With ESA, you'll never be bored! We have a wide range of activities that will help you to explore the sites and understand the culture.
"There are only two places in the world where we can live happily: at home and in Paris."
– Ernest Hemingway
ESA arranges for you to visit a number of museums and monuments as part of its Civilization program. This year's group visits include: the Louvre, the Musée d'Orsay, the Pompidou Museum and more!
ESA offers a complete introduction to French civilization, as well as special lectures, walking tours and seminars designed to enhance your understanding and enjoyment of the rich cultural heritage of France. Lectures, walking tours and most museum visits include a French option for intermediate to advanced students.
French Civilization: Origins to the 21st Century
With about 12 hours of lecture plus visits in and around Paris, we study the relationship between French political life, social structure, art, architecture and urbanism in the Middle Ages, Renaissance, 17th Century, Enlightenment, Revolution and modern period. The streets of Paris become your textbook and classroom as we visit historic sites, monuments, and museums.
This course is offered in English for beginning students of the French language and in French for intermediate and advanced students. A few visits are in English only.
"A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life" -- Thomas Jefferson
ESA offers two options with most of its walking tours: a visit in French or a visit in English. Feeling adventurous? You may want to do the French walk and see how much your ability to speak the language is improving!
During these tours, we'll explore a variety of different neighborhoods: St. Germain-des-Prés, the Latin Quarter and the Marais. Watch the bulletin boards, too, for impromptu tours offered by ESA faculty for those interested in exploring new quartiers de Paris!
Weekend in Normandy
Unlike many other programs, ESA includes the cost of a three day weekend trip and two day-long excursions in your fees.
This year's weekend trip will be to Normandy and our day trips will include the castle of Vaux-le-Vicomte, as well as the village of Auvers-sur-Oise, painted by Van Gogh.
Lunches outside Giverny, in Auvers-sur-Oise, and class lunches in Paris included.