Program Details

Discover the richness of France through its diverse cultures and regions—from Paris to a border community and its neighboring country.
Location:
Paris, France
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
High School
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:

Start your journey with an immersive introduction to French history and culture in Paris, “The City of Light.” You will visit the city’s most iconic sites and museums, including the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, and Champs-Élysées. Explore diverse neighborhoods and sample French cuisine in quaint street-side cafés as you deepen your understanding of Parisian culture and the city’s role within France.

Discover la vie quotidienne, or daily life, of a French family during a 10-day homestay, where you will get an intimate look at French life and the unique culture specific to the region, usually near the border of your next destination.

After saying goodbye to your host family, you will cross the French border with your group into either Italy, Germany, or Spain to explore the cultures, landscapes, and sites of a neighboring country. You might find yourself strolling through Germany’s picturesque towns and picnicking in the Black Forest, exploring the villages of Italy’s stunning Cinque Terre, or taking in Spanish art in Barcelona. As your program comes to a close in Paris, you’ll reflect on the deeper insights you’ve gained into the diversity of France and the culture of a neighboring country.

Setting Description:
Following orientation, travel with your group to a community in southern France near the Italian border or, alternatively, to a French community near the German border. Become fully immersed in the daily life of a French family during a twelve-day homestay. Take advantage of the opportunity—afforded by the homestay—to learn some French and to gain a unique glimpse into French life and culture. After saying goodbye to your host family, cross the French border with your group into either Italy or Germany to explore the landscapes and culture of a French neighbor. Whether you’re strolling through picturesque villages in Alsace, exploring the French Riviera, or visiting beautiful Cinque Terre on the Mediterranean, you gain deeper insight into the diversity of France and the culture of an adjacent country. Orientation: Paris, 2-4 days Homestay: Saint-Raphaël or Nice (near the Italian border) or Saint-Dié-des-Vosges or Nancy (near the German Border), 11-12 days Other Accommodations: Hotels
Cost:
$6020

Additional Program Information

Scholarships:
Yes
Scholarships Description:
The Experiment in International Living is committed to helping students from a diversity of backgrounds participate through a variety of need-based scholarships. In 2016, The Experiment awarded a total of $2.4 Million in financial aid and scholarships.

Program Reviews

Overall Rating

4.9

Based on 11 Reviews

  • France ?! No Way!!
    5.0
    08/31/18

    Rester, c'est exister, mias voyager, c'est vivre. To stay in the same place is to exist, but to travel is to live. This Summer 2018, I was given the life changing opportunity to go abroad, in which I was exposed to French life and culture over the span

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Wouldn't Change a Thing
    5.0
    08/30/18

    Where do I even begin? I loved every single second of those three weeks. I reminisce about it. I wish I can go through everything again. I remember when my group and I first met, we were all so quiet and nervous. Who knew how much amazing things were

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Hardest Part Was Coming Back
    5.0
    08/24/18

    This program was honestly the best experience i have ever had and I hope more students are able to hear about it and apply. The leaders in my group were like parents to me as well as friends and I felt 100% safe at all times. Overall for me, my experience

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • A Fun & Engaging Opportunity!
    5.0
    08/20/18

    The Experiment in International Living is a wonderful experience that provides time to explore a new environment in a country away from home. I traveled to France and Germany with The Experiment on their France: Regional Cultures program. My group and

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Terrific Triumph
    5.0
    09/01/17

    At the homestay i came face to face with the french culture. I was able to see strong bond between mother and daughter throughout the whole day, even if it was during dinner. Even though I do not know how to speak french, the family still cooperated with

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Three weeks to remember!
    5.0
    09/01/17

    I was very pleased with my experience in France and Germany. It was amazing to see how much cultures can change in one country and around the borders of that country. Also, it was cool to see how Freiburg and Strasbourg were so similar but a part of different

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    Bottom Line:No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • A Summer That Will Forever Live in my Heart
    5.0
    09/01/17

    I participated in The Experiment in their French Culture and Regional Identity where I visited cities in France (Paris, Strasbourg, Colmar, Metz, Nancy, and the Alsace-Lorraine Region) and in Germany (Freiburg). Those three weeks were the best and most

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • The Experiment Trip to France and Germany
    5.0
    08/31/17

    The trip with the Experiment was amazing, I say this because I never thought that I would be given the opportunity to travel Europe. Throughout the trip I was able to grow as a person and as a leader for I am more independent now and taking care of everything

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • An Insightful Experience
    4.0
    08/16/17

    I had a great time with this program. Although I was the only student not from the U.S., there was still a lot of diversity in both background and experience in my program group, and I made some great friends. Although I was not entirely happy that the

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • More Than I'd Hoped for
    5.0
    08/14/17

    I'm so glad I went on this journey with no true expectations of what it would look like. The spontaneity with which I approached this beautifully complex foreign country made the experience all the more rich. I gained an immense amount of confidence in

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Best Experience of My Life
    5.0
    08/14/17

    For three weeks I lived in France and became one with the culture and the people. For eleven of those days I was part of an amazing family who helped me immerse myself into the culture the best way possible. I intensely observed how the country changed

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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