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French Programs Abroad

Language Study Abroad (LSA) in Lyon

The LSA program offers wide-ranging exposure to French life. Lyon, as France's "second city," has all the charm and vivacity of Paris. It boasts striking Renaissance architecture, France's most renowned cuisine, and easy access to both Alpine skiing and sunny southern regions.

Students take three Dartmouth-accredited courses taught exclusively in French:

  • French 3, Intermediate French, emphasizes the acquisition and refinement of language skills. Taught by French university faculty.
  • French 5, Aspects of Contemporary Culture, surveys recent French political and social history. Taught by French university faculty.
  • French 6, Readings in French Literature, taught by the Dartmouth faculty member in residence, allows students to use their growing mastery of the French language in readings and discussions of masterworks in the original language.
  • The courses are supplemented by excursions such as wine tasting in the Beaujolais, visits to museums in Paris, and day trips in Lyon.

Advanced Language Study Abroad (LSA+) in Toulouse

The French LSA+ program takes place in Toulouse. Students may take advantage of the rich cultural, political, and historical offerings of this exciting city of 600,000 inhabitants, located in the Midi-Pyrénées region of the South of France. It is well known for its remarkable monuments and its world-famous companies (Concorde, Airbus, Spot, Aerospatiale, etc.) Culture is a keyword in "la ville rose", as it is known because of its red-brick buildings, making it a vibrant city enlivened by dance, theater, and concerts by the "orchestre du capitole".

Students take three Dartmouth-accredited courses taught exclusively in French:

  • French 8, A Cultural Approach to Advanced Writing and Speaking, emphasizes the acquisition and refinement of language skills. Taught by French university faculty.
  • French 10, Introduction to French Literature. Taught by French university faculty.
  • French 12, Advanced Writing and Speaking in French, taught by the Dartmouth faculty member in residence, allows students to use their growing mastery of the French language in readings and discussions of masterworks in the original language.

Foreign Study Program (FSP) in Paris

The FSP in Paris provides an advanced program of study designed to expand the curriculum of Dartmouth College into new areas of significant intellectual discovery and cultural understanding through supervised study and residence.

Students live with local families and take three Dartmouth courses taught exclusively in French:

  • French 29, French Civilization, has two sections: a history of 19th century painting, and a history of Romanesque art, which include visits to museums and local monuments in and around Paris.
  • French 30, French Literature, is taught by the Dartmouth professor. This course tests and improves the linguistic skills of the students by challenging them to read complex literary texts in the original.
  • French 31, French Language, is a course in advanced French language.
  • In addition to their coursework, students explore the city and the region through short excursions to museums, architectural sites and participation in cultural events.

Last Updated: 10/8/08