Many great advances in civilization began in France--Gothic architecture, the code of chivalry, the Enlightenment, and the science of gastronomy among them. Until recently, French was the language of diplomacy and the lingua franca of educated people around the world. While France retains influence over its former colonies in Africa and Asia, it is a major force in the European Union.

Choose Paris for a wide-angle exposure to one of the world's most cosmopolitan cities and some world-class universities. Choose Nantes for full immersion into French culture. Choose Arles for a summer immersion experience in the south of France.