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

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Program Information


New Haven, United States; Paris, France




Sunday, May 24, 2020 to Saturday, July 18, 2020



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 February 15 application deadline.


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.

The syllabi below are from previous summers and contain dates that differ from those of the upcoming summer.



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

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 cap 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.


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 Internatioanl 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 and are expected to arrive in Pars on Saturday, June 20 and depart no earlier then the last day fo the program; additional information will be provided upon admission.


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

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