French and Francophone Studies

French and Francophone Studies

This Majors Abroad Program (MAP) has an interdisciplinary focus on politics, history, international relations, and French language and culture.

Students are encouraged to choose one of three CIEE programs in Paris, France; Toulouse, France; or Dakar, Senegal:

Paris: Students study at the CIEE Global Institute; or at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle; or at the Université Paris Diderot. Frequent cultural excursions including visits to the Louvre, weekend study tours of Bordeaux to explore the history of the slave trade and the culture of wine; weekend excursions to Brittany to discover the musical heritage of this legendary region, and guided walks of the City of Lights. Internship and volunteer programs available.

Toulouse, France: Students study at CIEE Toulouse in the historic district of the city; at Toulouse Business School; or at L'institut Catholique de Toulouse. Home to the European aerospace industry, Toulouse combines high-tech industry with the charm of the Old Quarter and its distinctive rose-tinted architecture. Frequent cultural excursions include overnight study tours to Paris, Sete, or Marseille; visits to the medieval city of Carcassonne, hikes in the Pyrenees mountains, visits to an organic farm, cheese tastings, music festivals, or professional rugby games. Internships and volunteer programs available.

Dakar, Senegal: Students study in the Amitié neighborhood close to the Université Cheikh Anta Diop, the largest public university in Senegal. Frequent cultural excursions include exploring Toubab Dialaw, a fishing village and artist's colony; the historic city of Saint-Louis; weekend trips to the mangroves of Sine-Saloum or historic Gorée Island, the biggest coast center for slave trade from the 1400s to the 1800s; and sleeping under a Moorish tent and camel riding. Internships and volunteer programs available. 

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What to Expect

  • Intermediate level study in French language and Francophone cultures
  • Courses in French conversation, readings and topics in French, and French/Francophone cultures through cinema
  • Valuable experience from immersion in the life and culture of France and Francophone countries and regions

Career Paths

International business, art, fashion, design, education, and government are just a few of the directions French and Francophone Studies graduates have guided their careers, secured by their understanding and appreciation of French, Francophone cultures, and the 300 million people worldwide who use French in their daily lives.