UNB Travel Study Paris
Paris, Experience the "City of Light"
This is your chance to live in France and to appreciate, study and explore the literature, history, art, economy, politics, and society of Paris. You will spend three weeks in Paris and explore the French countryside. Classes will be held in museums, churches, banks, restaurants and sidewalk cafés, and in important sites related to French economics, literature, politics and history.
* Many of these visits are exceptional and require special permissions that are only granted to the UNB France program.
In Paris, we will go to legendary landmarks (Notre-Dame cathedral, the Champs-Élysées, the Latin Quarter, the musée d’Orsay, Montmartre, and so many more world renowned sites) including a full day in Versailles, and have many exceptional visits (allowed only under special permission to UNB). In the past, we have been able to visit the Sorbonne University, UNESCO, the Canadian Embassy, the Canadian Cultural Centre, the Bank of France, the Monnaie de Paris (Paris Mint), the National Assembly, the French Senate, Sainte-Genevieve library (one of the oldest in France), the Comédie-Française, the salon Goncourt in the Drouant restaurant and the National Library of France. We have also had a nocturnal visit of the Louvre, a Parisian fashion show, a banquet in a renowned restaurant, a night cruise on the Seine River, a tour of the Fragonard perfume factory and of the boutiques that made Paris famous: Chanel, Vuitton, Dior.
Come and visit the Louvre, follow the steps of the characters in The Da Vinci Code, search for Quasimodo in the belfry of Notre-Dame Cathedral, see where the French Revolution started and where the guillotine ended the life of Marie-Antoinette, admire the monuments of Louis XIV and Napoleon, climb the Eiffel Tower, sit where Hemingway wrote The Sun Also Rises and drank with Scott Fitzgerald and Henry Miller, play chess in the café in Montparnasse where Lenin and Trotsky waited for the Russian Revolution to start, walk through Picasso's studio, pay your respects to rock star Jim Morrison (of The Doors) at his final resting place and create your own enduring myths!
You might be thinking: “Hey, I can do this by myself.” Guess again, we have been where tourists rarely go or are not allowed to go. We have had meals in picturesque restaurants, personal tours by local guides, a fashion show, concerts and plays, and because we are from UNB, in past years we had special events such as a visit of the Senate with a French Senator, a personal visit of the Sorbonne with one of its vice-presidents, and how can we forget, pastries at the best pastry restaurant in the world, Ladurée, and royal meals at historic restaurants such as Le Procope, Le Bouillon Racine, or Le Grand Colbert.
Participants and faculty will stay at the Fiap Jean-Monnet. This quiet hotel, which includes 2 restaurants, is located at 30, rue Cabanis, in the 14th arrondissement, next to the Glacière metro station. In Paris, the Travel Study Program offers triple and quadruple occupancy.
Single and double accommodations are available at a premium (please contact Dr. Robert Viau if you are interested in this option).
You will be provided with accommodation from the night of May 7 until the morning of May 26, 2018.
|External Funding Available:||No|
The program will take place May 6 - 26, 2018
Expected Departure Date from Fredericton : Sunday May 6, 2018
On the Travel Study Program in France, you will be expected to participate in 2 courses, one taught by Dr. Robert Viau and one taught by Dr. Patrick Bergeron.
NOTE: FR courses are given in French, CCS courses in English. Both courses cover different aspects of Paris.
Participants not requiring university credit are welcome to audit these courses.
Choose one of the following French courses taught by Dr. Robert Viau, Department of French, UNB
FR 1034: Oral and Written Communication I (3ch)
FR 2034: Oral and Written Communication II (3ch)
FR 3594: Paris in Literature (3ch)
CCS 3594: Paris in Literature (3ch)
Choose one of the following courses taught by Dr. Patrick Bergeron
CCS 4534. French Cinema (3ch)
FR 4534. Cinéma français (3 ch)
Dr. Robert Viau is a Professor at the University of New Brunswick, where he teaches in the Department of French. He is the author of 14 books, including Paris, capitale de la culture (2010) and Poitiers et le Poitou acadien (2013). He is the founder of the Association des professeurs des littératures acadienne et québécoise de l’Atlantique (APLAQA). He has received the UNB Merit Award in 1993, the Prix France-Acadie in 1998, the Prix Marguerite-Maillet in 2015, and the Ordre des Palmes académiques in 2016. En 2007, he created the UNB Travel Study Program in France in order to give students and participants of all ages the possibility to discover, study and appreciate the literature, history, art and culture of France
Dr. Patrick Bergeron is Professor at the University of New Brunswick, where he teaches in the Departement of French. His publication record includes two authored books and four multi-author volumes, among which Les dieux cachés de la science-fiction française et francophone (1950-2010) (Hidden Gods in French and Francophone Science Fiction [1950-2010]) was finalist for the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire in France. In 2016, Dr. Bergeron won the Tenth Annual Jamie Bishop Memorial Award, given by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA), for a critical essay on the fantastic written in a language other than English. A specialist of French literature and culture, Dr. Bergeron has sojourned in France on numerous occasions and holds a Ph.D. from the University Paul-Valéry (Montpellier, France)
|Language:||English , French|
|Available Subjects:||french , media and film|
Important Travel Information
Travel arrangements are the responsibility of the individual participants.
Do not purchase your plane tickets until you are advised in writing by the UNB Travel Study program that the program has reached a sufficient amount of participants to run.
You are required to have a valid passport to complete the registration process for a travel study program. A photocopy of your passport is required 45 days prior to the commencement of your program. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date you expect to return to Canada.
For more information regarding passports please visit Passport Canada.
Students are encouraged to apply for a passport as soon as possible to avoid any delays.
Program Fees: TBA
Program Fees Include:
Program Fees DO NOT Include
Once you have registered you will receive
In Paris, participants will have breakfast and dinner at the Fiap. France is known worldwide as a country of great food and restaurants. We’ll take you to a few hidden treasures, exploring the gastronomy of France.
Finally, we have often had our final banquet at the historic restaurant Le Procope which lists its former patrons as Napoleon, Voltaire, Benjamin Franklin and Robespierre.
|Visa Requirements:||If you are not a Canadian citizen, you are responsible to check with the consulate of the country you plan to visit and inquire about visa requirements.|
Jeanne: “Thank you for arranging the wonderful experience. Your vision of this travel study program was certainly inspired. I thought of how different our class was from some of the other language and travel programs where the classroom is just moved to another country. You made the other country our classroom. The best of experiential learning.”
Diane: “The instructors were very zealous in their pre-departure explanations and gave us a lot of material to make our trip a successful one on both the academic and “tourist” side. Because we were expected to be well prepared before the beginning of the trip, we had more time to fully live the France experience. Because of that, I enjoyed myself tremendously, got to see Paris under a different light, lived a “cousin” type relationship with our Poitiers Acadian cousins. All in all a marvelous trip.”
Tom: “An excellent learning model for me. The world is the classroom. Students from other universities were at FIAP and had to attend classrooms in Paris. What a shame, when the best classroom such as the Louvre was right at hand. Profs Viau and Passaris used their classrooms, i.e. Bank of France, sights of Paris exceptionally. […] Profs Viau and Passaris were able to expose each student to French culture, food and culinary expertise, literature, and philosophies in a teaching manner that all would merit from and appreciate.”
Philip: “This is an extremely economical way to visit Paris, one of the world's most expensive cities. Accommodations and meals were excellent. Far better than I had anticipated. I'd say both were first class for cost. I would advise anyone who can, to take the session. It allows one to experience two aspects of France visitors seldom see in one trip: Paris + provinces. The concern shown for all students and the attention to each one of us was marvelous. I left with the impression of a consummate professor. I was truly awed by Dr. Viau's patience and his intimate knowledge of Paris. Speaking and lecturing on Parisian streets is an art which he has perfected.”
Ella: “Definitely recommended! The classes were basically tours lead either by the UNB profs or tour guides, and we only ever sat indoors during the final exams, so you really get to see the place. There is a lot of information in just 3 weeks, but the assessments are fairly graded so it balances out. It is also a great opportunity to meet different UNB students in different years and programs you otherwise would never see… I had a great group and everyone got along very well!”
Arielle: “France was one of my dream locations, Paris was a dream. As for Poitiers, I had never heard of it, but it was so charming and beautiful, we got to see all these different parts, that I wouldn’t even know about if was planning this by myself as a tourist. The French and World Literature course components were also very important.”