France: Language & Culture

*Please note:  The next time this program will run is Spring/Summer 2022. Details below are subject to change.

Paris & Bordeaux, France - The program starts in Paris, one of the world’s greatest cities and the ideal point of departure for your study of French culture. The first three days are spent visiting La Ville des Lumières and adjusting to the time zone and language. Then you will take a comfortable trip through the countryside on a French high-speed train down to Bordeaux, a port city in southern France. In Bordeaux, you will attend personalized courses at a language school several mornings a week, and spend your afternoons with GVSU faculty in the exploration of local culture, historical sites, and the area's natural beauty. At the end of the fourth week there, you will return to Paris for a final week of morning language classes and your own independent exploration of this amazing city.  

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2.7 GPA Required
French Language Requirement

Program Dates and Application Deadline

Spring/Summer 2021

Program Dates: June 23, 2021 - August 3, 2021
Application Deadline: January 1, 2021 (Closed)

Spring/Summer 2022

Program Dates: June 23, 2022 - August 3, 2022
Application Deadline: February 1, 2022

(6 weeks)



Students will register for a total of 6 credits:  

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. Reflection required.

Language of instruction: French


Program participants will stay in a hotel and with host families.


Cost and Scholarships



Program Fee: $4,885


  • Round-trip transportation from Grand Rapids
  • Accommodations
  • Most meals
  • Most field trips
  • Most ground transportation

Other Expenses

  • GVSU Tuition - 6 credits ($3,504)
  • Personal expenses ($800)
  • Additional meals ($600)
  • Passport fee ($150)

TOTAL PROJECTED COST (Program Fee + Other Expenses) = $9,939


Students may fund study abroad by using financial aid, scholarships, grants and personal funds. A study abroad adviser can help you create a funding plan.

FACULTY-LED PROGRAM GRANT (Up to $1,500) All degree-seeking students who apply to their faculty-led program by the priority deadline are automatically considered for a grant of up to $1,500 from the Padnos International Center. Students must have a current FAFSA on file to be eligible. No application required.

James F. and Virginia L. Goode Global Programs Scholarship: The purpose of the scholarship is to reduce the financial pressure on students and their families and make a Grand Valley education accessible to students from all backgrounds. This need-based scholarship will ensure that financial need does not become a barrier to intellectual and personal growth for students planning to study abroad. MyScholarships:

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To contact the Financial Aid office, email with “Study Abroad” in the Subject line. Include your G Number and Total Projected Cost of the program in the e-mail. 

Non-GVSU Students: Non-GVSU students admitted for study abroad are not eligible for Financial Aid from GVSU. Check with your home school’s study abroad and financial aid offices for details on applying for financial aid from your home school toward study abroad program costs. 

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Open to students who have taken FRE 201 or higher.

2.7 GPA required.

GVSU is happy to extend this opportunity to Non-GVSU Students.



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US State Department Information

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Contact Information

Spring/Summer 2021
Janel Pettes Guikema
Program Director
Spring/Summer 2022
Janel Pettes Guikema
Program Director

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