Summer in Paris

Program Description

Dates: June 19 - July, 30 2022


The Rutgers Summer Program in Paris is an academic program designed to provide undergraduate 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.  Classes will be held at the Maison des Mines. 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.
    • 215 MODERN LITERATURE IN FRENCH (3 credits): An introduction to French literature inviting students to experience personal contact with French masterpieces. This course explores literary movements from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries that have particular relevance in today’s world. Students will develop active reading comprehension, improve critical reading and interpretation, and acquire essay-writing skills in French. Yet the first aim of this course is to allow students to read outstanding works of art in their original language, and to appreciate their beauty and originality.
    • 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.
    • 405. MODERN FRANCE (3 credits):  France has evolved rapidly since the founding of the Fifth Republic five decades ago into a highly modernized society characterized by generous social protections, a vibrant participatory democracy, and an unpredictable economy. We will use newspapers, documentary footage, and other media to explore the nation's political, and social systems in the context of the European Union. Open to students with three or more years of college French. This course is cross-listed with 372 and will include additional assignments. You cannot receive credit for both 372 and 405.

    • 469 FRANCOPHONE WOMEN WRITERS & ARTISTS (3 credits): What does it mean for women to “come to writing” in French from outside the Hexagon? We will examine issues of gender and race, the importance of orality, history and myth in the construction of new hybrid identities as we analyze women’s voices in North & West African and Caribbean writing and art. An invited artist and visits to art exhibitions in Paris will allow for us to better understand the topics studied in class.
      Recommended to students who have completed at least two courses at the Rutgers 200-300 level 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.

Cultural Activities

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):


Notre-Dame de Paris Fête de la Musique Fête du cinéma Croisière bateaux parisiens
Château de Versailles Opéra Garnier Festival Paris Plage Picnic in the Luxembourg Gardens
Cité de la Musique
- Parc de la Villette
Opéra Bastille (Ballet) Cimetière du Père Lachaise Promenade Littéraire
Visit to the Louvre Molière - 400e anniversaire
Comédie Française
Portes ouvertes des Ateliers d'Artistes du Père Lachaise   Parcours Saint-Germain
Maison de Victor Hugo Ionesco - La Cantatrice Chauve
(Theatre de la Huchette)
Portes ouvertes des Ateliers d'Artistes du Pré Saint-Gervais   Défilé de Mode - Galeries Lafayette
Les Catacombes      
Institut du Monde Arabe      


2016 Paris Group

2016 Paris Group

Paris Journal

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.

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is dedicated by law and by purpose to serving all people on an equal and nondiscriminatory basis.

Lodging & Travel


  • Lodging (at the Foyer International des Etudiantes), which consists of a double room, breakfast, access to 24/7 library, kitchen, 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

Dates: June 19 - July 30, 2022


The Rutgers Summer Program in Paris is open to both Rutgers and non-Rutgers undergraduate students.  We encourage candidates to apply as soon as possible.  The application deadline is March 4, 2022. 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 April 15, 2022 so registration should be completed by that date.


Program Cost - $5555.00 (In-state) and $8556.00 (Out-of-state)

Program fees include:  

Tuition, cultural activities, health insurance and lodging, which consists of a double room, breakfast, access to 24/7 library, kitchen, music room, sports room and rooftop terrace. Classrooms are a 5-minute walk from the Foyer, which faces the Jardin du Luxembourg (for those who like to run).

Not included in the fees:  transportation (including airfare), lunch and dinner, books, personal expenses

Schedule of Payments

  • Payment due by April 15, 2022.
  • Payment by check or money order only (no credit cards), made out to: 
    Rutgers University.
  • Accepted by mail or in person to the French Department, attention:
    Ms. Sarah Schroeder, Program Coordinator

Withdrawal Fees & Refunds

  • For withdrawal on or before May 1st:  $700 will be deducted from payments.
  • For withdrawal after May 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.

Application Form

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
email as an attachment to Program Coordinator, Sarah Schroeder.

by e-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

by regular mail or in person:
Department of French - Summer in Paris Program
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Attention: Sarah Schroeder, Program Coordinator
Rutgers Academic Building
15 Seminary Place, West Wing, 4th Floor
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

by fax:  732-932-7125

by phone: 848-932-8223

Scholarship Information

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.
If you have questions about Douglass scholarships, please contact Lauren Zielinski, Director of Scholarships and Housing, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.
For information on scholarships for SAS students, please contact the Scholarship Office Program Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

National Competitive Scholarship - Benjamin A. Gilman Awards

If you are a student who receives a Pell Grant and are a U.S. citizen, you can apply to receive up to $5,000 towards the costs associated with study abroad. This award is extremely competitive and requires an essay and a proposal. The deadline varies based on semester and early applications are available as well. For more information please visit
Typical award amount: Up to $5,000

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.