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*UTK in Paris
Paris, France (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer 1
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Summer 1
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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Class Standing:
Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Language Prerequisite:
2 Semesters
Course Prerequisite:
French 112, 123 or 150 for 211-212 Track, French 212 or Higher for 491 Track
Homestay Program Type: Faculty-led
Open to non-UTK Students: Yes
Program Description:

Spend your summer in Paris!

Paris Skyline

Live with a Paris family and experience first hand the cultural richness of the City of Light. Paris is draped in history, tradition, culture, and glamour, not to mention academia. The Seine River, which bisects the city into its north (Right Bank or "Rive Droite") and south (Left Bank or "Rive Gauche") areas, has long been a source of the city's economic, political, and artistic notoriety. The two banks of the Seine each have distinct personalities – the spacious boulevards and formal buildings of the Right Bank and the cultural and intellectual reputation of the Left Bank- which contribute to the diversity of this magnificent city.

Mornings will be devoted to formal classroom study in the heart of the city, not far from Notre Dame Cathedral.  Afternoons will be devoted to exploring major sites with the expertise of a Paris guide. From the Place des Vosges to the Tour Eiffel, from the literary cafés of Montparnasse to the artistic haunts of Montmartre, from the Place de la Bastille to the Place de la Concorde, from the Luxembourg Gardens to the Parc Montsouris, students will drink in the city's beauty.  They will also learn to question the myths that are associated with what for so many is still the capital of the world.


The academic program entails two essential components: 1) classroom instruction in French; 2) a cultural component that springs from the students' direct contact with French culture and critical discussion of observations and experiences.

The program is designed to run for four weeks with two distinct 70-contact-hour course programs offered to students, depending on their interests. Students seeking to fulfill their language requirement at UT or simply to continue their study of the French language will take French 223. Students seeking upper-division credit can enroll in French 491 (6 credits). Students take classes four to five days per week, three hours per day.

The 223 program will be taught in French by Dr Margaret Keneman. The 491 program will be taught by Dr. John Romeiser.


Students will be able to experience the unique culture of Paris by living with host families while on the program. In addition to having an opportunity to be immersed in the French language, students will observe and experience aspects of the French lifestyle that are inaccessible to most visitors. The homes are located  throughout the city within walking distance or via local bus, 10-45 minutes from where classes will be held. Students are usually housed two to a home [rooms may be shared]. The families will provide breakfast each day, dinner five nights per week, and laundry service weekly.



In Paris students will enjoy the following excursions:

  •  Guided city tour by bus
  •  Musée Rodin
  • Guided tour at Musée d'Orsay
  • Guided tour at Musée du Louvre
  • Guided tour in Latin Quarter and at Notre Dame
  • Guided tour to Montmartre
  • Invalides [with audioguides]
  • Catacombes
  •  Eiffel Tower

In addition students will participate on the following two longer program excursions:


Speckled with vineyards and grandiose castles, the Loire Valley is the product of great architects
and landscape artists from centuries past. The architectural heritage in the valley's historic
towns is notable, especially its châteaux, numbering more than three hundred. When the French kings
began constructing their huge châteaux here, the nobility, not wanting or even daring to be far
from the seat of power, followed suit. In addition to its many châteaux, the cultural monuments
illustrate to an exceptional degree the ideals of the Renaissance and the Age of the Enlightenment
on western European thought and design.

  •  Château de Blois
  •  Château de Chenonceau
  •  Château Chambord

A fascination to tourists from all over the globe, this region offers something for everyone. Normandy is widely remembered for its role in World War II history, as its ports served as D-Day landing beaches. Students may visit military cemeteries and the Memorial Peace Museum. Between history lessons, take time to explore the area's magnificently varied terrain and its world-renowned dairy products.

Mont St. Michel
This spectacular site remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of France, second only to Paris. Construction on Mont St. Michel began in the 8th century, when the archangel St. Michel appeared to the Bishop of Avranches in a dream and instructed him to build a church on the rocky island. The Mont has served as a Benedictine Monastery, a wartime fortress, and a prison. In 1874 it was proclaimed a national monument and since 1879, a 2000 yard causeway has connected the island to the French mainland.

St. Malo
Also known as the City of Corsairs, this historic walled port city in Brittany is one of the most popular destinations in this northern coastal region of France. Originally an island, through the ages Saint Malo has been home to merchants, privateers and pirates alike. Saint Malo was also the birthplace of the celebrated writer and politician, Chateaubriand, as well as the famed explorer, Jacques Cartier.

  • Guided tour at Mont St. Michel
  • Crossing the Bay of Mont St. Michel
  • American Cemetery
  • British Cemetery
  • Memorial de Caen
  • Cider farm
  • St. Malo
  • Giverny

Faculty Contact

Dr. John Romeiser, Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literature, e-mail:

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