create a truly unique global education experience.

The Open Campus program at the CIEE Global Institute-Paris offers five different tracks so that you can match your academic experience with your interests, aspirations, and degree requirements. 

Surround yourself with the French language, culture, and people throughout the quarters of Paris. Live with French hosts, study in state of the art classrooms, and get involved with fun activities, interest groups, and sports on a campus designed to connect you with the local community. Plus, you'll have plenty of chances to get out and see Paris and France up close during included excursions and multi-day study tours.

Courses and Credits

OPEN CAMPUS PROGRAM: Classes are taught on a unique six-week academic block system. Courses are taught more intensively than in a traditional semester-length course. Student should be prepared for a more focused academic experience with longer class sessions. Choose one, two or three academic blocks during either the fall or spring semester. Each block is six weeks long. Students typically take two courses per block, one of which might be an Academic Project (internship, service learning project, or independent research).

As this program is in a non-English language speaking country, Merrimack participants are required to take a language course during their semester abroad.

  1. Language, Literature, and Culture
  2. Communications, Journalism and New Media
  3. Business
  4. Global and Community Health
  5. International Relations and Political Science
For course listings and syllabi,  the Paris Open Campus page and scroll to Course Information at the bottom.

Students doing all three blocks in Paris may opt to combine CIEE courses with one local direct enrollment course with a CIEE local university partner, such as the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris. Students should be prepared for a local French university experience.This typically involves a greater focus on independent student work outside of the classroom. They will also need to work closely with CIEE staff to prepare for the French university course examination system.

If you would like to get a course approved, print off the form NEW GEO Course approval form.pdf. Take the completed form and syllabus to the appropriate department chair. Make sure that you return that course approval form and syllabus to the GEO.

TRANSFERRING OF CREDITS: All credits taken abroad come back as transfer credits. Grades will be reflected on the transcript, but not figured into the student's cumulative GPA. Students must earn a 'C' or above for credits to transfer to Merrimack. Please note carefully that most of the courses taken abroad are only 3-credits rather than 4 as at Merrimack.


APARTMENTS: Most students live in shared apartments in Paris with other CIEE Paris Open Campus students. Each apartment has its own kitchen where students may prepare their meals and bathroom facilities. Each student will have a bed, desk, lamp, and place to store your clothing. CIEE provides bed linens, cleaning goods, and basic cooking utensils. .

HOMESTAYS: A limited number of homestays may be available, with preference given to those whose universities require living with a local family; this must be indicated when applying. Students who live with homestay families receive breakfast daily plus five meals per week. Final housing assignments are solely at the discretion of CIEE.

WEEKEND HOMESTAYS: Even students living in shared apartments with other CIEE Paris students can experience a homestay with a Parisian host. In this way, students may experience the traditions and daily rituals of French life with local Parisians!


Merrimack students attending any of the CIEE Global Institutes (Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris, Rome, or Cape Town) pay Merrimack's Global Semester costs which cover covers tuition, housing, and international insurance for all three blocks of the term.

2018-2019 Fees include:
  • Global Semester costs:  $24,830
  • Additional program fee: $3,300
  • CIEE Fall 2018 scholarship for Merrimack students: $1500
  • Fall Total: $26,630
  • Spring Total: $28,130
BILLING: Payments for the semester abroad are made to the Bursar's Office per usual. Students should discuss payment plans with the Bursar's Office. For additional billing questions, please contact the Bursar's Office: Room 12, Austin Hall,,  978.837.5310.
FINANCIAL AID: Merrimack institutional aid is recalculated for the semester off-campus**. When students return to campus, Merrimack aid returns to the on-campus rate. We encourage you to consult the Financial Aid Office early on to see what this recalculation might mean for you. Office of Financial Aid 15B Austin Hall,, 978.837.5186.

**N.B. NCAA scholarships and Federal Aid are not affected by this recalculation.

  • CIEE Application Fee: $50
  • Meals not included in program fee:  $1,950
  • International Airfare:  $1,450 (this is a high estimate)
  • Local Transportation: $450
  • Books & Supplies: $450
  • Personal: $2,250 (variable) 


Students interested in studying in a GEO program must first apply for permission to study abroad through Merrimack's Office of Global Education (GEO). To qualify Merrimack students must be:
  • Second-semester sophomores and above
  • In good academic standing with a minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA (Students planning to take a direct enrollment class at any of the University of Paris institutions must have at least a 3.0 GPA)
  • In good disciplinary standing 
To apply students must submit the following by March 9, 2018.
  • Online application
  • Faculty reference (form included in online application)
  • Student affairs reference (form included in online application)
  • An Interview with GEO staff to be conducted soon after the application has been submitted, or during the week of March 12th.
After students have been approved by the GEO for semester's study abroad, they may proceed with CIEE's online application.

CIEE's Application deadline for Fall 2018: April 15, 2018.