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UC International Programs

FRANCE: Discovering Caen and Normandy - French Language & Culture (Faculty-Led) Summer '15

Discover the French city of Caen from past to present. This study abroad is led by Dr. Jezequel from the Department of Romance Languages and native of France. It is a creative project involving study of French at the university of Caen, activities in town, day-trips in Normandy, and three day in Paris in order to incorporate language study with experimental learning.
It is a valuable experience open to any student of any discipline interested in learning French from beginners to advanced level

An intensive language component will provide students with the necessary language tools:

-Immediate immersion into French civilization and way of life, and to enable a sufficient autonomy in a various range of communication situations.
-French Classes in the morning with reading assignments, hands-on implementation, visits, meetings and reports showcasing experiences and learning.

Program Structure

-Linguistic training - 3 hours each morning.
-Thematic works - 3 1/2 - 4 hours for 4 days per week.
-Cultural activities - Some free afternoons and evenings for discovery of Caen and surroundings, French culture (movies, concerts, festivals, day trips on weekends, business in Normandy.
-Use of French during these activities is mandatory!
-During some breaks, refreshments will be served.
-Visits and cultural activities will be supervised by the instructor and French coordinators.

Learning & Classes

-Intensive language course provides students with necessary language tools.
-Immediate immersion into French civilization and way of life allows students to gain autonomy in a various range of communication situations.
-Each week will contain an average of 20 hours of training by professors specializing in teaching French as a foreign language, offering interactive and motivational training, based on a communicative approach.
-Use of a textbook, which will be supplied.
-Communicative activities based on authentic documents - radio, TV, ads, articles, etc.
-Practice of pronunciation and tone in the language lab.
-Language learning based on the discovery of Caen and Normandy, estimated 3 hours per week.
-Special interests - history, French administration, politics, economics, study of local business by experts.
-Students will write an essay based on their experiences.
-Total class time - 25 hours per week + daily cultural activities.

This study abroad is aimed to broaden students’ horizons by exploring French all aspects of French life. Students will experience daily life and discover the history of associating the past to the present.

Can I participate in this program?

Students at the following levels are eligible to participate in this program:

  • Freshmen
  • Sophomores
  • Juniors
  • Seniors

Where will I go?

  • France (Paris and Caen( Normandy))

When can I go?

Travel dates are expected to be June 4 - 28, 2015.

Students who participate in this program will be out of the country for less than 9 weeks.

Important Program Deadlines:

Application required. Application deadline October 15

Who is in charge of this program?

Are any foreign colleges or universities involved?

This program is associated with the following foreign college(s) / university(ies):

Is this program associated with my college or department?

This program is not associated with any particular UC college(s) or department(s).

Can I earn course credit by participating in this program?

Participants in this program can earn UC credit for the following UC course(s):

  • MLTI3000
  • FREN4041-001

What amenities are provided?

  • Housing / Accommodations
    Accommodations provided, double occupancy in Paris
    Individual room on campus in Caen


  • Meals
    most meals provided.

  • Transportation
    Airfare will be purchased separately by students. Most ground transportation included. Ground transportation will include buses, trains, and taxis.

How much will it cost to participate?

  • Tuition
    6 credit hours of tuition to the University of Caen included in total cost. Students pay UC tuition for 3 credit hours of FREN4041-001 (optional course) and the $200 course fee for MLTI3000 separately and it is not included in the total price.

  • Room & Board
    Room and some meals included in total.

  • Airfare
    Airfare is NOT included in total cost. Students purchase their own flight.

  • Other Costs
    [None]

  • Total Costs
    $3200 is expected total cost in Caen (meals, excursions, lodging, transportation - in Paris and Caen)
    *this does not include airfare or UC tuition