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Harvard French Culture and History Summer Program in Paris, France

Publish Date: Sep 24, 2015

Deadline: Jan 28, 2016

The Harvard Summer Program in Paris, France, features an integrated third-year-level interdisciplinary course that explores the city through the theme of revolution. You hone your linguistic skills by participating in classroom sessions conducted exclusively in French. You also enrich your cultural and historical understanding through daily explorations of Parisian neighborhoods, film and theater outings, and weekend excursions. The program culminates in an individual project imagined and realized, tying your personal experience to the city’s dynamic literature, history, and culture, past and present.

In addition to the classes drawing on literary and cultural texts, you are encouraged to discover Paris and engage with the people who inhabit it, turning the city itself into the primary grounds for learning.

Course of study

FREN S-100 Study Abroad in Paris, France: Paris and Its Revolutions (32551)

Alice A. Jardine
(8 credits: UN, GR) Limited enrollment.

We consider the theme of revolution in its most literal sense, as in the revolutions of 1789, 1968, etc., as well as in its more abstract senses associated with far-reaching changes in politics, culture, and the arts. The course itself is structured around the 20 neighborhoods, or arrondissements, of Paris. For each arrondissement, we focus on pivotal revolutions, inviting students to explore them through coursework and guided discovery of specific sites throughout the city. At the end of our course, students should have attained an advanced linguistic level and a better understanding of French culture and history. Students are then able to pursue their study of French at Harvard by taking culture and literature classes at the 70/100 level.

Prerequisite: for Harvard College students, completion of a French 30-level class or a minimum score of 690 on the Harvard placement test; for non-Harvard students, an intermediate to advanced command of French is required.

Course credit

See Study Abroad Credit Information.


Alice A. Jardine, PhD, Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Harvard University


Before applying, review the Admission and Policies and FAQs pages.

You must be at least 18 years old and have completed at least one year of college or be a first-year student in good academic standing to apply.

The application materials, outlined below, are due January 28, 2016:

  • A completed online application (available in early December) that includes:
    • A $50 nonrefundable application fee
    • A statement of interest in the program and in the course, including information on relevant coursework and travel experience abroad (previous travel is not a prerequisite)
    • Transcripts (student record accepted for Harvard students)

You will be notified of admission decisions by mid-February.


There is a nonrefundable $50 application fee. The program cost includes the following:

  • Tuition
  • Room and some meals
  • Field trips

In addition to the program fee, you are responsible for:

  • A health insurance fee (waived if you have US insurance that provides coverage outside the United States)
  • Transportation to and from Paris
  • Independent excursions
  • The cost of passports and visas (if the latter is needed)
  • Any immunizations

How to pay and funding options

See Payment and Funding for payment deadlines, deposit amounts, and more information, including funding options for Harvard College students.


You will be placed in homestays with classes taking place at Reid Hall, located in the lively Montparnasse (sixth) district of Paris.

Additional information

Contact Alice Jardine, jardine@fas.harvard.edu.

Students with disabilities

Contact the disability services coordinator as soon as possible. See Students with Disabilities for more information.

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