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July in Paris

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July 1-August 1, 2018, Fren 3067 (IP), optional Fren 1024, Fren 2024 led by Sarah Buchanan, Associate Professor of French

Program Description:

Spend a month exploring the City of Lights while learning its history and studying the French language. Imagine living in Paris and practicing your new or polished French while buying groceries and baguettes. Imagine the fireworks shooting through the Eiffel Tower on Bastille Day, and the gorgeous flowers and birds in the open air markets. Imagine seeing masterpieces of French art, visiting the American cemetery at Omaha Beach, roaming the medieval streets of Mont Saint Michel, and eating fresh seafood on the beaches of St. Malo. Imagine strolling through Versailles and seeing the rose window at Notre Dame. Imagine yourself in Paris.

July in Paris
  • FREN 1024, 2 Credits 
  • FREN 2024, 2 Credits 
  • FREN 3067, 4 Credits (IP)

This program will have two classes, one that focuses on the history of Paris, and one that teaches some French language skills. There will be language courses for absolute beginners and one for people who would like to polish what they already know.


Whether individually or as a group, participants will have the opportunity to see most of Paris’ landmarks and cultural sites. Two to three afternoons per week are devoted to group excursions; other afternoons are free. Two weekends are scheduled and two are free for you to explore more of Paris, France or Europe.


Students will be lodged in groups of two with Parisian families that have been vetted by ISA (an international study abroad program provider). You will be able to practice your French with your host family and see how actual Parisians live!

Faculty Bio

Sarah Buchanan is an associate professor of French and the receipient of the Horace T. Morse Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2015 and the UMM Alumni Association Teaching Award in 2007. In addition to teaching the French language, she has taught many courses on Francophone cultures, cinema and literature, and on French culture, cinema and literature. Her research focuses on feminism and folklore in Francophone literature and film. Professor Buchanan has travelled extensively in Europe and in Africa, and has run many study-abroad programs to France and Morocco.

(PowerPoint presentation attached at the top of the page)

For further information about the program in Paris, please contact Prof. Buchanan at or at 320-589-6292.

Cost Estimates


Non-University of Minnesota Applicant

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