Summer in Paris

Program Description

gargoyle1Dates:  June 22 - July 31, 2020


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.  This year, the Summer Program will be directed by Professor Jennifer Tamas-Le Menthéour of the Department of French, Rutgers-New Brunswick.

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:

    • 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.
    • 216. ASPECTS OF FRENCH LITERATURE (3 credits):  An introduction to French literature from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment, via the Renaissance and the Classical age.
    • 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.
    • 469. FRENCH FOOD AND CULTURAL IDENTITY (3 credits):What makes food French? How have foodstuffs and table habits evolved across the centuries, and what do contemporary trends tell us about France in a global context? This course provides a cultural history of French dining from rustic one-pot meals and aristocratic banquets to contemporary trends such as “Slow Food.” Our exploration of French culinary taste will examine the composition, preparation, and sharing of meals as signs of national, regional, and social identity. The interactive course will highlight the history and geography of gourmet Paris: cafés, restaurants, food stores, and markets. 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.

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 from July 11 through July 14.

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 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)
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.