Duke in Paris

The Department of Romance Studies and the Global Education Office for Undergraduates (GEO) of Duke University offer a six-week, two-course program in French culture, literature, and language. The session takes place in Paris but also includes a variety of excursions, as well as two weekend trips to the South of France (Lyon and Provence). The program is directed by Dr. Christelle Gonthier of Duke’s Department of Romance Studies.

A “museum without walls,” Paris has sparked the intellectual imagination of artists, writers, and students for centuries. By immersing students in the world of contemporary Paris, this intensive program offers unique insight into France’s historical, literary, and cultural traditions. In addition to studying classical and contemporary works, students participate in weekly cultural activities where they perfect their French in the context of everyday life. Using the city as an extension of the classroom, they visit musées, théâtres, cafés, and quartiers recorded in the cultural texts that they study. Students on this program gain a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the geography, history, and people that make up the "City of Light."

Program Fast Facts

  • Location: Paris, France
  • Term: Summer
  • Dates: May 16 to June 28, 2017
  • Application Deadline: March 1
  • Academic Theme(s): French Language, Culture, and Literature
  • Credit Type: Duke Credit
  • Eligibility: Classes will be taught exclusively in French. Students must have at least a B average in French and be qualified to take 300 level French courses. Students may have fulfilled this requirement either through course work at the college level or through advanced placement testing. Students must register for both courses.
  • Duke Affiliation: Co-sponsored by the Department of Romance Studies and the Global Education Office for Undergraduates (GEO).
  • Housing: Students will stay with Host Families
  • GEO Advisor: Alayne Wood 
  • Academics
  • Admissions
  • Excursions


For the Duke in Paris program, both courses are Duke courses taught in French. Given the intense nature of this program, late arrival and/or early departure is not permitted. Neither the pass/fail option nor auditing is permitted.

Two courses, One credit each:

  • FRENCH 345A Aspects of Contemporary French Culture (CCI, CZ, FL). This course is an exploration of the idea of a French “je ne sais quoi” and some of the social, cultural, and literary determinants of that perception. In order to better understand this French peculiarity, we will establish a conversation between today’s France and the eighteenth-century France through a series of texts, videos, sociological documents, as well as visits to museums and cafés. Discussion topics will include sociability, the use of language, the art of conversation, culinary trends, aesthetic norms as well as the luxury industry. In the manner of 18th century salons, this course will encourage critical analysis and an exchange of ideas. We will therefore study the art of oral and written expression in order to give students the tools to communicate with precision and ease. Course taught in French by Professor Christelle Gonthier.
  • FRENCH 346AS  Paris, capital of modernity: Visions of the City from Surrealism to the Present (ALP, CCI, FL). This course will investigate the representations and images of Paris in French and Francophone literature and cinema from the interwar years to the present days. During our exploration of the material and imaginary geography of Paris, we will make excursions into the interstitial spaces of the city, from the hidden arcades to the "banlieue parisienne," across its "quartiers," and through the "non-lieux" of modernity. Our "traversée de Paris" will also include films and photographs. Course taught in French by Prof. Anne-Gaelle Saliot. 




Minimum GPA:


Non-Duke students: 

Late applicants:


Each semester, program participants enjoy a full complement of excursions, both day trips and extended trips, all included in the cost of the program. Excursions include transportation, guided tours, most meals, and lodging for overnight trips. Below are some possible group excursions with Duke in Paris.

**2017 itinerary is not available yet**

  • Musées
  • Théâtres
  • Cafés
  • Quartiers 


Estimates are based on previous years’ programs and the current exchange rate. All costs are subject to change. 

Summer 2017

  Duke Students Non-Duke Students
Tuition $6,582.00 $6,583.00
Program Fee $2,700.00 $2,700.00
Transcript Fee N/A $40.00
Other Costs Other Costs Other Costs
TOTAL (Estimated) $14,532.00 $14,532.00


Program Staff

Christelle Gonthier

Lecturing Fellow of Romance Studies

Alayne Wood

GEO Program Coordinator / Advisor

For further information, please contact the Duke Global Education Office for Undergraduates at 919-684-2174 (or email globaled@duke.edu) or contact the faculty directors.


Apply Now

Students applying to the Duke in Paris summer 2016 program should submit the following to the Global Education Office. This program has rolling admission. Applications must be submitted no later than February 1, 2016:

  1. Online application 
  2. Official transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended.
  3. Personal statement, no longer than one page, explaining why you would like to participate on this program
  4. Academic letter of recommendation (one)