Dates:  May 23 (Depart US) - June 29, 2016 
Cost: $5995 plus airfare (This fee is subject to Board of Visitor approval)

Fees include tuition, insurance, and accommodation in apartments. International airfare costs are not included.           

Program Director  

Major Jeff Kendrick is an Assistant Professor of French at Virginia Military Institute. He has led programs in Paris since his arrival at VMI. He enjoys introducing his students to the hidden medieval and Renaissance treasures in the capital and the time he gets to spend with cadets on these trips .

Major Abbey Carrico earned her Ph. D. from Emory University.  Her research interests include 19th century French literature, literary criticism, and ecocriticism. 


Any current student in good standing with an accredited university is eligible to apply. VMI students need only submit an application. Applicants from other universities should include a faculty letter of recommendation, an official transcript, and a short essay outlining the applicant's personal and academic goals for the program, along with the application. Applications must be received no later than 18 December, 2015.  A $250 deposit is due with the Application and final payment is due by 31 January, 2016.

Room and Board

Students will be housed in double or triple occupancy apartment with a living area and an equipped kitchen.  Meals are not included.

General Overview

Students will be immersed in French culture and language during a five-week intensive course of study that includes level-appropriate language instruction and a French culture and history course taught in English. The program will also offer students the opportunity to travel to important historical sites in Paris and Normandy. Students will earn a total of nine hours of credit, three hours for the French culture and language course and six hours at the 100, 200, or 300 level, which can be counted toward fulfilling their VMI language requirement. It is aimed at those fulfilling a language requirement (either 2 or 3 year requirement) and French majors and minors.