Study French in France

The Program

As the birthplace of the French language, France is the ideal location for students to learn its language, experience its customs, and discover its history and art. 

The University of Southern Mississippi's study abroad program in France offers students the opportunity to actively participate in every facet of French's rich culture and heritage.


25 May - 21 June 2014


Paris, France

Academic Program

The Southern Miss French program will be hosted by France Langue. This center offers e-mail and internet access to students free of charge. Students may also borrow books, videos or music CD's from the library. Classes meet in small groups led by highly qualified instructors who specialize in teaching French as a foreign language. 

Program participants will be assigned to classes based on their academic background in French. All courses emphasize communication skills and oral proficiency. 

Southern Miss' French in France Program awards six (6) semester hours of credit in French to students who complete four weeks of coursework with passing grades. These hours may be taken at any level, from beginning French through graduate-level work. The level of credit depends on the individual's academic background in French, as determined by his or her transcript.


Minimum program eligibility requirements include the completion of at least 28 semester hours with an overall 2.0 GPA for undergraduates (or consent of the program director) and graduate standing for graduate students. All students must be in clear academic standing. Students must also satisfy any additional prerequisites described under the individual course listings. The director of the program, in consultation with the Foreign Languages department chair and the Director of International Programs are responsible for final enrollment decisions.


Every student will live with a French family. Sharing in a family's home life is an essential part of this program, because it immerses students not only in the French language but also in everyday cultural practices impossible for outsiders to observe. It also provides a safe, comfortable environment and a sense of stability that helps counteract culture shock. Students will share morning and evening meals with their host family. Many students form lasting friendships with host family members and continue to correspond with them long after they return to the United States.

2014 Cost

The cost of the program for six (6) semester hours is $4999 for undergraduate credit and $5199 for graduate credit. This price includes, tuition and fees, international student identity card, subway pass, room and two meals per day, river cruise, visit to the Château de Versailles and guided visit of a Parisian neighborhood (including transportation and fees). Students will need to make their own flight arrangements.

The cost of the program for two week program for three (3) semesters hours is $2899 for undergraduate credit and $3099 for graduate credit

Financial Aid

The French in France Program qualifies for financial aid in the form of guaranteed student loans, Pell Grants, or applicable graduate assistantships.  Southern Miss students requiring financial aid should contact Frances Sudduth in the International Programs Office before requesting a 2013 - 2014 Study Abroad Financial Aid Application from the university's Financial Aid Office. 

Application and Payment Deadlines

Completed online application, with $250 deposit, will be accepted until 31 March 2014, space permitting. Southern Miss will acknowledge receipt of applications and students will be informed of their registration status. The balance of fees will be due on 7 April 2014. Applications are processed in the order of receipt. Students may apply at any time prior to the deadline and are urged to apply early.

Cancellations and Refunds

Except in cases of academic ineligibility or course cancellation, deposits are non-refundable. Fees, exclusive of deposit, are refundable if written notification is received prior to 7 April 2014. Thereafter, no refunds will be available. The International Programs Office should be notified of all cancellations. 

Assistance and Information

The University of Southern Mississippi
Office of International Programs
118 College Drive #5069
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
Phone: 601.266.4344 
Fax: 601.266.5699

Dr. Joanne Burnett, Director 
The University of Southern Mississippi
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
118 College Drive #5038
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
Phone: 601.266.4964
Fax: 601.266.4853


2014 Syllabi