French Language and Culture in Quebec
*This program will be offered next in summer 2018*
This is one of the most affordable study abroad program options that you will find for French language immersion! Professor Yulia Bosworth leads this 6 credit Binghamton University faculty-led program, operated in partnership with Université Laval. Students must have taken FREN241/251 or equivalent (minimum of Intermediate-Low level of proficiency, 5-6 semesters of study) to be eligible to apply. It is open to all qualified students at Binghamton and other SUNY institutions.
This historical location is known as a lively cultural center shaped by strong European influence. Contemporary Quebec is necessarily understood within the following contexts: its origins as the French colony of Ia Nouvelle-France, its difficult and contentious history with their English-speaking neighbors, its long-standing relationship with the First Nations, and immigration. These factors have shaped the sociopolitical realities and cultural identity of the Quebecois, at the core of which is language.
The course begins online two weeks prior to the 3 week program on site in Quebec. The program on site will take place from Jun 19 - July 10.
Details about the summer 2018 program will be available in fall 2017 and applications will be accepted starting in January 2018.
The 6 credit academic component of the program will be a summer class, for which you are registered in the summer term. The course instructor is Professor Yulia Bosworth, who will lead the group on site in Quebec. The objective of the course is a broad introduction to the modern profile of the French-speaking Canadian Province of Quebec. The central component of the course will be the status and role of the French language in Quebec, past and present, with a particular focus on its language policy and various issues and controversy surrounding it. A continuous linguistic study of dialectal features of Quebec French and their relationship to Standard French will be in focus. Additionally, the course will include a component involving an examination of Quebec's natural riches and resources, and their role in Quebec's economy.
Students enrolled in this course will receive credit for FREN 380Q. Students must have taken FREN241/251 or equivalent (minimum of Intermediate-Low level of proficiency, 5-6 semesters of study) to be eligible to apply. The online portion of the course will be conducted entirely in French. During this introduction to the course, students will learn about the main linguistic features of the Quebec dialect to enhance and facilitate language immersion on site. While abroad, students will be expected to use French language to the best of their ability on a daily basis and will need to keep a daily journal, written in French. On site, students will receive lectures from Professor Bosworth and will also participate in guest lectures from Université Laval faculty!
Students must arrange their own ground transportation to the program. Carpooling will be encouraged, to reduce transportation and parking costs. In Quebec, students will live in dormitories at Université Laval, one of the oldest universities in North America. In addition to participating in lectures on the Université Laval campus, students will learn through a variety of cultural excursions, visiting many sites of historic and cultural significance. Participants will also take part in a variety of cultural events devoted to the celebration of Saint-Jean Baptiste, Quebec’s National Holiday, and will have the option to take a weekend trip to Montreal at extra cost. There will also be some free time for individual exploration.
*Costs Reduced* Click here to download the 2016 Quebec summer program Estimate of Costs sheet > Quebec 2016 Summer Program Cost Sheet (Revised).pdf
Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible in the spring semester. The final deadline to complete the application is March 1, 2016. This program is open to both Binghamton and other SUNY students.
For questions about the academic course, please contact Yulia Bosworth, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that the weekend excursion to Montreal will be optional, at student's own cost.
Financial Aid: Since this summer program is 6 credits, students who are eligible for financial aid may apply it. The amount of financial aid that you may be eligible to receive is of an individual nature. All students should print out this Estimate of Costs Sheet, bring it to the Financial Aid office, and consult with a counselour there about what the implications of this cost would be for them individually. Federal and New York State financial aid is generally applicable to study abroad programs. The Binghamton Financial Aid Services Office is able to consider only the application of students matriculated at Binghamton for degree study.
Scholarships: students applying for this program are highly encouraged to apply for the Myers Family Scholarship if eligible. This provides an award of $1,500. For more information about this scholarship, click here. **$500 are now also available through the department of Romance Languages for the first 8 eligible students with completed applications***
For more information about scholarships and financial aid in general, click here.
For questions about the program in general, please contact the advisor, Kerry Stamp by emailing email@example.com