French Honors Program

The French Honors Program is designed for French Majors or other students with demonstrated advanced-level French, interested in a comprehensive language and cultural immersion program. As part of the program, students will take a required four unit French honors course which will include one fall or spring semester content course, chosen by the student, as well as an additional seminar-style class meeting each week. This hour-long weekly seminar will integrate the themes of the student's chosen course with current sociocultural-political events in France. Students will be expected to keep a daily journal of thoughts, feelings and experiences in French. This journal will be examined and discussed on a regular basis in the weekly seminar meeting. Please click here for more information about the seminar and course curriculum. 

In addition, students will:

  • Be placed in a homestay where only French is spoken
  • Be spoken to solely in French by IAU faculty and staff
  • Enroll in all courses taught in French
  • Opt to take up to two courses at the University of Provence, Aix-Marseille, with French students (typically during the spring semester only)
  • Attend special receptions, cultural activities and excursions in French
  • Participate in a lecture series in French by local experts in politics, journalism and cultural history of the region
  • Engage in a French Language Partner Program with French students from the University of Provence, Aix-Marseille
  • Opt to be placed into a for-credit 'stage' (internship) based on their academic background and career aspirations

Upon full completion of the program, students will be awarded a Certificate in French Honors Abroad.

Read about what current French Honors students are doing in Aix on our blogs!

Spring 2015
Summer 2015

French Honors Program Student