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Study Abroad Opportunities for French
Study abroad is an indispensable component of the college education of any French or French education major, since a high level of proficiency in the French language can only be attained through complete linguistic immersion in a country where it is spoken. Students who have declared a French minor, and those who have majors in any other discipline, but who are interested in developing a decent level of proficiency in French should also consider studying abroad in a francophone country.


1.) French Language Study at the Université du Québec at Trois-Rivières

Clarion students have been studying French at the Université du Québec at Trois-Rivières for about 20 years. Students may opt for a three-, five-, or six-week French immersion program. For more information on those programs, go to the Website of the École Internationale de Français.

2.) Pre-Summer Session French Immersion Course

This course (FR 257, French Immersion) – which is offered occasionally during the Pre-Summer Session (first three weeks immediately following the end of the Spring Semester) includes a one-week of instruction on the Clarion Campus, followed by a 10-day trip to Paris, France. This course focuses on France 's cultural heritage and, during their stay in Paris, students visit a number of museums and important historical and cultural sites.

Clarion University has a student exchange program with the Université Catholique de Lille, located in the city of Lille, in northern France. Clarion students can study at this French university for a semester or for an entire academic year. They pay Clarion tuition, and room and board at the Université Catholique de Lille.

We are presently developing internship opportunities in France.

For further information on study abroad opportunities in France or other francophone countries, please contact Dr. Elisabeth Sauvage-Callaghan, associate professor of French, Department of Modern Languages and Cultures (814-393-1998).