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Study Abroad in France this summer.

Paris, Normandy, La Rochelle

June 26 – July 30, 2022 (five weeks)

Spend five weeks in France and discover its rich history and culture. Students take two units of French courses based on their level and have the opportunity to join exciting excursions in Paris, Normandy, and the La Rochelle region. This popular program features:

  • Four days in PARIS – Take an insider tour of Paris led by your faculty leader, a French native. Find out how history has shaped this great city and experience life in the “City of Lights”.
  • Three days in NORMANDY – Visit Monet’s Garden in Giverny, the Normandy D-Day beaches and the unique abbey of Mont Saint Michel.
  • Four weeks in LA ROCHELLE – On the Atlantic Ocean. A city rich in history, small enough not to get lost, but full of life in the summer. French classes in the morning, free time in the afternoon.

In Paris and Normandy accommodations are in comfortable hotels. In La Rochelle, students stay with handpicked families experienced in hosting American students. La Rochelle is located ninety miles north of Bordeaux on the coast. Historic sites include an 18th century classical style cathedral and 15th century towers that mark the entrance to the city’s old port. The famous “Francofolies” festival in mid-July attracts musicians from around the world.

Program Details


All students take two units of French based on their level.

FREN 221 (2 units) FREN 301 FREN 311 FREN 402
Intensive Intermediate French French Conversation through Cinema French and Francophone Culture Advanced French Conversation


$6,300 (approximate)
Costs do not include airfare and are subject to change without notice as a result of fluctuations in currency and other factors.

What's included?

Two orientation sessions will be held in late-March and mid-April during the spring semester. Participants will meet the group, receive important logistical and cultural information, and begin to prepare for their exploration of France and its people. Attendance at all orientation meetings during the spring semester is mandatory, except for non-University of Richmond students who will receive information via e-mail. We encourage non-UR students to try to attend orientation meetings if at all possible.

Housing & Food
Once in La Rochelle, students live in the homes of selected French families with whom the Program has built relations over the years. Participants take their breakfasts and dinners with their host families during the week. Note: Lunches are not included in the program cost.

Activities & Excursions
Students will begin the program with a 4-day stay in Paris. Cost of breakfast is included. Sites include l’Arc de Triomphe, les Champs-Elysées, Notre-Dame, La Sainte-Chapelle, le Musée Rodin, le Musée d’Orsay (impressionist art), la Tour Eiffel, Montmartre and le Sacré-Coeur, le Louvre, and le Quartier Latin. All fees for these sites as well as transportation in Paris are included in the program cost.

  • Olivier Delers, Faculty Leader: France

    Professor of French - Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Academic Environment

Courses are offered through the Institut d’Études Françaises (IEF), a branch of the Université de La Rochelles Groupe Supérieur de Commerce (Sup de Co), or Graduate School of Business. Students will enroll in 2 units and are encouraged to talk to the faculty leader early about course options.

Students taking FREN 221 and FREN 311 will be enrolled in a course with the general population of students at the IEF. Instruction for all courses at the IEF is provided by faculty members from the Institut, all of whom meet professional standards agreed upon by the Director of the IEF and University of Richmond’s faculty leader. FREN 301 and FREN 402 will be taught by the UR faculty leader.

Ready to apply?

Application Deadline: February 15, 2022

Scholarship: UR students are eligible to apply for the Holt Summer Study Abroad Scholarship. Selected recipients will receive approximately $2,000 toward the cost of an approved UR Summer Study Abroad program.


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