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*UTK in Paris
Paris, France (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer 1
Budget Sheets Summer 1
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 1 2016 02/01/2016 02/10/2016 05/28/2016 06/25/2016
Fact Sheet:
GPA Requirement:
Field of Study:
Language of Instruction:
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 Susan Edmundson. The 491 program will be taught by Dr. Les Essif


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
  • Pantheon
  • Catacombes
  •  Eiffel Tower

In addition students will participate on the following two 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
  • Chartres Cathedral


During his 17th century reign, Louis XIV converted his father's hunting lodge outside of Paris into the magnificent palace of Versailles. The palace is adorned with gilded wood, massive chandeliers and works of art, and the fantastic Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors). Its overwhelming display of riches illustrates the Sun King's conviction of his absolute supremacy and the old regime extravagance that led to the French Revolution

Faculty Contact

Dr. Les Essif, Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literature, e-mail:
Dr. Susan Edmundson, Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literature, e-mail:


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