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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Language of Instruction: French
Housing: Homestay Number of Credits Offered: 6
Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate Type of Program: Faculty-led
Language Courses Offered: French Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: French
Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program eligible for VA Benefits: Yes
Program Description:

French Language in Paris

France, Summer 2022

French Language Paris
Is there anything better than spending a summer abroad in Paris? This intensive French language program for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students takes place for one month in Paris, the beautiful capital city of France. All students will live with a French family to truly experience Parisian and French life and culture. The program also includes free time for students to use to plan their own weekend excursions or afternoon activities.

Program Highlights

  • One month living and learning in the French capital - Paris! 
  • Opportunities to practice your French language skills as you interact with locals, take class, and explore the many highlights of the city. 
  • Options for guided walking tours of Paris and a cruise on the Seine.* 
  • Visit Monmarte, Bateaux-Mouches, the Louvre, Invalides, Opera Garnier, the Covered Passages, St. Germain des Pres, Giverny, and the Orsay Museum.*
*Sites subject to change for timing, programing and weather 


This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University.
Minimum GPA: 2.25


6 credits

Course Options

With the exception of students taking FREN 110, all students will choose two of the courses below for a total of 6 credits on the program:

6-credit Course Option: 
  • FREN 110: Elementary French (6 credits)
3-credit Course Option (students will select 2 courses):
  • FREN 201: Intermediate French
  • FREN 202: Intermediate French II
  • FREN 300: Study Tour in France
  • FREN 310: Oral Proficiency in French
  • FREN 400: Study Abroad in France or Francophone Region
  • FREN 500: Study Abroad in France

Tentative Program Dates

Summer 2022: May 22 - June 18, 2022


Day 1 Arrival in Paris
Day 2 Free day
Day 3 9am-1pm: Intensive French Course.
Afternoon: Walk around Montmartre
Day 4 9am-1pm: Intensive French Course.
Day 5 9am-1pm: Intensive French Course.
Afternoon: Visit to Bateaux-Mouches
Day 6 9am-1pm: Intensive French Course.
Afternoon: Visit to the Louvre Museum
Day 7 9am-1pm: Intensive French Course.
Day 8-9 Free Weekend
Day 10 9am-1pm: Intensive French Course.
Afternoon: Visit to Invalides
Day 11 9am-1pm: Intensive French Course
Day 12 9am-1pm: Intensive French Course.
Afternoon: Visit to Opera Garnier
Day 13 9am-1pm: Intensive French Course
Day 14 9am-1pm: Intensive French Course.
Afternoon: Walk around the Covered Passages
Day 15-16 Free Weekend
Day 17 9am-1pm: Intensive French Course.
Afternoon: Walk around the Heart of Paris
Day 18 9am-1pm: Intensive French Course.
Afternoon: Walk around St. Germain des Prés
Day 19 9am-1pm: Intensive French Course.
Day 20 9am-1pm: Intensive French Course.
Afternoon: Excursion to Giverny
Day 21 9am-1pm: Intensive French Course
Day 22-23 Free Weekend
Day 24 9am-1pm: Intensive French Course.
Afternoon: Les trésors d'un hôtel très particulier
Day 25 9am-1pm: Intensive French Course.
Afternoon: Paris coté obscur 
Day 26 9am-1pm: Intensive French Course
Day 27 9am-1pm: Intensive French Course.
Afternoon: Visit to Orsay Museum
Day 28 9am-1pm: Intensive French Course
Day 29 Return to U.S.
* Dates and itinerary subject to change. The Global Education Office reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, and/or any other unforeseen circumstances.

Program Cost

Summer 2022: Coming Soon!

Summer 2020: $5,330 

The Program Cost for study abroad courses is assessed separately from Mason tuition and fees. This means separate charges will be put on your student account for this course, including a study abroad tuition charge and a study abroad program fee charge, which together equal the published Program Cost for this course. 

  • Application Deposit
  • Tuition and mandatory fees
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • Accommodations
  • Most meals (breakfast and dinners)
  • Meal card for lunch at Alliance
  • International emergency medical insurance

Not included:
  • Airfare*
  • Passport and visa fees
  • COVID-19 testing
  • Vaccinations
  • Some meals
  • Other transportation, 
  • Personal spending
  • Required textbooks and/or course materials.

*Note: This program does not include a group flight. Information regarding arrival times and location will be sent out to all participants after the application deadline. Do not purchase airfare until you receive the "Green Light for Flights" notice from the Global Education Office via email.

The notice will include information on the arrival/departure airports, flight times, and where to meet the group. Students who fail to follow the guidelines GEO sends out will be responsible for applicable costs of changing their flights. When the time comes to purchase airfare, GEO will recommend the purchase of Flight Interruption and Cancellation Insurance. The “Green Light for Flights” email will provide additional information about this insurance. 

Program Payments

The full program fee is charged to your Mason Student Account. Students pay the Global Education Office (GEO) Program Fee as advertised in two payments (Application Deposit + Final Payment).

Application Deposit: $200 non-refundable Application Deposit must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee.

Final Payment: The final balance is made through the Mason Bill+Payment system. Payment is due according to the Mason Payment Schedule. The amount due is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $200 you will have already paid, the Application Deposit.

  • You can make your final payment in the Mason Bill+Payment system even if you do not see the GEO program charge on your student account.
  • George Mason University applies payments to outstanding charges first. If you have an outstanding balance from a previous semester your payments will first go to paying that charge. You will still be responsible for the GEO charge.

Financial Aid: In most cases, financial aid (federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans) can be used to finance study abroad. It is the student’s responsibility to check with the Office of Financial Aid to review their financial aid package. The Office of Financial Aid is the only office that can determine your aid eligibility. 
Meeting with your financial aid officer prior to applying to study abroad will help you understand if, how much, and when your aid can be used to study abroad.
Confirmation of your financial aid award may not be available until registration and billing for the term in question is final. If aid eligibility changes, or the amount of aid disbursed is lower than anticipated, students are responsible for all remaining account balances or risk late fees, holds on their accounts, and program dismissal.
To assist students in the processing of their financial aid, GEO will communicate with the Office of Financial aid those students who plan to utilize financial aid for their specific study abroad program through their application with GEO.  Please note there is no guarantee to students that their aid can be utilized for their specific study abroad program. 

If you plan to use federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans to finance your study abroad you must: 
  • Mark “Yes” to “Do you plan to use Financial Aid to finance your program (federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans)?” in your profile in
After acceptance: 

* Students must be enrolled at least half-time for federal loans and the majority of grant funds. Please refer to the Financial Aid Website for a definition of half-time for undergraduate and graduate students:

VA Benefits: The Veterans Administration determines if a program is eligible to receive VA benefit payments based on the participants VA education program. Use of benefits is dependent on type of benefit and type of program. If you plan to use VA benefits to finance study abroad contact your program officer at to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form." You will complete that form with Mason’s Office of Military Services. To contact Military Services be sure to email them directly at

Withdrawal and Refund Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Withdrawal and Refund Policy.

Payment Instructions

For more information on payments, financial aid, and information for non-Mason students:


GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:

Application Deadline:

March 10, 2022


Application requirements:*

Program Deposit: $200 for all applicants.

Course Selection Questionnaire: You will choose the course(s) you would like to be receive credit for on this program. Check the "Academics" tab to see what courses are offered on this program. If you need help selecting your course, check with your academic advisor.

Passport Status Questionnaire: You do not need a passport to complete this questionnaire or the application. However, if you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now. The Global Education Office offers Passport Grants to help.

Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents regarding the acknowledgement of risk, the pre-departure orientation, and your financial responsibility.

Additional requirements for non-Mason applicants:

Official transcript: To be mailed or emailed to the Global Education Office at George Mason University.

Non-degree Contract Course/Admission Form: Please complete the form and upload it into the questionnaire.

* Additional application requirements may apply to individual programs. Once you open your application, you will see all application requirements.

Application instructions:

Academic Director

  Raluca Romaniuc
Name Raluca Romaniuc

GEO Program Administrator

Name Brittany Harris
Phone 703-993-2155


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 03/10/2022 ** Rolling Admission 05/22/2022 06/18/2022

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.