FRENCH FOR ENGINEERS PROGRAM
There are many sites to be seen surrounding the two schools.
Paris offers unlimited cultural opportunities. Your student ID card gives you discounted rates on many activities, such as movies, concerts, museums, etc. All students under 26 and from the European Community have free access to french National Museums .
Here is a list of the most popular sites in Paris:
- La Tour Eiffel : Paris' landmark: in 1889 Gustave Eiffel gave the French flag a 300 m (984 ft.) pole to commemorate the centenary of the French Revolution .
- L'Arc de Triomphe : This arch was built at the top of the Champs-Elysées in memory of Napoleon's Great Army.
- Les Champs Elysées : The triumphal avenue leading to the Arc de Triomphe.
- Notre Dame : A major French landmark . A masterpiece of gothic architecture.
- Les 2 opera houses : The original one built by Garnier in 1875 & the new Opera Bastille from 1989 to commemorate the bi-centenary of the French Revolution .
- Les Invalides : The major dome in Paris, housing the tomb of Napoleon , is part of a majestic hospital ordered by the Sun-king, Louis XIV.
- Place de la Bastille : Landmark of the French Revolution better known today as a hip district hosting the new opera house .
- La Madeleine : Neo-Greek temple ordered by Napoleon in homage to his Great Army, today a rich catholic parish.
- L'Assemblée Nationale : Facing the Luxor obelisk, this neo-classic palace (18th) houses one of the two chambers of the French parliament.
- Place des Vosges, Le Marais : A famous early 17th century square with some of the most beautiful Parisian apartments in the centre of the medieval district.¨
- Le Sacré Cœur : The Basilica overlooks Paris from Montmartre.
- Le Palais Royal : Famous for its gardens , today they are a haven of peace next to the Louvre.
- Le Panthéon : This Impressive late 18th century neo-classical temple hosts the remains of great men and women in French history .
- La Défense : The 21st century skyscrap er business district, erected just outside the western city-limits of Paris was recently added to with the construction of the spectacular Grande Arche.
- La Basilique Saint-Denis : A splendid gothic church where French kings were buried from the middle-ages until the 19th century.
- Le Centre Georges Pompidou (Beaubourg) : Cultural Center and Modern Art Museum built in 1977 in the heart of the former Parisian market area "Les Halles"
- L'Institut du Monde Arabe (IMA) : the Arab World Institute is a place of culture that is the fruition of a partnership between France and twenty-two Arab countries. The IMA, a foundation under French law, was conceived to raise awareness of and to encourage development and communication of Arab culture. Today, it has become a true "cultural bridge" between France and the Arab world.