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
  • All courses taught in French
  • Live with homestay families

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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.

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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:

FR 282/AFS 282: Francophone Africa: Historical, Economic and Cultural Approaches to Senegal

FR 321F: French Culture and Language

FR 240F: French Encounters

Fall Semester Elective Courses:

FR 363F: French Literature 1 (required for French majors)

FR 249/GOVT249: Contemporary Politics

FR 205/FA 205: French Painting and Sculpture

Spring Semester Required (for academic year students):

FR 241: January Volunteer Placement

Students enroll in courses at the University of Rouen

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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.

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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.

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Printemps 2015            Global Francophone Cultures

5 janvier                             Début des expériences d’immersion (full-year students)

11 au 23  janvier                Séjour à Québec

24 janvier                           Arrivée à Paris

24 au 25 janvier                 Orientation à Rouen

25 janvier                           Installation dans les familles

26 janvier                           Inscription à l’Université de Rouen

27 janvier au 20 février       Quatre semaines de cours

21 au 28 février                  Séjour à Paris

28 février au 8 mars            Vacances

9 au 26 mars                      Trois semaines de cours

27 au 29 mars                    Excursion

30 mars au 24 avril             Quatre semaines de cours

25 avril au 3 mai                 Séjour au Sénégal

4 au 8 mai                          Une semaine de cours

8 mai                                 Férié

11 au 15 mai                     Examens

Samedi 16 mai                   Fin du programme pour tous les étudiants (GFS et full-year)

Fall 2015

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. 

Automne 2015

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

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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. 

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Program Contacts

If you are interested in learning more about the France program please contact one of the following people.

CIIS OfficeKelley Lawson-Khalidi, Director of Off-Campus Programs - Questions about eligibility, program logistics, and other off-campus opportunities.

Peer Advisor: Anna Pond, France Academic Year 2013-2014 - Questions about the student experience.

Faculty Coordinator: Dr. Eloise Brezault - Questions about program academics.

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