Paris, France

French Language & Culture

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Information for term French Language & Culture

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jun 10 – Jul 7, 2018 (4 weeks)
$6,800

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jul 8 – Aug 4, 2018 (4 weeks)
$6,800

Overview

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Discover the elegance and charm of Parisian life while immersed in the language spoken by more than 100 million people. 

Learn and perfect your French with native professors. Explore the city’s rich heritage, one neighborhood or museum at a time. Discover hidden treasures during fieldtrips throughout France. Live with a local family and get into the rhythm of everyday life, sharing authentic French meals along with stories and traditions.

Living in Paris and visiting as a tourist are two entirely different things. The Eiffel Tower becomes a mere backdrop to an authentic experience like no other. Spend your mornings in French class, and your afternoons practicing your conversational skills in cafés, bookstores, markets and museums. Catch the strains of jazz or traditional French folk played by street musicians along the way. Meander through the city’s village-like neighborhoods, window-shopping outside Bohemian boutiques, or head to one of its elegant parks for a picnic.

Have a sweet tooth? You’re in luck! With classic patisseries on practically every corner, you’re never far from a tempting pain au chocolat, macaron or profiterole. Cake shops, tea rooms, bakeries and chocolatiers display their delicacies in delightful displays. Drink your coffee or luxurious hot chocolate at a neighborhood stop, rather than a chain, for the real experience. 

 

The Take-Aways

  • Language

    60 hours of instruction in French

  • College Credit

    4 college credits may be used to apply toward your future college degree, to demonstrate your ability to do college-level work, or to test out of a language level in college

  • Certificate

    A certificate of learning in French, and documented language growth through pre-and post-program testing

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, Notre Dame cathedral, 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 summer.

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 more eclectic taste, there’s the Museum of Magic and the Catacombs of Paris.

Cool off under a shady tree and rest your feet after sightseeing. From the Jardin du Luxembourg to the Parc de La Villette, there are several tree-lined parks where you can beat the heat.   

Daily Life

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Daily Life

"After my trip with CIEE I have definitely grown in ways I never could if I had stayed in the US."

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  • Housing

    Carefully Screened Host Family

  • Local Support

    24/7 Support from your CIEE program leader and in-country CIEE staff members

Activities

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Sample Activities

  • Discover Paris street art on a scavenger hunt in the Belleville neighborhood.
  • Walk along the Promenade Planté, the elevated park on a 19th century Vincennes railway viaduct.
  • Learn how perfume is made at the Fragonard Museum.
  • Discover the city with neighborhood walking tours (ex. Latin Quarter, Marais, Saint Germain des Près).
  • Take a boat tour on the Seine river.
  • Test out your French skills at an open air farmer’s market
  • Play a game of Pétanque (similar to Bocce ball) at the Palais Royal Gardens.
  • See works of Picasso, Duffy and others at the Modern Art Museum of Paris.
  • Discover Paris Plages, where the banks of the Seine become a beach during the summer!

Excursions

  • Castle and Gardens of Sceaux: Enter the majestic gates and discover this 15th century château, built for one of King Louis XIV’s ministers. The grounds, designed by royal architect André Le Nôtre, include a long canal, grass-covered terraces and tree-lined paths. The Petit Château houses a museum containing one of the largest collections of painters of the School of Paris.
  • Normandy: Visit the historic beaches, Museum of the Second World War, and American Cemetery on this multi-day excursion of the northern coast. Spend two nights in Caen, an 11th century village largely rebuilt after the 1944 Battle of Normandy. Today you’ll find a walled medieval château, two ancient abbeys and a remarkable museum focused on war and peace. 
  • Provins: Provins is a charming medieval city located to the east of Paris and protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The day trip will include a picnic lunch in the Garnier gardens followed by a visit of the underground tunnels where a guide will explain the myths and legends surrounding the site. The day will end with a visit to the César tower, which served as a watchtower and a prison and dates back to the 12th century.
  • Loire Valley: Discover famous Loire Valley castles like the Château de Chenonceau and the Château de Chambord. Try out local delicacies, like fouée, a type of round, airy bread from western France.

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees

ELIGIBILITY

  • At least one year of High School French. For intensive language immersion, see our Rennes program.
  • Program open to all current high school students: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. 
  • For scholarship eligibility requirements, please check our Scholarship page.

APPLICATION FEE

$25

OPTIONAL COLLEGE CREDIT FEE

$100  Learn more 

Program

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Start Date

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Costs

Summer Session I 2018 4 weeks Rolling Admissions Jun 10, 2018 Jul 7, 2018

$6,800

Summer Session II 2018 4 weeks Rolling Admissions Jul 8, 2018 Aug 4, 2018

$6,800

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