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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 undergone rapid economic, cultural, and social changes in the 20th and 21st centuries, and Paris is a microcosm of these changes. How has Paris changed in recent years, and how does it reflect changes in Europe and in the world? How does Paris interact with the rest of the world? What does it mean to be French today? The Discover France: Paris program will explore all of those questions.
- 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.
Because we want as many students to study abroad as possible, independent of major, many study abroad classes come from the SJU core curriculum (e.g., we offer courses form the Theology, Philosophy, and Art & Design departments).
- You can view a complete list of course offerings here
- You can view the Discover France: Paris Academic Calendar here
- Learn more about our academic philosophy here
- Contemplating a study abroad semester? We encourage you to meet with your Academic Advisor roughly one year before departure to create an academic “plan of action,” holding the classes you’ll need to make the most of your time away.
- You’ll need to maintain full-time status while you’re abroad. That means you’ll need to be registered for a minimum of 12 credits and a maximum of 18 credits. You’ll also need to be enrolled in at least three in-person classes to ensure you make the most of your new home city!
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.
Spring 2016 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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