French Language & Culture Available Sessions
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About the Program
Immerse into French language and culture as you attend class alongside other international students. Choose from a range of elective courses that deepen your understanding of French culture and complement your language learning; along with your language course, you’ll choose from elective courses in subjects like culture, European politics, literature, music, phonetics, translation, and writing workshops. Designed for students at beginning to advanced French language levels, all courses are taught in French in order to help hone your language proficiency, increase your understanding of French culture and history, and enhance your immersion experience.
- 1/10/24 - 4/27/24
- 12 - 17
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- Application Requirements
- Complete Application
- Transcript - Unofficial
- $95 Online Application Fee
Each semester, beginning French speakers enroll in 2 language courses and 1-2 elective courses. High-beginner, low-intermediate, and high-intermediate speakers enroll in 2 language courses and 1-3 elective courses. Advanced and above speakers enroll in 1 language course and 2-4 elective courses.
Language courses meet for 26-182 contact hours/2-12 credits; elective courses meet for 26-40 contact hours/2-3 credits per semester. You may earn 12-18 credits (up to 260 contact hours) per semester and 24-36 credits (up to 530 contact hours) per academic year. Language courses meet 4-5 days per week; elective courses meet once per week.
You'll take a written and oral language placement exam before you arrive in Aix. Based on the results, you'll be placed in a language class and select electives at your particular language level. 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.
Beginner Level Course Structure
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.
Avignon and the Pont du Gard
Visit the Papal Palace in Avignon, one of Europe's largest, most important medieval Gothic buildings. Once a fortress and palace, the papal residence was the seat of Western Christianity during the 14th century. Next, explore the Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aqueduct bridge built in the 1st century. The Pont du Gard is the highest of all Roman aqueduct bridges and among the best-preserved.
Les Baux de Provence
First stop: Baux de Provence, a medieval fortified town with breath-taking views, to tour a hilltop chateau and learn about medieval Provence. Next, experience a mind-blowing audiovisual art show projected on limestone quarry walls at Les Carriéres. Enjoy a group lunch at Mas de la Pyramide, a quarry dating from Roman times that's now an agricultural museum featuring three centuries of farm life and trades.
A key headquarters for Roman military campaigns and center of the Christianization of Gaul, Arles offers windows to a colorful past. The Roman Empire's influence can still be seen in Arles; architecture, baths, aqueduct, mills, amphitheater, and more. Walking between the remnants of pillars and arches, it's easy to forget you're visiting an ancient part of Provence, especially when the ferias and other bull festivals charge the air with excitement.
The Luberon is a lush, green national park where mountain ranges surround a sweeping valley dotted with castles and unbelievable fairy-tale villages thought to be among the most beautiful in France. Stroll along the Sorgue River, which flows from an unknown source deep under Fountaine-de-Vaucluse; hike the red/orange/yellow ochre hills of Roussillon; and explore Gordes, a local commune. Can you discover the café where Russell Crowe filmed his scenes with Marion Cotillard for the movie A Good Year?
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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.