Study French in France
Details for 2017 are coming soon. See below for details on the 2016 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.
Location for 2017
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 Study Abroad 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 $TBA 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.)
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 Office the Study Abroad.
Apply now, as the program will cap at 20. After this, applicants will be put on a waiting list.
Application and Payment Deadlines
Completed online application, with $250 deposit, are due by TBA. Program deposits should be paid to the Office of Study Abroad. Balance of fees, less deposit, should be paid according to the regular summer schedule as outlined by the USM Business Services Office. Click here for more details on the payment process. The withdrawal deadline is TBA.
[video credit: Jenifer GARY, Southern Miss student, French in France, summer 2015]