Spend a semester in Paris!
Paris with a population 2.15 million and metro population of over 12 million, is draped in history, tradition, culture, and glamour—not to mention academia. A center of learning with a plethora of French schools, Paris is an ideal destination for foreign exchange and study abroad students. The Seine River, which bisects the city into its north (Right Bank or "Rive Droite") and south (Left Bank or "Rive Gauche") areas, has long been a source of the city's economic, political, and artistic notoriety. The two banks of the Seine each have distinct personalities- the spacious boulevards and formal buildings of the Right Bank and the cultural and intellectual reputation of the Left Bank- which contribute to the diversity of this magnificent city.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Business, French Language, & Electives
Students participating in the Veritas in Paris, France program will attend the American Business School of Paris. The ABSP is accredited by the US accreditation body, International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE: www.iacbe.org), which itself has recently received recognition from the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The ABSP, part of a conglomerate of schools under the Institut de Gestion Sociale (IGS), prepares students for a wide range of possibilities and professions in the increasingly globalized business world of today.
In between classes, students frequently visit the local ISA/ Veritas office to check e-mail, receive tutoring, find out about upcoming local events and ISA/ Veritas group excursions, or simply to chat with the staff and fellow students, and practice French. ISA and Veritas alumni consistently highlight the ISA/ Veritas staff and organization as being one of the best assets to the program, contributing to an unforgettable study abroad experience.
Minimum GPA: 2.75
Language Requirement: NONE (open to all levels)
- Courses in English
- Courses with Locals
- Intensive Language Terms
- Gap Programs (post high school study for credit)
For semester programs, students will take one Veritas program course, the International Missions/Serivce-Learning Practicum, and three or four other courses from the American Business School of Paris (The ABSP). A French langauge course is required for beginning language students.
For summer programs, students will take the International Missions/Service-Learning Practicum and choose one of the following options:
Option A: Students focus solely on business and culture by taking two courses at 45 contact hours each
Option B: Students combine one business or culture course (45 contact hours) and one French language course (60 contact hours)
This program offers courses at all French language levels and a wide variety of subjects including business, management, economics, marketing, and humanities. Courses are taught in English in a classroom comprised of approximately 30% French students and 70% students from 60-80 different countries around the world.
Students who have not completed one semester/quarter of college-level French or the equivalent must choose French language as one of their courses. All students must take a two-part French language placement exam, one portion before departure for the program and the other upon arrival in Paris. The exam will indicate each student's language proficiency level, and will determine the courses in which the student is eligible to enroll.
ABOUT THE CITY
Thomas Jefferson once said that every man has two countries: his own, and France. It is difficult to estimate the influence of French art, philosophy, science, and cuisine on the world. That is to say it is immeasurable.
Paris is a great city with its unique history and French traditions still very alive today. Known for housing buildings recognized around the world, pieces of art, and food Paris is a city you will never forget. The history of Christianity in France has reflected that of Europe. Throughout the centuries, politics, wars, and rebellions have shaped religion as a whole. Today the political system and religion are very separate; it is taboo to mention them in the same sentence. Paris is the perfect place to learn about the history of Christianity throughout the renaissance and the reformation and its impact on the country today. Exploring the culture in Paris, connecting to Christian community and serving others will open your eyes to universal human needs and deepen your faith.
Paris is known for its romanticism, fashion, food, art and culture. As one of the largest cities in Europe and the French capital, it is also a political and economic hub, therefore a natural host for international residents, students and visitors alike. Despite its diversity, Paris very much retains and exudes its Parisian attitudes, way of life, and nuances. It is a modern fast-paced city within a culture that still enjoys its leisure activities and values its history and identity.
REGION AND POPULATION
You may notice right away that life in Paris is different from life in the U.S. Some differences are subtle, such as the sound of the telephone ringing, while other changes will be more striking. Most things look, sound and smell differently. Discovering these differences is one of the joys of an adventure in Paris. You will learn to appreciate the French way of doing things, and before you know it, you'll fit right in! By experiencing life in France, you will gain a much greater understanding of the French and their culture, as well as a new outlook on your own American heritage.
The city of Paris is located in the North central region of France. The Seine river bisects the city's 20 arrondissements (neighborhoods). To see some highlights of different arrondissements in Paris, please visit the Culture Corner page.
The population of Paris is just over 2,000,000.
Veritas Housing provides the opportunity for students to experience aspects of the Parisian lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor of France. Student housing is either within walking distance or conveniently located to public transit routes relative to the universities.
The experience of living in another culture will be both educational and rewarding so long as you stay open-minded and reasonable at all times. There are differences in culture and lifestyle between life in France and the U.S. Remember: the key to a positive experience is flexibility!
All Veritas students live in homestays that will provide breakfast seven days a week, dinner five days a week, and laundry service once a week. Each homestay has been carefully selected by the resident staff in order to accommodate students' specific needs and to ensure a comfortable living situation. Students typically share a room with another Veritas student of the same sex. Single rooms can be secured for an additional fee.
While abroad, students will be partnered with a Mission Mentor who will help them get involved with ministry opportunities and connect them with a local church and the Christian community in Paris. Students will grow in their faith as they learn about missions by building relationships and serving others alongside the Mission Mentor and local missionaries. Students will meet regularly with their Mission Mentor for prayer, reflection, and spiritual accountability; the spiritual support and opportunities will make their time abroad transformational.
The International Mission/Service-Learning Practicum provides a great opportunity to reinforce cross-cultural missions and earn college credit. The reflection activities, journal entries, and cultural research will enhance and help students internalize their experience.
Ministry opportunities may include:
- Campus outreach
- Refugee ministry
- Social justice ministry
- Children's ministry
- English clubs
- Homeless ministry
- Orphanage ministry
- Elder care
- Prayer and intercessionary ministry
- Special needs
- Worship ministry
- Bible studies
The French are very proud when it comes to their cuisine. France is well-known throughout the world for its culinary arts. Amateurs and professionals flock to France, and particularly Paris, to study and experience food at its finest—gastronomie en France. La gastronomie can be traced throughout all other aspects of the French way of life and culture, too. Meals and meal-time, grocery shopping, tourism and more are all affected by this tradition—rich in more ways than one.
More so than food, language is arguably one of the most coveted and protected elements of the French culture. While seemingly critical of the use of their language, the French are very proud when non-native speakers learn French and try to communicate with them in their own language. Preservation of the integrity of the language is also of the utmost importance, and there is even an official institution, L'Académie française, designated to monitor the usage and evolution of French over the decades.
For the French, a certain politeness and courtesy is a necessary and expected behavior. This politesse, or pleasantries, is pervasive in everyday life: saying bonjour, au revoir; merci, and s'il vous plait, giving up seats to the elderly or pregnant women, minding others' personal space (audibly and physically). While the list is not very long, these pleasantries are expected behaviors, and it is considered very rude if they are not practiced. On the other hand, smiling, an "American" behavior, is not commonplace, and if used too frequently, is seen as disingenuous.
Students should certainly visit one of the most famous Parisian landmarks, the Eiffel Tower. Here you will learn about the history of the structure that has become an international symbol for Paris as they enjoy the view from the top.
Champs-Elysées & Arc de Triomphe
A walking tour of the Champs-Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe is a great way to familiarize yourself with one of the most famous boulevards that is found in your new city.
Musée d'Orsay & the Louvre
Students can take a guided tour of the Musée d'Orsay (a museum that was once a train station) to view the many impressionist and post-impressionist paintings, sculptures. The Musée d'Orsay is one of the most popular museums in Paris.
THE 20 DISTRICTS OF PARIS
Divided into 20 arrondissements, or districts, Paris is a city with lots of character and diversity. Each arrondissement is numbered, with the 1st starting at Ile de la Cité, where "point zero" of Paris (as well as Notre Dame) is found. From here, the arrondissements continue in a snail-like fashion up to number 20. It is easy to know in which arrondissement, or "quartier" you are, as all street signs note the arrondissement number. As a general guide, read below short descriptions of some different arrondissements that make up the diverse personality of Paris.
1st - As noted above, this is "point zero" of Paris, where the city was founded, and that is home to the Louvre, Notre Dame, the Tuileries gardens, the Prefecture, and much more.
3rd - The famed "Centre Pompidou" is found here, just north of Hotel de Ville, found in the 4th district.
5th - Once the "academic soul" of Paris, this is where the Sorbonne was founded, and where the main university center is located. This is one of the most famous parts of Paris, which is widely known as the Latin Quarter.
6th - Just as the 5th is more widely known as the Latin Quarter, the 6th arrondissement is referred to as "St Germain des-Pres." One of the oldest churches is found in this quarter, and is home to several upscale boutiques. This area was once the hot-spot for writers, including Ernest Hemmingway.
7th - Aside from its quiet, wealthy residential areas, this quarter is home to the Eiffel Tower.
8th - From Place de la Concorde to just in front of the Arc de Troimph runs the Champs Elysée, along which high-end shops are found as well as the Grand Palais.
9th - Home to the Paris Opera, or Palais Garnier, the southern part of this district is very chic. Just north of this area within the same district, you will also find Place Pigalle and the Moulin Rouge.
14th - Montparnasse, the tallest skyscraper in Paris is located in this district, along with several cafes, boutiques and a main train station.
18th - Otherwise known as Montmartre, this is a hot-spot for artist and tourists alike, as well as being a very old and expensive residential neighborhood of Paris. It is also the location of the Sacre Coeur.
Paris has endless activities for international visitors to enjoy. Listed below are some different cultural activities to do while in Paris. You can do many of these activities on your own, with friends, or they may be sponsored by ISA. Upon arrival to Paris, different sponsored cultural activities will be announced throughout your program abroad.
Pack a bag with French cheese, a baguette, jambon de Paris, a blanket and head to one of the many parks that Paris has to offer! Many Parisians take advantage of great weather by doing so. Gather friends, practice your French and enjoy the sites and sounds of the "outdoor" Paris. If you don't have time for a park, grab a quick "jambon sandwich" and park yourself along the Seine for a quick lunch.
Take cooking classes in a city renowned for its restaurants and a country famous for its amazing food! Classes are available throughout the city and during different times of the week for all different levels (and languages!).
The European sport of sports is also prevalent in Paris. The "City of Light's" team is called Paris St.-Germain FC, or PSG for short. The PSG home stadium, the Parc des Princes, is one of the largest football stadiums in France and is located in the 16th arrondissement of Paris.
If you're lucky, you may get the chance to see the French National football team who often play in the Stade de France in a suburb just north of Paris called Saint-Denis. The Stade de France, one of the largest football stadiums in Europe, was the site of the 1998 FIFA World Cup and is where the French National team usually hosts home matches.
"Les Puces" (Flea-markets)
A common weekend activity for Parisians is to visit large flea-markets, where an array of items for salesare found. Peruse the offerings, barter for bargains and throw yourselves into the hustle and bustle the atmosphere has to offer!
Boat tour of the Seine River
Students will take a ride on the Seine River at night via Bateaux-Mouche to marvel at the views Paris has to offer at night.
With endless neighborhoods and possibilities, it is hard not to shop in Paris! Paris offers anything fromup-scale boutiques to chains to small thrift stores. You'll find that, along with restaurants, cafés and museums, the streets are lined with all sorts of different stores.
Students will be given the opportunity to meet local and international students wishing to share their knowledge of French and learn English in exchange. This activity, based on student interest, is a great way to get to know other students of Paris, and share your culture and language with others while learning more about your surroundings and French student counterparts!
For additional information, contact us at CEL@pba.edu!