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Paris, France

Program Description

It’s a six-week program offering nine credits in French. The Paris program offers two days of orientation, six weeks of courses with numerous outings at museums and historical monuments, two one-day excursions to Versailles and Strasbourg, and a possible overnight excursion to Dordogne (Sarlat, le Château de Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, la bastide de Domme, La Roque Gageac and La Roque Saint-Christophe). All weekends are reserved for free time and travel.

Courses are given by French professors of French who teach or have taught at James Madison University or at other 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 two Paris Opéra houses, the Comédie Française, the Madeleine, various theaters, etc.

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

This six-week, 9-credit Paris Program has been approved by IBUS to fulfill the study abroad requirement for International business majors. 

Location Description

During the Paris six-week program, students will live in the center of Paris in a beautiful old student residence building "Foyer International des Étudiants" in the Latin Quarter across from "Jardin du Luxembourg." All lecture courses are given in our private classroom 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 thanks to numerous bus routes, metro stops and a metro/RER stop "Luxembourg".


Christiane Szeps-Fralin | | French, Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures


Students are housed in furnished double rooms at the "Foyer International des Étudiants." 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 room fans. 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. Rooms are checked and cleaned every day by the foyer staff. Sheets are changed every two weeks. Phone calls are put through directly to the room between 8 am and 11 pm. Outgoing calls cannot be made from the rooms. However, students can communicate free of charge with their family and friends on their own American cell phone via FaceTime or WhatsApp since the Foyer has free internet connection.

Students have access to the library, terrace, internet room (solarium), air-conditioned TV room and lounge and kitchens. The Foyer provides laundry facilities, irons, ironing boards and hair dryers. The terrace and solarium are located on the 7th floor, and are reserved for Foyer residents only. Their hours are 9 am to 11 pm. Valuables may be deposited in the safe in the administrative offices. There is a 24-hour security person at the reception front desk of the Foyer. Visitors are allowed in the rooms between 9 am. and 11 pm. Overnight guests are not allowed to spend the night in the students' rooms.

Breakfast is included in the room and served at the Foyer.
Students will be allocated a weekly meal stipend that will cover all lunches and dinners.

Additional Items to Consider

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

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

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

For testimonials from previous students, please view this  PDF

COVID-19 Location Information:

Each country has different requirements upon entry with regard to COVID-19. Please check this website for the most up-to-date information on what is required for the country (or countries) that are part of this program. Please note that this changes often, so we encourage you to check back frequently.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.8 in French

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 ($40 fee)
  • Short Essay 
  • Academic references
  • Interview with Program Director may be required
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU students

Further details and instructions will be available upon log-in. 

 Applications Closed.

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


FR 307: History of French Civilization (3 credits)

FR 308: Contemporary French Civilization (3 credits)

FR 315: French Phonetics (3 credits)

FR 446: Paris in French Literature and Song Lyrics (3 credits)

FR 447: Paris: Cradle of French Culture (3 credits)

FR 448: Contemporary/Colloquial French (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.


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