The French Republic

Supported and inspired by a strong and diverse French language faculty and rich course offerings in French, undergraduates choose programs based on particular academic interests and linguistic strengths.

In general, students planning to study in France should have studied French at Tulane and completed coursework with French content in preparation for a semester or year in France.

France: Aix-en-Provence
AUCP Program: Beacon of European Culture

Aix-en-Provence is the heart of one of the most charmed regions in all of France… Provence. Combining medieval hilltop villages and lovely port towns, rugged mountains and the deep blue of the Mediterranean, the area is steeped in history and blessed by natural beauty.
Perfectly compatible with the goals of the AUCP, Aix-en-Provence is safe and accessible. The city is also big enough to be cosmopolitan and active day and night. Yet, unlike Paris, Aix is small enough to help you feel comfortable and at ease; in a very short time. With things to do and people to meet from the very first day, AUCP students find that the city encourages the freedom of movement necessary to the creation of a personalized experience abroad. With a highly educated population of 134,000 and over 30,000 French university students, Aix offers countless opportunities for rich cultural contacts and lasting friendships.

Program Dates
Academic Year, Fall or Spring Semester

Fields of Study
French and European Studies,  Literature and the Arts, Cross-Cultural Communication

3.0 GPA, minimum of high-intermediate level of French (minimum one 3000 level class at Tulane), must be of good standing within the university.

Academic Program
Challenging, comprehensive, innovative, the Aix academic program motivates learning both inside and outside the classroom. 
With the nationally acclaimed French Practicum core program as cornerstone, AUCP academics combine advanced level, all-French classwork with experiential learning components including individual homestay, language partner, personal interest activity, and community service.
Courses focus on French and European studies, literature, the arts and cross-cultural communication.

Living Arrangements
A homestay of several months allows students a unique cultural experience living with
and like the French. Living as a guest in their host's home, students are naturally
expected to abide by household rules and to act responsibly and courteously as such
situations demand.

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France: Lyon
Newcomb-Tulane Junior Year Abroad in Lyon I & II

Nestled in the Rhône-Alps region of southeastern France, Lyon is the nation’s second-largest city. With a population exceeding one million and in close proximity to Switzerland and Italy, Lyon holds the status of a major European cultural, research, and trade center. Founded by the Romans over 2,000 years ago, Lyon is known for being the center of the silk industry during the Renaissance and of the French Resistance in World War II.

Tulane’s relationship with Université Claude Bernard (Lyon I) and Université Louis Lumière (Lyon II) provides advanced French-language students with an opportunity to enroll in a full range of courses in a cosmopolitan French city.  Students will enroll directly at one of two universities.  Science & Engineering majors will take courses as Université Claude Bernard (Lyon I), while Liberal Arts majors will enroll at Université Louis Lumière (Lyon II). 

All courses will be taught in French, as participants in this program take classes with regular French university students.

Program Dates
Fall semester (August to December) or Academic Year (August to June) Only.

Fields of Study
Full range of university offerings including Liberal Arts, Science and Engineering.

Eligibility & Application
3.0 cumulative GPA and 3.5 GPA in French; completion of two semesters of French at Tulane, including FREN 315 and either FREN 321 or 325 in the year prior to the semester of departure, with a B or above.

The Tulane application process includes a language interview with the French department faculty, which is scheduled after the Tulane application deadline.

Students should submit the Tulane study abroad application, the respective Lyon university application (Lyon I or Lyon II), and the application for the CIEF summer language intensive program in Dijon.  See the links below to access the university and CIEF web sites, where the applications may be downloaded.
Academic Program
In early August, students travel to Dijon to begin an intensive 4-week language and culture intensive program at the Centre International d'Études Françaises, a unit of the University of Burgundy (l’Université de Bourgogne). The aim of the language courses is to provide preparation for immersion in French university courses. 

At the completion of the intensive language course, students travel independently to Lyon to begin the new student orientation program.
At the start of the semester, students choose 4-6 regular university courses taught in French.  Course listings will be made available during orientation; in some cases, course listings may be available online, though this is not standard throughout the university.

Tulane awards 500-level credit for coursework completed, including three credits for the orientation program.

Living Arrangements
To locate housing, Tulane students are assisted by the International Office at their university in Lyon.  Students generally choose to live in Résidences Universitaires or find independent housing.  Students pay room and board fees on site.

Internet Links (Science) (Liberal Arts)

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France: Marseille
AUCP Program: Bridge to the Middle East

France's largest port, Marseille is a safe, modern city with a strong, proud identity, and is largely unspoiled by globalization. Founded by Greek sailors in 600 B.C., Marseille later fell under Roman rule. Part of its charm is that everywhere one looks one sees archaeological evidence of an earlier Marseille. At the same time, the city is bustling and young, a magnet for new investment in information and communication services. Marseille has an excellent public transport system of buses and métros making the rich resources of the city accessible to a 20,000-plus student population.

Ideally compatible with the goals of the AUCP, Marseille is a living crossroads of culture and language. Rich in twenty-six centuries of history, the lively, textured mix of its various populations, and the incomparable natural beauty of its twenty- mile coastline, Marseille remains mysteriously off the tourist trail and is thus perfect for a cultural and linguistic immersion experience of rare authenticity.

Program Dates
Academic Year, Fall or Spring Semester

Fields of Study
International Relations, Political Science, Immigration, Middle East Studies, Cross-Cultural Mediation

3.0 GPA, minimum of high-intermediate level of French (minimum one 3000 level course at Tulane), must be of good standing within the university.

Academic Program
At the forefront of cross-cultural communication, the Marseille program integrates a rigorous academic setting with guided cultural experience outside the classroom.
Ensuring a motivating interdisciplinary learning experience, French Practicum, the cornerstone of AUCP academics, brings together the curricular with the extracurricular, combining all-French classwork with experiential learning components including individual homestay, language partner, personal interest activity, and community service.
Courses focus on French and Arabic language and civilization, Middle East area studies, immigration issues, inter-religious communication and cross-cultural mediation. On-site study in Fez, Morocco.

Living Arrangements
A homestay of several months allows students a unique cultural experience living with
and like the French. Living as a guest in their host's home, students are naturally
expected to abide by household rules and to act responsibly and courteously as such
situations demand.

Web links:


France: Paris
Newcomb-Tulane Junior Year Abroad (JYA) Paris at EDUCO
(click here for the JYA Paris Web Site)

The French capital of Paris is a major world metropolis. The Seine River traverses the city; its waterways, quays, and bridges are major thoroughfares to the city’s most famous monuments, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and Notre Dame. Known for its cafés (one for every 200 inhabitants); parks (Bois de Boulougne, Jardin de Luxembourg, Bois de Vincennes), street life and markets; Paris is a center for culture, art, fashion, gastronomy, and intellectual life.

fTulane's Junior Year Abroad in Paris program was established in 1955. Since that time, advanced French language students have traveled to Paris to experience the cultural diversity and vibrant nature of the French capital.  While much has changed in Paris in the intervening half-century, it remains an intoxicating intellectual center. 

Program Dates: Academic Year (early August to mid June)

Fields of Study: Full range of university offerings including Liberal Arts, Social Science.  Qualified architecture students may be accommodated (see ESA Paris program description).

Eligibility & Application
3.0 GPA; Completion of two semesters of French at Tulane, including FREN 315  and FREN 321 or 325, with a grade of B or better during the year before departure. Students who have only completed FREN 315 in the semester prior to study abroad should expect to take an additional grammar course during the first semester abroad.

Students must submit the Tulane application by the stated application deadline. There is no additional EDUCO application, however a placement exam will be administered at Tulane prior to departure.

Academic Program
All students take a minimum of four courses per semester, though additional courses are allowed by Tulane. All courses are taught in French. Students select one or two courses at maximum from the EDUCO course offerings; the remaining courses are selected from the course offerings of our university partners described below. Courses are selected at the time of application; registration is finalized on site in Paris.

The year begins with a two-week orientation program. The orientation program includes an intensive language review, as well as special activities, lectures, cultural events, and local excursions to familiarize students with Paris. The orientation program is mandatory but does not earn academic credit.

Tulane awards credit at the 500-level for coursework completed on this program.

Living Arrangements
The EDUCO program offers three types of student housing: French households, student apartments, and student foyers. By and large, the most popular option, and the one most encouraged for students wanting to gain fluency in the French language and culture, is living in a French household. Students will rank their preference for housing type at the time of application to the program, but should be aware that spaces for each are limited. Housing type cannot be guaranteed. With little exception, Tulane students are not permitted to live in the apartments or with other Tulane students.

Please the JYA Paris site for further details.

Faculty liaison
Prof. Beth Poe, Department of French & Italian

Web links
Newcomb-Tulane JYA Paris Web Site

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France: Toulouse
SIT World Learning: Language, Community, & Social Change

A Study Abroad Program for Second-semester Freshmen & Sophomores University logo

Undergraduate students may fulfill up to three graduation requirements (language, 1st-tier public service, distribution) while confronting the complexity of the contemporary Francophone world. Participants will improve French language proficiency as the program gives students the possibility to accelerate through basic language study, allowing them to advance to major and minor courses more rapidly.

About the Program
This is a language-intensive program designed for students with introductory to intermediate-level language training. Through the SIT language acquisition framework and cultural engagement, student explore ethnic, religious, urban and regional diversity within contemporary France as well as its complex post-colonial relationships with the Francophone world.

Students who attend this study abroad program will explore the theme of cultural identity in France today taking into consideration contemporary cultural, political, and economic ties with its ex-colonies. Scholars, cultural-political and ethnic community leaders, non-profit organizations, performance artists, and local experts teach students through lectures and presentations while concurrently guiding them in their fieldwork.
The France program has four main components:

  1. Orientation in Toulouse to get familiar with program components and objectives, logistical issues, health and safety issues;
  2. Homestay in Toulouse and simultaneous courses at L'Institut Catholique de Toulouse (ICT);
  3. Educational excursions designed to expose students to different regions and cultures within France;
  4. Community Service Project.

Each program component introduces students to different perspectives on cultural diversity and assimilation across a broad spectrum of communities.
Language placement in one of five levels at L' Institut Catholique de Toulouse is coupled with field-based community service assignments that offer language exposure necessary to improve acquisition enough to follow seminars conducted entirely in French. SIT promotes a politics of rigor and immersion in their language acquisition methodology that is supported by experienced native speaking teachers of foreign language using oral proficiency-based methods.

Students participate in full immersion language instruction, interdisciplinary seminars, and homestays in French communities, while interacting with scholars, community members, local organizers, arts groups, and educational excursion sites. Thus students gain an understanding of issues surrounding France's centralist tradition and complexity of diversity internal to the nation and within the European Union at large. Furthermore, they will gain insight into the lasting impact of France’s "civilizing mission" in its ex-colonies.
Students conduct community service projects while in Toulouse which give them unique opportunities to work with local organizations in this vibrant southern city.

Living in Toulouse
Students' base during the program is Toulouse, France's fourth-largest city and home to a world-class arts and cultural scene. During their 12-week homestay in Toulouse, students attend lectures at ICT or at non-profit organizations on a variety of subjects related to social change in France, such as French colonization and subsequent role in post-colonization, urban immigrant culture, and French economic policy. Students also take part in activities designed to introduce the rich culture of the city, such as productions by the Toulouse National Theatre, meetings with poetry slam workshop participants, and a Sufi Chorale performance.

The primary reason that Toulouse is important strategically to Tulane/SIT is that people speak much less English than in Paris, which makes it an ideal setting for the language immersion experience. Secondly, Toulouse is a hub for immigrants from North Africa and other former French colonies and is ideal for introducing students to the diverse immigrant experience in France.
Toulouse is the second largest urban university area in France, next to Paris, but the city center is quite small and therefore very accessible and safe. The student population fuels a lively arts and cultural scene, sponsoring great events and places to hang out and meet other students.
Also noteworthy, Toulouse is one and a half hours from gorgeous wilderness and water--the Pyrenées mountains and the Mediterranean Sea.

Why France?
France, with borders along eight European countries, colonial ties to Louisiana, West Africa, and other territories in North and South America, is a country influenced by myriad cultures. As one of Western Europe's leading asylum destinations, France is also home to a growing non-Christian immigrant population, with a significant percentage of immigrants coming from Muslim countries.

Within this diverse and evolving environment, students explore the impact of immigration on French politics, economics, and the arts, gaining exposure to the ways in which individuals and communities maintain both separate cultural identities while still maintaining a strong sense of French nationality. Students explore the dynamics of cultural assimilation, France's state-level approaches as well as the impact of contemporary global forces on its national identity.

The Academic Program

Objective: to cover the equivalent of two semesters of French (i.e. 1020-2030, to be determined by Tulane French Dept.); to bridge the gap between classroom learning and everyday interactions; to acquire the necessary expertise in French contemporary social questions through lectures and personal field experience; to better understand and respond to global issues and challenges.

Learning Outcomes:  upon completion of this program, students will:

  • Have greatly improved their oral and written proficiency in French as demonstrated by comparing initial and final testing;
  • Possess the language skills that allow them to function in French society independently;
  • Be familiar with France’s current social issues through hands-on experience and service.

Eligibility & Application Requirements
Previous coursework in French equivalent to completion of at least one beginner semester of university level French or enrollment in a French language course in the semester prior to going abroad is required for participation in the Toulouse program (French 1010). Participation in pre-departure orientation, including thematic lectures and discussions, is required in the semester before departure.

Please list Kelly Anderson ( in the box to have your online application approved by Tulane OSA.

Application Deadline: Students should plan to complete the online SIT application by the SIT deadline (November or May), though early application is strongly encouraged.

The evaluation process is a method for students to engage in their own learning process, analyze objectively and take increased responsibility for newly acquired knowledge. Feedback is provided routinely in a constructive manner, attempting to provide room for growth. The aim is to better distinguish between what has been done and what has been learned.In language study, evaluation takes into account not only performance through intensive course work, but also the student’s language practice and application throughout the overseas experience.

Grades throughout are given both fairly and rigorously. They will reflect a combination of absolute quality of performance, progress made and the ability to take into account and assimilate the Academic Director’s and professors’ lecture material. Students should expect daily assignments, quizzes, formal tests, and short essays. Grades will be assigned by the course instructors based on US standards.  

There is no Pass/Fail (S/U) option for this program. Tulane awards 500-level credit for coursework completed on this program.

Community Service Project
(CSP/ 3 credits / 60 hours)
The community service project (CSP) is the core of this study abroad program and an integral part of the overall French language learning and students must constantly exercise their target language practice while engaging in local projects. Students, guided by the Academic Director, will work together on developing projects that best meet students’ interests, French language skills and overall program theme.

Examples of the community service projects are available on the SIT web site here:

The objective of the CSP is to conduct a field-based project while communicating and participating with the host culture. This demands a high level of interaction in the target language. Students should choose a project that is of real interest to them, one that they can commit to for the duration of the project. Prospective students’ ability to propose an appropriate community project and setting that allows them to discover an aspect of the host society that is new to them is an important factor in the admission process.
Examples include tutoring at a school in an immigrant neighborhood, working with an environmental nonprofit organization, participating in a community-based organic agriculture organization, or volunteering at the local Spanish film Festival “Cinespagna”.

The CSP component provides students with an opportunity to critically examine a topic, community, or situation related to social change in France. Over the years SIT has developed a broad network of individual and non-profit organization contacts with which students can work on their projects.
A successful CSP aims to expand language immersion and community involvement while giving back to the host community. Once on-site, students may develop or change CSP proposals based on additional knowledge of local realities and resources. The Academic Director will approve and supervise the final project proposal, and will have weekly or bi-weekly assignments to keep students on track in their chosen course of study/service. The culmination and expectation for completion of a CSP is a six-page paper and an oral presentation, both in the target language. The main student learning outcomes are (1) time dedicated to service to the community; (2) learning and debriefing the profound lessons from that experience, and (3) increased language proficiency in French, developed by ongoing interaction with a community through service and exploration.

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Study Options in France

Lyon: NTC JYA at Lyon I & II

Paris: JYA Paris at EDUCO

Paris: Architecture at École Spéciale d'Architecture

Toulouse: French Language, Community, & Social Change

Useful Links for Spain

Embassy of France Washington D.C.

Campus France Reference

U.S. Department of State, Consular Information Sheet - France

Lonely Planet: France

Relevant Tulane Academics

African & African Diaspora Studies

Department of French & Italian

International Development

Political Science - International Relations

Choosing a Program

1. Eligibility & Preparation
2. Advising
3. Application & Deadlines
4. Scholarships
5. Environmental Responsibility
6. Public Service Abroad

Contact Us

Office of Study Abroad
Center for Global Education
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7008 Zimple Street
New Orleans, LA 70118
Tel: (504) 865-5339
Fax: (504) 862-8765