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Berkeley Summer Abroad

Paris, France: French Language, Culture, and History

  • Summary

    Dive headfirst into French culture in Paris, one of the most picturesque cities in the world! This program is designed to immerse students in the language and day-to-day rhythms of French culture. You will explore the past and present of France, from its rich history to its multicultural present, and examine what it means to be “Parisian” through the perspectives of the communities that call Paris home.

    • Practice your French language skills both in and out of the classroom

    • Live in the Latin Quarter Paris, across from the famous Luxembourg Gardens, with other program students

    • Participate in field trips to local museums, theaters, and other cultural sites including the Musée d’Orsay, the Opéra Garnier, the Institut Pasteur, and the Sainte-Chapelle

    Please note that this program begins with two weeks of instruction on the Berkeley campus before traveling to Paris. 

    "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


    Berkeley: June 10 – June 21, 2019
    Paris: June 23 – July 27, 2019
    Dates are subject to change

    Units: 5 - 8 units

    Language of Instruction: French and English


    • 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)


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


    • Application opens February 4, 2019
    • Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
    • Deadline to apply is March 15, 2019

  • 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
    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.

    Introduction to Francophone cultures through speaking, listening, reading, and writing in French, with French as the exclusive means of communication. Emphasis is placed on developing student ability to create and to communicate with basic French structures and vocabulary. Linguistic and cultural competency is developed through oral exercises, individual and collaborative reports, class discussions, and the use of various media resources.

    You can fulfill the L&S International Studies breadth requirement by full participation in a Berkeley Summer Abroad program. All of the required courses must be completed with a C-/P or better.

    Course: French 13
    Title: Intermediate Conversation
    Instructor: Daniel Hoffmann, Ph.D.
    Units: 2 units
    Prerequisites: FRENCH 2 or equivalent

    FRENCH 13 develops students' ability to speak and understand French in both conversational and formal contexts, enlarges vocabulary, and enhances familiarity with contemporary French culture. Activities include oral presentations, debates, collaborative projects, language journals. Class conducted entirely in French.

    Course: French 14
    Title: Advanced Conversation
    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 listening, reading and discussion of French sociocultural realities including economics, politics, popular culture, and family life at the beginning of the 21st century. Oral presentations, debates, collaborative projects, regular journal entries and assignments. Class conducted entirely in French.  

    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 an 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: I) by providing an 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 class is conducted in English.

    You can fulfill the L&S International Studies breadth requirement by full participation in a Berkeley Summer Abroad program. All of the required courses must be completed with a C-/P or better.

    Course: French 197
    Title: Independent Study
    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

    Tuition and Program Fee

    The fees to participate in this program are broken down into 1) tuition and 2) program fees

    2019 Fees UC Students Visiting Students
      5 units 6 units 8 units 5 units 6 units 8 units
    Tuition $2,095 $2,514 $3,352 $2,750 $3,300 $4,400
    Program Fee $2,652 $2,652 $2,652 $2,652 $2,652 $2,652
    Total Cost $4,747 $5,166 $6,004 $5,402 $5,952 $7,052


    Fees are subject to change. All non-UC Berkeley students must pay an additional Document Management Fee of $58.


    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.

    2019 Estimated Expenses Amount
    International Airfare and Transportation $1,627
    Additional Meals $1,271
    Books $210
    Personal Expenses (i.e. phone, passport, visa, etc.) $653
    Total Estimated Out-Of-Pocket Expenses $3,761


    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 $419 per unit
    • The visiting student rate for all non-UC participants is $550 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, a boat tour of Paris, etc. (Excursions may vary year to year)
    • 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 4, 2019
    Application closes March 15, 2019
    Applicants notified of selection March 23, 2019
    Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus $400 deposit April 5, 2019
    Attend pre-departure orientation* Late April-May
    First day of program/class (in Berkeley) June 10, 2019
    Arrive in Paris June 23, 2019
    Last day of program July 27, 2019

    * 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.

    The first part of this program takes place in Berkeley from June 10, 2019 to June 21, 2019. All students are required to attend the Berkeley portion of this program. Students then can check into program housing in Paris on June 23, 2019 and will be expected to check out of program housing on July 27, 2019. Students who depart after the last day may do so, but they are responsible for arranging their own accommodations outside of the program end date.

    All dates are subject to change.

  • Instructors

    Daniel Hoffmann, Ph.D.
    Program Director

    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.