Paris, one of the oldest and most fascinating cities in the world, has fired the imagination of artists, writers, and students for centuries. Picture yourself spending a summer studying in the “City of Light,” the “museum without walls,” immersed in history and surrounded by some of the world’s finest art, architecture, and music. As a participant in the Paris Study Program, you won’t have to imagine these things—you can live them.
The “Capital of the World” is your classroom as you study history where it was made, attend theater and music performances by world-renowned companies and ensembles, write in parks and cafés where Fitzgerald and Hemingway wrote, and learn French immersed in the language. Paris offers all of this and more as part of the study abroad program
The group departs for Paris June 30th and returns to Atlanta August 4th, 2013. Classes are held at the Institut de Protestant de Théologie (Faculté de Paris), with each academic course carrying three semester hours of credit. Students take one or two three-hour courses, with class sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays. Half the courses meet in the morning and half meet in the afternoon. Tuesdays and Thursdays are reserved for required field trips.
On Tuesdays, morning classes have field trips and on Thursdays, afternoon classes have field trips. On the first weekend, the program organizes group excursions and acquaints program participants with Paris, the Cité Universitaire and its neighborhood. After the first weekend, students have three-day weekends to explore Paris or other parts of France and Europe. The Paris Study Program is based at the Cité Universitaire de Paris provides lodging, classrooms, cafeteria, restaurant, cafe', exercise facilities, and a park that is also open to the public. The Cité Universitaire is down the street from the metro (RER line B).
Paris program participants can easily make train connections for traveling to other cities in France or to adjacent countries. In five to six hours students can be on the Riviera of the Basque region of Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Amsterdam, and most cities in France are reached in three hours or less. Even London is only a three hour trip away on the Eurostar train.
Health Matters and Insurance
Participants are provided with health-care insurance that covers them while they are abroad. Information about local doctors and medical facilities will be available in Paris. Students with special medical problems may be required to provide a physician’s assurance of their ability to undertake foreign travel and study. It is not possible for the European Council to guarantee accessible facilities abroad for students with special needs.
Passports and Visas
Everyone who travels to France must have a valid passport. Participants who have old passports should have them renewed. Participants who have never had a passport should begin the process of obtaining one immediately; it sometimes takes six to eight weeks to get a passport. Local post office have information on where to get application forms and directions for obtaining a passport.
Holders of U.S. passports do not need visas to enter France for summer study. Participants traveling on passports of other countries should contact their campus representative for assistance in determining whether they will need to acquire a visa.