Flourish in Paris

Challenge yourself in a French learning environment for the semester or academic year and return home a Parisian

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The semester begins with orientation in a location outside of Paris. This first week combines academic workshops and advising with teambuilding cultural activities, taking advantage of the scenery - students have kayaked along the azure Mediterranean coast, were transported to a different era with a gala dinner in an 18th century castle - what will you experience?

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

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 and develop your palate with a cheese tasting. Channel your inner Mbappé and cheer for Paris Saint-Germain or the French national football team at a match.

Attend 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, and the Théâtre des Champs Élysées. From symphonies and plays to modern circus and dance, each season's calendar offers a range of performances.

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.

On-Site Orientation

Begin your semester outside of the city: the first week of orientation is a complementary mix of academic advising and teambuilding activities unique to the locale. After, return to Paris for university tours, course shopping and registration. Past orientation locations have included:

  • Hyères: Learn to windsurf, paddleboard, and walk along the Mediterranean beaches
  • Château de Craon: Participate in a murder mystery dinner, movie nights around the fire, hiking on the castle grounds

Cultural Events

Past calendars have included:

  • Chamber music: Vivaldi at La Sainte-Chapelle
  • French cooking workshop
  • Ballet: La Fresque at the Théâtre National de Chaillot
  • France vs. Turkey football match

Day Trips

  • Fall Semester: Versailles & Chartres
  • Spring Semester: Versailles & 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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