Learn French

Language & Culture!

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

academic credit available from our institutional partners.

Or you can take a Humanities class with Los Medanos College.

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Survival French

An ESA faculty-led introductory French program. Includes a Survival French language class plus the Survival French Culture class. Classes are small. On some days there will be visits to other sites.

Institut Catholique

A complete university-level course (approximately 60 contact hours)


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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Los Medanos College



Make Paris come to life in this fun, interdisciplinary course focused on 19th and 20th century painters, writers, dancers, sculptors and musicians who created art that shocked and thrilled generations.  This class is specially designed with many out-of-the-classroom field trips so you can appreciate:

  • The of Parisian artists;

  • Ernest Hemingway’s sparse prose;

  • Stravinsky & the Ballet Russe’s scandalous theater;

  • The revolution behind the ;

  • The daring life and stories of Colette;

  • Picasso’s cubist paintings;

  • Gertrude Stein and Baudelaire’s radical poetry; and more.

We’ll watch fantastic movies, read poetry out loud, go to lots of amazing museums and, yes, eat French food together.

2021 Program Dates


Depart USA 30 June 2021

Program Ends 31 July 2021


Contact us!


Dr. Thomas Blair

424 Dorado Terrace, San Francisco, CA 94112


Tel: 415-334-4222

Country of Permanent Establishment: USA

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