|Restrictions:||LSU applicants only|
|Dates / Deadlines:|
|APA Program Type:||Summer Programs||APA Advisor:||Jill Clemmons|
|Language of Instruction:||French||Minimum GPA:||2.5|
|Housing Options:||Hostel/Hotel||Language Prerequisite:||4 semesters of language|
|Credit Type:||LSU courses & credit|
LSU in the French Alps is an intensive, four-week language immersion program set in the breathtakingly beautiful Ubaye Valley, an area with historic ties to south Louisiana. Participants live, work, and play in the Alpine town of Barcelonette, nestled amongst majestic mountains and traversed by the Ubaye River.
The immersive nature of LSU in the French Alps and the limited number of participants (10 students, maximum) guarantees that you will make a maximum amount of progress in French in a very short time. In addition to perfecting your language skills, you will also have the chance to participate in volunteer internships, adapted to your professional and personal interests.
In the past, internships have included:
- Chocolate shop
- Chef's kitchen
- Veterinarian's office
- Equestrian center
- Clothing boutique
- Toy store
- Office of Tourism
- Elementary school
- Bike shop
- Regional specialty shops
Barcelonette is a natural wonderland with unlimited opportunities for walking, running, and biking. You will also have ample time to learn to skip stones, identify local flora and fauna, play pétanque, and spot marmottes, the furry mascots of the region. We will regularly organize group hikes and picnic excursions to see lakes, waterfalls, and rock formations. Optional adventure activities, such as mountain biking, horseback riding, river rafting, rock climbing, and parasailing are available through local guides.
Finally, in addition to giving you a real-life glimpse of la France profande, this trip also provides you with the chance to tour the capital city of Paris and discover many other parts of the country! Planned excursions include:
- Gallo-Roman village of Gordes
- Aix-en-Provence - a hip college town famed for its fountains
- Les Baux de Provence
- Roman ruins at Glanum
- Nice and Menton
Dates & Costs
|Start Date||End Date||Program Fee||LSU Tuition & Fees
(Undergraduate, 6 hours)
|May 20||June 19||$4,525||instate: $2,509
out of state: $6,613
Program Fee Includes
- Housing in Paris and in Barcelonette at the Centre Jean Chaix
- 2 meals/day in Paris and 3 meals/day in Barcelonette
- Ground transportation in France
- Fieldtrips, tour guides, and cultural events
- Overnight excursions to Avignon, Nice, Menton, and Monaco
- Health insurance
Program Fee Does NOT Include
- LSU Tuition and Fees
- Airfare to/from France
- Spending money
Tuition and Fees: All students must pay tuition and fees for all courses taken through LSU. The tuition you pay is based on whether or not you are a resident of Louisiana. If you are an out of state student, you will pay out of state tuition and fees.
Airfare: Each student arranges his/her own airfare. Your Program Director, Dr. Kevin Bongiorni, will tell you when to purchase your airfare. Please do not purchase a ticket until you are told to do so. Some students choose to fly with another student on the program. You will have the chance to meet the other students and hear more details about purchasing airfare at the program orientation, usually held during the spring semester.
Spending money: Students should budget $300 for meals not covered in the program fee. In addition, you will want funds available for souvenirs, outings with friends, and entertainment during your free time.
CoursesStudents must have completed five semesters of French and be able to pass an interview in French; interviews will be conducted in January and February, 2017.
All applications will be placed on a waitlist until the interviews have been conducted.
Please consult the LSU General Catalog for course descriptions and prerequisites.
All students on the LSU in the French Alps program take two courses (six credit hours). Both courses count towards the completion of the French minor and major.
|FREN 3058||Advanced Conversation|
|FREN 3090||Francophone Texts and Contexts|
|FREN 4100||Special Topics in French Language & Literature|
|April 29||10:00am Parents' Orientation (143 Coates Hall)
LSU in the French Alps PARENT PACKET.pdf
|May 3||Summer fee bills available via myLSU|
|May 16||Pre-departure meetings/class sessions at LSU|
|May 17||Pre-departure meetings/class sessions at LSU|
|May 18||summer fee bills due; pre-departure meetings/class sessions at LSU|
|May 20||Depart the US|
|May 21||Arrive in Paris; check into the FIAP; group dinner|
|May 24||depart Paris; travel to Barcelonette|
|June 19||Depart Barcelonette; return to the US or continue to explore Europe on your own|
|Aug 2||Grades are available via myLSU|
Interviews in French (January, February): Acceptance into the program is conditional, pending your interview results
Pre-Departure Class Meetings (May 16-18): Before departure, participants will attend a week-long class, designed to inform them about the cultural and historical links between the Ubaye Valley and Louisiana. This pre-departure class will allow students to get to know each other, to engage in teamwork, present research about the Ubaye Valley, and practice speaking French.
Paris (May 20-24): The group will enjoy three days in Paris, where we will visit Le Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Le Jardin du Luxembourg, etc.
Barcelonette (May 24 - June 19): The program will be based in the French Alps. Excursions are planned to Avignon, Nice, Menton, and Monaco
|Dr. Kevin Bongiorni
|Ms. Ashley Luoma||French|
|Ms. Margo Brault||French|
|Mr. Todd Jacob||French|
Eligibility & Withdrawal
In order to be eligible for the program, you must:
- Pass an interview conducted in French
- Have completed at least five semesters of French at the university level (students who have completed FREN 2102 or equivalent preparation may also be taken into consideration)
- Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 (undergraduate) or 3.0 (graduate students)
- Be at least 18 years old by the first day of the program
- Not be on disciplinary or scholastic probation
- Have the prerequisites for the courses
NOTE: This program is open to students from all disciplines.
|January 20, 2017|
Although the application deadline is January 20, you are advised to register early in order to secure a spot in the program. The program will fill on a first come, first served basis from those who meet the eligibility requirements.
Deposit: A $500 deposit will be placed on your LSU billing statement at the time that you apply to the program.
The $500 deposit is nonrefundable after February 3, 2017.
Payment Deadlines: the $500 deposit is put on your billing statement and is due at the time that the charge appears. The rest of the program fee (minus the $500 deposit) and the tuition/fees for the courses will appear on your summer fee bill. Those fee bills are available via myLSU on May 3 and are due on May 18.
If you withdraw from the program: After February 3, you will be responsible for making payments on your study abroad program, even if you do not go on the program. The amount that you will owe is based on the date on which you withdraw. The schedule of payments for withdrawals is:
|Withdrawal after February 3, 2017||$500 deposit is non-refundable|
|Withdrawal after March 3, 2017||$500 deposit and $500 payment will be paid|
|Withdrawal after March 31, 2017||$500 deposit and $1,000 payment will be paid|
|Withdrawal after April 21, 2017||$500 deposit and entire program fee will be paid|
Parents: Have questions about the study abroad process? Want to ask questions? We have a Facebook group just for parents of students going on our summer programs! Join us here.
|Cultural Immersion Comments|
|Culturally, it would be hard to have more immersion for a summer program than was offered with this one.|
|— Summer Semester, 2015 Participant|
|Read what others have said about this program.|