French Study Abroad Programs

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French Study Abroad Programs

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This program explores the social, cultural and geographical history of the city of Paris from the Middle Ages to the present through the study of a number of key events and places in the city’s rich history. We will focus on different events and their geographical context within the city, thereby exploring the city not just from century to century but from neighborhood to neighborhood.

By participating in this program, students will be able to articulate how each of the locations studied throughout the course has evolved over time to shape the ultra-modern and global city we know Paris to be today. Students will be able to identify how the Parisian landscape has shaped society and how society in turn shaped and transformed the landscape to suit the evolving needs and desires of the people of Paris.

We achieve these goals through two pre-departure classroom sessions, followed by a 14-day trip in Paris. Each day in Paris, we will visit different sites that represent the century we will be discussing that day. Through museums and monuments visits, shows, restaurants, discussions with Parisians, walks, subway rides, and short trips to Versailles, Blois, and Giverny, we will understand what the city of Paris has become. Instruction is in English, no knowledge of French is required.
 
*This is a faculty led program.

Global May Paris Travel Fund

Thanks to a generous donator, the Global Mary Paris program will award three competitive fellowships of $1100 each to admitted participants. The money will be used to help pay for the program. If you wish to be considered for this fellowship, submit to Prof. Benjamin Hoffmann AND Dr. Kate Schlosser one personal statement (500 words maximum). You will indicate your name, campus (Columbus or Newark), GPA, Major and Minor, and write two paragraphs (max 250 words each). In the first paragraph, you will demonstrate financial need. In the second paragraph, you will explain  why the Global May Paris Program is important to reach your personal and professional goals. Please submit your application by March 1. No applications will be accepted after the deadline. 

Location

Paris, France

Duration

Four weeks during Summer 4-week Session 1

Prerequisites

None, taught in English.

Credits

French 1803 (3 credits hours), GE Culture and Ideas

Contact

Geoffrey Nelson

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Global May Paris

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Located in the 6th arrondissement, near the famous Latin Quarter and the Jardin du Luxembourg, the Institut Catholique de Paris (la Catho) is an ideal setting for students. ISA students at the Catho will take courses through the university's Institut de Langue et de Culture Française (ICLF), which offers courses in French language, culture, and civilization. While the host university lies in the heart of the bustling city, it consists of multiple buildings enclosed by a relaxed courtyard and gardens. The Catho is fully accredited and recognized by the French Ministry of Education (Ministère de l'éducation nationale).

Students attend French language classes at France’s renowned Institut Catholique de Paris. Upon arrival, the institution administers a language placement test to determine your level of French. There are courses for all levels. The ISA office in Paris arranges for housing and meals through local homestays, coordinates cultural activities and field trips, and has an on-site resident director, computer lab, and small resource library.

Location

Paris, France

Duration

Semester or Year

Prerequisites

NA

Credits

Credit Evaluation Required

Contact

Louise Yahiaoui

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ISA Paris, France: French Language & Liberal Arts at the Institut Catholique de Paris

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Currently not accepting applications.

Immerse yourself in the French language in one of the most famous, beautiful, and culturally rich cities in the world. Paris will be your classroom as you explore the open-air markets, 19th-Century passageways, diverse neighborhoods, and so much more. You will discover that Paris is a city of tradition and innovation—a city alive with energy as it prepares for its green, sustainable future in addition to preparations to host the Summer Olympics in 2024.

Your French language level will be determined on-site. All of our courses are taught by native French speakers and incorporate course-related trips in Paris, including visits to art museums and to architectural and historical landmarks.

Students attend French language classes at France’s renowned Sorbonne University in central Paris. Upon arrival, the Sorbonne administers a language placement test to determine your level of French. Courses are available for intermediate and advanced levels. The ISA office in Paris arranges for housing and meals through local homestays, coordinates cultural activities and field trips, and has an on-site resident director, computer lab, and small resource library.

Location

Paris, France

Duration

Summer

Prerequisites

2 or more semesters of French

Credits

6 credits

Contact

Louise Yahiaoui

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ISA French Language Program at the Sorbonne, Paris

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Immerse yourself in the French language in one of the most famous, beautiful, and culturally rich cities in the world. Paris will be your classroom as you explore the open-air markets, 19th-Century passageways, diverse neighborhoods, and so much more. You will discover that Paris is a city of tradition and innovation—a city alive with energy as it prepares for its green, sustainable future in addition to preparations to host the Summer Olympics in 2024.

Your French language level will be determined on-site. All of our courses are taught by native French speakers and incorporate course-related trips in Paris, including visits to art museums and to architectural and historical landmarks.

We want you to feel at home in Paris, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city. From housing to cultural events, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible.

Location

Paris, France

Duration

Summer

Prerequisites

2 or more semesters of French

Credits

6 credits

Contact

Louise Yahiaoui

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IES Abroad Paris Summer – Language Immersion

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Study in Montpellier, with a centuries-old history of intellectual advances and social tolerance. Enjoy the college-town atmosphere, nightlife, and student-centered community. Choose beginning through advanced French language courses as well as courses in humanities, engineering, sciences, and business.

The Language & Culture Program focuses on French language, humanities and the liberal arts with electives available in many fields of study. There are three different tracks available and students should select their track level to see detailed course offerings according to their level of French.

  • Beginning Track (0 - 1 semesters of college-level French)
  • Intermediate Track (2 - 3 semesters of college-level French)
  • Advanced Track (4+ semesters of college-level French)

Students take a placement test to assess their level of proficiency in French and then enroll in French language courses during their four-week stay in Montpellier. These courses are designed to help students develop strong language skills and deepen their cultural understandings. Students can live in dorms, apartments or with French families and enjoy the region, which is within easy reach of both mountains and the Mediterranean.

Location

Montpellier, France

Duration

Summer Semester

Prerequisites

No language prerequisite for summer.

Credits

1 course (3-5 credits) per session

Contact

Louise Yahiaoui

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University of Minnesota: Language & Culture in France

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This is a French language immersion program. Participants will receive close to 20 hours of classroom instruction per week in language and culture. The CIEF provides various levels of French instruction and is able to accommodate students from beginning to advanced levels. Students will live in the international student residence hall, and are able to choose from many local cultural activities and excursions.

Location

Dijon, France

Duration

Semester of Year

Prerequisites

Minimum Sophomore rank

Credits

TBA

Contact

Louise Yahiaoui

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Université de Bourgogne Centre International d'Etudes Françaises (CIEF)

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The French Language Immersion & Area Studies Program has two important goals: to improve your written and verbal proficiency in French through language and area studies courses, and to introduce you to contemporary France and its role in the European Union. This program has a close relationship with the Université de Nantes, so you will have the opportunity to enroll in local university courses. IES Abroad courses are taught in French by native French faculty, many of whom are professors at the Université de Nantes. You may also enroll in an art course at the École des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, or take Business and Communications courses in English at the AACSB- and EQUIS-accredited Audencia Business School.

Students attend French language classes at the IES Center in Nantes and may attend courses at the University of Nantes as well. Students must have at least sophomore rank at OSU. Upon arrival, IES administers a placement test to determine your level of French. The IES Center coordinates cultural activities and field trips, and has an on-site resident director, computer lab, and small resource library.

Location

Nantes, France

Duration

Semester or year

Prerequisites

4 or more semesters of college-level French

Credits

15-19 per semester (5-6 courses)

Contact

Louise Yahiaoui

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IES Abroad Nantes - French Language Immersion & Area Studies

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This program is a five-week summer program granting 6 semester credits. In addition to rigorous courses in language, literature, and culture, Laval organizes all sorts of cultural and social activities every afternoon, evening and weekend. This is a true immersion program. You are expected to speak French at all times. Students live in university dormitories. The program accommodates students at various levels.

Location

Quebec City, Canada

Duration

Summer

Prerequisites

TBA

Credits

TBA

Contact

Louise Yahiaoui

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Summer French at Laval

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