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Learn French

Language & Culture!

ESA offers two options for your language study (Survival French & Institut Catholique).

Academic credit may be available from our institutional partners.

In 2024, there will also be the opportunity to take a Humanities class (focused on French literary & cultural arts) through Los Medanos College.


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Survival French

An ESA faculty-led introductory French program designed for beginners to intermediates. Focus on using the language to explore the city, as well as to understand French culture. On some days there may be visits to other sites.


Institut Catholique

A complete university-level course (approximately 60 contact hours). $800 supplemental fee.


ESA works closely with the Institut Catholique de Paris, a private French university of international reputation, to provide you with the very best language instruction available in Paris. Small classes, excellent teachers, up-to-date materials, a pleasant 5-10 minute walk from our residences make learning French fun.

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Course offered by Los Medanos College.


Make it new! This was the motto of painters, writers, dancers, sculptors, and musicians on the cusp of the 20th century who thumbed their noses at established institutions and created art that shocked and thrilled generations.  Many works of the Modernist movement trace their roots to Paris including Picasso's cubist masterpieces, Ernest Hemingway's sparse prose, and Gertrude Stein's bizarre poetry. This class explores the Parisian origins of Modernism and relates it to today's art world.  We'll read French poetry out loud, watch fantastic movies,  and learn about rebels like Colette, Josephine Baker and Charles Baudelaire. There's no better place to study this than in Paris where our class will deeply enrich your month in the City of Light. 

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