L’académie de PariS L’académie de France
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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
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
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
Paris via a boat cruise
on the Seine.
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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
thinkers and artists from all over the world. Its unrivalled beauty, the depth
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.
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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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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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
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.
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
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
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
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
Top: The Photography class’s final
exhibition, open to the public.
Middle: The Culture and Cuisine
class learns to make mayonnaise
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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l’ac a dÉ m I e de
Pa R I s fac u lt Y
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
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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
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l’ac a dÉ m I e de
Pa R I s f I e l d t R I Ps
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
CHÂTEAU DE VINCENNES.
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.
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
been called “the secret capital across Montpellier’s
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-
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
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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.
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-
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
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
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
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,
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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l’ac a dÉ m I e de
f R a nc e fac u lt Y
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
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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L’Académie de France cOuRses
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
NîMES AND THE PONT DU
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.
LA MER ET LA CAMPAGNE.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
(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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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
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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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
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.
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.
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APPLICATION FORM 2010
OXBRIDGE ACADEMIC PROGRAMS
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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
PLEASE LIST YOUR SIBLINGS AND THEIR CURRENT GRADE IN SCHOOL
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_____________________
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
• 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.
VIII. ROOM REQUEST
I would like to be housed in the French-speaking part of the residence.
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
A. Applications will only be considered once complete. Please check the following to indicate completion and inclusion in your
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.
LA ESCUELA PREPARATORIA DE BARCELONA THE CAMBRIDGE TRADITION
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
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
601 Cathedral Parkway, Suite 7R • New York, New York 10025-2186
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