Type of Program: Intensive Course Abroad
When Offered: May
One of the best ways to accelerate your understanding of a language is to put yourself in a situation where you have no choice but to speak it--but many study abroad programs are designed primarily for advanced language students. Goucher’s intensive French course in Avignon offers an unusual opportunity to immerse yourself in the language and culture of France very early in your French studies.
You will take the first half of French 130 at Goucher during the first seven weeks of the fall semester and complete the course in Avignon over three weeks during winter break. You’ll stay with host families for the duration, reinforcing what you learn in your daily classes on French language, history, and culture by talking about them over dinner each evening. You’ll learn even more through guided tours of Roman ruins, Renaissance chateaux, and other historical and cultural sites, and you’ll complete an independent study project on a topic of your choice, relating your experiences and observations in Avignon to your academic field of interest.