La Maison Française Learning Community

La Maison Française is a community where students of any major interested in French can live and be surrounded by the language and cultures of the Francophone world. Located in Kohl Hall and Founders Hall*, La Maison Française welcomes undergraduate students who have had ANY LEVEL of French to join the community. The Faculty Director has an office in Kohl Hall and the Graduate Student Assistant lives in Founders Hall. 

*In order to live in Founders Hall, you must also be accepted into the Honors Learning Community. Learn more.

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Important Information

The LC fee will be reimbursed for EVERYONE!


Elizabeth Voss
Faculty Director
eevoss@bgsu.edu
419-372-4913

Community Highlights

  • Develop your French language skills and cultural knowledge
  • Meet other BGSU students who share your passion for the French Language and Francophone cultures
  • Easy access to several French classes and earn academic credit for any French language course*
  • The learning community fee will be REIMBURSED for EVERYONE
  • Can apply for scholarships to major/minor in French or French Education
  • Scholarships available for study abroad in France

* With the exception of FREN 2120 and FREN 2220

Engaging Experiences

  • Cafe Conversations hosted once a week features games and activities for all levels of French
  • Explore French culture through excursions to the Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo Opera, the Alliance Française of Chicago, and more!
  • Learn how to cook authentic French dishes with the expert chefs of the Teaching Kitchen
  • Discover the world of Francophone cinema while enjoying dinner with friends
  • Become a leader on campus by planning your own event with other French House members

La Maison Française Residential Community home

Kohl Hall

Residential Requirements

Fees* + Residential Fees
LC Fees will be REIMBURSED for EVERYONE!

  • First Two Years | $125
  • Last Two Years | $75

  • Must live in the community? No
    Allows roommate pull-ins? Yes
    *Fees are per semester.

    Residential Requirement | First- and second-year students are encouraged to live in the French Learning Community in Kohl Hall* but residency is not a requirement. Third- and fourth-year students serve in a leadership role and do not have to live in the community to be a member. If you choose to live in the community, your roommate does not have to be a member of the community.

    About the Community | La Maison Française students live in a diverse population in Kohl Hall* along with other highly ambitious and motivated students who are members of other learning communities. Students work, live and play together to ease the transition to college life, while gaining a deeper knowledge of the French culture.

    Kohl Hall | This hall is centrally located and steps away from the Bowen-Thompson Student Union and the Jerome Library. Kohl Hall is a traditional residence hall with a modern design and houses classrooms and faculty/staff offices. Amenities include an art studio, music room, study area, computer lab, laundry on each floor, and a full community kitchen.

    *A special suite in Founders Hall has also been reserved for our members.
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    French House Suite In Founders Hall

    If you are a member of the Honors Learning Community (HLC) but still want to join La Maison Française, you can! HLC has a special suite in Founders Hall reserved for our members. Email us if you are interested in being assigned to the Founders Suite.

    Learn more on the Honors Learning Community page

    How to Apply

    Each community has a set of residence hall rooms specifically designated for them. To sign up for one of these rooms, you must apply, and be accepted into the community, prior to April 25, 2018. To ensure your chance to live in the community, please complete the following steps:

    Step 1
    Complete your housing application
    Step 2 Apply here and login with your BGSU username and password
    Step 3 Click on Add a New Community Enrollment Request and choose your desired community and academic year/term
    Please Note Students can apply only for two communities on their own. If you want to apply to more than two communities, please contact the additional communities you are interested in so they can apply for you. If you have applied for two and change your mind, go into the system and withdraw yourself from the one(s) you are no longer interested in. This will open up a space for you again.

    After you have submitted your request to join a community, you will receive an email from the community director approving your request. When it’s time for you to select your room in the next phase, you will be able to view and select rooms within the designated community space in the community’s residence hall. For example, if you choose to join the Chapman Learning Community, you will select a room in Kohl Hall.

    General Requirements and Expectations:

    • French class experience is NOT a requirement to join our community. ALL levels of French are welcome. 
    • Members are expected to be enthusiastic about learning and practicing the French language and are required to be enrolled in French courses at BGSU while in the learning community.
    • Members make the commitment to participate in at least nine events per semester.
    • Members are expected to abide by the French House constitution.
    • Members are expected to maintain a GPA of at least 3.0.

    Having Trouble Applying?

    If you are experiencing any issues when you are trying to apply for this community or any others, please contact Lenee Hammersmith at 419-372-9979 in our Learning Community Office so she can assist you. We are here to help.

    Learn a Language | Become a Global Citizen globe

    The French House at BGSU is committed to providing the academic support and experiential learning necessary to obtain proficiency in the French language. French House members not only meet other French-speakers in a friendly environment, but they can also check out materials from the French House community library, participate in a reading, Youtube, or television challenge and expand linguistic and cultural understanding at cultural events. French House members gain an important global perspective they can later use to study abroad, for which scholarships are available.

    A photo collage of students having dinner together and doing crafts.

    "Moving into the French House as a freshman helped me find my niche on campus right away. Being surrounded by like-minded people who shared my passion for the language, encouraged me to continue learning and improving. I am so grateful for the opportunities that has provided me."--Jennica Betsch '16


    Café Conversation

    Café Conversation features speaking activities and games for all levels of French, so everyone is welcome!  French House members are encouraged to form friendships over fun French conversation, tasty snacks, and a cup of French roast coffee.

    Soirée Cinéma

    French House members start the weekend on the right foot with dinner and a French film.  Food is provided as well as enjoyable and educational French films, such as:

    • Les intouchables
    • Les émotifs anonymes
    • Samba
    • Blockbuster
    • Le dîner de cons

    Excursions

    French House members enjoy a variety of special events, including excursions to the Toledo Museum of Art, the Toledo Opera, the Alliance Française of Chicago, Broadway and other French events throughout the region.

    Student-led Cultural Events

    French House members gain leadership skills by organizing their own cultural events.  Examples of recent events include:

    • Celebrating Mardi Gras
    • Chocolate and pastry tasting
    • La légende des cloches de Pâques and Easter egg hunt

    History of La Maison Française

    La Maison Française was dedicated on October 4, 1971. Through the efforts of Theodore Wakefield, Paul Wurzburger, the Honorary French Consul in Cleveland, made a gift of $50,000 to furnish La Maison Française as a residence where students could become acquainted with French culture, learn about French customs, and increase their knowledge of the language. Professor Micheline Ghibaudo was named the first Faculty Director of the Maison, a post which she held until her retirement in 1990.

    In the years following its dedication, supporters continued to endow La Maison Française, enabling it to fulfill its mission. Mrs. Henry Dodge assisted in the establishment of the Dolly Donnell Fund to support cultural activities in La Maison Française. The late Mrs. Donnell’s interest in the French House has been continued by her daughter Mrs. Susan Konkel. Also with the help of Mrs. Dodge, the Paul Wurzburger scholarship was created to assist residents of La Maison Française in studying in France.

    A ten-year rededication ceremony was held in 1982. A full week of French activities ended with an address by Jacques Royet, French Consul in Detroit, a reception for French House alumnae and buffet dinner dance.

    In 1992, the twentieth year of La Maison Française was celebrated. The French Consul in Washington, Jean Dufay, came to La Maison Française to confer the Order of the Academic Palms upon Professor Micheline Ghibaudo. He was accompanied by the French Honorary Consul in Cleveland, Albert Borowitz.

    In October 2002, the thirtieth anniversary of the Maison Française was celebrated with a reception for residents, university faculty and administrators and Advisory Board members.

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