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 semseter 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 Normany. 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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Automne 2014

Jeudi 28 août                                       Départ des Etats-Unis

Vendredi 29 août                                Arrivée à Paris.  

29 au 31 août                                      Orientation de Rouen

Dimanche 31 août                              Transfert dans les familles d’accueil

1er au 5 septembre                             Orientation universitaire

8 au 25 septembre                              Trois semaines de cours

26 au 28 septembre                            Excursion Normandie

29 septembre au 17 octobre              Trois semaines de cours

18 au 25 octobre                                 Séjour à Paris

25 octobre au 2 novembre                 Vacances

3 au 21 novembre                               Trois semaines de cours

11 novembre                                       Férié

22 au 30 novembre                             Séjour au Sénégal

1er au 12 décembre                            Deux semaines de cours

15 au 19 décembre                             Examens

20 décembre                                       Départ des étudiants

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)

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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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