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CANADIAN FRENCH IMMERSION
Did you know that the #1 trade partner of the United States is Canada? Not Japan. Not Mexico. Canada, our neighbor to the north, 23% of whose population (6.7 million people!) is either French-speaking or bilingual? Envision what an asset knowledge of French would be to anyone doing business in Canada, especially Eastern Canada. But not any French. The French of Canada, as different from the French of Europe as American English is from that of London.
This program takes place at École de langue française et de culture québecoise (ELFCQ) of the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC). Chicoutimi, a small Canadian city whose Amerindian name means “where the water is deep,” offers the student a 100% immersion experience. What better place to be completely immersed in learning Canadian French than in this small Quebecois city where everyone goes about their lives in French?
Because of the total immersion nature of this program, it is best suited to students who have already studied some French and are willing to immerse themselves fully in French for the length of the program. In fact, students sign an agreement that they will only speak French during the weeks they are enrolled at ELFCQ.
Class sizes are limited to 18 students to give each student the opportunity to speak frequently during each class day.
Afternoon “ateliers” and evening “activités” are organized and led by Québecois university students who serve as “animateurs” for the program. Students indicate their preference of “Atelier” and offerings include geocaching, ensemble musical, écologie urbaine, improvisation, blogue, cardio-sport, théâtre, conversation, slam-poésie, radio, yoga, gumboot, danse, arts plastiques, rallye autoportrait urbain as well as many summer festivals. Evening activities include Québecois film evenings organized by ELFCQ.
Students live with host families in Chicoutimi. ARRIVAL DATES SHOULD BE FINALIZED AFTER HOUSING IS ASSIGNED.
Note: This program is facilitated and oriented by Dr. Cheryl Brown, but she will not be travelling with students to Canada.
This program is open to all Belmont students from all disciplines in good academic standing. Previous study of French is strongly recommended to be able to adhere to the agreement of speaking only French while there.
- Cristal du Lac
- Parc du Saguenay
Please note that this program is NOT for beginners. It is a complete immersion program and an agreement is signed that no English will be spoken.
Students earn 6 hours of credit in French at the intermediate or advanced level (FRE 2950 or 3950) at Belmont for successfully completing the program which includes 20 hours of instruction and culture each week.
ENG 3950: Third Year Writing (English 3010) (satisfies BELL CORE requirement, must have completed 60 credit hours to count as Third Year Writing)
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: $4,500:
This fee will include instruction and instructional materials, lodging, 3 meals a day, and three excursions to the Parc du Saguenay for a hike and view of the magnificent fjord du Saguenay, whale watching cruise in Tadoussac and quartz prospection in an open pit with interpretation of soil and a guided tour of the interpretation centre at Cristal du Lac. The program fee also provides you with health insurance to cover you while in Canada. The published price of this program is
dependent on the exchange rate.
Costs not covered by the program fee include:
Your personal expenses and your transportation to Chicoutimi by car, plane, or plane and bus as well as local transportation in Chicoutimi.
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.
Program Deposit: $500 due at time of acceptance
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
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