Excursion Information

As a MICEFA student you have access to our great excursions provided throughout the semester!  A listing and description of the upcoming excursions are listed below.  If one of the excursions interests you, you can sign up directly via the website using the sign-up form at the bottom of this page!

Spring 2022 Excursions


Get ready for beautiful castles and bountiful vineyards — join us in March as we sample some of what the Loire Valley has to offer.

Our first stop will be to the Château de Chenonceau.

This French château spans the river Cher, near the small village of Chenonceaux, Indre-et-Loire, Centre-Val de Loire.  It is one of the best-known châteaux of the Loire Valley

The estate of Chenonceau is first mentioned in writing in the 11th century.[3] The current château was built in 1514–1522 on the foundations of an old mill and was later extended to span the river. The bridge over the river was built (1556-1559) to designs by the French Renaissance architect Philibert de l’Orme, and the gallery on the bridge, built from 1570 to 1576 to designs by Jean Bullant.

Pack a picnic lunch or eat at the castle food services.

After lunch, the group will hop back on the bus for a trip to the winery. There you’ll be able to discover the wine making process, tour the cellar and, of course, sample some excellent wine!
Trip includes: transportation to and from Chenonceau, entry to the Chateau and wine tasting.

This trip is included and mandatory for CSU IP and UParis Miami students. For other questions or to reserve your spot, please sign up below or come to the office. Your payment will make your reservation final.

Sign up deadline AND payment deadline: March 1st, 2022


7:45 am: Meeting point by the General Lerclerc statue near the bus stations at Porte D'Orléans, 75014.

8:00 am: Bus leaves Paris (please be on time)

11:00 am: Arrive at Chenonceau Castle. Guided visit around grounds followed by time to visit the chateau and free time. Explore the Grounds & Lunchtime: every student has to bring a picnic lunch or buy food on site.

3:00 pm: Bus leaves promptly from Chenonceau to go to the wine tasting

3:30 pm: Arrival at the winery for a tour and tasting

5:00 pm: Departure for Paris (estimated arrival in Paris 7:30-8:00 pm)



all inclusive/space is limited/first come first served


Due to unforseen construction on the train line heading to Provins, this excursion has been cancelled.  

TUESDAY MAY 10TH, 17h30 - 19h00

Join us for one last hurrah as we say goodbye to this great semester!  Current MICEFA students are invited to an apéro and games to celebrate the end of your amazing MICEFA Year in Paris. We hope to see all of you!  MICEFA staff and professors will be there to say “Au Revoir”! The MICEFA will provide some French cheese and drinks and we will host some activities to participate in. We can not wait to see all of you!

WHERE: Meet at the main entrance gate of the Cité Universitaire International across the street for the RER B stop “Cité Universitaire”
17 boulevard Jourdan, 75014 PARIS


Fall 2021 Excursions


Included in the “Centre des monuments nationaux” in 2009, the “Domaine de Rambouillet” is famous for its chateau, the first construction of which dates back to 1345. 

A modified 14th-century stronghold at the heart of the Rambouillet forest. This royal residence, which welcomed, notably, François I, the Count of Toulouse, the Duke of Penthièvre, Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, Napoleon I, and many more. The royal residence then became the official residence of the presidents of the French Republic in 1883. 
In the park, you can find the Queen’s Dairy and the Shell Cottage. 
The Queen’s dairy was created to amuse Marie-Antoinette.  

In the part of the park with the English garden, stands the cottage built by the Duke of Penthièvre for the Princess de Lamballe. Its unusual decoration is made from shells and chips of marble and mother-of-pearl.  

The royal estate is now open to the public and used at intervals to receive heads of state invited to France. It contains some magnificent examples of interior decoration, such as the marble chambers, the rococo decorations in the Marie-Antoinette apartments or those used by Napoleon in neo-Pompeian style. It is surrounded by a formal garden, canals and five islands.

Trip includes: Entrance to Rambouillet Château & Garden

This trip is mandatory for CSU IP.

For other questions or to reserve your spot, please sign up below or come to the office. Your payment will make your reservation final.

Sign-up Deadline: September 21st


RDV: 8h10 at Gare Montparnasse
Meet at the top of the escalators on level 2 (main train level Grandes Lignes) - Hall 1

Train Departs around 8:30 am

Arrival at Rambouillet: around 10 am
Bring a light picnic lunch!
Guided tour of domaine: 10h45

Followed by free time to picnic and explore the grounds and castle.

Return to Paris: train with staff TBA or on your own - direct trains leave every hour



Trip includes entrance to the Rambouillet Chateau and Gardens and Guided Tour


Claude Monet lived for forty-three years, from 1883 to 1926, in his house in Giverny. With a passion for gardening as well as for colors, he conceived both his flower garden and water garden as true works of art. Walking through his house and gardens, visitors can still feel the atmosphere which reigned at the home of the Master of Impressionism and marvel at the floral compositions and water lilies, his greatest sources of inspiration.

Trip includes: Private coach transportation to and from Giverny, as well as entry to Monet’s house and gardens.

This trip is mandatory for CSU IP & for students enrolled in MIC 220E – 19th century French Painting: Impressionism and Beyond.

For other questions or to reserve your spot, please sign up below or come to the office.

Sign-up and payment Deadline: October 9th (cash only, exact change please)


8:10 am: Meeting point at Porte d'Orleans, 75014 -
in front of the Général Leclerc Statue

8:30 am: Bus leaves Paris

10:30 am: Entrance to the Foundation Claude Monet to see Monet’s house.
Free time to visit the gardens and surrounding village.
Lunch time: Bring a picnic lunch or buy food on site (cafés, restaurants...)

2:30 pm: Bus leaves from Giverny (estimated return to Paris, 4:30pm)




The Musée d’Art Moderne or the MAM of Paris is housed in a beautiful Palais de Tokoyo that reflects the typical architectural style of the 1930s.  It is home to more than 15000 pieces and is one of the biggest contemporary art museums in France.  The permanent collections date from the 20th century to today and include pieces from artists such as Picasso, Dufy, Modigliani, Derain, Picabia, Chagall and many more including their most famous pieces: La Danse by Matise and La Fée électricité by Raoul Dufy.

Take an afternoon to immerse yourself in the best that Paris has to offer in terms of modern art.  Your guided visit will give you inside knowledge into the history of this exciting works of art!

This trip is mandatory for CSU IP students

For other questions or to reserve your spot, please sign up below or come to the office.

Sign-up Deadline: November 10th


12:40 : Meeting point at the MAM
in front of the main entrance :
Access at 12-14 ave de New York
75116 Paris

Metro 9 stop: Alma-Marceau or RER C stop: Pont de l'Alma

13:00 : Guided visit of the museum with Greg from the intensive session

15:00 : Estimated end of visit and excursion