The program begins in Paris with focus on the history and civilization of France and the French. Paris component will include sites connected to Medieval, Renaissance, Early Modern, French Revolutionary, and modern history, culture, the arts and religion. Visits are planned to Notre Dame, Place des Vosges, Tuileries Palace, Pantheon, Place de la Revolution, l'ecole militaire, place de la Bastille, place de la Concorde, Concergerie, Arc de Triomphe, Hotel des Invalides, and other sites to help survey French history. There will also be a day trip to Versailles from Paris. There are scheduled tours of the Louvre, Centre Pompidou, Museum of the History of Paris, Musee National d'art moderne, and others. There will also be scheduled walking tours led by the director. There are also site visits planned from Paris to Mont St. Michel and Chartres, to Caen, Bayeux, and the principal historic and battlefield sites associated with the D-Day invasions of 6 June 1944, together with several opportunities to meet and talk with French survivors of the battles and their wartime memories. There are visits planned to all beach areas, as well as paratroop landing sites and glider areas. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the beautiful countryside of Normandy, as well as the respect the citizens have for Americans as their allies in the quest for liberty.
For the current projected costs for this program, please click on the following link to the Fees for JMU Study Abroad Programs page.
Students will stay in hotels as well as with host families for the duration of the program. Most meals will be covered by the program fee (2 meals a day - 14 meals per week).
For more detailed instructions and to download the application, please click on the following link to the Applications and Forms section for JMU Short-Term Programs.
Students are required to:
Applicants must meet the minimum GPA of 2.0 to be considered eligible for the program. Some previous French language experience is preferred but not required.