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In Merida there is always something fun to do around town, and all the great Mexican food you can eat! And the excursions were not only educational, but fun since we got a lot of down time to either explore the sites we were at or just relax with the people in our program.
– Tori Paris
Central College

summer program: paris, france

Human Rights in France

Summer 2015 Dates and Fees
Dates: May 26 - June 21, 2015
Credits: 6; 3 French language, 3 Political Science
Program Fee: TBA (2013: $4,850)

Central's summer program in Paris offers students of every language level the opportunity to learn - or even improve - their language skills while experiencing first-hand the diverse art collections of one of the world's leading cultural centers.

Open to all students, no matter your major or level of French. French language instruction focuses on spoken and written French. This program provides an introduction to basic human rights principles, instruments and institutions, and also an overview of current issues and debates in the field. It will focus on the impact of human rights discourse on U.S. and European politics and relations. Topics discussed will include: terrorism, war crimes, death penalty, sexual discrimination, WTO and human rights, environmental protection and Health Care from a human rights perspective.

Study human rights in a global city with a history of fighting for individual liberties. During the French Revolution, deputies from the Third Estate drafted the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, granting the French people the right of freedom of expression, thought, association, liberty, security, and the protection of private property. Paris is also one of Europe's most culturally diverse cities. Experience Paris city life alongside Parisians and other international students, absorbing the language and culture and exploring the city's attractions. There is time to travel throughout France on the weekends.

Housing and Meals
Live in the heart of the city alongside other international students in a Parisian foyer (residence hall). Rooms are single or double, and foyers include living areas, libraries and study spaces with internet connection. Meals are not included, but shop local markets and cook with new friends in your foyer's communal kitchen. A month-long metro pass is included in your program fees and students are encouraged to explore this amazing city.

Explore Paris' many iconic museums and rich multicultural atmosphere. Visit the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. Experience the historic Museum of the General Leclerc and the Liberation of Paris. Visit human rights NGOs located throughout Paris.

The four-week program fee includes:

  • Tuition for 6 semester hours of credit (3 French language, 3 Political Science)
  • Housing in Parisian foyers (student residence halls)
  • On-site orientation and oversight by Paris program director
  • Personal Central College Abroad Advisor for pre-departure support
  • Optional online pre-departure course
  • One month metro pass
  • Cultural activities
  • Excursions
  • International Student Card
  • Internet access
  • Transcript

*Airfare is not included. Dates subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until you receive your official program calendar.

Deadline for Applications: March 1, 2015. A completed application file must include: application, essay, transcript, two faculty evaluation forms, and study abroad approval form. Apply now
Program deposit: $500 (due within two weeks of acceptance).