Letter from the Director

Bonjour !

An adventure and new friends await you in the South of France. The Barat Foundation Summer Program provides a unique opportunity for total immersion in French language, art, and culture. The sun-drenched region of Provence, which has inspired artists throughout the centuries, will be our classroom. Our teachers are French nationals who make everyone feel at-home. The region’s hospitality, cuisine, and beauty beckon.

French Language Study:

The Barat Foundation’s month-long summer immersion program is highly unique and offers individual attention in French language, for beginners up to fluent speakers. Our language instructors are local teachers who specialize in teaching French as a second language.  They live on-site with the students, offering a “French house” experience for those who seek a full language immersion. Even true beginners will leave the program able to order at a restaurant, ask for directions, and express basic needs in French.

Community Service:

We offer a Service Learning component, providing up to 40 hours of community service for students interested in teaching English to the French children of the village. Again, the community service program is available to students at all levels of French.

Art and Culture:

In addition to French language study, we offer a wide assortment of artistic disciplines including: photography, video production, music, voice, theatre, dance, creative writing, drawing, painting, fashion, conceptual art, and French cuisine. Our art professors are French nationals and accomplished artists. A French chef cooks with us daily, instructing our students in the art of Provencal cuisine.

Excursions Throughout Provence:

We travel together on excursions through the region, visiting the sites and events that make Provence unique. We visit: Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, Les Baux de Provence, Arles, Nice, Gordes, La Coste, Apt, Vaison la Romaine, La Camargue, and Les Saintes Maries de la Mer– just to name a few! 


The program is located in the Provence village of Rustrel, known as the “Colorado of France”.  Students and staff are housed in a beautiful, fully equipped villa complete with swimming pool. Our program is well integrated into the life of the the village. The local families eagerly await our return each summer. Our final art exhibition, or “vernissage” is held in the Chateau de Rustrel, and the entire village attends.

 Who Can Apply:

Any student in good academic standing, who has completed 8th grade may apply.  French language experience is helpful but not a must. Even those just beginning their French study will make significant language progress.

Many of our students regard their experience in Provence as life changing.

Kindest regards,

Chandri Barat
Executive Director
The Barat Foundation