Courses

Students outside during art summer course in France

Courses

Students at Oxbridge in Paris can choose from more than 20 academic and creative courses in French or English.  Each course is designed to incorporate daily outings to museums and historic sites, guest speakers, project-work, and more in order for students to make the most out of their summer study abroad experience in Paris.

Creative Writing: Writing Paris

Oxbridge students spend their summer study abroad in Paris on a journey of experiential learning, drawing inspiration from the city, to truly learn how to skillfully write creatively and freely. Led by professional writers and guest speakers, the emphasis of this course is to inspire new writing as well as polish writing skills. Students visit evocative settings, such as Hemingway’s favorite café or St. Genevieve’s statue in the Luxembourg Gardens, and attend readings by established poets and writers, in order to spur creativity. They edit and publish their best work in the program’s literary magazine.

Fashion

During summer study abroad in Paris with Oxbridge, students use the city’s fashion resources, and are introduced to the history and modern processes of haute-couture. They become acquainted with the main facets of the business - from factory floor to shop floor to boutique - visit some of the most famous houses as well as their artisanal suppliers, and learn the basics of clothes and accessory design. The course culminates in a fashion show in which the students première their creations. Materials fee of $100 US for Majors; $50 US for Minors.

French Language: Conversation and Composition

Taking full advantage of the city of Paris, and using innovative and interactive teaching methods, this course offers a review of French tenses, structure, and vocabulary, with a strong focus on conversational proficiency. Language learning is approached through storytelling and role playing, and short thematic units that integrate museums and cultural sites, bringing students into contact with local native speakers. Students work on pronunciation, intonation, and public speaking.

Paris: Ville Imaginaire

Paris a inspiré les plus célèbres artistes, cinéastes, écrivains, et créateurs. Parfois la ville lumière joue un rôle principal dans leur œuvre, parfois elle n’est que son inspiration. A travers ce cours pluridisciplinaire -- qui allie promenades en ville, visites de musées, films, lectures, et exercices d’écriture -- les étudiants découvrent comment Paris a été imaginé et représenté par différents artistes, tout en travaillant leurs propres créations multimédia.

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Architecture is all around us - a fascinating subject encompassing art, design, history, math, and social sciences. This course offers students the chance to explore a unique discipline, which can open up many diverse career avenues. Paris is the perfect classroom to learn about two thousand years of architectural history, and the ways in which successive generations have responded to the changing needs of the city, its buildings, and parks. On-site workshops, combined with sketching and design exercises, discussions and written projects, familiarize students with the main schools of architecture and urban design, helping them to understand the contexts and challenges that defined them, and their impact on our daily lives. Through sketches, collages, models, and maps, students will develop invaluable new skills and ways of thinking, working towards an impressive final exhibition of their practical, contemporary designs for a site in Paris. Equipment fee of $175 US for Majors; $75 US for Minors.

With the Louvre, Orsay, Rodin, and Pompidou collections all within reach, this course introduces students to Classical, Medieval, Renaissance, Romantic, Realist, Impressionist, and Modernist art. Working in museums, students learn how to read masterpieces by Michelangelo, da Vinci, David, Delacroix, Manet, Rodin, and Monet, as well as important works by prominent Surrealist, Cubist, and Pop artists. 

Students focus on Paris as a city full of stories and characters. Through images, short readings, and exercises, they draw inspiration from the city in order to hone and broaden their writing kills. Led by professional writers and guest speakers, the emphasis is to stimulate and inspire new writing as well as polish writing skills. Students visit evocative settings, such as Hemingway’s favorite café, Beckett’s tomb, or St. Genevieve’s statue in the Luxembourg Gardens, and attend readings by established poets and writers, in order to spur creativity. They edit and publish their best work in the program’s literary magazine.

“In France, cooking is a serious art form and a national sport.” Students discover French cuisine from the evolution of regional dishes and the invention of the café to the development of the modern food industry. Classroom sessions are enhanced by tastings in some of Paris’ most beloved bakeries and shops, as well as practical cooking sessions, during which students try their hand at French gastronomy.  Lab fee of $300 US for Majors; $250 US for Minors.

Brexit, the future of the Euro - in this course students discover the economic institutions that affect all our lives, learn how they have changed over time, and the consequences of these changes. They develop a comprehensive grasp of contemporary economic and social institutions ("capitalism", "globalization", "the market") and their potential futures, not least by exploring their historical development. They address the foundational concepts, principles, and assumptions of the dominant neoclassical economic theory (micro and macro), and go on to test their knowledge against current issues.

Using the city’s fashion resources, students are introduced to the history and modern processes of haute-couture. They become acquainted with the main facets of the business - from factory floor to shop floor to boutique - visit some of the most famous houses as well as their artisanal suppliers, and learn the basics of clothes and accessory design.  The course culminates in a fashion show in which the students première their creations. Materials fee of $100 US for Majors; $50 US for Minors.

Students use France’s rich and varied cinematographic heritage as a window into the nation’s cultural soul. They are introduced to France and the French as they are laughed at, and cried over, by the world’s oldest cinematographic industry, from the Frères Lumière to Mathieu Kassovitz, via the Poetic Realism of the 1920s, Vichy’s dark cinema, and the Nouvelle Vague.  Students compare and contrast France’s versions of itself with those produced by Hollywood.

Taking full advantage of the city of Paris, and using innovative and interactive teaching methods, this course offers a review of tenses and structures, as well as vocabulary-building exercises with a strong focus on conversational proficiency. Language learning is approached through a variety of activities, such as storytelling and role playing, and short thematic units that integrate museums and cultural sites, and bring students into contact with local native speakers. Students work on pronunciation, intonation, and public speaking. They are evaluated on the first day and placed in a group with others of a similar level.

The discussion surrounding global gender injustice and identity has gained renewed traction in recent years thanks to social media and movements such as #MeToo and The Women’s March. This course seeks to understand how gender became a primary organizing principle in society, how and why societies developed gender ‘scripts’, and how gender identity and representation play out in different social spheres: law, education, art, film, literature, healthcare, politics, and media.  Adopting a multidisciplinary approach, students seek to understand how gendered structures affect lives and how, in many geographies, the situation is rapidly evolving and post-gender futures are becoming imaginable.

S’appuyant sur les grandes collections parisiennes - le Louvre, Orsay, Rodin, Pompidou - les élèves apprennent à lire, décrire et évaluer une oeuvre d’art, leur permettant de comprendre le processus créateur de l’artiste ainsi que les réactions souvent violentes que l’oeuvre peut avoir suscitées. Le cours couvre tous les grands mouvements artistiques. 

At a time of unparalleled European integration, this course tackles a broad range of topics and issues, including criminal law, the creation of national constitutions, human rights law, war crimes and the legal justification for international conflicts. The class aims to teach students to think globally, by introducing key concepts of international relations, diplomacy and geopolitics. It then moves on to examine legal aspects by focusing on International Law & Comparative Law, as well as providing a valuable introduction to the essential workings of the European Union, a key player in the current international arena. The students participate in a joint debate session with the Developmental Medicine class on such topics as the legal and medical issues surrounding child abuse.

Working in the country that, for centuries, lent its language to diplomacy, and in the city that has hosted more famous treaty negotiations than any other, students address International Relations both through its theoretical bases and by focusing on key issues of the day. Subjects covered include globalization and its political, economic, and social effects; environmental challenges; new forms of war and peace; the changing nature of security challenges; peacekeeping operations; the regional complexities of areas like the Middle East, Africa, and South-East Asia; and the relationships and rivalries that define global order today. 

This hands-on course introduces students to key aspects of medical science and modern medical practice. Combining specialist lectures with experiments and class discussions, students learn the main principles of human anatomy and physiology, the pathology and significance of certain diseases, discover the main challenges that medical science faces today, and examine the wide and growing range of possible careers in medicine. 

Paris a inspiré les plus célèbres artistes, cinéastes, écrivains, et créateurs. Parfois la ville lumière joue un rôle principal dans leur œuvre, parfois elle n’est que son inspiration. A travers ce cours pluridisciplinaire -- qui allie promenades en ville, visites de musées, films, lectures, et exercices d’écriture -- les étudiants découvrent comment Paris a été imaginé et représenté par différents artistes, tout en travaillant leurs propres créations multimédia. 

Ce cours avancé d’expression orale et écrite s’adresse aux étudiants qui veulent enrichir leur vocabulaire et approfondir leur connaissance de la grammaire française et de ses complexités, tels que l’emploi du subjonctif et du conditionnel, la concordance des temps et le choix des pronoms personnels et relatifs. Les étudiants lisent la presse nationale et regardent des extraits de films contemporains, ils discutent de questions de société et de sujets d’actualité, et s’initient à l’art du débat. Ils s’essaient à différents types d’écriture et créent un portefeuille qu’ils présentent à la fin du programme.

From the top of Montmartre to the winding Canal Saint Martin, beginners as well as more advanced students are guided by a professional photographer as they transform the city into their private studio. They hone their skills on assignments that cover art, photography, essay, landscape, photojournalism, portraiture, and learn to develop their own photos in the school’s darkroom. Students build up a portfolio and their best work is displayed at the final exhibition. They need a 35mm reflex camera. Film is supplied. Lab fee of $300 US for the Major; $150 US for the Minor.

Students investigate a wide range of case histories, touching on dreams, memory, anxiety, body language, gender, and sexuality. At the same time, they conduct experiments and examine their findings under the guidance of practicing clinicians. They pay special attention to the evolution of psychology in Europe, tracing it back to Rousseau’s concept of stages of development and to Freud’s time in Paris. 

In this course, students spend their time capturing sights such as Notre Dame, masterpieces at the Musée Rodin, or a street scene in Montmartre. They hone their technique in a variety of media including watercolor, pastel, pencil, and charcoal. Their best work is exhibited at the end of the program. Materials fee of $250 US for Majors; $150 US for Minors.