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LAS Faculty-Led: French Language Studies - Arles, France (SU)
Arles, France (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring Semester
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Budget Sheets Spring Semester,
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
Host Family
Illinois Sponsor:
LAS, Study Abroad Office (campus-wide)
Credit or Not for Credit:
For credit
Program Description:
Check out the Summer 2015 Arles photo blog!

SPECIAL NOTE: Please see the program eligibility section below before applying.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Illinois Abroad Office present a Summer Faculty-Led Program:

French 103, 104, 205 or 213: Intensive French Language
Arles, France

Departure from the US: May 15, 2016
Program Dates Abroad: May 15 - June 12, 2016
Application Deadline: March 15, 2016


Course Description

Students on the Arles program have the advantage of taking these courses, which are equivalent to those offered on campus, on an accelerated program in a completely French context. This program will improve their fluency in the French language and will also enrich them culturally. For a month students will live with host families and see how French people live, work and enjoy their free time.

This program will appeal to students in fulfilling their language requirement as well as those who are French, Global Studies, Business, Art History, Archaeology, Classics and Architecture, among other majors, who are interested in having a significant international cultural experience in France. The program is also open to graduate students in various fields who will need to have a second language to develop their career.

Students on the Arles program may opt to do for an additional fee an internship or a service learning experience at the end of their stay.

Each course is composed of two parts: general course content and a conversation section. The purpose of the conversation section is to discuss the weekly field study activities and to further develop students' oral comprehension and expression. Field study activities include guided tours of Arles and the major Roman monuments as well as museums such as the Van Gogh Foundation, the Reattu Fine Arts Museum and the Arles Antiquity Museum. All activities are interactive and require significant student participation.

Students may enroll in FR 103, 104, 205, or 213 during the 4-week intensive French language program in Arles. All courses are taught by local on-site professors in accordance with the Illinois curriculum:
Fr.103: FR103TASyllabus- Arles 2015.pdf Introduces students to a full range of structures to complete their initial study of the grammatical system;emphasizes the development of all four skills and cultural understanding through readings and audiovisual enrichment materials. Students will need to have the equivalent level of Fr.101 and 102 before taking this class.
Fr. 104: FR104TASyllabus- Arles 2015.pdf is a continuation of Fr.103 and is a comprehensive grammar review with emphasis on oral expression and continued development of reading and wrting skills. A conversation component is included in this course. Completion satisies graduation requirement in the College of liberal Arts and Sciences.
Fr. 205 (French Conversation): ACE-UIUC Arles - FR205 syllabus (Daffada).pdf This course aims at developing oral facility and oral comprehension by focusing on everyday situations and events. The prerequisite for this course is Fr.104 or 134 or equivalent.
Fr. 213 (French Phonetics): ACE-UIUC Arles - FR213 syllabus (Daffada).pdf Is a practical introduction to French phonetics, stressing pronunciation. In this course students will learn the phonetic alphabet as well as practice phonetic transcriptions. A conversational component is included in this course.


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How to Apply
Please click the Apply Now button (found at the top-right of this page) to apply. Note that you will be charged a non-refundable $50 application fee by clicking Apply Now and logging in.
All of the application process can be completed online.
All faculty-led program applications require at minimum:
  • 5 short answer personal essay questions (max of 200 words each)
  • Passport photocopy OR receipt as proof of application for a new or renewed passport (passport must be valid
  • Unofficial Illinois transcript (not required for first semester freshmen)
  • A few short questionnaires and signature documents 
*It is at the program leader’s discretion to require an interview as part of the application process. 
Program Academics & Eligibility
This course is worth 4 credits. (6 credits for students who need financial aid) 

Language of Instruction: French

Application Requirements:  UIUC undergrads and UIUC graduate students are eligible to apply

The following requirements must be met depending on which course you plan to enroll in:
  • To take French 103, students need to have taken French 102 or equivalent course
    • French 103 fulfills basic foreign language requirements
  • To take French 104, students need to have taken French 103 or French 133 or equivalent course
    • French 104 fulfills basic foreign language requirements
  • To take French 205, students need to have taken French 104, French 134 or equivalent course
    • French 205 fulfills major and minor requirements in French
  • To take French 213, students need to have taken French 104, French 134 or equivalent course
    • French 213 fulfills major and minor requirements in French

Housing and Meals
Arles à la carte (ACE) is an on-site provider with a full-time staff who will organize home stays, student health and safety, group meals, excursions, field study, grade reporting and administrative tasks.  The staff will be available to ansswer student questions during office hours at the ACE center and by cell phone in case of emergency 24 hours a day.
Meals: Host families will provide daily breakfast and four evening meals to students.  Students will agree upon the nights that these dinners will be held with the host family.  Students will be able to do basic cooking in the host family's kitchen.  ACE will provide 3 intensive language lunches per week with all students, professors, and staff.  The lunches will be held in a selection of local restaurants to allow students to experience Provencal cuisine while continuing discussions from class and continually improving their French.  During excursions, one group meal will be provided.  All other meals not provided through the program will be at the student's own expense.
Re-cap of meals included in fees:
Host families: all breakfasts and 4 dinners per week
Language lunches: 3 lunches per week in local restaurants with staff and professors
Excursions: 1 meal provided during each of the two excursions
End of the program reception dinner  with all students, families, professors and staff (on Friday, June 10)

Program Fees
If the Illinois Abroad Office nominates or accepts you to the study abroad program you have applied for, you will have 1 week to change your status of accepted to committed. If you withdraw after committing to the program, there is a non-refundable $300 withdrawal fee. Depending on when you withdraw, there could also be additional non-refundable fees. 
2016 ESTIMATED PROGRAM FEE: $3,820-$5,275 (fee range is based on 10-20 committed participants) - Please see below for total overall cost
*Fees are subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuations and the number of participants.
Total cost is ESTIMATED and is BEFORE scholarships.
Program Fee Includes: Housing (host family stay including daily breakfast and 4 dinners per week), instruction, orientation, field study entrance fees (monuments and museums), excursions, 3 language lunches per week, on-site organization and assistance, and international insurance.
Program Fee Does NOT Include: Range IV tution & Fees (est. $1,169), books (est. $25), flight Chicago - Marseille (est. $1,600), transportation Marseille-Arles (est. $38), some meals (est. $224), personal expenses (est. $400), visa fees (if applicable)
2016 ESTIMATED TOTAL including off-budget expenses and Program Fee: $7,270-$8,731 (fee range is based on 10-20 committed participants)

Scholarship Opportunities
LAS Faculty-Led Course Abroad Scholarship: All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences receive a $500 scholarship toward the program cost.  

Other scholarships: You should also apply for the Illinois for Illinois (I4I) Study Abroad Undergraduate Scholarship.
 For more information, click here. If you are a non-LAS student, be sure to contact your college about any possible scholarship opportunities.

You are encouraged to apply for the Manious Scholarship ($500) offered through the Dept. of French. For more information, contact Professor Alain Fresco or Daniel Maroun.


Contact Information
For any questions you may have or for more detailed information on the program, please contact Daniel Maroun or Professor Alain Fresco, or the advisor for your program in the Illinois Abroad Office located at:
910 S. Fifth Street
112 International Studies Building
Champaign, IL 61820

Hours of operation: Monday through Friday from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  We are closed on holidays and when classes are not in session.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2017 02/15/2017 03/01/2017 05/14/2017 06/11/2017