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In a city whose name is nearly synonymous with culture, a diverse package has been assembled so that students can take part in a variety of events throughout the semester.

Each week, students receive tickets to spectacles in some of the most prestigious and world-renowned venues in Paris such as the Opéra, Comédie Française, Théâtre de Chaillot, Philharmonie, Théâtre de la Ville, and Théâtre des Champs Élysées. From symphonies and plays to modern circus and dance, the calendar always has a full range of performances.

Don your apron and take a cooking workshop to learn how to prepare a classic French meal in a city known for its culinary treats. With a full belly, check out the latest art exhibitions around the city with your own Louvre Jeunes card. Skip the line and visit the national museums as often as your heart desires! In addition, APA takes students on exclusive trips to visit some of the major historical and cultural sites of France.


Past performance calendars have included:

  • Symphony: Vivaldi at La Sainte-Chapelle
  • Theater: Times are changing  l’Adami fête Bob Dylan at Théâtre du Rond-Point
  • Ballet: La Fresque at Théâtre National de Chaillot
  • Modern circus: Grande at Le CentQuatre

Day Trips

  • Fall: Versailles, Fontainebleau & Chartres
  • Spring: Versailles, Fontainebleau & Giverny

Weekend Excursions

  • Fall: Burgundy & Normandy
  • Spring: St. Malo, Mont St. Michel & the Loire Valley

For further immersion and integration into French life, students have the opportunity to:

  • Become a volunteer assistant in an elementary or high school, helping the teacher or providing English conversation classes two to four hours per week
  • Pair up with a French student for cultural exchange and conversation in a tandem linguistique
  • Join an intramural sports team, dance troupe, choir, or other clubs
  • Volunteer in a non-profit organization
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