For students arriving for Spring Semester 2018, you may begin the arrival reservation process once you have received your acceptance materials.
Housing in Paris on Arrival
Housing will be your first priority upon arriving in France. We highly recommend the short-term housing option, which enables students to get a sense of Paris before jumping into a living arrangement. This time also allows students get to know each other and form lasting friendships before they are scattered throughout Paris.
Therefore, we have reserved temporary at the BVJ Opéra-Montmartre housing from Monday, January 1st, 2018 – Friday, January 12th, 2018 (10 nights); you will check out on the morning of January 12th, 2018 (9:00AM).
If you would like to reserve a spot in the temporary housing, please confirm your spot by email by sending a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once we have received your confirmation we will send you the instructions on how to pay for temporary housing.
Payments MUST be received by Friday, December 8, 2017. The cost will be 330€.
Multiple options for housing exist with MICEFA : Host families, demi au pair, student residences and a listing of nearly 150 landlords offering a wide variety of offers (studio, apartments, maid’s room all over Paris).
Some options are available if you want to have your housing arranged before arrival (host families, demi au pair, student residences). Bear in mind spots may be limited.
If you would like to discover Paris, and visit your future campus, choose the location adapted to you, you can also choose to look for your housing with our housing coordinator onsite and use the listing. The housing search should not be seen as an ordeal, but rather as part of the process of exploring and getting to know Paris and its excellent transportation system. The city has many different neighborhoods, options and prices. Given the excellent transportation system, it doesn’t take more than half an hour to get to most places in Paris.
Please note, although it can be very useful to start your research before arrival, we do NOT recommend you rent an apartment unseen from a stranger.
If you have any questions about housing please send us an email via our contact page.
Intensive French Language Course
This semester we have organized an exciting, intensive language program for our incoming students. This program is mandatory for all undergraduate students, but can be waived for graduate and PhD students along with Native French speakers.
It is a three-week intensive language course including 40 hours of courses, special visits, cultural activities, campus visits and a theatrical performance.
This program will cost 300 €. Deadline for payment is December 8th, 2017.
NB: Many of our North American partners accept 3 credit hours for this course, but please verify with your study abroad office. Please note that some of our North American Partners include this program fee in your tuition bill, for those of you who pay MICEFA directly, you will receive a PayPal bill in the coming weeks.
A general orientation meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018 in the morning. We will communicate the exact location and time during the month of January. Our orientation will provide important information about MICEFA, housing, cultural adaptation as well as practical matters such as banking, public transportation, the titre de séjour, student restaurants, etc.
The Intensive Program activities will be provided as well at orientation.
The Intensive French Course will meet each day (Monday-Friday) for four hours in the mornings from Monday January 8th, 2018 through Friday, January 19th, 2018.
As a MICEFA student, you are automatically accepted to any of our 16 member universities for your exchange program. With advising from the Academic Director and the Student Affairs Coordinator you can choose one university per semester to attend (you may change universities at the end of the semester if you stay for the full academic year). At this university you may select classes in any department including FLE (Français Langue Etrangère).
Each university has its own sign up dates, please consult the Academic Calendar for precise information.
MICEFA offers in-house classes in both French and English open only to students studying thought the MICEFA Program. Each student can sign up for a maximum of 2 MICEFA Courses during the first semester and 1 class the following semester. Click here for a listing of this year's MICEFA Courses.
MICEFA edits and transfers your official transcripts in English and converted to the American/Canadian grading system to your home University (please see our conversion guide). All of your classes, including your French Intensive, courses taken at your host University and any MICEFA courses are grouped together onto the same transcript. If you need to request additional transcripts to send with applications, you may request them via the Alumni page.