Study Abroad

Study Abroad

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[cancelled] Summer 2020: Summer Abroad — Paris: French Language, Culture and History

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this program is cancelled for summer 2020. 


French Language, Culture, and History   Paris, France


• Berkeley: June 1 – June 19, 2020
• Paris: June 21 – July 25, 2020
Dates are subject to change

Units: 6 units

Language of Instruction: French and English

Dive headfirst into French culture—past and present—while living in Paris, one of the most picturesque cities in the world.

  • Immerse yourself in French culture and enhance your oral and written French language skills
  • Live in central Paris with other program students
  • Participate in field trips to local museums, theaters, and other cultural sites


• FRENCH 1: Elementary French (5 units) OR
• FRENCH 13: Intermediate Conversation (2 units) OR
• FRENCH: 14: Advanced Conversation (2 units)
• FRENCH 43A: Aspects of French Culture (3 units)
• French 197: Independent Study (1 unit)


• Students will live in a dormitory-style building in the Latin Quarter Paris, across from the famous Luxembourg Gardens, with other program students.
• Breakfast is provided seven days per week.
• Students will share double rooms with other program participants. Please note that at this residence, due to in-country policies, students will be paired with roommates based on the gender listed on their passports. If you have clarifying questions, please feel free to reach out to program staff.

• At least one year of college coursework completed by the start of the program
• 2.0 GPA or higher


• Application opens February 3, 2020
• Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
• Deadline to apply is March 15, 2020

This program will allow you to experience Paris and gain an appreciation of its rich cultural history. You will sharpen your French language skills through immersive city experiences and your studies in the classroom. In addition to your studies, you will take a boat tour along the River Seine and tour a number of historic landmarks throughout Paris such as the Garnier Opera House, the Orsay Museum, and the Conciergerie Palace and Prison. Finally, you will venture outside of the city with all-day excursions to locations such as Claude Monet’s house and the Palace of Versailles.

“This program improved my French skills so much!! Having incredible professors teaching you a language and then getting to immediately use it in your daily life is so helpful for retention, plus
living in a Francophone country means you can pick up on some fun slang. Personally, living in a foreign country and making the most of every day opened my eyes to how much more there is
to discover wherever I am, even in my hometown or Berkeley. It has made me more willing to seek out adventure everywhere.”

Sydney R., Global Studies Major

“I was amazed at how quickly I learned French while in Paris! Having a great teaching faculty along with being immersed in the language in one of the most beautiful cities in the world made me fall in love with the French language and with Paris.”

– Yoongi T., Participant

This program is open to students of French at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced-intermediate levels.  For more information and application forms, click here