At BGSU we feel that studying and living abroad are so important that we make it possible for our graduate students to spend up to one year of their M.A. program in France (or, soon, in Québec).
Resident Director/Tours: M. Kevin Kane, M.A. in French & M.A. in German
Students who choose to study in France are enrolled at the Université François-Rabelais in Tours. Located in the heart of the Loire Valley château country, Tours offers the advantages of life in a provincial city but is only about an hour from Paris by high speed train. Tours is a young city with a population of 125,000 (and 225,000 including surroundings) that boasts 30,000 university students, making it an ideal setting for getting to know the locals. Regional trains and buses make it easy to take day trips to visit charming villages, royal châteaux, and delightful gardens in the area. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy biking on paths that run out of town along the Loire or Cher rivers.
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An orientation to the University and the city begins during the first week of September. Classes begin in early September and continue through May. Most of the credit hours earned are in license-level courses taken at the Faculté des lettres with French students. In addition, there are special courses taught exclusively for BGSU students. These are: Introduction à l'analyse textuelle (3 hours) and Grammaire et style (3 hours). M. Kane, the permanent on-site program director, is available to deal with any problems, administrative or other, that might arise.
Host Family Option
Since graduate students pay an excursion fee as part of the Host Family option, they are welcome to go on the excursions organized by BGSU for the undergraduate group abroad. There are generally 4 Saturday day trips per semester (Châteaux de Chambord, de Langeais, d'Angers, for example, or the Abbayes de Fontevraud or St Savin sur Gartempe) and one week-end per semester (Fall: Normandie, Plages du Débarquement, Mémorial de Caen, Broderie de Bayeux, Mont St. Michel; Spring: Arles, Pont du Gard, Avignon. The locations can vary from year to year.)
In Quebec (Currently Under Revision)
Students opting for study in Quebec are enrolled in the Section des Etudes de Français Langue Seconde (FLS) at the Université Laval. The charming city of Québec with a population of 622,000 on the banks of the St. Lawrence River was first settled 400 years ago. The university is located in Ste-Foy, about 20 minutes by bus from le Vieux Québec. Most BGSU students live in private rooms in university residence halls, where they take advantage of the university meal plan. For those who prefer, it is also possible to live with a host family. Students enroll in the Section des Etudes de Français Langue Seconde (FLS) where they take a variety of courses in language, civilization, and literature.
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Required courses include Quebec literature and civilization (3 credit hours of each), and language (variable, depending on the studentís background). In addition to the FLS courses, qualified students may, with the approval of the Quebec Program Director, take courses offered by other departments of the Faculté des Lettres. Registration for the first semester takes place during the last week of August. At that time the Quebec Program Director, a member of the BGSU faculty, helps to advise students regarding course choices.