Paris
Berkeley Summer Abroad

Paris, France: French Language, Culture, and History

  • Summary

    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

     

    In this program, we invite students to dive headfirst into French culture while living in Paris, one of the most picturesque cities in the world. Our curriculum is designed to immerse students in the day-to-day rhythms of French culture and to enhance their spoken and written French both inside and beyond the classroom. Along with their fellow program participants, students live in the heart of the city’s Latin Quarter, just across from the famous Luxembourg Gardens, and they participate in afternoon excursions to local museums, theaters and other cultural sites such as the Musée d’Orsay, the Opéra Garnier, the Institut Pasteur, and the stunning Sainte-Chapelle.

     

    "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 Tom, Participant

    Dates:

    • Berkeley: June 11 – June 22, 2018
    • Paris: June 24 – July 27, 2018
      Dates are subject to change

    Units: 5-8 units

    Language of Instruction: French and English

    Courses:

    • 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)

     

    Eligibility:

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

     

    Application:

    • Application opens February 1, 2017
    • Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
    • Deadline to apply is March 10, 2017

     

  • Courses

    During the program, you will take a minimum of two courses for a total of 5-8 UC Berkeley units. One course will be Elementary French (FRENCH 1), Intermediate Conversation (FRENCH 13), or Advanced Conversation (FRENCH 14), depending on your language proficiency. The other course will be French History and Culture (FRENCH 43A). Students in Intermediate or Advanced Conversation may elect to enroll in an optional Independent Study (FRENCH 197).

    Possible Course Combinations

    • French 1 (5 units) + French 43A (3 units) = 8 units
    • French 13 (2 units) + French 43A (3 units) = 5 units
    • French 13 (2 units) + French 43A (3 units) + French 197 (1 unit) = 6 units
    • French 14 (2 units) + French 43A (3 units) = 5 units
    • French 14 (2 units) + French 43A (3 units) + French 197 (1 unit) = 6 units
    Courses begin at Berkeley and continue in Paris. The on-campus component is a mandatory part of the program, and you must attend class on the Berkeley campus to receive grades. You are responsible for finding and paying for your room and board during the on-campus portion of the program.

    Course: French 1
    Title: Elementary French
    Dates: June 12 – July 28, 2017
    Instructor: : Daniel Hoffmann, Ph.D.
    Units: 5 units
    Prerequisites: None

    FRENCH 1 is a beginning French course and assumes no previous study of French. Students with one to two years of high school French should sign up for FRENCH 1.

    This course satisfies the L&S International Studies breadth requirement. Please note that academic requirements may change. Consult with your college/major advisor to see which degree requirements this course may fulfill.

    Course: French 13
    Title: Intermediate Conversation
    Dates: June 12 – July 28, 2017
    Instructor: Daniel Hoffmann, Ph.D.
    Units: 2 units
    Prerequisites: FRENCH 2 or equivalent

    FRENCH 13 improves students' ability to speak French in both conversational and formal contexts. The course concentrates on the acquisition of new vocabulary and includes oral reports, discussions, and collaborative projects.

    Course: French 14
    Title: Advanced Conversation
    Dates: June 12 – July 28, 2017
    Instructor: Daniel Hoffmann, Ph.D.
    Units: 2 units
    Prerequisites: FRENCH 3 or equivalent

    FRENCH 14 improves students' ability to speak French in both conversational and formal contexts. It includes reading and discussion of socio-cultural realities, including economics, politics, popular culture, and family life in contemporary France. Class participation includes oral reports, debates, and collaborative projects.

    Course: French 43A
    Title: Aspects of French Culture (Mandatory for all students)
    Dates: June 12 – July 28, 2017
    Instructor: Daniel Hoffmann, Ph.D.
    Units: 3 units
    Prerequisites: None

    FRENCH 43A provides a comprehensive introduction to French history and culture from the Romans to the present day. The overarching goal of the course is to help participants observe, analyze, and interpret what they experience during their stay in France. This goal will be approached in three ways: 1) by providing a historical perspective on French civilization and culture; 2) by introducing participants to a number of historical and cultural themes relevant to Paris; and 3) by developing students' curiosity and knowledge about French culture through field trips in the Paris region.

    This course satisfies the L&S International Studies breadth requirement. Please note that academic requirements may change. Consult with your college/major advisor to see which degree requirements this course may fulfill.

    Course: French 197
    Title: Independent Study
    Dates: June 12 – July 28, 2017
    Instructor: Daniel Hoffmann, Ph.D.
    Units: 1 unit
    Prerequisites: Must be taken in conjunction with FRENCH 13 or 14 on a pass/not pass basis

    Consult with your college/major advisor to see which degree requirements this course may fulfill.

    Summer Abroad staff will enroll you in courses after your acceptance to the program. Please make sure there are no active blocks on your student account that may impact your course enrollment.

     

  • Costs

    Please note the fees listed below are 2017 fees. 2018 fees are forthcoming.

    Tuition and Program Fee

    The fees to participate in this program are broken down into 1) tuition and 2) program fees, which are applied to your student billing account as follows:

    2017 Fees UC Students Visiting Students
    Tuition (6 units) $2,460 $3,120
    Program Fee $1,917 $1,917
    Total Cost $4,377 $5,037
    2017 Fees UC Students Visiting Students
    Tuition (8 units) $3,280 $4,160
    Program Fee $1,917 $1,917
    Total Cost $5,197 $6,077
    Fees are subject to change. All non-Berkeley students must pay an additional Document Management Fee of $55.

     

    Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses

    In addition to the fees outlined above, Berkeley Study Abroad has estimated costs for out-of-pocket expenses. These amounts are used to calculate financial aid packages for eligible students. Actual expenses will vary depending on your lifestyle and spending habits.

    Estimated Expenses Amount
    International Airfare and Transportation $1,000
    Additional Meals $768
    Books $312
    Personal Expenses (i.e. phone, passport, visa, etc.) $1,422
    Total Estimated Out-Of-Pocket Expenses $3,502

     

    Financial Aid

    Financial aid is available for Berkeley students who are enrolled in at least 6 units during the summer. All other students should contact the financial aid office at their home institution for more information.

     

    Explanation of Fees

    Tuition is based on a per unit cost: 

    • The UC undergraduate student rate is $410 per unit
    • The visiting student rate for all non-UC participants is $520 per unit

    The program fee includes the following items:

    • Student housing in a dormitory-style building and breakfast seven days per week
    • Excursions to Monet's house in Giverny, the Palace of Versailles, Orsay Museum, boat tour of Paris, etc.
    • On-site orientation activities
    • Travel insurance to cover accident/sickness medical coverage, emergency medical evacuation, security extraction, and other travel assistance services
    • Other program-related costs including fees for museum entry, group transportation, etc.
    • The initial non-refundable deposit of $400, which is due at the time of application and is applied to the program fee

    The list of items included in the program fee is not all-inclusive and is subject to change.

    The following items are excluded from the program fee:

    • International airfare
    • Personal expenses (souvenirs, routine medical expenses, toiletries, etc.)
    • Course materials (textbooks and readers)
    • Other travel expenses (passport, visa, etc.)
    • Additional meals
    • Commuting costs for daily travel to and from classes

     

  • Timeline
    Application opens February 1, 2018
    Application closes March 9, 2018
    Applicants notified of selection March 23, 2018
    Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus $400 deposit April 6, 2018
    Attend pre-departure orientation* Late April-May
    Arrive in Berkeley June 11, 2018
    Arrive in Paris June 24, 2018
    Last day of program July 27, 2018

    * These events take place on the Berkeley campus. If you are not on campus during this time, we will schedule a meeting via phone or Skype.

    All dates are subject to change.

  • Instructors

    Daniel Hoffmann, Ph.D.
    Program Director
    Email: dhoffmann@berkeley.edu

    Daniel Hoffmann is a Lecturer of French at UC Berkeley, where he teaches a range of courses on language, literature, and culture. He is currently a Teaching Fellow at the Center for Teaching & Learning (2017-2018). He received his Ph.D. in French Literature from UC Berkeley in 2016.