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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 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 Description:

French Language in Paris

France, Summer 2020

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. 
  • 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

  • FREN 110: Elementary French
  • 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

Program Dates

Summer 2020: June 6 - July 4, 2020


Day 1 9am-1pm: Intensive French Course.
Afternoon: Walk around Monmartre
Day 2 9am-1pm: Intensive French Course.
Day 3 9am-1pm: Intensive French Course.
Afternoon: Visit to Bateaux-Mouches
Day 4 9am-1pm: Intensive French Course.
Afternoon: Visit to the Louvre Museum
Day 5 9am-1pm: Intensive French Course.
Days 6-7 Free Weekend
Day 8 9am-1pm: Intensive French Course.
Afternoon: Visit to Invalides
Day 9 9am-1pm: Intensive French Course.
Day 10  9am-1pm: Intensive French Course.
Afternoon: Visit to Opera Garnier
Day 11 9am-1pm: Intensive French Course.
Day 12  9am-1pm: Intensive French Course.
Afternoon: Walk around the Covered Passages
Days 13-14 Free Weekend
Day 15  9am-1pm: Intensive French Course.
Afternoon: Walk around the Heart of Paris
Day 16  9am-1pm: Intensive French Course.
Afternoon: Walk around St. Germain des Prés
Day 17  9am-1pm: Intensive French Course.
Day 18  9am-1pm: Intensive French Course.
Afternoon: Excursion to Giverny
Day 19 9am-1pm: Intensive French Course. 
Days 20-21 Free Weekend
Day 22 9am-1pm: Intensive French Course.
Afternoon: Les trésors d'un hôtel très particulier
Day 23 9am-1pm: Intensive French Course.
Afternoon: Paris coté obscur 
Day 24 9am-1pm: Intensive French Course.
Day 25 9am-1pm: Intensive French Course.
Afternoon: Visit to Orsay Museum
Day 26 9am-1pm: Intensive French Course.
* 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 2020: $5,330

Included: Tuition for 6 credits, accommodations, most meals (breakfast and dinners), meal card for lunch at Alliance, international emergency medical insurance.

Not included: Airfare*, passport and visa fees, some meals, other transportation,  personal spending, required textbooks and/or course materials.

*Participants must arrange their own airfare, once instructed to do so by the Mason Global Education Office.

Program Payments

Students on MasonGEO programs must pay the advertised program cost in order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (Deposit + First Payment + Final Payment). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.

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

First Payment: A non-refundable payment of $1000 must be received by March 22, 2020. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

In the event that a student’s financial aid or VA Benefits is estimated to cover the entire costs of the study abroad program, the entire charge will be posted to their student account, since that is where the aid will be applied. In this case students do not pay their first payment through MasonAbroad. However students must submit their “Intent to Use Financial Aid” form by the first deposit deadline.​

Final Payment: The final balance payment is due by April 19, 2020. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $1200 you've already paid (Deposit + First Payment). Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Financial Aid and VA Benefits: Students who intend to use financial aid or VA benefits to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" or "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form" completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the First Payment deadline. The "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form is available in the MasonAbroad application system once you have started your application for this program. If you are using VA Benefits please contact your program officer to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form."

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 8, 2020


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.

Intent to Use Financial Aid Form: For Mason students only. If you use financial aid, this form must be completed by your financial aid counselor and submitted by the 1st payment deadline.

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

Name Christy Pichichero
Phone 703-993-1220

GEO Program Administrator

  Denise Elles-Mdahuar Photo
Name Denis Elles-Mdahaur
Phone 703-993-2155


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/08/2020 ** Rolling Admission 06/06/2020 07/04/2020

** 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.