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Program Description

Dates: June 19 - July, 30 2022


The Rutgers Summer Program in Paris is an academic program designed to provide undergraduate students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the language and culture of France in the best possible social and intellectual environment.

Faculty & Staff

The faculty is composed of professors from prestigious French universities and faculty members from Rutgers University who accompany the group. 

Program of Study

  • Students are placed into small classes according to their proficiency in French.  Classes will be held at the Maison des Mines. The minimum language requirement is the equivalent of two years of college-level French. 
  • Classes meet for two two-hour sessions, four days a week (M-T-Th-F).  Students are expected to give top priority to their coursework. 
  • One of the goals of the Summer in Paris program is to immerse students in the French language.  For this reason, you will be asked to pledge to speak only French during the entire length of the program. 
  • Students will take two courses from the following list, for a total of 6 credits:

    (Please note that course topics may change)
    • 213. INTENSIVE ADVANCED GRAMMAR (3 credits):  The sounds, forms, and structures of French: grammar, phonetics, translation, vocabulary building, and composition. Oral drill and frequent written work.
    • 215 MODERN LITERATURE IN FRENCH (3 credits): An introduction to French literature inviting students to experience personal contact with French masterpieces. This course explores literary movements from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries that have particular relevance in today’s world. Students will develop active reading comprehension, improve critical reading and interpretation, and acquire essay-writing skills in French. Yet the first aim of this course is to allow students to read outstanding works of art in their original language, and to appreciate their beauty and originality.
    • 303. CULTURE, CONVERSATION, AND COMPOSITION (3 credits):  Development of fluency and spontaneity of oral and written expressions through cultural explorations, group discussions, and debates.
    • 372. TOPICS IN FRENCH CINEMA:  Beyond the Fiction Feature Film (3 credits):  This course examines three areas not ordinarily thought of as "French Cinema":  documentary, animation, and avant‑garde works. In each, we will try to tease out what, if anything is specifically "French," and what larger questions (theoretical, critical, or historical) these bodies of work help to illuminate.
    • 405. MODERN FRANCE (3 credits):  France has evolved rapidly since the founding of the Fifth Republic five decades ago into a highly modernized society characterized by generous social protections, a vibrant participatory democracy, and an unpredictable economy. We will use newspapers, documentary footage, and other media to explore the nation's political, and social systems in the context of the European Union. Open to students with three or more years of college French. This course is cross-listed with 372 and will include additional assignments. You cannot receive credit for both 372 and 405.

    • 469 FRANCOPHONE WOMEN WRITERS & ARTISTS (3 credits): What does it mean for women to “come to writing” in French from outside the Hexagon? We will examine issues of gender and race, the importance of orality, history and myth in the construction of new hybrid identities as we analyze women’s voices in North & West African and Caribbean writing and art. An invited artist and visits to art exhibitions in Paris will allow for us to better understand the topics studied in class.
      Recommended to students who have completed at least two courses at the Rutgers 200-300 level French.


Grades are based on examinations and class performance according to the Rutgers University system.  Upon completion of the program, students may request a transcript from the Rutgers transcript office.  Requests for special grading arrangements (e.g., Pass/Fail) must be made and approved before the program begins.

Cultural Activities

Our Summer in Paris program emphasizes the connection between the contemporary cultural life in France and the intellectual content of the courses.  And so, the program includes a significant number of visits to the beautiful museums, cathedrals, and other monuments of Paris and neighboring sites (such as Versailles), as well as participation in a variety of Parisian cultural events (plays, concerts, etc.).  In some cases, cultural activities - research in a library or in a museum, visiting a specific neighborhood - may fulfill part of the course requirements.  In addition, a five-day Bastille Day recess allows students to schedule independent activities.

Cultural Activity List

The following group activities Is a guideline of what may be available for any given summer.  A detailed list of scheduled activities will be provided to all participants closer to departure.

Enjoy Video (by permission of Samuel Vladimirsky):


Notre-Dame de Paris Fête de la Musique Fête du cinéma Croisière bateaux parisiens
Château de Versailles Opéra Garnier Festival Paris Plage Picnic in the Luxembourg Gardens
Cité de la Musique
- Parc de la Villette
Opéra Bastille (Ballet) Cimetière du Père Lachaise Promenade Littéraire
Visit to the Louvre Molière - 400e anniversaire
Comédie Française
Portes ouvertes des Ateliers d'Artistes du Père Lachaise   Parcours Saint-Germain
Maison de Victor Hugo Ionesco - La Cantatrice Chauve
(Theatre de la Huchette)
Portes ouvertes des Ateliers d'Artistes du Pré Saint-Gervais   Défilé de Mode - Galeries Lafayette
Les Catacombes      
Institut du Monde Arabe      


2016 Paris Group

2016 Paris Group

Paris Journal

The 2016 group produced a journal about their experience.  We hope you enjoy it!


Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, reserves the right to make any changes in this program that may become necessary.

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is dedicated by law and by purpose to serving all people on an equal and nondiscriminatory basis.

Why French?


Les Rassemblements (1896), Felix Valloton (detail)


Mona Lisa with a Pipe, by Eugène Bataille (Sapeck) (detail)

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