An outdoor market in Aix-en Provence. Photo by Lauren Walter (Marymount Manhattan College, SLC Paris '08)After settling into your housing, you will begin a two week orientation period designed to give you 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.

The port of Marseille, with Notre-Dame de la Garde in the distanceThe highlight of the orientation period is a three-day excursion to a destination of interest in the South of France. In September, you may travel to Marseille, France’s second largest city, to learn about the history of immigration in France in a city that embodies multiculturalism. In January, you may discover the rich artistic traditions of Aix-en-Provence and its surrounding regions, learning about baroque architecture, visiting colorful outdoor markets and retracing Cezanne's steps.

Students enjoy dinner in Aix-en-Provence during OrientationExamples of Orientation Activities:

  • Private tour of the Comédie Française and attendance to a play
  • Visit: the French and Italian collections at the Louvre museum
  • Conference: “Daily Life in France”
  • Guided tour of the Sainte-Geneviève Library

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Thoughts on the Paris Program

“I appreciated the activities provided in the Program and the help it has given me to speak French. Profitez!"

–Allison Tepper, Reed College