Semester in France Program (French Minors Only)
George Fox University students may apply to study in France for one semester. The semester in France program is designed for students minoring in French or Romance languages. Students study in Dijon at CIEF, or in Paris at La Sorbonne, France and live in local family homes while attending French language and civilization classes with students from 60 countries.
CIEF, Dijon Course Content
Students will register for courses based on their Oral Proficiency Interview taken prior to departure and on their placement exam taken on arrival at the Centre International d'Études Françaises (CIEF) at the University of Burgundy. Besides French language courses, students can take courses in French culture and civilization (cinema, theater, literature) or more advanced courses in history, art history, and literature. The CIEF also offers courses in business French.
The CIEF maintains a resource center for all students and offers social and cultural recreational activities. Throughout the semester, guided day excursions are organized in and around Burgundy as well as two- or three- day accompanied excursions to other areas of France (Additional fees will apply for the excursions).
La Sorbonne, Paris Course Content
Students will register for courses based on their Oral Proficiency Interview taken prior to departure and on their placement exam taken on arrival at (La Sorbonne). Besides French language courses, students can take courses in French culture and civilization or more advanced courses on selected topics. La Sorbonne also offers courses in business French and weekly conferences.
Throughout the semester, La Sorbonne offers a wide range of cultural activities from visiting museums to discovering Paris, singing in a choir or attending cultural conferences. Activities are also organized to have a chance to meet and make contacts with French students.
The student will need to fill out the George Fox off-campus application form (obtained from the Center for Study Abroad; or downloaded here).
Students must be full-time undergraduates with junior or senior status, holding a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher to apply.
Because students remain enrolled at George Fox University while participating in the program, academic credit is awarded by George Fox. Students will typically take 16 credit hours. Students will be required to attend two pre-departure meetings, complete an online course evaluation, and attend a re-entry meeting upon their return. Students must see the transfer credit specialist in the Registrars office BEFORE they begin their semester off-campus.
Students will read two books from a recommended reading list as cultural preparation for the trip.
Students live in French homes in Dijon. Students pledge to use French as the only means of communication during their stay overseas.
The student pays George Fox's standard tuition, room and board, and student fees and an additional fee for the France Program. Participants continue to receive financial aid, including scholarships, since they are officially George Fox students. Round trip airfare is additional.