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FRENCH STUDIES IN ANGERS
Belmont’s Summer Program in France takes place at the Centre International d'Etudes Françaises (CIDEF) on the campus of the Université Catholique de l’Ouest in Angers. The university is situated near the center of this city of about 180,000 inhabitants, about 1.5 hours by train from Paris in the picturesque Loire Valley region. The site of a Gallo-Roman settlement, Angers became the “Cradle of the Plantagenêts” before being conquered by the Dukes of Anjou.
Angers offers a remarkable choice of monuments from every historical period, as well as prize-winning museums, lovely gardens and parks. Near the CIDEF is the medieval castle of King René of Anjou, which houses the famous series of fifteenth century tapestries illustrating the Apocalypse. The town overlooks the Maine River, which flows into the Loire just below Angers.
Classes are held in the university’s modern classroom building. Students are housed in university dormitories near the campus. Meals are served in the university cafeteria. Native French students are assigned to the conversation courses as “moniteurs” and “monitrices” to ensure that students have contact with young people who speak “today’s French.” Regular evening activities are planned for CIDEF students, including a final Soirée internationale
where students are invited to present skits, dances and music from their native lands.
The final four days of the program will be spent in Paris. Hotel accommodations will be provided at a small hotel on the Left Bank, five minutes from Notre Dame Cathedral in the Latin Quarter. Students will be encouraged to explore Paris and to exercise their newly acquired skills in French. Belmont faculty will be in residence in Angers to offer assistance and in Paris to provide orientation information for visits to the magnificent array of museums and major monuments in the city.
Note: This program is facilitated and oriented by Dr. Cheryl Brown, but she will not be travelling with students to France. Dr. John Paine will assist in facilitating students at the end of the program.
All courses will satisfy either Belmont requirements in the Gen Ed core or the specified major. You must participate in at least one course offered in France. You should consult individual program faculty to see how online options can fit into your study abroad program.
- Campus activities in Angers
- Mont St. Michel
- Normandy beaches & American Cemetery
- Puy de Fou
- Chateaux of the Loire Valley
- Troglodyte Village
- Four days in Paris to explore cultural sites
The course includes (per week) 12-14 hours of classroom instruction, two hours of monitored language laboratory exercises, five sessions of conversation, and two activities which take place on Thursday afternoons. The course will earn 6 semester hours of credit in French (1950, 2950, 3950).
Independent study courses in other academic subjects such as Third-Year Writing may also be arranged. Sponsorship and approval of independent courses must be arranged before departure.
ENG 3950: Third Year Writing (English 3010; satisfies BELL CORE requirement)
REL 3950: Religion Jr. Cornerstone (Path A or B; satisfies BELL CORE requirement)
INB 3950: (satisfies BBA Core Business requirement for International Business 3300)
1. Program Fee: $6,000:
This fee will include instruction, lodging, three meals a day while in Angers (in Paris breakfast only will be included), ground transportation for all group excursions, tickets for the Paris metro, and Paris museum pass. Excursions to Mont St. Michel, les Plages du Débarquement (Normandy Beaches and American Cemetery), the “Puy du Fou” (a stunning sound-and-light spectacle), the Châteaux of the Loire Valley, and a “troglodyte” village are offered. Two of these excursions are included in the cost of the program. The other excursions may be added at additional expense. Thursday afternoons you are invited to participate in local cultural activities: a cooking class and a visit to a chocolate factory, among others. The cost of two of these activities is included in your program fee.
Costs not covered by the program fee include:
round-trip airline ticket to France and train ticket to Angers, textbooks, medical expenses incurred, lunch and dinner in Paris, and food, entertainment, or transportation other than that outlined above. Cost of the program could increase due to unforeseen price rises or low enrollment.
2. Belmont Tuition
Tuition is charged at the special study abroad tuition rate of 2/3 off the cost of normal Summer tuition. For every 3 hours of study abroad credit you register for, you pay for only one hour.
Students are responsible for booking their own international travel. Flight recommendations will be made at a later date.
Program Deposit: $500 due at time of application
Faculty-Led Application Process
Dates and Deadlines
All requirements must be completed by the Study Abroad Office deadlines: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date
How to Apply
- Spring Break Programs: November 15
- Maymester Programs: February 1
- Summer Programs: February 15
1. Please click the Apply Now button (found at the top-right of this page and/or at the bottom of this page) to apply.
2. You will automatically be directed to your myBelmont account to log-in.
3. After logging in to your myBelmont account, if you are not re-directed back to Belmont Global, open a new window for Belmont Global to complete your application.
Dr. Cheryl Brown
Professor of French
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