Professional Skills in Paris


This program has shifted to a slightly different version/theme for summer 2022... Please see the following webpage to apply for the Summer 2022 adaptation:

On this six-week, 6-credit program you will live and study in Paris, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. This program is designed to develop French language skills for special purposes such as French for the professions, applied translation, and language for cyber security. You will learn how to apply your French language skills to a professional work setting. This program is designed for students who have completed Intermediate French 2 or higher. You will be introduced to applied translation practices including: literal translation, transposition, modulation, equivalence and cultural adaptation. The Teaching English Abroad: From Theory to Classroom Practice course introduces students to the theoretical and methodological foundations of current best practices in language teaching and language acquisition process.

This program includes various cultural activities in and around Paris, which will be determined by the groups’ interests. In addition, you will take a day trip to Deauville and Trouville France. Take your French language skills to the next level and gain the experience you need to use your French language skills professionally.

What You'll Accomplish: 

As an engaged and active participant in this program, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop French language skills for applied translation, language instruction and cyber security
  • Acquire teaching methodology to teach a second language
  • Relate the theoretical concepts studied in class with students’ teaching experiences in the classroom

Paris, the “City of Light” is the largest city in France and the capital. It is located in the north central part of the country along the Seine River. Paris was founded over 2,000 years ago and has been and continues to be one of the world’s most important and attractive cities. When you think of Paris, think of its beautiful architecture, world-class museums, wide boulevards lined with cafes mixed with narrow intimate cobblestone streets. The city is a hub for culture, business, commerce, art, entertainment and food. Paris is the perfect city for you to continue your studies during the summer as it is a center for educational and intellectual endeavors.


Where You'll Live: 

You will live in shared apartments that are located throughout the 20 arrondissements and provides you with a true sense of French life. Typical commute time to the CEA Center where you will have your classes is between 30 and 45 minutes by metro or walking. On average you can expect two to six students per apartment and some apartments may have up to eight students. Typical student bedrooms accommodate two students; some bedrooms may accommodate three students. Housing placements are finalized later in the Spring semester and specific addresses will be provided closer to departure.

You can expect the following at your accommodations in Paris:

  • Beds
  • Bedding, bed linens
  • Towel
  • Tables or desks
  • In-suite bathrooms
  • Fully-equipped kitchen (pots, pans, dishes, silverware, cups and glasses
  • Wi-Fi

Please note that there is not a meal plan at additional cost, but many students will use the kitchen and cook their own meals at home. 

We do our best to provide the most accurate information about housing and amenities but due to the nature of the locations in which we offer programs and limited availability, these items are subject to change.  Contact your program manager with any questions. 

What You'll Study: 

You'll earn a total of 6 credits on the Professional Skills in Paris program. Everyone who participates on the program will take the same courses. The Applied Technical Translation course is taught by Pitt professor Brett Wells. The Teaching English Abroad: From Theory to Classroom Practice course is taught by a local faculty member. The courses will be taught in French and will be comprised of lectures, guest speakers, city tours, and cultural activities. 

If you are seeking to count these courses towards a major, minor or certificate, please meet with your academic advisor to discuss this program and what the courses will fulfill for you. 



Professional Translation (FR1095)

Ce cours comporte deux orientations interdépendantes l’une de l’autre.  D’abord, en tant qu’introduction à la traduction appliquée, ce cours vise à vous initier aux procédés de traduction classiques, à savoir l’emprunt, le calque, la traduction dite « littérale », la transposition, la modulation, l’équivalence sociale et l’adaptation culturelle.  Ensuite, nous explorerons la traduction en tant qu’activité glottopolitique en nous posant les questions suivantes : 1) Quand traduit-on?  2) Comment traduit-on? 3) Comment les traducteurs tiennent-ils compte de leur(s) public(s) cible(s)?

Teaching English Abroad: From Theory to Classroom Practice (FR1052)
The primary objectives of this course are to introduce students to the theoretical and methodological foundations of current best practice in language teaching and to promote critical understanding of the language acquisition process. Secondary objectives include learning to reflect on your own language learning process while practicing French and developing ideas about how theory and practice can be combined to both learn and teach. Finally, we will attempt to develop insights about systematic, non-judgmental ethnographic observation.
The course combines readings and discussions on major topics in language teaching methods and research into language learning with reflective field observations in the English program of a French lycée. Observing and participating in English instruction will allow you to test methods, techniques, and concepts and encourage a critical, cross-cultural perspective on educational settings and populations. Class meetings will be conducted approximately half of the time in French, and some assignments will be composed in French and others in English.

The University of Pittsburgh partners with CEA Study Abroad on this program. Since 1997, CEA has been providing high-quality international academic programs and services. The CEA Paris Center, where your classes will take place at, is located in the heart of the Marais District. The CEA Paris team is available throughout your program to assist and support you 24/7 with any urgent situations.


Your Pitt Study Abroad Contacts: 

Lauren Perri

Hi! I'm Lauren, Program Manager for Arts & Sciences students. As an undergraduate student, I studied abroad in Marburg, Germany. Since then, my career in international education has taken me to many locations around the world. Particularly, I have an affinity for Florence, Italy. There is nothing quite like the challenge of navigating a new city, country, and culture! Let's chat about global experiences.

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Your In-Country Contacts: 

Brett Wells

Brett Wells is a Senior Lecturer, Co-Director of French Undergraduate Studies, Coordinator of the French Language Program and Advisor in the French department.  Professor Wells earned his Masters and PhD in French from Stanford University. He has spent considerable time in Québec, and his research interests include Language planning in Québec, Terminology, Francophone Sociolinguistics, and Applied Linguistics. He has taught at Pitt for over 10 years and led numerous study abroad programs to both France and Quebec.  In addition to his interests in language acquisition and second- and foreign-language pedagogy, he has also begun work on developing courses focusing on language for special purposes, such as French for the professions, applied translation and language for cyber-security.   


Items Billed by Pitt

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Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs

Airfare ~1,300
Meals and Personal Expenses $1000 - $1,500


Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad. Visit our Budgeting page for more information.


What's Included: 

As a part of your Paris program fee, the following are included in the program:

  • Tuition for six credits
  • Shared accommodations while abroad
  • Airport pickup
  • Transportation pass for first week of program
  • Guest lectures
  • Day trip to Deauville & Trouville
  • Cultural activities budget for related activities in Paris. Final activities will be voted on by the group.
  • International travel health insurance


What Else You Need to Know: 
  • This program is designed for students who have completed at least FR 0104 or equivalent level by the program’s start date.
  • Due to the nature of the program, the schedule is subject to change. There may be instances where a guest speaker or visit needs to be rescheduled. We ask for your patience and understanding in advance.
  • Remember that this is an academic program and that you should expect to invest the same amount of time and effort on your courses abroad as you would on a course at Pitt. 
  • You are expected to speak in French majority of the time during this program.
  • There are required excursions and activities outside of normal scheduled classes.
  • Independent travel cannot conflict with any scheduled or rescheduled events/activities