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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Designed for students who wish to study abroad in Paris and take their courses with French students, this program allows students to select their courses from those offered at the Université Paris Diderot. Students with the appropriate language level may complete a course for API students, taught in French by a local professor at the API Paris Center. Interested students may also choose to complete a teaching internship for an additional fee.
API students participate excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API Paris
programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.
Students will have the unique opportunity to explore an authentic French château and its surroundings in the Ile de France, name given to the Greater Paris region.
The Alsace region is located in the Rhine plaine in the north eastern part of France.
It is bordered by Germany and Switzerland. Over the centuries Alsace has been back and of forth under the control of France and Germany. It is well known for its flowery villages with timbered houses, its wine road, its blue Vosges mountains and forests with pleasant pine scents as well as its medieval eagles nest castles. A stop on the other side of the Rhine will be a nice opportunity to discover a part of the Schwarzwald region in Germany giving this three days excursion an international dimension.
On the Alabaster Coast, the gigantic chalky cliffs of Etretat are unmissable, but the dynamic ports are worth the detour: Le Havre turned to the seas of the whole world or Dieppe and the incessant ferry traffic with the English coasts. The pebble beaches also book beautiful shows; located in the valleys, they are particularly photogenic at low tide.
A bit further in the South, you find Honfleur which is the city best known for its picturesque old pond, characterized by its houses with slate facade, and for having been represented many times by artists, including Monet and Johan Barthold Jongkind, that contributed to the appearance of the Impressionism.
The city of Nantes, dynamic, particularly attractive, occupies a central position on the west. Capital of its department, Loire-Atlantique, it is also the main city of its region. Near the sea, its own vineyard and its own terroir. Also, due to its rich History, Nantes is a multicultural city: it used to be the capital of Brittany until the 15th century. The port town quickly became an important hub of triangular trade, and more particularly of slave trade in the 18th century.
Bordeaux is one of the largest cities in France and is located in the South West of the country, not far from the Atlantic Ocean.
The center of a legendary winegrowing region, this vibrant and sophisticated city is a top gourmet and cultural destination. Synonymous with fine wines, Bordeaux is one of France’s most beautiful and elegant cities - indeed, half the city is Unesco-listed, making it the largest urban World Heritage site. Visitors appreciate both the monumental stone architecture and attractive nooks and crannies of this city, with its fascinating historical and cultural heritage around every corner. Also, it is now fastly connected to Paris with a new TGV line connecting both cities in just over two hours.
Capital of Anjou, Angers is a city of Art and History, a haven of remarkable culture thanks to its Castle : King René, and to its Museum of Fine Arts where you will discover works dating from the fourteenth to the twenty-first century, at the Gothic Cathedral of Saint Maurice or the Museum Jean Lurçat which presents beautiful pieces of contemporary tapestry, echo of the beautiful hangings of the Château d'Angers. Located in the Loire Valley, Angers also has a natural wealth thanks to its three rivers flowing into the Loire.
The French Riviera, or “Côte d’Azur” in French is a mythical, known all over the world for its beaches and the authenticity and charm of its hinterland little villages.
We will visit some of the famous cities by the Mediterranean sea, such as Cannes, Nice, Marseille or Antibes and also some genuine sites inland, such as Grasse or Saint Paul de Vence or even Bormes-les-Mimosas.
TOTAL CREDITS - 12-15 credits per semester
UNIVERSITÉ PARIS DIDEROT
Located within the 13th arrondissement of Paris that is known by Parisians as the Rive Gauche, Paris Diderot is an ideal university to study and immerse oneself in the local culture. Students can select from courses in the French language, the humanities, and social sciences. All courses are taken with French students and taught in French. To prepare for the immersion experience, students complete preparatory program or “stage” aimed at introducing visiting students to the French academic system and the campus.
Transcripts are issued by the University of Massachusetts Amherst upon completion of the program.
Francine Bost-Millischer will be one of your Resident Directors in Paris and a resource for you on-site.
Rebecca Cott will be your Program Manager and prepare you to go abroad!
Email - [email protected]
Violaine will be your Academic Coordinator in Paris and will assist you in achieving your educational goals with us in France!
Milena will be your Student Life Coordinator in Paris and will assist you in adjusting to life in France!
Students choose from the following subject areas taught in French:
For more course information, click here.
Most API partner universities in France operate on the contact hour system, wherein the number of credits earned depends on the time spent in class. To determine the conversion of contact hours to U.S. credits, divide the contact hours available by 15.
Who has never dreamt of chocolate mousse, foie gras, or fondue? Why is France so attached to its cuisine and culinary traditions? How did they develop and what role do they play within daily life as well as national identity? How could the French indulge themselves in fastuous and lengthy meals and joyfully continue to speak about food while eating? What does eating mean? This course is designed to understand the role and place of French Cuisine within its society from an historical point of view, and to put into practice this “savoir vivre français” by cooking some traditional dishes and sharing them together. This is a reading and research class, with a cooking and tasting component.
Language of Instruction: French
Recommended US semester credits: 3
All students with 4 semesters of college-level French (equivalent to the intermediate level) or more are able to participate in the teaching internship for an additional 3 credits. Beginning and intermediate-level students can also do the internship, but are not eligible to earn credit or a grade for the experience. Spaces are limited and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. An additional fee is charged for the internship.
Language of Instruction: English French
Language Level Required: Intermediate
Recommended US semester credits: 3
Please visit the university site for more detailed individual class descriptions.
Université Paris Diderot Class Catalog
The post-WWII era was a time of deep transformations in the French way of living, the political structure of the French society, and through cultural and social representations and is strongly represented through the Parisian architecture and the design of the main avenues and boulevards. This course examines French society chronologically from 1945 to today by highlighting the main events of this era and examining the city itself through daily life, buildings, movies, paintings, and theoretical developments.
Students who choose to live with families are provided with five breakfast meals and two dinner meals per week with the family, along with a grocery stipend card to offset the cost of meals. Host families serve as a unique introduction into French culture and may be made up of a married couple with children, retirement-age couples, or a divorced or widowed woman with or without children. Most families live in apartments with 2-4 bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen, and a living/dining area. In some cases, there may be another API or international student in the same apartment. While most family placements offer a single room, some students share a double room.
Students also have the option of living in shared apartments that are located throughout Paris. Most are designed to house 4 students in double-occupancy bedrooms, though some may be larger. Meals are not provided, however, apartments are equipped with kitchen appliances, and students receive a grocery stipend card to offset the cost of meals.
Students in the dorm generally live in single rooms. Some rooms may be equipped with a sink, though students share bathroom and kitchen facilities. Most of the other students in the dorm are American. Students who select the dorm option are responsible for their own meals, though they will receive a grocery stipend card to offset the cost of meals.