The Office of International Affairs and the Department of French and Italian sponsor a variety of French language and culture study abroad programs. This guide offers preliminary information on current programs. For further information about application procedures, accommodations, costs, and credits, please consult the Office of International Affairs or contact Louise Yahiaoui to schedule an appointment.
Global May Paris
- 14 days of total immersion in Parisian life
- Stroll the city by night and day
- Spend time in cafés and refined salons de thé
- Enjoy insightful visits of key museums and monuments
- Discover French cuisine
- Learn about Paris’s rich history
- Witness how ultra-modern and global Paris has become
L’Université Paul Valéry in Montpelier France (in cooperation with the University of Minnesota):
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. [In 2013, Montpellier will be an eight-week program.] 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.
CIEF Intensive French Language, Dijon semester or year:
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.
ISA French Language Program at Institut Catholique, Paris:
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.
OSU Summer French Program at Universite Laval:
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 can select to live with host families or in university dormitories. The program accommodates students at various levels. There is always a faculty resident director in charge of the program (currently Dr. Danielle Marx-Scouras).
ISA French Language Program at the Sorbonne, Paris:
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.
IES French Language Program, Nantes, semester or year:
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.
Summer Program in Dakar, Sénégal:
The summer program in Senegal will be based in Dakar, the capital city of Senegal. Orientation and academic courses (language and culture) will take place at the Baobab Training Center, an American non-profit organization that has been working in Dakar since 1984. It offers a comfortable setting conducive to both serious study and friendly contact and communication with other students and Senegalese staff. The Center is located in a suburb of Dakar with access to small shops and neighborhood restaurants. Students will stay with host families.
Students interested in Study Abroad are encouraged to attend a Getting Started Session in Oxley Hall. One-on-one advising is available during Program Exploration walk-in hours on Fridays from 10-12 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. in Oxley Hall. Once you have attended a Getting Started Session and have specific questions related to the program you have chosen, you may set up an appointment with the assigned coordinator or visit his/her office hours.