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The Ohio University Department of Modern Languages offers intensive study of French language, literature, culture, and civilization during spring quarter in France. Avignon is less than three hours by train from Paris and 40 miles from the Mediterranean Sea. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the city has impressive museums and monuments and many great festivals. Excursions to such regional highlights as Provencal villages and the city of Marseille and activities including visits to the theatre or to cooking classes will form an integral part of the program.
Dates correspond closely with Ohio University spring quarter. Program dates for 2012 are March 22 (Last date to leave the US) - June 9.
Eligibility and selection process
The program is NOT limited to students majoring or minoring in French, as students from numerous academic areas have participated. All participants are required to have completed second-year French (213) by the end of winter quarter and be in good academic standing.
Admission is selective and is based upon grades in French, letters of recommendation, level in French at OU, class rank, GPA, and a statement of interest (in English).
Students who have a judicial record and will be on probation for a judicial offense at any point during the program may petition to study abroad. Click here to read the entire judicial policy.
Students stay in French private homes. Breakfast and dinner are provided. Basic linen necessities such as towels, bed sheets, and blankets are also provided. Two students are often placed in the same family. Most homes are located within walking distance of the university and the city center (20-30 minutes at the most).
Courses and credits
Students in the program will enroll in a selection of the following:
FR 343: Advanced Grammar and Composition
FR 348: French Civilization
FR 435: Proseminar: French Literature
FR 435: Proseminar: Oral and Written Production
FR 432/532: Proseminar: Cinematographic and Literary Memories of the French Resistance
All participants must register for and attend ML 250B (a 1-4 credit hour class) during the program.
Additionally, all students applying to the program must register for ML249 in the winter (more details about the class will be available toward the end of fall quarter). This course will prepare students for their experience abroad and will include graded assignments relative to such preparation.
Excursions to such regional highlights as Provencal villages and the city of Marseille and activities, which include visits to the theatre or to cooking classes, will form an integral part of the program. Cost
Additional Information on France
To learn more about this study abroad destination, please visit the CIA World Factbook.
Health and safety
Ohio University Office of Education Abroad suggests you follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control for healthy travel to your destination: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.aspx. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.
Refer to the State Department site for information related to safety and security at this destination: http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1765.html.
Requesting accommodation for disabilities
If you plan to participate in an Ohio University-sponsored study abroad program and wish to request accommodation, you should contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) to schedule an appointment to complete an Education Abroad Disability Accommodation Request Form. We recommend you do this as early as possible to allow sufficient time to determine what accommodations may be made for this program.
Entry and exit requirements
U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year, apply for your passport now: http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html.
Some countries also require a visa to legally enter and reside in the country. Entry and exit requirements for this country can be found at http://www.travel.state.g ov/travel/travel_1744.html. US citizens won’t need a visa or other special documents to enter the country for the length of this program. You may need to show sufficient funds to support yourself while in-country. Please also note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates or travel to other countries during or after the program. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.
Information for NON-US citizens can be found here.