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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 shopping, and a one-day excursion to Versailles. All weekends are reserved for free.

Courses are given by French professors of English at the James Madison University or 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 Paris Opera, the French Comedy, the Madeleine, etc.

The six-week, 9-credit program will fulfill the international business requirements.

Location Description

A six-week program: Students will live in Paris in a beautiful old student residence building in the Latin Quarter next to the "Luxembourg Garden." All reading courses are given in a classroom located in the student residence.

Facing the Luxembourg Gardens and only minutes away from Notre Dame and the banks of the Seine, the International Foyer is ideally located for students in Paris. The Latin Quarter, the center of university life since the Middle Ages, offers many shops and lively cafes for moments of relaxation.

Transportation to and from the home is easy to drive and stops.


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


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 fireplace provides all bed linen, but not towels. Students who wish to cook and 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 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 keep the room tidy. Sheets are changed every two weeks. Phone calls are made directly to the room between 8 am and 11 pm. 

Students have access to the library, terrace, internet room (solarium), TV room, kitchens, washers and dryer, irons, ironing boards, and hair dryer. 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 can be deposited in the safe in the administrative offices. There is a 24-hour security front desk at the front desk of the Foyer. Guests are welcome 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 lunch and dinner.

Additional Items to Consider

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

Full room and board, all of which (eg, excursions, outings, museums, plays, concerts, etc.) are covered by the program fee. Airfare and spending money are not included.

This program is best served by French minors and majors and any International Business and International Business majors.

For testimonials from previous students, please view this PDF

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5

Prerequisites: 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 
  • Interview with Program Director
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU students

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

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: 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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