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Los Angeles Valley College, Room FL100

Sun., Nov. 20, 2pm

Sat., Dec. 10, 12pm

Tues., Jan. 24, 4pm

Sat., Feb. 25, 12pm

Sun., Mar. 19, 2pm

For information contact:        

Dr. Brian Daniels

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Summer Study in Paris 2017

July 1-July 30, 2017

Offered in cooperation with:

City College of San Francisco

East Los Angeles College

Los Angeles Valley College

Los Angeles City College


Program Highlights:

  • French language classes at all levels—beginning to advanced—either at the Institut Catholique de Paris or ESA’s Survival French program
  • Lodging in central Paris in dorm or in families
  • Pass for unlimited bus and metro use in the Paris region
  • Unsurpassed civilization and cultural activity program
  • A weekend in the chateaux country of the Loire Valley
  • Day excursions to Rouen, Monet’s home at Giverny
  • Vaux-le-Vicomte castles
  • Tickets to the opera or ballet
  • Versailles passport
  • A gourmet dinner
  • Guided visits to the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay
  • College credit available through college partners


Program Description:

City College of San Francisco, East Los Angeles College, Los Angeles Valley College, Los Angeles City College and the European Studies Association [ESA] invite you to participate in an exceptional educational experience: Summer Study in Paris 2017.

Since the Middle Ages, Paris has drawn students from around the world for university studies and for the experience of its cosmopolitan lifestyle. Celebrating our fortieth annual program, we have the faculty, the background and the willingness to make your month in Paris worthy of one of the world’s great capital cities. In addition to language classes, you will have the opportunity to improve your knowledge of French culture through our special civilization course. This course includes visits to the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, and historic neighborhoods like the Marais and St.-Germain-des-Prés, as well as an introduction to French history.

On weekends we will visit the chateaux country of the Loire Valley, the historic capital of Normandy, Rouen, and privately-owned Vaux-le-Vicomte castle. We won’t neglect daily life either: additional activities include local markets, Versailles, gourmet dinners, Monet’s gardens, the carnival arts museum and more. Our program is varied and extensive: in fact, the problem may be deciding which courses and activities to choose!


Language Program Choices

ESA offers you two language program choices in addition to the civilization course and cultural activities:

15 hours of French class per week at the Institut Catholique de Paris (see below)


Survival French: A French culture and basic language program with thirty hours of language training during the month, taught by ESA faculty. In this course, you’ll learn the basic French you’ll need to speak with storekeepers, café personnel and others in order to feel at ease in the Parisian environment, as well as an introduction to French life—music, food, etc. We recommend this choice for those with no background in French. Intermediate classes are dependent on demand.


The Institut Catholique de Paris

The Institut Catholique de Paris, a private French university of international reputation, will provide your French language instruction. Universities world-wide recognize and regularly grant credit for its excellent language courses. The Institut is located in the St.-Germain-des-Prés area in central Paris, very near our dorms. There you will meet students from around the world, who, like you, have come to Paris to take advantage of the Institut’s fine teachers, up-to-date materials, and small classes. Like many private universities in the US, the Institut has a religious affiliation, but instruction is non-sectarian. ESA, the largest group at the Institut summer session, will handle pre-enrollment formalities. A placement test will determine which course is most appropriate for you.


Institut Catholique Courses
(highly recommended for intermediate and advanced students)

French language courses, elementary to advanced:

15 hours per week [3-5 semester units]*

These classes offer high quality language instruction in conversation, grammar, culture, and reading. Classes average 20-25 students and use up-to-date materials.

*Credits are given as a guideline only—see academic credit section.


Comments from previous participants

It was better than anything I could have imagined.”Overall great experience…Great program…Amazing experience!” “Everyone was really welcoming and all the professors made themselves available to any need we had.” “The program exceeded my expectations—from the fancy dinners, the activities, and the day trips.


Your Paris Agenda:

June 30: Depart USA

July 1: Arrive Paris. Settle In.

July 2: Orientation. Paris Exploration.

July 3: Language Classes Begin. Civilization Lecture 1. Seine Boat Cruise

July 4: Latin Quarter Walk

July 5: Sainte Chapelle & Notre-Dame Visit

July 6: Lecture: Renaissance—Paris

July 7: Louvre Museum Visit

July 8: Day Trip to Monet’s Giverny & Rouen

July 9: Day Trip to Vaux-le-Vicomte Castle

July 10: Versailles Presentation

July 11: Opera: Cinderella

July 12: Ballet

July 13: Orsay Museum

July 14: Bastille Day: National Holiday

July 15: Suggested Visit: Versailles

July 16-17: FREE WEEKEND

July 18: Marais Walk. French Music Today.

July 19: Gourmet France

July 20: Carnival Museum

July 21: Loire Valley Weekend: Amboise. Night in Tours.

July 22: Loire Valley Weekend: Loches

July 23: Loire Valley Weekend: Lunch at Chenonceau

July 24: FREE PM

July 25: Farewell Party

July 26: Exams

July 27: FREE PM

July 28: FREE PM
July 29: FREE DAY




7-9 AM: Breakfast at the dorm

9-12 PM: Class at the Institut or Survival French

12-2 PM: Lunch break

2-5 PM: Paris exploration group walk: Notre Dame, etc.

7-8 PM: Dinner

8-10 PM: Concert or performance

Some days may contain fewer activities.


All ESA participants may attend the following courses according to their interests:

ESA Civilization Courses

ESA had designed the following courses to help you make the most of your time in Paris. ESA students are welcome to participate in all activities. (Because of the numerous activities in the program, there may be some course/activity conflicts.) There is no additional charge for the following:


French Civilization—Origins to the Present

An historical survey of the relationship between French political life, social structure, art, architecture and urbanism in the Middle Ages, Renaissance, 17th Century, Enlightenment, Revolution and modern period. Special emphasis on Paris as the center of French civilization. Approximately 12 hours of lecture plus guided visits in and around Paris. For example, a lecture on medieval Paris followed by visits to Notre Dame and the Sainte Chapelle. See calendar for list of visits. Offered in both French and English: some visits in English only.


Contemporary French Culture

Orientation to daily life in the French capital. Practical visits, information on food, music, etc.



The program is led by Dr. Tom Blair, Dr. Terri Nelson, Prof. Rebecca Ebin, Mr. Phillippe Kreiter, Prof. J. Vincent Morrissette, Prof. Brian Daniels, Prof. Francine Rozenkopf, Dr. Lynn Vogel-Zuiderweg, and Mr. Camillo Bonilla.


Our faculty help introduce you to Paris (and French) life through its language, customs, history and culture. All our faculty have spent extensive time in Paris. They can help guide you to the secret spots in the city loved by locals but unknown to tourists. They’ll also give you a top ten list of things to eat (Paris is the gastronomic capital of the world), take you on impromptu visits of Parisian neighborhoods and help you to find sites that match your interests (e.g. music, architecture, art and sports). Each brings his or her college-teaching experience, love of France and enthusiasm for sharing Paris with you to the ESA program.



Students stay in several well-located dorms in the St.-Germain-des-Prés area of Paris. Each dorm has comfortable public areas—lounge, TV room, student kitchen, library, etc. To suit your tastes, each dorm provides either daily breakfast and dinner or breakfast only. More detailed descriptions will be sent on enrollment so that you may select the dorm you prefer—apply early for maximum choice. Single rooms are available at a supplement. A limited number of accommodations with French families are also available.



ESA helps students suit their eating tastes. Continental breakfast is provided at the dorm or with the family. Some dorms also provide weeknight dinners. You may also take advantage of the dorm kitchen. In our student guide, Paris pratique, we list recommended restaurants to suit budgets and tastes.



ESA has arranged a group flight on Lufthansa Airlines to Paris. Students taking the designated flights receive transfers to the dorms at no charge. Students may choose to make other arrangements, but they are then responsible for arranging transportation to the dorm.



Various options for academic credit are available for an additional fee, depending on the institution granting credit and the number of units taken. Our affiliate campuses may require course enrollment. Information may be found on the program website,, and is distributed at program orientation meetings. Enrollment must be completed before departure, and submitted no later than June 1. Late return of required documents and photos may incur a late fee of $100.



ESA encourages early application as the number of places in the program is limited to about 100 participants. The application period will begin Nov. 15, 2016. Last year the program was full in mid-March. In addition, early application will better permit you to plan for the trip. All applications must be received by May 25, 2017. Payments may be made by check, money order or credit card [VISA, MC or Amex]. Students who apply and pay all fees by March 1, 2017, are entitled to a 2% early payment reduction. To apply, download the PDF of the brochure and complete the application section (or online) and mail your deposit check or credit card information for $300 payable to ESA, 424 Dorado Terrace, SF, CA 94112. The balance of the fee is due April 1, 2017. Students applying after April 1, should check with ESA to set up a payment schedule. Any payment made after May 25 will be assessed a late fee of $250 and must be made by cashier’s check, travelers check or credit card. All prices reflect exchange rates in effect at the time of publication (Sept. 2016) and are subject to change.



All persons interested in participating in a study program are invited to enroll with ESA. Minimum age is 17. ESA does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age or gender in any of its practices. The ESA program is designed for people without mobility impairment because of the restrictions placed upon us by the foreign locale.



ESA participants are obliged to cover themselves against the cost of medical treatment abroad. They can do this by taking out a travel insurance policy. You may use your own insurance, but it must be listed on your program contract. Additional trip insurance is recommended. Please see website for more detailed information.


The Program Fee Includes:

Tuition at the Institut Catholique de Paris or ESA Survival French course, per your selection; accommodation and meal plan selected; special courses and lectures organized by ESA; ballet or opera ticket; all ESA excursions including transportation and accommodation; Institut certificate; museum/monument entry fees on ESA excursions; bus/metro pass for Paris; international student ID.

Students are normally required to enroll in classes for credit with their affiliate college.


The Program Fee does NOT include:

Transportation to and from the program, independent travel; personal items; passport, visas; textbooks; laundry; medical, accident, baggage lost, personal liability, trip cancellation insurance [see insurance section above]; lunches, dinners in some dorms; US university/college tuition.



Anyone whose application cannot be accepted will have all payments refunded. Refund requests postmarked before April 1, 2017, are subject to a $100 cancellation fee. Cancellations postmarked April 1 to May 14, 2017, will be subject to a $300 cancellation fee.

Cancellations postmarked after May 14, 2017, will be subject to a $800 cancellation fee. Cancellations postmarked after May 31, 2017, are subject to a $1600 cancellation fee. Once the program has begun, there are no refunds. Although ESA will try to effect necessary changes in academic courses after the beginning of a program, no refunds for course changes can be made. Because of flight scheduling, weather or unforeseen changes at the campus, ESA reserves the right to modify itinerary, program dates and curriculum accordingly.


This brochure is not printed at public expense. City College of San Francisco, Los Angeles City College, East Los Angeles College and Los Angeles Valley College have designated ESA to make all logistical/travel/activities arrangements and are responsible only for selection of academic leadership and appropriate credit.


Download the ESA Brochure for Fee Information & Application Form at