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Eiffel Tower & Students by Catie Conant
  • Spend 3 weeks of your summer studying film and art in Paris!

  • The program will be offered every other summer (2016, 2018, 2020)

  • Learn from an expert Program Director: CU Film Professor Suranjan Ganguly

  • Enjoy film screenings and lectures along with visits to museums and other sites around Paris

  • Afternoons and weekends are free to explore Paris on your own

  • Course is open to all majors
  • Program course fulfills the upper-division Literature and the Arts core requirement


Group in front of Invalide by Areti Ananasopoulos

The program takes place in Paris, France. Excursions will cover the following sites in and outside the city: the Pompidou Center, Chartres Cathedral, the Musée d'Orsay, and the Cinematheque Francaise. You will also be expected to visit sites in Paris on your own that will be discussed in class such as La Défense and Montmartre.


You will be housed in triples or quad rooms in a hotel centrally located in Paris, which will be close to a major metro stop and to the historic center of Paris. The program hotel is Citadines Bastille-Marais, situated halfway between the Bastille area, one of the liveliest spots in the capital, and the Marais, a historical center of Paris. Each room contains kitchen facilities where students can prepare their own meals. Class lectures and film screenings generally take place in the hotel.


You are responsible for making your own transportation arrangements to and from France. Those who would like to travel together can discuss this option at the group orientation to be held in early April.


  • Course: FILM 3402
  • Credits: 3 upper-division credit hours
  • Approved for: This course fulfills the upper-division Literature & the Arts A&S core requirement.
  • Grading: This is a CU Boulder course, so you will receive letter grades
  • See course description

This interdisciplinary course will provide you with an exceptional opportunity to study the relationships between film, culture, and art within the context of French society. The program combines screenings and lectures in English with visits to museums and specific sites in and outside Paris that have historical, cultural, and artistic significance. You will watch full-length feature films (on DVD) that focus on certain aspects of French art and architecture, then visit some of the actual sites that appear on film. You will also study the work of specific artists like Francis Bacon and Pierre-Auguste Renoir in order to understand the relationships between cinema and painting.

The course is divided into three sections:

  1. Versions of Paris: We will study how Paris is used as an urban setting by comparing original locations in the city to their representations on film.
  2. Art into Film: This section will deal with the relationships between film and painting, specifically how an artist's work influences the making of a film.
  3. Movies about Movies: We will examine films that deal with the art of making movies within the context of the French film industry. This will be followed by a trip to the Cinematheque Francaise.

Films may include:

Arc de Triomphe by Areti Ananaspoulos
  • Jeunet's Amélie
  • Kassowitz's La Haine (Hate)
  • Brakhage's The Chartres Series
  • Bertolucci's Last Tango in Paris
  • Truffaut's Day for Night
  • Man's L'Entretien
  • Renoir's Partie de Campagne (A Day in the Country)

You are required to take part in all program activities and to complete all academic work. You will take the 3 credit-upper-division course Film 3402 European Film and Culture: Film and the French Aesthetic. Lectures are given both in the classroom and on field trips. All lectures, papers and exams are in English.

Your grade will be based on the following:

  • an exam
  • a journal
  • a research project, which will be a comparative study of film and its relationship to a specific site/art work.


Professor Suranjan Ganguly, Film Studies, directs the program. He teaches international cinema and offers Study Abroad classes in Rome and Paris in alternate summers. He is the recipient of the Marinus Smith Teaching Award. He will select program participants, host a pre-program orientation, lead the course while abroad, and act as resident director in France. His email address is


You will have most weekends, afternoons, and evenings off to explore Paris and its environs. The on- site visits will also allow you time to explore these locations on your own.



  • Ayer Romance Language Scholarship (for students on French or Italian programs who have not previously studied abroad and who are not seniors). Contact: French & Italian Department

  • Katherine J. Lamont Scholarship (for students studying abroad on a French program for the first time). Contact: French & Italian Department

  • Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) Grants: (up to $2,400/project) for undergraduate research or creative work projects including projects while studying abroad. Application, detailed descriptions, project archive (to get project ideas) are available on the UROP website. Application deadline is EARLY - usually in late February/early March.




Program Reviews:
Summer 2016 Participant
I loved the excursions, especially the guided tour of Chartres Cathedral.

Summer 2016 Participant
Being latina, I definitely did not see others that were like me. Paris is most definitely a melting pot but there is a huge lack of latin people. Nonetheless, it did not really matter to me. I think being an American many people think that the French will be rude, but that strictly towards Americans but to all foreigners. Locals will automatically know before you even speak if you are foreign. They have what seems like a rude or short demeanor, but they are actually really nice once you get to know them.

Summer 2014 Participant
Location was great! There could have been more of an opportunity to interact with locals, it was mainly if we happened to run in to any. The excursions could have been better but I think it was more of a planning problem. The course was good but I was expecting it to have more to do with French film rather than a few film that took place in France.

Summer 2014 Participant
The course was very organized and extremely interesting. No one was afraid to speak up during discussion and there was plenty to discuss given the amount of material that we covered. Having class in the conference room of the hotel was also incredibly convenient and made the environment a little more familiar. Interacting with the local people in Paris was always interesting and fairly easy as long as someone spoke a little French. All of our excursions were engaging as well and it was nice to have a combination of planned excursions and independent ones as well.

Summer 2016 Participant
I loved interacting with locals. At first it was really nerve racking to go up to a person who you know will not speak your language, but it was the most amazing experience. I highly encourage talking to locals and even making plans with them and exchanging numbers (in a safe way of course).

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline App Review Begins Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 01-FEB-2018 ** Variable 27-MAY-2018 16-JUN-2018
NOTE: Dates on this page are for information only; final dates will be confirmed with participants after acceptance to the program. Do not purchase airfare until instructed to do so by your Program Manager. The Start Date indicates the day participants arrive at the program location; the End Date indicates the day participants depart from the program location.

** Most programs’ applications are reviewed on a rolling basis (starting August 1st for Spring programs and January 15th for Summer and Fall programs). NOTE: Some programs start the admissions process earlier and fill before the deadline, and some programs’ applications aren’t reviewed until after the deadline. Check with Education Abroad staff for details.