Paris, France

French Language & Culture

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Information for term French Language & Culture

Application deadline, and cost information.

Extended Deadline

June 15, 2022
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Sep 4 – Dec 17, 2022 (15 weeks)*
$15,000

Application Deadline

September 1, 2022
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Jan 29 – May 13, 2023 (15 weeks)*
$15,000

Extended Deadline

June 15, 2022
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Sep 4, 2022 – May 13, 2023 (36 weeks)*
$28,500

Overview

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Sharpen your eyes and French skills in gorgeous Paris

Everyone dreams of a trip to Paris, but how many get to actually live there like a local? Here’s your chance to enjoy an unparalleled gap year experience in one of the world’s most beautiful and culturally important cities.

There’s a reason tens of thousands of students flock here to study abroad every year. Writers, artists, and composers from around the world have been drawn here for centuries as well. Inspiration fills the air. Spend your mornings in French class improving your language skills and your afternoons practicing your conversational skills in cafés, shops and museums. Explore the city’s village-like neighborhoods, and soak up the rich culture all around you.

CIEE Gap Year Abroad programs are focused on supporting participants in acquiring knowledge and developing skills to live in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world. In addition to developing your language skills and gaining a better understanding of the local culture, you will take part in our Global Competence Course. This online course will allow you to connect and collaborate in real-time with our entire cohort of Gap participants worldwide, through interactive workshops and discussions. Reflect on your own cultural biases, share insights about your experience and learn about topics ranging from cultural identity and leadership styles to how to work and live sustainably or develop communication skills.

At home with your welcoming homestay, you’ll converse in French, prepare and share meals, and enjoy the everyday life of a native Parisian. When you’re not in class or at home, you’ll have your pick of things to do. Hit the literary cafés and old haunts from the days of Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Gertrude Stein. Visit priceless masterpieces at the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay, take a sunset ride on the Ferris wheel at Place de la Concorde, see spectacular ballet at L’Opera Garnier. Relax in the city’s many parks, or unwind with an espresso at a café perfect for people-watching. Further afield, enjoy day trips and excursions to unforgettable destinations like Versailles, Provins, and Alsace. Make the most of this amazing opportunity!

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

CIEE is requiring all participants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before traveling on programs. Read more ›

The Take-Aways

  • LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

    15-20 hours per week of French language learning designed to improve real world language skills

  • GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE

    Build a strong foundation in the core components of intercultural learning. Come home with an improved sense of self and awareness of what shapes others

  • CERTIFICATE

    Earn a Certificate of Learning in French

  • of alumni said their language skills improved

    96%
  • said they learned to interact with different cultural backgrounds

    94%
  • said their level of independence increased

    89%

Location & Culture

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Art, architecture, and history abound in one of Europe’s most culturally important cities.

Home to the Eiffel Tower, the first couture fashion house, some of the best culinary chefs in food today, and an abundance of cafés (one for every 200 inhabitants), the “City of Lights” is an amazing place to spend a gap semester or full gap year.

Famous museums hold rare treasures and draw visitors with a range of interests. The multi-level Louvre, the world’s largest and most visited museum, displays more than 35,000 pieces of art. Best known for iconic masterpieces like the Venus de Milo and Mona Lisa, it also features major galleries dedicated to Middle Eastern and Islamic art. The Musée d’Orsay, originally a train station designed for the 1900 World Fair, houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-Impressionist masterpieces in the world. The Cluny Museum, set inside the ancient Roman baths, is filled with incredible artifacts and artwork from Medieval Europe. Interested in science and technology? Head to the National Museum of Natural History and the Paris Observatory. For those with a more eclectic taste, there’s the Museum of Magic and the Catacombs of Paris.

Drink café au lait in outdoor cafés, linger in bookstores and galleries, stroll the famous Champs-Élysées. When you make France’s capital your classroom, you open yourself to a world of educational opportunity and cultural inspiration. You could easily find so many adventures within Paris that you choose to never leave the city! But if you get the urge to explore, there are many exciting and easily accessible choices, several of them included in your CIEE program. Take a day trip to hotspots like Versailles, Mont-Saint-Michel, and Giverny. If you have more time, try Lyon, Marseille, or the Loire Valley. Many other major cities of Western Europe are just a cheap flight away.

CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in Paris.

Daily Life

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Daily Life

"A succesful Gap experience achieves the right balance between structured language instruction, practice in the community and cultural activties to be fully immersed in the local culture.

Here's how a typical week goes on a CIEE Gap Language & Culture program:

  • 15-20 hours of interactive language learning at a language school
  • 1 to 2 hours of the CIEE Global Competence Course  
  • 2 cultural activities
  • Free time to explore and have fun!

Weekends are for group excursions (1 overnight trip and 2 daytrips per semester) or personal travel and exploration.

*If Covid-19 homestay requirements cannot be met participants will be placed in a CIEE-vetted dormitory or apartment. Confirmation will be communicated to participants in advance.

  • Carefully Screened Homestay*

  • Local Support

    Local CIEE Center staff available 24/7

Activities

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Sample Activities

  • Go on tours of some of the world’s most famous museums, including the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, and the Centre Georges Pompidou.
  • Discover the Montmartre neighborhood located in north Paris. Discuss with staff the area’s artistic significance. Walk the winding cobblestone streets to visit several landmarks including the Sacre Coeur Basilica, the Place du Tertre artists’ colony and the I Love You wall.
  • Take a bike tour! See famous sites and hear famous stories as you pedal through the streets of Paris.

Sample Day Trips

  • Take a train for a day trip to visit the royal château in Versailles in the Île-de-France region of France. When the château was built, Versailles was a small village dating from the 11th century. The grand destination is now home to a magnificent palace, garden, and Marie Antoinette’s estate.
  • Do you enjoy exploring castles, ramparts, and crypts? Then this is the day trip for you. This medieval French village in the shadow of a 12th century tower lies just an hour or so from Paris.

Please note this list of activities is based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to both adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback. Our goal when revising itineraries is always to enhance your experience. Every activity is designed to provide you with a deep immersion in your topic, local culture and sights. Get ready for maximum fun!

Eligibility & Fees

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Eligibility & Fees

Eligibility

  • High school graduates in good academic standing.
  • Students must demonstrate, through the application and interview process, flexibility and maturity.
  • Students must be 18 years or older at the time of their departure.
  • No previous language experience required.

Fees

$50

Priority deadline discount: Apply to a fall semester or academic year by 5/1 and get a $400 discount. Apply to a spring semester by 9/1 and get a $400 discount. Discounts are deducted from final balance.

Program fee includes iNext travel insurance. Full inclusions are found online.

Apply for an academic year and enjoy an authentic holiday experience! If you stay in your host country between the fall and spring semesters, CIEE will cover your housing costs. We will either extend your homestay or provide you with an alternate lodging option until your spring semester classes and activities resume.

Program

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Costs

Academic Year 2022 36 weeks Jun 15, 2022 Sep 4, 2022* May 13, 2023*

$28,500

Fall 2022 15 weeks Jun 15, 2022 Sep 4, 2022* Dec 17, 2022*

$15,000

Spring 2023 15 weeks Sep 1, 2022 Jan 29, 2023* May 13, 2023*

$15,000

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

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