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, La Maison Française is designed to house up to 12 undergraduate male and female students who have had at least two years of high school French or FREN 1020 at BGSU. The Faculty Director has an on-site office and several French classes are offered in Kohl Hall classrooms.  

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Important Information

  • First Two Years | $125
  • Last Two Years | $75
  • Home | Kohl Hall

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

Community Highlights

  • Develop your French language skills and cultural knowledge
  • Easy access to several French classes taught in your residence hall and earn academic credit for FREN 3950
  • Receive a $1,000 French House Resident Grant each year living in Kohl Hall
  • Can apply for scholarships to major/minor in French or French Education
  • Scholarships available for study abroad in France

Engaging Experiences

  • Participate in Cafe Conversations hosted once a week on topics like French cuisine, pop music and artists
  • Explore French culture through excursions to the Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo Ballet, various theaters and more
  • Enjoy monthly movie nights, games and dinners
  • Attend receptions with special guests. Past guests have included authors, filmmakers and political figures from Canada and France

La Maison Française Residential Community home

Kohl Hall

Residential Requirements

Fees* + Residential Fees

  • 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 and will receive a $1,000 resident scholarship if they do. 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, you can choose to room with someone who is a La Maison Française member -or- you can choose a roommate who is not.

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.

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:

  • Members are not expected to speak French fluently, but must have completed French 1010 and French 1020 OR two years of high school French.
  • Members are expected to be enthusiastic about learning and practicing the French language and are encouraged to be enrolled in French courses at BGSU while in residency.
  • Members are required to be enrolled in French 3950 a one-credit (satisfactory/unsatisfactory) course, which corresponds to our activities.
  • 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.

Community and Fellowship

La Maison Française

"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

Meet Incredible Guests

When special visitors come to campus, they attend receptions at La Maison Française and meet with our residents. Our guests have included authors, filmmakers, and political figures from Canada and from France.

Café Conversation

La Maison Française hosts a weekly conversation hour. Topics of conversation have included:

  • American and French stereotypes
  • French pop music
  • French cuisine
  • Famous French artists
  • Francophone regions of the world
  • Holidays and traditions in France
  • The popular game of Loups-Garous, where players are secretly assigned to roles of loup-garou (werewolf), a la sorcière (the sorceress), la voyante (the psychic), le chasseur (the hunter) and les villageois (villagers). Players race against the clock to discover who is the loup-garou before villagers are eaten. Loups-Garous is similar to the American game of Mafia.

Soirée Cinéma

We gather to have a French Film Night about twice a month. Here are some of the films we have enjoyed recently:

  • Le hérisson (The Hedgehog, 2009)
  • Persepolis (2007)
  • Et soudain tout le monde me manque (The Day I Saw Your Heart, 2011)
  • La doublure (The Valet, 2006)
  • Les femmes du 6e étage (The Women on the 6th Floor, 2010)
  • Un long dimanche de fiançailles (A Very Long Engagement, 2004)
  • Le dîner de cons (The Dinner Game, 1998)
  • Entre les Murs (The Class, 2008)

Cultural Events

Residents enjoy a variety of special events, including excursions to the Toledo Museum of Art, the Toledo Opera, the Toledo Ballet, and other French events throughout the region.

We also host cultural dinners for guests at La Maison Française, including some of our favorite French specialties:

  • un dîner de crêpes
  • un dîner parisien
  • la raclette
  • la fondue
  • la cuisine créole
  • le dîner de Noël

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.

La Maison Française Video

Please note: In 2014, La Maison Française learning community relocated to Kohl Hall. The video was taken in the former Maison Française (French House)

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