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CIEE - French

VISION

Gordon's Department of Language and Linguistics recommends CIEE's programs in France for students studying French. French majors are required to study abroad for one semester and encouraged to study for the full year. 

CIEE's three program locations have different concentrations and students are advised to consult their French faculty as they examine the options. The available locations are:

  • Paris
  • Rennes
  • Toulouse

PARIS CIEE offers different two different program opportunities in Paris.

Critical & Francophone Studies examines French art, society and culture:

  • Take courses in critical studies focusing on French theory in cinema, the arts, writing, and critical thought and Francophone Studies in contemporary French society and culture
  • Study entirely in French, with a strong emphasis on the French intellectual tradition and emergent global thought
  • Enroll in the Université de Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle or the Université Paris Diderot (Paris 7), allowing direct engagement in Parisian university life
  • Visit exhibits, attend film festivals and listen to lectures
  • Take day excursions to places in and around Paris and weekend excursions to other important French cities

The Contemporary French Studies program allows beginning and intermediate students an entryway into the political, social, and cultural complexity of contemporary France:

  • Improve your French, and discover Paris and contemporary French society through a program specially designed for the beginning and intermediate language student
  • Choose from CIEE content courses taught in French for the intermediate to advanced student, and English for the beginning to intermediate student
  • Meet locals through a homestay, volunteering opportunities with French youth, and by conversing with your peers
  • Take fascinating practicum courses that bring you into contact with French society
  • Audit a class at the Université de Paris if you meet the qualifications

RENNES lies in the heart of Brittany and offers students an opportunity to discover not only contemporary France, but also it's Celtic traditions and history. The Rennes Liberal Arts program enables students to:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the French people and fluency in the French language
  • Enjoy for-credit teaching internships in a local primary, middle, or high school
  • Enroll in a French university
  • Live with a French family, and immerse yourself in the culture
  • Visit museums and theaters, and take excursions to sites such as the southwestern coast of Brittany, beaches of Normandy, Mont Saint-Michel, and castles of the Loire Valley

TOULOUSE is home to one of Europe's oldest universities and one of France's premier business schools. The Business & Culture program offers students the opportunity to take courses at one of the nation’s best undergraduate business schools, pursue an internship with a local or international company while living in a region of France with a rich culture heritage. Students can:

  • Study at France’s top-ranked undergraduate business school alongside French and international students
  • Enjoy a varied co-curricular program that includes a study trip to Paris as well visits to local companies and activities in and around the vibrant university town of Toulouse
  • Take advantage of the convenient French rail system to explore the Mediterranean, the Atlantic coast, and the Pyrenees

TRAVEL INFO: a how-to from the Paris Police on staying safe in Paris. Very handy advice that applies to many urban centers in France.

QUALIFICATIONS

Students wishing to apply for CIEE must:

  • Have Junior or Senior standing at time of participation.
  • Be a French major/minor.
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA (Paris programs) or 2.75 (Rennes and Toulouse)
  • Have the approval of their French advisor for their location choice

CREDIT

Upon arrival, students take a placement exam. Students who place below the advanced level may be required to enroll in an additional language course for advanced or intermediate composition.
In general, students take a minimum of one required French language course and four elective courses. These electives can include CIEE courses, regular university courses, and internship opportunities.

Global Understanding core credit can be fulfilled by this semester program when students participate in COR210 pre-departure and COR211 upon re-entry. Lab fees apply.

COST

As a French major, you pay regular Gordon semester costs (tuition, light board, housing and fees) and will be eligible to maintain all scholarships toward the cost of the program. The following is included:

  • Tuition and direct program costs
  • Room and board (Note: in some CIEE programs, only two meals per day are covered)

Not covered:

  • Flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Local travel
  • Course material

APPLICATION PROCEDURES & DEADLINES

Students wishing to study abroad must first submit an online seat application and have an interview with the Global Education Office.

FALL SEMESTER:
Online seat applications must be submitted and interviews completed by March 1. You will be notified within 5 days of the deadline regarding the decision on your seat application.

After you've been approved by the Global Education Office, proceed directly with your program's application process. CIEE program deadlines vary by location. Check the specific webpages.

SPRING SEMESTER:
Online seat applications must be submitted and interviews completed by September 30. You will be notified within 5 days of the deadline regarding the decision on your seat application.

After you've been approved by the Global Education Office, proceed directly with your program's application process. CIEE program deadlines vary by location. Check the specific webpages.


Online Approved Program Seat Application

This application requests information that will be used to evaluate your eligibility for an off-campus program. The College reserves the right to grant seats to applicants based on proven academic performance, moral maturity and personal motivation.

Please fill out the application form below with your information. Your responses to these questions will be used in evaluating your applications for a seat in an off-campus program. We encourage you to take your time and write considered responses to the personal statement questions.

1. Date of application:

2. Semester:

3. Program:

4. Approved International Programs fulfill Global Understanding when taken with COR210 before hand and COR211 afterwards. Do you wish to use this off-campus semester to fulfill Global Understanding Core?

Yes. I will register for COR210 New Perspectives in Crossing Cultures 1 (pre-departure) and COR211 New Perspectives 2 (re-entry).
No-BUT. Although I am fulfilling the Global Understanding Core in other ways, I DO want to attend the New Perspectives sessions.
No. I am fulfilling the Global Understanding Core through another course.
Not Applicable. My program is domestic.

5. Last Name:

6. First Name (Given Legal):

7. Middle Initial:

8. Gordon College ID #:

9. Gender:

Male
Female

10. Date of Birth:

11. Place of Birth:

12. Country of Citizenship:

13. Valid Passport:

Yes
No
Not necessary for my program

14. If yes, what is the expiration date on your passport?

15. Full Name exactly as it appears on passport:

16. Email Address:

17. Campus Mailing Address:

18. Campus Phone/Cell:

19. Parent/Guardian (Last, First, MI):

20. Parent/Guardian Phone:

21. Parent/Guardian Email

22. Parent/Guardian Address in full:

23. Emergency Contact if other than Parent/Guardian: (Provide Name, Address, Phone and Email in full)

24. Off Campus study can affect your eligibility for institutional, federal and state financial aid. Please check with your Financial Aid Office to determine eligibility status should you be accepted into an off-campus program.

I receive Financial Aid and will meet with my Financial Aid Officer to determine which forms of financial aid are transferable to this program.
I am not currently receiving any forms of financial aid.

25. Do you have any chronic physical conditions that require regular medical attention or that may be relevant for consideration in a program that requires physical activity such as walking, etc.?

Yes
No

26. Do you have allergies to foods, plants, etc.? Are there any prescription or non-prescription medications that you take regularly that you would anticipate needing while you are attending this program?

27. Do you have any learning disabilities you would like the program faculty to be aware of?

Yes
No

28. Current Class Level:

Freshman
Sophomore
Junior
Senior

29. Expected Graduation Date:

30. Major Field of Study 1:

31. Major Field of Study 2:

32. Minor Field of Study:

33. Current Overall GPA (Grade Point Average):

34. Name of Major Advisor:

35. Major Advisor’s Email:

36. Name of Faculty Reference:

37. Faculty Reference’s Email:

38. Name of Student Affairs Reference (someone in Student Life or an RD - not an RA):

39. Student Affairs Reference's Email:

40. What is your motivation for participating in the program for which you are applying? How does the program meet your academic, personal and/or professional goals? (AT LEAST 250 words)

41. What in your past experience (international, educational or other) has prepared you for success in this program? What qualities or strengths do you possess that will contribute to your success in the program? (AT LEAST 250 words)

42. In the context of your own personal journey of faith, reflect upon your willingness to engage culturally diverse expressions of Christian experience. What is your experience with such engagement? (AT LEAST 250 words)

43. The program for which you are applying is structured with conditions of greater personal freedom than is normally the case in a Christian college environment. How are you likely to respond to this greater freedom? (250 word minimum)

44. PIKE and IA MAJORS only: Please identify the name and provide a brief description of this program fits the specific requirements of your major/contract. (Has your IA advisor approved the program, or is this specific program written into your Pike contract?)