Story posted June 11, 2012
Bordeaux and Paris Trip: Spring 2011
Every two or three years, the Department sponsors a two-week trip to France. Students are asked to pay a small portion of the cost, and the rest is provided by the Dunlap family, generous donors to the College.
Organized by a former Bowdoin professor now living in Bordeaux, the trip offers ten students and a faculty member the chance to spend ten days there and another three in Paris. In Bordeaux, students live with the families of French students or in students’ apartments. They attend classes with their hosts, visit a school for a debate on American and French culture, and enjoy excursions to the seaside and to St. Emilion, where the world’s finest wine is made.
The final three days of the trip are spent in Paris where students are free to see the city as they wish and plan their activities according to their interests.
All of these activities outside the classroom serve as springboards for students to major in French at Bowdoin. By using the French language in authentic settings, students are often bitten by the French bug and pursue a course of study they had not previously considered. The Department is fortunate to be able to offer these opportunities, and we look forward to them continuing in the future.
It was great to apply classroom learning to the real world
— Felicia Heider '12