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Welcome to The Citadel Summer Program in France


Our Summer Study in France program is directed by a member of the French faculty at The Citadel, in conjunction with professors from the Institut Linguistique du Peyrou at Montpellier, a large city on the French Riviera. Famous for its university (which dates from the Middle Ages), Montpellier attracts students from all over to its summer study/immersion programs—from Sweden, Italy, Great Britain, Germany, Spain, the U.S. and Canada, et al. Known as “the secret capital of France,” Montpellier is located only minutes from beautiful beaches and is a thriving and bustling city full of animation and vitality with many year-round social and cultural activities.

Montpellier La Tour Eiffel Château de Versailles
Place de la Comédie - Montpellier
La Tour Eiffel - Paris
Fountain - Château de Versailles

As part of their study/immersion program in Montpellier, students will also take excursions to other famous and interesting cities and monuments across southern France, e.g., Marseille (settled by the Greeks, now France’s second-largest city), Cassis and its Calanques (beautiful bays surrounded by cliffs), Agde (village famous for its arts and crafts shops), Avignon (site of the Papal Palace), Nîmes (military stronghold and cultural center of the Roman Empire in France), Carcassonne (beautifully maintained walled medieval city), le Pont du Gard (ancient aquaduct and the highest structure ever built by the Romans), and more.

Medieval City - Carcassonne

At the completion of formal classwork in Montpellier, the Director will travel with the students for the last four days of the summer study session on a visit to Paris, the City of Lights. They will tour various sites, including le Palais de Versailles, le Louvre, le Musée Militaire, les Invalides and the tomb of Napoléon. (Go to the Photo Album for pictures of previous programs and former participants’ comments). BeBecause of the fallof the US currency, the Paris segment of the trip has Because of the weak US currency, the Paris segment of the trip has been cancelled for the 2008 program.

Le Pont du Gard
Le Pont du Gard - Southern France

Courses will start in Montpellier on Monday the 7th of July and the program will finish Friday morning, the 1st of August. Students arrive in Montpellier the weekend preceding the beginning of classes (Please go to Program Information for more details.)

Le Louvre
Le Musée du Louvre