Study Abroad in Paris, France

Study Abroad in Paris: Cultural Excursions

The AIFS program offers you a range of activities which will take you outside Paris and deepen your social, historical and cultural understanding of France.

Ch‚teau Of Versailles (half day)

Included in program fee

A marvel of splendor and scale, this beautiful example of French classical art began as a Royal hunting lodge before Louis XIV moved his court and government there in 1682 and transformed it into the enormous palace and gardens which is today one of Franceís most iconic destinations. Versailles plays a key role in Franceís history being a symbol of the then French monarchyís absolute power and just a few steps from the room where the Jeu de Paume Oath took place and French democracy was founded.

Includes round trip transportation and entrances.

Optional Excursion to London, England (2 nights)

Included only for students on the AIFS Flight Package

Begin your semester with a 2-night visit to London en-route to Paris. This will allow you to relax, recover from jet lag and get to know your fellow classmates while touring Englandís capital.

Take a sightseeing tour with a professional guide who will point out some of Londonís most famous landmarks including Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and the Tower of London. Have time to explore the city on your own where you can take in the gorgeous parks and gardens, see a play in the West End or shop for vintage clothes at Camden Market.

Transfer to rail station and depart by high speed Eurostar train from London to Paris.*

Includes Eurostar from London to Paris, accommodations, breakfast, sightseeing tour and local guide.

*Fall Quarter and Spring Semester students selecting the Early Start option will fly from London to Nice instead of taking the Eurostar to Paris.

Optional Excursion to Normandy and Brittany (2 days – $375)

In addition to its rich history, Normandy also offers landscapes of scenic beauty with its wild, granite cliffs in the west, the long sandy beaches along the Channel coast, and wooded valleys and lush green meadows in the south and center.

Depart by private bus to the Peace Memorial in Caen then visit several D-Day sites before driving to St. Malo in Brittany.

The next morning enjoy free time to explore the beautiful town of St. Malo before visiting Mont Saint-Michel and its former Benedictine abbey.

Fee includes accommodations, breakfast, transportation and entrance fees. Lunch and dinner are not included. A minimum enrollment of 15 students is required for the excursion to run.

Students must enroll and pay for the optional excursions in the U.S. by the final payment deadline. Once paid for excursions are non-refundable except in the event of cancellation.

Dates and itineraries of all excursions are tentative and subject to change