Missouri State University

Modern & Classical Languages (MCL)Department of Modern and Classical Languages

Study Away to Quebec

Study Away to Quebec

Course Name: Français langue étrangère; Summer Intensive French Immersion in Québec

Course Number: IDS 397

Credit hours: 3 IDS 397 + 6 (additional credit hours earned from Laval University fulfill FRN 201 & 202 OR FRN 311 & 312 equivalents)

Additional credit hours earned from Laval University fulfill FRN 201 & 202, FRN 311 & 312, and other FRN coded courses as approved by the Department Head.

Course Highlights:

This course provides students with an opportunity for intensive immersion in the French language through everyday use of conversational French, as well as academic French in the classroom at Université Laval. Participants will study Québecois French culture through participation in outings to different historical sites, museums, restaurants, and films. The immersion experience accelerates acquisition of the French language through required  participation in additional sociocultural activities offered by Université Laval (facilitated and led by native-speaking faculty and staff).

Program Fee: $3,785

Program Fee Includes: Lodging, two meals per day, tuition and book fees related to Université Laval, Study Away student fee, basic medical insurance, and access to private and/or public beaches; separated costs not available. Program Fee Excludes: Passport, airfare, land transportation, dinners, incidentals/misc personal expenses, and souvenirs. $601.44 MSU tuition for 3 hours of undergraduate credit. Both Missouri residents and non-residents pay the Mo. resident  per-credit-hour tuition rate, per University policy.

Applications are due by March 29, 2013. A nonrefundable deposit of $567.75 will be billed to your student account.

Scholarship Eligibility & Financial Aid

Study Away scholarship funds in variable amounts up to $2,000 are available to students studying abroad during winter intersession 2013, spring 2013, and summer 2013 terms. The scholarship is need-based for full-time, degree-seeking students with a minimum 3.0 GPA applying for an approved Study Away program. This may be a semester, summer, or short-term faculty led program offered during the terms listed above. Students must complete the application by February 19, 2013 to apply funds to this program.

Course Overview & Objectives

The français langue étrangère immersion program will begin with a series of four to five pre-travel meetings during second block of spring semester, 2013. An in-depth travel orientation as well as registration and online placement tests for the Université Laval will take place during these meetings. Students will be placed in levels 1-5, advanced, or superior.

After departure from Springfield, students will begin classes at the Université Laval on Monday, July 8th. The six credit hours of FRN-coded courses will be fulfilled by students attending the following four intensive French immersion courses from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (M-F) on Laval’s campus: aural and written comprehension, oral expression, and phonetics. Additionally, students will get to select one “atelier obligatoire,” or obligatory workshop, in which to participate. The “animateurs,” or student workers, also facilitate hundreds of fun, free sociocultural activities over the five-week session. Students must participate in at least one to two of these each week, and provide proof of registration and a short, reflective essay describing their experience to the Program Director. Some of these include urban hikes in Vieux Québec, swing dancing, Québécois film nights, and other cultural and sports-related  activities.

As part of the IDS 397 coursework, students will join the Program Director on lecture tours to the Musée National des Beaux-Arts, the Musée de la Civilisation, the Grande Allée (a well-known street in Québec), and various other cultural and historic sites and restaurants. All lecture tours will be conducted in French and students will be expected to speak in French to the best of their ability. Students will also keep a daily reflective journal outlining their linguistic and cultural experiences while in Québec, and these journals will be sent to the Program Director at the end of each week.

Students will reside in the dorms on the Laval campus for the duration of their stay. This and all other aspects of the study away will serve to surround students by francophone people and culture, thereby placing them in daily situations in which they must use their French. Through this immersion, students will rapidly gain fluency and overcome anxiety typically experienced by second language learners.

Course Credit & Requirements

IDS 397 (3 hours): International Culture and Study Abroad will be taught be program director Jenny Stoops as second block spring course. Approximately 16 hours will be conducted before departure (over four weeks) and 21 hours of lecture/discussion will be conducted in Québec. Lecture tours of museums, Vieux Québec, and historical sites will be required. Grading based on participation in group discussions, essays, and daily journal entries while in Québec.

FRN 201 & 202 / 311 & 312 (6 hours): French language and culture courses taught at the Université Laval in Québec Cité, Québec. 90 classroom contact hours over 4 1/2 weeks. Grading based on: participation, oral and written exams, short writing assignments in French, group projects and presentations. Grading will also be based on participation in additional sociocultural activities offered by the faculty/staff at L’Université Laval, over which proof of registration will be required and reflective essays.

Required Text: Will be announced by Université Laval for Summer 2013.

Application & Payment Procedures

Missouri State University students and others who are approved by a Program Director may apply. Instructions are included on the program application.

MSU Students: A non-refundable deposit of $567.75 will be billed to your University account upon application (deadline March 29, 2013). You will receive a second billing on April 26, 2013 and a final billing on May 24, 2013, for the balance of the program fee ($3,217.25). MSU course tuition ($601.44) will be billed to your University account and is due according to the university payment plan.

Visiting Students: A non-refundable deposit of $567.75 (check or money order) must accompany your application (deadline March 29, 2013). A check or money order for the balance of the program fee ($3,217.25) will be due by May 31, 2013. MSU course tuition ($601.44) will be billed to your University account and is due according to the University payment plan.

IN ORDER TO ENSURE PARTICIPATION IN THIS STUDY AWAY PROGRAM, THE ENTIRE AMOUNT OF THE PROGRAM FEE MUST BE RECEIVED BY JUNE 21, 2013. PAYMENT CAN BE MADE ONLINE OR AT THE BURSAR’S OFFICE. Estimated program fees are based on rates in effect on the publication date of this flyer and may be subject to change. Program participants agree to a potential increase of up to 10% if rates increase before or during travel.

Cancellation & Refund Policies

  • Students who withdraw prior to May 27, 2013 will receive a refund of fees paid, less the $567.75 deposit and any non-refundable purchases made on his/her behalf.
  • If a student is forced to withdraw after May 27, 2013 or a bona fide medical reason, s/he will receive a refund of fees paid, less the $567.75 deposit and expenses. A certificate of incapacitating illness or injury from a licensed physician is required.
  • Students withdrawing voluntarily after May 27, 2013, or withdrawing due to medical reasons not protected under the fees refund policy, receive no refund.
  • Once the program has started, no refunds will be issued under any circumstances.
  • All notifications of withdrawal must be made in writing and sent to the Program Director and Director of Study Away Programs at the Study Away Office, Jim D. Morris Center, Suite 403. Non-payment of fees does not guarantee automatic withdrawal.
  • This program may be cancelled if enrollment is fewer than 7 participants. In this event, MSU students will receive a full refund.

Interested in going?

Contact the program director, Jennifer Stoops, Department of Modern & Classical Languages:

Study Away

Application Due:
March 29, 2013 April 30, 2013

Depart Springfield:
July 7, 2013

Depart Québec:
August 10, 2013

Post-Travel Meeting:
TBA

Quebec Study Away Program Brochure