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Yale Summer Session in Paris: Advanced Culture and Conversation

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Program Information


Paris, France




Saturday, May 20, 2017 to Saturday, June 24, 2017



Area of Focus

Arts & Humanities

Distributional Requirements

Fulfills L5 distributional requirement


Study Center

Course Number



1 Yale credit


Fran├žoise Schneider 


FREN 150 (Advanced Language Practice), a score of 5 on the AP exam, a satisfactory placement test score, or equivalent proficiency.


This program is an intensive oral practice for advanced students, which will bring you up-to-date with French culture and current events as you experience day-to-day life in one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities. You’ll study the language and explore the many facets of Paris. In small groups, you’ll conduct surveys and interviews, documenting your work with photographs. You’ll visit museums and exhibits, of course, but also marketplaces and out-of-the-way places. Your personal experience of the city, reflecting as it does your own priorities and interrogations of French culture, will fuel classroom discussion. Trips to Normandy and Provence will expose you to a variety of landscapes and lifestyles. French provinces will give you a more complete sense to French identity, historic and modern.

The program aims to enrich students’ knowledge of France and French society in the 21st century. Materials include newspaper articles, films, songs and clips from television. Students will develop their capacity for defending their ideas in French both orally and in writing.

The syllabus below is from last summer; participants will receive this summer's syllabus at the start of the program.


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Summer 2017 Budget

Trips and Activities

Activities in Paris include walking tours of medieval Paris and of its nineteenth-century covered passageways, a guided tour of the Opera, a boat cruise, two plays, including a Comédie française performance, dinners, ice cream tastings, and café outings.

Trips outside of Paris include a three-day visit to Southern France (Provence) and Van Gogh country. We base ourselves in Arles and visit its Roman ruins and the sites where Van Gogh painted, including the café that inspired his Night Café housed at the Yale University Art Gallery. While in Provence, participants will spend a day exploring the wild marshes of the Camargue and linger at the beach of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. Another day will be spent visiting Provençal hill towns and the city of Avignon, with its charming narrow streets and the Papal Palace. Additionally, participants will spend two days in Normandy on the trail of Monet, visiting his gardens at Giverny and the dramatic cliffs at Étretat. The Normandy trip will include an overnight stay in the medieval city of Rouen with its half-timbered houses and important cathedral, as well as a stop at a cider factory on the return to Paris.

During their stay, students will be given a free pass to the Louvre.


Students will be placed with local families around Paris, with families providing breakfast on a daily basis and dinner Monday through Friday. Please keep in mind that the living conditions will vary considerably from host family to host family.


Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements; additional information will be provided upon admission.


For course content questions contact instructor, Françoise Schneider. For general program questions contact the Study Abroad staff.

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