• Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
• 2.0 cumulative GPA
• Language Pre-requisite: None
• Open to UW-Madison degree-seeking students only
• Preference will be given to students who have previously studied French and who have completed Communication Arts 350 - Introduction to Film.
• Good academic and disciplinary standing


Communication Arts 313 OR
French 299

Classroom Language




Program Duration

Summer: Late-May - Mid-June

Application Deadline(s)

TermApplication Deadline
Summer 2017  1/27/2017
Summer 2018  1/26/2018

Future durations will be posted at a later date.

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France, Paris
UW Film in Paris

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Spend four weeks over summer 2018 in Paris studying "Love & Horror in the City of Lights, Camera, Action!" with Professor Vlad Dima.  This program provides a chronological overview of French cinema with an emphasis on aesthetics, industry, and exhibition from the Lumière Brothers to the present. First, we will explore in our seminar the early cinema, poetic realism, the New Wave, neo-noir, contemporary art cinema, and le blockbuster. Second, we will aim to uncover the city of Paris as a literal text, an organic, hybrid entity that can be "read." Our screenings will therefore lead to the following questions: How do French filmmakers depict the City of Lights? Does the city deserve its other famous moniker—the City of Love? Could it also be a City of Horror? In order to answer these questions, we will experience Paris organically, through excursions to major museums, famous film locations, historic cinemas, and the Cinémathèque française.

The summer 2018 program will be led by Professor Vlad Dima from the Department of French and Italian.

Surrounded by a city full of film-lovers, the program offers a unique perspective for studying film. This program offers students the chance to live as a cinephile in Paris for four weeks through film viewing, walking tours of film sites, and visits to various art cinemas.

Learning Objectives

We have overall Goals and Expectations for Study Abroad Participants, covering the personal, academic and professional aspects of study abroad. Additionally on this program, you can:
  • Learn specialized vocabulary for describing film style and narrative
  • Explore the differences and the similarities between the French and American film industries
  • Understand the key historical factors, texts, directors, and films of the French New Wave
  • Gain knowledge about contemporary French film exhibition practices by visiting art houses, cineplexes, and the Cinémathèque Française
  • Master the historical importance of one neighborhood in Paris and lead the class on an educational tour
  • Deepen cross-cultural understanding through exposure to daily life in Paris