European Studies, French, French Studies, International/Global Studies
Graduate students may participate for undergraduate credit.
CSU IP France: Learn French
Program At A Glance
When: Early August to late April
Units: Students are required to take the equivalent of 15 CSU units per semester, in addition to the 4 unit Preparatory Language Program (PLP).
Cost: Students pay the same tuition for CSU IP France as the tuition paid for their home CSU campus. For more information on costs, including accommodations, travel and other expenses, see the Budget Sheet.
Eligibility Requirements: Minimum 2.75 GPA; Students must be enrolled at a CSU campus no later than the spring term prior to departure, or eligible to enter from a community college by fall term of the program start date.
Course Prerequisites: At least one term of college-level French.
The CSU IP Learn French program is located in Aix-en-Provence, France. This program is administered by a Resident Director (who is a CSU faculty member) and full-time local staff. Students attend Service Universitaire Francais Langue Etrangere (SUFLE), Universite de Provence.
The IP Learn French program provides students with the opportunity to maximize their knowledge of the French language by participating in special instructional programs for non-native speakers. The program begins with an intensive Preparatory Language Program (PLP). During the PLP, general language skills are reviewed and developed during morning sessions, with the emphasis being placed on oral skills. Afternoon workshops are offered on culture, history and politics. Classes and workshops are designed to help students adjust to living and studying in France.
During the fall and spring semesters, students take courses arranged by SUFLE and concentrate their studies on French language. Depending on the results of a language placement exam, students may have a variety of electives to choose from in subjects such as literature, art, music, cinema, history and politics. CSU students do not typically take courses in the regular university departments, although students with sufficient French language skills may qualify to do so. For graduate level credit, students must enroll in regular university department courses.
For more information about the academic program, students may refer to the CSU IP Academic Bulletin for the previous year. Note that course offerings are subject to change and may not be offered during the year of intended study.
Aix-en-Provence is a university city in the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur region of southern France. Aix-en-Provence boasts a vibrant cultural and artistic life. The city is famous for its elegant streets, squares, markets and sidewalk cafes. It is also known for its thermal hot springs and historical public fountains, giving it the name “city of a thousand fountains”.
Upon arrival in Aix-en-Provence, students are provided with temporary hotel accommodations arranged by CSU IP. During the orientation week, the on-site staff will provide students with housing information and assist them in finding permanent accommodations. Most students choose to live in local apartments. Limited host family options may be available.