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        PariS         mOntPeLLier

L’académie de PariS   L’académie de France
JuLy 5 - auGuSt 1     JuLy 7 - auGuSt 3

                                 GradeS 9-12
                                   Dear Students, Parents, and Teachers,

                                        I have been directing summer schools in Europe for 25 years, beginning in
                                   Oxford in 1985 and then Paris in 1991. I am delighted to introduce to you our two
                                   outstanding programs in France: l’Académie de Paris and l’Académie de France in
                                   Montpellier. Both are based on my belief that high school students can take full
                                   advantage of a European environment to immerse themselves in a foreign language
 A Welcome                         and culture.
  From The                              The first essential element to our success with these programs is our outstanding
                                   teaching, delivered by superbly qualified faculty using imaginative, hands-on
  Founder                          methods. Whether students are marveling at the architectural magnificence of the
                                   Eiffel Tower or the Louvre, sketching the Gothic splendor of the Sainte-Chapelle,
                                   exploring Roman ruins in the South of France, or relaxing on the Mediterranean
                                   shore, they are immersed in a creative, fun, and safe environment with scholars and
                                   professionals who are experts in their field.
                                        The second essential element is outstanding leadership. Each of our programs
                                   has a director who represents the very best in education. Dr Richard Michaelis, the
                                   Director of l’Académie de Paris, is a French-speaking native of Switzerland who
                                   teaches history at Oxford and is a widely published expert in European history. The
                                   Director of l’Académie de France, John Wensman, has taught in independent and
                                   international schools for the past 20 years. He currently teaches at the prestigious
Prof. James G. Basker
                                   St. Paul Academy and Summit School in St Paul, MN, and returns to direct
                                   l’Académie de France for the second summer.
                                        The third essential element is the student body itself. Our students come
                                   from every kind of school – public, private, and parochial – and every kind of
                                   background, from all 50 states of the US, several provinces of Canada, and more
                                   than 40 other countries. They all share an enthusiasm for learning and an openness
                                   to new experiences. Significantly, more than 50% of our students are the only
                                   student from their school.
                                        These programs present an extraordinary and potentially life-changing
                                   opportunity for students at a crucial age. The combination of active learning,
                                   imaginative teaching, and cultural enrichment in such inspiring settings takes
                                   students to new levels of performance and passion for their subjects. As you read
                                   about the faculty, courses, and cultural highlights, I hope you find the opportunity
                                   offered by these programs as exciting as I do. For the right student there is nothing
                                   like it. I hope to see you in Europe this summer.

                                                                                                James G. Basker
                        About the Founder:
                        Educated at Harvard (AB), at Cambridge (MA), and at       Prep Experience, and La Escuela Preparatoria de
                        Oxford (DPhil) as a Rhodes Scholar, Professor Basker      Barcelona. He has been an invited guest lecturer at the
                        taught at Harvard for seven years before coming to        Sorbonne, Cambridge, and Oxford, a Visiting Fellow at
                        Barnard College, Columbia University. Formerly the Ann    Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, and a James Osborn
                        Whitney Olin Professor of English, he was appointed the   Fellow at Yale. Professor Basker is also President of the
                        Richard Gilder Professor of Literary History in 2006.     Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in New
                        He has designed and directed student programs             York City, where he advises on educational projects in
                        in Europe, among them The Oxford Tradition, The           the public school system and on teacher seminars at
                        Cambridge Tradition, and La Academia de España, as        Yale, Harvard, Oxford, and Cambridge.
                        well as The Cambridge Prep Experience, The Oxford
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                                        L’Académie de Paris

                                        Paris                        p. 2

                                        Welcome                      p. 3

                                        Residence                    p. 4

                                        Courses                      pp. 5-11

                                       Faculty                       pp. 6-10

                                       Field Trips                   p. 12

                                       Enrichment & Activities p. 13

                                       L’Académie de France

                                       Montpellier                   p. 14

                                       Welcome                       p. 15

                                       Residence                     p. 16

                                       Courses                       pp. 17-21

                                       Faculty                       pp. 18-20

                                       Field Trips                   p. 22

                                       Enrichment & Activities p. 23

                                       The Paris Connection          pp. 24-25

                                       General Program Information

                                       Typical Day                   p. 26

                                       Student Life                  p. 27

                                       Guest Speakers                p. 28

                                       International                 p. 29
                                       Education Forum

                                       Fees & Details                p. 30

                                       Application                   pp. 31-32
                                        A gargoyle perched atop Notre Dame
                                        keeps watch over the city of Paris.

One of Antoni Gaudí’s fanciful   Oxbridge Academic Programs                   1
houses in Barcelona.
Pa R I s

    Paris is one of the world’s
most evocative and inspiring
cities, with a reputation for history
and culture unmatched by any other
European capital.
    Originally settled by a tribe known
as the Parisii over two thousand
years ago, it has since been conquered
by Romans, besieged by Huns and
Vikings, wracked by bitter royal and
aristocratic feuds, religious conflicts,
and revolutions, and occupied by the
Nazis during the Second World War.
Yet despite its turbulent history, Paris
boasts the most monumental cityscape
in the world, as awesome in its grandeur
as it is endearing in its familiarity.
    The greatest artists, authors, and
thinkers of the Western world have
been inspired by Paris. Philosophers
Thomas Aquinas, Voltaire, Rousseau,
and Sartre; writers Victor Hugo, Balzac,
and Proust; and painters Claude Monet
and Auguste Renoir all lived, worked,
and left their legacies in this city.
    From Foucault’s Pendulum in the
Panthéon to da Vinci’s Mona Lisa in
the Louvre, students have limitless
opportunities to enjoy a summer of
intellectual and cultural discovery in
one of Europe’s most exhilarating cities.
                      During their introduction
                      to the program, our
                      students discover
                      Paris via a boat cruise
                      on the Seine.

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                                                                             l’acadÉmIe de PaRIs

                          Dear Students, Parents, and Teachers,

                               I am delighted to invite you to join the select group that will gather in the
                          City of Light next July for an unforgettable summer.

                               It is no accident that Paris has always attracted the most brilliant
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                          thinkers and artists from all over the world. Its unrivalled beauty, the depth
  From The
  Director                of its cultural and historical resources, and, above all, its respect for artistic and
                          intellectual endeavor and achievement, have provided an ideal home and
                          inspiration for creative minds from every background.

                               The goal – indeed the promise – of l’Académie de Paris is a simple one: to
                          ensure that every student experiences this unique quality of Paris so that he or
                          she may be inspired to attain the highest levels of imagination and achievement,
                          and to uphold the rich legacy that the city passes on to all who spend time

Dr Richard Michaelis           I relish the opportunity to lead this exciting program. I was born and raised
                          in Geneva at the confluence of three great European traditions and at the heart
                          of world affairs. I was schooled in Switzerland, France, and Britain, and this
                          upbringing has shaped my views of the world and my sense of self as a scholar
                          and teacher. As a result, I have consistently sought to help others enjoy the
                          opportunities I had, believing in the extraordinary moral and intellectual
                          benefits one can derive from this type of experience.

                               I very much look forward to sharing your experience of Paris with you.

                                                                          Yours truly,

                                                                          Richard Michaelis

                       About the Director:
                       Dr Richard Michaelis is a Francophone native      He has taught and lectured students from other
                       of Switzerland. He has just finished editing      universities and runs an annual seminar course
                       Walter Scott’s nine-volume Life of Napoleon       on British History for Princeton University.
                       for publication and is currently writing a life   Richard taught on The Oxford Tradition for
                       of the French author and statesman, François-     five years and has directed The Paris Teacher
                       René de Chateaubriand. He is a lecturer at        Seminar and The Paris Connection for our
                       Hertford College, Oxford University, where he     Oxford Tradition and Cambridge Tradition
                       has taught and lectured in European and British   programs. This is his fourth year directing
                       history for over ten years and specializes in     l’Académie de Paris, and he works full-time
                       18th- and 19th-century French cultural history.   in our New York office as Associate Director.

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R e sI de nc e

    L’Académie de Paris students
reside in the Lycée Notre Dame
de Sion, a top independent school in
the 6th arrondissement adjacent to the
southwest corner of the Luxembourg
Gardens. The Eiffel Tower, the Rodin
Museum, Notre Dame, and the Louvre,
as well as other famed sites, are all
within walking distance.
    Our neighborhood is a
sophisticated and much sought-after
area. With an enormous variety of
boutiques, galleries, cinemas, famous
cafés and restaurants, but notably
lacking the numbers of tourists found
elsewhere in the city, the 6th is the
perfect environment in which to
experience the enchanting Parisian way
of life. Ernest Hemingway lived in an
apartment on the very street where our
school is located, and he wrote The Sun
Also Rises at the nearby Closerie des
Lilas café. The site of Gertrude Stein’s
renowned salon is only five minutes
from our front door.
    For four weeks each summer,
students at l’Académie de Paris become
a part of this rich community in the
heart of the world’s most beautiful city.
In this marvelous setting, our students     The magnificent Luxembourg
                                            Palace and Gardens,
may indeed come to feel, like Gertrude      just yards away from our
                                            residence in Paris.
Stein, that “America is my country, but
Paris is my hometown.”

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l’acadÉmIe de PaRIs cOuRse selectIOn
Our students select TWO courses from the following list, one as a MAJOR course                       ings by established poets and writers.
and one as a MINOR.                                                                                  Students edit and publish their best
      Major courses meet six mornings a week and, depending on the nature of the                     work in the program’s literary magazine.
course, include in-class time for fieldwork, labs, workshops, writing, guest speak-
ers, group discussions, and one-on-one instruction. They also include homework                       Culture and Cuisine. Students
and require project and preparation time outside of class. Minor courses meet three                  learn about the history of French cui-
afternoons a week, with all work contained within the class session. A Minor course                  sine, from the evolution of specialty
presents highlights of the Major, and most students find their Minor a welcome                       and regional dishes to the invention of
opportunity to sample a new subject for the first time.                                              the restaurant, the origins of Parisian
      In addition, all students receive grades and comments about their coursework                   café culture, and the development of
at the end of the summer. Our participants often find their comments to be a valu-                   the modern food industry. They study
able addition to their college applications, where they stand as testimony to their
                                                                                                     such famed culinary experts as Vatel,
academic achievements during the program. We keep copies in our New York office
                                                                                                     Escoffier, Brillat-Savarin, and Julia
and are happy to send them to colleges when alumni apply for admission.
                                                                                                     Child. Classroom sessions are enhanced
NOTE: There is no final application deadline for l’Académie de Paris.                                by visits to Parisian boulangeries –
                                                                                                     where students witness first-hand the
We accept applications on a rolling basis until the program is full. Students who apply on or be-
fore January 29, 2010 and are accepted have their first choice of courses guaranteed, subject to     age-old method of bread baking – as
enrollment levels. This is absolutely not a final application deadline but, as we do begin receiv-   well as local markets, butchers, and
ing applications in October, we recommend that students apply as early as possible for subjects      pastry shops where they have tastings
that are in very high demand.
                                                                                                     and learn about the rich history of
                                                                                                     foods for which France has become
                                                                                                     renowned. Over the course of the
OuR PHIlOsOPHY                                                                                       program, several sessions are taught in
All of our courses, regardless of subject area, are designed to introduce students to                the kitchens of leading cooking schools
new subjects and skills. As much as possible, classes venture out into Paris to see and              and well-known chefs, where students
understand their subject in an immediate and tangible way. We put students in small                  have the chance to try their own hand
classes to study exciting and engaging courses conducted by lively and imaginative                   at French cooking. Lab fee of $300 US
teachers with Paris as a classroom for all.                                                          for Majors; $250 US for Minors.

Architecture in Paris. Students                   Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism,               European History and
in this course receive a varied, hands-on         and Modernism. Students examine                    Politics. This course uses the
introduction to architectural history             masterpieces by Michelangelo, da Vinci,            cityscape of Paris to bring to life the
and theory amid some of the world’s               David, Ingres, Delacroix, Manet, Renoir,           major political and social forces that
most recognizable monuments and                   Rodin, and Monet, as well as important             have shaped Europe over the last two
buildings. As possibly the most archi-            works by prominent Surrealist, Cubist,             thousand years. Our students examine
tecturally diverse and fascinating city           and Pop artists. Students are able to take         the city’s evolution from its Roman
in the world, Paris itself is the perfect         advantage of all of Paris’ remarkable              occupation to its role in the Crusades,
classroom in which students spend                 cultural resources, including some of the          through the Renaissance and the
each day venturing throughout the city,           world’s greatest museums, such as the              Reformation to the Napoleonic era, and
learning not just about two thousand              Louvre, the Centre Pompidou, and the               beyond – to France’s role today in the
years of urban design but also about the          Musée d’Orsay, among others.                       EU and the UN. Taking the city as a
way in which successive generations                                                                  living textbook, students deepen their
of bishops, monarchs, emperors, and               Creative Writing. Under the                        understanding of European history and
architects have responded to the evolving         guidance of professional writers, stu-             politics through daily readings, debates,
social and economic needs of the city.            dents receive instruction in both prose            and innovative exercises, almost all of
Stimulating onsite workshops and                  and poetry while at the same time                  which take place at significant sites in
presentations enable participants to              exploring Paris and their own potential            central Paris. By studying the brutal
identify and define the most important            as they experiment with new forms and              conflicts, human cruelty, inspiring ideas,
schools of architecture at a glance, and to       styles. Focusing on short fiction, poetry,         and larger-than-life characters that have
explore the social, political, and cultural       and memoir, students draw on the many              molded so much European history,
contexts that have inspired them.                 cultural resources of Paris and take               students gain profound insights into
                                                  inspiration from its rich literary history.        the European ‘Old World,’ as well as
Art History. This course introduces               Evocative settings, such as Hemingway’s            Paris itself.
students to major artists and their works         favorite café or the tomb of Jim
in the history of European art, and to            Morrison in Père Lachaise Cemetery,
the dominant themes and techniques                are used in various exercises as a spur
of the Middle Ages, the Renaissance,              to creativity, and there are several read-
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Dr Marie-Hélène Carpentier. BA Université
de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, MA, DEA
Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, MPhil
New York University, PhD Université de
Paris VII. An experienced teacher of French
language and an accomplished academic,
Marie-Hélène has taught at l’Académie de
Paris for several years, as well as for programs
operated by NYU, the American University of
Paris, and Vassar-Wesleyan. During the aca-
demic year, she teaches for programs offered
by Hamilton College, Sweet Briar College,
Boston College, and the Emory-Duke-Cornell
consortium in Paris.

Elizabeth Weinfield. BA (Hons) Rutgers
University, MMus Conservatory of Music,
Brooklyn College, MSt Oxford. Elizabeth is an
accomplished art historian and musicologist.
She currently holds the position of Content
Editor of the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New
York, where she also contributes essays to
the Timeline on art and music. Trained at the
Juilliard School, she is a virtuoso violist who
has performed for the Oxford Baroque String
Quartet and continues to perform in New
York City.

Baptiste Brun. BA, MA Ecole du Louvre.
Baptiste started his studies in mathematics
and then entered l’Ecole du Louvre where he
teaches 20th-century Art History with a special
focus on the period of the Avant-Garde. He
is currently writing a dissertation that focuses
on issues relative to Art Brut and Outsider Art.
Baptiste is also working on multiple artistic and
musical projects and exhibitions.

Laura Calder. BA, University of Montreal, BA
University of Toronto, MA London School
of Economics. After preparing for a career in
diplomacy, Laura reverted to her first love –
food. She trained first in Vancouver, then in
California, and finally in Burgundy at the cel-
ebrated Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne. Since
then she has written for numerous publications,
including Vogue Entertaining and Travel and
Gourmet Magazine, compiled a number of
cookbooks, most recently French Taste: Elegant
Everyday Eating, and starred in three seasons
of the Food Network Canada series, “French
Food at Home.”

Soizic Donin. BA (Hons) Sorbonne, DESS Ecole
Pratique des Hautes Etudes. Soizic is an alum of
the prestigious Ecole Normale Supérieure and                                                     Photo:
teaches History and Geography at the Institute                                                   Students use an
of European Studies as well as in a Parisian                                                     audioguide to decode
high school. She has lived in Tokyo where she                                                    the secrets of medieval
studied at Sophia University and did research                                                    iconography.
on French artists based in Japan. She is            Photos:
particularly interested in intercultural dialogue   Top: The Intermediate French
and has been involved in various educational        class stops for a photo on a walk
projects with young people from different           across the Pont Saint-Louis.
cultural backgrounds.
                                                    Elizabeth Weinfield guides her Art History
                                                    class through the Musée d’Orsay.

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                                                    The Studio Art class on location,
                                                    sketching by the Seine.
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Existentialism. This course                  ered to work and socialize. Students           plinary course takes students behind
explores such themes as the meaning of       visit the expatriates’ many Parisian           the scenes of modern Paris, where they
life, the nature of freedom and respon-      haunts, including La Closerie des Lilas,       explore the Avant-Garde in art,
sibility, irrationality in human thought,    where Hemingway worked on The                  literature, theory, fashion, sculpture,
action, and expression, and the crisis       Sun Also Rises, and Shakespeare and            film, and multimedia. Through a
of faith in modernity. Existentialism        Company, the bookstore owned by                dynamic program of readings, guest
is treated both as a post-war cultural       Sylvia Beach, the famed expatriate pub-        speakers, and special visits to art studios,
development, and as a timeless view of       lisher of Joyce’s Ulysses.                     fashion institutes, media venues, and
life’s meaning and possibilities. The                                                       museums, students come into contact
work of Sartre, Camus, de Beauvoir,          Medicine. This course examines                 with the exciting milieu that has helped
Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Kafka, and           clinical medicine and genetic research,        to sustain Paris as the trendsetter in
Beckett is considered, and students dis-     as well as selected issues surrounding         taste and style for Europe and the world.
cuss the impact of existentialist ideas on   the medical profession. Through a              Supplementary fee of $200 US for Majors.
modern art, literature, and society. The     variety of lectures, visits to museums
class visits historical cafés, museums,      and research facilities, and participa-        Psychology and Psychoanalysis.
sites of the French Resistance, and the      tion in group debates, students combine        In their quest to understand the nature
burial places of Sartre and de Beauvoir      the study of genetics and molecular            of the human mind, students investigate
at the Cimetière de Montparnasse.            medicine with a practical exploration          a wide range of psychological topics that
                                             of physiology, anatomy, and modern             include dreams, memory, anxiety, body
Film in France. Working in small             medical issues, both ethical and social.       language, gender, and sexuality. As well
groups, students study the character,        Students also discuss global issues sur-       as examining case histories, students
composition, and style of classic French     rounding medicine in the 21st century,         are introduced to research methodology
cinema in order to script and shoot          such as SARS, AIDS, avian flu, and             and diverse analytical frameworks as
their own distinctly ‘French’ produc-        emergency healthcare for victims of            they conduct experiments and examine
tions using digital technology. Students     conflict and catastrophe, and pay spe-         their findings under the guidance of
examine the work of major directors          cial attention to such organizations as        research specialists and practicing
of the New Wave, such as Jean-Luc            Médecins Sans Frontières.                      clinicians. They pay special attention
Godard, and modern day directors                                                            to the evolution of the discipline in
such as Jean-Pierre Jeunet (City of Lost     Photography. Using their cameras               France, tracing psychological theories
Children, Amélie), Cédric Klapisch           to engage with the whole spectrum of           back to Rousseau’s concept of stages
(l’Aubèrge Espagnole), and François          moods and sights in this most photo-           of growth, focusing on Freud’s time
Ozon (8 Women). The creation of their        genic of cities, students turn Paris into      spent in Paris and his later influence
own movies allows students to under-         their own open-air studio. Taught by           in the country as a whole, and looking
stand the techniques of filmmaking           an accomplished international photo-           in depth at the more recent work of
and distinct genres of French cinema.        grapher, both beginners and more               Jacques Lacan and the related field of
The program concludes with a Film            advanced students develop their skills         psychoanalysis.
Festival at which students present their     in the field on assignments covering
movies. French language is not required.     photo essay, landscape, portraiture,           Studio Art. Designed for students
Lab fee of $300 US for Majors; Minors        photojournalism, and art photography.          with all levels of expertise in the subject,
do not make films, but focus on film his-    In addition, students have the oppor-          this course uses art as the medium for
tory and criticism.                          tunity to acquaint themselves with the         imaginative engagement with Paris.
                                             works of professional photographers            Students receive formal instruction in a
Expatriates in Paris. Focusing               through films, exhibits, and guest             variety of artistic techniques, including
on the first half of the 20th century,       presentations. Major class participants        watercolor, pastel, pencil, and charcoal,
this course offers an exploration of         learn and refine darkroom skills, and all      and spend most days outside the studio
the writers and artists who have been        students exhibit their best work in the        in the broader visual realm of Paris,
drawn to Paris as a refuge from social       program’s final week. All students need        portraying such sights as Notre Dame,
and political upheaval, a cultural and       a 35mm camera. Lab fee of $250 US              sketching human form at the Musée
intellectual hub, and a source of inspira-   for Majors; materials fee of $75 US for        Rodin, or capturing a street scene in
tion. Students not only read works by        Minors. Minor students do not use              Montmartre. Through their own
Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Stein, Joyce,         darkroom facilities.                           creative efforts, students discover Paris
and James Baldwin, but they also dis-                                                       in a truly personal way and compile
cover the cafés, neighborhoods, parks,       Paris and the Avant-Garde.                     their own comprehensive portfolio
and ateliers where these great talents       Paris has long been known as a global          of work. Materials fee of $200 US for
and their companion expatriates from         center of intellectual, literary, and artis-   Majors; $100 US for Minors.
other artistic fields – including Picasso,   tic innovation, as well as the fashion
Chagall, and Josephine Baker – gath-         capital of the world. This interdisci-
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Mehdi Clément. BA, MA (Hons) Université de la
Sorbonne Nouvelle. Mehdi is currently a doctoral
candidate in French Literature at the Sorbonne
Nouvelle. A specialist in literature of the late 20th
century, Mehdi writes a regular column for the
important literary review l’Atelier du Roman. He
also writes articles about his experience living in
London, where he has been for the past two years.
His passion is the study of radical and innovative
intellectual ways of thinking about modern and
post-modern life.

Brady Wagoner. BA (Hons) Clark University,
MPhil Cambridge. A former Gates Scholar
and winner of the Sigmund Koch Prize, Brady
is completing his PhD in psychology at the
University of Cambridge. His interests include
the history and philosophy of psychology,
cultural psychology, remembering, the self, com-
munication, existentialism, and the absurd. He is
co-founding editor of the online journal
Psychology & Society, and is on the edito-
rial boards of several other journals. He has co-
authored several books including, most recently,
Dialogical Science: The Self in Communication,
Culture and Society.

Camille Labro. BA Université de Nice, DEA, MA
Université de Paris X. Camille was born in Berkeley,
California, raised in Provence, and then spent ten
years in New York working as a correspondent for
French Vogue before returning to Paris. She’s the
author of the guidebook New York Confidential
and has contributed to various culinary guide-
books and food shows. Camille is currently a
freelance food editor, a gastronomical tour guide
in Paris, and is working on a culinary documentary
for TV as well as a cookbook about her mother’s
cuisine provençale.

Perrine Chambon. BA (Hons), DEA (Hons)
Université de Rennes, MA (Hons) Université de
Paris VII. Since graduating with a Master’s in
English and another in French Literary Translation,
Perrine has been working in Paris as a translator
with major publishing houses such as Flammarion
and Les Presses de la Cité. Previously, she has lived
and studied in Dijon, Rennes, Cork, and Dublin,
where she taught French at University College
Dublin and translated works by contemporary
Irish writers.

Heather Hartley. BA West Virginia University, MA
Middlebury College. Heather is the author of the
forthcoming poetry collection Knock Knock. She
has lived and worked in Paris for eight years, and
is the Paris Editor for Tin House magazine. Her
poems, essays and other work have appeared
in Tin House, Mississippi Review, Post Road and
other magazines, and in the anthologies The
World Within: Writers Talk Ambition, Angst, . . .,
Satellite Convulsions: Poems from Tin House, and
elsewhere.                                              Photos:
                                                        Top: The Photography class’s final
                                                        exhibition, open to the public.

                                                        Middle: The Culture and Cuisine
                                                        class learns to make mayonnaise
                                                        from scratch.

                                                        Bottom: Students explore
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                                                        Place des Vosges.
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                               FR ENCH L A NGUAGE COU R SE S

 French Language: Beginner,                    l’artiste mais aussi les réactions, souvent    ont été la source de forts débats idéo-
 Intermediate, Advanced.                       violentes, que ces œuvres soulevèrent          logiques, repris et alimentés par des
 Favoring innovative and interactive           dans la critique et la société. Le cours       auteurs tels que Gide, Sartre, Camus,
 teaching methods, our language courses        couvre tous les grands mouvements              Levi-Strauss, entre autres.
 cover elements of language and gram-          artistiques mais se concentre sur les
 mar with a heavy focus on conversa-           chocs artistiques les plus célèbres depuis     Paris: Atelier littéraire/
 tional proficiency. Language learning         le 18ème siècle de David au surréalisme        Paris: A Literary Workshop.
 is approached through the exploration         en passant par Ingres, Delacroix,              Ce cours a deux objectifs. Le premier
 of various cultural themes such as            Monet, Manet et Rodin.                         est de permettre aux étudiants de faire
 theater, cinema, gastronomy, music,                                                          connaissance avec les auteurs français
 regional cultures, and literature. A spe-     L’Avant-garde/The Avant-                       et francophones qui ont fait de Paris le
 cial emphasis is placed on exercises that     garde. En tentant de définir le                sujet de leur œuvre, ou pour qui Paris
 bring students into contact with native       statut de l’artiste et de l’avant-garde        a servi de muse : Montesquieu, Balzac,
 Parisians. Students are evaluated on the      aujourd’hui, ce cours permet aux               Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Proust, Céline,
 first day of class and placed in a group of   étudiants à la fois d’évaluer l’évolution      Simenon, Duras, et bien d’autres encore.
 the appropriate level. Classes are taught     de l’influence française sur la civilisation   L’étude des œuvres de ces écrivains
 entirely in French, so as to simulate an      occidentale depuis le milieu du 19ème          emblématiques les replace dans leur contexte
 immersion environment and optimize            siècle et d’étudier l’univers parisien         historique grâce à de nombreuses visites
 students’ learning potential.                 contemporain. Cette analyse s’effectue         de quartiers, de cafés et de monuments
                                               à travers les thèmes de l’art (peinture et     célèbres. Durant ces visites, les partici-
 Immersion Courses                             sculpture), de la littérature, de l’archi-     pants lisent des textes à haute voix et
 The following courses approach French         tecture, de la mode et de la gastronomie.      analysent des extraits et des poèmes. Le
 learning through specific cultural            Les étudiants explorent ces domaines           deuxième objectif du cours est de don-
 themes – literature, philosophy, art his-     par le biais de conférences, de visites de     ner l’opportunité aux participants de se
 tory, political science, etc. – allowing      musées ou d’ateliers et d’exercices            créer leur propre relation littéraire avec
 students to gain in-depth knowledge in        interactifs dans les différents quartiers      la ville, d’abord en tenant un journal
 this one topic while at the same time         de Paris. Supplément de $200 US pour           de leur expérience puis en s’essayant
 perfecting their French. The focus is on      la classe Majeure.                             à d’autres formes d’écriture: nouvelle,
 advanced writing techniques as well as                                                       poésie, théâtre, ou roman épistolaire.
 discussion and debate using more com-         Le Bien et le Mal/Good and
 plex grammar skills. Students wishing         Evil. Face à la complexité du monde,           Sciences Politiques/Political
 to enroll in an immersion course must         les philosophes sont de plus en plus           Science. Ce cours vise à exposer les
 provide a writing sample in French            souvent appelés à reconsidérer deux des        étudiants aux concepts de base ainsi
 and a letter of recommendation from a         thèmes les plus fondamentaux à                 qu’aux principales méthodes de la science
 French teacher.                               l’expérience humaine : le Bien et le Mal.      politique telle qu’elle est enseignée, de
                                               Ce cours cherche à définir ces concepts        nos jours, dans les grandes universités
 Art: Culture et rébellion/                    à travers leurs manifestations dans les        françaises. Le cours commence par
 Art: Culture and Rebellion.                   travaux des grands penseurs français et,       traiter des origines de cette grande
 Les élèves profitent de certaines des         plus concrètement, dans l’histoire, la         discipline, de son émergence, et de ses
 plus importantes collections d’art du         politique, et la culture françaises. Sous      principaux composants intellectuels,
 monde – le Louvre, le Musée d’Orsay,          cette problématique, les étudiants             tels que la sociologie, l’économie et
 le Centre Pompidou. Dans ces musées,          abordent les grands conflits de l’histoire     le droit, avant d’aborder les grands
 ils sont initiés au métier de l’historien     récente – le régime de Vichy, la guerre        thèmes qui, aujourd’hui, dominent
 de l’art : comment évaluer, analyser, et      d’Algérie, l’avènement de l’extrême            ses débats en France et dans le monde
 décrire les plus grandes œuvres euro-         droite – ainsi que les questions socio-        entier : les théories du pouvoir, l’origine
 péennes. Ils sont ainsi sensibilisés aux      politiques qui divisent la France              et l’évolution des partis politiques, les
 contextes sociopolitiques de la création      contemporaine – le rôle de l’Etat, la          minorités, la croissance des institutions
 de ces œuvres, qui aident à comprendre        mondialisation, l’immigration,                 nationales et supranationales (telles
 non seulement le processus créateur de        l’Europe – et comment ces évènements           que l’Organisation des Nations Unies).

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Luc Martrenchar. BS, MS Université de Paris
V. Luc is a qualified clinical psychologist,
researcher, and teacher of psychology living
in Paris. He conducts research on personality
and environmental factors that determine intel-
ligence. He is also a practicing psychotherapist.

Laetitia Mariotti. BA, MA Sorbonne. An
experienced French teacher, Laetitia has taught
in Italy as well as her native France where
she was a curriculum counselor and A-level
examinations supervisor. She is an experienced
actress and director, having studied for two
years at the Florent acting school in Paris.
Laetitia has been living in Berlin for the past two
years, working as a journalist and culture editor
for a French newspaper.

Paul Laufer. Diplôme de Recherche Plastique
Université de Genève, Diplôme d’Art
Visuel Université de Lausanne. Educated in            Photos:
Switzerland, Paul has lived and worked in Paris       Top: Hors d’œuvre at
since 1998. A professional artist and art teacher,    the final soirée.
his studio is in an old cookie factory that our
students visit. He has taught at colleges of art      Middle: A trip to the Canal
in Geneva, Amsterdam, and Lausanne, and he            St Martin, made famous
has held exhibitions of his work in Lausanne,         in Amélie.
Amsterdam, and Paris.
                                                      Bottom: A boat ride on the
Mathilde Fonvillars. BA Sorbonne, MA                  Seine past Notre Dame.
Université de Paris I. Mathilde, a teacher
of both French and Philosophy, is currently
researching the relationship between phenom-
enology and psychoanalysis. After living in
Sydney, Australia for a year, she worked as a
journalist specializing in culture, and has now
returned her attention to philosophy.

Jennifer Huxta. BA (Hons) University of
Pittsburgh. Jennifer has lived in Paris for over
seven years, where she has taught photography
and worked as a translator for journalists.
She is currently working as a field volunteer,
photographing, and teaching photo workshops
at A River Blue, an arts empowerment project
for youth in Northern Uganda, and is also working
on projects in Nairobi, Kenya.

Joanna Fiduccia. BA (Hons) Stanford University.
An art critic, editor and independent cura-
tor, Joanna’s criticism and writing regularly
appear in Artforum, artonpaper and MAP
Magazine. She is currently the assistant editor of
Kaleidoscope, and has organized exhibitions of
contemporary art in Paris, Milan and London.

Patricia Maillet. BA, MA Université de Paris
VIII. A teacher for over 20 years, Patricia spe-
cializes in teaching cultural issues and profes-
sional writing skills for the biggest commercial
companies in France, and giving literature
courses to all levels of secondary school and
university students. She is also the author of
a grammar textbook used extensively in the
French national curriculum, and recently pub-
lished a new work, Structure and Strategy in
Professional Writing.

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L’Académie de Paris                                                                                                    cOuRses

 Basées sur la ville qui fut longtemps        mystères. Ce cours vise à dévoiler les         aux collaborateurs, désunit un peuple et
 le centre du monde diplomatique, les         recoins cachés de cette ville lumière afin     changea profondément l’identité nationale
 études se concentrent sur la relation        de révéler une histoire secrète allant des     française. Les élèves visitent des sites
 volatile entre l’Europe et les Etats-Unis.   origines préchrétiennes de la tribu des        connus pertinents à ces événements, y
 Les élèves ont l’occasion de rencontrer      Parisii jusqu’à la révolution culturelle       compris les Catacombes, la Bastille, le
 des experts au célèbre Institut des          de 1968 (reflétant celle des Etats-Unis),      Musée de la Shoah, le Musée de
 Etudes Politiques, ainsi que de visiter le   tout en passant par de nombreux                l’Armée, et le Musée de l’Histoire
 Sénat et le Panthéon, où sont enterrés       bouleversements sociopolitiques : une          de Paris.
 les grands hommes d’Etat français.           monarchie violemment renversée en
                                              1789, un ordre mondial brusquement
                                                                                              For an English translation of any of
 Paris à travers les ages/Paris               réorienté par Napoléon dès le début du
                                              19ème siècle, et la Deuxième Guerre             these courses to show your parents,
 Through the ages. Malgré sa
                                              Mondiale, qui, en opposant résistants           please call or email us.
 célébrité, Paris recèle d’innombrables

                                                                                           Students take a break near the Orangerie in
                                                                                           Versailles to play the traditional French game
                                                                                           of pétanque.

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VERSAILLES. Initially a modest hunting
lodge, Versailles came to epitomize the
power and the glory of Louis XIV and
absolutist rule, as well as its excesses and
eventual bloody unravelling. Students
receive a guided tour of the spectacular
state apartments and Hall of Mirrors.
They enjoy a picnic lunch by one of the
great lakes before exploring the vast,
extravagant gardens, the Petit and the
Grand Trianons, and the hamlet that
Marie Antoinette built as her personal
rustic playground.

The relationship between royalty and
Vincennes goes back almost a thousand
years. Louis VII (1137-1180) dated
deeds from the manor, and Saint Louis
(1226-1270) used it as his main resi-
dence. Henry V of England and France
died in it in 1422, and Louis XVIII
and XIV sought refuge within its walls.
It was later transformed into a prison
that held inmates as diverse as Diderot,
Mirabeau, and the Marquis de Sade.

VAUx LE VICOMTE. The grandeur
and elegance of this beautiful 17th-
century château and its landscaped
gardens, commissioned by Louis XIV’s
finance minister, are breathtaking – so
breathtaking that they drove the Sun
King mad with envy. Our group arrives
in the late afternoon for a guided tour
of the château, which is majestically
furnished in the style of the era. The         Photos:
students then spend an unforgettable           Top: Students prepare to
evening strolling among the formal gardens,    celebrate 14 July.
fountains, and lakes, exploring the
                                               Middle: On the way to
estate, which is entirely illuminated          the flea market.
by candlelight.
                                               Bottom: The final night
Top: Entering the King’s apartments
from the Hall of Mirrors in Versailles.

Middle: After visiting the Château de
Vincennes, students enjoy an outdoor
concert in a nearby square.

Bottom: The program photo taken in
front of Vaux le Vicomte.

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cultuRal enRIcHment In PaRIs

    Paris is remarkable for the level of intimacy              tion with the city. This can include: the Père Lachaise
that it grants its visitors. With proper                       Cemetery, the final resting place of Molière, Chopin,
guidance, outsiders can truly become insiders during           Oscar Wilde, and Jim Morrison; the Marché aux Puces,
their stay in this most beautiful of cities. One of our        a bustling flea market with more than 2000 stalls; the
main goals is to introduce the dizzying array of cultural      Musée Marmottan, widely considered to be France’s
and historical riches to our students in an instructive and    leading repository of Impressionist art, housing the
entertaining manner. To this end, the program incor-           largest Monet collection in the world, as well as works
porates a variety of guided activities each day such as        by Renoir, Gauguin, and Sisley; and the 600-year-old
walking tours, field trips, and visits to famous sites. The    buildings and squares of the Marais district, which
majority of these activities are elective, giving students     includes the traditional Jewish quarter, the majestic
complete flexibility to pursue their individual interests      Place des Vosges, and the house of Victor Hugo.
and explore the city independently.                                Students also see the museums and attractions that
    Our focus is not always on the most recognizable           make Paris so famous, including the Louvre, the Musée
destinations. There is a more private, lesser-known            d’Orsay, the Eiffel Tower, the Sacré-Cœur, the Centre
Paris, to which we introduce students – one that pro-          Pompidou, the Arc de Triomphe, the Panthéon, and
vides lasting memories and creates a profound connec-          much more.

actIVItIes and sPORts In PaRIs
     Throughout the program, our Activities                    just next door, are ideal for jogging. Students can
Directors design and supervise a variety of                    also swim at the local sports center and practice
activities, including a quiz night, regular movie              yoga or aerobics.
nights, several dances, and a talent show. Outings are              We seek to emphasize and encourage franco-
organized to the theater, the opera or ballet, musical         phone activities. We create a Table Française at the
concerts, a local carnival, and to the annual Firemen’s        dining hall where students, regardless of level, can
Ball and the Bastille Day fireworks. Other recent              come together with faculty to speak French and to
activities have included a Sunday picnic in the park of a      exchange views on daily life. We invite all interested
nearby château, an excursion to the Canal Saint-Martin         students to request a room on a French-speaking
made famous in the popular movie Amélie, and a visit           hall if they wish to converse in French on a daily
to the Parisian sewers, as well as myriad exhibits in little   basis.
known museums. Every year, the program culminates                   These activities and cultural events enable students
with an awards ceremony and banquet followed by an             to make friends and discover shared interests. The
evening of dancing.                                            certainty that they are in a secure and comfortable
     For athletically inclined students, we have a gym on      environment, as well as part of a supportive peer
site where pick-up games of soccer, basketball or volley-      group, encourages our students to open themselves
ball often occur. The picturesque Luxembourg Gardens,          to the new experiences our program provides.

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mOn t Pe l l I e R
     Montpellier, which has                    A view of the
                                               Opéra Comédie
been called “the secret capital                across Montpellier’s
                                               central square.
of France,” is situated just inland
of the Mediterranean coast. Once
located on pilgrimage and trade routes,
Montpellier is today a magnificent city,
celebrated as a capital of tourism,
culture, and technology.
     Founded in 1220, the University of
Montpellier is one of the oldest in the
world, and its botanical gardens, founded
in 1563, are the oldest in France.
Renowned for its charming maze of
medieval streets, its gem of an opera
house, and its world class art museum,
as well as its lesser-known attractions
such as its 13th-century Jewish baths,
Montpellier is at once a delightful
provincial town and a cosmopolitan
city, the capital of the Languedoc-
Roussillon region.
     Roman aqueducts, medieval walled
cities and romantic châteaux are all close
by. In such inspirational surroundings,
our students have the opportunity to
experience French culture, civilization,
and character. The ancient splendor
of Montpellier is matched only by its
modern vibrancy and the beauty of the
surrounding land.



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                                                                       l’acadÉmIe de fRance

                       Dear Students, Parents, and Teachers,

                            It is a great pleasure to invite you to become a part of l’Académie de France,
                       a program designed to heighten our students’ experience of France, French
A Welcome              language, and French culture.
 From The
                            Situated in the beautiful, historic, and culturally rich city of Montpellier,
                       this distinctive program allows students to live and study in an authentically
                       French city – one where they can feel fully integrated in French life and where
                       they can interact with native French speakers in order to accelerate their lan-
                       guage learning.

                            Having lived, worked, and travelled in different parts of France, I particu-
                       larly recognize and appreciate the benefits of studying in Montpellier. Few cities
                       offer such a combination of accessible, vibrant street life, spectacular architec-
                       ture, and a renowned university system. The Mediterranean culture and pace
John Wensman
   Director            together with the historic city center make Montpellier an ideal place for high
                       school students to spend the summer and invest themselves intellectually.

                            After two tremendously successful years working in Paris and Montpellier,
                       I am very much looking forward to returning to l’Académie de France with
                       our bright and enthusiastic staff, and a whole new group of eager students.
                       Montpellier and its residents will welcome us with open arms. I hope you will
                       join us!


                                                                                 John Wensman

               About the Director:

               John has taught English at independent and              the International Baccalaureate program at the
               international schools for the past 20 years, the last   Casablanca American School in Morocco. John
               ten at St Paul Academy and Summit School in St          has travelled widely across France, particularly
               Paul, Minnesota. He holds an MAT degree from            in Brittany, l’Auvergne, Provence, and the
               Brown University and BA degrees in English and          Languedoc-Roussillion, of which Montpellier is
               French from the University of Minnesota. He spent       the capital. An avid cyclist, he follows the Tour de
               a year studying French language and culture at          France and appreciates experiencing the French
               the Université d’Aix-Marseille III and subsequently     countryside by bike. He returns to Montpellier for
               led student summer travel, adventure, and work          a second summer as Director, having also served
               trips in France and Greece. He has also taught in       as a Dean on l’Académie de Paris.

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R e sI de nc e

L’Académie de France is housed
in the Lycée Notre Dame de la
Merci, a boarding school in the his-
toric heart of Montpellier, with the city’s
most charming streets, public gardens,
museums, and monuments located
minutes from our door. The school
itself dates from the 16th-century and
consists of modern buildings surrounding
a beautiful courtyard where students
can meet with their teachers, relax with
friends, and take meals in the outdoor
dining area.
     The school is adjacent to the tranquil
Jardin du Peyrou, a 17th-century park
with a statue of Louis XIV at its center.
Only a ten-minute walk away is the
Place de la Comédie, the city’s vibrant
central square, which is always bustling
with energy and filled with cafés, shops,
and restaurants.
     Our program has exclusive
occupancy of Notre Dame de la Merci
and all of its facilities for the month of
July, including a screening room,
gymnasium, weight room, and a
state-of-the-art computer room.

            One of the many sidewalk cafés in
            the quiet streets of Montpellier, a
            short stroll from our residence.

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l’acadÉmIe de fRance cOuRse selectIOn
Our students select TWO courses from the following list, one as a MAJOR course                       institutions, listen to a number of guest
and one as a MINOR.                                                                                  speakers, become familiar with French
      Major courses meet six mornings a week and, depending on the nature of the                     ideas, and acquire a rich appreciation
course, include in-class time for fieldwork, labs, workshops, writing, guest speak-                  of the French, their country, and their
ers, group discussions, and one-on-one instruction. They also include homework                       culture.
and require project and preparation time outside of class. Minor courses meet three
afternoons a week, with all work contained within the class session. A Minor course                  Photography. In a city where the
presents highlights of the Major, and most students find their Minor a welcome                       ancient past and the modern world are
opportunity to sample a new subject for the first time.                                              both vividly present, students record
      In addition, all students receive grades and comments about their coursework                   the visual riches and their exploration of
at the end of the summer. Our participants often find their comments to be a valu-                   French culture through digital photog-
able addition to their college applications, where they stand as testimony to their                  raphy. Students learn the basics of this
academic achievements during the program. We keep copies in our New York office                      art and gain experience in portraiture,
and are happy to send them to colleges when alumni apply for admission.                              landscape, and still photography. They
NOTE: There is no final application deadline for l’Académie de France.
                                                                                                     visit numerous locations in order to
                                                                                                     build up a portfolio of their time in and
We accept applications on a rolling basis until the program is full. Students who apply on or be-
fore January 29, 2010 and are accepted have their first choice of courses guaranteed, subject to     around Montpellier. The course culmi-
enrollment levels. This is absolutely not a final application deadline but, as we do begin receiv-   nates in a photography exhibition in the
ing applications in October, we recommend that students apply as early as possible for subjects      final week. Students must bring their own
that are in very high demand.                                                                        digital cameras. Lab fee of $100 US for
                                                                                                     majors; $50 US for minors.
OuR PHIlOsOPHY                                                                                       Studio Art. Under the direction of a
All of our courses, regardless of subject area, are designed to introduce students to                professional artist, students take advan-
new subjects and skills. As much as possible, classes venture out into Montpellier to                tage of Montpellier’s stunning architec-
see and understand their subject in an immediate and tangible way. We put students                   ture, spacious squares, and lush gardens
in small classes to study exciting and engaging courses conducted by lively and imagi-               as they capture their surroundings in
native teachers with Montpellier as a classroom for all.                                             pencil, charcoal, watercolor, and pastel.
The Future of Europe. At the                      discipline of philosophy and its vari-             Our students have access to numerous
crossroads of ancient history and mod-            ous branches (rationalism, empiricism,             galleries and art museums to feed
ern innovation, Montpellier provides              skepticism, existentialism, etc.). Discus-         their inspiration and enthusiasm. The
the ideal backdrop for this course                sions and debates focus on various issues          class spends time exploring the works
which takes up a wide range of issues             in practical ethics, such as social justice,       of French masters, such as Courbet,
facing Europe today, including regional,          genetic engineering, and business ethics,          Delacroix, Corot, and others, at the
national, and supranational identity;             as well as broader philosophical questions         renowned Musée Fabre. They mount an
trade and commerce; the environment               relating to art, education, religion, and          exhibition of their own compositions at
and natural resources; immigration and            politics.                                          the end of the program and take home
assimilation; and all manner of cultural
                                                                                                     an individual portfolio of their work.
conflict. Students think about, debate,           French History and Culture.
                                                                                                     Materials fee of $200 US for Majors;
and write about the pros and cons of              Montpellier sits at a crossroads in
globalization, the best ways to create            French civilization, where the legacy              $100 US for Minors.
sustainable growth, and the role of               of the Roman Empire gives way to the
Europe in the international community             emergence of a well-defined French                 Medical Science. With the
as we look ahead.                                 kingdom. As a stop for pilgrims on the             earliest and most renowned school of
                                                  route to Saint-Jacques de Compostelle,             medicine in Europe, Montpellier is the
Philosophy. France has always been                as a bastion of Protestantism during the           ideal location in which to study the
at the cutting edge of revolutions in             Wars of Religion, and as a high place of           fundamentals of medical knowledge.
ideas. Beginning with the paradigm-               learning during the Middle Ages, the               By adopting a hands-on approach, the
shifting theories of Descartes and Pascal,        city is a palimpsest of styles, eras, and          course encourages students to behave
moving on to the Enlightenment –                  contexts which relate the history and              and think as future doctors and enables
Voltaire, Rousseau, and Diderot – and             culture of France. The course brings               them to develop a good foundation of
continuing to the 20th Century and                alive the many historical figures and              history-taking and clinical examination
such notable names as Sartre, Foucault,           stories that have made France such a               skills. It also raises students’ awareness
and Raymond Aron, this course exam-               colorful nation, and the French such               of the ethical implications of modern
ines the ideas and the lives of French            a charismatic people. Students visit a             medical practices such as euthanasia and
philosophes as an introduction to the             variety of historic sites and cultural             human cloning, in addition to offering a

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Dr David Ranc. BA Université de Paris X, MA
Sciences-Po, MPhil, DPhil Cambridge. David
is a published photographer specializing in
portraits, fashion, still life and architecture, as
well as an accomplished web designer, and
experienced French teacher. He has worked
in insurance, journalism and as a headhunter
in Singapore, France, Belgium, and the United
Kingdom. David wrote his PhD dissertation on
the politics of soccer fans. A great sportsman,
David has rowed for Trinity Hall Boat Club
and the Cambridge 99s, as well as for clubs in
Paris. He was also a member of the Cambridge
University Horse Riding team and practiced
track and field at the Royal Ixelles Sporting Club.

Caroline Chaplain. BA (Hons), MA (Hons)
Université de Montpellier III. Caroline teaches
Art History at l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure
d’Architecture de Montpellier and at l’Université
de Montpellier III, where she is currently com-
pleting her doctoral research on the Knights of
Malta and their artistic orders and patronage in
the south of France during the 17th and 18th
centuries. She has published articles on this
topic for local reviews specializing in historical
architecture. Her most recent article is on the
Commandery of Sainte Eulalie in the 17th
century. Caroline also works at the Château
de Flaugergues where she is in charge of the
inventory of the château’s contents and leading
tours of the grounds. She is an amateur belly
dancer and a specialist in traditional dances of
the Languedoc.

Mark Fisher. BSc (Hons) London School of
Economics, MPhil Cambridge. Mark’s research
interests are focused on the life and work of
Jean-Jacques Rousseau and the historical
evolution of the Western understanding of
human equality. After living in the UK for four
years and receiving degrees in Political Philosophy
from LSE and Cambridge, Mark relocated to
Pune, India where he currently teaches philosophy
at the Mahindra United World College of India.
Mark is an accomplished athlete, having played
baseball at the University of North Carolina
before transferring to LSE, and is an avid reader
of all genres of literature, though existentialism
is a distinct favorite.

Laure Bretsztajn. DEUG (Hons) BA (Hons)
Université d’Aix en Provence. Born and raised
in the South of France, Laure studied law at
the Faculty of Law of Aix en Provence and
as an exchange student at McGill University.          Photos:
She obtained her law degree with honors and
numerous prizes. She went on to study medicine        Top: Small class size gives the
due to her particular interest in legal medicine      Beginner French class a
and medical ethics. She is also an accomplished       personal touch.
cello player.                                         Middle: Some one-on-one advice
                                                      from the Photography teacher.
                                                      Bottom: The Atelier Littéraire
                                                      students enjoy class in the
                                                      Jardin du Peyrou on a sunny day.

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foretaste of possible careers in medicine.     through a series of interactive classes,        international power. Students look at
Students acquire practical skills such as      discussions, and group activities.              such institutions as the United Nations,
extracting DNA from living organisms           Students explore such topics as sover-          the WTO, and the International
and dissecting a sheep’s internal organs.      eign independence, the dynamics of              Criminal Court. The course concludes
Class activities include a visit to the        international alliance, commerce, war,          with mock trial exercises covering a
Regional Center for Sports Medicine            the law of the sea, international dispute       variety of political and legal scenarios.
and reflection on medically-oriented           settlement, and human rights, as well
TV shows and the extent to which they          as transnational cooperation, collective
represent reality.                             organization, and judicial authority.
                                               Students examine the justification for
International Law. This course                 regime change and nation-building in
introduces students to the basic institu-      a world in which the enforcement of
tions and principles of international law      international law is also the exertion of

                                 FR ENCH L A NGUAGE COU R SE S
 French Language: Beginner,                      L’Art et la ville/Art and the                  les différents quartiers de Montpellier.
 Intermediate, Advanced. Favoring                City. Ce cours examine d’un point de           Supplément de $200 US pour la classe
 innovative and interactive teaching             vue historique, sociologique, culturel,        Majeure; $100 US pour la classe Mineure.
 methods, our language courses cover             et surtout artistique, le développement
 elements of language and grammar with           de la ville européenne. En prenant en          Cent ans de cinéma/One
 a heavy focus on conversational profi-          compte les constructions architecturales,      Hundred Years of Cinema. Ce
 ciency. Language learning is approached         l’urbanisme, et l’art public ainsi que la      cours a pour objectif d’introduire le
 through the exploration of various cul-         représentation de la ville dans d’autres       cinéma français de sa naissance à nos jours
 tural themes such as theater, cinema,           formes d’art – sculpture, peinture,            à travers l’analyse de films choisis parmi
 gastronomy, music, regional cultures, and       photographie – Montpellier sert de             une large palette de genres. Nous portons
 literature. A special emphasis is placed on     modèle parfait pour cette étude à travers      une attention toute particulière sur la
 exercises that bring students into contact      le temps – depuis le Moyen Age, en             façon dont les récits opèrent à la fois
 with local natives. Students are evaluated      passant par le classicisme, la Belle           formellement et structurellement afin
 on the first day of class and placed in a       Epoque, l’Art Nouveau, et jusqu’au             de mieux comprendre les spécificités des
 group of the appropriate level. Classes         futurisme. Un projet sur le lieu préféré       œuvres de réalisateurs aussi renommés
 are taught entirely in French, so as to         de chaque étudiant dans la ville               que Jean Renoir, Henri-Georges
 simulate an immersion environment and           complétera le cours.                           Clouzot, Robert Bresson, François
 optimize students’ learning potential.                                                         Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard ou Jacques
                                                 L’Avant-garde/The Avant-                       Demy. Les élèves découvrent aussi des
 Immersion Courses                               Garde. En tentant de définir le                réalisateurs moins célèbres (Jacques
 The following courses approach French           statut de l’artiste et de l’avant-garde        Audiard, Christophe Honoré, Claire
 learning through specific cultural themes       aujourd’hui, ce cours permet aux étu-          Denis…) dont les films ont été largement
 – literature, philosophy, art history,          diants à la fois d’évaluer l’évolution de      influencés par leurs illustres prédécesseurs
 political science, etc. – allowing students     l’influence française sur la civilisation      et qui apportent leur touche novatrice et
 to gain in-depth knowledge in this one          occidentale depuis le milieu du 19ème          osée aux thèmes immémoriaux (amour,
 topic while at the same time perfecting         siècle et d’étudier l’univers français         amitié, ethnicité, violence…) qui ont
 their French. The focus is on advanced          contemporain. Cette analyse s’effectue         façonné cinéma et société français.
 writing techniques as well as discussion        à travers les thèmes de l’art (peinture
 and debate using more complex grammar           et sculpture), de la littérature, de           Culture et cuisine/Culture
 skills. Students wishing to enroll in an        l’architecture, de la mode et de la            and Cuisine. Les étudiants décou-
 immersion course must provide a writing         gastronomie. Les étudiants explorent           vrent l’histoire de la cuisine française,
 sample in French and a letter of recom-         ces domaines par le biais de con-              de l’évolution de la spécialité régionale
 mendation from a French teacher.                frences, de visites de musées ou d’ateliers    à l’invention du restaurant, des origines
                                                 (y compris une démonstration de                de la culture du café au développement
                                                 cuisine) et d’exercices interactifs dans       de l’industrie alimentaire moderne. Ils

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                                                  Top: Intermediate French class atop the
                                                  ancient Roman arena in Nîmes.
l’ac a dÉ m I e de
                                                  Middle: The Culture et cuisine class
f R a nc e fac u lt Y                             whips up a French delicacy.

                                                  Bottom: Student writing
Bénédicte Idier. BA, MA (Hons) Université         becomes installation art in
de Montpellier III. Having recently passed the    the final exhibition.
very competitive, national Agrégation exam,
Bénédicte teaches Spanish at the Université
de Montpellier III, where she is also preparing
a thesis on contemporary Spanish theatre. A
longtime resident of Montpellier, Bénédicte
has lived and studied in Madrid and has taught
French both in France and abroad. She is also
accomplished in the dramatic arts.

Jérémy Cheval. BA, MA Ecole Nationale
Supérieure d’Architecture de Montpellier.
A practicing architect, Jérémy’s projects are
concerned with conservation, ecology and
sociological issues. His thesis was on the
Shanghainese lilong, an architectural urban
development project which integrates old and
new. Jérémy often uses video as a tool in
his architectural research, and his films have
been shown in Shanghai, Köln, Paris, Los
Angeles, and Montpellier. Always linking art
and architecture, he is about to publish a book
of watercolors of the sea of Palavas, close to

Claire Vernine. BA, MA Université de
Montpellier III. A dedicated French teacher
of all levels, Claire has taught in France and
Australia (Sydney and Melbourne), and is now
spending a year teaching in Morocco. She
loves to travel, and hopes to continue shar-
ing her passion for the French language with
students around the world.

Sean Van Ginderdeuren. BA, MA Katholieke
Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, MA Université
de Montpellier I. Sean obtained his first
Master’s degree in Law, during which time
he spent a semester at the Charles University
in Prague. He then got his second Master’s
in International and European Public Law.
Sean is very interested in the creation and
management of European legal and political
affairs. He has enjoyed working with high
school students for several years, and is a
huge fan of music as well as a passionate
soccer player. Sean is now embarking on a
professional career in the German legal sector.

Dr Armelle d’Hauteville. BA, MA, PhD
Université de Montpellier III. Armelle grew
up and still lives in Sète, a small town just
outside Montpellier, home to fishermen and
poets alike. During her studies, she held the
position of French cultural representative at
the Epcot Center in Florida and taught French
in New Zealand. Afterwards, she went on to
teach nominal semantics and publish research
on cognitive and socio-semantics, and on
the work of Roland Barthes. She has traveled
extensively all over the world but always finds
her way back to her beloved South of France.
She attended high school at Lycée Notre Dame
de la Merci.

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L’Académie de France                                                                                                 cOuRses

 étudient les méthodes et travaux de            renommés et d’institutions culturelles,       Photographie/Photography.
 célèbres experts culinaires tels que Vatel,    se familiarisent avec les idées françaises    Avec ses rues médiévales labyrinthiques,
 Escoffier, Brillat-Savarin et Julia Child.     et apprennent à apprécier réellement les      ses innombrables fontaines, ses siècles de
 Aux cours s’ajoutent de nombreuses             Français, leur pays et leur culture.          chefs-d’œuvre architecturaux ainsi que
 visites et dégustations initiées dans des                                                    le bouillonnement coloré de ses cafés et
 boulangeries, marchés locaux, boucheries       Montpellier: Atelier littéraire/              de ses marchés, Montpellier ne pourrait
 et pâtisseries qui témoignent du haut          Montpellier: A Literary                       être plus photogénique. Enseigné par
 niveau de la gastronomie montpelliéraine.      Workshop. Ce cours a deux objec-              un photographe accompli, ce cours de
 Lors de la dernière semaine du pro-            tifs. Le premier est de permettre aux         photographie numérique donne
 gramme, plusieurs sessions se déroulent        étudiants de faire connaissance avec          l’occasion aux étudiants de mettre en
 dans les cuisines d’un grand chef de           un éventail d’auteurs français et fran-       image leur perception de la culture
 Montpellier. Supplément de $300 US             cophones qui ont fait de Montpellier          française ainsi que les richesses qu’offre
 pour la classe Majeure; $250 US pour la        le sujet de leur œuvre ou pour qui            la ville. Débutants ou expérimentés,
 classe Mineure.                                Montpellier a servi de muse :                 les étudiants développent leurs com-
                                                Rabelais, Valéry, Larbaud, et bien            pétences sur le terrain à travers divers
 Histoire et culture françaises/                d’autres encore. L’étude des œuvres de        projets : de l’essai photographique au
 French History and Culture.                    ces écrivains emblématiques les replace       paysage, du portrait à la photo d’art. De
 La ville de Montpellier voit le jour au        dans leur contexte historique grâce à de      surcroît, les étudiants ont l’occasion de
 tournant décisif de l’histoire française :     nombreuses visites de quartiers, de cafés     découvrir les travaux de maîtres de la
 quand la tradition de l’Empire Romaine         et de monuments célèbres. Durant ces          photographie et d’étudier l’évolution de
 fait place au royaume français émergeant.      visites les participants lisent des textes    l’art photographique, grâce aux archives
 Etape du pèlerinage de Saint-Jacques de        à haute voix et analysent des extraits        et aux expositions que proposent les
 Compostelle, bastion du Protestantisme         et des poèmes. Le deuxième objectif du        institutions culturelles. Les étudiants
 pendant les guerres de religion et haut        cours est de donner l’opportunité aux par-    organisent une exposition de leurs
 lieu d’érudition depuis le Moyen Age,          ticipants de se créer leur propre relation    travaux à la fin du programme. Les
 Montpellier est un palimpseste de styles,      littéraire avec la ville, d’abord en tenant   étudiants doivent être munis de leur
 d’époques et de contextes racontant            un journal de leur expérience, puis en        propre appareil photo numérique. Supplé-
 l’histoire et la culture françaises. Ce        s’essayant à d’autres formes d’écriture :     ment de $100 US pour la classe Majeure;
 cours permet aux élèves d’établir un           nouvelle, poésie, théâtre, ou roman           $50 US pour la classe Mineure.
 contact concret avec les différents            épistolaire.
 personnages et récits historiques qui                                                         For an English translation of any of
                                                                                               these courses to show your parents,
 contribuent au caractère particulier de                                                       please call or email us.
 la France. Ils visitent une variété de sites

 Photo: The Château d’Eau in the Jardin du
 Peyrou, near our residence.

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l’ac a dÉ m I e de
fR a nce fI e l d t R I Ps

GARD. Nîmes is a Roman town with a
superb temple built in 16 BC. The town
also has one of the best preserved Roman
amphitheaters in the world, which is now
used for bull fights and annual pageants.
The nearby Pont du Gard is the highest
Roman bridge in the world and, even next
to modern constructions, remains one of
the most impressive examples of civil
engineering in France.

St Guilhem is known as one of France’s
most beautiful villages as well as one of
UNESCO’s World Heritage sites. The
town’s main street winds its way up the
hillside, past antique stores and
artisans’ boutiques to the wide open
square at the summit, dominated by an
11th-century abbey, which students visit
on a guided tour.

The beautiful landscapes surrounding
Montpellier make it a uniquely diverse
area to explore. Throughout the summer,
students take several trips to the beaches
of the Mediterranean, visit neighboring
port towns, and explore small country
villages where French agricultural tradi-
tions are still very much a part of everyday
life. The program culminates with a final
soirée under the stars at a family-owned
farm in the rolling hills of nearby Gignac.

Top: The Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct,
which our students have the rare privilege of
seeing from the inside.

Middle: Students refer to a map during a relaxing
afternoon spent exploring the medieval city of St

Bottom: The soirée finale includes dinner and
dancing at a local farm outside Montpellier.

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cultuRal enRIcHment In mOntPellIeR
      With its big city sophistication and small                  Languedocien contains treasures of the Languedoc region
town feel, Montpellier is an ideal setting in which to get a      from prehistory to the present; the Opéra Berlioz is
sense for French life. Every day, guided tours and activities     renowned for its acoustics and its national orchestra. Despite
are organized so that students become familiar with their         the fact that much of the city was destroyed by the Wars of
surroundings. Teachers and guides lead them through the           Religion, the striking Saint-Pierre Cathedral dates back to
city’s maze of winding streets and the picturesque, large,        the 14th century, and a 12th-century crypt has been restored
open squares and boulevards on which they converge.               to house the Museum of the City of Montpellier. Other land-
Many of these characteristic, tree-lined squares are centered     marks include two of the original towers from the medieval
on distinctive fountains, lending Montpellier its nickname,       fortified city, a late 17th-century Arc de Triomphe dedicated
‘City of 100 Fountains.’ Students can enjoy the pleasant          to Louis XIV, and an imposing stone aqueduct modeled on
cafés and observe the public life of a typical Mediterranean      the Pont du Gard, just around the corner from our residence.
town, where the focus is traditionally turned away from the           Given the setting, we seek to emphasize and encourage
home and onto the streets, the parks, and the local markets.      francophone activities. Each summer we create a Table
     Montpellier’s cultural resources are extensive: the          Française at the dining hall, where students come together
Musée Fabre is considered to house one of France’s                with faculty to speak French, regardless of level, and to
most important public collections of art and welcomes             exchange views on daily life. We invite all interested students
internationally significant exhibitions such as the ones          to request a room on a French-speaking hall if they wish to
on American Impressionism in 2007, Gustave Courbet                converse in French on a daily basis.
in 2008, and Alphonse Mucha in 2009; the Musée

actIVItIes and sPORts In mOntPellIeR
    To complement students’ class work, a full-                        For physical activity, students can do laps at the Olympic
time activities staff ensures that whenever students are not      swimming pool in the center of town, take a jog through
in the classroom they have a range of elective activities from    the Jardin du Peyrou or along the River Lez, or join others
which to choose. Our Activities Directors organize daily          for a game of soccer, dodgeball, or volleyball. Other options
outings to concerts, recitals, plays, opera and dance perfor-     include a visit to the nearby ice skating rink or a round of
mances, and local film festivals, as well as visits to the many   pétanque, an ancient game native to the region. Our staff also
local attractions, including parks (where they can picnic), the   accompany students to the local beaches so that the beautiful
zoo, and the expansive flea market.                               Mediterranean climate can be enjoyed to the utmost.
    Montpellier regularly welcomes the arrival of a stage of           These activities and cultural events enable students to
the world’s greatest bike race, the Tour de France, and hosts a   make friends and discover shared interests. The certainty
major musical festival, le Festival de Radio France, every year   that they are in a secure and comfortable environment,
during our stay. Evening activities include a talent night, a     as well as part of a supportive peer group, encourages our
quiz night, and regular movie nights and dances, plus a           students to open themselves to the new experiences our
special night out in a restaurant with the Major class.           program provides.

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tHe PaRIs cOnnectIOn                            Photos:
            Sample Itinerary                    This Page: The Eiffel Tower
                                                as seen through the
                                                Trocadero fountains.
Day 1
                                                Top Right: The Jardin
Having traveled to Paris by TGV, students       du Luxembourg in the
arrive in the early afternoon and have time     late afternoon.
for lunch and unpacking. The group is led
                                                Middle Right: Students enjoy
on a walking tour of the Ile St Louis and       dinner at a traditional restaurant
Ile de la Cité, ending with a guided tour of    in the Marais.

Notre Dame and the Sainte-Chapelle. Free        Bottom Right: Relaxing
time in the evening to explore the Marais.      in the courtyard of the
                                                Parisian residence.

Day 2
Visit to the Louvre in the morning with the
opportunity to choose from various exhibits
in the vast museum. In the afternoon, a
stroll across the river leads to a walking
tour of the Latin Quarter. Dinner out at an
authentic French restaurant followed by a
sunset cruise on the Seine.

Day 3
Visit to an open air market on the Left
Bank, where students can forage for a picinic
lunch to enjoy in the Luxembourg Gardens.
Later, a guided tour of the Musée d’Orsay.
Dinner out, followed by a trip up the Eiffel
Tower to see the City of Light from above.

Day 4
Students can choose between a visit to the
bohemian Montmartre district and a guided
tour of the Catacombs. In the afternoon,
another choice: a tour of the Rodin museum
or a visit to the Père Lachaise cemetery and
the graves of Molière, Balzac, Oscar Wilde,
and Jim Morrison, among others. The last
evening is spent enjoying the summer fair
in the Tuileries Gardens, sampling French
street food and riding the Ferris wheel.

Day 5
After a typical Parisian breakfast, we escort
all students to the airport and check them in
for their departing flights.

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    tHe PaRIs cOnnectIOn

    For many, the experience of French culture
cannot be considered complete without a visit
to Paris. For this reason, we offer students the
option of extending their European experi-
ence for five additional days in France’s capital.
Students travel to Paris by TGV (France’s high
speed train), accompanied by Académie de
France faculty, and stay right in the heart of
Paris, in a stunning, converted 17th-century
hôtel particulier located on the Right Bank in
the Marais district.
    The program consists of educational visits
to the city’s famous monuments, introductions
to some of the world’s greatest art collections
and architecture, and guided tours of Paris’
historic neighborhoods. In addition, students
enjoy meals in traditional French restaurants,
relax with fellow students in any number of
enchanting parks and cafés, stroll along the
picturesque Seine, and engage in enlightening
discussions with their group leaders. Our goal
is to give participants a meaningful experience
of Paris to complement what they have already
learned about France and French culture.
    The Paris Connection begins on Tuesday,
August 3 and ends on Saturday, August
7. Students should book their flight home
from Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris. The
comprehensive $1345 US fee includes trans-
portation from Montpellier to Paris, room and
board (two meals per day), tuition, museum
admissions, excursions, activties, and all sched-
uled events of the program. To reserve, include
a deposit of $300 US at the time of intitial
application to l’Académie de France.

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     A T Y PIC A L DAY

              7:30 - 8:45

              9:00 - 12:30
              Major classes
    Each Major class begins with a
  ‘Home Room’ – the teacher makes           Top: Students explore a local
announcements, notifies students of the     produce market in Montpellier.
    day’s activities, answers general
                                            Middle: Bastille Day is the
 questions, and helps students to settle
                                            perfect occasion for a Picnic in
           into their routine               the Luxembourg Gardens.

              12:30 - 2:00                  Bottom: The ever-popular
                                            chocolate tasting at
                  Lunch                     l’Académie de Paris.
Options include local cafés, restaurants,
  and take-out stands, offering a wide
variety of familiar and traditional meals

              2:00 - 4:00
             Minor classes
         (three days per week)

              4:00 - 6:30
 Elective activities and walking tours;
guided excursions to museums, special
 exhibitions, historic sites, and other
 attractions; a daily choice of sports;
  free time to read, relax, complete
         projects, and explore

            6:30 - 7:30
        Dinner in the cafeteria

        Concerts, theater, films,
     evening walks, guest speakers,
 socializing with new friends, time for

           10:00 - 11:00
       Check-in at the residence

All students in their own rooms, quiet

 Note: Sundays are more leisurely, with
    time for outings and relaxation

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                                                                                                                     student lIfe

     Each day is a balance of classes, activities, and free time guided by the principle that students always have something
interesting to do. At various points in the day, students can choose to join a field trip or activity, play sports, or use free time
for independent study, relaxation, or adventure. Students are free to explore the city in small groups without adult supervision
during the day, but staff are available at all times to accompany student groups and help ensure that Paris and Montpellier are
welcoming, safe, and accessible.

   STAFF AND SUPERVISION. L’Académie de Paris and l’Académie de            CURFEW. All students must check in between 10 and 11 PM with
   France have central offices open daily from breakfast until midnight    a member of our staff at the residence gate. Within the residence,
   where students can seek advice and answers to their questions. The      students are free to make use of the common rooms, watch movies,
   Program Director and residential staff members live in the same         or socialize quietly with their friends. At midnight all students are
   residence as the students, thus ensuring availability and care around   expected to be in their own rooms and quiet. Please note that
   the clock.                                                              students are not permitted to leave the city on their own during the
   ACCOMMODATION. Rooms are simple and comfortable. In Paris,
   rooms are mostly single and double with a few triple rooms. In          GENERAL BEHAVIOR. Students are expected to maintain a
   Montpellier, rooms are single or double. All rooms have space           standard of behavior commensurate with life in a residential facility
   for studying and the schools have larger common areas where             that they share with others. Excessive noise, abuse of property
   students can work together. Students are furnished with a bed (linen    or facilities, or other anti-social behavior are strictly forbidden.
   provided), a dresser or wardrobe and a desk and a chair. There          Smoking is not allowed. Our faculty and staff members in residence
   are shared bathroom facilities on the hallway. Students in both         take responsibility for maintaining standards of order and decorum,
   programs must bring their own towels.                                   in addition to their roles as teachers and advisors.

   MEALS. Students enjoy a buffet-style breakfast and dinner in the        ZERO-TOLERANCE POLICY. Students accepted into our program
   residence cafeteria. Breakfast is continental-style with choices        must sign an agreement not to purchase, possess or consume
   such as cereal, fruit, yogurt, cheese, and bread. On the weekends,      alcohol or drugs or associate with any student who does. Any
   special items such as croissants and pains au chocolat are served.      student found in violation of this policy will be immediately
   Dinner in France includes several entree options, including a           expelled and sent home at the family’s expense.
   vegetarian option, fruit and vegetables, fresh baguettes, a cheese
   course, and dessert. Lunch is at each student’s discretion and
   provides an opportunity to sample the cuisine at various restaurants,
   to grab a delicious crêpe nearby, or to people-watch from local
   cafés. On one special night we arrange dinner out for our students,
   with their Major teachers, at an authentic French restaurant.

                                                                                                       A visiting accordionist shares his art
                                                                                                       with the Intermediate French class.

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guest sPeakeRs In
PaRIs & mOntPellIeR

Every summer we invite engaging
speakers to captivate and inspire
our students. Following are a few of the
guest speakers who have visited our
programs in Paris and Montpellier in
recent years.
Charles Bremner. Mr Bremner is the Paris
Correspondent for the Times of London. Since his
first posting in Russia, he has reported from wars
and hot-spots on all the continents, spending
several notable years as Washington Correspondent.
He tells the students about what led him to choose
to become a journalist, what it takes to succeed in
the business, and how he sees the press and
associated media evolving over the coming decades.
As a seasoned observer of the French scene, but
with a wealth of experience of the wider world, he
also provides valuable insights into the singularities
of the French way of life and politics.

Valérie Sabatino. Ms Sabatino is the former
chef and partner of the acclaimed Montpellier
restaurant, Le Pastis. A native of nearby Sète, she      Photos:
opened her first restaurant there at the age of 24,      Top: Local chef Valérie Sabatino
after having cooked under important chefs in Tur-        shares her cuisine with students
key and the United States, as well as elsewhere in       during a dégustation.
France. Today, Ms Sabatino shares her passion for
cooking and creating with students from around           Middle: Charles Bremner answers
the world at her own cooking school, L’Atelier de        questions about life as a journalist
Valérie. She offers a dégustation workshop for the       at the Times of London.
entire program, where she explains the prepara-
tion, ingredients and origins of the many different      Bottom: Medieval historian Dr
regional recipes that she prepares for the students      Mark Cruse introduces students to
to sample.                                               French history.

Dr Markus Cruse. Dr Cruse is an Assistant
Professor of French at Arizona State University
and received his PhD with Honors from the
Department of French at New York University. A
specialist in medieval French civilization, he has
published articles on illuminated manuscripts,
heraldry, decorated ivories, and medieval theater,
as well as translated Blue: The History of a Color
and Catherine the Great’s memoirs. Dr Cruse is
the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships,
including a Bourse Chateaubriand from the French
government and an Outstanding Teaching Award
from NYU. He has been a regular lecturer at The
Cloisters Museum in New York since 1997.

Don Winslow. Novelist, military historian, theater
director, screenwriter, actor, and former private
investigator, Mr Winslow is also a founding faculty
member of Oxbridge Academic Programs. Mr
Winslow reads excerpts from his many novels
(which include The Power of the Dog, The Winter
of Frankie Machine, and The Dawn Patrol),
discusses the art of writing experientially and offers
his unique perspectives on transferring the written
word from the page to the stage, the small screen,
and the cinema.

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 educatIOn fORum
 Many students come to Paris and
 Montpellier with the intention of
 returning to France at some point
 during their studies. Others may
 become interested in the idea while spending
 their summer with us.
      To help our students better understand
 the opportunities that exist for international
 study at the undergraduate and graduate
 levels – whether for a semester, a year, or
 for a full degree program – we invite them
 to attend a series of workshops with guest
 presentations about choosing a program of
 study in France, or elsewhere in Europe.
      Admissions representatives from
 different institutions attend, including the
 American University of Paris, New York
 University in France, and the Université de
 Montpellier III, to discuss the options available
 through their programs and the benefits that
 such an educational experience can provide.
 Oxbridge staff and faculty members, coming
 from diverse backgrounds and having
 pursued various exciting international
 education opportunities, also share their
 experiences with program participants.
      Through presentations and question-
 and-answer sessions, students learn a great
 deal about the world of opportunity awaiting
 them at the undergraduate level and beyond
 in France and Europe.

 Top: Dr Celeste Schenck, President of The
 American University of Paris and former Director
 of l’Académie de Paris, prepares to greet students.

 Middle: Students listen to a presentation by a
 University representative in the courtyard in

 Bottom: The Sorbonne is one of many universities
 that offers programs for foreign students who wish
 to study in France.

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        fees & detaIls
     The comprehensive fee for both programs is $7195 US. This              MEDICAL EMERGENCY CANCELLATION INSURANCE
     fee includes: all tuition and instruction; accommodation;              Medical Emergency Cancellation Insurance is available for
     breakfast and dinner daily; transportation to and from the air-        $125 US per application, to protect against unavoidable can-
     port; all books and materials; guest presentations; workshops;         cellations due to documented medical emergencies involving
     field trips; and all cultural and social activities organized by       the student or immediate family members. This insurance
     the program, including sports, excursions, museum and gal-             can ONLY be purchased at the time of application and is not
     lery admissions, and theater tickets. It does not include airfare,     refundable. The policy is as follows:
     lunch daily, or personal expenditures such as snacks, laundry,
     and souvenirs.                                                         Payments, including the deposit, are refundable until April 1, 2010.
                                                                                                         With Medical               Without Medical
     APPLICATION                                                                                         Emergency Cancellation     Emergency Cancellation
     Students must be in grades 9-12 for the 2009-2010 academic                                          Insurance                  Insurance
     year.                                                                   Payments refundable,          Up to May 1, 2010*         Up to April 1, 2010
                                                                             including deposit
     Rolling Admissions Policy. We accept applications throughout            Payments refundable,        May 2 to June 30, 2010*     April 2 to May 1, 2010
     the year until the programs are full.                                   minus the deposit
                                                                             No refunds                  July 1, 2010 and onward    May    2, 2010       and
     Course Guarantee. We recommend that students apply as                                                                                  onward
     early as possible. Students whose applications are postmarked
     on or before each program’s course guarantee date and who              *With Medical Emergency Cancellation Insurance, refunds
     are accepted into the program will automatically receive their         will be made only in the case of a documented medical
     first choice of courses, subject to enrollment levels. The course      emergency.
     guarantee date for both programs is January 29, 2010.
     Please note: This is not a final admission deadline. We accept         A small number of scholarships are awarded based on finan-
     applications as long as space is available.                            cial need and the student’s ability to contribute to the program
                                                                            in the broadest sense. Applicants can either contact our New
     Students who cannot be placed into their first choice of Major         York office directly to obtain a separate application form or
     or Minor course will be automatically placed in their second           download one from our website. The application form in
     or third choice, subject to the availability of that course, and       this brochure should not be used as a scholarship applica-
     also placed on the waiting-list for their first choice.                tion. Completed scholarship applications must be received
                                                                            in New York by March 5, 2010. Please ensure that you send
     Admissions. Decisions are made within 4 weeks of a complet-            your application early enough to allow time for delivery.
     ed application’s receipt. If wait-listed for a class, a student will   Applications received after this date cannot be accepted.
     be notified as soon as a space becomes available. Applicants
     are only considered for admission to a program once all of             REFERENCES
     their necessary documentation is completed and received.               We are happy to provide lists of students, their parents, and
                                                                            teachers in your area – perhaps even in your school – who are
     A completed application consists of four parts: a completed            familiar with our programs. Just call us in New York for a list
     and signed application form, a deposit check, a copy of a              of references.
     transcript or most recent report card, and three copies of
     a personal statement. Students applying to take Immersion              PRESENTATIONS
     courses must also provide a recommendation letter from a               During the academic year, Professor Basker and other mem-
     language teacher and a writing sample in that language (see            bers of our staff make presentations at schools, conferences,
     Section IV of the application).                                        and open houses throughout the United States, Canada,
                                                                            Europe, Asia, and South America. Please contact our office
     If a class is cancelled due to low enrollment levels, students         for information regarding our schedule of school-based and
     will be notified immediately and placed in their second                public presentations. Please let us know if you would like to
     choice. Students who wish to change courses may do so in               propose a visit to your school or community.
     writing only to our New York office before June 1, 2010.
                                                                            SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION
     PAYMENT                                                                Full information on travel arrangements, packing lists, and
     Applications require a deposit check of $1050 US ($1175 US             other pertinent details are sent in the student’s acceptance
     with Medical Emergency Cancellation Insurance), payable to             packet. Once accepted, all supplemental information can also
     Oxbridge Academic Programs. NOTE: Scholarship applicants               be viewed on our website.
     are not required to send a deposit check as part of their sepa-
     rate application.                                                      Photo credits:
                                                                            Carrie Angoff, Isabella Boutros, Maya Brounstein, Russ Dantzler, Cécile Droz,
                                                                            Clare Haley, Jennifer Huxta, Michele Klapper, Camille Labro, Laetitia Mariotti,
     The balance of payment for tuition is due by April 1, 2010.            Allyson McGrath, Sarah Meyer, Richard Michaelis, David Ranc, Mario Suarez.

30      Oxbridge Academic Programs
                                                                                                          APPLICATION FORM 2010

                                                   OXBRIDGE ACADEMIC PROGRAMS
                                                         601 Cathedral Parkway, Suite 7R
                                                         New York, New York 10025-2186
                                              1-800-828-8349 • (212) 932-3049 • FAX: (212) 663-8169

1. Fill out this application form (please PRINT or TYPE) and mail it to us with your deposit check for $1050 US (or $1175 US
   with Medical Emergency Cancellation Insurance) payable to Oxbridge Academic Programs.

2. Include a current transcript or a copy of most recent report card. (An unofficial photocopy is acceptable.)

3. On a separate sheet, type a personal statement of at least 500 words. Please read Section V of this Application Form for further
                                                                          I am applying for:
                                                 L’Académie de Paris or                    L’Académie de France
                                                            (You can only apply to ONE program.)

         For L’Académie de France only:                   I would like to take part in The Paris Connection (include $300 US deposit).

                                                              I. STUDENT INFORMATION
NAME        First                                Middle                                                 Last                                                 Male     Female

HOME ADDRESS                                                    CITY                             STATE/PROVINCE                 ZIP/POSTAL CODE               COUNTRY

 (    )
TELEPHONE                         E-MAIL (PLEASE PRINT IN CAPITALS)                   DATE OF BIRTH    Month   Day Year         CITIZENSHIP

FATHER’S TITLE                   FATHER’S NAME                                                                  PROFESSION                    E-MAIL (PLEASE PRINT IN CAPITALS)

                                                        (    )                (    )               (   )
FATHER’S ADDRESS, IF DIFFERENT FROM YOURS                                       HOME TELEPHONE                  WORK TELEPHONE                CELL

MOTHER’S TITLE                   MOTHER’S NAME                                                                  PROFESSION                    E-MAIL (PLEASE PRINT IN CAPITALS)

                                                        (    )                (    )               (    )
MOTHER’S ADDRESS, IF DIFFERENT FROM YOURS                                       HOME TELEPHONE                  WORK TELEPHONE                CELL

                                                                                                  (    )
EMERGENCY CONTACT (OTHER THAN PARENT/S)                                         RELATIONSHIP                                                  TELEPHONE NUMBER


Have you ever attended one of our programs before?        Yes     No
If yes, please give program(s) and year attended: _____________________________________________________________________________

                                                           II. ACADEMIC INFORMATION
                                                                                                                                   (      )
CURRENT SCHOOL                                                                   CURRENT GRADE LEVEL                              SCHOOL TELEPHONE

SCHOOL ADDRESS                                                CITY                             STATE/PROVINCE                ZIP/POSTAL CODE                 COUNTRY

Have you ever been suspended or dismissed from school?                          Yes         No        If yes, please explain on a separate sheet of paper.
Name and telephone number of a teacher or counselor from your school who can speak knowledgeably about you. (Although not
required, a letter of recommendation is welcome.)
                                                                                                                                               (      )
TITLE                NAME OF TEACHER OR COUNSELOR                     SUBJECT                EMAIL (PLEASE PRINT IN CAPITALS)                 TELEPHONE NUMBER
         APPLICATION FORM 2010 (continued)
                                                         III. COURSE SELECTIONS
Major Course 1st Choice_______________________ 2nd Choice________________________ 3rd Choice_____________________
Minor Course 1st Choice_______________________ 2nd Choice________________________ 3rd Choice_____________________

                                                                IV. LANGUAGE
Knowledge of French is not required to participate, but students who have selected to take a language class must fill out the following:

   I have never studied French.
   I have studied French for ___ years or         speak it at home.
• All students taking a language course are welcome (but not obligated) to submit a short comment from a French teacher attesting to their
  language level.
• Students taking an Immersion course are asked to submit a writing sample in French as well as a comment from their French teacher.

                                                       V. PERSONAL STATEMENT
Please include a personal statement of at least 500 words about why you are applying, why you are choosing your Major and Minor courses,
and what you feel you can contribute to the program. Also include your name, city, and state in the top right-hand corner and enclose three
copies of your personal statement with your application. Feel free to write about your academic and extracurricular interests, and anything
else that will help us to get to know you. This is an important part of the application and should be typed if possible.

                                                          VI. FOR OUR RECORDS
How did you hear about Oxbridge Academic Programs? (please tick all that apply)
   Former Student – Name? ____________________________________                       Poster – Where? __________________________________________
   Teacher/Counselor – Name? _________________________________                       Newspaper Ad – Where?____________________________________
   School Visit – When? ______________________________________                       Website – Which? _________________________________________
   Open-house reception – When? Where? ________________________                      Informational email – From whom? ___________________________
   Brochure in the mail? – When? ______________________________                      Other – Please specify ______________________________________

                                                      VII. SHARING INFORMATION
  I permit Oxbridge Academic Programs to share my travel details and contact information solely with other program participants.
                                                       Yes           No

                                                            VIII. ROOM REQUEST
                                      I would like to be housed in the French-speaking part of the residence.

                                                               IX. SIGNATURES
My parent/s and I have read and understood the information provided in the Student Life and Fees & Details sections of this brochure. I attest that all
the information I have provided here is accurate and truthful.

STUDENT SIGNATURE                                                             DATE

PARENT SIGNATURE                                                              DATE

                                                         X. REMINDERS
  A. Applications will only be considered once complete. Please check the following to indicate completion and inclusion in your
     submitted application.
                                    Application Form             Transcript                    Personal Statement (3 copies)
                                    Deposit Check                Language Course materials (see Sec. IV)

  B. Please ensure that your deposit check is made payable to: Oxbridge Academic Programs.
                  OtHeR OutstandIng PROgRams
The Program Name Experience               sectIOn

                                            fOR students and teacHeRs

 LA ACADEMIA DE ESPAñA                                                   THE OxFORD TRADITION
                                     July 5 - August 1, 2010                                             July 4 - July 31, 2010

                                     Barcelona, Spain                                                    Oxford, England

                                     Grades 10-12                                                        Grades 10-12

                                     Courses include:                                                    Courses include:
                                     Spanish Language, Barcelona:                                        Art History, Literature and
                                     Taller literario, Barcelona y la                                    Psychology, Archeology,
                                     cultura moderna, Art History,                                       International Relations, Physics
                                     Global Medicine, International                                      and the Future, Politics and
                                     Politics, Postwar Europe: From                                      Economics, Film Studies,
                                     D-Day to eBay.                                                      Journalism, Law, Bioethics.

 July 2 - July 28, 2010                                                  July 5 - August 1, 2010

 Barcelona, Spain                                                        Cambridge, England

 Grades 8-9                                                              Grades 10-12

 Courses include:                                                        Courses include:
 Spanish Language, Barcelona                                             English Literature, Business
 and the Arts, Barcelona: Artes                                          and Finance, Medicine and
 y letras, International Relations                                       the Brain, Latin, European
 and Current Affairs, Marine                                             History, Drama, International
 Biology, Psychology, Spain in                                           Espionage, Speech
 the Literary World, Creative                                            and Debate, Studio Art.
 Writing, Studio Art.

 THE OxFORD AND CAMBRIDGE PREPS                                          THE TEACHER SEMINARS
                                     Oxford, July 2 - July 28, 2010                                       Week-long residential seminars
                                                                                                          in July, designed for teachers,
                                     Cambridge, July 3 - June 29, 2010                                    librarians, and other
                                                                                                          educational professionals.
                                     Grades 8-9
                                                                                                          Oxford, Cambridge,
                                     Courses include:                                                     Paris, Barcelona
                                     English Literature, Criminology,                                     Study Groups include:
                                     History’s Secrets, Speech and                                        English Literature,
                                     Debate, Drama, British History,                                      The Library and the
                                     Myth and Oral Traditions,                                            Academy, Shakespeare in
                                     Medical Science.                                                     History, Science
                                                                                                          and Philosophy.

                                         601 Cathedral Parkway, Suite 7R • New York, New York 10025-2186
                                                                                                 Oxbridge Academic Programs
                 1-800-828-8349 • (212) 932-3049 • FAX: (212) 663-8169 • •               35
                        601 Cathedral Parkway, Suite 7R • New York, New York 10025-2186
1-800-828-8349 • (212) 932-3049 • FAX: (212) 663-8169 • •

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