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 about French House.
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.
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:
||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.
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.
Updated: 06/04/2021 02:30PM