French in Paris

On this six-week, 6-credit program you will live and study in Paris, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. This program is designed to develop French language skills. This program is designed for both intermediate and advanced French students. Coursework will be tailored according to level; regardless of level, all students will be combined for all courses. For advanced French students, you will be introduced to applied translation practices including: literal translation, transposition, modulation, equivalence and cultural adaptation. For intermediate French students, you will go beyond what would be considered "survival French" and further your conversational and communicative skills. The US/French Relations course will similarly be tailored according to level, but instruction will be provided at the intermediate level to accomodate all learners.

This program includes various cultural activities in and around Paris, which will be determined by the groups’ interests. In addition, you will take a day trip to Deauville and Trouville France. Take your French language skills to the next level and gain the experience you need to use your French language skills professionally.

What You'll Accomplish: 

As an engaged and active participant in this program, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop French language skills for applied translation, language instruction, and cyber security
  • Develop French communication skills 
  • Gain perspective on the allyship of the U.S. and France

Paris, the "City of Light," is the largest city in France and the capital. It is located in the north central part of the country along the Seine River. Paris was founded over 2,000 years ago and has been and continues to be one of the world's most important and attractive cities. When you think of Paris, think of its beautiful architecture, world-class museums, wide boulevards lined with cafes mixed with narrow intimate cobblestone streets. The city is a hub for culture, business, commerce, art, entertainment and food. Paris is the perfect city for you to continue your studies during the summer as it is a center for educational and intellectual endeavors.


Where You'll Live: 

You will live in shared apartments or shared studios that are located throughout the 20 arrondissements and provides you with a true sense of French life. Typical commute time to the CEA Center where you will have your classes is between 30 and 45 minutes by metro or walking. On average you can expect two to six students per apartment (two students max for studios) and some apartments may have up to eight students. For shared apartments, typical student bedrooms accommodate two students; some bedrooms may accommodate three students. Housing placements are finalized later in the Spring semester and specific addresses will be provided closer to departure.

You can expect the following at your accommodations in Paris:

  • Beds
  • Bedding, bed linens
  • Towel
  • Tables or desks
  • In-suite bathrooms
  • Fully-equipped kitchen (may be communal) or kitchenette (pots, pans, dishes, silverware, cups and glasses)
  • Wi-Fi

Please note that there is not a meal plan at additional cost, but many students will use the kitchen and cook their own meals at home. 

We do our best to provide the most accurate information about housing and amenities but due to the nature of the locations in which we offer programs and limited availability, these items are subject to change.  Contact your program manager with any questions. 

French Discourse Practices: Intermediate Level (FR0006)

French 0006 in Paris is an intense intermediate-level language and culture course that builds on the skills acquired during the first year of study in French 0101 and 0102, while further developing linguistic and sociolinguistic competence in French in situ. Because the focus is on communication, the course is taught entirely in the target language. Course objectives for French 0006 in Paris are as follows: 1) speak French well enough to ask and answer questions in various situations beyond what is needed to simply "survive" in a francophone culture, i.e., the ability to talk about self and surroundings in some detail; 2) understand enough spoken French to grasp main ideas and some supporting details in short conversations related to topics above; 3) read well enough to understand principal themes and most details in simple literary and non-literary texts; 4) write longer and more cohesive paragraphs; 5) cultivate a deeper understanding of French-speaking cultures; 6) gain a better understanding of how French works as a language. This course counts as three credits toward the French minor or the French major. 

Professional Translation (FR1095)

Ce cours comporte deux orientations interdépendantes l’une de l’autre.  D’abord, en tant qu’introduction à la traduction appliquée, ce cours vise à vous initier aux procédés de traduction classiques, à savoir l’emprunt, le calque, la traduction dite « littérale », la transposition, la modulation, l’équivalence sociale et l’adaptation culturelle.  Ensuite, nous explorerons la traduction en tant qu’activité glottopolitique en nous posant les questions suivantes : 1) Quand traduit-on?  2) Comment traduit-on? 3) Comment les traducteurs tiennent-ils compte de leur(s) public(s) cible(s)?

ST: Franco-American Relations (FR1052)

This course traces the past, present and possible future of Franco-American relations from the American Revolution to the 21st century.  At the end of the course, you will be able to explain the cyclical relations that bind France and the United States across time and space despite extraordinary differences in size, power, culture and outlook.  This course is taught by a local faculty member. 

The University of Pittsburgh partners with CEA Study Abroad on this program. Since 1997, CEA has been providing high-quality international academic programs and services. The CEA Paris Center, where your classes will take place at, is located in the heart of the Marais District. The CEA Paris team is available throughout your program to assist and support you 24/7 with any urgent situations.

Your Pitt Study Abroad Contacts: 

Lauren Perri

Hi! I'm Lauren, Program Manager for Arts & Sciences students. As an undergraduate student, I studied abroad in Marburg, Germany. Since then, my career in international education has taken me to many locations around the world. Particularly, I have an affinity for Florence, Italy. There is nothing quite like the challenge of navigating a new city, country, and culture! Let's chat about global experiences.

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Your In-Country Contacts: 

Brett Wells

Brett Wells is a Senior Lecturer, Co-Director of French Undergraduate Studies, Coordinator of the French Language Program and Advisor in the French department.  Professor Wells earned his Masters and PhD in French from Stanford University. He has spent considerable time in Québec, and his research interests include Language planning in Québec, Terminology, Francophone Sociolinguistics, and Applied Linguistics. He has taught at Pitt for over 10 years and led numerous study abroad programs to both France and Quebec.  In addition to his interests in language acquisition and second- and foreign-language pedagogy, he has also begun work on developing courses focusing on language for special purposes, such as French for the professions, applied translation and language for cyber-security.   


Items Billed by Pitt

  In-State Out-of-State
Est. Program Fee $6,699.00 $6,899.00
Study Abroad Fee $300.00 $300.00
Est. Total Billed by Pitt $6,999.00 $7,199.00

Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs

Airfare ~1,400
Meals and Personal Expenses $1000 - $1,500


Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad. Visit our Budgeting page for more information.


What's Included: 

As a part of your program fee, the following are included:

  • Tuition for six credits
  • Shared accommodations while abroad
  • Airport pickup and drop-off (during designated times)
  • Guest lectures
  • On-site orientation which includes a boat tour and group welcome meal
  • Day trip to Deauville & Trouville
  • Cultural activities budget for related activities in Paris. Final activities will be voted on by the group.
  • Local transportation passes for the first week of the program 
  • International travel health insurance
When You'll Go: 

This program runs for six weeks, beginning in mid-May and ending in late June. 

What Else You Need to Know: 


  • This program is designed for students who will have completed 2 semesters of university-level French or equivalent by the start of the program. 
  • Due to the nature of the program, the schedule is subject to change. There may be instances where a guest speaker or visit needs to be rescheduled. We ask for your patience and understanding in advance.
  • Remember that this is an academic program and that you should expect to invest the same amount of time and effort on your courses abroad as you would on a course at Pitt. 
  • You are expected to speak in French majority of the time during this program.
  • There are required excursions and activities outside of normal scheduled classes.
  • Independent travel cannot conflict with any scheduled or rescheduled events/activities