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Study Abroad

With French, Francophone and Italian Studies

We offer a variety of Study Abroad opportunities in France and Italy.

For the most up-to-date information, please visit the Center for International Education's website.

And for information on scholarships available for these study abroad opportunities, click here.

Semester Study Abroad

La Rochelle, France - Fall Semester
Directed by Dr. Cuvillier-Hiers

A city of over 90,000, La Rochelle, known for it’s quality of life, enjoys a mild and pleasant climate. With ecology as a high priority, its Atlantic coast and beautiful islands have made the city the second most visited tourist area in France. Ancient architecture and ultramodern neighborhoods are harmoniously juxtaposed and cultural life and endless streams of students and visitors keep the city squares very animated and boisterous 24 hours a day. La Rochelle is a major seaport and center of proud Huguenot history and culture. Paris is three hours away by high speed train, and the city is in close proximity to other regional historic attractions such as Bordeaux, Cognac, and L’Ile de Ré.

Summer Study Abroad

Lerici, Italy
Directed by Dr. Maggiari

Dr. Maggiari's program will be located in Lerici, a picturesque inlet of the Gulf of Poets along the Ligurian Riviera. This small town is called Perla del Golfo (the pearl of the gulf), because of its breathtaking beauty. The area around the Gulf of Poets attracted many writes in the early 19th century and the English poets Lord Byron and Shelley spent some of their life here. You can take one of the hiking trails through the Park Monte Marcello to the small nearby fishing villages of Fiascherino and
Tellaro which certainly deserve a visit. During the summer months ferries depart from Lerici daily for the Cinque Terre, Portovenere, Levanto, Portofino, and Genova.

Sorrento, Italy
Directed by Dr. De Luca

Students will study and reside at the Sant'Anna Institute which is just a short walk from the center of Sorrento and enjoys commanding views of Marina Grande, the Gulf of Naples, and Mount Vesuvius. Sorrento is a real haven of peace for study and creativity and it is not by chance that it has been, for more than three centuries, the destination of international artists, poets, and musicians. Throughout this program, students will have the opportunity to explore and study topics of Italian culture that are particularly interesting for them. The program will also provide four excursions to Pompeii, Naples, Capri, and the Amalfi Coast, along with a weekend in Rome.

Directed by Prof. Kaufmann

Students will embark on a three week adventure around the West Indies. They will fly into Dominica, a former French and British colony, to study the French history on this Nature Island and visit the Kalinago Reserve, home of the last remaining descendants of the indigenous Carib. From Dominica, students will make their way to Martinique, an overseas region of France, which will be their home away from home for the next two weeks. Students will take morning French classes in the capital of Fort-de-France, and participate in afternoon and weekend excursions to discover this Island of Flowers, from the might Mont Pelee to the pristine coral reefs of the Caribbean. Students will live with local host families in Martinique. The final weekend will then be spent on Saint Lucia, another former French colony, for students to present their final projects against a Caribbean blue backdrop.

Co-directed by Dr. Attafi and Dr. Parsons (Political Science Department)

This summer program will be a twenty-five day immersion in the history, culture, politics, languages and geography of this unique African country. The first portion of the program will take place in Tangier, where students will be housed in a hotel in the heart of the city. During this time, students will attend formal classes in the mornings, and in the afternoons and on weekends will include guided excursions of Tangier, its surrounding cities and landmarks (such as the Medina, Azila, and the Mediterranean and Atlantic coastal environments). The second part of the program will be a guided tour of the major imperial Moroccan cities (Volubilis, Meknes, Fez, Ouarzazate, Marrakesh, Casablanca, Rabat, etc) where students will discover the historical impact of each site. The program will also traverse the extremely diverse natural environment of Morocco, including its Alpine, Desert and mountainous terrains. The final portion of the program will be back in Tangier and will include a day trip to Tarifa in Andalusia, Spain to complete the student’s understanding of historical Morocco during the 700 years that the Moorish Empire ruled this part of Spain. Morocco movie

Directed by Dr. Cuvillier-Hiers and Dr. Signori

The French Department offers two French culture courses for this program. The first course, LTFR 250, will concentrate on Paris through film and literature. Visits of different sites discussed in selected literary works as well as major landmarks such as the Pantheon, the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Montmartre, and many museums are planned during this period. The second part of the program will be in Provence which allows for visits to the Vaucluse and the Bouches-du-Rhône. FRCS 101 will help students appreciate the complex history of Provence and the Riviera through daily journaling. Finally, the program will introduce students to Nice, Cannes, Antibes, Juan les Pins, and Menton. No French language skills needed. Both LTFR 250 and FRCS 101 are taught in English and both courses fulfill the General Education Humanities requirement.

Internship Study Abroad

Directed by Dr. Bourdier

This internship is a three credit course under the guidance of an on-site faculty member. It allows students to gain insight into the workings of professional work environments in a French work space. Students combine practical work experience with academic and analysis. They will have a supervisor in the host organization, but their learning experience depends very much on taking initiative and having a positive attitude. Students will need to display maturity, independence, and self-motivation. Students minoring or majoring in one of the French programs get the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and connections in professional fields. This course is directly associated with FREN 381 "Professional Business Practices in French" during which students prepare for a successful practical experience.