Why go to France?

Tired of the cold and the snow? Do you want to get away from Fredericton? Do you dream of travelling while earning University credits? Well, UNB is again offering its very popular Travel Study Program in France that gives you the opportunity to enjoy the culture and economy of France in the best possible social and intellectual environment and most important at the lowest cost.

Everyone is invited to participate in this exciting travel study program. You may choose to audit the courses or take them for credit. Come practice your French and learn about the European economy. Don’t worry, after a few days, you will have adapted quite well and improved your knowledge of the French language.

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, transportation in a private bus, 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.

As Hemingway wrote in A Moveable Feast: “There is never any ending to Paris and the memory of each person who has lived in it differs from that of any other We always returned to it no matter who we were or how it was changed or with what difficulties, or ease, it could be reached. Paris was always worth it”. UNB now offers you the possibility to visit France and to discover one of the most lovely and culturally diverse cities in the world.

Program fees include almost everything and accommodations are of excellent quality. We will go where tourists rarely go or are not allowed to go. With specialists who know Paris, you won't lose your time and you will experience the trip of a lifetime (if you don't believe us, talk to the students who went in the previous years).

Enrolment for the Spring in France Program is limited to 20 participants. For more information about the course, please contact via email Robert Viau and Patrick Bergeron.

Here are some of the activities we have done in the past:

  • In Paris, learned how an island in the Seine River evolved from a small fishing village to one of the world's greatest cities
  • Found out how Paris narrowly escaped being ravaged by Attila the Hun and his fierce warriors thanks to a young girl named Geneviève
  • Visited Victor Hugo's residence, filled with his paintings, drawings, and furniture
  • Sipped our favourite beverage at “Les Deux Magots”, a left-bank hangout of existentialists Jean- Paul Sartre, Albert Camus and Simone de Beauvoir
  • Smiled at the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo, as well as the recently uncovered ramparts of the original Louvre, which began its “career” as a medieval fortress
  • Watched the sun set from the Eiffel Tower
  • Enjoyed an evening cruise on the river Seine
  • Attended a Paris fashion show
  • Marvelled at the vast expanses of the Versailles Palace and gardens
  • Strolled the Champs-Élysées and visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier under the Arc de Triomphe
  • Admired the stained-glass gothic gem that is the Sainte-Chapelle
  • Visited Europe's largest surviving medieval hall at the Conciergerie
  • Looked for Quasimodo and Esmeralda in Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Conquered Montmartre, the most famous climb in Paris, and enjoyed a breathtaking view of the city
  • Visited the Marais Quarter, including the elegant Place des Vosges
  • Saw Napoleon's magnificent tomb, and reviewed France’s long military history, in the Invalides and at the Army Museum
  • Visited the tombs of Victor Hugo, Voltaire, Rousseau and World War II resistance leader Jean Moulin in the Panthéon
  • Wandered through the vast Père-Lachaise cemetery, resting place of many famous artists and writers (it is no longer permitted to pour beer on Jim Morrison's grave!)
  • Strolled the surprising Canal Saint-Martin to La Villette, a newly revitalized quarter
  • Saw famous paintings by Van Gogh, Monet, Renoir, Gauguin, and others at Le Musée d'Orsay
  • Shopped at international brand name boutiques: Dior, Chanel, Vuitton, Cartier...
  • Sampled moules (mussels), escargots, and countless cheeses with excellent wine!
  • Indulged in the famous pâtisseries of Paris
  • Simply enjoyed life while learning and earning UNB credits!

What more can you ask! Join now!