Academic Programs Abroad (APA): Paris Gap Year

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Focus on French language and the artisan culture in the capital city of Paris.  This 12-week program begins with a three-week general intensive French language course during orientation.  With this strong linguistic foundation in place, the class ... read more

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Besides gaining a much greater grasp on French which I hope to use both professionally and in my personal life, the intrinsic journey one takes in moving to a new country and learning a whole new way of life is incredibly conducive to personal growth. - Brandeis University View Entire Review

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Focus on French language and the artisan culture in the capital city of Paris.  This 12-week program begins with a three-week general intensive French language course during orientation.  With this strong linguistic foundation in place, the class transitions to weekly individual support sessions.  Rounding out the program, students will follow three courses (field trips and site visits accompany each course):



  • Art history: Painting, Sculpture in France in the 19th Century - explore an exceptional period and conclude with a visit of Monet’s gardens in Giverny


  • Political science: France Today - an introduction to French civics and society


  • Business French: An Economy of Creation: Discovering the French Savoir-Faire - steeped in tradition, learn the specific culture surrounding these sectors: fashion (perfume, leather goods, shoemakers); cuisine (chocolatier, wine (from producer to sommelier); art (design, gallery)

Have the peace of mind that help is there when you need it with our on-site staff: around-the-clock emergency support, assistance with scheduling therapist and doctor appointments, and general day-to-day questions.  Meet new friends and live in a foyer (French student residence) close to the APA center or choose a homestay and experience daily life with a carefully selected French host family.  Benefit from a culture package with monthly activities, a day trip to the palace of Versailles, and a weekend excursion to the Loire Valley to tour the castles.

Begin your application online at https://www.apaparis.com/apply/. Since this program is less than 90 days, no visa is required for US passport holders.

Program Type(s):
Gap Year
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • French
Language Requirement(s):
  • French
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Area Studies
  • European Studies
  • Western European Studies
  • French Studies
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
  • General Education
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures
  • French Language, Literature
  • Liberal Arts, General Studies
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Social Sciences
  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • International Relations
  • Political Science and Government
  • Sociology
  • Business
  • Business Administration and Management
  • Entrepreneurial and Small Business
  • International Business
  • History
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Minimum GPA:
3.0
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Academic Programs Abroad (APA) Scholarships

Become the voice abroad for APA with regular blog and social media postings. Semester awards begin at $500 and summer awards begin at $300. Eligible for bonuses at the end of term for outstanding work.

$300 - 500.00

Deadlines:
Fall Semester/Academic Year: March 1 Summer: April 1 Spring Semester: October 1

Guidelines/Requirements:
Previous scholarship recipients have had a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater, previous experience running social media accounts for a business or organization, shown a keen interest in engaging in French and Francophone culture, and have had a serious desire to take part in a full-immersion program.

Become your cohort’s photographic or videographic historian for your term abroad. Your photos and/or videos may be featured on the APA website or in future promotional materials!

$300 - 500.00

Deadlines:
Fall Semester/Academic Year: March 1 Summer: April 1 Spring: October 1

Guidelines/Requirements:
Previous visual media scholarship recipients have had a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater, experience in photography and/or videography, shown a keen interest in engaging in French and Francophone culture, and a serious desire to take part in a full-immersion program.

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