France: Painting and Photography in Paris and Provence
Embark on a creative exploration of French art and culture, from the “City of Light” to the French countryside, on this high school summer abroad program in France. Visit galleries and world-renowned museums—such as the Musée d’Orsay and the Louvre—and attend drawing, painting, andphotography sessions under the guidance of a French artist. Visit photo exhibits in the National Museum of Modern Art in Paris, set up a photo shoot in Pere Lachaise or the Belleville Market, and explore Paris’s arrondissements with a French photojournalist. Trace the footsteps of famous artists who have been inspired by the region of Provence, including Cézanne and Van Gogh. Learn the art of Provençal watercolor, and fill a canvas with your own impressions of Provence’s landscapes and extraordinary beauty.
During your homestay period in Les Baux-de-Provence, you will meet with local artists and craftsmen, participate in a pottery workshop, and enjoy regional food while becoming fully immersed in the daily life of a French family and community. Take day excursions with your host family or Experiment group to nearby cities of historical and artistic significance, such as Marseille, Avignon, and/or Arles. You’ll also create a carnet de voyage (travel book) with assistance from a French artist. As your artistic journey unfolds, take advantage of continuous opportunities to enhance your French language skills and knowledge of French culture.
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Embark on a culinary and language journey through France on a high school summer abroad program. Explore multiple regions of the country known for their culinary specialties. Learn about French cheeses, sweets, and pastries. Take culinary classes at a cooking school such as the Institut Paul Bocuse in Lyon. Engage with professional chefs, meet with farmers and producers, visit local markets, and learn how to cook local recipes such as macarons and nougat.
Study French during a week of formal language instruction. Put your language skills to use during the program’s homestay, which ranges from 11 to 16 days depending on the length of the program.
The program begins and ends in Paris, giving you time to explore France’s beautiful and historic capital. Together with your group, join local residents in a café for a morning croissant before navigating the streets of Paris to the Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, or Louvre. Sample traditional baguettes, cheeses, and local specialties and enjoy a picnic on the Seine’s famous left bank. Explore the Montmartre art district beneath the spires of Sacré Coeur and dine at tiny cafés that serve regional specialties from across France.
Format Options: This program is offered in three-week and four-week formats. Please see program duration and date options to the right for more details.
Language Certificate: Students who complete the four-week program will earn a language certificate noting how many hours of language classes s/he completed.
Orientation: Paris, 2–4 days
Homestay: Les Baux de Provence, Pierrelatte, Vannes, Saint malo, Nantes, or Blois, 11–16 days
Other Accommodations: Hotels, manior (manor)
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Experience the natural beauty of Argentina through a month of cultural immersion, outdoor activities, and community service. Begin your high school summer abroad in Argentina’s capital, where you and your group will explore the city’s art galleries, theaters, and boulevards and start practicing your Spanish. Sail by catamaran to the city’s surrounding islands to learn about the region’s ecology and biosystems.
From Buenos Aires, travel to colonial Salta La Linda, capital of the Salta province, on Argentina’s northern frontier, where you'll spend two weeks sharing day-to-day life with an Argentine host family. During this period, work on a community service project such as volunteering at a center for children with developmental disabilities or helping to renovate an orphanage or kindergarten. Study Spanish in language classes with other members of your group and learn about local gaucho culture. Go hiking or white-water rafting. Continue on to the small town of Chicoana, just south of the city of Salta, where you'll assist on service learning activities such as painting or landscaping.
Then, embark on a week of outdoor exploration with your group and leaders. Ride horseback, stay on a large ranch, and enjoy traditional barbeque. Travel through the mountains to the city of Cafayate, stopping at famous rock formations. In Cafayate, take a bike tour of the city and then ride to the sand dunes. Return to Buenos Aires for a final day of exploration and reflection.
Orientation: Buenos Aires, 4 days
Homestay: Salta,* 14 days
Other Accommodations: Hotels, campsite, hostels