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Study abroad is essential if you are seeking a deep and nuanced understanding of the French language and a francophone culture other than your own. Students majoring or minoring in French have the opportunity to study abroad in a number of French-speaking countries: Quebec, Canada; Belgium, France and Senegal.
“Languages are gateways into the world, and they function in particular cultural and historical contexts. In order to be able to use language skills in meaningful ways, we also need to acquire cultural literacy. Our Study Abroad programs provide you with both an opportunity to enhance your language skills and an experience of the cultural context in which languages live. In addition to a wide range of enhanced career opportunities, studying abroad affords you a unique experience that you will remember for life.”
With advance planning and working closely with French faculty members and your academic advisor, you should be able to fit study abroad within your four years at ASU. As a School of International Letters and Cultures French major or minor, there are a number of terms available for you to study abroad.
The optimal time for a language and culture major or minor to study abroad is when language proficiency is at the intermediate level or above (202 or higher). If you wish to study abroad before you reach this level, we recommend that you have at least one semester of study in the language before participating in a language program abroad. Review our recommended options below:
|Year||Term||Recommended Student Action|
|Year 1||Fall - Spring||Begin researching study abroad programs; speak with French faculty or with a SILC advisor for program recommendations. Visit the Study Abroad website to review program options in francophone countries (Quebec, Canada; Belgium, France, Senegal)|
|Summer||Option 1: Complete a summer study abroad program|
||Fall- Spring||Ready to study abroad? Apply to study abroad programs
Option 2: Complete a semester, winter break, spring break or post-spring study abroad program
|Summer||Option 3: Complete a summer study abroad program|
||Fall - Spring||Option 4: Complete a semester, winter break, spring break or post-spring study abroad program|
|Summer||Option 5: Complete a summer study abroad program|
||Fall - Spring||Option 6: Complete a fall or winter break study abroad program|
The School of International Letters and Cultures (SILC) recommends that you speak with French faculty members and meet with your SILC major/minor academic advisor to help guide you in deciding which program will best help you to achieve your academic and personal goals. SILC has provided a list of study abroad programs that have been reviewed and recommended for students majoring or minoring in French. Typically, study abroad courses are best applied directly toward your upper division (300 or 400-level) major electives.
Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad workshop to get information on program fees and deadlines, how financial aid can apply to study abroad, how to utilize community-based funding and tips on finding and applying for study abroad scholarships. Discover times and locations.
Peer Advisors are ASU students who have studied abroad on various types of programs and who are here to help you get started on a journey of your own! They are prepared to help you understand the different types of programs offered, narrow down your program options, guide you on the application process, discuss program costs, and speak about student life abroad.
No appointments are necessary to meet with a Peer Advisor.
Your International Coordinator can answer your questions about specific programs, can talk you through the application process, and can help you find funding resources for your particular program on the Study Abroad Office website. Your International Coordinator is happy to meet with you multiple times to answer your questions, and he/she would be glad to schedule meetings in person, by phone, or via Skype.
Studying abroad is an investment in your future. Like any other type of investment, it requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad.
You can find a link to your program’s Cost Sheet near the top of the Study Abroad Office webpage for your program. The Cost Sheet will highlight the costs that are billed to your student account as well as additional estimated costs that are not billed to your student account but that you might expect to spend while abroad. Be sure to note what expenses are included in the fees charged by the Study Abroad Office, and remember to budget additional money for airfare, passport and visa fees and personal expenses since these are not included in any Program Fee.
Once you have reviewed the Cost Sheet for your program and are aware of the costs you might expect to spend on your program, you can begin to make a plan for financing your study abroad program. You can receive funding for studying abroad through financial aid, scholarships and grants and community-based fundraising efforts. We encourage you to:
We encourage you to speak to a Financial Aid Counselor, who can help you figure out how your financial aid might be applied to our study abroad program. Be sure to seek answers to the following questions from a Financial Aid Counselor:
The School of International Letters and Cultures offers study abroad scholarships for which you may apply.
Check out the Study Abroad Office website to learn more about community-based funding, including tips and tricks for crowd-source funding. There is funding out there… you just have to ask.
Would you like help learning about your financing options? We offer bi-weekly in-person and online Financing Your Study Abroad Workshops. Join us in the MU on Monday afternoons or log in through Adobe Connect (find login information here) on Thursdays to learn how to finance your study abroad program through financial aid, scholarships and grants, and community-based funding.
"I learned so much in my study abroad experience, my French improved so much over the month-long program in Lyon, and all of the teachers involved were absolutely amazing and cared so deeply about us learning the language! Not only did my French greatly improve, I made lifelong friends in both France and at ASU."
- Julia Benner, French Language and Culture in Lyon