Paris, Versailles, & the French Riviera
DATES: Tentative Dates: July 5 - July 25, 2016
Total Program Fee: $4,995
From the Eiffel Tower to Notre Dame and Mona Lisa, Paris has been synonymous with the best things in life. Come see why so many people fall in love with its grand boulevards, cafe life, fancy boutiques, world-class museums, and famous monuments. Picturesque beaches, intriguing museums, Roman ruins, medieval hill towns, and breathtaking views abound in the French Riviera. Walk in the footsteps of some of the world's greatest philosophers, artists, and writers, all while feasting on the fine cheeses, pastries, and delicacies that make France the king of the culinary world.
The program offers students an experience of French culture and history through courses where Paris is your classroom. Students may study music, French, politics, art, film, or photography. In-class instruction and cultural excursions create a truly adventurous educational experience. Exploring both city and seaside in one of the most exciting countries in Europe, you will develop a deeper appreciation of your subject area, as well as an understanding of French culture and history, past and present.
Please note: Be aware that study abroad programs require a great deal of walking. Even though we will ride the Paris subway, students should be prepared to climb long flights of stairs (sometimes carrying all your luggage) and to walk several miles each day. Stairs may be steep; walkways may be cobblestoned, uneven, and slippery. Air conditioning is not commonly available throughout Europe. You do not need to be able to speak French.
Excursions may include: The major sights of Paris are conveniently located and easily accessible by the safe and easy-to-use Paris subway; students may receive subway passes. History lovers will enjoy exploring landmarks like Notre Dame and the Roman ruins in the heart of old Paris. For art lovers, the city boasts many of the greatest museums in the world—the Louvre, the Orsay, the Orangerie; students may receive the Paris Museum Pass for admittance to 50+ of the most popular museums and monuments. And no trip to Paris would be complete without a visit to the Eiffel Tower and an evening cruise on the Seine for a switched-on view of the City of Lights by night. During your stay, Paris celebrates Bastille Day with an Eiffel Tower fireworks show and the not-to-be-missed Tour de France finishes on the famous boulevard, the Champs-Elysées. A day trip may transport you to the grandeur of Louis XIV’s palace at Versailles.
Students may travel via high-speed train between Paris and Nice (sounds like “niece”), the capital of the French Riviera. Italian and French cultures mix along some of Europe’s most stunning Mediterranean beaches. Sun lovers will soak up the rays and rocking fun of Nice’s beach promenade, while the charming Old City has offered visitors food, flowers, music, and shopping since medieval times.
Classes: Class times and locations will be announced by your professor.
Accommodations: Students will stay in double dorm rooms with private baths on the campus of the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris (http://www.ciup.fr/). Two dining hall/cafeteria style meals will be provided daily.
Cité U, as it is called, is an historic campus created with the aim of encouraging students from all over the world to meet and learn. Cité U offers easy métro access and facilities including a student restaurant and cafeteria, ATMs, post office, and round-the-clock security. Rooms have refrigerators and wi-fi, but no air conditioning. Students have access to common kitchens, laundry room, and a TV room. You can take a virtual tour of the Maison des Etudiants Canadiens at http://etudiantscanadiens.org/en/
In Nice, students will stay in double or triple rooms in a tourist hotel or youth hostel, depending on availability.