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Summer Study in France 2019

Program Description

This study abroad program is composed of 2 parts, the first of which is mandatory and the other optional—

Part A / a 3-week, 6/8-credit integrated program of French language and culture, offered by the CIREFE, the International Center of French Studies for Foreign Students at the University of Rennes 2 in France (June 21-July 13). Depending on their level (assessed by a test taken online before the program starts), students focus on oral and written French, phonetics, and civilization. Advanced participants study standard grammatical use and oral proficiency, as well as culture as it is communicated through the French media, or French for the professions. Class size is limited to 15 students. Participation in the well-known festival of the “Tombées de la nuit” and excursions to the mythic Mont Saint-Michel and the coastal fortified city of Saint-Malo, among other field trips, add an invaluable cultural dimension to the language acquisition curriculum.

Part B / a 1-week, 3 credit Honors course in contemporary Nantes (July 13-July 19). The birth place of Jules Verne and the location of his museum, Nantes will offer its surroundings to the course investigation of the Vernian World, Surrealism, and the ‘Journey to the Inner Self’. The epicenter of the Voyage à Nantes, a summer event that transforms the entire city into an art gallery, the place will provide participants with the resources needed to explore the relationships between Jules Verne’s creation of alternative worlds, Surrealist voyages as exemplified in the works of the movement’s artists—as well as those who currently exhibit in the city—and the notion of self-discovery that is so closely associated with traveling abroad. This 3-credit option can be added to the first part of Summer Study in France for a total of 9 to 11 credits.

Course Options

Courses Offered: FR 1410 Beginning French I, FR 1420 Beginning French II, FR 2310 Intermediate French I, FR 2320 Intermediate French II, FR 3306 Masterpieces of French Literature (repeatable), FR 4370 French Civilization (repeatable), FR 4390 Studies in French (repeatable), HON 3395L Summer Study in France.

Students who enroll in the program at the CIREFE only will receive 6-8 credits (FR 1410, FR 1420, FR 2310, FR 2320, to meet graduation requirements, and repeatable FR 3306, FR4370 or FR 4390 for advanced credits in French Culture and Language). Students who choose to add the Nantes option will receive 9-11 credits (6-8 credits in French and 3 credits for HON 3395L, counting as another advanced French course or substituting for credits in Art History and International Studies).

Departure Date: June 21, 2019

Return Date: July 13, 2019 or July 19, 2019

Approximate Cost (subject to revision): <$4,000 for 6-credit program; >$5,000 for 9-credit program with Honors option

Contact Information: Dr. Carole Martin, e-mail:

For more information: Study Abroad Website

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