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Dijon, France
Program Terms: Fall
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2015 10/15/2014 10/15/2014 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
 GPA Requirement:
 Class Status:
2 semesters completed
 Language of Instruction:
 Language Courses Offered:
 Prior Language Study Required:
4 semesters
 Open to non-WFU Students:
 Academic Areas Offered:
Program Description:

Wake Forest University Program in Dijon, France

Location Situated in the heart of Burgundy, Dijon is home to a major university and is a gateway to other regions of France and Europe. The city is conveniently located between Paris and the Cote d'Or vineyards. Famous for being the mustard capital of the world, Dijon also has elegant Medieval and Renaissance buildings, including the Palace of Justice and the St. Benignus Cathedral. Numerous festivals and cultural events such as the Fêtes de la Vigne (wine festival) and the International Folklore Festival take place in Dijon annually. Paris and the rest of France are easily accessible from Dijon. Nice, Bordeaux, Marseilles, and Strasbourg are a few of the cities that students may enjoy visiting.

The Wake Forest program is based at the Centre International d'Etudes Françaises (CIEF) at the University of Burgundy. The CIEF has an excellent academic reputation for teaching courses in French language, literature, and culture.
Program A faculty member from the Department of Romance Languages serves as the on-site director and oversees all aspects of the program for its entire duration. Students take courses taught by the faculty director as well as by professors at the University of Burgundy's Centre International d'Etudes Françaises. There are required courses that focus on French language and culture and optional courses in French art or literature. These courses count toward the major and minor in French Studies. Classes are generally scheduled to allow students a three-day weekend to explore other parts of France or Europe.

The following courses will likely be offered during your semester abroad:

Required Courses:
FRH 350: Studies in French Language and Culture (Taught by the Resident Director) [6 credits]
The "program course" includes a classroom component plus group excursions (late August through early October) as well as program activities throughout the fall, including group outings, activities, and participation in French family life through the homestay.  As an integral part of this course, we will make a number of excursions around France beginning in late August and continuing through September.  Destinations will include Burgundy, Provence,Normandy, the châteaux of the Loire Valley, and Paris.  During these visits to museums and monuments of historical, artistic and architectural interest, the events you've been reading about in books will seem to come alive before your eyes. Satisfies French 315 requirement for major or minor.

FRH 351: Advanced Oral and Written French (Taught by professors of the Centre International d'Etudes Françaises [CIEF]) [3 credits]
Early October – early December
Study of grammar, composition, pronunciation, and phonetics, with extensive practice in oral and written French.

FRH 352: Contemporary France (Professor Brigitte Sabard) [3 credits]
Late September – early December
A study of present-day France, including aspects of geography and consideration of social, political, and educational factors in French life today.

Elective Courses:
Course offerings may vary from year to year.

ART 271: French Art (Professor Sebastiano Tomarchio) [3 credits]
Late September –early December
Lectures and field trips in French painting, sculpture, and architecture, concentrating on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  Fulfills the Wake Forest fine arts divisional requirement.

FRH 353: Independent Study [1.5-3 credits]
One of several fields, scholar's journal and research paper. Supervised by the director of the semester in France. Work may be supplemented by lectures on the subject given at the Université de Bourgogne Faculté des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines.

FRH 354: Special Topics in French Literature [1.5 credits]
Selected topics in French literature; topics vary.
Faculty Fall 2014: Kendall Tarte, French,
Fall 2015: Byron Wells, French,
Accommodation Students live with French families who are carefully selected by the program. The homestay allows students to observe and experience French family life and to practice their French.
Excursions In the first month of the semester, students travel together with the Wake Forest faculty director on a variety of excursions. Destinations may include Paris, Provence, the Loire Valley, and Normandy. These trips, ranging from three to ten days, will allow students to explore places of cultural and historical interest that they will have been studying. Students will have the opportunity to visit châteaux, Roman ruins, famous cathedrals, and world-class museums such as the Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay. In Provence, students will see many monuments that recall the Roman conquest of Gaul. On a weekend excursion to Normandy, students will tour the Benedictine abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel, the cathedral of Rouen, and the American cemetery at Omaha Beach.
  • Students must be in good academic standing and have completed French 212/213/214 or the equivalent.
  • Students are encouraged but not required to take one more course above that level.
  • Majors in all disciplines are eligible.
Costs Students pay the current Wake Forest tuition and room and board fees. This total amount includes tuition and fees, laundry, room and board, books, local bus fares, all group activities (including excursions), a travel scholarship, and e-mail. Students are responsible for personal travel and expenses.
Scholarships Students may apply for scholarships through the Center for Global Programs and Studies.
Contact Dr. Sally Barbour, Dijon Program Administrator and Associate Professor of French
Phone: (336) 758-5489

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