Study abroad program to send Elans to Paris

By Jade Inglada

Sign-ups have officially opened for students to participate in the 2014 Summer Study in Paris program at East Los Angeles College.

The study abroad program runs for four weeks throughout the entire month of July.

There is no deadline to join, but students are recommended to sign-up early since the trip is limited to 100 students.

Six other colleges in California are participating students in this program as well and spots will fill fast.

The program can be covered by financial aid and also offers two to three scholarships sponsored by the Jewish Philanthropic Fund for participating students.

Students must be enrolled at ELAC, have a minimum of a 2.8 GPA and be at least 17 years old.

Prior knowledge of French is not necessary.

Students are free to customize their program packages from choosing which dorm they want to stay in, if they want a roommate or a single room and which classes they want to take.

Students will be taking morning classes every day before activities. Elans can learn the language basics in Survival French, followed by a French Civilization Course, with the classes being held in English. This is the regular package, which costs $3,250 without airfare.

Students with previous French knowledge can choose to upgrade their experience for an extra $1,000. This package allows students to attend 3 hour classes at a real private French university, which allows them to improve their French skills and meet students from different countries. This package is $4,200.

The group airfare for the program is $1,595, but students are free to find their own ticket.

Elans will be staying in St. Germain Des Pres, the sixth district in Paris.

The area is within walking distance from cafes, stores and the other dormitories.

Lynn Vogel-Zuiderweg Ph.D., an instructor of Spanish and French at ELAC, will be one of the faculty members attending the program.

“Students are free to follow their own interests and we’ll help them find activities on their free days,.We’re here to help them with these things,” said Vogel-Zuiderweg.

Students have three options on where they wish to stay.

The most popular of the three dorm options is the Rue de Conde, which is the student meet-up spot for all the dorms.

Students will receive breakfast each morning and are allowed to use the kitchen if they want to make their own meals.

Two of the three dorms are co-ed, with the remaining one for women only. The women’s dorm is also the only one with a set curfew.

ELAC student, Christian Jimenez, participated in the 2013 Paris trip and plans to go again next summer.

“You don’t have to know French to go on this trip, and you shouldn’t let that or money stop you from going,” said. Jimenez.

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