The St. Lawrence University Program in France is based in Rouen, a city of 125,000 people, 75 miles northwest of Paris. The city of Corneille and Flaubert, of Joan of Arc and William the Conqueror, the center of Rouen is often referred to as the ville musée because of the abundance of major medieval structures.
The program’s office and classrooms are housed at the International Relations Office of the University of Rouen, which has about 30,000 students. Students on the fall program take courses offered by French faculty designed specifically for St. Lawrence students. Students who stay for the year (which we strongly encourage for those who wish to become fluent) directly enroll in at least some University courses in their second semester.
The program includes a program study tour to Dakar, Sénégal, where students take classes on Sénégalese culture, history, and language.
- Based in Rouen.
- Fall semester or academic year (for spring semester option see: Global Francophone Cultures)
- Pre-requisites: at least one 200-level French course; 2.8 GPA Recommended to apply.
- Qualified fall semester students now have the option of enrolling in an elective course at the University of Rouen.
- All courses taught in French.
- Live with homestay families.
The St. Lawrence University Program in France is based in Rouen, the capital of Upper Normandy. Rouen was ranked the third best medium-sized city in France. It has a rich cultural history with parks, gardens, museums and markets.
The University of Rouen, located in Mont Saint-Aignan - a suburb of Rouen - is a modern university with about 30,000 students. The St. Lawrence Program uses classrooms and offices in the International Relations Office. There are opportunities to socialize with French students; however, French students do not take program classes offered to the fall and spring semester students. Year-long students may directly enroll in University courses during their second semester.
For the first time in the fall of 2015, students whose language skills are deemed appropriate by the Department of Modern Languages will be permitted to enroll in an elective course at the University of Rouen.
The Program in France is designed to serve two distinct student groups. The fall semester and year-long program is designed for students with a good command of the French language. The fall courses, designed specifically for our program participants, are taught in French by local professors. Those electing to stay on for the year will enroll in courses at the University of Rouen for the second semester.
In the spring, students on the academic-year program will work closely with the director to find appropriate courses with French students through various departments at the University of Rouen or take independent studies. Spring semester students may return to Paris if they are serving as guides for the GFC program and are invited to return to Senegal to conduct an internship. Otherwise they may propose a cultural enrichment program of their own design which, if approved, will in part be covered by a stipend from SLU.
Fall Semester Required:
Fall Semester Elective Courses:
Spring Semester Required (for academic year students):
FR 241: January Volunteer Placement
Students enroll in courses at the University of Rouen
All scheduled group activities, including field trips, are included in the comprehensive fee. Students will have an extensive schedule of visits to museums, galleries, theaters and monuments that will complement their classes. These visits are planned with the goal of furthering the students' understanding of French and Francophone culture. In addition, the group will have day trips connected with various classes.
Throughout the year, students may attend the theater, symphony concerts and other selected events in Rouen. They are reimbursed according to program guidelines for attending cultural activities of their own choosing.
In the Spring, year-long students will have the option of designing an independent cultural program for travel/research within France. If the project is approved, the student will receive funding for associated expenses.
The family experience constitutes a prime element of the academic program in France. Students are typically placed one per household in homes distributed throughout Rouen and the Mont Saint-Aignan area. The families provide a pleasant atmosphere for students and family members participate in a variety of the group's activities. Students take breakfasts, dinners and weekend lunches in the home. For weekday lunches at the University and during the internship, students receive a stipend. Year-long students may stay with their families during the semester break.
Thursday, August 27 Students leave the United States
Friday, August 28 Arrive in Paris and Rouen
28 to 30 August Orientation Rouen
Sunday, August 30 Transfer to the host families at 14:30 Hotel du Vieux Carré Rouen
September 31-4 University Orientation
September 7 to 24 Three-week course
September 25 to 27 Normandy Excursion
September 28 to Oct 16 Three-week course
October 18 to 24 Stay in Paris
October 26 to Nov 1 Vacation
November 2 to 20 Three-week course
11 November Bank Holiday
November 21 to 29 Stay in Senegal
December 30 to 11 Two-week course
December 14 to 18 Examinations
December 19 Students depart to the U.S.
Jeudi 27 août Départ des Etats-Unis
Vendredi 28 août Arrivée à Paris et à Rouen
28 au 30 août Orientation de Rouen
Dimanche 30 août Transfert dans les familles d’accueil à 14h30, hôtel du Vieux Carré Rouen
31 au 4 septembre Orientation universitaire
7 au 24 septembre Trois semaines de cours
25 au 27 septembre Excursion Normandie
28 septembre au 16 oct Trois semaines de cours
18 au 24 octobre Séjour à Paris
26 octobre au 1 nov Vacances
2 au 20 novembre Trois semaines de cours
11 novembre Férié
21 au 29 nov Séjour au Sénégal
30 au 11 décembre Deux semaines de cours
14 au 18 décembre Examens
19 décembre Départ des étudiants
January 4 Immersion experience (full-year Students)
January 10 to 22 Stay in Quebec
January 23 Arrive in Paris
January 23 to 24 Orientation in Rouen
January 24 Installation in families
January 25 Registration at the University of Rouen
January 26 to February 5 Two weeks of classes
February 7 to 13 Stay in Paris
13 February to 21 February Holidays
February 22 to March 24 Five-week course
March 25 to 27 Excursion
March 28 to April 15 Three-week course
April 16 to April 24 Stay in Senegal
April 25 to May 6 Two-week course
8 May Holiday
9 to 13 May Exams
Saturday, May 14 End of the program for all students (GFS and full-year)
4 janvier Début des expériences d’immersion (full-year students)
10 au 22 janvier Séjour à Québec
23 janvier Arrivée à Paris
23 au 24 janvier Orientation à Rouen
24 janvier Installation dans les familles
25 janvier Inscription à l’Université de Rouen
26 janvier au 5 février Deux semaines de cours
7 au 13 février Séjour à Paris
13 février au 21 février Vacances
22 février au 24 mars Cinq semaines de cours
25 au 27 mars Excursion
28 mars au 15 avril Trois semaines de cours
16 avril au 24 avril Séjour au Sénégal
25 avril au 6 mai Deux semaines de cours
8 mai Férié
9 au 13 mai Examens
Samedi 14 mai Fin du programme pour tous les étudiants (GFS et full-year)
Pre-departure: The CIIS office organizes in depth orientation sessions on-campus prior to the students participation in the program. This includes a program specific session(s) in which the students will learn more about the program, local culture, academic expectations, and any other important information. There is also an orientation session lead by the CIIS office on culture shock, and what to expect, as well as safety and security while abroad.
In France: Students arrive in France in late August. They are met in Paris by the program director and accompanied to Rouen for a brief orientation prior to the beginning of classes.
If you are interested in learning more about the France program please contact one of the following people.
CIIS Office: Kelley Lawson-Khalidi, Director of Off-Campus Programs - Questions about eligibility, program logistics, and other off-campus opportunities.
Faculty Coordinator: Dr. Eloise Brezault - Questions about program academics.