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The KIIS Paris II summer program offers Paris as its classroom. Designed to take full advantage of the city’s abundant cultural resources, the Paris II program offers students a selection of advanced French-language courses in the renowned "city of lights." From the Louvre to the Musee d'Orsay,
Notre Dame to Sacre Coeur, and Montmartre to Montparnasse, students do not merely visit Paris but have the time to make it their own.
With five weeks in Paris, students become intimately familiar with this modern, cosmopolitan city, celebrated for its savoir-faire and joie de vivre. Students are encouraged to use their language skills both in class and while exploring the many sides of this marvelous city. In short, the language experience does not end after exiting the classroom— it only begins as you set out to explore Paris’s venerable architecture, parks, neighborhoods, restaurants, and cafés.
The program is designed to offer students a balance between structured time for classes, program activities, and excursions and unstructured time for study, completion of group projects, and pursuit of individual interests (including travel). Group excurcions include a visit to the Orangerie, a day trip toNormandy , a picnic, the theatre, and learning to play petanque. These and other activities offer students ample opportunity to strengthen their knowledge of French language and culture.
An unlimited Navigo metro/bus pass enables students to travel with ease throughout Paris. On select weekends, students can travel independently to locations in France and beyond.
Please note: All courses are in French. Students wishing to participate in the Paris II program must have at least 12 hours of college-level French or the equivalent at time of departure.
FREN 306 Experiencing French Abroad: The Visual Imagination
FREN 314 Introduction to French Literature: Paris in Verse
FREN 323 French Civilization and Culture: The Cultural Heritage of Paris
FREN 426 French Literature of the 20th Century: French Theatre in Performance
NOTE: All courses are taught in French.
Course descriptions can be found here
Please note: All courses are in French. Students should have at least 12 hours of college-level French (or the equivalent) at time of departure. Students are expected to speak French on excursions and in public places. Each student must take at least one three-credit hour course. However, students typically take two three-credit hour courses. The program fee is the same if you take one or two courses. A student cannot take more than two three-credit hour courses. All course credit will be issued by Western Kentucky University. The WKU Registrar will transfer your grades to your home institution approximately 6-8 weeks after the completion of the program. We encourage all students - long before KIIS program departure - to contact their Academic Advisor, Department Head, and/or the Study Abroad Office to determine the credit equivalencies at their home institution (that is, confirm ahead of time with your college or university how your desired KIIS courses will count towards your major and/or overall degree requirements). Course offerings are subject to change according to enrollment.
In Paris students stay at the Foyer International des Etudiantes (FIE), a dormitory-style residence that is centrally located in the Latin Quarter across from the Luxembourg Gardens. Each room houses two students and each is equipped with a sink and a refrigerator to store food and drinks. Bathrooms and showers are located on each floor at the end of the hall. Linens but not towels are provided. The Foyer staff clean the rooms and common areas during the week.
The FIE has laundry facilities, kitchenettes, a TV room and free wifi. A basic breakfast (toast, coffee, and juice) is served during the summer months. The building has an old-world charm with a library convenient for studying and working on papers. The residence's beautiful 17th-floor terrace is a popular spot for students in the evening as the Paris monuments provide a spectacular view.
Located in Paris's famous fifth arrondissement (otherwise known as the Latin Quarter), the FIE is around the corner from the Panthéon and up the street from Notre Dame. Cafés, bookstores, cinemas, markets, and shopping abound, making the FIE an incredibly convenient location to explore the "City of Lights."