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I really wanted to go to Paris, but I didn't speak any French. Central College offered a fabulous program that helped my not only learn French as I'd always wanted to do, but also to gain a much higher proficiency than I would have expected.
– Meghan Hartsell
Loras College

orientation/excursions

Each Central program offers an in-depth orientation that will acclimate students to the country's language and culture as they get a feel for their new environment.

Paris orientation

Get to know your surroundings by beginning your semester abroad with a full week-long orientation led by your resident director. Your orientation is designed to give you the tools to begin to explore your new home in Paris. During this time, you will learn how to use the public transportation system, discover Paris through a scavenger hunt, get to know fellow students and finalize registration for classes.


Cultural excursions

Activities and excursions are an integral part of the program, connecting students to the community and Parisian culture. These excursions, facilitated by the resident director, speak to the cultural learning and understanding you’ll gain in your courses. Recent excursions include:

  • Opera, ballet, theatre and world or French African music performances
  • An evening at the Louvre or Musee d' Orsay
  • Experiencing French African music
  • A weekend excursion to the south of France, to Aix-en-Provence, Marseilles or Nice
  • Multicultural experiences like a visit to the National Center of the History of Immigration and tea at the Paris Grand Mosque


What's included

Program excursions and cultural activities include guide, entry fees to museums and local attractions. Day trips include guide, transportation, and one meal. Weekend trips include transportation, lodging, entry fees, guide, and one meal.

Students explore the amazingly different parts of France, from skiing or hiking in the Alps region to lounging on the beaches of the Mediterranean. With Paris being at the heart of Europe, it makes for a convenient travel hub. Some students take advantage of this and make stops in London, Amsterdam, Barcelona or Rome, just to name a few!