** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Full Program : June 13 - July 27, 2015
Short Program : June 13 - June 30, 2015
In Summer 2015, the program is celebrating its 35th birthday. The group will leave the United States on June 13. 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. 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 advice would you give to another student considering this program?
First of all, don't fret about every little thing. It's good to be cautious, of course, but letting every little thing that goes wrong get to you will just build onto the already-accumulated piles of stress you already have. Secondly, remember that you are in a foreign country. Try not to be a "stereotypical American" and give the US a bad name. People are watching the way you act who may not know anything about the US, so they might project your actions as something all Americans do. Try to avoid that. Thirdly, try your best to budget your spending money. Set a limit to how much you're willing to spend on a specific thing (Food, Souvenirs, Supplies, etc.) for each week and try your best not to pass that limit. Prices for things are different than those of the US. The fourth thing is that food may be different depending on where you go. Things that are considered staples in American diets might not be easily found in a supermarket, or there's a different version of it as the norm (For example, milk in France is NOT kept in the fridge until it's opened, and when it's not it's kept in small bottles in a cool, dry place. Families might chill it for palatability, but places like hotels and restaurants might just serve it warm! You have to get used to it!). Also, connected to the last two, the fifth thing is that you should try your best to cook large meals with as many people in your group as possible. This is an excellent cost-saving strategy. It's much better to spent 12 euros for enough food for 10 people. That way each person pays 1.20 rather than each person going out and spending 5 euros on a sandwich or something.