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  • Locations: Bordeaux, France
  • Program Terms: Summer Term 1
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Accommodation: Home-stay GPA Requirement: None
Language of Instruction: French On-Site Staff: BC Faculty Leader, Host Family Coordinator
Minimum Language Requirement: Elementary French 2 BC Program Type: BC Summer Program
BC Department: Romance Languages and Literature Summer Course Credit Fulfillment: A&S language requirement
Number of Credits: 6 Course Number: FREN 1184
Program Manager: Shannon Williams
Program Description:

The Program

There are two options for the study of French in Bordeaux in the summer of 2018.
1) FREN1184, Intensive Intermediate French (6 credits): This summer Intensive Intermediate course will allow you to complete two semesters' work over the course of five weeks with France as your classroom. This course fulfills the Language Proficiency Requirement for A & S and CSOM. Pre-requisites: Students must either have completed Elementary French II at BC or place into Intermediate French on the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures online Placement Test (eagles1 is the password).  See further course details below and in the course syllabus.
Bordeaux 2016 Winner
2) FREN2203, Independent Study in French (3 credits): You will work closely with 
faculty to course of study as per your areas of interest, needs and preferences.   Our aim will be to improve your spoken and written French, as well as to identify and develop an idea for a final project of your choosing to be handed in mid-July.  This course counts as an elective for the Major or the Minor.
Pre-requisites: Students must either have completed at least Intermediate  French II at BC, place above Intermediate French II on the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures online Placem
ent Test (eagles1 is the password) or have earned a 3 on the AP exam.  See further course details below and in the course syllabus.

Both courses are an excellent way to jump-start your French, as you immerse yourself in the language and culture of one of the world's most breathtaking cities. Bordeaux was named a World Heritage city by UNESCO in 2007 and was voted Best European Destination in 2015 in an online poll and named Best European City in Lonely Planet’s “Best in Travel” list for 2017. It is known for its stunningly beautiful architecture and rich history. The Basque region, the Atlantic coastline, the Dordogne and miles of rolling vineyards are all close by. These regions will be the focus of afternoon excursions and day trips throughout your stay in Bordeaux, as well as the region of Normandy in northwestern France where will visit the D-Day Beaches and other sites of historical significance. 
Bordeaux_students cookingYou will also participate in a broad variety of extra-curricular activities with the group and your host family, including visiting historical monuments, cooking classes, and much more. You will discover the richness of multi-ethnic cultures as they are interwoven into life in France and will reflect on what culture means from different perspectives. Throughout the program, short readings on aspects of daily French life will acquaint you with the essence of what it means to be French in the 21st century.
This course enables you to fulfill your foreign language requirement quickly, allowing you to qualify for enrollment in more advanced courses in the fall, further study or graduate work abroad.

Program Dates

Arrival in Bordeaux: Sunday, May 27, 2018

Departure from Bordeaux: Saturday, June 30, 2018

Faculty Leader

Andréa Javel


In Intensive Intermediate French, you will review previously learned vocabulary and grammar while continuing to develop your ability to express yourself in oral and written form. You will spend an average of 18 hours per week in language classes and pledge to speak nothing but French while participating in the program, ensuring fast progress towards oral proficiency. An additional 10 hours per week will be spent participating in immersion-rich, content-specific cultural activities.

Draft Syllabus: Intensive Intermediate French 2018 Syllabus 
In Independent Study in French, you will explore previously learned grammar in greater depth, be introduced to new grammatical structures, broaden your working vocabulary and develop your presentational, interpretive and interpersonal language skills.  Current events, social justice issues and/or topics of personal interest to each student will be explored.  Independent Study students will carry out weekly oral presentations in the Intensive Intermediate class, further preparing you for more advanced courses in French. 

Draft Syllabus:
Independent Study 2018 - Intensive French


Students will be billed for summer programs via their Agora account in early May, and payment is due prior to departure. Any questions related to billing should be directed to Student Services. 

Four separate costs are billed to Agora: 
  • Tuition (6-credit tuition is $5,016) 
  • GeoBlue international health insurance ($50)
  • Program fee ($3,200)
  • Enrollment fee ($45)

Students are responsible for coordinating and paying for their own travel to Bordeaux and budgeting for meals and personal expenses not covered by the program fee. Details on housing and meals is included below.

Please consult our Summer Finances & Scholarships page for additional information on program costs and funding opportunities. 

Housing & Meals

Students will be housed with host families. Breakfast and dinner are included in the program fee, though students should budget for daily lunch.  

Cultural Activities
  • Travel to l'Ile de Ré, Paris, Normandy and Biarritz
  • Visit the château de la Brède (le Château de Montesquieu) and la Tour Michel de Montaigne
  • Tours of Musée d’Aquitaine, Centre Jean Moulin, Bordeaux’s new Citée du vin, the Mémorial aux Martyrs de la Déportation in Paris, as well as the D-Day Beaches and the Musée de Caen in Normandy (the week-end of the anniversary of the D-Day Invasion
Port de la Lune
  • Guided tour and visit of Saint-­ Emilion
  • Wine Appreciation classes and cooking classes
  • Soirées cinéma
  • Group lunches/dinners to explore the many culinary treasures of France

Travel Information

Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from Bordeaux.

Application Process

Please click on the Apply Now button on this page to submit an online application to OIP. For detailed information on the application process please visit the Summer Applications & Admissions page


Students with disabilities are encouraged to speak with their OIP Advisors about any concerns or questions they may have about studying abroad.

The Office of International Programs reserves the right to update, change, or cancel any BC Summer program without notice due to unexpected events abroad, curriculum, or enrollment issues

This program is currently not accepting applications.