French Language & Culture Available Sessions
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About the Program
Whether you're a beginner or an advanced French speaker, spend your summer acquiring and improving your French language skills in this engaging program. You'll join other international students from around the world to immerse in French language and culture, honing your French proficiency while gaining insight into French life and exploring all that lovely Antibes has to offer. Courses focus on oral and written expression, vocabulary development, and listening comprehension. For an additional fee, intermediate and higher French speakers have the option of choosing from four unique options to practice French in a specific field: Business French, French Political Life, Art & Literature, and French Culture & Civilization.
- French Riviera
- 5/25/19 - 7/20/19
- 8 - 10
- Apply by:
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- Application Requirements
- Complete Application
- Transcript - Unofficial
- $95 Online Application Fee
Enroll in a 4-week session in June, July, or both. You'll take 1 language course at your level; intermediate and above speakers may choose up to 2 additional elective courses for an additional fee.
Language courses meet for a total of 60 contact hours/4 credits. Optional electives meet for 6 contact hours/.5 credits. You may earn 4-5 credits (up to 72 contact hours) per session; if you enroll in both sessions, you may earn 8-10 credits (up to 144 contact hours).
Language courses meet daily, Monday-Friday; electives meet three days per week.
You’ll take a language placement exam after you arrive in France. Course registration will take place after you receive the results of your language placement exam. It is in your best interest to have multiple alternative courses approved by your home university prior to your departure due to course availabilities. To ensure that you receive credit for the language level you place into, have your home school pre-approve courses at several levels before you leave for France. Please consult with your academic advisor at your home university on credit pre-approval guidelines.
The host institution has offered the following courses in the past. Please note that course listings may not be finalized until the start of the term; we’ll post an updated list when the host institution finalizes its offerings.
*Courses with an asterisk indicate that the course has been associated with multiple subject areas.
Please click on the course title to view additional subject areas and detailed course information.
Get out and explore! Excursions are offered for most semester, year, and summer programs*. Semester students are typically offered between two to three excursions and summer study students are typically offered between one to two excursions. You'll receive a calendar of excursions during orientation; here are a few day and overnight excursions we've offered in the past.
CEA staff will take you on a tour of this tiny independent state. Nestled between the French Alps and the Mediterranean, an impressive 30,000 people live on only .7 square miles, making Monaco-Monte Carlo the second smallest European state. We’ll take a spin around the Monaco Formula I Grand Prix circuit (by bus, of course) to see the famous Casino and Belle Epoque district, the opera house built by Charles Garnier, and the Hotel and Café de Paris. Next, we’ll drive high above the Mediterranean along the Moyenne Corniche to the medieval village of Eze, where you’ll discover exotic gardens and breathtaking views of the Riviera coast.
Grasse, the perfume capital of the world since the Renaissance, is located high in the hills above the Mediterranean. This unique medieval site is recognized by the Caisse National des Monuments Historiques as a city of art. Surrounded by jasmine and roses, Grasse has retained its narrow winding streets, cobblestones, archways, medieval squares, and market places.
Today, three-quarters of the world’s essences are produced in Grasse, at chez Fragonard. Many designer perfumes, such as Chanel n°5, are still produced here. We’ll tour the Fragonard factory and observe the procedures involved in creating and producing perfume, followed by a visit to the "Musée International de la Parfumerie" where you’ll learn about 3000 years in the history of this extraordinary art. Finally, finish the day at the Fragonard factory shop, where you can browse a large selection of well-known perfumes at discount prices.
Cannes & St. Marguerite Island
In 1834 the Lord Chancellor of England, Lord Brougham, spent the night in a small fishing village en route to Nice. Since that fateful night, Cannes has been synonymous with glamour and glitz. The star of the French Riviera, Cannes is world-renowned for its International Film Festival, yachts, cruise ships, designer shopping, palatial hotels, belle époque architecture, and golden beaches.
We’ll explore the Tour de Mt. Chevalier. Located in the narrow winding streets of the old town known as "Le Suquet,” this fortress from the 11th century houses an amazing collection of archaeological and ethnographic exhibits in the Musée de la Castre. The tower and the 12th century Notre-Dame-de-l'Espérence church add a touch of medieval flavor to the town.
From the port of Cannes, we’ll take a boat to beautiful St. Marguerite Island, known for its crystal clear water and untouched nature. Also included: a visit to the fortress where the mysterious Man in the Iron Mask was held prisoner.
St. Tropez, a.k.a. the Riviera’s most glitzy destination, became popular in the 1950s when movie stars, artists, and writers fell under the spell of this quaint Mediterranean fishing port. With the arrival of Brigitte Bardot in the 60s, the myth was installed for good. We’ll travel along the scenic Esterel Mountains to the beautiful bay of St. Tropez. Today, visitors to this lovely town still love to stroll through the market and sit in outdoor cafés hoping to catch a glimpse of celebrities like Brad Pitt or George Clooney. For the art lovers, a visit the Annonciade Museum is also included where you can admire works of Matisse, Signac, Braque and other famous French Riviera artists.
This budget contains costs that you can take to your financial aid office. Please note that amounts may fluctuate; we’ve included a range of costs.
Federal law allows the use of financial aid to cover “reasonable” costs of study abroad including round-trip transportation, tuition and fees for the program, living costs, passport and visa fees, health insurance, and more.
Please note that all costs and charges listed below are subject to change without notice. With the exception of Program Price, all costs are estimates and may vary.
Below is a tentative itinerary for your program. Please note, dates and events below may change without prior notification. Contact CEA before purchasing airline tickets.
You will receive a finalized itinerary once you arrive onsite.
Note: Additional cultural activities/excursions or required course-related activities may be incorporated into your final itinerary. You are advised not to make personal travel arrangements until you have the final dates.