You will be enrolled in six (6) credit hours of lower or upper division courses and will do a series of assignments, both orally and in writing, for your Georgia Southern professor. Additionally, as part of your immersion experience, each morning, Monday–Friday, in small groups, you will spend four hours practicing your language skills with native speakers who are trained in teaching their language to foreigners.
The Country: FRANCE
France, in Western Europe, encompasses medieval cities, alpine villages and Mediterranean beaches. Paris, its capital, is famed for its fashion houses, classical art museums including the Louvre and monuments like the Eiffel Tower. The country is also renowned for its wines and sophisticated cuisine. Lascaux’s ancient cave drawings, Lyon’s Roman theaters and the vast Palace of Versailles attest to its rich history.
The City: LYON
Lyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is both a vibrant modern city, and a two-thousand year old outdoor museum where you will walk past Roman theaters and Renaissance dwellings on your way to class. Lyon is centrally located, just two hours by train from Paris, Marseille, or the Alps. Life in Lyon revolves around its 9 districts and their commercial/residential neighborhoods. Favorite past-times are riding a bike on the river-bank, shopping downtown or at the mall, eating in small restaurants or on their terraces, going to concerts in the Roman theaters, walking in the Renaissance district, or visiting one of the numerous museums (like the Lumière Institute, where cinema was invented!). Lyon is also thirty minutes from a rich wine region, Beaujolais, with its picturesque medieval villages that make for wonderful week-end excursions.
Partner Language School
The Alliance Française de Lyon is part of the prestigious network of language schools dedicated to French literacy across the globe. Each year, over 4500 international students take classes in the historical building located in Lyon’s city center. The institute benefits from the official label “Qualité Français langue étrangère”, a pledge of quality and reliability granted by the French Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Higher Education. The Alliance Française de Lyon has also been awarded the UNESCO label for its work towards global citizenship.
Excursions and Cultural Activities
- Chocolate and cheese tastings
- Roman theatre
- Museum of Cinema
- Weekend trip to the Alps
- Day trip to the medieval village of Pérouges
Program Costs: $2,655
- 4 weeks of intensive language training
- Lodging in Tours
- Breakfast, dinner during the week
- Breakfast, lunch, dinner during the weekend
- Free Cultural Activities sponsored by the Institut de Touraine
- International health insurance (required by Georgia Southern)
- Cultural/Historical Excursions (Castles of Chenonceau, Blois, and Chambord)
Does Not Include:
- Georgia Southern Tuition & Fees ($1456.02)
- Air fare to Paris (approx. $1500)
- Lunches on weekdays (approx. $225)
- Train from Paris to Tours (approx. $120)
- Incidental expenses (public transportation, etc.)
- Deposit: $300 Non-Refundable Application Fee due by February 15, 2018. (This amount will apply to the Program Costs. If application is accepted, deposit is non-refundable; if application is rejected, deposit will be refunded to student.)
- 1st Installment: $1150 Due March 15, 2018.
- 2nd Installlment: $1150 Due April 15, 2018.
- Insurance Payment (Required): $55 Due April 15, 2018.
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The $300 application fee is non-refundable. 80% of the remaining funds are refundable up to 40 days before the program start date, since program services are contracted in advance and must be paid whether or not the student is able to continue with the program.
- 2.0 Cumulative GPA
- Commitment to speak French during the program
Many forms of financial aid can be applied to the study abroad program costs; please note that the Hope scholarship applies to your Georgia Southern summer tuition, although it cannot be used to pay the program costs themselves. Georgia Southern students who intend to pay all or part of the study abroad program cost with financial aid should meet with their academic and financial aid advisor asap and should apply for summer financial aid no later than March 1, 2018. Students from other University System of Georgia schools should contact their academic advisor and financial aid office at their home institution for instructions.
All deposits and program payments should be made online here.
All participants need a valid passport to enter France. Please secure the passport as soon as possible. Medical and liability documents will be provided by the Study Abroad Office for each participant to complete prior to departure. International health insurance is included in the programs fees and is required by Georgia Southern.
Students from other accredited universities are invited to enroll in our Study Abroad programs. In order to receive credit at their home institutions, however, they must enroll as transient students at Georgia Southern for the summer. Students may apply for acceptance to Georgia Southern for summer study at this link:
For more information contact:
Dr. Virginie Ems-Bléneau, Forest Drive 1349, 912-478-0119.