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Paris, Versailles, & Normandy

July 8 - 29, 2014 (3 weeks)

Total Program Fee: $4,975

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Program Location:

Paris—the City of Light—is a destination packed with wonderful things to do and see. As a capital of art, fashion, literature, music, food, and ideas, Paris has stood for centuries as the beacon of culture and the “cover-girl” of world cities. As the American writer Ernest Hemingway said, "If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast." And Paris will stay with you for the rest of your life, too. Come sample the finer things in life and l’art de vivre—the art of living—in a city that will make you a citizen of the world, broaden your perspective, and teach you new ways to measure the quality of your life.

Program Description:

The program offers students a unique view of French culture and history through a variety of courses where the City of Lights is your classroom.  All courses focus on France - her history, politics, literature, and music, and arts. In-class instruction and extra-curricular cultural excursions allow for a truly engaging and educational experience.

  • Music Appreciation enhances your experience of listening to music. Listening to live and recorded music from a variety of periods, you will experience France in a unique way.
  • Beginning French II/Intermediate French I students can polish their pronunciation all day long while immersed in the world’s best language lab, the City of Light.
  • Study the institutions and behaviors of society and politics in France when you enroll in Seminar in Comparative Politics.
  • Western European literature from the seventeenth century forward to the development of film in the twentieth century takes center stage in World Literature 1650-present.
  • Modern American Literature focuses on the “lost generation” of American writers who flocked to Paris in the Jazz Age and the African-American writers for whom Paris offered new beginnings. 

Please note: Be aware that study abroad programs require a great deal of walking. Even though we will use the Paris Métro, students should be prepared to climb long flights of stairs and to walk at least 2 to 3 miles each day. In the older areas, walkways may be cobbled, and pavements may be uneven or slippery. 

Excursions may include: Zip up the Eiffel Tower, see the Mona Lisa, cruise the Seine, saunter down the grand Champs-Elysées, visit the eye-popping Moulin Rouge, and sip café crème at sidewalk cafés where the world’s greatest artists, writers, composers, architects, and politicians spent many of the happiest days and nights of their lives. History lovers will enjoy exploring landmarks like Notre Dame while touring the heart of old Paris. For art lovers, the city boasts some of the greatest museums in the world; you will receive museum passes to the Louvre, the Orsay, the Rodin, the Pompidou, and others. You’ll learn how to navigate the Paris metro (with your own metro pass), visiting Paris’ signature sights like the Arc de Triomphe and the breathtaking Eiffel Tower. An evening river cruise on the Seine will delight photographers with a switched-on view of the City of Light by night.  An overnight excursion to Normandy, with its dramatic coastlines and thatch-roofed cottages, will show you the beach getaway for many Parisians. Along the way, your tour will visit Joan of Arc’s Rouen, the majestic abbey of Mont St. Michel, and the beaches where American heroes changed the course of World War II and history on D-Day. A day trip by train will take you to Louis XIV’s magnificent palace at Versailles where the Sun King’s wife, Marie Antoinette, supposedly uttered the infamous phrase, “Let them eat cake.”

Classes: Class times and locations will be determined by faculty.

Accommodations: Students will stay at the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris (“Cité U”), a historic place in an 84-acre park, a world unique place created after WW1 with the aim of encouraging students, researchers, and artists from all over the world to meet and interact. Cité U is a favorite place with easy metro access and with lots of facilities for students including a university restaurant with cheap tasty eats, a library, theater, sports facilities, bank with ATM, and round-the-clock security.

Students share double rooms with internet access and have access to common kitchens, study rooms, and TV rooms in the Maison.  You can visit Cité U at www.ciup.fr/en/node


All TnCIS programs are academic in nature and course work that takes advantage of the program location will be the central focus. Programs offered by TnCIS through any member institution  are in keeping with SACSCOC policies for each respective institution where compliance is monitored at the institutional level.  TnCIS program courses are for credit only. In France, students will enroll in ONE of the following courses:

ENGLISH:  World Literature: 1650 – Present (Prerequisites: ENG 1010 & 1020)
World Literature II in Paris is a treat. Imagine walking the streets and touring the buildings where history happened and literature was created. Paris has inspired generations of writers and travelers, and students will become part of this rich legacy as they explore the neighborhoods, parks, museums, monuments, and cathedrals. The course, while covering the general literary movements and achievements of the times, emphasizes the French contributions. As an aspect of experiential learning, students might visit places which inspired the literature, such as the Cathedral of Notre Dame, or where the literature was written, such as the Victor Hugo house, or where the literature was presented, such as the salons of Versailles.  Excursions to the grand art museums, such as the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, and others, will reveal the common elements of the art and literature of Neo-classicism, Romanticism, Realism, and Modernism. Strolling the neighborhoods of Paris and stopping at an outdoor café for a hazelnut crêpe or café au lait impart the city’s unique mystique. Paris itself is a text to be studied. See course syllabus

ENGLISH: Modern American Literature
(Prerequisite:  ENGL 1020)
A study of American Literature from the Civil War to the present. American writers abroad in Paris put American literature on the map.  This section of Modern American Literature will focus on the American writers who expatriated to France in the late 19th and 20th centuries, from the “lost generation” of writers like Hemingway and Fitzgerald who landed in Paris after WWI to the African-American writers like Wright and Baldwin who relocated there after WWI searching for civil rights and new beginnings.  Contemporary American writers such as David Sedaris still call France home today. Paris is divided into twenty districts that spiral out from the heart of the city.  Most of the writers who lived and wrote in Paris stayed in only a few of these districts—especially the 6th, 7th, and 14th arrondissements on the Left Bank; you will do some literary sleuthing to those famous addresses by foot and Metro.  Some of the must-see places with strong literary ties which you will visit are Montparnasse, The Latin Quarter, The Right Bank, Shakespeare & Co. bookshop, along with the major cafes, restaurants, and patisseries (many of which are still in business since the 1920s) which are frequented by the authors you are studying. See course syllabus

FRENCH:  Beginning French II (Prerequisite: FREN 1010)
Emphasis on vocabulary building, grammar, conversation and French / Francophone culture. Classes will provide you with practice for learning and speaking French while nestled in a totally French setting. Your instructor will be an enthusiastic professor with previous study abroad experience in France.  Classes will include practical information such as table manners and ordering meals, navigating the métro system, information on the quarters of Paris and much more. Each day will bring you a new chance to explore France while you are gaining greater proficiency in the French language. Pack your bags for scenic, delicious France! See course syllabus

FRENCH:  Intermediate French I (Prerequisite: FREN 1020)
Grammar, conversation and aspects of French culture. Classes will provide you with practice for learning and speaking French while nestled in a totally French setting. Your instructor will be an enthusiastic professor with previous study abroad experience in France. Classes will include practical information such as table manners and ordering meals, navigating the métro system, information on the quarters of Paris and much more. Each day will bring you a new chance to explore France while you are gaining greater proficiency in the French language. Pack your bags for scenic, delicious France!  See course syllabus

MUSIC:  Music Appreciation (No prerequisites)
A history of the stylistic periods of Western Music with emphasis on social and cultural implications as related to each period, including an emphasis on developing listening skills that foster an enjoyment and an appreciation for the various styles of music. Your experience of listening to music will be enhanced when you learn the language used to talk about music, the cultural and historical trends in music, and the great composers, many of whom spent the happiest days of their lives in Paris. Students will benefit greatly from experiencing significant cultural venues as the Cathedral of Notre Dame where many composers worked and the Opera de Paris Garnier which is one of the most famous opera houses in the world.  It was used as the setting for Gaston Leroux's 1911 novel The Phantom of the Opera and the novel's subsequent adaptations in films and Andrew Lloyd Webber's popular 1986 musical.  In addition, students will have an opportunity to visit historical and cultural landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, the Luxembourg Gardens, the Père Lachaise Cemetery (where composer Frederic Chopin is buried), and the famous market streets like Rue Mouffetard.  See course syllabus 

POLITICAL SCIENCE: Seminar in Comparative Politics:  Politics & Society in France (No prerequisites)
How are politics in France different from politics in the United States? The Fifth Republic of France is the result of the country's modern institutions, rich political history and active citizenry.  This course will familiarize students with French politics and society through both lecture and excursions in Paris.  The first week of the course will introduce students to modern political life in France.  To better understand the workings of French political institutions of the Fifth Republic, students may tour the Assemblée Nationale, the lower chamber of the French parliament.  Visits to some of the most famous churches in France, such as Notre Dame Cathedral and Sacré Coeur, will ground a discussion of the French concept of la laïcité (French secularism), whereby there is complete separation between religious involvement and government affairs.  Students will also visit sites like the Louvre museum with an eye toward art with political significance to French culture. During week two, students will learn about France's position in Europe and the world.  Students will understand how the political history of France contributed to the current institutions of the Fifth Republic.  Possible opportunities include visits to Versailles, the opulent home of King Louis XIV, and La Place de la Concorde, the plaza where Marie Antoinette and other pre-revolutionary leaders were executed by guillotine.  As students learn about hot political topics in 21st century France during week three, they may visit La Place de la Bastille, a plaza built over the infamous Bastille fortress and currently a popular venue for political demonstrations.  They will gain an appreciation for French political participation, which includes more active and regular protesting by French citizens compared to Americans.  See course syllabus