Duke in Paris

A 6-WEEK SUMMER FRENCH LANGUAGE & CULTURE PROGRAM

Study French culture, literature, and language

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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 15 to June 27, 2018

Application Deadline: February 1, 2018

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 AffiliationDuke Department of Romance Studies

Housing: Homestay

GEO Advisor: Alayne Wood 

  • Musée Rodin

  • Eiffel Tower

  • French macarons

  • Duke in Paris students

  • Duke in Paris students

  • Students in the park

  • Paris riverfront

ACADEMICS

You will enroll in two courses, each for one credit. Classes will be taught exclusively in French. Students must register for both courses. No pass/fail option or auditing is permitted for either course. 

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.

FRENCH 345A 
Aspects of Contemporary French Culture

(CCI, CZ, FL) 1.0 Credit
Instructor: Professor Christelle Gonthier

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.

FRENCH 346AS 
Paris, Capital of Modernity: Visions of the City from Surrealism to the Present
 
(ALP, CCI, FL) 1.0 Credit
Instructor: Prof. Anne-Gaelle Saliot

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.

Attendance is required at all classes, excursions, and any other planned outings.

Note: We encourage Duke in Paris students to think of themselves not as tourists, but as residents of the city. To improve both their cultural and linguistic fluency, students will sign a “language pledge” at the beginning of the program.

EXCURSIONS

You will enjoy a great number of excursions during your stay. They range from museum visits to a cooking class, from a concert at the famous Philharmonie de Paris to the visit of a national newspaper. As they are an integral part to your cultural experience, attendance to all excursions is compulsory.

You will also get the chance to experience different regions of France as the program includes a 3-day excursion to Provence, and a 2-day trip to Normandy/Britany. During these weekend excursions, all participants will be staying at a hotel (double/triple/quad rooms). Breakfasts, visits and transportation are included.

HOUSING & MEALS

All students will live with French families, an essential cultural and linguistic immersion experience that will greatly enrich their time abroad. All homes are located within Paris proper, are equipped with internet access, and are near metro lines. To help us find the homestay that best matches each participant’s needs, students will be asked to specify the degree to which they would like to interact with their host family. If, for any reason, a student feels uncomfortable or finds that the match is not quite right, the director will work to facilitate communication, mediate, and, if necessary, re-locate the student. Exact housing placements will be given to participants upon arrival.

Homestays include breakfast and a limited number of meals per week. 

Classes will be held near the centrally located Bastille (89, rue du Faubourg Saint Antoine), where students will find countless restaurants, shops and entertainment.

The program will provide a Paris transit pass to each participant, valid on bus and métro for the duration of the program.

Costs

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 $6,780 $6,780
Program Fee $3,150 $3,150
Transcript Fee N/A $40
Other Costs Other Costs Other Costs
TOTAL (Estimated) $14,532 $14,572

Explanation of Costs

Financial Aid

Duke students receiving institutional need-based grant aid are eligible for aid for this program; work-study funds are converted to grants. Students are individually responsible for making the necessary arrangements with the Karsh Office of Undergraduate Financial Support and the Duke Bursar’s Office.

Non-Duke students are not eligible to receive financial aid at Duke and should contact their home institutions for financial aid information.

Scholarships

This program offers the following scholarship opportunities:

DATES

Attendance is required at all classes, excursions, and group events. Given the intense nature of this program, late arrival and/or early departure is not permitted.

  • Arrival: May 15, 2018
  • Departure: June 27, 2018

Flights

You will make your own travel arrangements to and from the program site. You are expected to arrive on the arrival date cited above, which usually means departing the U.S. one day prior. Once you have a flight itinerary, log in to MyGlobalEd to update your travel registry.

Housing Before/After

You will need to make your own housing arrangements if you will be arriving before the program start date or leaving later than the program end date.

VISA & PASSPORT

VISA

No visa is required of U.S. citizens to participate in this program. Non-U.S. citizens should pay special attention to the visa requirements for their specific citizenship by contacting the country embassy to find out if any visa restrictions are in effect.

PASSPORT

All participants must have a valid passport. Make sure your passport has at least six months of validity beyond the program end date to avoid unintended disruptions. For instructions on obtaining or renewing your U.S. passport, visit passports.state.gov.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT IDENTITY CARD

An International Student Identity Card (ISIC) is optional. ISIC is the only internationally recognized form of student ID, endorsed by UNESCO. If purchased in the U.S., the card also carries with it a supplemental insurance policy, which can prove to be very helpful in the event of serious injury. You may purchase this card through www.myisic.com. Processing of the card takes between 4-15 days. 

Program Faculty & Staff

Program faculty director(s) can assist with questions related to program academics, admissions, on-site needs, etc. For all other inquiries, please contact the GEO representative listed.

Christelle Gonthier

Lecturing Fellow of Romance Studies

Alayne Wood

GEO Program Coordinator / Advisor

ADMISSIONS

Deadline: February 1, 2018

This program has rolling admission. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis until the program fills; after that, qualified students are added to a waitlist and notified of openings. Applications must be received by the deadline to be considered. Application opens November 1.

PriorityPriority is given to applicants who apply early and meet the prerequisites.

Minimum GPA: There is no minimum GPA.

Non-Duke studentsNon-Duke students are welcome to apply for this program. You must be a degree-seeking student in good standing at an accredited college or university. Consult your university’s registrar and/or study away advisor for assistance with transfer credit. Students who are not matriculated at a college or university are not eligible to participate in Duke’s study away programs.

APPLY

Start your application early to ensure that it is complete by the deadline! Incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the program directors for consideration.

Submit the following items using MyGlobalEd

  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)