Saint anselm-in-Paris


Invest in Yourself

Saint Anselm-in-Paris makes it possible for you to study abroad and graduate in four years.  Whether working towards the language requirement, French certificate or French major, you can complete the equivalent of two courses in the space of one month, quickly moving you closer to your goal.  If you have thought about studying abroad for a semester or a year, but are worried about the language barrier, this is just the intensive experience you need.  The irreplaceable international experience you’ll gain will demonstrate strong linguistic and cultural skills to potential employers and graduate schools.

To hear about one Saint Anselm student’s experience in Paris, and the impact it had on her life, go to Lauren Weybrew’s site by clicking HERE.

Why French?

French covers the world.  Though not as widely spoken as Chinese or Hindu, French opens doors to a wide variety of cultures—in addition to English, it is the only language present on every continent. French is the official language or native tongue for 33 countries around the world (second only to English, spoken officially in 45 nations), and is considered the unofficial second language in many more.  Over 125 million people speak French fluently or as their mother tongue, and with the growth of developing nations in Africa, the number of French speakers is on the rise, making your ability to speak French ever more valuable in the global marketplace.

French is the main language of the African Union and one of the working languages of international organizations including NATO, the United Nations, the International Olympics committee, the World Trade Organization, FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association), the European Commission, and the International Red Cross.

French is also the foreign language spoken by the United States’ largest trading partner, Canada (Quebec alone is our fifth-largest trading partner). From 2003 to 2006, trade between the United States and France (which has the sixth largest economy in the world after the U.S., Japan, Germany, China and England) increased by 75%, with one billion dollars in transactions taking place every day.

The world invests in France: in 2003, France was the second largest destination of foreign investment in the world. In 2002, France attracted more foreign investment than the U.S. and was on a par with China. France is also the third largest exporter.

French in School and at Work

Historically France and the French language have had an enormous influence over American society. France was the United States' first ally. French thought played a dominant role among the founders of the United States in the 18th century, and it continues to shape America today through the influence of such intellectual currents as post-structuralism and post-modernism.

In the humanities and the social sciences, many of the most important writings have come from France. Students and researchers who know French have access to these works for several years before they are translated into English. Many significant works are never translated and remain accessible only to those who know the language. In addition, most graduate schools require knowledge of at least one foreign language, and French remains the most commonly used language after English.

French for Your Future, French for Today

You will live most of your life and spend most of your career in a global economy, where interconnectedness and international interaction are the rule, rather than the exception. Strengthening your French-speaking skills and your facility with the French culture will help prepare you to succeed in this world.

As important as the Saint Anselm-in-Paris experience can be for your future, it also impacts your present. Will you gain new perspectives from another summer at home?  Will you be exposed to new cultural experiences and new opportunities with each new day?  In Paris this summer, you will.

Participating in Saint Anselm-in-Paris is an investment, of time and money. You may miss out on some earning opportunities from a summer job.  But think forward—you will spend the rest of your life working.  How often will you have an opportunity to live, learn, and play in Paris?

Paris by night

Spend the morning studying at the Institut Catholique and the evenings experiencing Paris first-hand, taking in its historic museums and neighborhoods.

Photo Credit: Henri Garat/Mairie de Paris (right)