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  • Locations: Lisieux, France; Paris, France
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.
Fact Sheet:
Faculty Director(s) / Program Contact: Dr. Evan Bibbee MSU Sponsoring Academic Dept(s): World Languages and Cultures
Program Type: Faculty-Led Program Language of Instruction: English
Intent of Program: Education Abroad Program Length: Short-Term: 1-2 weeks
Program sponsorship indicator: Mankato Program
Program Description:
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Summer Study in France

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Short Program : June 17 - July 3, 2017
Full Program : June 17 - July 31, 2017


The group will leave the United States on June 16th. The first 10 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. The group will leave for Normandy, visiting Monet's gardens and home at Giverny, Lisieux, Bayeux, beaches at Arromanches, the American Cemetery and Le mont-Saint-Michel. While in Paris, the students will stay in a clean, modern, residential hotel. 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.

If students decide to do the 6-week program, they will spend 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.

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   
AH 227
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Mankato, MN  56001
(507) 389-6250
(800) 722-0544  (USA only)
FAX:  (507) 389-5887

Summer Study in France
MSU-Mankato French Program
(Dates, excursions and charges are subject to change without notification)