Study French in France


June 28 - July 31, 2016

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. This year's program will be held at our partner institution, the ESCE. To complement the language classes, weekly cultural activities and visits are organized for students. Activities highlight different aspects of French culture and traditions. Previous guided visits include: famous museums and monuments, historical sites such as Versailles, and a visit to a typical Parisian quarter (Montmartre).

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


Paris, France

Academic Program

The Southern Miss French program will be hosted by the ESCE. 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 undergraduate credit in French, to students who complete four weeks of coursework with passing grades. These hours may be taken at any undergraduate level. The level of credit depends on the individual's academic background in French, as determined by his or her transcript.

Students will visit the Opéra Garnier, Montmartre and Hôtel de ville (City Hall).

Academic Credit and Course Registration

USM students need to register themselves as soon as summer registration is available. Your personalized course registration code will be sent to you via email. Non-USM students will be registered by your program coordinator as soon as summer registration becomes available. Click here for more information on course registration.


This program is only for current Southern Miss students!

Minimum program eligibility for 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 two (2) meals per day with their host family during the week, and are responsible for meals on the weekend. Many students form lasting friendships with host family members and continue to correspond with them long after they return to the United States.


The cost of the program for six (6) semester hours is $4,200 for undergraduate credit. This price includes tuition and fees, mandatory insurance, metro pass, airport transportation, program excursions, museum pass, and housing with a host family and some meals. Students will need to make their own flight arrangements. (Please do not book individual flight without director's consent.)

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 the International Programs Office.

Apply now, as the program will cap at 15. After this, applicants will be put on a waiting list.

Application and Payment Deadlines

Completed online application, with $250 deposit, are due by March 18, 2016. Program deposits should be paid to the Office of International Programs. Balance of fees, less deposit, or appropriate proof of financial aid is due by April 1, 2016. The balance of fees should be paid directly to the USM Business Office. Click here for more details on the payment process.

Program Cancellation

Except in cases of academic ineligibility or course cancellation, program deposits are non-refundable. Once you have applied to a particular program, paid your deposit, and been accepted to participate, the Office of International Programs will begin paying fees on your behalf. If you cancel your participation on a program after fees have been paid out on your behalf, those fees will be billed to your student account.  If you must cancel, log in to your program application and withdraw. In addition, send written notice to The Office of International Programs.


[video credit: Jenifer GARY, Southern Miss student, French in France, summer 2015]

Program Director

Keltoum Rowland
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Phone: 601.266.4964

Program Coordinator

Melissa Ravencraft, Coordinator
Office of International Programs
Phone: 601.266.5009
Make an appointment with Melissa

2015 Syllabi (2016 TBA)