Professional Skills 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 for special purposes such as French for the professions, applied translation, and language for cyber security. You will learn how to apply your French language skills to a professional work setting. This program is designed for students who have completed Intermediate French 2 or higher. You will be introduced to applied translation practices including: literal translation, transposition, modulation, equivalence and cultural adaptation. The Franco-American Relations course will start exploring the U.S./France relationship beginning at the American Revolution up through the 21st century.

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
  • Cultural comparisons through present social, political and cultural relations between the United States and France
  • Knowledge on Franco-American relations from the American Revolution to the beginning of the 21st century and beyond

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 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 and some apartments may have up to eight students. 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 (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. 

What You'll Study

You'll earn a total of 6 credits on the Professional Skills in Paris program. Everyone who participates on the program will take the same courses. The Applied Technical Translation course is taught by Pitt professor Brett Wells. The Franco-American Relations course is taught by a local faculty member. The courses will be taught in French and will be comprised of lectures, guest speakers, city tours, and cultural activities. You will also have the opportunity to visit local institutions to learn French attitudes towards the U.S. and its relationship with France. In these courses you will study:

  • Applied translation processes, including literal translation, transposition, modulation, equivalence and cultural adaptation
  • Franco-American relations from the American Revolution to the beginning of the 21st century and beyond. You will delve into the Complicated love-hate relationship of these two countries

If you are seeking to count these courses towards a major, minor or certificate, please meet with your academic advisor to discuss this program and what the courses will fulfill for you. Information about how the courses on this program count towards general education requirements for different schools and campuses can be found here.


Special Topics (Applied Technical Translation) (FR1088)

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)?

Franco-American Relations (FR1073)

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.  

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

Nazir Noori

Salam! I’m Nazir and I'm your Study Abroad Program Manager. I was born and raised abroad and went to schools in Afghanistan, Iran, and the U.S. I also took classes in India and United Arab Emirates. I worked for the U.S. Department of State, USAID, and German Foreign Office for over ten years before moving to Pittsburgh in 2014. At the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, I assisted Afghan students to study in the U.S., and now I'm glad I have the opportunity to help American students study abroad.

Stop by the office during my walk-in hours (Tue, Wed, Thu from 2-4pm) or get in touch with me at or 412-383-4827 to discuss the study abroad options.

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.   


  In- State Out-of-State
Estimated Expenses Billed by Pitt  $6,500 $6,700
Estimated Additional Expenses $3,000 $3,000
Total Estimated Cost $9,500 $9,700

Final program costs will be available by: November 15.

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 Paris program fee, the following are included in the program:

  • Tuition for six credits
  • Shared accommodations while abroad
  • Airport pickup
  • Transportation pass for first week of program
  • Guest lectures
  • Day trip to Deauville & Trouville
  • Cultural activities budget for related activities in Paris. Final activities will be voted on by the group.
  • International travel health insurance


What Else You Need to Know
  • This program is designed for students who have completed at least Intermediate French 2 by the program’s start date.
  • 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