First-year students entering in fall 2014 will begin their college experience with immersive study in Paris, France. Centenary joins a very small number of colleges and universities across the nation that offers a shared international study experience to first-year students.
Centenary in Paris
Centenary in Paris is a meaningful way to introduce you (the incoming, first-year student) to Centenary and its rich history in Louisiana and long-standing ties to France. It's an intensive learning experience that will support you in creating strong bonds with classmates and with the college. We are committed to providing you with expanded learning opportunities and the ability to do more in your four years at Centenary.
"In my experience, Centenary must be the first in the nation to do this. This unprecedented decision to send the entire freshman class to Paris will place the college in the international spotlight and result in bringing much-needed attention to Louisiana and its efforts to promote its French language heritage. This initiative can only be described in one way: formidable."
- Dr. William Arceneaux
President, Council for the Development of French in Louisiana
A Shared Experience
Create strong bonds with your classmates and get to know what Centenary is all about!
The August immersive segment begins August 4 and ends August 22. You will take your first Centenary course during this time. It will begin and end on campus and include 8-10 days in Paris. Each course will be taught by a Centenary faculty member, and the trip will be supervised by Centenary staff members.
Apart from incidentals while in Paris (a few meals on your own and the like), the costs of the August immersive segment and travel are included in your tuition, room, and board for the year. You will pay no additional travel fees for Centenary in Paris. Get answers to more questions here.
A Lasting Impact
An intercultural experience can change you forever: your outlook, your attitude, your idea of what's possible. For over 20 years, Centenary has required intercultural experiences because of the difference it makes in the lives of students.
French influence is a rich part of both Louisiana and Centenary's heritage. Since the arrival of the French explorers, France has been a historic partner of our state. Centenary’s ties with this culture go back to our very first professor – a professor of French – and continue today!
Rather than a traditional American hotel experience, you will stay at an international educational exchange facility known as FIAP Jean Monnet.
You will be able to engage with other cultures in a hostel that specializes in hosting international youth. It is located in the heart of Paris on the left bank between the Place Denfest Rocherau and the Place d’Italie.
Courses will cover a variety of academic areas:
- Bohemian Visions: Avant-Garde Artists in Paris & Shreveport
- Writing Paris/ Writing Home
- The Psychology and Imagery of Les Miserables
- Listening in Paris
- Paris Noir - Black America in the City of Light
- The French Connection: Business in Paris
More in Four
Centenary is giving you the opportunity to do More in 4! Through immersive segments in August and May, you will be able to earn up to 40 credit hours each year.
By having the ability to earn more credits in a year, you will have more time to spend on activities like international study, global service, original research, or getting a jump start on graduate or professional studies – all while still completing your Bachelor's degree within four years!