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Dates: 5 September–30 November 2023
Application Deadline: 10 March 2023

Have you been dreaming of traveling to Paris and learning French (or improving your French) while in the City of Light? Then this is your program! You will take courses on location (from language classes to art history to French cinema) and you will be immersed in the French language and culture. Paris will be your classroom as you learn about different periods of art, architecture, and history, or practice your conversation skills. Study the art of Monet, Renoir, Degas, Delacroix, and other French masters in the Louvre, Musée D’Orsay, and other museums. Visit the Opera Garnier, the Eiffel Tower, and stroll along the Champs Elysées. Eat lunch at your favorite café, try a dessert from Stohrer (the oldest Parisian pastry shop, which used to provide pastries for Marie Antoinette), taste chocolate at the Salon du Chocolat, and admire the city lights from a boat on the Seine river.

A variety of courses will allow you to learn about French language and civilization, while fulfilling BYU GE requirements and/or earning credit toward majors or minors in French, humanities, and/or international cinema studies. In addition, you will have the opportunity to learn about the history of the LDS Church in France. No prior French language instruction is required. Besides short trips, the program will include excursions focusing on the “sacred paths” of the humanity, from prehistoric painted caves and stunning pilgrimage roads and sites in southwest France to churches in Belgium and Italy. Come see Paris at its best, in the changing colors of fall when all the summer tourists have left, and enjoy an unforgettable cultural and educational experience. French language, culture and civilization courses will be taught by the program director at the LDS Institute building in the Marais district of Paris and at the language school l’Etoile by native French faculty.

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Contact Us

Dr. Anca Sprenger
3119 JFSB
(801) 422-2306


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Frequently Asked Questions
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More Information

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Students must take at least twelve credit hours from the following courses:

*FREN 345/445—Paris Walks (3 credit hours)

One of the following French courses is required for each student:

FREN 101—1st-Year French, Part 1 (4 credit hours)
FREN 102—1st-Year French, Part 2 (4 credit hours)
FREN 201—2nd-Year French, Part 1 (4 credit hours)
FREN 202—Intro to French Literature (3 credit hours—fulfills GE requirements)
FREN 399R—Academic Internship (3–4 credit hours)

Additional elective courses include:

FREN 211/311/411—French Conversation (2 credit hours)
*FREN 490R—Individual Study (3 credit hours)
FNART 270R—European Fine Arts (3 credit hours—fulfills GE requirements for arts)
REL 350R—LDS Church in a World Setting (2 credit hours—counts as a religion elective)
*FREN 317—French Cinema (fulfills GE requirements for arts)
*FREN 362—French Civilization (3 credit hours—fulfills GE requirement for arts)

*Courses may be counted for French Studies major, secondary major, or minor credit.

Students may not take any other courses on this program, including BYU Online courses, without approval by the program director and ISP.
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Includes Latter-day Saint undergraduate full tuition (increased cost for graduate and non–Latter-day Saint students), housing, some meals with your host family, public transportation in Paris, group transportation on field trips, and international health insurance.

Does not include airfare ($1,500–2,000), some meals in Paris, personal expenses, or passport.
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Funding Sources

Regular BYU tuition scholarships, Pell Grants, and Federal Insured Student Loans may be applied to study abroad programs.

Students who submit the financial aid section of the ISP application and who have a current FAFSA form on file at the Financial Aid Office (A-41 ASB) will be considered for a Study Abroad scholarship.

Academic departments and colleges may assist with scholarships and grants.

The BYU College of Humanities provides scholarships for interns for French studies majors and secondary majors. Is your first or second major in the College of Humanities? You may qualify for a program discount ranging from $500 to $3,000 based on financial need.

Private grants and scholarships outside of BYU may also assist (see
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Accepted students are required to participate in an international, cross-cultural preparation course (IAS 201R, 1 credit hour).

Accompanying spouses need to be credit-bearing participants on the program. Spouses will also need to apply online and take the preparation course.

Students must meet all country- and program-specific COVID and health requirements for travel.
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Students will share a French host family with another BYU student. Host family stays include breakfasts and three dinners a week. The host-family experience is an amazing opportunity to learn about French everyday life, and a way to practice and improve language skills and deepen cultural understanding.
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Students are responsible for purchasing their own airfare to and from the program sites. Airline reservations must be made through BYU Travel. Students should contact a BYU Travel agent.

BYU Travel
280 HRCB
(801) 422-6293
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Application Process

Students must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

Complete the online application here. A nonrefundable $35 application fee is required; applicants will be interviewed once the application is complete.

Students will be notified via e-mail of their acceptance into the program. The first payment is due upon acceptance; please refer to the Payment Information document.

Application Deadline: 10 March 2023
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Program Adjustments

International Study Programs (ISP) reserves the right to cancel this program, revise its offerings, or make any adjustments to the preliminary cost.

If it becomes necessary for ISP to cancel a program, all program payments made to BYU ISP will be refunded to the student’s BYU Financial account.

ISP is the only office authorized to cancel any of its programs.
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Dr. Anca Sprenger is a professor of French in the Department of French & Italian. She has directed many study abroad programs in Paris.

3119 JFSB
(801) 422-2306
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Contact Us

International Study Programs
101 HRCB
(801) 422-3686
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ISP Student Handbook

To see the student handbook, click here.
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Payment Schedule

To see the payment schedule, click here.