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JMU: Summer in Paris

Location

Paris, France

Program Description

The program is a six-week program offering nine credits in French. The Paris program offers two days of orientation, six weeks of courses, two one-day excursions to Strasbourg and Versailles. All weekends are reserved for free time and travel. Courses are given by French professors of French who teach for American universities during the academic year. All outings will be conducted by the program director and the professors. Students will also attend ballet, theatrical and concert performances at the Paris Opéra, the Comédie Française, the Madeleine, etc. The six-week, 9-credit Paris Program will fulfill the study abroad requirement for International business majors.

Location Description

Students will live in a beautiful old student residence building in the Latin Quarter next to the "Jardin du Luxembourg." All courses are given in class in classrooms located in the student residence. Facing the Luxembourg gardens and only minutes away from Notre-Dame and the banks of the Seine, the Foyer International is ideally located for students in Paris. The Latin Quarter, the center of university life since the middle ages, offers numerous shops and lively cafés for moments of relaxation. Transportation to and from the Foyer is easy due to numerous bus routes and a metro stops.

Director

Christiane Szeps-Fralin | szepsfca@jmu.edu | French, Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Accommodations

Students are housed in furnished double rooms. Each room has two beds, lamps, two desks, chairs, storage space, a sink and a small refrigerator. Showers and toilets are located on the floor. The foyer provides all bed linens but not towels. Students who wish to cook have access to hot plates and small ovens or microwave ovens located in designated areas. JMU Program provides kitchen equipment (pans and tableware) and fans for its students. The wireless network provides free internet access everywhere in the Foyer including in student rooms. In addition, several computers in the solarium and the library are available to students who do not have their own computer. Common areas and the rooms are cleaned Monday through Saturday by the foyer staff. The foyer is not a hotel and students are expected to make their bed and to keep the room tidy. Sheets are changed every two weeks. Phone calls are put through directly to the room between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. Outgoing calls cannot be made from the rooms, but there are public telephone booths located on the sidewalk in from of the building for students who do not have cell phones. Students have access to the library, terrace, internet room (solarium), TV room, kitchens, washers and dryer, irons and ironing boards, hair dryer. The terrace and solarium are located on the 7th floor, and are reserved for Foyer residents only. Their hours are 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Valuables may be deposited in the safe in the administrative offices. There is a 24-hour security person at the reception desk. Visitors are allowed in the rooms between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. Overnight guests are not allowed to spend the night in the students' rooms.

All meals will be covered in the program fee.

Additional Items to Consider

Room and board, all subway or bus travel in Paris and program activities (e.g., excursions, outings, museums, plays, concerts, etc.) are covered by the program fee. Airfare and spending money are not included.

No visa required since the program lasts less than three months.

This program is best intended for any French majors or minors as well as International Affairs and International Business majors.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.8

Prerequisite: FR 300

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($25 fee)
  • Short essay 
  • Faculty Recommendation
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU and first semester transfer students.

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

apply now Waitlist Only.

This program is only accepting applications for the waitlist. Should space become available, your application will be considered.

Application Deadline

Dates


All dates are tentative and subject to change

Courses

FR 307: History of French Civilization (3 credits)

FR 308: Contemporary French Civilization (3 credits)

FR 446: Special Topics in French Literature (3 credits)

FR 447: Special Topics in French Civilization and Culture (3 credits)

FR 448: Special Topics in French Linguistics (3 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.

Cost