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Location Paris, France
Academic Term Summer B-Term
July 29 - August 31, 2018
Estimated Program Fee $4,600
Credits 12 UW Credits
Prerequisites French 103
Program Directors Helene Vilavella-Collins; Douglas Collins; Hedwige Meyer
Program Manager Darielle Horsey |
Priority Application Deadline January 31, 2018
Information Sessions TBD. Contact Program Director for more information.
General The Paris in the Summer program is five week long on-site exploration of Parisian culture and history.
Visas This country is part of the Schengen area. Note that there are strict rules and restrictions for foreign visitors to this area that may impact a student’s ability to travel within the region before or after their program, or to attend two subsequent programs in this area. It is critical that the student reviews the information and scenarios here to learn more about Schengen area visa requirements.

Program Description

This program is about the discovery of the French capital city from a historical and cultural point of view. Lectures focus on the history of Paris and French culture. A variety of readings complement these lectures. Being IN Paris, however, allows for much expansion on the information merely available through reading and lectures.

Furthermore, the experience of living in France, and having to face the challenges of this situation, adds another layer to the students' comprehension of France.

Lectures in both classes correlate to visits of sites mentioned during class on a daily basis. For instance, the Paris history class session that deals with the events leading to the construction of the Basilica of Saint Denis is immediately followed by a visit of said Basilica. Each visit begins with a student presentation of the site (all in French), and is followed by a complementary presentation of the same site by the faculty (in French, with partial translation). Students visit over a dozen significant monuments/museums with the group.

A second class involves working on aural/oral skills in French. It functions as a complement to the History of Paris class. It focuses entirely on the development of oral production skills and comprehension. We explore various audio-visual documents, as well as texts, all related to Parisian culture and history, which enables us to learn new vocabulary and structures. We also focus on phonetics and pronunciation. Through the use of tasks, we achieve a high level of interaction among students while working on group projects and presentations.

Interaction with the French is always a challenge--I should add that the program director is a native. Years of positive interaction with the MEC community and with Parisians have given our institution a reputation for civility and curiosity about all matters French; respect for France, and affection for its cultural specificities. From a student's point of view, it has been, at the very least, an enlightening journey into the heart of a country, fraught with challenges and surprises.



Paris, France


Vaux-Le-Vicomte/Fontainebleau, Chartres, Versailles, as well as many sites in Paris such as the Louvre, Notre-Dame, the Opera Garnier, the Cluny and Orsay Museums, etc.


Individual dorm rooms at the Maison des Etudiants canadiens on the campus of the Cité Internationale, which is managed by French-speaking Canadians and French employees. Students are housed in single rooms, each with its own bathroom, and with communal kitchens. This offers numerous opportunities to interact in French, on a variety of levels, with fellow foreign students and MEC staff. 



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Program Prerequisites: French 103

Physical Components: This program involves numerous walks, in a city that is not particularly accessible to individuals with mobility issues, yet field trips could be modulated to make of points of interest accessible to all students. The Maison des étudiants canadiens is wholly accessible, and housing for students with mobility issues is available.

Visas: This program lasts one month. US and Canadian citizens do not need a visa since they are staying in France for less than 90 days, but students who are citizens from certain countries, such as China, need to obtain a visa (so-called Schengen visa) in San Francisco from the French Consulate's visa services. Throughout spring quarter, numerous visa preparation sessions are offered by the program director on campus.


12 UW credits


FRENCH 210: History of Paris (7 Credits, I&S)

From the Parisi to contemporary Paris: this class will trace the cultural history of the development of the French capital from the moment of its settlement to our century. Attention will be paid to the various crucial phases of Parisian urban development as Paris functions both as a laboratory and an engine for French national identity AND as a dynamic threat to it: King Philippe-Auguste's territorial and administrative expansion as well as urban planning for the kingdom's capitol city; Francis Ist Italianate Renaissance design's; Henry IV's post-wars of religion recovery; Louis XIV's and Colbert's punitive and symbolic relocation of the center of power outside of Paris in Versailles, and shaping of the capitol city's central role in the production and the display of luxury goods; Paris as "Enlightenment capital of the world" and theater of the Revolution; Napoléon 1st's imperial designs for Paris; Napoleon III's and Haussmann's urban, cultural and economic overhauling of Paris during the second half of the XIXth century, followed by Belle époque Paris; Post-WWII reinforcing of "Grand Paris" sociological and ethnic geography and minor alterations of Paris intra muros,etc.). Coursework involves numerous visits to Parisian sites related to in-class lectures, readings (Horn's Seven Ages of Paris, Jones' Biography of a City, De Jean's When Paris Became Paris,) on-line assignments, oral presentations, and two midterms.

Learning goals include:
At the end of this class, students will have an overview of the cultural history of the French capital, and will be in a position to comprehend its role in the problematics of the shaping of XXI's century French national identity in terms of class, race, and gender relations.

FRENCH 390: French for Oral Proficiency (5 Credits)

This class will function as a complement to the History of Paris class. It will focus entirely on the development of oral production skills and comprehension. We will explore various audio-visual documents, as well as texts, all related to Parisian culture and history, which will enable us to learn new vocabulary and structures. We will also focus on phonetics and pronunciation. Through the use of tasks, we will achieve a high level of interaction among students while working on group projects and presentations.

Learning goals include:
At the end of this class, student's will have increased their oral/aural proficiency at the B1 and B2 levels.



Helene Vilavella-Collins, French and Italian Studies, Program Director

Douglas Collins, French and Italian Studies, Program Co-Director

Hedwige Meyer, French and Italian Studies, Program Co-Director



Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $4,600

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1,200-$1,600)
  • Food (about $25/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: July 6, 2018

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans.  To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.



Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You must register for the UW Study Abroad orientation. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for an orientation session.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once a contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.