French Language Study in Paris, France

Exciting Winter Break

Is there anything better than spending a summer abroad in Paris ? This four-week intensive French language program for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students takes place for one month in Paris, the beautiful capital city of France.

Cafe de Flore

Students will have free time in which they can take weekend excursions to a variety of locations. There will also be opportunities for guided walking tours of Paris and a cruise on the Seine.


Students can enroll in beginner (FREN 110) to advanced French language classes (FREN 460/462). Prior to departure, students take an online placement exam and are placed at the appropriate level of study for onsite courses. Classes take place at the Alliance Francaise (AF) from 9am to 1pm every week (Monday - Friday), plus an afternoon session twice a week from 1:30-4:30pm, and are supplemented by cultural activities.

The methodology adopted by their qualified and experienced teachers is interactive and dynamic using innovative technologies. Courses are structured around the four fundamental competencies : oral comprehension, written comprehension, oral production, written production.

2012 Paris Group

Summer 2012 Participants

summer 2011 participants on Normandy beach

Summer 2011 Participants on Normandy Beach

2009 program participants in front of tower

Summer 2009 Program Participants

SU 10 Paris Group Photo at Montmartre

Summer 2010 Participants at Montmartre

Summer 2008 Paris group

Summer 2008 Program Participants

Academic Director

Erin MateuErin Mateu, MA in Foreign Language - French (spring 2014)
Erin is the Associate General Manager at the Center for Global Education. Having returned to the U.S after several years living and working in Paris, France, Erin is excited about helping students achieve their global goals with a cultural immersion in Paris while improving their French language skills.

Her study abroad experience began in high school with a semester in Bordeaux, France. Double majoring in International Business Management and French, Erin completed her undergraduate work at Central College in Iowa. In college, she participated in a year-long program at the Sorbonne in Paris, France, and then in a semester internship in London, England. She also attended the Institut Catholique de Paris for work on her Master's in French Comparative Literature, before coming to George Mason University.

Erin's work experience includes more than ten years in the field of study abroad, as well as work for the Paris Chamber of Commerce. Her teaching experience ranges from University courses at Central College, to adult education with the WISE association in Paris, to elementary school language programming in Charenton-le-Pont, France.

Erin has two daughters, both of whom were born in Paris and raised with French as their first language. You may notice Erin's strong admiration for the Paris Fire Brigade, stemming from the many years that her husband spent in active duty, protecting the people of Paris as a fireman. (She met her husband during her study abroad in Paris!)

Being a "military brat" and having to move fairly often gave Erin a taste for travel. She traveled extensively around the United States and France, and has also toured England and the Mediterranean (including Cyprus and Egypt). Erin considers herself to be a true study abroad advocate who believes that study abroad can shape one's life.

Dates: July 6 - August 2, 2014

You should plan to leave the United States at least one day prior to the program start date to arrive in Paris for the first day of the program. You can schedule your return to the United States from Paris for the last day of the program or choose to travel independently.

Do not purchase international airfare until you are advised by your Program Officer.

Program Fee: $5,600

The Center for Global Education Program Fee includes:

  • Tuition
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Double or triple occupancy rooms at the Foyer International des Etudiants
  • Daily breakfast
  • Carte Navigo (unlimited metro/RER transportation within Paris during July)
  • Pre-departure orientation and materials
  • Emergency medical insurance, including medical evacuation and repatriation


Scholarships are available to George Mason students through the Center for Global Education as well as through outside resources.

CGE Scholarships

Open to George Mason University students who participate in CGE Winter Break and Summer Programs. CGE Scholarship amounts range from approximately $250 to $1,000 and are both merit- and need-based. Students who are awarded a Global Scholarship may volunteer to assist CGE in the promotion of study abroad upon their return.

CGE Scholarships Information Page

Financial Aid

Mason students may also use financial aid (external link to FAFSA Student Aid) to cover a program's cost. If you are not a George Mason university student check with your study abroad office or office of financial aid to learn more about how to cover the cost of your study abroad.

How to Apply

Consult the How to Apply section for detailed instructions.

  1. Start by completing the online application.

  2. Pay the $150 registration and processing fee ($200 for non-Mason).

Note that all supplemental documents are required by the application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Contact the Program Officer for further application forms and instructions specific to your program.

*CGE reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, or any other unforeseen circumstances.