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French Studies: Nantes (Outgoing Program)
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Academic Term||Autumn Quarter|
|September 01- December 25, 2018|
|Estimated Program Fee||$6,550|
|Credits||15 UW credits|
|Prerequisites||French 103 or its equivalent by Sept 2018|
|Program Directors||Helene Vilavella-Collins; Douglas Collins|
|Program Manager||Darielle Horsey | firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Priority Application Deadline||February 15, 2018|
|Information Sessions||TBD. Contact Program Director for more information.|
|General||This intensive language program takes place in Nantes, France.|
|Visas||This country is part of the Schengen area. Note that there are strict rules and restrictions for foreign visitors to this area that may impact a student’s ability to travel within the region before or after their program, or to attend two subsequent programs in this area. It is critical that the student reviews the information and scenarios here to learn more about Schengen area visa requirements.|
This program takes place in Seattle's sister city of Nantes, France, and allows students to take language classes on the campus of the University of Nantes, while living in dorms with French and international students. Beside classes, the program entails three field trips (Mont-Saint-Michel, the castle of Chenonceau, and a tour of Brittany), as well as weekly or bi-monthly (depending on the size of the group) conversation classes at the home of the on-site coordinator.
Thanks to the academic and social nature of the program as well as to its length, students are able to be fully immersed in a French-speaking environment, and experience living in one of France's most dynamic cities for four months.
Students take classes on the campus of the University of Nantes (a longtime partner of the University of Washington, home to some 38000 students). Classes take place at the i-FLE (Institute for French as a Foreign Language,) which is part of the SUL (Service Universitaire des Langues.) Language assessment at the beginning of the quarter allows for placement in CEFRL levels B1 through C2 (the CEFRL or Common European Framework of Reference for Languages is increasingly used worldwide to construct pedagogical approaches, allow for the assessment, measure progress as well as outcomes for students studying languages).
Returning Nantes students obtain 15 UW credits upon re-entry on the UW campus and can satisfy language or other requirements of a number of majors and minors (French minor and major, Linguistics minor and major, European Studies major, JSIS major, etc.). The 10 weeks + length of the program also satisfies study abroad requirements for majors such as European Studies.
Single rooms with bath and shared kitchen/laundry facilities in a modern university dorm.
Mont-Saint-Michel, the castle of Chenonceau, and a tour of Brittany
French 103 or its equivalent by Sept 2018
15 UW Credits
Students will be taking a variety of language classes at levels B1 to C2 at the i-FLE on the campus of the University of Nantes. The i-FLE Classes is a French as a Foreign Language institute that is part of the SUL (Service Universitaire des Langues) on the campus of the University of Nantes with which the University of Washington has had a longstanding cooperative agreement.
Courses at the I-FLE vary in format. They may be can be one, two, three or four-skills classes all entirely taught in French.
After a placement test administered at the beginning of the quarter, students are placed in levels within a six-level CEFRL (Commun European Frame for Languages) structure. Since the requirement for the Nantes program is French 103 (or its equivalent), participants in the program are generally placed at levels B1 through C2.
Once students are placed, they receive a menu of level appropriate core 2-4 hour classes (grammar-vocabulary; phonetics; listening-comprehension; reading-comprehension; writing proficiency; oral proficiency), and select two electives (poetry and Francophone songs, from literature to writing, culture and gastronomy, French for computers, French literature, French medias, French cinema, Francophonies, photography and design, drama, history of France and of the French, Francophone literature, Art history, French thought, Nantes and Breton culture, French economy and society within the EU, etc.).
During the quarter, each week involves 18 + hours of instruction on campus, to which bi-monthly 3-4 hour conversation dinners are added (in the home of the in-country coordinator), as well as three all-day field trips (Mont Saint-Michel, Chenonceau Castle, Britany's coast).
Learning goals include:
While studying at the i-FLE will allow students to improve proficiency in all four skills, the "mobilité" (or study abroad) dimension of the Nantes program experience, which allows for a full immersion into a French-speaking community in and outside of the classroom, enables us to emphasize one dual aspect of this overall proficiency target: at the end of this program, students' listening-comprehension and speaking abilities will be vastly enhanced, as will be their ability to understand and function in a Francophone culture.
Included in the program fee:
Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.
Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.
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The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.
To be eligible to study abroad, you must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.
You must register for the UW Study Abroad orientation. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for an orientation session.
Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.
UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country.html.
Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting: https://www.state.gov/s/cpr/32122.htm.
For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.
The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at disability.uw.edu.
$350 of the total program fee and the $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once a contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:
Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.