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Drexel in France: CIEE Paris
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|Restrictions:||Drexel applicants only|
|Minimum Language Requirement:||FREN 203||Language of Instruction:||English, French|
|Minimum Cumulative GPA:||3.0||Class Eligibility:||Junior, Pre-Junior, Senior|
|Other Eligibility Requirements:||CIEE Approval Forms, See Brochure for details||Eligible Majors:||French Minor, International Area Studies, International Area Studies Minors|
|Type of Program:||Free Standing||Housing Options:||Apartment, Homestay|
|Program Advisor:||Ahaji Schreffler||Supplemental Application:||Yes|
The ProgramDrexel Study Abroad partners with the Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE) to offer students an opportunity to study intensively in their target foreign language. This program is open to International Area Studies majors and minors, as well as French language. CIEE programs are attended by students from around the US, providing participants a chance to meet and study with students from various backgrounds.
AcademicsCIEE offers two different programs in France: Contemporary French Studies and Critical + Francophone Studies. Each program has unique aspects.
Track 1 - Language and Culture:--French-taught courses at the high-intermediate level.
--Students take two required language courses and three CIEE French-taught content courses
--Students on this track can take the Seminar on Living and Learning in Paris offered in French
--Practicum classes involve assistant teaching in French schools and volunteering with low-income French youth
--Students with appropriate language skills may audit a course at the French University
Track 2 – Language in Context: NOT SPONSORED BY DREXEL
--Both tracks require students to take a least one university course at the Université de Paris Diderot or Sorbonne Nouvelle, allowing direct engagement in Parisian university life.
This track offers a range of courses in the fields of cinema and visual studies, text and language, intellectual history and critique. This track allows you to achieve a clear understanding of the political, social, and cultural complexity that characterizes contemporary France.
Track 1: Critical Studies
Track 2: Francophone StudiesThis track allows students to achieve a clear understanding of the political, social, and cultural complexity that characterizes contemporary France. This includes diversity, multiculturalism, cultural mixing (métissage), and "national identity," as well as religious diversity and secularism (laicité). Students will analyze culture—art, architecture, literature, popular culture, film—in a social context in order to characterize their own experience in cultural terms. Students will communicate with peers about cultural differences and come to understand the French educational system.
Grades/Credit: Students earn Drexel credit and grades for all CIEE programs. All grades are counted toward students' Drexel GPA.
Program Calendar: Check CIEE website for exact dates.Fall: Early Sept – Mid Dec
Winter: Mid Jan – Mid May
Students should prepare to make adjustments and be flexible in fitting this program into their Drexel schedule. It is advised to begin planning 12-18 months in advance.
To advance language skills prior to studying abroad, students are encouraged to take French class during freshman summer vacation and/or co-op terms. For more information please contact Modern Languages Department at 215-895-5816.
The ExperienceExperiencing an entirely new culture is at the heart of the CIEE program. There is an orientation program upon arrival, and a CIEE Program Director will be on hand to help students settle in and get the maximum out of their stay.
Study Center: The CIEE Study Center in Paris is located in the lively, central Sentier neighborhood, in the 2nd arrondissement. Courses taught by CIEE-hired faculty take place in the Center. Students auditing classes at the Université de Paris will do so at either the Université de Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle, a 30-minute bus-ride away, or at the new Grands Moulins campus of the Université Paris Diderot (Paris 7).
Housing & Meals: Depending on the program, students may either live in a small furnished studio student or with a host family, where the student will share kitchen, bath, and living areas. Living with the French is an excellent cultural and linguistic experience. Both housing options require flexibility and willingness to adapt to the French lifestyle, and ongoing communication with the CIEE resident staff about expectations and needs.
Breakfast and some other meals, including a welcome dinner and other group meals, are provided during the orientation period. For the French host option, breakfast each day and one additional meal a week is provided during their stay. No meals are provided in the studio option.
Extracurricular activities and group excursions are organized throughout the term. Take neighborhoods walks and bike tours, and attend exhibits, film festivals, music and dance performances, and lectures. In addition to outings in Paris, there are also day and weekend trips to areas of interest in and around the city.
Visa: All students are required to apply for a French visa. Visa Instructions For more information visit the French Embassy website.
This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus your Drexel tuition and financial aid remain the same during your term abroad. Students who receive Federal Work Study should consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (only available to students after acceptance). To seek additional funding, review the Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly. Students may also want to submit a revised budget to the Financial Aid Office to see if additional funding may be available.
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