Full Program : June 18 - August 1, 2016
Short Program : June 18 - July 4, 2016
The group will leave the United States on June 18th. The first 11 days will be spent in Paris visiting major monuments, museums and neighborhoods. There will also be excursions to Saint-Denis, Versailles, Vaux-le-Vicomte, Épernay and Fontainebleau. At several of these sites, students will have the opportunity to interact/converse not only with the instuctor but also local guides or other contributors. On the 12th day, the group will leave for Normandy, visiting Monet's gardens and home at Giverny, Lisieux, Bayeux, the landing beaches at Arrromanches, the American Cemetery and Le mont-Saint-Michel While in Paris, the students will stay in a clean, modern, residential hotel. On June 25, they will leave for Normandy, visiting Giverny (Monet's gardens and home), the Musée des Impressionismes Giverny, Lisieux, Bayeux (its tapestry museum and cathedral), Arromanches (its landing beaches and museum), the American Cemetery and le Mont-Saint-Michel. When the students return to Paris, they will visit the cathedral at Chartres.
The month of July will be spent in La Rochelle. This beautiful port city of more than 70,000 inhabitants is located on the Atlantic Ocean in the department of Charente-Maritime. Both the city and the surrounding area are extremely rich in history. In addition to having one of Europe's most beautiful aquariums, La Rochelle possesses a large number of interesting museums. Being a fishing port, the city has a plentiful supply of fresh seafood. Thanks to its temperate climate, beautiful beaches and pleasant atmosphere, La Rochelle draws tourists from all over the world. Students will live with carefully chosen families and take courses at the Institut d'Études Françaises (Groupe Sup de Co).
Minnesota State University, Mankato's summer program is a cooperative venture with the Institut d'Études Françaises which is affiliated with the Université de La Rochelle. The teaching staff is made up of native speakers familiar with the difficulties encountered by foreigners learning their language. The "Institut" provides courses at the elementary, intermediate and advanced levels specifically designed for Minnesota State University, Mankato's students. They stress contemporary French civilization, grammar review and conversation. They meet for a total of 80 50-minute class periods. All students must enroll for nine semester credits. Undergraduates may enroll for a total of twelve. A staff member from Minnesota State University, Mankato, accompanies the students and meets with them on a regular basis both in Paris where he serves as guide and in La Rochelle. Qualified high school students are invited and encouraged to participate in the program.
AFTERNOON AND WEEKEND ACTIVITIES
On the weekends in La Rochelle, students participate in excursions to such places as the Loire River Valley and the Cognac region. The cost of these two outings is included in the program assessment. Students may participate in other excursions that are sponsored by the Institute. No weekend trips to other parts of France or Europe are allowed.
Dr. Evan Bibbee, Director
World Languages and Cultures
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Mankato, MN 56001
(800) 722-0544 (MN only)
FAX: (507) 389-5887
Summer Study in France
(Dates, excursions and charges are subject to change without notification)
What were the 2 best things about your program?
1. The first best thing about the program was the ability to just let go of any "American" culture I had and immerse myself into the French culture as best as I could. 2. The second best thing about the program was the ability to learn the language as quickly as I ever could, because I was forced to communicate in French at all times that I wasn't around an American.