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Yale Summer Session in New Haven & Paris: Intermediate and Advanced French I & II

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International Study Award (ISA)

The ISA provides a stipend for one credit-bearing summer study abroad experience for eligible undergraduates receiving a Yale scholarship. You must apply to Yale Study Abroad and be approved for a Yale Summer Session Programs Abroad or Non-Yale Summer Abroad program. Yale Study Abroad does not administer the ISA. For all ISA-related details, including how to request funding, when it gets disbursed, how much funding you can expect, and more, visit the ISA website.

Program Information


New Haven, United States; Paris, France




Sunday, May 26, 2024 to Saturday, July 20, 2024



Area of Focus

Arts & Humanities

Distributional Requirements

Fulfills L3 & L4 distributional requirement


Study Center

Course Number

FREN S130-S140


3 Yale credits


Soumia Koundi    |   Matuku Ngame 


Yale College Applicants: FREN 120 (Elementary and Intermediate French II), FREN 121 (Intermediate French), FREN 125 (Intensive Elementary French), or placement exam into L3.

Other Applicants: Completed two semesters of college-level French and evaluated by, Soumia Koundi, one of the instructors indicated above. Please contact Prof. Koundi prior to the application deadline.


[NOTE: Program details (overall status, dates, costs, etc.) are subject to change each summer, and the information on this page will be updated as such details are finalized.]

An intensive program designed to perfect students' skills in understanding spoken and written French and in speaking and writing. Prepares students for further work in literary, language, and cultural studies as well as for non-academic use of French.

The class will meet Monday - Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and students should expect about 2-3 hours of work outside the classroom each day, as well excursions and other program activities.


Yale Summer Session Programs Abroad updates program budgets in late January. Please note the year listed on the button below.

Summer 2024 Budget

Trips and Activities

Group activities are an essential element of the program and participation is required of all enrolled students.

While in Paris there will be a walking tour of the Quartier Latin with a private guide, as well as a guided visit of the Grande Mosquée. Trips outside of Paris include a day trip to Versailles, and two overnight trips to Brussels and Normandy (Memorial de Caen, Normadie and Cimetière Américain), which includes group meals, organized activities and as well as free time for everyone to explore on their own. Traditionally the summer is capped off with a gourmet farewell dinner and Seine River cruise aboard a privately owned houseboat.

In addition to the above, all program participants receive a pass to the Chateau de Versailles, as well as the Musée d'Orsay, and a pass allowing unlimited visits to the Musée du Louvre.


[NOTE: New Haven Housing costs will be updated by 2/1/2024]

[NOTE: Students are required to stay in program-provided housing abroad.  There is no option for individually-arranged housing abroad.]

Students will be placed with local families around Paris, who will provide breakfast on a daily basis and dinner Monday through Friday. Living conditions and distance to where classes will be held will vary amongst housing assignments.

Homestays are an integral part of this program. This living arrangement provides participants with the opportunity to learn more about the host culture, increase language proficiency, and form meaningful connections in the community. Students admitted into the program are expected to spend time getting to know their homestay family and be mindful of the need to balance time spent at home with time spent traveling or going out with friends. If you have any questions about living with a homestay family, we encourage you to reach out to the program instructor.

Participants must depart housing on the last day of the program.


The program starts with four weeks in New Haven, on the Yale campus, before moving on to Paris, France for the final four weeks.  

Note: Effective Summer 2020, students using an International Summer Award (ISA) to participate in this program will be eligible for free on-campus housing and meal plan for the New Haven period.

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements.


For course content questions contact instructors, Soumia Koundi or Matuku Ngame. For general program questions contact the Study Abroad staff.

Important Information Before Applying

  • All YSS Programs Abroad are intensive, highly structured academic programs for Yale credit and grades.
  • Students may only apply to one YSS Program Abroad per summer.
  • Admission is not guaranteed. Applicants should anticipate that more students will apply than there are spots available, and Yale College students should apply to a backup Non-Yale Summer Abroad opportunity.
  • Ensure that your transcript reflects how you have met the pre-requisite, if applicable, prior to applying.
  • Participants must commit to the full program dates. Late arrivals and early departures are not permitted.
  • Participants are required to be enrolled in all program courses.
  • Participants should expect evening and weekend requirements. Students who have questions about religious observance during a YSS Program Abroad are encouraged to Meet with an Adviser.
  • Program-arranged housing is required for all YSS Programs Abroad. Students are not permitted to secure independent housing. Students who have housing-related questions about placements, allergies, religious observance, or disability-related access are encouraged to Meet with an Adviser.

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Yale Study Abroad Adviser

Lauren Perrino