Ecology and Evolution in France

Ecology and Evolution in France
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Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd DateCost
FallMay 15early Septearly JanuaryBudget
Program Information
  • GPA
  • 3.2
  • Language of Instruction
  • English
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • No
  • Class Eligibility
  • Junior
  • Program Open To
  • UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • Transfer Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Apartment, Other, Residence Hall
  • Program Type
  • UA Faculty-led
Program Overview

This is a semester of study at Ecole Normale Superieure (ENS), a small elite research and training institution located in the heart of Paris, France. ENS is a multidisciplinary institution ranked #1 worldwide among "Small Universities", and its Institute of Biology is ranked #1 nationally for research and training in the life sciences. UA students can apply to spend the Fall semester of their Senior year there, take classes, and transfer credits towards their Bachelor's degree. Honors students can start their Honors thesis there, and continue here at UA in the following Spring.

If you are passionate about the life sciences, ready to take challenging classes that will lead you to the forefront of biological research in a highly interdisciplinary environment, and if spending four months in Paris appeals to you, then please consider applying!

Only students with Junior class standing are eligible


Along with local and other international students, you will take classes and have an opportunity to collaborate on research projects related to ecology and evolutionary biology. Classes will be taught in english by world-class professors. Classes of interest include Evolutionary Ecology, Evolutionary Genetics, Biology of Ecological Systems, Genetics, and Developmental Biology. Teaching at ENS emphasizes interdisciplinarity and 'training to research through research'. The ENS Institute of Biology hosts laboratories in ecology and evolutionary biology as well as molecular genetics and genomics, developmental biology, and neurosciences. ENS also operates the Research Center in Experimental and Predictive Ecology biological field station located near Fontainebleau, south of Paris. The coursework at ENS will fullfil UA course requirements for the EEB major as well as the first-year accelerated master's degree. Depending on their course selection, UA students can also earn the ENS requirements for the M1 (first year master's ) of the two years masters's degree in France, paving the way to return to France the next year and complete a master's degree in one year! 

EEB academic advisors

UA-ENS program director: Dr Regis Ferriere 


ENS is centrally located in the 5th arrondissement of Paris. Surrounded by a plethora of historical sites, this vibrant district is home to a number of other world renowned educational institutions. Students will enjoy the monuments, museums and eateries in the neighborhood. 


Accomodation will be provided at the ENS residence, on ENS campus.

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