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Discover France: Paris
Spend Your Semester in the "City of Light"
Imagine studying in Paris, one of the great European political capitals! Some of the most significant historical events of the modern era took place in the “City of Lights”. Through this extraordinary program you can experience firsthand the magical city that has inspired poets and revolutionaries alike over the centuries.
France has long been a cultural epicenter for the Western World, but thas undergone rapid economic, cultural, and social changes in the 20th and 21st centuries, and Paris proves a microcosm of these ongoing changes. As we enter into an era of human history, one that will be marked by our handling of the world’s increasing interconnectedness, France – and Paris in particular – will continue to serve as a major influence on a number of significant sociopolitical issues.
At the same time, Paris continues to hypnotize visitors with its distinct charms, architectural beauty, and cultural idiosyncracies. The Discover France: Paris program will place you in the unique position of experiencing first-hand a society that is actively working to solve global society’s preeminent issues, while also allowing you to immerse yourself in a culture that continually enchants all walks of life and leaves people itching to return.
- Popular Core Courses…with an Experiential, European Twist!
Academics are the center of all SJU study abroad options. And through broad course offerings and incorporated site visits, St. John’s semester-long program introduces students to Paris as a global city that is rich in history, culturally diverse, and ever-changing. Imagine spending your mornings in a French language course, working on your proficiency, before trekking to the Louvre or Musée d’Orsay with your Art in Architecture in France class to study, first hand, some of the world’s most venerable works of art. Or perhaps your afternoons will be spent at an internship somewhere in the “City of Light,” where you can further refine your French language skills and assimilate yourself into the professional sector of Parisian culture.
- The Vincentian Difference
Providing a helping hand to those in need is inspiring and humbling work. Through our Academic Service-Learning offerings, you’ll serve at schools, soup kitchens, and other locations throughout Paris. You’ll not only gain unique insight into a portion of Paris that is rarely spotlighted, but you’ll also fulfill course-based experiential education requirements. Now that’s a truly Vincentian education.
- Vibrant Excursions through Paris
You’ll learn about the centuries-long history of the city through guided visits to monuments and historically important sites. Student will also study recent changes in French society and culture that have been brought about by immigration and France’s membership in the European Union. The focus will be on Paris as a dynamic and pluralistic political and cultural center. Depending on your course selections and interests, you’ll visit important architectural sites such as Notre Dame, the Louvre Museum, and the Arc de Triomphe, and may also tour the Museum of the History of immigration and UNESCO.
- Intercultural Competency
Study abroad is about understanding culture—not just that of your host city, but also coming to see your own “culture(s)” more clearly through comparison with your home. By making Paris your base for an entire semester, you’ll be able to pick up on the cultural intricacies of the city that are impossible to comprehend through textbook alone. Each time you hop onto Le Metro you’ll pick up on the intricate differences between New York public transportation and its Parisian counterpart; like the differing ideologies on personal space. And as you visit more and more Parisian cafés and restaurants, you’ll begin to understand the differing philosophies regarding tipping. With that said, as your immersion into French culture deepens, you’ll start to become a member of Paris’s community rather than just another tourist.
- Discovering France
Just as there’s more to the U.S. than New York City, there’s so much more to France than Paris. You’ll have the opportunity to find out firsthand with the help of our semester Excursions Program, which will give you an up-close-and-personal look at the cultural, historic, artistic, geographic, and culinary diversity found outside France’s capital city. With visits to places such as Marseille and Aix-en-Provence, you’ll gain real insight into the assortment of communities throughout France.
For more information on which Global Studies courses may apply to your college and major, we recommend meeting with your Dean or Academic Advisor.
- You can view the Discover France: Paris Academic Calendar here
- Learn more about our academic philosophy here
Please note: Some Discover France courses are taught in a modular format similar to the Discover the World program. Each semester includes 3 modules with courses that run for five weeks each; other Seville courses will last for the entire semester. As a reminder, students must register for a minimum of 12 credits and a maximum of 18 credits and must be enrolled in at least 3 in-person classes, attending at least one in-person class throughout the semester.
Click on the course number to view the general course syllabus. Individual course syllabi may be updated by faculty abroad.
General and Core Courses
ART 1775A: Art and Architecture in France
An overview of the development of modern painting, sculpture, and architecture in Paris. Through museum visits students will trace the reaction of artists to the societal and cultural challenges posed by the modern world; how the content, appearance, and very definition of art has changed in the face of technological, political, and economic revolution as well as increased contact with societies beyond Europe. (3 cr)
ECO 1320: Economics of Poverty and Income Inequality
An examination of the everyday life of poverty stricken individuals. Critical analysis of the development of economic policy, economic trends and the conditions that would have to be changed if poverty is to be ended. (3 cr)
PHI 3000C: Metaphysics
Prerequisite: PHI 1000C or permission of the instructor.
An examination of the central epistemological and metaphysical issues of modern philosophy. (3 cr)
THE 2810: Religions of the World
Prerequisite: THE 1000C. A critical introduction to the study of world religions, exploring the beliefs, rituals and ethical ideals of representative religious manifestations of the past and present. (3 cr)
French Language Courses
FRE 1000A: Intensive French
This course aims to develop basic communication skills in French. Through a progressive use of four skills, listening, speaking, reading and writing, students develop oral and written proficiency at a limited level within the context of French culture. (6 cr)
FRE 1020C: French Level II
This course aims to develop basic communication skills in French. Through a progressive use of the four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing, students develop oral and written proficiency at a limited level within the context of French culture. (3 cr)
FRE 2030C: French Level III
Prerequisite: FRE 1020C. This course reviews the basic skills learned in French I and II and continues building oral and written proficiency with more intensive reading and conversation within the context of French culture. GLCC required fee $50. (3 cr)
FRE 2040C: Intermediate French Conversation
This course reviews the basic skills learned in French I, II and III and continues building oral and written proficiency with more intensive reading and conversation within the context of French culture. GLCC required fee $50. (3 cr)
FRE 4980A: International Internship in France (requires an advanced level of French)
Prerequisite: permission of the coordinator. Total immersion experience in the field of interest chosen by the student in France. (3cr) This course requires departmental permission. For more details, please visit our internships page.
SPRING 2017 Online French courses
FRE 3560: Civilization of France II
Prerequisite: FRE 2040 or 2050, or permission of chair. The history, geography, arts, science, folklore, politics, and customs that have contributed to the shaping of French civilization and culture. This course covers French history and civilization from 1789 to the present. This course will be offered via Webex from the Queens campus; coursework is completed in French..
FRE 3860: Human Rights and Globalization in Francophone Africa
Prerequisite: FRE 2040 or 2050, or permission of chair. Selected texts of contemporary Francophone Africa, critical, and theoretical texts to examine global structures and human rights issues through a literary lens. This course will be offered at a sheduled time via Webex from the Queens campus; coursework is completed in French.
FRE 3920: Human Rights in Francophone Africa
The course examines Francophone African literature in the context of human rights and globalization. The approach is interdisciplinary, giving the students a historical, political, and economic background of French-speaking countries in Africa. This course will be offered at a sheduled time via Webex from the Queens campus; coursework is completed in English.
In addition to your 3 required classroom courses, students are also eligible to enroll in online courses while they are abroad. Please check with your dean or academic advisor for more information.
You have the option of applying for an unpaid internship for class credit during your time in Paris. An internship abroad will help improve your language proficiency, provide you with the rare opportunity of being immersed within a foreign, professional setting, all while increasing your intercultural competency. Best of all, it will serve as a distinctive notch on your résumé—one that signals to employers your ability to work in an increasingly globalized world.
For detailed information on how to apply for internships in Paris, please visit our internships page.
You will be housed on the St. John’s Paris Campus, located in the popular St. Germain district, located in the heart of the city. Take a look at this map to see just how close the Paris Campus is to the city’s major landmarks.
The Paris campus also boasts similar amenities as the residence halls on our New York campuses and is staffed by a friendly, bi-lingual staff whose bios you can find on our Paris Campus page.
- For detailed information about the Paris Campus, click here.
- For information regarding the Paris Campus meal program, click here.
- You will also have the option of applying for a homestay, which gives you the opportunity to live with a French family rather than stay on the Paris Campus. Information regarding homestays can be found within the “Homestay Program” drop down menu.
The Semester Excursion Program gives you the chance to travel outside the borders of your host city and explore the cultural diversity of France as a whole. By doing so, you’ll increase your intercultural competency, as you’ll be able to critically analyze the cultural intricacies of Paris compared to the cities you visit. For detailed information on each excursion, click here.
Region of Provence
If you’re interested in a deeper immersion experience, we’ve got you covered! Our Homestay Program gives you the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live with a host family in Paris. It will serve as a cultural and academic journey into everyday Parisian life that SJU study abroad students don’t often encounter. Just imagined what you’ll learn by experiencing, first hand, morning routines, evening meals, and basic familial interactions.
For detailed information and eligibility requirements regarding the Homestay Program, click here.
Is your major’s rigid course demands preventing you from studying abroad for a full semester? With these alternative program options, a semester abroad may be more attainable than you initially thought.
Fall 2016 & Spring 2017 Program Fee: $8,290 (tuition and airfare not included)
Note: the Program Fee covers accommodations, our meal program abroad, excursions, and student health insurance.
Great News! In an effort to make study abroad more accessible to you, St. John’s offers additional financial aid toward semester programs abroad (based on financial aid). Grants can reach in excess to $6,000, which puts a significant dent in the $8,290 Program Fee. To find out if you’re eligible for a Study Abroad Grant—and how much it will be—look for a letter from the Office of Student Financial Services, sent home each semester, which compares the cost of study abroad with the cost of staying on the New York Campus.
Also, we highly suggest you check out our scholarship listings and conduct personal scholarship research on your own. You may be surprised by the scholarship opportunities you’ll come across via a simple Google search.
For tips from prior students on how to spend money wisely while abroad, read through the “Preparing to Go” section of our Student Guide.
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