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Paris, France (Outgoing Program)
|Restrictions:||Gonzaga applicants only|
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|Area of Studies:||Art, French, History, International Studies, Political Science||Featured Programs by Department:||Modern Langagues|
|Minimum GPA Requirement:||3.0||Program Type:||Sponsored|
|Language of Instruction:||French||Housing Options:||Apartment|
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It’s Paris; does anything else need to said? It’s the City of Lights and the City of Love.
Long considered the paragon of style, Paris is perhaps the most glamorous city in Europe. It is at once deeply traditional – a village-like metropolis whose inhabitants continue to be notorious for their hauteur – and famously cosmopolitan. The city’s reputation as a magnet for writers, artists and dissidents lives on, and it remains at the forefront of Western intellectual, artistic and literary life. The most tangible and immediate pleasures of Paris are found in its street life and along the banks and bridges of the River Seine. Cafés, bars and restaurants line every street and boulevard, and the city’s compactness makes it possible to experience the individual feel of the different quartiers.
In terms of where to go in Paris, you can move easily, even on foot, from the calm, almost small-town atmosphere of Montmartre and parts of the Quartier Latin to the busy commercial centres of the Bourse and Opéra-Garnier or the aristocratic mansions of the Marais. The city’s lack of open space is redeemed by unexpected havens like the Mosque and the place des Vosges, and courtyards and gardens of grand houses like the Hôtel de Soubise. The gravelled paths and formal beauty of the Tuileries create the backdrop for the ultimate Parisian Sunday promenade, while the islands and quaysides of the Left and Right Banks of the River Seine and the Quartier Latin’s two splendid parks, the Luxembourg and the Jardin des Plantes, make for a wonderful wander.
UniversityGonzaga-in-Paris is a year or semester-long program for students who want to attain advanced proficiency in French language and a deeper understanding of French culture. The purpose of the Paris Program, designed for juniors with a background in French (three semesters or the equivalent), is for complete immersion in the French culture and language with the specific goal of achieving fluency. The student walks away with immeasurable personal growth, self-confidence, and the satisfaction that comes with having mastered a language and a culture.
Students take up to 15 credit hours at L’Institut Catholique or La Sorbonne. Courses include French language and civilization, art, music, and more. All academic credit earned on the Paris program is applied as Gonzaga grades on the student’s transcript. The program maximizes interaction between students and the French people and culture. The Paris Program is challenging but students receive continuous, personalized support from the director in Paris and the director in Spokane.
A French language exam, provided and corrected by the Institut Catholique, is given to all admitted students under national testing conditions. The score determines beginning, intermediate, or advanced placement in courses. Students attend the Institut de Langue et de Culture Françaises (the ILCF) at the Institut Catholique during fall semester. ILCF professors are specially trained in, and have extensive experience teaching French as a second language. Classrooms are diverse with students from all over Europe, Asia and the United States. Students can earn credits for a French major or minor, and for other disciplines as well. Study in Paris is compatible with a wide range of majors, including history, international studies, sociology, political science, and others. Speak to the program director to see how study in Paris can fit with your academic plan.
Housing and Meals:Students live in “pensions” or “foyers” with Francophone residents. Full board is included in the cost of the program; some meals are taken in the foyers, others in local restaurants using a meal ticket system. Our foyers are located in the 4th and 14th arrondissements, with easy access to schools, notable Parisian “quartiers,” and tourist destinations. The program includes a “carte imaginaire” metro pass that allows students easy transportation throughout the city.
CostSee the following links for a budget breakdown by term:
Fall | Spring | Academic Year
Visa and PassportAll students must have a passport that is valid for three months after the end of their study abroad program. A student visa is required for all students wishing to study in France. Entry into the country must take place within three months of obtaining the visa, or else the visa is invalidated.
Additional Information:After arrival in Paris in September, students participate in a two week "Discovery Paris" orientation. Several trips and cultural outings are organized by the on-site director every year. Recent trips have included an excursion to Mont Saint-Michel on the Brittany coast, a trip to the wine country to participate in the “vendanges” (grape harvest), and a tour of the famous châteaux of the Loire valley. Recent cultural outings have included a Christmas dinner on a boat on the Seine, an evening at the Folies Bergères night club, and trips to the theater and opera.