All students are enrolled in the daily French Language course as their program major. The experiential nature of the course takes students out of the classroom and into the community thus allowing them to practice their French in real settings. Students are placed in the appropriate level upon arrival. In addition to their French Language major, students select one of the following options to serve as their tri-weekly elective. Advanced students may sign up for university courses when offered. University schedules and course options are made available during the spring by special request.
• Survey of French Literature (elective)
• Digital Photography (elective)
• Studio Art: Drawing (elective)
• French Conversation (elective)
• French Cinema (elective)
• French Pop Culture (elective)
• Université de Provence Course (major/elective)
French Conversation (Elective)
The goal of this course is to strengthen communicative competencies and vocabulary in the target language in a fun and relaxed environment. Exciting discussions on pop-culture, current events and history are geared toward the practical improvement of pronunciation, syntax and oral comprehension, while fostering a deeper understanding of contemporary French culture and civilization. All levels welcomed.
French Pop Culture (Elective)
Study the key values underlying France's cultural identity from WWII to the present day. With particular emphasis on France's rapidly evolving society, the course covers a broad range of issues confronting contemporary French youth and their families. Emphasis on current events as reflected in the press and other media. All levels welcomed.
French Cinema (Elective)
An integral part of France's artistic legacy, the cinema is an excellent way to intimately acquaint yourself with the French culture. During this survey course, classes are dedicated to film viewing, followed by discussions of thematic elements and their relationships to modern French society and culture. All levels welcomed.
Survey of French Literature (Elective)
Considered an introduction to French literature of the 19th and 20th centuries, students will read selected\ works from key authors of the time followed by in-class discussion. Intermediate and advanced levels.
The St-Laurent-du-Var program will also offer activities and workshops based on student interest. In the past, our students have played the traditional French game of pétanque, participated in cooking workshops and worked with local theater groups to put on their own performance!
Morning language classes are complimented by daily interaction with your French hosts. A good homestay experience is the foundation for a successful French immersion program. We make every effort to match our students with the right homestay, taking into consideration their preferences and needs, in order to help them adjust as quickly and comfortably as possible. Students spend three to four evenings per week with their hosts to get the most out of their homestay experience. Most homestays are within walking distance from downtown, in quiet, residential neighborhoods.
During the week, you will start your day with the French language course. After their morning French classes, students have a midday recess to enjoy lunch and the town of St-Laurent. During the afternoons, you will attend either your elective course or have the option of participating in a variety of group activities. Evenings not spent with your homestays provide additional options for cultural, athletic and social activities, as well as group meals and free time.
Students go on day trips to some of the most beautiful sites of the French Riviera: Monaco, Nice and its Old Town, Cannes and Antibes.
OPTIONAL TRAVEL EXTENSION: Paris
No trip to France is complete without seeing Paris! At their program's end, French program participants have the option of spending 4 nights in this celebrated European capital, famous for art, music, fashion and cuisine. Students who choose to participate in the optional travel extension will explore every corner of the city. The itinerary balances guided museum and historical site visits with time for exploring Paris's famous neighborhoods and shopping centers. Site visits include the Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, Centre Pompidou, Notre Dame Cathedral and Eiffel Tower. Students will also have time to tour the River Seine and enjoy the famous café scene.