Course Description & Instructors

On the Travel Study Program in France, you will be expected to participate in 2 courses (either for credit or audit), one taught by Dr. Robert Viau and one taught by Dr. Patrick Bergeron.
Please note that both courses cover different aspects of Paris.

Choose one (1) of the following courses taught by Dr. Robert Viau.
Dr. Robert Viau is Professor at the University of New Brunswick, where he teaches in the Department of French in Fredericton. He is the author of 13 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 « for outstanding contribution to the University » in 1993, the Prix France-Acadie in 1998, the Prix Marguerite-Maillet in 2015 and the Ordre des Palmes académiques in 2016. In 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.

FR 1034. Oral and Written Communication I (3ch)
Develops language proficiency in all four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Emphasis is on oral communication
Note : Designed for students who have completed high school French. Not open to Francophones or to students who have participated in immersion programs in school.
Students who have never followed FR courses at UNB may be eligible for this 3 ch course. Students should consult Dr. Viau if applying for this course.

FR 2034. Oral and Written Communication II (3ch)
Emphasizes the development of listening and speaking skills needed for social and work situations. Vocabulary development and enrichment.
Note : Not open to Francophones and to students who have participated in immersion programs in school. Students who have taken first year French or its equivalent may be eligible for this 3 ch course. Students should consult Dr. Viau if applying for this course.

FR 3594. Paris in Literature (3ch)
Paris has played a key role in French literature. The city has inspired numerous poets and novelists and it has been described by countless others. Students will read and study a number of works that highlight Paris in novels such as Le père Goriot de Balzac, Notre-Dame de Paris de Victor Hugo, Au bonheur des dames d’Émile Zola ou Nadja d’André Breton. There will be visits to museums, residences, cafés and cultural sites where the authors lived and wrote, and where their novels take place.
Note: FR 3594 will be taught in French. FR 3594 counts towards a minor, a major or honours in French at the University of New Brunswick.

CCS 3594. Paris in Literature (3ch)
Paris has played a key role in French literature. The city has inspired numerous poets and novelists and it has been described by countless others. Students will read and study a number of works that highlight Paris. There will be visits to museums, residences, cafés and cultural sites where the authors lived and wrote, and where their novels take place.
Note: Students read the novels in translation, and submit their assignments in English. CCS 3594 counts towards a major or honours in the Comparative Cultural Studies program at the University of New Brunswick.
Note: all FR and CCS courses will be taught in French.


Choose one (1) of the following courses taught by Dr. Patrick Bergeron

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)​

CCS 4534. French Cinema (3ch)
With Auguste and Louis Lumière’s invention of the Cinématrographe in 1894, France can be seen as the cradle of cinema. This course will explore the history and the development of the French cinema, from the early silent film to the youngest generations in French filmmakers. Special emphasis will be placed on films in which Paris plays a key role. There will be city walks to locations seen in the movies and visit of major institutions such as the Cinémathèque française and the Cité du Cinéma.
Note: A selection of films will be shown in French with English subtitles. Classes will be held in English and French. Students submit their assignments in French. FR 3594 counts towards a minor, a major or an honour in the Department of French at the University of New Brunswick.

FR 4534. Cinéma français (3 ch)
With Auguste and Louis Lumière’s invention of the Cinématrographe in 1894, France can be seen as the cradle of cinema. This course will explore the history and the development of the French cinema, from the early silent film to the youngest generations in French filmmakers. Special emphasis will be placed on films in which Paris plays a key role. There will be city walks to locations seen in the movies and visit of major institutions such as the Cinémathèque française and the Cité du Cinéma.
Note: A selection of films will be shown in French with English subtitles. Classes will be held in English and French. Students submit their assignments in French. FR 3594 counts towards a minor, a major or an honour in the Department of French at the University of New Brunswick.

Last remarks

  • You can participate in the 2 courses as a regular student (and receive university credits) or as an auditor (registered for a course without credit and without obligation to do work assigned to the class).
  • We accept participants who are not students, and of all ages, that wish to discover France from a different perspective.
  • The program fees include fees associated with the courses. You do not pay separately the tuition fees so that there is no difference between taking the courses as a regular student or as an auditor.
  • Before departure to Paris, you will receive various documents that may include a travel guide and textbooks.