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Dates:
05/26/2014 - 06/23/2014
Deadlines:
Extended to: 04/30/2014
Credit:
3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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06/23/2014 - 07/21/2014
Deadlines:
Extended to: 05/15/2014
Credit:
3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
See descriptions below

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

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07/21/2014 - 08/17/2014
Deadlines:
Extended to: 06/15/2014
Credit:
3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
See descriptions below

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

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Deadlines:
04/01/2015
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3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
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05/26/2014 - 07/21/2014
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06/23/2014 - 08/17/2014
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Program Overview

Program Overview

This 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:

  • Take small, stimulating classes with personalized instruction; three sessions are offered—take one, two or three sessions
  • Choose either French language classes at all levels or focused thematic classes taught in English or French
  • Continue your classes on structured outings and weekend excursions; all visits are led by professors to make them integral to the learning process
  • Join CIEE on one day-long trip (previous destinations have included Vaux-le-Vicomte and Chartres) and one two-day long trip in each session
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Intercultural Comparative Experience

Travel 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:

  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Berlin, Germany
  • London, England

Coursework

study abroad in France

Choose from a host of courses on a variety of topics. Explore the historical development of religion in French society or evolution of French painting; read the great French texts; or enjoy screenings and outings to various cinematic sites to study Parisian cinema culture.

Excursions

One day trip and a two-day long trip are included in each three-week session. Past destinations for weekend trips have included Toulouse, Tours, Dijon, Nîmes, and Marseille. 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.

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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.
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Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Summer 2014 Session I (4 wks)
Extended to: 04/30/2014
05/26/2014
06/23/2014
$4,850

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$3,198
Housing ***
$1,250
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 two meals daily

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$300
International Airfare *
$1,450
Local Transportation
$120
Books & Supplies
$75
Personal expenses
$750

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

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Summer 2014 Session II (4 wks)
Extended to: 05/15/2014
06/23/2014
07/21/2014
$4,850

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$3,198
Housing ***
$1,250
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 two meals daily

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$300
International Airfare *
$1,450
Local Transportation
$120
Books & Supplies
$75
Personal expenses
$750

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

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Summer 2014 Session III (4 wks)
Extended to: 06/15/2014
07/21/2014
08/17/2014
$4,850

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$3,198
Housing ***
$1,250
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 two meals daily

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$300
International Airfare *
$1,450
Local Transportation
$120
Books & Supplies
$75
Personal expenses
$750

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

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Summer 2015 Session I
04/01/2015
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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Summer 2015 Session II
04/01/2015
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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Summer 2015 Session III
04/01/2015
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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Summer 2014 Session I, II (8 wks)
Extended to: 04/30/2014
05/26/2014
07/21/2014
$8,730

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$5,828
Housing ***
$2,500
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 two meals daily

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$600
International Airfare *
$1,450
Local Transportation
$240
Books & Supplies
$150
Personal expenses
$1,500

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

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Summer 2014 Session II, III (8 wks)
Extended to: 05/15/2014
06/23/2014
08/17/2014
$8,730

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$5,828
Housing ***
$2,500
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 two meals daily

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$600
International Airfare *
$1,450
Local Transportation
$240
Books & Supplies
$150
Personal expenses
$1,500

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

More Information
Summer 2015 Session I, II
04/01/2015
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.

More Information
Summer 2015 Session II, III
04/01/2015
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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Summer 2014 Session I, II, III (12 wks)
Extended to: 04/30/2014
05/26/2014
08/17/2014
$12,610

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$8,458
Housing ***
$3,750
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 two meals daily

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$900
International Airfare *
$1,450
Local Transportation
$360
Books & Supplies
$225
Personal expenses
$2,250

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

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Summer 2015 Session I, II, III
04/01/2015
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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Eligibility
2.75 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.75
  • Participation in the French-taught content courses requires 4 semesters of college-level French or equivalent
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Course contact hours are 45 hours and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per session, unless otherwise indicated.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Study abroad students take one intensive language or content course each session.

A language placement exam is administered electronically prior to departure to place students in the appropriate language course and establish the correct level to participate in French-taught classes.

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About the City

About The City

Paris, 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, Louvre, and Notre Dame Cathedral. The city is known for its cafés (one for every 200 inhabitants), parks (Bois de Boulougne, Jardin de Luxembourg, and Bois de Vincennes), and street life and markets. Paris is also known 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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Brent Keever

Brent Keever, Ph.D., 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 United States 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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We all know Paris—or think we do. For many of us, Paris holds a place in our dreams, as the city of love, or of the arts, or of the mind. But what does it take to experience some small part of real, daily life in Paris today? The idea of the summer program is for students at all levels of their French language studies and with many disciplinary approaches to find a way to deepen their knowledge of things French. For some, this may mean working hard on their language skills, whether beginner or advanced; for others, a plunge into the history of art; for others, an in-depth look at classic literature, or a study of Francophone culture. Focused themes can also be approached, through special in-depth classes on disability studies and on contemporary philosophy. One way or another, we, the CIEE staff, hope to make it possible for you to explore what intrigues you about France, and also to discover new facets of the city of Paris.

—Brent Keever, Center Director

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Dieynaba Kane

Administration

Dieynaba Kane has an M.A. in African and Commonwealth literature and civilization. Dieynaba is responsible for administrative needs, payments and overall coordination of the center accounting and banking. She worked at Suffolk University Dakar Campus as administrative assistant and lived for a time in Indianapolis, Indiana. As a Senegalese native and Paris resident, Dieynaba easily navigates Senegalese and French cultures. She helps the students on CIEE’s Summer Francophone Studies Multisite program prepare for the transition while they are in Paris.

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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, including orientation, field trips, and information technology. As director of CIEE Summer Language and Culture program in Paris, 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 needs. Jean-Philippe is also a professor of French in CIEE’s Contemporary French Studies program and teaches the Seminar on Living and Learning.

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Linda Rimal Ponte

Linda Rimal Ponté is a Parisian native and received her Master’s degree in translation and conference interpreting at ISIT, with specialization in Intercultural Communication and Management. Her working languages are French, Spanish and English.

Linda works for the CIEE Paris as a program assistant involving orientation, academic trips planning, cultural events, students’ well-being and security. She is also responsible for summer housing management (hotel and homestay).

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

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.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

study abroad in France

Study 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.

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Orientations

Orientations

A mandatory three-day program orientation will help you master the practical details of daily life in Paris. Activities include a welcome dinner, walking tour of Paris neighborhoods, evening boat ride on the Seine, and sessions on practical matters including cultural differences, safety and security, and academics. Ongoing support is provided by CIEE staff on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

You are strongly encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. Internet access is available at the CIEE Study Center as well as numerous ”hot spots” throughout Paris.

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Academics

Academics

Established 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 those who wish to explore certain focused themes including philosophy, art history, Francophone culture, and disability studies.

Academic Culture

The program is made up of three, four-week sessions. Students may choose to participate in one, two or all three. Courses typically meet every morning or afternoon, Monday through Friday, for three hours, and include structured outings. All courses involve one required two-day long 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 two-day long excursion is mandatory for all classes.

Students with disabilities that require accommodations in terms of academics should contact CIEE prior to the program with details of their needs.

Nature of Classes

Participants take classes with other CIEE study abroad students only.

Grading System

Assessment 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 Instruction

English
French

Faculty

All courses are taught by faculty from a range of Paris institutions and are 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.

Courses offered depend on the number of students and their language levels. Courses with fewer than five students may be cancelled.

Session I

FREN 1012 PCSU

Beginning French Language
This course is designed for students with no background in French. This beginning language course covers the fundamentals of grammar (present, past, and future tenses, interrogation and negation, and pronouns) and helps student learn the speech acts essential to daily life (speaking about oneself, asking for information, recounting an incident, or expressing an intention, for example). Students are also instructed in beginning composition of simple descriptive texts. By the end of the course, students should be able to understand a simple face-to-face conversation on practical issues.

FREN 2002 PCSU

Intermediate I French Language
This course is designed for students with one to two semesters of college-level French, or the equivalent as determined by a placement test. This class reviews and consolidates the fundamentals of grammar (present, past, and future tenses, interrogation and negation, and pronouns) and introduces new elements on this basis (agreements, adjectives and adverbs, and irregular verbs). The goal of the class is for students to be able to carry out speech acts essential to daily life and compose simple descriptive, informative texts and simple expressions of opinion. Students should be able to understand a simple face-to-face conversation about practical issues and familiar subjects.

FREN 2003 PCSU

Intermediate II French Language
This course is designed for students with two to three semesters of college-level French, or the equivalent as determined by a placement test. Grammatical training (tenses, reported speech, and an 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 subjects with which he or she is familiar. The student should understand the concept of registers of speech and have a face-to-face conversation about a range of issues.

FREN 2004 PCSU

Intermediate III French Language
This course is designed for students with three to four semesters of college-level French, or the equivalent as determined by a placement test. Students read news articles and stories, and through them improve their knowledge of grammatical points (tenses, including the conditional and the subjunctive, pronouns, and beginning of argumentation). By the end of the semester, students should be able to express their opinions on familiar subjects, give oral presentations in an organized way, and write a short essay on a subject of general interest 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.

FREN 3001 PCSU

Advanced French Language
This course is designed for students with four or more semesters of college-level French, or the equivalent as determined by a placement test. Students read articles, essays, and literary texts, and carry out regular in-class and at-home writing exercises and essays, which are reviewed in class. The grammatical points covered in the syllabus (tenses, including the conditional, subjunctive, and passé simple, pronouns, and argumentation). By the end of the semester, students should be able to argue a point of view on abstract subjects in an oral presentation and write a well-constructed and coherent essay on a subject of general interest. They should be able to understand and use appropriately varied kinds of discourse, including formal and informal, slang, and academic language, as well as begin to master the different registers of language.

FRST 3003 PCSU

Paris Collage: History, Culture, Architecture
(in English)
This course provides a multi-faceted approach to the city’s development and evolution, with emphasis on the impact of cultural, social, and political forces on Paris’ environment. From the Gallo-Roman forum to contemporary urban design, Paris is studied through a series of three hour sessions in the city, and extensive readings in social and political and architectural history and literature. Field trips to provincial sites linked to the themes of the class are included. Instructor: Linnea Tilly

FRST 3005 PCSU/ RELI 3001 PCSU/ SOCI 3001 PCSU

Religious Diversity in Secular France
(in English)
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 contract with American notions. The class also examines contemporary conflicts about laicité (for example, the ban on ostentatious religious symbols at schools and the present political and social debate on banning the burka). Outings to places of worship, schools, or other relevant sites are incorporated in the class.

FRST 3002 PCSU

Francophone Cultures through Literature and Film
(in French)
This course provides an introduction to the understanding of Francophone cultures of western and northern Africa, the Caribbean, and Canada. Authors and filmmakers may include Aime Cesaire, Maryse Conde, Assia Djebar, Jacques Godbout, and Anne Hebert. Students should have four to five semesters of college-level French, but a placement test is administered upon arrival. Instructor: Claire de Obaldia

CINE 3002 PCSU

French Cinema
(in English)
This course focuses on French cinema, its history and current status, as well as Parisian cinema culture. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of social issues, as well as cinema as it falls in the cultural terrain of contemporary life in Paris. Major trends in the history of French cinema, as well as the influence of European cinema on French cinema, will be explored. This course integrates screenings and outings to the vast array of cinematic sites that Paris, the birthplace of film, has to offer. Instructor: Franck Le Gac

PHIL 4001 PCSU

Encountering Contemporary French Theory
(in French)
Designed for students with an advanced level in French and an interest in French theory and critique, this class explores how contemporary theoretical debates are being played out in the many critical and cultural construction sites of the city of Paris. Discussions of structuralist, post-structuralist, feminist, identity theory, post-colonialist, and other theoretical texts are complemented by structured daily “encounters” with those people and places that are defining 21st century French and global theoretical and critical debate. The works of such authors as Derrida, Deleuze, Foucault, Kristeva, Rancière, Badiou, Butler, Cassin, Agamben, and Stiegler may be considered. Encounters may occur at such places as the Musée du Quai Branly and the Cité nationale de l’histoire de l’immigration. Particular emphasis is placed on seminars offered by the Collège International de Philosophie. Instructor: Brent Keever, CIEE Resident Director

Session II

FREN 1012 PCSU

Beginning French Language
This course is designed for students with no background in French. This beginning language course covers the fundamentals of grammar (present, past, and future tenses, interrogation and negation, and pronouns) and helps student learn the speech acts essential to daily life (speaking about oneself, asking for information, recounting an incident, or expressing an intention, for example). Students are also instructed in beginning composition of simple descriptive texts. By the end of the course, students should be able to understand a simple face-to-face conversation on practical issues.

FREN 2002 PCSU

Intermediate I French Language
This course is designed for students with one to two semesters of college-level French, or the equivalent as determined by a placement test. This class reviews and consolidates the fundamentals of grammar (present, past, and future tenses, interrogation and negation, and pronouns) and introduces new elements on this basis (agreements, adjectives and adverbs, and irregular verbs). The goal of the class is for students to be able to carry out speech acts essential to daily life and to compose simple descriptive, informative texts and simple expressions of opinion. Students should be able to understand a simple face-to-face conversation about practical issues and familiar subjects.

FREN 2003 PCSU

Intermediate II French Language
This course is designed for students with two to three semesters of college-level French, or the equivalent as determined by a placement test. Grammatical training (tenses, reported speech, and an 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 subjects with which he or she is familiar. The student should understand the concept of registers of speech and have a face-to-face conversation about a range of issues.

FREN 2004 PCSU

Intermediate III French Language
This course is designed for students with three to four semesters of college-level French, or the equivalent as determined by a placement test. Students read news articles and stories, and through them, improve their knowledge of grammatical points (tenses, including the conditional and the subjunctive, pronouns, and beginning of argumentation). By the end of the semester, students should be able to express their opinions on familiar subjects, give oral presentations in an organized way, and write a short essay on a subject of general interest 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.

FREN 3001 PCSU

Advanced French Language
This course is designed for students with four or more semesters of college-level French or the equivalent as determined by a placement test. Students read articles, essays, and literary texts, and carry out regular in-class and at-home writing exercises and essays, which are reviewed in class. The grammatical points covered in the syllabus (tenses, including the conditional, subjunctive, and passé simple, pronouns, and argumentation). By the end of the semester, students should be able to argue a point of view on abstract subjects in an oral presentation and write a well-constructed and coherent essay on a subject of general interest. They should be able to understand and use appropriately varied kinds of discourse, including formal and informal, slang, and academic language, as well as begin to master the different registers of language.

FRST 3006 PCSU

Paris Métisse: Multiculturalism and Popular Culture in Paris
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.

FREN 4001 PCSU

Advanced Written and Oral Expression
(in French)
This class is designed for students with five or more semesters of college-level French, or the equivalent as determined by a placement test, and for CIEE summer students who completed Advanced French Language in Session I. Students carry out numerous written exercises, such as the construction of phrases according to a given model, short papers (essays or descriptions) about various subjects, short written résumés, and a guided research paper based on themes discussed in class. Group correction of the most common errors is used to present complex grammatical issues, such as causality, reported speech, the passé simple, and the past and imperfect of the subjunctive. By the end of the class, students should be able to express themselves in writing or orally in a language that is correct grammatically at a high level, and also involves correct syntax, idiomatic expressions, and a rich vocabulary without Anglicisms.

HIST 3001 PCSU

Memory and Commemoration in 21st Century France

This course examines the ways that France’s catacylsmic 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 wehre history was made and remembered.

PSYC 3001 PCSU

The Unconscious Eye : Psychoanalysis and the Visual Arts
(in English)
This course will explore psychoanalytic thought and critique in the field of 20th and 21st century visual art. Beginning with Surrealist film and painting, we will discover how psychoanlaysis, particularly in France, changed the way we think about what it means to look at an image, particularly the moving image. We will also explore the various links between madness and creativity, testing the limits of psychoanalysis’ ability to interpret the visual arts. Artists and thinkers such as Breton, Magritte, Bunuel, Artaud, Lacan, Metz, Rose, Doane, Deleuze and Guattari, and Zizek may be considered.

Session III

FREN 1012 PCSU

Beginning French Language
This course is designed for students with no background in French. This beginning language course covers the fundamentals of grammar (present, past, and future tenses, interrogation and negation, and pronouns) and helps student learn the speech acts essential to daily life (speaking about oneself, asking for information, recounting an incident, or expressing an intention, for example). Students are also instructed in beginning composition of simple descriptive texts. By the end of the course, students should be able to understand a simple face-to-face conversation on practical issues.

FREN 2002 PCSU

Intermediate I French Language
This course is designed for students with one to two semesters of college-level French, or the equivalent as determined by a placement test. This class reviews and consolidates the fundamentals of grammar (present, past, and future tenses, interrogation and negation, and pronouns) and introduces new elements on this basis (agreements, adjectives and adverbs, and irregular verbs). The goal of the class is for students to be able to carry out speech acts essential to daily life and compose simple descriptive, informative texts and simple expressions of opinion. Students should be able to understand a simple face-to-face conversation about practical issues and familiar subjects.

FREN 2003 PCSU

Intermediate II French Language
This course is designed for students with two to three semesters of college-level French, or the equivalent as determined by a placement test. Grammatical training (tenses, reported speech, and an 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 subjects with which he or she is familiar. The student should understand the concept of registers of speech and have a face-to-face conversation about a range of issues.

FREN 2004 PCSU

Intermediate III French Language
This course is designed for students with three to four semesters of college-level French, or the equivalent as determined by a placement test. Students read news articles and stories, and through them improve their knowledge of grammatical points (tenses, including the conditional and the subjunctive, pronouns, and beginning of argumentation). By the end of the semester, students should be able to express their opinions on familiar subjects, give oral presentations in an organized way, and write a short essay on a subject of general interest 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.

FREN 3001 PCSU

Advanced French Language
This course is designed for students with four or more semesters of college-level French, or the equivalent as determined by a placement test. Students read articles, essays, and literary texts, and carry out regular in-class and at-home writing exercises and essays, which are reviewed in class. The grammatical points covered in the syllabus (tenses, including the conditional, subjunctive, and passé simple, pronouns, and argumentation). By the end of the semester, students should be able to argue a point of view on abstract subjects in an oral presentation and write a well-constructed and coherent essay on a subject of general interest. They should be able to understand and use appropriately varied kinds of discourse, including formal and informal, slang, and academic language, as well as begin to master the different registers of language.

FREN 4001 PCSU

Advanced Written and Oral Expression
(in French)
This class is designed for students with five or more semesters of college-level French, or the equivalent as determined by a placement test, and for CIEE summer students who completed Advanced French Language in Session I. Students carry out numerous written exercises, such as the construction of phrases according to a given model, short papers (essays or descriptions) about various subjects, short written résumés, and a guided research paper based on themes discussed in class. Group correction of the most common errors is used to present complex grammatical issues, such as causality, reported speech, the passé simple, and the past and imperfect of the subjunctive. By the end of the class, students should be able to express themselves in writing or orally in a language that is correct grammatically at a high level, and also involves correct syntax, idiomatic expressions, and a rich vocabulary without Anglicisms.

AHIS 3001 PCSU

19th Century French Painting: From Courbet to Dada
(in French)
This course focuses on the historical evolution of French painting from Realism through Impressionism, as well as the daring experiments of Van Gogh, Cézanne, and the nihilism of the Dadists. The course integrates visits to such museums as the Musée d’Orsay, Louvre, Musée Gustave Moreau, and Centre Pompidou. Instructor: Nicolas Baudouin

LITT 3002 PCSU

Paris in French Literature
(in English)
This course looks at modern literary texts by French and Francophone writers in order to help students discover how these writers have registered and negotiated Paris’s power, prestige, social world, class struggles, intellectual life, and of course, its beauty. Readings include such works as Balzac’s Old Goriot, Modiano’s Honeymoon, and Mehdi Charef’s Tea in the Harem. Literary texts are complemented by short readings in the history of Paris, lectures on French literary history to provide context, and site visits throughout the city. Instructor: Derek O’Regan

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