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students in Paris in front of Arc De Triomph

About the Program

The Folsom Lake College Paris Summer Program is a unique opportunity for students to study in and become familiar with one of the great cities of the world. For an immersive 5 weeks, students will study the history of France from the Roman Empire to the present, including the Middle Ages, the Early Modern Period, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, and the World Wars. Following the classroom meeting each day, students will continue their learning by visiting the sites where this history happened and by seeing the evidential artifacts—Roman ruins, medieval churches, early modern palaces, Enlightenment cafes, and of course the city’s stunning museums. Although French language skills are not required, students who have studied the language will be able to practice their skills, while all students will learn to navigate a new culture—living in a French apartment building, shopping at French markets, and making full use of the outstanding public transportation system, the Paris Métro. Over the course of the month, students will gain familiarity with the river Seine and its beautiful bridges, the distinctive character of the city’s neighborhoods, and the varied architecture of the French capital. For the adventurous, Paris’s centrality within Europe’s rail system will enable them to set out on their own for weekend excursions. All program participants will come to know the famed Parisian monuments, experience French cuisine, relax in Paris’s essential parks, wander through the narrow streets of the Latin Quarter, and take in French fashion on the Grand Boulevards. The opportunity to stop and dive into a culture for five weeks while studying the history of a place is truly extraordinary. Participation in such a program will likely change how you see the world and your place in it, for as Victor Hugo wrote in Les Misérables, “to study in Paris is to be born in Paris.”

"My experience with the summer FLC study abroad program in Paris was beyond positive. The program provided all the necessities to have an amazing time in Paris inside and outside of the classroom and excursions. Having the excursions with the class enabled us to see the most iconic monuments, statues, cathedrals, etc. without the stress of doing it ourselves and with the new knowledge we just learned in class. Outside the classroom and the excursions, we were able to experience Paris on our own and create amazing memories. Paris is the most beautiful place I have ever been to, and being there for 5 weeks immersed in the culture and life style was a dream come true."
- Summer 2018 participant Isabel Azucena

Program Dates

Application Deadline: Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Departure: Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Return: Friday, July 31, 2020

Program Highlights

The Louvre Museum, Palace of Versailles, Arc de Triomphe, Sainte-Chapelle and Conciergerie, Cluny Museum, Pantheon, Luxembourg Gardens, Saint-Denis Basilica, Army Museum, Carnavalet Museum, Marmottan Museum, Tuileries Garden, Orsay Museum, National Archeological Museum, walking tour of the Marais, walking tour of Montmartre, welcome group dinner, and farewell group dinner.


HIST 368: History of France (3 units) - transferable to UC and CSU


$4,345 fee (includes 37 days of housing in student apartments with kitchen and wireless internet, all class excursions, 12 museum entrances, unlimited Metro and bus transportation in Paris, two group dinners, use of AIFS Student Center, orientation and bus tour, and 24-hour emergency contact service)

$1,141 optional group airfare (non-stop from San Francisco to Paris-Charles de Gaulle, including ground transportation from baggage claim to student apartments)


Richard Mowrer
Assistant Professor of History, Folsom Lake College
Phone: (916) 608-6910