Summer in Tours + Paris: Program Summary

Accommodation

With the exception of the first two nights in Tours—during which time everyone stays together in a hotel—each student will live with a local host family. While in Tours, hosts provide lodging, two meals a day (breakfast and dinner), and laundry facilities. While in Paris, daily breakfast and three dinners per week, as well as laundry facilities are provided. The Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris (CCIP) provides students with lunch (included in the program cost) on the days they attend class. The Program Director and OGE do their very best to accommodate student’s lifestyle or health-related requests such as nonsmoking environments or special dietary needs.

Academics

The program has two distinct components, each bearing 3 academic credits:

  • First, while in Tours, all students attend a two-week “French Cultural Integration Workshop” (FREN-119-62) surveying current sociocultural and linguistic realities in France. This workshop is taught by the program director, Professor Amandine Andrade, and additional Georgetown faculty; it includes classroom instruction three-and-a-half hours a day (Monday-Friday), field trips, guest lectures and assignments. The grade for FREN-119-62: French Cultural Integration Workshop is based on homework and participation in class and in program activities. Click here download a copy of last summer’s FREN 119 syllabus.
  • Additionally, students enroll in one of the following two courses in at the Centre de langue française de la Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris:

FREN-281-62: Politique française et l’Union européenne: Paris – This course concentrates on recent EU initiatives and the new realities of international commerce in France and Europe. Coursework includes in-class activities, lectures, and site visits to key institutions in French, European and international public life.

FREN-280-62: Monde des Affaires: Paris – This course explores the relationship between government and business and focuses on the impact of government regulations, taxes, and finance on the creation of new businesses. Students participate in seminars, lectures, case studies, and on-site visits to firms.

The average workload at the Centre de langue française de la Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris (CCIP) is around 4 hours per day + site visits + preparation and homework, five days a week.  Class size is always small (10 or less). Students will be evaluated on the basis of papers and oral presentations.

To find out more about the Centre de langue française de la Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris (CCIP), visit its website at: http://www.francais.cci-paris-idf.fr

Upon successful completion of the program, students receive six (6) Georgetown University undergraduate credits in French. Non-Georgetown students should discuss transfer credit with a Dean or academic adviser at their home university.

In addition, SFS students who have already completed Advanced French II have the option to take the oral proficiency exam at the end of the program, with excellent chances of success. Students may also take the Test d’Evaluation de Français (TEF) offered by the Centre de la langue française de la Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie.