Fort Hays State University students get opportunity to spend spring break in France

Once spring break approaches in March, FHSU students will be presented with another option for plans: spending March 18-28 touring France and receiving two credit hours in MLNG 568, Field Studies in Modern Languages.

Dr. Jean Salien (zhohn SAHL-eh-in), professor of modern languages at FHSU, said the trip is primarily open to students and families of the students, but the public is also welcome.

"In the past, we had persons from Hays, parents of students from out of town and out of state and even a couple of friends of the university who wanted to come to Paris with us," he said.

While in "The City of Light," students will be introduced to the history, architecture, art, language, literature and culture of France. Daily tours will explore these various aspects as participants travel through the country by foot, trolley and canal. While required to partake in these educational activities, students will be allowed plenty of opportunities to explore the city off the schedule.

Some of the key sites will include visits to Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Musee (mew-ZAY) Picasso -- an internationally known art museum housing Picasso's work -- and the Eiffel Tower. Other features are the bateau-mouche (bah-toe moosh) ,a boat tour on the Seine River around Paris, lunch at McDonald's in Versailles and a trip to EuroDisney.

"This is a good way to approach the culture and the language of France," Salien said. "The students always come back with lots of good pictures and stories."

Students are encouraged to speak French while in the country, but those interested in attending are not required to speak the native language or to be enrolled in a French class.

The trip will cost $1,195 for triple occupancy in their Paris hotel room and $1,345 for double occupancy. The price includes round trip airfare from a nearby international airport to Paris, continental breakfast every morning, lodging, a public transportation pass, tours by bus and the bateau-mouche and a museum pass. The price of lunch and dinner is not included but is estimated to be around $200 for the 10 days. An $8 charge is also estimated before the carte orange (kart o-rahnj), a temporary pass to Versailles and Chantilly, becomes effective.

Deadline for the application and reservation is Dec. 15. By reserving a spot, it will act as an equivalent to a commitment and will allow for details to be worked out.

A first-payment fee of a $400, payable to the Modern Language Department Paris Tour, will be on Jan. 1, 2004.

The full payment must be made by Jan. 15, 2004. After that date, money cannot be refunded.

For applications and more information, contact Salien by phone at (785) 628-4244 or (785) 628-4100 or by e-mail at Make sure to leave a name, phone number and e-mail address.

"Students have always loved the trip," Salien said. "I don't know of any student who came from Paris without a wealth of experience. It?s a once-in-a-lifetime experience that students enjoy to the fullest."

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