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Purdue in Paris Summer Program

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Paris and Lyon, France
Course # SA 10340
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2022 05/16/22 to 06/24/22

Program Leader

Name Nadege Veldwachter

Due to COVID-19, programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

Program Description


  • 6 weeks of courses: May 16-June 24, 2022.
  • 6 credit hours = combination of two courses depending on student’s level
  • Courses offered: FR 301; FR 302; FR 380 “Why Paris is the Fashion Capital of the World."
  • Possible course combinations: FR 301 + FR 380 OR FR 302 + FR 380
  • FR 301; FR 302 and FR 380 will satisfy requirements for a Major or a Minor in French
  • Classes taught in French.
  • Open to Undergraduates with 2.0 GPA.
  • Program Video

Accommodations, meals and transportation

  • Homestay: double occupancy room
  • 5 dinners per week
  • Daily breakfast 
  • Welcome meal dinner
  • Laundry access
  • Pre-loaded transportation pass: loaded for one week and students will be responsible for adding funds after that.

Cultural, Academic activities:

  • Walking tour of Marais neighborhood: A tour highlighting Paris' "old world" charm focused on the fashion of the area
  • Boat ride on the Seine
  • Musée des Arts Décoratifs: Visit to the museum of fashion and textiles, design and decorative arts, and advertising
  • Galeries Lafayette: A visit to Galeries Lafayette headquarters
  • Louis Vuitton: A site visit to Louis Vuitton designer house
  • Légeron CIE: A visit to an artisan company that creates flowers and feather accessories for Haute Couture
  • Expat Meeting Paris: Meet with American expats living in France and learn about their careers in the fashion industry

Day Excursion to Lyon:

  • Round trip transportation from Paris to Lyon
  • Group lunch
  • Local transportation
  • Guide to speak with the group about the silk industry

Health, Safety and Security:

  • Provider program assistant to accompany on all arranged site visits and excursions
  • Pre-departure orientation: Includes pertinent information on sutdent housing, traveling, cultural issues, health and safety protocol, and local logistics
  • On-site orientation: Includes pertinent information on student housing, cultural issues, health and safety protocol, and local logistics
  • 24/7 emergency support via phone
  • Travel Insurance:  Provider will provide iNext Comprehensive Ultimate Travel Insurance for all Program Participants, plus Political and Natural Disaster Evacuation Package coverage for all Program Participants and Accommodation-Only Guests.
  • Departmental program leader and assistant available 24/7 in case of an emergency

Purdue in Paris 2016 students’ testimonies:

Jordin Hajek When notified of the “Purdue in Paris” program back in the fall of 2015, I remember ignoring the opportunity altogether. For one, I had never traveled outside the US, let alone to another continent. Secondly, as an introvert, the idea of having to make conversation, in English or French, and make friends for 6 long weeks seemed overwhelming. Then, logistically, I wondered how such a program could even serve me as a civil engineering student. Yet, at the urging of friends and family, I accepted. Fast-forward a few months and, with one week into the program, sitting underneath the awning of a crowded French café at 10 pm on a rainy night, surrounded by 10 new friends having dinner, I realized that this was meant to be. Having the opportunity to visit some of the greatest wonders of the world, from the Louvre to the Eiffel Tower to famous French chateaux was a surreal experience, for sure. However, having the city unfold into both my classroom and my “home” was even more magical. Getting weekly tours of the city with a Sorbonne history professor, rushing to catch the Métro every morning for class, planning weekend adventures with friends, and sipping espresso at my local café...these are the memories I love and get to share stateside with the 10 lifelong friends I made those 6 short weeks. For an untraveled, introverted engineering student, I must say that coming to truly understand the sentiment of joie de vivre, in a foreign country, was just as important to my education as the endless chemistry, calculus, and physics back home.

Sheyenne Fishero: Falling in love with a city takes only one meal, one great view, and one interesting story. The meal that stole my heart in Paris was a simple quiche, made from scratch that morning and easily paired with a flaky and buttery croissant on my way to class. Much to the dismay of my childhood fantasies, my favorite view of Paris was not from the top of the Eiffel Tower but instead on the steps of a great cathedral. As I stood atop a hill overlooking the entire city, the views I saw from the Sacré-Coeur were beyond my wildest imaginations. I was high above the classic white buildings and grand boulevards of Paris in the company of live music, friends, and a beautiful sunset, breathtakingly watching the world around me change in a kaleidoscope of colors from bright afternoon to dusk. Finally, the story that still to this day makes my heart ache to be back on the streets of Paris was a simple chat with a café waiter. The richness of the French language rolled off my tongue effortlessly for the first time in my life, and I found myself truly communicating with a complete stranger in a language that was foreign to me just a few years ago. These small experiences and hundreds more during my six weeks in Paris changed my life immensely and unexpectedly. I was forced to grow, to adapt, and to leave my comfort zone, but I was also given the opportunity of a new perspective, something I will cherish for the rest of my life.

Academic Credit

  • 2 weeks of online synchronous courses in the U.S.: May 16-May 27, 2022.
  • 4 weeks of online synchronous + F2F courses in Paris: May 30- June 24, 2022.
  • 6 credit hours = combination of two courses depending on student’s level
  • Courses offered: FR 301; FR 302; FR 380 "Why PAris is the Fashion Capital of the World".
  • Possible course combinations: FR 301 + FR 380 OR FR 302 + FR 380
  • FR 301; FR 302 and FR 380 will satisfy requirements for a Major or a Minor in French
  • Classes taught in French.


Open to Undergraduates with 2.0 GPA.

Prerequisites: FR 202 (French Level IV)

Program Cost

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.

Estimated Costs:

  • Purdue total cost: $ 4,310.00 (International Insurance, Study Abroad Fee, Program Fee included).
  • Additional costs: Food (about 25$/day), Airfare (about 850.00$), Passport, Books (about 50$), City public transportation (about 110$/duration of program); Personal expenses.

Financial Aid:

  • Purdue Moves Study Abroad Scholarship: up to $2000.00  
  • Department of French Scholarship for CLA majors + French minors/majors: up to $1000.00 

Sources of funding:

Study Abroad Scholarships:

Department of French Scholarship:


Application Deadline

Deposit Check:

  • A $500.00 non-refundable deposit is due by February 7, 2022 along with completed and signed Participation/Cancellation Form. 
  • Deposit refunded if program is cancelled.

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

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