Study Away

Programs in Francophone Countries

Kate Emerson '10 Bowdoin students of Francophone Studies have the opportunity to study away for a year or a semester in a variety of exciting programs in France and Francophone Africa. Study Away is an integral part of students’ experience as a Francophone Studies major at Bowdoin. Students find that their experiences abroad teach them as much about themselves and their own culture as they do the foreign culture they live in while abroad.

Department-recommended programs in France and Francophone Africa:

Africa:


Cameroon
(Y/F/S) The Middlebury School in Cameroon based at the Université Catholique de l'Afrique Centrale in Yaounde, Cameroon. 
Application deadline for Academic year 2016-2017 and for Fall 2016 : March 15, 2016
Application deadline for Spring 2017 : October 1, 2016

Madagascar 
(F/S) SIT, Fort Dauphin, Madagascar (Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management)  
Fall Semester Closing Dates: May 15: For all other programs
Spring Semester Closing Dates: November 1 for all programs
Summer Program Closing Dates: April 1 for all summer programs
Scholarship deadlines: May 15 (fall semester); November 1 or 15 (spring semester)

Morocco 
(Y/F/S) SIT, Rabat, Morocco (Multiculturalism and Human Rights) 
Fall Semester Closing Dates: May 15: For all other programs
Spring Semester Closing Dates: November 1 for all programs
Summer Program Closing Dates: April 1 for all summer programs
Scholarship deadlines: May 15 (fall semester); November 1 or 15 (spring semester)

Senegal    
(Y/F/S) CIEE, Dakar
Application deadline for Full Year and Fall 2016: April 1, 2016
Spring semester deadline: to be announced

France:

Bordeaux
(Y/F/S) Middlebury College in Bordeaux
Academic Year & Fall semester deadline:  March 15
Spring semester deadline:  October 1

Nantes
(Y/F/S) IES Nantes
Academic Year & Fall semester deadline: May 13  
Spring semester deadline:  November 1

Nice
Sweet Briar in Nice
Academic Year and Fall semester deadline: March 15
Spring semester deadline: October 1

Paris
(Year-only) Hamilton in France
Academic year deadline:  February 28

(Y/F/S) Middlebury Program in Paris
Academic Year and Fall semester deadline: March 16
Spring semester deadline: October 1
     
Poitiers
(Y/F/S) Middlebury College in Poitiers
Academic Year & Fall semester deadline:  March 15
Spring semester deadline:  October 1

Toulouse
(Y/S) Dickinson in France
Academic Year deadline: February 15   
Spring semester deadline:  September 15

The “Comprehensive List” of Bowdoin-approved programs, with links to each of the pre-approved programs listed above, is available via the Off-Campus Study website, along with general information on study abroad.


Some students have also participated in semester and year-long programs that are not on the approved list.  Enrolling in one of these programs requires a petition to the Study Abroad Committee and a meeting with the OCS office before November 1st.  If you find a program appropriate for you, please come discuss it with one of us and we will aid you in preparing your petition.

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(F/S) School for International Training (SIT): in Cameroon
Fall Semester Closing Dates: May 15: For all other programs
Spring Semester Closing Dates: November 1 for all programs
Summer Program Closing Dates: April 1 for all summer programs
Scholarship deadlines: May 15 (fall semester); November 1 or 15 (spring semester)

(Y/F/S) CIEE Rennes
Fall and Academic Year: April 1
Spring semester: November 1

(Y/F/S) Brown in France (Lyon and Paris)

A few SUMMER programs:

(Not meant to replace study abroad during the academic year. Students have sometimes combined a summer of study with a semester of study abroad when a year-long program was not possible.)

Bryn Mawr Institut d'Avignon

Middlebury College, VT
The Betty Ashbury Jones MA '86 School of French

New York University Summer in Paris
Priority deadline:  February 1
General deadline: March 1

La Sorbonne, Cours de civilisation pour les étrangers
Summer dealine : none

et il y en a beaucoup d'autres...renseignez-vous !

All members of the Francophone Studies section are happy to speak with you about your study abroad plans. Please make an appointment with one of us.

Returning students are also a fantastic resource for information about individual programs. 

Bowdoin's deadlines for applying for permission to study off-campus:

1 November: Preliminary OCS application deadline (to register preference of study away semester)

24-26 February: Bowdoin's OCS application deadline (for fall 2016, spring 2017, and 2016-17 academic year)

N.B: Petitions to study in non-approved programs are due on 21 February as well, but you must meet with OCS to discuss this before the Preliminary Deadline on November 1)

1 April: Bowdoin's summer study abroad application deadline (for summer 2016)

Credits and Your Francophone Studies or Romance Languagesand Literatures Major:

Bowdoin awards up to 4 credits / semester, 8 / year for courses taken during study away.

The Francophone Studies Department awards, for courses taken in French in the humanities and social sciences:

  • up to 3 credits toward the major for a semester of study away in a French-speaking country
  • up to 4 credits toward the major for a year-long program

Important guidelines and procedures to remember

  • Please communicate from abroad with your advisor when making your course selections to ensure that you are taking the appropriate courses in order to receive credit toward the major.
  • Remember that if you are a Francophone Studies or Romance Languagesand Literatures major and have not taken 2407 [207] or 2408 [208] AND 2409 [209], 2410 [210] or 2411 [211] before going abroad, you should find a corresponding culture and society course or a literature survey course abroad to obtain credit for that requirement (especially if you are going for the year). Bear in mind that 2407 [207] or 2408 [208] AND 2409 [209], 2410 [210] or 2411 [211] or the equivalent in study abroad is required to enter 3000 [300]-level courses. Seniors are not usually permitted to take 2407-2411 [207-211] courses upon their return.
  • One upper-level French literature course taken abroad may be counted as one of the three 3000 [300]-level courses required for the major.
  • Those courses counted toward the Francophone Studies or Romance Languages and Literatures major may also be counted toward another major, but not all departments have this policy. Be sure to talk with faculty from otherdepartments for which you wish to receive credit.
  • Courses taken abroad will not count as credits towards the Francophone Studies minor.
  • Within one month of returning to campus from study away, in order to obtain credit toward the Francophone Studies or Romance Languages and Literatures major for courses taken abroad, you must meet with your advisor (before October 1 in the fall or before March 1 in the spring). It is your responsibility to schedule this meeting. Prior to the meeting, you will have: 1. assembled all materials for courses taken abroad for which you hope to receive major credit and 2. written a 3-4 page narrative in French describing your experience abroad. In this personal narrative, you are encouraged to comment on your academic and cultural experience, telling us what you learned, some of the specific classes you took, your outside activities, and how your world view has changed as a result of your time abroad.  How do the specific courses you took change your approach and understanding of your study of French and Francophone literatures and cultures? How do these courses complement those previously taken at Bowdoin? And those you are taking this semester?  How did your experience in another country change your views about your own country? How did you change?