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  • Locations: Besançon, France; Paris, France
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: PSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
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Program Overview

The fastest way to become fluent in a second language is to live where the language is spoken and where there are few English-speaking tourists. The French language program at Besançon was established to provide this ideal environment for intermediate-level students of French who want to make a quantum leap in their oral language proficiency. Program participants enroll in the intensive French program at the Centre de Linguistique Appliquée, which is part of the University of Franche-Comté. Proficiency is developed through classroom work related to French language and civilization, with an emphasis on the culture of the region, French culture both high and popular, and life in contemporary France and within the European community. Small classes that meet five days a week, combined with host family lodging, provide students with an environment that promotes rapid progress.

Besançon is located two-and-a-half hours southeast of Paris, in the Jura Mountains, near the Swiss border. A city of 120,000, Besançon is near numerous small medieval towns and castles and also within three hours of a variety of interesting major cities such as Basel, Lyon, Dijon, and Strasbourg. Students may plan weekend excursions independently or join trips organized by the institute. They must have completed at least two semesters of elementary French to be accepted into the program. A mandatory orientation meeting will be held in April. Upon arrival each student is tested for placement by the institute faculty.

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Education Abroad Credits

All students are required to register for FR 299.

Two of the courses below (for a total of 7 credits) will be validated by the program director using a Penn State course substitution form available from the Department of French.   
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Penn State courses available for equivalent credit: 

FR 201: Oral Communication and Reading Comprehension 
FR 202: Grammar and Composition 
FR 401: Advanced Oral Communication 
FR 402: Advanced Grammar and Writing

Students receive credit for all academic courses taken on this program, and all grades from abroad will count toward their Penn State cumulative GPA. Students may not take any courses overseas of a Pass/Fail basis.To learn how the courses on this program can work into their individual degree audit, students should meet with their academic adviser. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.


Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program leader.

  • Must be enrolled in a FR course spring semester prior to the summer program
  • This program is open to all Penn State students

  • 2.5 Cumulative GPA

  • Completion of at least 2-3 semesters of university-level French

Housing and Meals

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In Paris, students will stay together in a hostel arranged in advance and will be provided one group meal.

In Besançon, students will be housed with local French families, coordinated by the Centre de Linguistique. Breakfast and dinner will be provided by host families while in Besançon.  Students will be responsible for paying for lunch each day and for most meals in Paris.  All lodging is included in the program fee.

Please refer to the budget sheets for additional information regarding cost.


Program Costs

Please be sure to review the Summer budget sheet for complete information regarding costs and penalties for cancellation. Costs vary by program, so it is important to view this information. Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing. 

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.

The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.


For More Information

For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative

For more information about this program, please contact Heather McCoy  in the College of the Liberal Arts.  You may also schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.

For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the Student Spotlights of Penn State students currently studying abroad.


How to Apply

If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page. You must complete the  following materials in your application:
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  •  Education Abroad Questionnaire
  •  One academic recommendation
  •  Signature Documents
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.

Application deadline: February 1, 2018

Studying Abroad with a Disability

Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/01/2018
02/14/2018 05/24/2018 07/28/2018
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.

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