Located on the River Seine in northern France, Paris holds a reputation not only for its beauty, cultural richness and innovation, but also as one of the world’s leading capitals for business. One of the most visited cities in the world, Paris opens its doors to over 40 million tourists annually.
The city itself includes two islands, Île Saint-Louis and Île de la Cité, but is known for its 20 clockwise-spiraling municipal boroughs each with their own style and character. Evolving from absorbed outlying villages, the streetscape is a labyrinth of narrow cobbled streets and far stretching avenues of grand neo-classical style stone buildings.
Nicknamed the “City of Light”, Paris is home to an array of famous theatres, opera houses, historical monuments and World Heritage Sites. The city plays host to some of the most renowned cultural sites –the Louvre Museum (home of the Mona Lisa), the Musee National d’Art Moderne Arc de Triumph, the Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral, and the iconic Eiffel Tower.
Spoken world-wide both as a first and second language, the French language finds its home in France. With an estimated 110 million speakers with French as their native tongue, and almost 200 million second language speakers; it is one of the most commonly studied foreign languages in the world, second only to English.
North Star Programs explore the arts, language, cuisine and notable attractions which contribute to Paris’ status as a one of the world’s leading cultural centers.