French Abroad

As a French major or minor, it is essential to experience francophone culture first-hand to fully understand the language. Studying abroad is the best way to do this, because it allows you to completely immerse yourself for a significant period of time and avoid feeling like a “tourist”. Employers appreciate candidates with cross-cultural communication skills who have the ability to adapt to changing environments. Choose a French speaking country that complements your future career aspirations. Take the opportunity to live in Grenoble, nestled in the Alps, while studying French and business, or hone your French skills walking the streets of Paris.

French Programs

Internships

Academic Advice

Scholarships

Department Contact

Resources for Advisors

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Program Suggestions

The programs highlighted on this page are a good fit for students studying French

Faculty-Led Programs

Location

Program 

Available Courses

France

France: Language and Culture

FRE 385: French Language (3 credits) AND

FRE 386: French Culture (3 credits)

*Fulfills General Education Global Perspectives requirement.

*Fulfills (1) General Education Issues course requirement.

Semester and Academic Year Programs

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Program Type

Courses

France

Université Catholique de l'Ouest

Partnership

Available Courses

France

Grenoble School of Management

Partnership

Available Courses

France

ESSCA in Angers

Partnership

Available Courses

France

CIS: Semester in Aix en Provence

External

Available Courses

France

CEA: Universite d'Aix Marseille

External

Available Courses

France

USAC: University of Pau

External

Available Courses

Morocco

IES: Rabat

External

Available Courses

Senegal, Morocco, France

APA: Multi-Country

External

Available Courses

Summer Programs

Location

Program

Program Type

Courses

France

CEA: Universite d'Aix Marseille

External

Available Courses

France

Université Catholique de l'Ouest (UCO)

Partnership

Available Courses

France

USAC: University of Pau

External

Available Courses

Internships

Gain real-world experience globally and build your international network by participating in an internship abroad. 

Internships Abroad

Internships


Explore Other Program Options

There are other program options available. Schedule a study abroad advising appointment to learn more or browse our other program options:

Browse More Programs

Other Opportunities


Academic Advice

  • The earliest you can go abroad is the summer of your first year.
  • Students may fulfill General Education Foundation and Issues requirements abroad
  • Students taking at least 3 credits abroad will fulfill their Global Perspectives requirement
  • Students should be working with their faculty mentor to plan and make appropriate course selections for study abroad.
  • No restrictions have been identified by the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures. 

To determine the GVSU course equivalencies for courses taken abroad, please visit our Course Approval page. 

Once you have selected a program, schedule a meeting with your academic advisor to discuss your plans.

Academic Advice


Scholarship Opportunities

Alliance Française de Grand Rapids Scholarship

Explore more scholarship opportunities through our scholarship page 

Scholarships


Department Contact

Janel Pettes Guikema

B-2-253 Mackinac Hall

pettesj@gvsu.edu


Studying abroad in Pau, France gave me confidence speaking French and submersing myself with locals. Living with my host family gave me an intimate look into French life, values and culture which would not have been possible if I had never studied abroad. I encourage everyone to take that leap."

- Amber Sackett

French Major, Arabic & Middle Eastern Studies minors, McNair scholar

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