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IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
565 W. Adams St., Room 320
Chicago, IL 60661
P: (312) 906-5134
F: (312) 906-5355

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Study Abroad: University of Paul Verlaine (Metz, France)

Metz, France

Program Description

Chicago-Kent can nominate up to ten (10) C-K students to take 3 courses for 9 credits during the Spring semester. The courses offered in the past in English have included Comparative Constitutional Law, European Union Law, and Comparative Intellectual Property Law. The University will match each student with a summer internship opportunity in Brussels, Luxembourg, Frankfurt, or elsewhere. These internships are not available to students who do not study at Metz in the spring. The Spring semester typically runs from mid-January until late May. The application deadline for the spring is October 15. All prospective students must complete a University of Paul Verlaine Application Form AND the Metz Learning Agreement Form.

Please note that French proficiency is required for this program. If you are interested in studying at Metz but are not proficient in French, please see the OILP staff.

Country Background Notes

"Although ultimately a victor in World Wars I and II, France suffered extensive losses in its empire, wealth, manpower, and rank as a dominant nation-state. Nevertheless, France today is one of the most modern countries in the world and is a leader among European nations. Since 1958, it has constructed a hybrid presidential-parliamentary governing system resistant to the instabilities experienced in earlier more purely parliamentary administrations. In recent years, its reconciliation and cooperation with Germany have proved central to the economic integration of Europe, including the introduction of a common exchange currency, the euro, in January 1999. At present, France is at the forefront of efforts to develop the EU's military capabilities to supplement progress toward an EU foreign policy." This information came from the U.S. Department of State. Read the Department of State Background Notes on France for additional information.

Country Travel Notes

"This is, after all, that fabled land of good food and wine, of royal chateaux and perfectly restored farmhouses, of landmarks known the world over and hidden landscapes few really know. Savour art and romance in the shining capital on the River Seine. See glorious pasts blaze forth at Versailles. Travel south for Roman civilisation and the sparkling blue Med; indulge your jet-set fantasies in balmy Nice and St-Tropez. Ski the Alps. Sense the subtle infusion of language, music and mythology in Brittany brought by 5th-century Celtic invaders. Smell ignominy on the beaches of Normandy and battlefields of Verdun and the Somme. And know that this is but the tip of that gargantuan iceberg the French call culture." This information came from Lonely Planet's online travel guide. For more information on travel and hostels check out Lonely Planet's travel guide here.

Weather Report

"The French climate is temperate, although it gets nippy in mountainous areas and in Alsace and Lorraine. The northwest suffers from high humidity, rain and biting westerly winds, while the Mediterranean south enjoys hot summers and mild winters." This information came from The Weather Channel. Find out the current weather report in Metz, France, by clicking here.