THE RESIDENCE. L'Académie de Paris students reside in the Lycée Notre Dame de Sion, a top independent school in the 6th arrondissement adjacent to the southwest corner of the Luxembourg Gardens. The Eiffel Tower, the Rodin Museum, Notre Dame, the Louvre, as well as other famed sites are all within walking distance.
Our neighborhood is a sophisticated and much sought-after area. With an enormous variety of boutiques, galleries, cinemas, famous cafés, and restaurants, but notably lacking the numbers of tourists found elsewhere in the city, the 6th is the perfect environment in which to experience the enchanting Parisian way of life. Ernest Hemingway lived in an apartment on the very street where our school is located, and he wrote The Sun Also Rises at the nearby Closerie des Lilas café. The site of Gertrude Stein's renowned salon is only five minutes from our front door. For four weeks each summer, students at L'Académie de Paris become a part of this rich community in the heart of the world's most beautiful city. In this marvelous setting, our students may indeed come to feel, like Gertrude Stein, that "America is my country, but Paris is my hometown."
STAFF AND SUPERVISION. All programs have central offices open daily from 8:00am until midnight where students can seek advice and answers to their questions. The Program Director and residential staff members live in the same residence as the students, ensuring availability and care around the clock.
ACCOMMODATIONS. All rooms are simple and comfortable singles, doubles, and a few are triples, with shared bathroom facilities on the hallway. The rooms have space for studying, and the school has larger common areas where students can work together. Rooms are furnished with a bed (linens provided), a dresser or wardrobe, and a desk and chair. Students must bring their own towels.
MEALS. Students enjoy a buffet-style breakfast and dinner in the residence cafeteria. Breakfast is continental-style with choices such as cereal, fruit, yogurt, cheese, and bread. Dinner is a variety of standard cuisines and regional foods, including a vegetarian option, fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, and dessert. Lunch is at each student's discretion and provides an opportunity to sample the cuisine at various restaurants, to grab a crêpe or baguette nearby, or to dine in local cafés.
COLLEGE FACILITIES. Beyond the classrooms and dining hall, students have the use of a common room for socializing and watching television or movies. There are on-site public telephones and message boards, and students collect their mail daily from the Program Office.