One of our most cherished
missions is to help our students immerse
themselves fully during their stay in Paris. French is our preferred language of
communication in everyday life with our students. The program holds several orientation meetings about practical questions on Parisian life such as getting around, meeting people, staying safe etc...
When it comes to personal trips, our students are
strongly advised to give priority to
destinations in France in order to strengthen their linguistic and cultural immersion.
A separate meeting is held during the first weeks to present the most attractive
places in France to discover as well as the best tips to travel for less money. Throughout the semester, the quality of your immersion and your linguistic progress will be monitored and assessed during individual interviews held every two weeks.
During these interviews with the responsable pédagogique of the program you will be
given assignments chosen in accordance with your personal goals and interests.
Such assignments may include visits to current art exhibitions, conduction
of surveys in Parisian neighborhoods, participation in cooking classes, artistic
workshops conversational exchanges with locals, volunteer opportunities in local
organizations and much more! Below is a short list of the most popular institutions frequented by our students:
Theaters and Art Venues
L’Opéra de Paris: Opera, Ballet and Contemporary Dance
Centre National de la Danse: Performances, lectures, live performances on
Le Théâtre de la Colline :some plays with English or French subtitles
La Gaîté Lyrique: new venue dedicated to the Digital Arts
Le B.A.L. : dedicated to Contemporary Photography
La Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie
La Cité nationale de l’Histoire de l’Immigration
Centre des Cultures d’Islam: new religious and cultural venue
Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme: in the heart of the historic Jewish neighborhood
Bibliothèque du Foyer International des Etudiantes: located on the fifth floor of the
Centre LGBT de Paris: the center hosts a library specialized in LGBT topics
L’Institut du Monde Arabe: stunning cultural center with a three-story library
Bibliothèque du Centre Pompidou (BPI): the largest public library with open shelves
Studying and Loving Film in
France in general and Paris in particular are famous for being of the hottest spots
when it comes to enjoying film. Every year, some Spring students decide to take a weekend trip to the most glamourous film festival in the world: Cannes Film Festival.
Throughout the year, Paris hosts several Film festivals:
Festival d’automne: one of the most prestigious events of the year. Also about music
and theater in fall.
Chéries-Chéris (Paris LGBT Film Festival): every year in fall.
ECU (The European Independent Film Festival): European indie films every year in
Paris Science (Scientific Film Festival): every year in fall.
Festival du Film Israelien: every year in spring.
Festival du Réel (Documentary Film Festival): every year in spring
Festival International des films sur les Droits de l’Homme (Human Rights International
Film Festival): every year in spring
Festival International du Film d’Environnement (Enviromental International Film
Festival): every year in fall
Paris holds more than 80 film
theaters that show more than 300 features every
Everyday screenings start at 9 am and stop very late at night. Most of them offer
special prices to students. It is a unique place where one can see films of every genre, every era and from around the World. Besides its theaters, Paris holds several cultural venues entirely dedicated to film:
La Cinémathèque Française
Le Forum des Images
La Bibliothèque du cinéma François Truffaut
Experiencing Literature: Meeting Publishers and
Musée des Lettres et Manuscrits: original letters and manuscripts with temporary
exhibitions throughout the year.
Salon du Livre: every year in spring, one of the largest book fairs in Europe
Festival d’automne: prestigious festival with concentration on Dance, Music and
Theater in fall.