COC Summer Semester In Paris

by Pamela Wells 0

By Pamela Wells

Have you ever dreamed of attending college in Paris?

Your dream can become a reality on June 7 through July 7 by enrolling in Summer Semester in Paris with College of the Canyons.

COC students can earn up to six credits by taking courses in Art, French Culture and Conversation.

“The best thing you can do for your education (not only in art) but in life is to drop out of school and go live in Europe for a year,” Robert Walker, professor of art history at College of the Canyons, said. “I think international studies for students is a life changing experience.”

The programs cost $3,125 dollars. This includes the use of the Paris facilities of the Accent International Consortium for Academic Programs Abroad, a one-month subway and bus pass, and three one-day excursions (Chartres Cathedral, the Palace of Versailles, the city of Rouen and Monet’s house and gardens in Giverny).

This includes transportation and guided visits, pre-departure and overseas orientation to the program, International Student Identity Card, a pass to Paris museums, transfers from and to the Paris airport for group flight participants.

The program price does not include round-trip airfare, College of the Canyons tuition, meals, insurance, and personal expenses.

For a supplement of $420 dollars, students can choose to go on an optional three day-trip to Normandy and Brittany with two overnights in the fabulous town of Saint-Malo, including transportation, accommodations and guided visits.

It’s the understanding of a different culture that intrigues this 20-year teacher.

“The unique experience is having that much time with your students off campus is amazing,” Walker said. “It’s a completely different experience to spend that much time with your students.”

Monday through Thursdays are class days but not in a typical setting because students do not spend anytime in a classroom.

Program participants are out in the city visiting museums, churches, department stores, markets and cafes.

Pierre Etienne, Director of the French program at COC, is convinced that COC students do not need to know how to speak French prior to the trip.

“If you make the slightest bit of effort to talk…. .you will be embraced,” Etienne said.

For more information contact:

Robert Walker at

Pierre Etienne at

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