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Yale Summer Session in Paris: France On Screen and Off: Advanced French Conversation Through Film

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Program Information


Paris, France




Saturday, May 23, 2020 to Saturday, June 27, 2020



Area of Focus

Arts & Humanities

Distributional Requirements

Fulfills L5 distributional requirement


Study Center

Course Number



2 Yale credits


Lauren Pinzka 


Yale College Applicants: FREN 150 (Advanced Language Practice), appropriate L5 placement on the Yale French language placement exam, or permission from the instructor indicated above.

NOTE: Students who have completed either FREN 160 or FREN S160 are not eligible for this program.

Other Applicants: Completed five semesters of college-level French and evaluated by the instructor indicated above. Please contact the instructor prior to the February 15 application deadline.


Through the medium of cinema, the students will be exposed to contemporary French society in all of its complexity. The films at the core of this program have been chosen for their cultural and linguistic value. Each film will serve as a catalyst for a particular topic which will also be explored in articles from the French press and video clips created for French television. Students will develop their capacity for defending their ideas in French both orally and in writing.

The class will meet each week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and students should expect, at minimum,15 hours of work outside the classroom per week, as well excursions and other program activities.

The syllabus below is preliminary and contains dates that differ from the final version.


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

Summer 2020 Budget

Trips and Activities

Guided walking tours, museums visits, theater outings, a wine-tasting class, an overnight trip to Normandy and a weekend trip to Provence will complement the readings and lectures and enhance the students’ understanding of French history and regional variations in language, customs, cuisine, climate, and geography.

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 by boat and lingering at the beach of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. Another day will be spent visiting the Provençal hill town of Les Baux de Provence. 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, 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.


Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and are expected to arrive in Paris on the first day of the program, and depart no earlier than the last day of the program (see 'Dates' above); additional information will be provided upon admission.


For course content questions contact instructor, Lauren Pinzka. For general program questions contact the Study Abroad staff.

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