All students are recommended to spend a year in a French-speaking country between semesters 4 and 5, if possible as English Language Assistants (British Council). Information on the ELA scheme and how to apply is circulated in Semester 3 via email and is posted on the FRE9A3/B3 notice board. Students of French must spend the whole of Semester 6 on approved study in a French-speaking country unless they are studying two languages and will be spending Semester 6 in the country of their other language.
Minimum Residence Abroad
Students who are studying French are normally expected to spend the whole of Semester 6 on approved study in a French-speaking country. Where it is not possible to spend semester 6 abroad (i.e. because of special circumstances, or a study placement in another country), students must satisfy the minimum residence requirement: one month’s residence in a French-speaking country, either on an approved vacation course, or in certified residence in a French-speaking milieu. Students will normally be required to pay any registration fees for such courses. In circumstances where students on other programmes are obliged for any reason to satisfy the minimum residence requirements, the above conditions apply. If you feel that you are unable to spend the semester abroad, please contact your Semester Abroad Coordinator (Jean-Michel DesJacques) and Head of Division (Prof. David Murphy) to request written permission to be exempted from the mandatory Semester 6 Abroad.
MEETINGS AND DEADLINE SCHEDULE
Early in Semester 5, you are required to attend the Briefing Session on the Semester 6 Study Abroad. You will have one week to return your preference sheet to indicate where you would like to go. Placements are confirmed by mid-October. Once your placement has been confirmed by Jean-Michel DesJacques, it is your responsibility to apply to your assigned institution in France, Quebec, Switzerland or, from 2013, Morocco.
Times and venues of all Semester 6-related meetings are circulated in advance by email and are posted on the FRE9L5 notice boards.
The cities of our host universities and web sites:
Universities in France, Switzerland, Quebec and Morocco:
Aix-en-Provence: Picturesque city in Provence, located about 25km from Marseille and the Mediterranean, and less than 3 hours by TGV from Paris. Home to numerous museums and galleries (birthplace of the painter Paul Cézanne) and to an annual festival dedicated to bandes dessinnées (comic strips) in March-April.
Laval: A modern campus in historic Quebec City, Canada, a vibrant and almost wholly French-speaking metropolis of 600,000 people known for its spectacular position overlooking the St Lawrence river, its lively summer and winter festivals, and its proximity to ski resorts. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Limoges: Set in the picturesque countryside of the Limousin region, Limoges is a friendly university town, traditionally known for its pottery and rich in history. Great location for travel, about 2 ½ hours by train from Bordeaux, and 3 ½ hours from Paris and Toulouse.
Nancy: Capital of the Meurthe-et-Moselle département in Eastern France, Nancy boasts some fantastic architecture and beautiful town squares. It is also an excellent base for travelling in the Alsace-Lorraine region (to the Vosges mountain range, for instance, or to Strasbourg), but also into Luxembourg and Germany.
Perpignan: Lively city with one foot in French traditions and one in Catalan. Excellent location – in the foothills of the Pyrenees, about 170km from Barcelona and only a couple of hours from Montpellier. Great for rugby lovers.
Tours: A historical city on the Loire river sometimes described as a miniature Paris, in the Touraine region which is known for its castles, fortresses, and vineyards. Very well situated for travel within France – about 1 hour from Paris, 2 ½ hours from Bordeaux and 2 hours from Nantes and the Atlantic coast.
Sciences Po, Paris: There is much more to Paris than the Eiffel Tower and the Champs-Elysées, though both are, undoubtedly, worth a visit. Made up of 20 arrondissements, each with their own atmosphere and identity. Particularly worth exploring beyond the usual tourist locations – mint tea at the beautiful Mosquée de Paris, for instance, or a wander along the Canal St Martin in the north of the city.
Geneva: Cosmopolitan city in French-speaking Switzerland, home to many international institutions, with fantastic scenery overlooking the Alps. Excellent base for travel around Europe.
Rabat: Capital of Morocco, situated on the Atlantic coast of Northern Africa. The most recent of our Study Abroad partnerships (starting in 2013), our links are with the prestigious Ecole de Gouvernance et d'Economie.
Ecole de Management, Caen: Busy university town that was largely rebuilt after the end of World War II. Not far from the D-Day Landing beaches of Normandy, but also a great location from which to venture west and explore the rugged countryside and beaches of Brittany.
ESSEC Business School, Cergy-Pontoise: University town to the north-west of Paris. Only about 30 minutes, by RER, from the centre of the French capital, but without the bustle of the larger city and with plenty of parks and green spaces. Large student population.
EMS, Strasbourg: Busy, cosmopolitan city in the east of France perhaps best-known as the location of the European Parliament. Good mixture of student nightlife, cultural activities (theatres, concerts, galleries) and opportunities for travel southwards into Switzerland (approx. 2 hours from Basel), into Germany, and around the Alsace region. The nearby town of Colmar is particularly worth a visit.