Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Besançon, France; Paris, France
- Program Terms: Summer
- Restrictions: PSU applicants only
- Budget Sheets: Summer
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. Learn more about Besançon by visiting the Besançon City Guide website.
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.
Students will also have the opportunity to take the DELF exam at the end of the program and earn an internationally recognized diploma. Depending on which level is earned, students can use the DELF credential to meet the language requirement for admission to most French universities.
Summer: May 28 - July 31, 2020
Regardless of the timing or reason for the withdrawal, the student will be responsible for paying the Education Abroad Administrative Fees. For faculty-led freestanding programs, there is a specific withdrawal penalty schedule.
Education Abroad makes every attempt at keeping the program and administrative costs to a minimum. However, when you commit to participating in a program, Education Abroad begins to make financial commitments on your behalf. In case of withdrawal, the following fees will be charged to your Bursar account
Upon Commitment - 90 Days Prior to Departure: 25% Program Fee + EA Admin Fee
30 - 89 Days Prior to Departure: 50% Program Fee + EA Admin Fee
29 Days - Departure Date: 100% Program Fee + EA Admin Fee
Following the start of the summer semester, any adjustment of tuition charges will be made according to the Tuition Adjustment Schedule as determined by the Office of the Bursar. More information can be found on the University Senate Policy on Withdrawal and Leave of Absence.
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