Summer Travel Study
French Language and Culture
This summer, experience the City of Light while earning up to 9 credits toward college course work. This intensive French language and culture program will provide you the opportunity - and the tools - to live in Paris like the Parisians do. Visit your local street market; discover charming neighborhoods off the beaten path; stroll or bike along the banks of the Seine; discover your favorite boulangerie.
Iconic Paris awaits you with its world class museums, its bustling café culture and all of the energetic diversity of France! In recent years, we have visited the Louvre, Musée D’Orsay, the Marais, Musée Carnavalet and the Château of Fontainebleau, a favorite of French kings with its vast surrounding forests.
The program is designed for students of French, whose goal is speaking proficiency, improved written expression and intercultural competence. Highly motivated students anxious to discover this great world capital and acquaint themselves with its rich cultural heritage and people will benefit immensely from this opportunity to practice French beyond the confines of the classroom. This program is designed for mature students who can handle a brisk pace.
Scholarships: To help cover the cost of the program, the Department of French and Francophone Studies may be able to offer limited scholarships based on merit and need. See the Scholarships page.
Curriculum I: Elementary French
Prerequisite: Two quarters of college French or equivalent.
French 3: Elementary French (4 units)
French 14: Contemporary France: The View from Within (taught in English)
French 14 Each meeting of FR 14 will offer participants the opportunity to discuss an aspect of French culture, that you are experiencing during study abroad. Students will use their burgeoning French skills to read newspapers and magazines in order to make connections between the "theoretical" discussions in the classroom and their experiences "sur le terrain" (on the ground). Satisfies UCLA GE requirement, Literary and Cultural Analysis (see "Master course list").
Curriculum II: Intermediate French
Prerequisite: One year of college French or equivalent
French 4: Intermediate French (4 units)
French 5: Intermediate French (4 units)
French 4 and 5 emphasize the development of oral skills through readings and discussion of current socio cultural topics as well as the study of pertinent literary texts. A fast-paced review of grammatical structures helps students speak and write with accuracy.
Curriculum III: Advanced French
Prerequisite: Two years of college French or equivalent with instructor's approval. (B average required in previous French courses.)
French 100: Descriptive and Narrative Writing (5 units)
French 107: Advanced Oral Expression (4 units)
FR 100: The lively, distinct neighborhoods of Paris provide the perfect backdrop for developing the techniques of description and narration. You will become familiar with one of Paris' many quartiers whose sights, sounds, monuments and residents you will write about. In addition, you will select an aspect of interest to you in the capital which you will explore and write about in detail. Your more formal writings, as well as your blogs, sketches and photos will contribute to a portfolio which you will submit in September upon your return.
French 107 is intended to develop your fluency in spoken French with a concentration on conversational, presentational and persuasive skills. Daily exposure to the French media and current events will provide a focus for class discussion. You will learn how to view events from diverse perspectives. Your capstone project will be the presentation of "Paris par Théme" to the group.
Everything you need to know about Paris
French Post Office, Euro info and 'cyberposte' (email)
The neighborhoods (quartiers) of Paris that you will be visiting - and maybe writing about!
Check out the plays that will be showing at this historic theater near the Louvre. The dialog is difficult for those below the Advanced level.
Great website for concerts, films and theater.
Practical info about trains, metros and buses. For example suggestions for getting to center Paris from the airport.
Official site about the ch√¢teau and places of interest to visit nearby.
Virtual tours,special collections and events.
Virtual tours,special collections and events.
Tourist information and directions on how to use the métro.
Please refer to the course syllabus for grading details.
You are responsible for purchasing your own textbooks. Information about required texts will be sent to participants in the spring.
The texts ordered at the UCLA bookstore and Course Reader Material should be available by June 1. If you cannot come to the UCLA campus, please call the UCLA bookstore (310) 206-0791, and Course Reader Material (310) 443-3303, to arrange for shipment.
It is also recommended that you purchase a good Paris guide, such as National Geographic, Eyewitness or Knopf to familiarize yourself with the different quartiers of Paris.
Budget and Financial Aid
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|Spending Money (estimate)||600||600||600|
Program fee includes registration and course fees, accommodations, program excursions and health insurance.
Airfare, textbooks, other meals and optional excursions are additional.
Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents.
We recommend that you budget accordingly to cover optional sightseeing, laundry, internet cafes, emergencies, etc. How much to budget depends on your travel, entertainment and souvenir choices. It is always best to overestimate your spending. Take the time to research the cost of living in your destination and the activities you want to participate in while abroad.
UCLA French Department Scholarship
To help cover the cost of the program, the Department of French and Francophone Studies may be able to offer limited scholarships based on merit and need. To qualify, you must be a UCLA French major or minor in good standing (a minimum of a B+ average in all French courses), and be able to demonstrate your financial needs. The scholarship application includes a one-page personal statement demonstrating a solid commitment to French studies, a current DPR, and financial aid statement In past years, the French Department was able to fund two scholarships of $1000 each.
See the Scholarships page.
Financial aid for Summer Sessions Travel Study programs is available to qualified UCLA students. All other students should inquire about financial aid at their home institution. For details about the financial aid application process, please visit the Financial Aid section of this Web site.
To maximize the language immersion experience, students will reside and share meals with French families. Host families are well acquainted with receiving foreign students in their homes. In 2014, host families will be arranged by the CIEE Paris Center, with a housing coordinator on-site to help advise students regarding their homestay experience and adjustment to life in Paris.
UCLA Summer Sessions reserves the right to change housing location. Should this be necessary, we will arrange comparable accommodations elsewhere.
Your program fee includes breakfast daily and four dinners per week with your host family. If you have strict dietary requirements, this program may not be able to accommodate your needs. Please let us know when you apply for this program if you have special dietary needs as well as any physical or medical conditions. We will advise you accordingly.
Weekday afternoon excursions in Paris include a treasure hunt in Montmartre to discover some of the iconic features of this historic neighborhood, a picnic, and visits to museums such as the Musée d'Orsay, the Louvre and the Musée Carnavalet. Students will also enjoy guided tours of the Latin Quarter and the Marais neighborhood. In past years the program has also visited Fontainebleau, known for its famous chateau and forest.
Free time is built into this program for independent sightseeing. Let us know of your special interests before the trip so that we can suggest smaller museums, and other venues both inside and outside the capital. If you plan on traveling extensively, we recommend that you budget additional spending money.
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