Upon arrival in Paris, students begin a two week orientation period designed to give them the knowledge and the skills that will prove essential in the months to come. Activities include conferences on French culture and teaching methods, guided trips in and around the city, and intensive language study.
In September, students embark on a one- or two-week excursion to a French province, where they take intensive language courses, live with host families, and learn about the history and culture of the region. Students in the French Language and Cultural Studies program travel to Tours (Loire Valley), where they have the opportunity to visit the region’s spectacular Renaissance castles. Students in the Advanced Seminar Studies program spend a week in Arles (Provence region, Southeastern France) and explore the Provence Region(Avignon, Camargue). Excursions during the orientation period may also include travel to Marseille, France’s second largest city and learn about immigration in France or to Aix-en-Provence and learn about gothic architecture.
Examples of Orientation Activities:
- Private tour of the Comédie Française and attendance at a play
- Visit: the French and Italian collections at the Louvre museum
- Conference: “Daily Life in France”
- Guided tour of the Sainte-Geneviève Library