French Language & Culture
Aix-en-Provence and Paris, France
Global Seminar - Fall, 2019
This four-week Fall Global Seminar will begin in Aix-en-Provence (usually simply called Aix), a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne. Three universities and several French-language schools for international students produce a very strong student presence. Aix has a lot to offer. It is a quiet, clean and comfortable city. The city center is mostly pedestrian and, though it is quite small (you can cross the center in 15 min by foot), offers long hours of nice walks. As in all Provençal towns, the city center consists of narrow streets, lined with interesting buildings from 17th century hotels to paved plazas.
From Aix, we will take a high-speed train to Paris where we will continue with the program. Known as the City of Lights, with its vibrant artistic, literary, and culinary offerings, Paris has much to offer. Among Paris's important museums and cultural institutions are the most visited art museum in the world, the Louvre, as well as the Musée d'Orsay, noted for its collection of French Impressionist art, and the Musée National d'Art Moderne in the Pompidou Centre, the largest collection of modern and contemporary art in Europe. The central area of the city along the Seine River is classified as a UNESCO Heritage Site, and includes many notable monuments, including Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, the Grand Palais and Petit Palais, and the Basilica of Sacré-Cœur on Montmartre.
Students on this program will have the truly unique opportunity to significantly improve their communicative skills in French. Along with daily classes and assignments, students will be encouraged to practice their speaking and listening comprehension in the course of regular day-to day activities. Afternoon activities and excursions will showcase the arts, culture, and French language.
Both cities are perfect gateways for excursions to significant sites in and around Paris and in the Provence region of southern France.
Accommodation & Meals
For more information about this program, contact SPU Study Abroad