photo by Tammy Christensen

Program details: Experience the beauty of the French Riviera and the history and culture of Paris. Intensively hone your French in Nice and apply your skills by exploring France’s cultural heritage in Paris, the city many call “the cultural capital of the world.”

Students take classes from French teachers while living with a host family in Nice, providing them with an immersion experience. While on the Riviera, students explore the old city of Nice and its castle, Monaco and Monte Carlo, Cannes, and many other beautiful locations in the region.

Students also discover several Loire Valley châteaux: Amboise, Blois, Chambord, Chenonceau, Cheverny, and Clos-Lucé. And then there’s Paris: the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame, the Rodin museum, Sainte-Chapelle, Versailles, the Seine, and more. You’ll acquire lifelong memories!

Tentative dates: Students choose one of three options:

Option 1: May 4-June 21, 2014—Six weeks in Nice, one week in Paris, and a Loire Valley excursion (7-9 hours credit). Estimated program fee: $4,595.

Option 2: May 4-June 1, 2014—Three weeks in Nice, one week in Paris, and a Loire Valley excursion (4-6 hours credit). Estimated program fee: $2,995.

Option 3: May 23-June 21, 2014—One week in Paris, a Loire Valley excursion, and three weeks in Nice (4-6 hours credit). Estimated program fee: $2,995.

Anticipated curriculum: French 1020 (4 credits), French 2010 (4 credits), French 202G (4 credits), French 490R (Art Appreciation and/or Local History Research—3 credits), Language 291R (1 or 2 credits). Other courses may be offered upon consultation. All majors are welcome to apply.

Program fee covers: Classroom instruction and books in France, homestays in France, two meals a day in Nice, breakfasts in Paris and the Loire Valley, in-country transportation and lodging, entrance fees and excursions, international health insurance.

Program fee DOES NOT cover: Round-trip airfare, UVU tuition (approx. $160 per credit hour), passport, Nice and day-trip lunches, Paris/Loire Valley lunches and dinners, discretionary spending.

Directors: Tammy Christensen, lecturer of French,; David Madsen, instructor of French,

Application deadline: Friday, December 20, 2013  January 31, 2014. Submit online application, two online letters of reference, $195 non-refundable application fee, and $300 program deposit. If you miss the deadline, you may be welcome to apply until the program is full, but please note that the program fee will be higher and space may be limited. Application materials are available at

Tuition Waivers: UVU Employee & Employee Dependent Tuition Waivers may be applied for up to six credits of ISP tuition.

Financial aid: Pell grants and Federal Insured Student Loans may be applied to the program, based on eligibility. 
Applicants must have a current FAFSA form on file at the Financial Aid Office (BA 105) and complete all necessary application forms for financial aid.

Scholarships: Qualified participants may receive assistance from the Howard B. & Mary D. Nelson Endowed Scholarship for Language Studies.