Duke in Paris
A 6-WEEK SUMMER FRENCH LANGUAGE & CULTURE PROGRAM
Duke in Paris will be holding an info session for students interested in summer 2024 on November 9 from 5-6 pm.
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As a “museum without walls,” Paris has sparked the imagination of artists, writers, and intellectuals for centuries. With Duke in Paris, participants will explore this fascination firsthand. Our uniquely selected activities and excursions (part of the immersive experience) allow participants to gain a rare insight into the Parisian cultural landscape. From observing the intersections between past and present, norms and trends, to exploring specific social and urban contexts that have fostered unique cultural productions, students will trace the genealogy of Paris as a global and ever-transforming city.
Focused on experiential learning, our two advanced classes make use of the French capital as an extension of the classroom and feature a rich array of on-site learning. Museums, theaters, cafés, and quartiers will be explored alongside their literary and artistic renditions. To better appreciate the city and its diverse population, students will actively engage with cultural institutions, local organizations, and guest speakers as they investigate the dynamic and vibrant social fabric that constitutes contemporary Paris.
Program Fast Facts
Location: Paris, France
Term: Summer I
Dates: May 14, 2024 - June 26, 2024
Application Deadline: February 1. Rolling admission
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. Non-Duke students are welcome to apply.
Duke Affiliation: Duke Department of Romance Studies
Primary Contact: Christelle Gonthier
Duke in Paris students
Duke in Paris students
Duke in Paris students
Duke in Paris students
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.
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.
Paris, Ville Monde
(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.
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.
The activities and excursions on this program are an integral part of your cultural experience; therefore attendance is required. Activities on this program may include:
- Museum visits
- Cooking class
- Concert at the Philharmonie de Paris
- Tour of a national newspaper
You will also have the opportunity to experience different regions of France, as the program includes a 3-day trip to Provence, and a 2-day trip to Normandy/Britany. During these weekend excursions, all participants will stay at local hotels (double/triple/quad rooms). Breakfasts, visits and transportation are included.
The program will provide a Paris transportation starter kit to each participant, valid on bus and métro. Students will be responsible for refilling their starter pass as needed.
Before applying to this program, you should assess and determine if you are physically or emotionally able to participate in the following physical demands required by some of this program’s activities:
- Walking or hiking up to 5 miles in a day, sometimes for two or more days in a row, sometimes on hilly, uneven, or cobbled terrain
- Climbing and descending stairs
- Using public transportation, including sometimes crowded buses or trains)
- Standing during tours and site visits
- Entering into older buildings with narrow and sometimes steep staircases, at times with limited or no access to elevators
- The possibility of warm/hot temperatures while residing in locations without air conditioning
If you have questions or are concerned about these or any other program activities, please contact the Duke Office of Global Health and Safety (email@example.com).
HOUSING & MEALS
All students will live with French families, located within Paris proper, equipped with internet access, and near metro lines. Homestays include daily breakfast and a limited number of dinners per week.
Exact housing placements will be given to participants upon arrival.
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 14, 2024
- Departure: June 26, 2024
Estimates are based on previous years’ programs and the current exchange rate. All costs are subject to change.
Explanation of Costs
The program fee for this program includes:
- Some meals
- International SOS coverage
- Program-sponsored activities and excursions
- Orientation program
Not Included in Program Fee
Use the following list to assist with budgeting for expenses outside the program fee. This list contains common examples but should not be considered exhaustive.
The program fee does not include:
- Airport transportation to/from program site
- On-site accident and health insurance policy
- Out-of-pocket medical expenses
- Visa and/or residency permit (if needed, see note below)
- Textbooks and class materials
- Internet usage
- Mobile phone
- Independent travel and entertainment
- Items of a personal nature
U.S. citizens do not need a visa for this program. However, if you are not a U.S. citizen, you may need a visa. Please be sure to research the cost of obtaining a visa for Italy, including any required travel to a consulate or embassy.
If you receive financial aid, and need assistance with travel costs, please contact your financial aid counselor.
Personal expenses can fluctuate greatly depending upon habits and preferences of the individual. It’s also wise to budget for unexpected expenses such as medical emergencies. You can use a cost-of-living comparison tool to get an idea of what daily life costs in the program host location.
Step 1: Upon acceptance to the program, you must submit the Summer Participation Agreement found in your MyExperientialEd application to confirm your enrollment. A parent/guardian’s co-signature is required. This form takes the place of a deposit.
NOTE: If you withdraw after March 15, you will be charged a cancellation fee for voluntary withdrawal. Fees range from $2,000-3,000.
Step 2: Summer invoices will be sent via email to your Duke email address and home email address. Remit payment to the Bursar per due date and address indicated on your online statement. Consult the Duke Bursar's office billing schedule for payment due dates.
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.
Review summer study away scholarship opportunities for Duke students here.
VISA & PASSPORT
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.
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.
Deadline: February 1
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.
Priority: Priority is given to applicants who apply early and meet the prerequisites.
Minimum GPA: There is no minimum GPA.
Non-Duke students: Non-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.
GEO policy for graduating seniors who wish to apply for a Duke summer study abroad/away program:
Students must be active, matriculated students in order to participate in any Duke-in summer programs, including Duke’s domestic summer programs. All program courses must be taken for graded credit. If seniors plan to graduate in May of the year they plan to study abroad in the summer, they will not be eligible to participate on any of our summer programs unless they receive approval from their academic dean at Duke to delay their graduation until after the summer program has ended.
Non-Duke students planning to graduate in May in the year they plan to study abroad in the summer must provide approval to delay their graduation until after the summer program has ended from the appropriate official at their home institution. Such approval must be furnished in writing to GEO before the student will be allowed to participate in the summer program. This approval may be sent via email to the appropriate program assistant at GEO.
Duke students who defer their graduation to participate in study abroad should consult with their financial aid advisor in the Duke Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid to determine whether they are eligible for a summer aid package and/or a GEO summer scholarship.
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 MyExperientialEd:
- Online application
- Official transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended. First-year students should wait for fall semester grades to be posted before submitting their transcript
- Personal statement, no longer than one page, explaining why you would like to participate on this program
- One language recommendation, focusing on your linguistic and academic abilities. Letters from high school teachers will not be accepted
- Home university approval form (non-Duke students)
- Passport copy
- Interview: The program faculty will contact you to schedule an individual interview