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Location

▾ Where is the program located?

The program is located in Paris, France. Both dormitories and classes will take place on St. John’s campus, 93 Rue de Sevres 75006 Paris, France.

▾ What is the climate like?

Paris goes through all four seasons, so it's generally really hot in summer/early fall and gets quite cold in winter. It doesn't snow often but it rains quite a bit.

▾ What is the food like?

The food in France is delicious to some and an acquired taste to others. The French take pride in their food as it's a large part of the culture. You are truly Parisian when you walk around with the baguette you just purchased from the grocery store or corner bakery. The pastries are mouth-wateringly amazing.

Communication

▾ Should I bring my cell phone?

Yes. It is relatively cheap to purchase a French SIM card and monthly plan. Bring an unlocked phone. As part of the program it is mandatory that each student have their own local cell phone number so that you can be in constant contact with the program director and staff members.

▾ Should I bring my computer?

Yes, you will need your computer for class work and to keep in touch with family back home.

▾ How can I best communicate with my family?

You can communicate with family via Skype, iMessage, email, Facebook, WhatsApp, FaceTime, Messenger, etc.

▾ Can my family come and visit me in Paris?

Yes, your family is free to come and visit you in Paris, but they will have to find their own housing accommodations. Please inform the program director in advance on their travel dates.

▾ How do I mail a package to a student?

To send a package to a student in Paris, please use the following address in this manner:

<Student Name>
c/o St. John's University
93 rue du Sévres
75006 Paris
France

Travel

▾ How will I get to and from Paris Semester?

Fly into Charles de Gaulle Airport and take a taxi or Uber to our campus at 93 Rue de Sevres 75006 Paris, France.

▾ Will I need a passport and visa?

You will need a valid passport. For U.S. citizens, visas are only required for a stay longer than 90 days in the Schengen Zone. The Paris Semester falls within that timeframe.

▾ Can I travel during the semester?

Yes, you are free to travel on weekends your own expense and planning as long as coursework and school requirements are being met. Please let the program director know of your whereabouts over the weekends, especially if you plan to travel to another city or country.

Academics

▾ What will I be studying?

French, Art History, French History and Christianity and French Culture. You also have the option to take an internship credit, as well as an online class through Asbury. Art students can take a directed study as well. For an additional fee, students can take French language for course credit at École l'Étoile Language School.

▾ Where will I be taking classes?

You will take classes at the St. John's campus.  French language classes are taken at École l'Étoile language school. 

▾ Who are the other students?

They are students from Asbury along with “visiting students” from other campuses across the country who have chosen to enroll in Asbury’s Paris Semester. You will also be living with students from the St. John's University’s Paris experience program.

▾ Who will be teaching my classes?

Dr. Stratford and Professor Steve Thrall. Art studio courses will be supervised by French artists.

▾ What is a typical class like?

Classes in the Paris Semester meet once a week between 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. They require a certain level of academic independence due to their rigor. For many classes, you will go on museum and site visits.

▾ Can I do an internship during my semester?

Yes, we encourage students to take advantage of the opportunity to gain international work experience by giving them the option to do an internship during the semester.

▾ How do I get a copy of my transcript?

Because this program is through Asbury University, you can get a copy of your transcript by requesting one from the Registrar's Office.

Daily Life

▾ What will I be doing throughout the semester?

Throughout the semester, you'll be learning about French history and visiting key artistic and historical sites in the city. You'll practice and learn French, travel throughout France and Europe, and gain a newfound confidence and independence. If you are interning, you may be spending 15-20 hours a week working during the day.

▾ What is a typical day like in Paris?

A typical day in Paris usually involves French class in the morning (from 9 a.m. to noon) and class from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Students may have internship hours during the mornings or afternoons. Students like to visit parks during the day, study, visit museums and eat out when not in class.

▾ What do students do in their free time?

Students love to sightsee, join small groups, experience French cuisine, take in concerts and art shows, walk around the city, shop and so much more. There's so much beauty and history to take in while in Paris.

▾ Will there be opportunities to serve?

Yes, students can seek out opportunities to serve with local churches or other organizations.

▾ Will I be able to attend church?

Yes, there are several English-speaking churches in Paris. Many students go to the American Church of Paris or Hillsong Paris.  French majors will benefit from participation in a French-speaking church. 

▾ How will I get around?

The metro and bus system in Paris is phenomenal. It's so easy to get around. There are metro stops on nearly every corner. Paris is also very walkable as a city.