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OverviewThis summer, make Paris your own. Whether you want to improve your language skills, explore classic literature, fine art and cinema, or study Francophone culture, we’ll help you find what you’re looking for in Paris.Through intensive French language courses at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels, combined with cultural excursions and focused, stimulating content courses—taught in French and English—you’ll build your understanding of, and gain unique insight, into French and Parisian culture.Study abroad in Paris this summer and you will:
The CIEE DifferenceIntercultural Comparative ExperienceTravel with friends to a new city to explore history, art, architecture, culture, and social challenges. Part of every short-term program, our three-day Intercultural Comparative Experiences are an ideal way to highlight cultural differences and sharpen critical thinking skills.Expand your global perspective. Choose to spend your intercultural weekend in one of these European cities:
CourseworkChoose from a host of courses on a variety of topics. Explore the historical development of religion in French society, or the evolution of French painting; read the great French texts, learn French sign language, or use screenings and outings to various cinematic sites to study Parisian cinema culture.ExcursionsOne weekend class trip and one day trip are included in each three-week session. Past destinations for weekend trips have included Toulouse, Tours, Dijon, Nîmes, and Marseille. Weekend trips are led by professors and are linked to the themes of the class. Participation is mandatory. Past destinations for day trips have included Vaux-le-Vicomte and Chartres. One guided walk of Paris is included in each session.CreditCourse contact hours are 45 hours and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per session, unless otherwise indicated.Program RequirementsStudy abroad students take one intensive language or one content course each session.A language placement exam is administered electronically prior to departure to place students in the appropriate language course and to establish the correct level to participate in French-taught classes. Students studying French sign language will be required to demonstrate the appropriate level of American sign language.About ParisParis, the capital of France, is a major world metropolis. The Seine River traverses the city; its waterways, quays, and bridges are major thoroughfares, as well as ways to see the city’s most famous monuments, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre museum, and the Notre Dame cathedral. The city is known for its cafés (one for every 200 inhabitants); its parks (Bois de Boulougne, Jardin de Luxembourg, and Bois de Vincennes); and its street life and markets. Paris is also known as a center for culture, art, fashion, gastronomy, and intellectual life.Where You’ll StudyThe CIEE Study Center in Paris, known as the Paris Center for Critical Studies, is on the rue du Sentier in the lively, central Sentier neighborhood, in the 2nd arrondissement. The Center is less than a minute away from the Grands Boulevards, a 10-minute walk to the Palais Royal, and a 15-minute walk to the Louvre.Housing & MealsStudy abroad students live either with a Parisian host or in hotel apartments. Staying with a host is strongly encouraged as this allows students to fully experience the local culture and practice speaking French every day. The program fee includes breakfast every day and one light lunch every day of the week. All other meals are the responsibility of the student. Each housing includes a kitchenette and food markets are within walking distance. During excursions, all meals are provided. Students with disabilities that need more information about the residence hotel and the neighborhood, or students who wish to communicate supplementary information about their needs should contact CIEE prior to the program.Local consultants communicate directly with students with disabilities to ensure that they have full information about accommodations.Academic ProgramEstablished in 2004, the Paris Language and Culture summer study abroad program is designed for students who want to improve their knowledge of French language and culture, while learning about Paris and France through classes, activities, and excursions, or who wish to explore certain focused themes including philosophy, art history, Francophone culture, disability studies, and French sign language.Academic CultureThe program is made up of two three-week sessions. Students may choose to participate in one or both. Courses typically meet every morning or afternoon, Monday to Friday, for three hours, with structured outings. All courses involve one required weekend trip, the theme and destination of which are integrated into the class. The courses are designed for U.S. undergraduates, so the teaching and learning methods will be familiar to participants. Moreover, all professors in the summer program are accustomed to teaching U.S. students.The French language classes are small and provide a significant amount of individualized attention and exercises, along with group work. Language courses are offered at three levels: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Classes take place at the CIEE Study Center and are carried out entirely in French. Teachers arrange for outings in the city in order to help students work on their comprehension in day-to-day settings.The English and French-taught content classes are intellectually rigorous. Students should expect to be active participants in all aspects of the class, keeping up with daily reading assignments and participating in class discussions. In addition to lectures and discussions, classes may include film viewings and outings related to the themes of the class. Participation in the weekend excursion is mandatory for all classes.The French Sign Language class is open to deaf and hearing students with an intermediate level in American Sign language. The language of instruction will be International Sign language and French Sign language.Encountering Contemporary French Theory is a class that requires an advanced level of French and a defined interest in critical theory.Students with disabilities that require accommodations in terms of academics should contact CIEE prior to the program with details of their needs.Nature of ClassesParticipants take classes with other CIEE study abroad students only.Grading SystemAssessment for the French language classes includes participation, written tests, and oral exposés. Assessment for content classes is based on participation, short papers, tests, and oral presentations. Papers require students to conduct independent research and/or independent analysis of texts and material covered in class. Attendance and punctuality in all classes weigh heavily in student evaluations.Language of InstructionEnglishFrenchFrench Sign LanguageFacultyAll courses are taught by faculty from a range of Paris institutions and are specialists in their respective fields.