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Paris skyline at night, featuring Eiffel tower
Berkeley Summer Abroad

Paris, France: French Language, Culture and Society

  • Summary

    ** Join an info session: March 7, 4-5 p.m. **

    Dive headfirst into French culture in Paris, one of the most beautiful and storied 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 diverse perspectives of the communities that call Paris home.

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

    • Explore more than the usual tourist sites with excursions to the vibrant, lesser-known neighborhoods of Paris. 

    • Dine with faculty and classmates at local bistros: an extension of the classroom! 

    • Experience local museums, theaters, and other cultural sites including the Musée d’Orsay, the Opéra Garnier, the stunning Sainte-Chapelle, and the longtime country home of the Impressionist Claude Monet.


    Please note that this program begins with two to three 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

     

    Dates:

    In Berkeley: 

    • French 1 Track: May 30 – June 16, 2022

    • All other tracks: June 6 – June 16, 2022
     

    In Paris: (all students) 

    • June 21 – July 22, 2022


    Dates are subject to change.

    This program is being planned to be in-person for 2022. Berkeley Study Abroad is actively monitoring COVID-19 on the ground for all in-country programs. 

     

    Units: 5-8 units

    Language of Instruction: French and English

     

    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

     

    Housing:

    • Please note that students are required to arrange for their own housing for the in-Berkeley portion of the course.

    • In Paris, students will live in single studio-style rooms in a dorm residence. Rooms come furnished with a microwave, refrigerator, stove, and pots and pans. The residence is walking distance from open air fresh markets (fresh produce, meats and fish) as well as grocery stores.

    • Please note that while some group meals occur on special programmed occasions, daily meals are not provided on the program.

     

    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, 2022

    • Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis

    • Deadline to apply is March 15, 2022

     

  • 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

    This first-semester course is a whirlwind introduction to French language and culture. It assumes no prior study of the language. In this class, you’ll learn to navigate simple interactions in a French-speaking environment; to converse informally on familiar topics; to express thoughts simply and clearly in essentially-correct French prose; and to read and understand a variety of texts, from menus to poems. We’ll develop these skills through a sustained engagement with various aspects of Francophone cultures from around the world—including art, music, film, and of course, food! We’ll learn how to think about these cultures with a critical and historical perspective. This class is conducted entirely in French.


    Course: French 13

    Title: Advanced 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: Intermediate 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)

    Instructor: Daniel Hoffmann, Ph.D.

    Units: 3 units

    Prerequisites: None

    This course is designed as a complement to a set of excursions throughout the city of Paris and its environs. Its goal is to help program participants observe, analyze, and interpret what they experience during the length of their stay in France. We will prepare for each excursion with readings of various genre and scope, in addition to occasional lectures. We will strive not only to appreciate the beauty of these sites with depth and understanding, but to also think critically about the social, economic, and historical realities behind them. This class is conducted in English.


    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

    This course is designed as a complement to a set of excursions throughout the city of Paris and its environs. Its goal is to help program participants observe, analyze, and interpret what they experience during the length of their stay in France. We will prepare for each excursion with readings of various genre and scope, in addition to occasional lectures. We will strive not only to appreciate the beauty of these sites with depth and understanding, but to also think critically about the social, economic, and historical realities behind them. This class is conducted in English.

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

    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.

    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

    Costs

     

    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:

    2022 Fees

    UC Students

    Visiting Students

     

    5 units

    6 units

    8 units

    5 units

    6 units

    8 units

    Tuition

    $2,095

    $2,514

    $3,352

    $2,850

    $3,420

    $4,560

    Program Fee

    $3,629

    $3,629

    $3,629

    $3,629

    $3,629

    $3,629

    Total Cost

    $5,724

    $6,143

    $6,981

    $6,479

    $7,049

    $8,189

     

    Fees are subject to change. All non-UC Berkeley students must pay an additional Document Management Fee of $63.

     

    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.

    2022 Estimated Expenses

    **Updated 2/15/2022**

    Amount

    International Airfare and Transportation

    $1,396

    Additional Meals

    $947

    Books

    $282

    Personal Expenses (i.e. phone, passport, visa, etc.)

    $687

    Living Expenses for Berkeley on-campus weeks $1,659

    Total Estimated Out-Of-Pocket Expenses

    $4,971

     

    Financial Aid

    Financial aid is available for Berkeley students who are enrolled in at least 6 units during the summer.

    ​​Financial aid estimates for 2022 Berkeley Summer Abroad programs are now available in the Summer Financial Aid Estimator in your Cal Central account.

    Please FIRST obtain your estimate in the Summer Aid Estimator, then write to travelaid@berkeley.edu if you have any questions about the estimate you receive. Your estimate will include a Berkeley Study Abroad Scholarship if you qualify for one based on financial need.

    How to locate the Estimator:

    1) Log into Cal Central
    2) Navigate to the My Finances Tab, and find the "Financial Resources" card
    3) Scroll to the bottom of the Financial Resources card and click on Summer Sessions
    4) From the Summer Sessions menu, click on Summer Cost and Aid Estimator
     

    Make sure to adjust the number of units in the estimator if your program offers a choice of course selection. If your program only offers one combination or one course for 6 total units units, you do not need to update the units in the estimator.​

    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 $570 per unit

    The program fee includes* the following items:

    • Student housing in singles in a dormatory-style building for the in-country (in Paris) portion of the program.

    • 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 $400 deposit. If accepted to the program, the $400 deposit is non-refundable and will be applied towards your program fee. If you are waitlisted or denied admission to the program, your deposit will be refunded. If you request to withdraw your application prior to an admission decision being issued, or cancel your participation after being accepted to the program, the deposit remains non-refundable


     

    *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 and included in the Out of Pocket expenses estimate:

    • International airfare

    • Personal expenses (souvenirs, routine medical expenses, toiletries, etc.)

    • Course materials (textbooks and readers)

    • Other travel expenses (passport, visa, etc.)

    • Meals

    • Commuting costs for daily travel to and from classes

     

  • Timeline

    Application opens

    February 1, 2022
    Application closes March 15, 2022
    Applicants notified of selection March 25, 2022
    Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus $400 deposit April 8, 2022
    Attend pre-departure orientation* Late April-May
    First day of program/class (in Berkeley)

    French 1: May 30, 2022

    All other: June 6, 2022

    Arrive in Paris June 20, 2022
    Last day of program July 22, 2022

    * Orientation events take place on the Berkeley campus. If you are not on campus during this time, we will schedule a meeting via phone or Zoom. However, Berkeley courses cannot be attended virtually.

  • Instructors

    Program Director: Daniel Hoffmann, Ph.D.

    Office: 4311 Dwinelle Hall

    Email: dhoffmann@berkeley.edu

    Daniel Hoffmann has been the Faculty Director of the UC Berkeley's Summer Sessions in Paris since 2017. During the academic year, he teaches language and literature in the Department of French, as well as serving as Coordinator of the first-year French language program. In 2017-2018, he was a Teaching Fellow at the UC Center for Teaching & Learning, and in 2021, he received the "Extraordinary Teaching in Extraordinary Times" award from the Academic Senate's Committee on Teaching. He completed his Ph.D. in French at UC Berkeley in 2016.

  • COVID-19 Details

    Summary of Recommendations to Student Travelers to France:

    Berkeley Study Abroad is actively monitoring COVID-19 on the ground for all in-country programs. All programs that are running have gone through a screening for COVID-19 safety. That said, the global pandemic is an ever-evolving situation, and programs may need to be postponed (and in some cases, cancelled) in the event of an increased risk of COVID-19. To prepare for this, Berkeley Study Abroad recommends the following:

    • Vaccinations are strongly encouraged and recommended to participate in Berkeley Study Abroad programs. If students have a vaccination exemption, we cannot guarantee that they will be able to travel, re-enter the U.S. upon return, live in program housing, take public transportation, or participate in program activities. You may also be subject to a mandatory quarantine period upon arrival, which would be your financial responsibility. If you are a student with a vaccination exemption and wish to study abroad, we highly recommend you reach out for an advising appointment to discuss if there would be a program that would meet your needs.
    • Purchase refundable or changeable airline tickets in case the on-the-ground situation changes
    • Research entry and exit requirements and restrictions for all countries you plan on traveling to (including paying attention to any travel prior to your arrival in-country for your program)
    • Budget for entry and exit related expenses related to COVID-19 that are not covered by UC travel insurance policy. Details about the student travel insurance policy, and to find out what is covered, click here.
    • Regarding vaccination status: All students must comply with the UC Berkeley UHS and UC policy on reporting requirements, proof of vaccination, or exemption. For students with vaccination exemptions, please research entry requirements for the program location. It is each student’s responsibility to plan and budget for necessary quarantines/additional testing, etc.
    • Please take the time to familiarize yourself with any and all COVID-19 safety protocols in-country, and take extra precautions to keep yourself and others safe. Especially in these times, it is important to consider how our actions can have an impact on local communities while we travel in study abroad programs.

     

    Additional Links and Resources for travel to France:

     

    Traveling Responsibly:

    On July 15th 2021, the University of California Office of the President announced a system-wide vaccine mandate that will require all students, staff, and faculty be immunized against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Summer 2022 program participants must comply with this mandate prior to their program start date. It is imperative to plan ahead as several COVID-19 vaccines require a 6-week period to achieve effectiveness. All students must comply with the UC Berkeley policy on reporting requirements, proof of vaccination, or exemption.

    Please also take note of the COVID-19 related travel entry requirements for the country in which your program is taking place. These entry requirements may vary depending on which national passport you are traveling with. Note that some locations require proof of vaccination for entry, and that any costs associated with quarantining for non-medical related reasons will be the responsibility of the student. Please also pay close consideration to the route you are planning to take to enter the country, as some locations may have additional travel restrictions from places outside the US.

    Lastly, while traveling to and living in your program country, we urge you to consider not only your own safety, but also the safety of others. As students representing the UC Berkeley community, especially in these times, it is important to consider how our actions can have an impact on local communities while we travel in Study Abroad programs. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with any and all COVID-19 safety protocols in-country, and take extra precautions to keep yourself and others safe.