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Culture

In a city whose name is virtually synonymous with culture, APA has designed a diverse cultural calendar so that students can take part in a variety of offerings throughout the semester.

Each week, students receive tickets for performances at some of the most prestigious and world-renowned theaters and concert halls in Paris including the Bastille Opéra, the Comédie Française, the Théâtre de Chaillot, Philharmonie de Paris, the Théâtre de la Ville, and the Théâtre des Champs Élysées. From symphonies and plays to modern circus and dance, each season's calendar offers 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. Check out the latest art exhibitions around the city with your own Louvre Jeunes card. Skip the line and visit the national museums multiple times! Additionally, APA takes students on excursions outside of Paris to some of the major historical and cultural sites of France.

Performances

Past calendars have included:

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

Day Trips

  • Fall Semester: Versailles, Fontainebleau and Chartres
  • Spring Semester: Versailles, Fontainebleau and Monet’s Garden at Giverny

Weekend Excursions

  • Fall Semester: Burgundy & Normandy
  • Spring Semester: 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 at a non-profit organization
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