Summer in Paris
Due to the evolving pandemic situation and in keeping with university policy, we have paused the Summer in Paris applications for Summer 2021. We will make sure to update our website should circumstances allow resuming the application process. Currently, we plan to offer all our Summer session remotely. The Department of French remains committed to offering opportunities for learning French and exploring culture this Summer. Our Summer session courses will closely match the breadth and interest of the courses we would typically offer in Paris on-site.
The Rutgers Summer Program in Paris is an academic program designed to provide students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the language and culture of France in the best possible social and intellectual environment.
Faculty & Staff
The faculty is composed of professors from prestigious French universities and faculty members from Rutgers University who accompany the group.
Program of Study
- Students are placed into small classes according to their proficiency in French. The minimum language requirement is the equivalent of two years of college-level French.
- Classes meet for two two-hour sessions, four days a week (M-T-Th-F). Students are expected to give top priority to their coursework.
- One of the goals of the Summer in Paris program is to immerse students in the French language. For this reason, you will be asked to pledge to speak only French during the entire length of the program.
- Students will take two courses from the following list, for a total of 6 credits:
(Please note that course topics may change)
- 213. INTENSIVE ADVANCED GRAMMAR (3 credits): The sounds, forms, and structures of French: grammar, phonetics, translation, vocabulary building, and composition. Oral drill and frequent written work.
- 303. CULTURE, CONVERSATION, AND COMPOSITION (3 credits): Development of fluency and spontaneity of oral and written expressions through cultural explorations, group discussions, and debates.
- 372. TOPICS IN FRENCH CINEMA: Beyond the Fiction Feature Film (3 credits): This course examines three areas not ordinarily thought of as "French Cinema": documentary, animation, and avant‑garde works. In each, we will try to tease out what, if anything is specifically "French," and what larger questions (theoretical, critical, or historical) these bodies of work help to illuminate.
- 337/422 THE FRENCH THEATER: "All You Need Is Love! Famous Love Scenes in French Theater" (3 credits): This theater course will focus on famous declarations of love in plays ranging from the 17th century to the 21st century. Using textual analysis but also rhetoric, dramaturgy and performance theory, we will explain them, act them out and create our own! Paris will be our stage! We will visit theaters, watch some plays and learn how to craft a love scene. We will end the class with… a show! Open to students with three or more years of college French.
Grades are based on examinations and class performance according to the Rutgers University system. Upon completion of the program, students may request a transcript from the Rutgers transcript office. Requests for special grading arrangements (e.g., Pass/Fail) must be made and approved before the program begins.
Our Summer in Paris program emphasizes the connection between the contemporary cultural life in France and the intellectual content of the courses. And so, the program includes a significant number of visits to the beautiful museums, cathedrals, and other monuments of Paris and neighboring sites (such as Versailles), as well as participation in a variety of Parisian cultural events (plays, concerts, etc.). In some cases, cultural activities - research in a library or in a museum, visiting a specific neighborhood - may fulfill part of the course requirements. In addition, a five-day Bastille Day recess allows students to schedule independent activities.
Cultural Activity List
The following group activities Is a guideline of what may be available for any given summer. A detailed list of scheduled activities will be provided to all participants closer to departure.
Enjoy Video (by permission of Samuel Vladimirsky): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3gbx2HJY-E
|MUSEUMS & LANDMARKS||MUSIC & THEATER||EXHIBITS & FESTIVALS||OTHER MISCELLANEOUS|
|Notre-Dame de Paris||Fête de la Musique||Fête du cinéma||Croisière bateaux parisiens|
|Château de Versailles||Opéra Garnier||Festival Paris Plage||Cheese tasting|
|Cité de la Musique
- Parc de la Villette
|Opéra Bastille (Ballet)||Exposition: Orient Express||Picnic in the Luxembourg
|Open visits to the Louvre||"Le Malade Imaginaire"
- Comédie Française
|Cimetière du Père Lachaise||Promenade Littéraire|
|Maison de Victor Hugo||Ionesco - La Cantatrice Chauve
(Theatre de la Huchette)
|Institut du Monde Arabe|
2016 Paris Group
The 2016 group produced a journal about their experience. We hope you enjoy it!
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, reserves the right to make any changes in this program that may become necessary.
Lodging & Travel
- Lodging is located at the Foyer International des Etudiantes. It consists of a double room, breakfast, access to 24/7 library, music room, sports room and rooftop terrace.
- You are free to make your own travel arrangements.
- Once you are sure you are going, we recommend you purchase your ticket as soon as possible.
If you arrive before the program starts:
- You may arrive before the program starts; however, you must find your own lodging for those days.
- You must inform the department of your travel itinerary.
- Contact the program director when you arrive in Paris.
- There is a mandatory workshop on the first Monday after arrival.
For non-US citizens:
- You will need to contact the French embassy in New York to find out if you need a visa.
- If you do need a visa, you will need to purchase your airline ticket first, and then bring the itinerary and proof of payment to the embassy.
Admission & Program Fees
The Rutgers Summer Program in Paris is open to both Rutgers and non-Rutgers students. We encourage all candidates to apply as soon as possible. The application deadline is March 1, 2020. The group is limited to 24 students.
We prefer students to apply in the fall; spring is also acceptable. All program fees are due by May 1st, so registration should be completed by that date.
For New Jersey residents: $5555.00 For out-of-state residents: $8556.00
Program fees include: Tuition, cultural activities, health insurance and lodging, which consists of a double room and breakfast.
Not included in the fees: transportation (including airfare), lunch and dinner, books, personal expenses
Schedule of Payments
- Upon acceptance, $1,500 is due; the balance is due by April 1st.
- Payment by check or money order only (no credit cards), made out to:
- Accepted by mail or in person to the French Department, attention:
Ms. Sarah Schroeder, Program Coordinator
Withdrawal Fees & Refunds
- For withdrawal on or before April 1st: $700 will be deducted from payments.
- For withdrawal after April 1st, but on or before May 30th: $1,500 will be deducted from payments.
- For cancelling between June 1st and the group's departure: there will be a refund of $500.
- There will be no refunds after departure.
- If conditions necessitate an increase in price, this will be announced by May 1st, and students wishing to withdraw will receive a full refund.
Please complete and submit required forms:
Note: In addition to the forms above, an official transcript is required for non-Rutgers students.
How to submit the forms
Please DOWNLOAD the required forms (fillable) using Adobe Acrobat, complete, save, and
by regular mail or in person:
by fax: 732-932-7125
by phone: 848-932-8223
Note: These scholarships are available to Rutgers University students only.
Rutgers French Department
The French Department offers the following two scholarships for Rutgers students. These are partial scholarships awarded to students on the combined basis of need and merit. Upon acceptance, we will mail an application to all eligible students. To be considered, applications must be received by April 1st.
- The Rick Lockwood Memorial Travel Scholarship
- The Albert M. Wolohojian Memorial Travel Scholarship
Douglass Residential College (DRC)
The Douglass Residential College offers scholarships to Douglass students planning on studying abroad through a Rutgers-sponsored program in the fall semester, spring semester, summer, or for the entire academic year. If you are a Douglass student in good academic standing, and you would like to pursue studies internationally, please visit the DRC website to learn more about funding opportunities.
School for Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS)
SEBS offers International Summer Scholarships to SEBS students. For more information, please go to: scholarships.
School of Arts and Sciences (SAS)
SAS makes small awards to their students based on need [a Financial Aid Form (FAFSA) must be on file with the University] and merit.
Phi Sigma Iota
Phi Sigma Iota Merit Scholarship: This scholarship is granted to undergraduate members of Phi Sigma Iota based on merit (overall cumulative average, average in foreign languages taken at Rutgers, and level of study achieved). For more information, please go to: Phi Sigma Iota.
For more information about possible scholarships, please visit:
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is there an application fee? No.
I studied French in high school, but I have not taken any college-level French. Can I still apply?
No. Applicants must have taken Intermediate French, or the equivalent of French 132.
I am in my last year at Rutgers. Can I still apply? Yes.
What are the deadlines for applying?
We prefer students to apply in the fall; spring is also acceptable. All fees are due by May 1st, so registration
should be completed by that date.
I submitted an application. When will I be notified of my acceptance or denial? Within one month.
Does financial aid apply towards the program?
It may or may not. Please contact the university financial aid office to confirm.
I have a parent who works at Rutgers. Does tuition remission still apply? Yes, one summer is allowed.
I am a Rutgers student. Can the doctor's form be filled out at one of the campus health centers? Yes.
How do I register for the classes?
In April, we hold a workshop for all participants. You will fill out a form there, and we will register on your behalf.
Please let us know if you cannot attend the workshop, and we will make other arrangements.
For non-Rutgers students, we will mail the course registration form to you.
Are there any group activities planned? Do we get to travel outside of Paris?
Yes. Please see the cultural activities section of the program description page.
If you choose to go to any site independently, you must notify the director of your plans.
I am a non-Rutgers student. How can I obtain a copy of my transcript at the completion of the program?
Please contact the Rutgers Transcript Office.