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Language Institute in Paris, France

Language Institute in Paris
As one of the USA’s oldest continuously offered academic summer programs (since 1958), the Summer Language Institute in France enables students to experience the cultural offerings of both the French capital and the regions of Alsace, Champagne, Normandy, and the Loire Valley while completing intensive coursework in French language, history and civilization in Paris.
Location: 
Paris, France
Language of Instruction: 
French
Term: 
Summer
Academic Disciplines: 
French
Education--French
Program Type: 
Faculty-led
Program Summary: 

The Summer Language Institute in Paris provides an excellent opportunity for intermediate or advanced students of French to live and study in Paris, the vibrant capital of France. Students will visit important historical and cultural monuments of the “city of light” and study the language and culture of France.

The program begins with a 9-day group travel period through Alsace, Champagne, Normandy, and the Loire Valley. Participants will become acquainted with four important regions of France and with different styles of French art, culture, and architecture. To enhance understanding of the sites, all participants will be provided with a reading list of pertinent cultural material.

The program will spend the month of July in Paris. Students will study culture, composition, conversation, phonetics, grammar, reading, and literature at l’Étoile: Centre de Langue et Vie Françaises. Course offerings range from second-year college level French through some major-level courses.

The Department of French and Italian awards multiple scholarships for this program. Click here to read more and to apply for the scholarship.

Location: 

Travel Program
For two decades, the travel portion of the program has included the regions in Northern and Western France. This summer, the program will also take students to Eastern France. The tour will visit such places as the Normandy invasion beaches, the beautiful Loire valley châteaux of Chenonceau and Chambord, the magnificent cathedral in Chartres, the white cliffs of Étretat, and the charming fishing village of Honfleur.

Paris
From the Opéra boulevards to the historic area of the Marais with its early modern architecture and designer stores, from the Cluny medieval museum to the futuristic Centre Beaubourg, planned activities provide a comprehensive introduction to Parisian life, art, and architecture. In recent years, participants have enjoyed museum tours, concerts, plays and films; walking tours of Montmartre, the île St. Louis, and the Left Bank; coffee-tasting at a specialist roastery; as well as other cultural outings and activities.

Academic Information: 

Situated in the heart of Paris, l’Étoile: Centre de Langue et Vie Françaises opens its doors to students of all nationalities. Highly qualified instructors from the French educational system who specialize in the teaching of French as a foreign language offer a wide variety of courses to suit the needs and interests of program participants. Students are placed into intensive language and culture classes which meet four hours per day, Monday through Friday.

All students enroll in two three-credit hour courses. Many program participants are at the FREN 230–240 level. Students at other levels should consult with the directors to determine what is expected of them in order to obtain credit for other courses. Students will be assigned to various levels according to a placement exam and interview.

FREN 230: Intermediate French I (3 credits). Third semester course stressing oral and written work in French; review of grammar and introduction to the reading of various texts, literary and cultural. Prerequisite: FREN 120 or departmental permission.

FREN 240: Intermediate French II (3 credits). Continuation of FREN 230. Prerequisite: FREN 230 or departmental permission.

FREN 375: Intermediate French Conversation (3 credits). Guided discussions designed to increase fluency, improve pronunciation, and acquire vocabulary.

FREN 376: Advanced French Conversation (3 credits). Guided discussions designed to increase fluency, improve pronunciation, and knowledge of French culture and language. Classes have centered around topics such as the French Revolution, the Arts, Renaissance, Festivals, and French Cinema.

FREN 440: Studies in French Culture (3 credits).  Topics may include the History of France, French Cinema, Architecture and Human Geography.  Pre-requisite:  FREN 300

FREN 440 will be offered with faculty director's approval only. FREN 300 or FREN 350 may be offered in special circumstances. 

Credit
Six hours of credit are granted by the University of Kansas upon successful completion of the program. Credit will be given for intermediate-level or certain advanced-level courses, as arranged prior to departure by the faculty directors.

Housing: 

Participants stay with host families in and around Paris. The director and assistants provide individual support and organized activities which are designed to ensure that each student makes the most of his/her exposure to French culture.

Eligibility: 

Open to students from any accredited U.S. college or university who have completed two semesters (or the equivalent) of college-level French. Minimum 2.5 GPA required (exceptions considered after submission of a petition).

Program Faculty: 

For more information contact:

Associate Professor Paul Scott (Paris portion)
The University of Kansas
Department of French and Italian
2054 Wescoe Hall
785.864.9042
pascott@ku.edu

Associate Professor Diane Fourny (Tour period)
The University of Kansas
Department of French and Italian
303L Bailey Hall
785.864.9070
dfourny@ku.edu

Add Course: 
Students will be assigned to various levels according to a placement exam and interview.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
French
Status: 
KU Course
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Students will be assigned to various levels according to a placement exam and interview.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
French
Status: 
KU Course
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Students will be assigned to various levels according to a placement exam and interview.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
French
Status: 
KU Course
KU Credit Hours: 
3
FREN 440 will be offered with director's approval only. Students will be assigned to various levels according to a placement exam and interview.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
French
Status: 
KU Course
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Prerequisite: FREN 230 or departmental permission
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
French
Status: 
KU Course
KU Credit Hours: 
3

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