Study Abroad in Paris, France

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Study Abroad in Paris: Courses

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Students should consult with their university advisors prior to participating in the program to have course credit pre-approved.

Recommended credits are shown in parentheses.

It may be possible for students on the French Language (regular) program to take the elective in English for a total of 6 credits. Please contact your Admissions Officer for availability and cost.

French Language Program (Regular Non-Intensive) - Session 1 or Session 2

French 101 (3) | Beginner French: Cours Pratique 

This cours pratique concentrates on acquisition of vocabulary, grammar, oral comprehension and written and spoken expression. Instruction is in groups according to ability. Suitable for absolute beginners or for students with some high school French. Class is held 2 hours a day, 5 days a week. Additional hours of phonetics: Session 1, 15 hours; Session 2, 10 hours

French 151 (3) | Elementary French: Cours Pratique 

Suitable for beginners or for students with some high school French. Class is held 2 hours a day, 5 days a week. Additional hours of phonetics: Session 1, 15 hours, Session 2, 10 hours.

French 201 and 251 (3) | Intermediate and Upper Intermediate French: Cours Pratique 

Suitable for students who have mastered the elementary level. Stress on formal grammar. Examples of varying French styles used to improve awareness of idiom. Held 2 hours a day, 5 days a week. Additional hours of phonetics: Session 1, 15 hours, Session 2, 10 hours.

French 301 (3) | Advanced French: Cours Pratique 

Aspects of language and style, text analysis and dissertation. Language laboratory study is required. Classes are given at both 301 and 401 levels. Held 2 hours a day, 5 days a week. Additional hours of phonetics: Session 1, 15 hours, Session 2, 10 hours.

French 401 (3) | Superior French: Cours Pratique 

Aspects of language and style, text analysis and dissertation. Language laboratory study is required. Classes are given at both 301 and 401 levels. Held 2 hours a day, 5 days a week. Additional hours of phonetics: Session 1, 15 hours, Session 2, 10 hours.

Intensive French Language Program - Session 2

French 101 Intensive (6) | Intensive Beginner French: Cours Pratique

Intensive beginner course. Meets 5 hours a day, Monday through Friday, with daily homework assignments. Instruction is under the supervision of specialist professors, consisting of a combination of language lab work, drills, grammar, vocabulary, conversation and dictation. The workload is such that students electing it should try not to take other courses for credit. Although designed for beginners, it is intensive and demanding. Students with some prior knowledge of French may enroll. 

French 151 Intensive (6) | Intensive Elementary French: Cours Pratique

This class meets for 5 hours a day, Monday through Friday, and is designed for students with some prior knowledge of French. Students work on describing their daily lives and discussing familiar topics both in written and spoken formats. The course encourages students to use a variety of tenses and grammatical constructions, through a combination of grammar drills, lab work, dictation and conversation.

French 201 and 251 (6) | Intensive Intermediate and Upper Intermediate French: Cours Pratique

This class meets for 5 hours every day, Monday through Friday, and is designed for students with a sound grounding in French who wish to achieve a higher level of expression and understanding. Through grammar drills, lab work, dictation and conversation students learn to understand and express ideas about French society and culture as well as describing events from their personal experience. They are encouraged to debate, advise and give opinions. 

French 301 (6) | Intensive Advanced French: Cours Pratique

This course allows students to develop both their written and spoken skills, through conversation and document study, relating to personal and professional situations. Students are encouraged to use a variety of tenses and structures, gaining greater fluency and ease. 

French Civilization Conférences (NON-CREDIT) |

Students enrolled in Intermediate, Advanced or Superior French (French 201, 301 or 401) may audit a number of lectures given in French by eminent lecturers. Topics covered include literature, art, economic and social problems, geography and history. The lectures consider the nature of French civilization and the contribution of the French to the Western cultural heritage. Homework is not required and there are no examinations, as these are French culture enrichment non-credit courses.

French Culture Electives (Taught in English) - Session 1 or Session 2

Students choose one elective taught in English. Each elective course is recommended for 3 semester credits. A minimum enrollment of 10 students is needed to confirm an elective course.

Art History 305 (3) | Paris, World Capital of Arts and Architecture

With a focus on modernity and through visits to significant sites in the city, students learn to classify architectural function and style. Through discussion of the social and economic conditions in which various buildings were constructed, students acquire an understanding of the historic conditions that defined the changing Parisian landscape of the 17th to 20th centuries.

Fine Arts 307 (3) | Fashion in France 18th-21st century

Links between fashion and artistic, cultural and socio-political contexts across French history are explored and the lasting dominance of Paris in the world of fashion is examined. Students become familiar with the historical evolution of the luxury fashion industry and will be able to appreciate how fashion and accessories have been used to express a variety of different identities over time. Students pay some entrance fees for museums and exhibitions. Taught in English. Enrollment is limited. 

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