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  • Locations: Paris, France
  • Program Terms: Spring Bk. Embedded
  • Restrictions: Bentley applicants only
  • COST (click here): Spring Bk. Embedded
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-led Language of Instruction: French
Eligibility: Undergraduate Faculty Leader: Tchaicha, Jane
Credits/Typical Courseload: 3 Co-leader: Davis, Mark
Prerequisite: Instructor permission required, Intermediate French Program Advisor: Christine Hollenhorst
Earle and Sloan Travel Fellowship Available: Yes International Citizens Group Study Abroad Scholarship Available: Yes
Program Description:
Did you know?
  • The area of metropolitan France and its overseas regions is slight smaller that the state of Texas.
  • 73% of electricity in France is generated by nuclear energy (1st globally)
  • France has changed its form of government nine times since 1789, including five republics, two empires, and two constitutional monarchies.
  • More than 300 distinct kinds of cheese are made in France.
  • Since February 2016, supermarkets in France must donate unsold food to food banks or charities – it was the first country in the world to implement this idea.
  • France attracts more tourists than any other country, with 81 million visitors each year.
These are just a few of the interesting facts about France that will help frame the content of this advanced French course, and invite students to explore in various contexts the principal theme of this course: discovering contemporary France, a country at a crossroads. Recently, the French people elected 39-year Emmanuel Macron, President of France. He is the first president who did not emerge as a candidate from one of the two dominant political parties in France since Charles de Gaulle in 1958. His is also the youngest leader of France since Napoleon Bonaparte, and is often touted as the next great French leader. His party’s platform, “En Marche”, promises economic growth and a renewed promise for European unity and strengthened security, all while facing the enormous rise in migratory movements from the South. At the core of this movement is a new, contemporary vision of the French citizen. Students will be asked to consider what is to be French in the twentieth-first century? What aspects of the rich French history and culture linger in the background that, in turn, could possibly complement and/or interfere with this new direction that suggest a very different French mindset? During spring break, students will travel to Paris with Professor Tchaicha where they will continue to hone their oral/aural and writing skills as they explore historic venues, local neighborhoods, and participate in specially designed task-based visits to important museums, an environmentally-focused NGO, several French companies, the French Parliament, and informal get-togethers with French peers in an attempt to answer these questions.  

Please click here for a sample syllabus and itinerary:
MLFR 305_Paris_Syllabus.pdf
MLFR 305_Paris_Itinerary.pdf

Please contact Professor Jane Tchaicha for more details


This program is currently not accepting applications.