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Dates:
09/06/2014 - 12/20/2014
Deadlines:
Extended to: 05/01/2014
Credit:
15 - 17 semester / 22.5 - 25.5 quarter hours
Eligibility:
3.0 Overall GPA
Courses:
See descriptions below

*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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01/18/2014 - 05/17/2014 *
Deadlines:
Extended to: 11/15/2013
Credit:
15 - 17 semester / 22.5 - 25.5 quarter hours
Eligibility:
3.0 Overall GPA
Courses:
See descriptions below

*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Eligibility:
3.0 Overall GPA
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Program Overview

Program Overview

The promise of beauty, glamour, luxury, and taste—countless artists and scholars have been allured and inspired by Paris. And now it’s your turn.

Study abroad in Paris and you’ll achieve substantial, measurable improvement in your French language skills and as well as a clear understanding of the political, social, and cultural complexity that characterizes contemporary France. A unique two-track program offers quality academic content for both low-intermediate and high-intermediate students, meaning in Paris, there’s a program to fit your particular interests and abilities.

Study abroad in Paris and you will:

  • Improve your French and discover Paris and contemporary French society in a program designed for the intermediate student
  • Choose from a two-track program with a broad range of quality CIEE content courses in French for the high-intermediate student, and English for the low-intermediate student
  • Share housing with Parisians, volunteer with French youth, dialog with French students
  • Take practicum classes to bring you into contact with French society
  • Audit a class at the Université de Paris if you meet the qualifications
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

study abroad in France

CIEE study abroad in Paris offers you a two-track academic program with a broad range of courses in French for the high-intermediate student, and English for the low-intermediate student. That means that regardless of your major, interests, and abilities, you’ll enjoy a program in Paris that is both challenging and stimulating.

Practicum classes for high-level students involve assistant teaching in French schools and volunteering with low-income French youth. Students with appropriate language skills may also have the opportunity to audit a course at the French University.

Excursions

Extracurricular activities and group excursions are organized throughout the semester. Take neighborhoods walks and bike tours, and attend exhibits, film festivals, music and dance performances, and lectures. In addition to outings in Paris, there are also day and weekend trips to areas of interest in and around the city.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
Program
Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Fall 2014 (15 wks)
Extended to: 05/01/2014
09/06/2014
12/20/2014
$19,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$15,398
Housing ***
$4,050
Insurance
$102

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes daily breakfast and three dinners per week

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$1,500
International Airfare *
$1,550
Local Transportation
$475
Books & Supplies
$200
Visa Fees **
$165
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$3,000

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

** average cost, including Campus France fees

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Spring 2014 (17 wks)
Extended to: 11/15/2013
01/18/2014
05/17/2014
$19,850

Program Date Notes

Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$15,398
Housing ***
$4,050
Insurance
$102

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes daily breakfast and three dinners per week

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$1,500
International Airfare *
$1,550
Local Transportation
$475
Books & Supplies
$200
Visa Fees **
$165
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$3,000

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

** average cost, including Campus France fees

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Spring 2015
11/01/2014
TBA
TBA

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Academic year 2014-2015
Extended to: 05/01/2014
09/06/2014
TBA
$37,700

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$29,198
Housing ***
$8,100
Insurance
$102

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes daily breakfast and three dinners per week

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$3,000
International Airfare *
$1,550
Local Transportation
$950
Books & Supplies
$400
Visa Fees **
$165
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$6,000

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

** average cost, including Campus France fees

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Eligibility
3.0 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 3.0
  • Language in Context track: 2 semesters of college-level French or equivalent.
  • Language and Culture track: 3 - 4 semesters of college-level French or equivalent.
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit for the semester is 15–17 semester/22.5–25.5 quarter hours and for the academic year 30–32 semester/45–48 quarter hours.

Recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course, unless otherwise indicated.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Language in Context

Students take two required language courses (grammar intermediate I or II and conversation intermediate I or II) and three CIEE English-taught content courses. There will also be “Language Through Content” classes available—thematic classes in French and adapted to the students’ level for which French language credit is recommended.

Language and Culture

Students take two required language courses (grammar intermediate III and conversation intermediate III) and three CIEE French-taught content courses. Students with appropriate language skills may audit a course at the French University.

Participation in conversation exchange with French students is required for all study abroad students.

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About the City

About The City

Paris, France’s capital, is a major world metropolis. The Seine River traverses the city; its waterways, quays, and bridges are major thoroughfares, and ways to see the city’s most famous monuments such as the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, and Notre Dame Cathedral. The city is known for its cafés (one for every 200 inhabitants), parks (Bois de Boulougne, Jardin de Luxembourg, Bois de Vincennes), street life and markets; and as a center for culture, art, fashion, gastronomy, and intellectual life.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Hannah Taieb

Dr. Hannah Taïeb has a Ph.D. in anthropology from New York University; her thesis, concerning women and identity, was based on fieldwork in a rural center in Morocco. After working with a research team in Lyon in 1992, Hannah settled permanently in France in 1992, where she was the co-editor of a multilingual, multidisciplinary review, Mediterraneans. She taught intercultural and interpersonal communication at the American University of Paris for several years, and has been working at the CIEE Study Center since 2001. She runs yearly faculty seminars on diversity in France, touching on themes like cultural approaches to disability, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia and religion in prison. She teaches intercultural communication, cultural approaches to disability and international service learning at the CIEE center.

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Why do people come to Paris? Is it for the rush of beauty in the urban landscape? The sense of history, the street corners haunted by great writers, great thinkers, artists, or revolutionaries who lived or died there? Or curiosity about this European capital, no longer a world leader, no longer the center of an empire, still nourishing lost grandeur, full of the sons and daughters of its former colonies? Is it for the promise of glamour, luxury, taste? A love for the language itself, a desire to master its sounds and rhythms? Whatever your reasons, welcome. I hope the Contemporary French Studies program can be a way for you to satisfy your curiosity in a non-trivial way, and help you achieve the goals you planned—and those unplanned.

— Hannah Taïeb, Resident Director

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Auni Hovanesian

Auni Hovanesian, Center Assistant, is a California native and graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in "Creativity & Society" in 2010. She was a student at the Center in 2008-2009 and is very happy to be back in Paris, helping current students navigate French university and cultural life. Her interests center around critical theory and aesthetics, with an emphasis on education and the creative imagination. She enrolled in a Masters program at the University of Paris Diderot, writing her year-end thesis on the role of technology in the modern music world. A budding singer-songwriter, Auni has also released a self-titled EP and is currently developing several new musical projects.

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Dieynaba Kane

Administration

Dieynaba Kane, Administrative and Accounting Coordinator, has an M.A. in African & Commonwealth Literature & Civilization. Dieynaba is responsible for administrative needs, payments and overall coordination of the center accounting & banking. She worked at Suffolk University Dakar Campus as Administrative Assistant before travelling to the US ( Indianapolis).

As a Dakar native (Senegal) and Paris resident, Dieynaba can easily navigate both Senegalese and French cultures. She helps Paris-Dakar Summer Multisite program students prepare for the transition while they are in Paris.

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Brent Keever

Dr. Brent Keever received his B.A. in English and Literary Criticism from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in English and Modern Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has taught and lectured all over the U.S. and France, on such topics as satire and humor, the literary and cinematic representations of sound, mysticism, and technology, and ethics in cartoons. His research interests include the history of critical theory and criticism, film studies, musicology, and modernist poetry and prose. An avid translator and film sub-titler, he has worked with the French children’s literature group, l’école des loisirs, as well as with French politicians. He is currently working on a project that throws into question certain theories about listening and sharing.

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Lucie Laureillard

Lucie Laureillard, Student Well-Being and Housing Coordinator for the CIEE Paris center, has a Master’s in French Language Teaching and is a doctoral candidate in linguistics at the Université de Paris VIII, working on theater and language learning. She is a professor of French in the CFS program, and is the Director of the Paris Gap Year Abroad program.

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Jean-Philippe Primout

Jean-Philippe Primout has an M.A. in French Language Acquisition and a second M.A. in European Studies. As a Center Coordinator, he is responsible for a variety of center activities (orientation, field trips, I.T,…). As Director of CIEE Paris' Summer Language and Culture program, Jean-Philippe is in charge of all aspects of the program. Jean-Philippe has studied, worked and lived in several countries in Europe and he uses this experience to best address student learning needs. Jean-Philippe is also a professor of French in the Contemporary French Study program and teaches the Seminar on Living and Learning.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

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The 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. Courses taught by CIEE-hired faculty take place in the Center. Students auditing classes at the Université de Paris will do so at either the Université de Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle, a 30-minute bus-ride away, or at the new Grands Moulins campus of the Université Paris Diderot (Paris 7).

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

All study abroad students live with French hosts. CIEE provides detailed information on site and facilitates contact between the students and their hosts. Typically, the student has his or her own furnished room and shares kitchen, bathroom, and living areas. At least once a week, the student dines with the host or host family. The cost of this housing placement, including the rent, renter’s insurance, daily breakfast, and one dinner a week, are included in the program fee. Students who wish to have more meals provided by their French host arrange to remunerate the host directly. All other meals are the responsibility of the student.

Breakfast and some other meals, including a welcome dinner and group lunches, are provided during the orientation period. Most meals during CIEE-led excursions are also provided as part of the CIEE program.

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Orientations

Orientations

You'll begin your study abroad experience in Paris even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. Meeting with students online, the resident director shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple—to help you understand more about the program, and identify your objectives so that you arrive well-informed and return home having made significant progress towards your goals.

A three-day mandatory on-site orientation program is devoted to safety and security, academics, practical matters, finances, housing, and cultural differences. Walking tours will orient you to different neighborhoods in Paris. Cultural activities, such as museum visits, are also planned. Orientation activities continue during the one week intensive language rrogram. Ongoing support is providedby CIEE staff on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. Wireless Internet access is available at the CIEE Study Center.

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Culture

Culture

study abroad in France

Extracurricular activities and group excursions are organized throughout the semester and are included in the program fee. CIEE resident staff and professors organize local outings, taking students on neighborhood walks and bike tours, and to exhibits, film festivals, music and dance performances, and lectures.

In addition to outings within Paris, there is one weekend trip. Previous destinations have included the Loire Valley, Burgundy, Normandy, and Alsace. Day trips to sites such as Chartres and its cathedral, the château and gardens of Vaux-le-Vicomte, or Reims, are also organized. Volunteer opportunities, including after-school tutoring of French youth and conversation exchange are arranged by CIEE staff.

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Academics

Academics

Academic Program

The Contemporary French Studies (CFS) program, which began in 1999, offers strong French language instruction and a broad range of French- and English-taught courses about contemporary France. Students with strong language skills have the option to audit classes at the Université de Paris.

The study abroad program accommodates students with low-intermediate to high-intermediate French, and with varying majors.

Students participating in the Contemporary French studies choose between two tracks:

Language in Context

  • Prerequisite: Two prior semesters of college-level French, or the equivalent
  • This track offers a wide range of English-taught courses and several language-through-content courses
  • Students take two required language courses and three content courses
  • Students in this track may take intercultural communication, which includes joint classes with French students and draws on many of the same techniques and practices as the CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning in Paris

Language and Culture

  • Prerequisite: Three or four prior semesters of college-level French or the equivalent
  • French-taught courses at the high-intermediate level
  • Students take two required language courses and three CIEE French-taught content courses
  • Students on this track can take the Seminar on Living and Learning in Paris offered in French
  • Practicum classes involve assistant teaching in French schools and volunteering with low-income French youth
  • Students with appropriate language skills may audit a course at the French University

Courses use a variety of materials—texts, both literary and philosophical; film; art; the educational system; and the architecture of the city itself—considered in the context of society and culture. Contemporary social issues are discussed in courses about politics, Francophone cultures, and Muslim communities in Europe. Many courses include outings, whether to observe and learn about the streets and neighborhoods of the city, or participate in conferences, classes, and debates in French educational institutions.

Academic Culture

French language study begins with an intensive week-long program. Following this, French language classes meet twice a week. Language classes have a maximum of 12 students. Tutoring and speech therapy sessions are available for students with demonstrated need. Language instruction uses a variety of materials (newspapers, magazines, films, and videos), and classes are taught entirely in French.

Content courses typically meet twice a week for 90 minutes, or once a week for three hours. Film courses entail an additional two-hour film screening to prepare for class discussions. Group screenings are organized.

Study abroad students who wish to audit a class at the Université de Paris must also take a required CIEE class, the workshop on French academic writing and reasoning, designed to facilitate students’ understanding of French academic culture. At the Université de Paris, French students take a prescribed set of courses which does not allow for many electives; they specialize in a particular discipline and are expected to acquire in-depth knowledge very early in their academic career. French students are expected to be self-motivated, analyze the professor’s presentations, delve into the bibliography, and judge the important aspects of the reading. This is in contrast to the U.S. educational system where students are expected to express their opinions, and are given very precise guidelines about what is expected of them in terms of readings and homework. Teacher-student relations tend to be more hierarchical and formal in France than in the U.S.

Nature of Classes

CIEE classes are with CIEE students only. University of Paris classes are with French students.

CIEE Community Language Commitment

CIEE staff speak French with students except where special circumstances merit an exception. Students in each CFS track must sign a language pledge adapted to their level.

Grading System

Some CIEE professors assign letter grades according to the U.S. system, and others prefer to use a French grading scale of zero to 20, with a nine considered a passing grade for CIEE students (as opposed to a 10 in the French system). The resident director converts all final grades into U.S. letter grades according to a CIEE-approved conversion chart.

Language of Instruction

English
French

Faculty

Courses are taught by faculty from a range of Paris institutions, and specialists in their respective fields.

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Course Description

Course Description

All Courses

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

Required CIEE Language Courses

FREN 2001 PCFS

Intermediate French I, Grammar and Composition
This class aims to review and consolidate the fundamentals of grammar (present, past, and future tenses; interrogation and negation; pronouns) and to introduce new elements on this basis (agreements; adjectives and adverbs; irregular verbs). Students learn to compose simple, descriptive, informative texts and expressions of opinion. Instructor: Dominique Bendelian

FREN 2002 PCFS

Intermediate French II, Grammar and Composition
Grammatical training (tenses, reported speech, introduction to conditional and subjunctive) is complemented by reading and analysis of simple texts to illustrate the grammatical points raised in class. By the end of the class, students should be able to write a descriptive or narrative text in a clear and organized fashion about familiar subjects. Instructor: Véronique Teyssandier

FREN 2003 PCFS

Intermediate French I, Conversation and Culture
The class is based on topics related to daily life in contemporary France. In order to develop speaking skills, students participate in activities such as presentations, role playing, and visits. They gradually become more confident in daily life conversations. By the end of the class, students should be able to understand and participate in a simple face-to-face conversation about practical issues and familiar subjects. Instructor: Thierry Gallier

FREN 2004 PCFS

Intermediate French II, Conversation and Culture
Students learn to understand and carry out a face-to-face conversation about a range of everyday issues relevant to contemporary France. They learn to compose and present short oral presentations on topics requiring research in French. The course also focuses on vocabulary development, articulation, and the notion of registers of speech. Instructor: Lucie Laureillard

FREN 3101 PCFS

Intermediate French III, Grammar and Composition
Students, with the professor’s guidance, practice constructing phrases of greater and greater complexity, and through this process improve their knowledge of grammatical points (tenses, including the conditional and the subjunctive, pronouns, beginning of argumentation). By the end of the semester, students should be able to write a short essay on a subject of general interest. Instructor: Delia Mellado

FREN 3102 PCFS

Intermediate French III, Conversation and Culture
By the end of the semester, students should be able to express their opinions on familiar subjects and give oral presentations in an organized way using a range of registers. The student should be able to understand a conversation including several participants and covering a range of personal and general topics. Instructor: Dominique Bendelian

Language in Context Electives (offered in English)
Please note that not all courses are offered each semester.

AHIS 3001 PCFS

French Avant-Garde Artists from 1905 to 1960: From Fauvism to New Realism
(spring only)
This course introduces students to the Parisian art scene of the first part of the 20th century. Selected works, iconography and its shifts in time and meaning, and biographies of the artists as a means of interpretation are discussed. Another equally important objective of the course is to appreciate major pieces of art using the resources of Paris through museum visits. Instructor: Nicolas Baudouin

AHIS 3002 PCFS

Issues in Nineteenth Century French Painting
(fall only)
This course studies French painting from Neo-Classicism to Post-Impressionism, covering major movements such as Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, and Symbolism. Students are exposed to different methods of art historical research—formal analysis of selected works, iconography and its shifts in time and meaning, and the biographies of the artists as a means of interpretation. The focus of the course is the concept of “modernity” and the increasing search for independence with respect to the institutions as it was expressed by some of the major artists of the second half of the century. Instructor: Nicolas Baudouin

ANTH 3001 PCFS/FRST 3003 PCFS

Intercultural Communication
(fall and spring)
This course is an introduction to basic concepts of intercultural communication, including cultural values and beliefs; verbal and non-verbal communication; and stereotypes, focusing on the Franco-American and study abroad contexts. Selected themes include cultural differences in conceptions of the home, food and drink, friendship and family relations, and identity and diversity. Each semester, a few class sessions are organized jointly with French students from the Université de Paris—Nanterre or other French institutions, and co-taught with a French professor so that intercultural dialogue becomes a part of the class. Instructor: Hannah TaÏeb, CIEE Resident Director

ANTH 3002 PCFS

Cultural Approaches to Disability
(spring)
Questions related to disability can be analyzed through many different disciplines: medical, social, and historical. This class takes a cultural approach, considering how different contexts invest disability with different meanings; how different policies, social movements, forms of creation, and communities linked to disabilities may emerge; and how ideas about disability interact with social ideals of equality and diversity. The focus will be on the French context and French-American comparisons. Instructor: Hannah Taieb

CINE 3001 PCFS

Contemporary French Cinema
(fall only)
This course focuses on contemporary French cinema, with an emphasis on film culture in Paris and its area. It also provides an introduction to the practice of film analysis as well as to the main figures and movements in the period considered. In addition, the role(s) played by cinema in the social, societal, and political changes occurring in contemporary France—as a document, but also as a participant—are examined. Instructor: Franck Le Gac

FRST 3001 PCFS

Paris Collage: History, Culture, Architecture
(fall and spring)
This course is a multi-faceted approach to the city’s development and evolution, with an emphasis on the impact of cultural, social, and political forces on Paris’ built environment. From the Gallo-Roman forum to contemporary urban design, Paris is studied through a series of three hour sessions in the city itself and extensive readings in architectural, social, and political history, and literature. Instructor: Linnea Tilly

HIST 3002 PCFS/POLI 3001 PCFS

Post-War France
(fall and spring)
This course provides an overview of French politics and society since 1945. Specific topics include the Fourth Republic, Algerian war, decolonization, May 1968, role of intellectuals in French culture, immigration and multi-ethnic France, and challenges facing France today. Instructor: Arun Kapil

HIST 3003 PCFS

Memory and Commemoration in 21st Century France
(spring only)
This course examines the ways that France’s cataclysmic past—characterized by war, occupation, collaboration, resistance and deportation, and fierce colonial conflict—is incorporated into public discourse to serve contemporary political purposes. In addition to recent scholarship, our sources include film and literature, monuments and museums, and contemporary media. The class involves weekly visits to places where history was made and remembered. Instructor: Catherine Healey

INDR 3003 PCFS

Directed Independent Research
(fall and spring)
CIEE supports qualified students who wish to pursue an academically rigorous independent research project while in Paris. Interested students must submit a research proposal including a clearly defined research topic, an explanation of research plans, a description of preparation in the planned area of study, a list of resources, a tentative outline of a final paper, and a suggested schedule of progress. Students complete a total of 135 hours of research and meet regularly with an academic advisor to complete an academically rigorous, ethically sound, and culturally appropriate research project and final paper. Approval for participation in Directed Independent Research must be obtained from the resident director and the student’s home institution prior to arrival on the program.

LITT 3001 PCFS

The 20th Century French Novel
(fall and spring)
This course explores key figures, themes, and narrative styles in the French novel during the 20th century including works by Marcel Proust, Andre Gide, Colette, Andre Breton, Albert Camus, Marguerite Duras, Nathalie Sarraute, and Patrick Modiano. Instructor: Derek O’Regan

SOCI 3001 PCFS

Muslim Presence in Europe
(fall and spring)
This course is an overview of the long-term interaction between the Muslim world and the West, with a focus on the debates regarding the Muslim population in Europe. There are organized field trips to specific sites in Paris historically linked with the Muslim community. Themes covered include concepts of religion and secularism, the history of Muslim populations in Europe, legal issues, human rights, feminism, and modernity. The class attempts to conceptualize the West and Islam not as two separate entities, but to emphasize their historic commonality and dialectic relation.

Several language through content courses will be offered in French at a level adapted to low-intermediate students in the Language in Context track.

Language and Culture courses (offered in French)

AHIS 3001 PCFS

French Avant-Garde Artists from 1905 to 1960: From Fauvism to New Realism
(spring only)
This course introduces students to the Parisian art scene of the first part of the 20th century. Selected works, iconography and its shifts in time and meaning, and biographies of the artists as a means of interpretation are discussed. Another equally important objective of the course is to appreciate major pieces of art using the resources of Paris through museum visits. Instructor: Nicolas Baudouin

AHIS 3002 PCFS

Issues in Nineteenth-Century French Painting
(fall only)
This course studies French painting from Neo-Classicism to Post-Impressionism, covering major movements such as Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, and Symbolism. Students are exposed to different methods of art historical research—formal analysis of selected works, iconography and its shifts in time and meaning, and the biographies of the artists as a means of interpretation. The focus of the course is the concept of “modernity” and the increasing search for independence with respect to the institutions as it was expressed by some of the major artists of the second half of the century. Instructor: Nicolas Baudouin

CINE 3001 PCFS

Contemporary French Cinema
(fall only)
This course focuses on contemporary French cinema, with an emphasis on film culture in Paris and its region. It also provides an introduction to the practice of film analysis as well as to the main figures and movements in the period considered. In addition, the role(s) played by cinema in the social, societal, and political changes occurring in contemporary France—as a document, but also as a participant—are examined. Instructor: Franck Le Gac.

CLST 3001 PCCS

Seminar on Living and Learning in Paris
(fall and spring)
The CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning in Paris, taught in French, is designed to improve students’ intercultural communication and competence while studying abroad by considering how the French are different from and similar to themselves and others. The course offers opportunities, both in and outside the classroom, to develop insights and the skills necessary to interact effectively and appropriately, and to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the cultural richness of France. Contact hours: 25. Recommended credit: 2 semester/3 quarter hours.

CMBL 3001 PCFS SOCI 3004 PCFS

Community Service Learning: Social Justice
(fall and spring) The class uses the notion of service learning as the starting point for a reflection on cultural notions of service, justice, and community. We will be analyzing and interpreting cultural differences about the notions underlying giving and receiving, service and help, looking in particular at the American notion of social justice and the French notion of solidarité, and the related but non-identical notions of diversity and diversité. The class will use both historical and anthropological approaches. Instructors: Hannah Taieb and Catherine Healey.

FREN 3002 PCFS

French Phonetics
(fall and spring) This course is a systematic study of sound in the French language. Emphasis is on proper pronunciation, as well as the classification and transcription of French vowels and consonants. It also includes a comparative analysis with English phonetics. Instructor: Anne-Marie Ollier

FREN 3003 PCFS

Workshop on French Academic Writing and Reasoning
(fall and spring)
This course explores cultural notions concerning academic expectations and intellectual life in France. Weekly coursework complements and accompanies participation as an auditor in a French university class. Students present oral exposés and write papers in the French academic formats of dissertation and commentaire composé. This course is required for students auditing a Université de Paris course. Instructors: Séverine Dard and Franck Le Gac

FRST 3004 PCFS

Paris Métisse: Multiculturalism and Popular Culture in Paris
(spring only)
The course focuses on métissage or cultural mixing in popular cultural forms, such as music, comic books, and cinema. Examples from each of these popular culture genres are used to explore the following themes: what are the images of Frenchness and of the exotic non-French Other that emerge in these forms? What kinds of cultural mixing or métissage can be untangled through analyzing examples in detail? What kinds of cultural expression emerge from recent immigrants to France and their children? The course presupposes some knowledge of French history. Instructor: Hannah Taïeb, CIEE Resident Director, and Franck Le Gac

FRST 3002 PCFS

Francophone Cultures Through Literature and Film
(fall only and spring)
This course is an introduction to the understanding of Francophone cultures of western and northern Africa, the Caribbean, and Canada. Emphasis is given to the role of French and problems of cultural production. Authors and filmmakers may include Aime Cesaire, Maryse Conde, Assia Djebar, Jacques Godbout, and Anne Hebert. Instructor: Ines Horchani

FRST 3009 PCFS/ RELI 3001 PCFS/ SOCI 3002 PCFS

Religious Diversity in Secular France
(fall only)
After a discussion of the historical development of religion in French society, considering briefly the Catholic church and its link to kingship, Protestant-Catholic conflict, and the French revolution and its aftermath (Napoleon’s Empire), this class focuses on religious diversity in France today. The class looks at the four major religions present (Catholicism, Islam, Protestantism, and Judaism) as well as relatively new religious groups (Buddhism, Evangelical Protestantism), contemporary forms of spirituality among youth, and sects and cults. The particular French version of secularism, laicité, is examined in implicit and explicit contrast with American notions. The class also examines contemporary conflicts about laicité (for example, the ban on ostentatious religious symbols at school and the present political and social debate on the banning of the burka). Outings to places of worship, schools, or other relevant sites are incorporated in to the class. Instructor: ElYamine Soum

FRST 3005 PCFS

Seminar on the French Educational System: Theory and Practice
(fall only)
This course considers key issues in French culture and society through the French educational system. A brief history of education in France leads into a study of differing teaching cultures, with an implicit comparison between U.S. and French notions of educational issues. These include pedagogical practices (memorization, individual initiative and group work, and exams), teacher-student relationships, education as a right, religion and secularism, and national vs. local control of schools. Students study these issues in class and then move into a series of sessions in French schools, teaching English to high-school youth. Academic year students may continue to deepen these themes with the seminar on French educational culture. Instructor:Séverine Dard

FRST 3008 PCFS

Seminar on French Educational Culture: Study and Experimentation
(spring only)
This class approaches French educational culture through the study of a specific institution of secondary education. The guiding theme of the seminar is to learn about the school system not only as an institutional site but as a socio-cultural site. The first section of the class establishes the historical and theoretical framework. In the second section, students become actors through educative and pedagogical practice in a school, each student teaching four classes in collaboration with an English teacher. This active immersion leads each student to set up an original pedagogical experience. During the third section of the class, students must think through and write up what has happened, intellectually, culturally, and humanly. Their final papers allow them to focus on what teaching in France has brought them, what teaching can illuminate for us about French culture, and also about their own culture. The comparison with the educational culture in the U.S. is a sub-theme of the class. The students also complete a critical reading of an essay or novel related to the themes of the class to accompany them in their reflection. The class is open to spring students and also to annual students who have taken the Seminar on the French Educational System. Instructor: Severine Dard

INDR 3003 PCFS

Directed Independent Research
(fall and spring)
CIEE supports qualified students who wish to pursue an academically rigorous independent research project while in Paris. Interested students must submit a research proposal including a clearly defined research topic, explanation of research plans, description of preparation in the planned area of study, list of resources, tentative outline of a final paper, and suggested schedule of progress. Students complete a total of 135 hours of research and meet regularly with an academic advisor to complete an academically rigorous, ethically sound, and culturally appropriate research project and final paper. Approval for participation in Directed Independent Research must be obtained from the resident director and the student’s home institution prior to arrival on the program.

LITT 3001 PCFS

The 20th Century French Novel (French)
(fall only)
This course explores key figures, themes, and narrative styles in the French novel during the 20th century, including works by Marcel Proust, Andre Gide, Colette, Andre Breton, Albert Camus, Marguerite Duras, Nathalie Sarraute, and Patrick Modiano. Instructor: tba

LITT 3003 PCFS

The Contemporary French Short Story and Literary Essay
(spring only)
This class examines French short stories and literary essays from the 20th and 21st century. Authors to be studied include Michel Tournier, Annie Saumont, Jean Echenoz, Julien Gracq, Julien Green, Corinna Bille, and Alexandre Vialatte. Instructor: Claire de Obaldia

POLI 3002 PCFS

France and the European Union: Politics and Identities
(fall only)
This class places France in the context of the European project. We will look at recent European history, the World Wars and their aftermath, and the rise of the notion of the nation-state and emergence and evolution of the idea of the European “member state.” We will consider the structure of European institutions and policy-making, in general and with a particular focus on economic policy. And we will look at the patterns of migration and movement into and throughout Europe, considering how notions of “national identity” compete with transnational and diaspora identities and variously-defined notions of “Europeanness.” Instructor: tba

SOCI 33003 PCFS

Contemporary French Society
(spring only)
This class uses a sociological approach to look at key issues in French society. Themes discussed will include 1) the use of categories and classifications: how are categories like « ouvriers », « cadres », « pauvres », « immigrés » or « étrangers » defined and used; 2) the use of statistics to consider equality and inequality, as well as demography, natality, marriage and the family, and sexuality; 3) social stratification, distinction, and cultural capital; and 4) notions of work, leisure, and consumption. Instructor: tba

Université de Paris Courses
Qualified Contemporary French Studies students may audit classes at either the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3 or Université de Paris Diderot. Those who do so are required to take the CIEE class, workshop on French academic writing and reasoning.

The Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3 focuses on the study of languages, French literature, comparative literature, theater, Arab world studies, and cinema. Most undergraduate (licence level) classes are taught at the Censier Center at the southern limit of the Latin Quarter. www.univ-paris3.fr.

The Université de Paris Diderot offers a wide variety of interdisciplinary courses in literature, cinema, history, geography, sociology, psychology, psychoanalysis, the arts and aesthetics, and contemporary critical theory. To learn more about the courses, visit www.univ-parisdiderot.fr.

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