June 30th - July 27th, 2013
PROGRAM FEE: $5,850
The Program Fee includes tuition and program expenses. Click on Program Fee for details.
International airfare and personal expenses are not included in the Program Fee and are the responsibility of the participant.
This program is open to all undergraduate students (including students who do not attend George Mason University) with beginning, intermediate, or advanced French language skills.
CREDITS: Earn a total of 6 credits in FREN 110, 115, 210, 250, 300, 310, 460, or 462.
Student housing in Paris at the Foyer International des Etudiants
Boat ride on the Seine River and a 2-day trip to Normandy
CONTACT: Erin Mateu via email or by calling 703.993.3864 or toll free at 866.468.1243. The toll free number does not accept calls from the 703 or 571 area code.
Is there anything better than spending a summer in Paris while studying abroad? This four-week intensive French language program for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students takes place for one month in Paris, the beautiful capital city of France.
Students will have free time in which they can take weekend excursions to a variety of locations. There will also be opportunities for guided walking tours of Paris and a cruise on the Seine.
Students can enroll in beginner (FREN 110) to advanced French language classes (FREN 640/462). Prior to departure, students take an online placement exam and are placed at the appropriate level of study for onsite courses. Classes are 20+ hours per week (Monday - Friday) at the Alliance Francaise (AF) and are supplemented by cultural activities.
The methodology adopted by their qualified and experienced teachers is interactive and dynamic using innovative technologies. Courses are structured around the four fundamental competencies : oral comprehension, written comprehension, oral production, written production.
Summer 2011 Participants on Normandy Beach
Summer 2010 Participants at Montmartre
Summer 2009 Program Participants
Summer 2008 Program Participants
Professor Saima Ashraf-Hassan is the Term Associate Professor for the Department of French at George Mason University. She has worked for the French Program in the Department of Modern & Classical Languages since 2007 and has taught courses from 100 to 309 level. Connecting students to France, French language and French Culture is her top priority. She received her Master and M. Phil. level degrees in languages and social sciences from the "Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales" (I.N.A.L.C.O.) - Paris and "École Des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales" (E.H.E.S.S.) - Paris. She also worked with French-American students as a program officer for a French government internship placement program based at the French Embassy in Washington, D.C., for five years and where she worked in close relationship with the French-American Chamber of Commerce (in New York). She was also the coordinator for a joint French-American government program designed to create joint degrees between American and French Institutions of Higher Learning.
Her passions include law (hold also law degrees from France and the United States : L.L.M), woman's issues, travel, knowing different cuisines and people cultures and languages. She is a French citizen and grew up in France and knows France, and especially Paris and its suburbs, very well.
Dates: June 30th - July 27th, 2013
You should plan to leave the United States at least one day prior to the program start date to arrive in Paris for the first day of the program. You can schedule your return to the United States from Paris for the last day of the program or choose to travel independently.
***Do not purchase international airfare until you are advised by your Program Officer.***
Scholarships are available to George Mason students. George Mason students can click here to download the CGE Global Perspectives scholarship application. Mason students may also use financial aid to cover a program's cost. Discuss this with your financial aid counselor early in your study abroad planning process. If you are not a George Mason University student, check with your study abroad office or office of financial aid to learn more about how to cover the cost of your study abroad.
Note that all supplemental documents are required by the application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Contact the Program Officer for further application forms and instructions specific to your program.
*CGE reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, or any other unforeseen circumstances.