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LAS/SAO Course Abroad: French Language Studies, Intensive Intermediate French 103, 104, 205 or French Phonetics 213, Arles (summer)
Arles, France (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Budget Sheets Summer
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 Study Abroad Office present
a Summer Session I Faculty-Led Program:

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

Program Dates Abroad: May 16 - June 14, 2015
Application Deadline: March 1


Course Description

Arles à la carte (ACE) will provide you with a unique intensive language learning experience within the historic center of Arles. Courses will include a significant field study component allowing you to visit the local Roman monuments, enjoy Provencal cuisine during the regular language lunches with staff and professors, learn about Van Gogh and othe 20th century painters' time in Arles, and appreciate the importance of the surrounding Camargue region on local agriculture and economy. 

You will live with host families giving you the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in both the French language and culture. Program excursions will be held to nearby towns, villages, and historical sites in order to introduce you to the region. Summer 2015 will be a wonderful time to be in the Arles area as Marseille was named "Capitale Europeenne de la culture." 


Program Specific Information 
Program Academics & Eligibility

This course is worth 4 credits. (6 credits for student who need financial aid) 

Application Requirements:  UIUC undergrads and graduate students.
Language of Instruction: French

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
*Program dates and fees are subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuations and the number of participants.

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Housing and Meals
Arles à la carte (ACE): 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.  ACE will provide one meal voucher per student per week (4 total during the program).  The vouchers will be used in exchange for a meal at a selection of local restaurants.  The vouchers allow students to share a meal together outside of the home stay in a comfortable setting.  During excursions, one group meal will be provided.  All other meals not provided through the program will be on the student's own.
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Program Fees

If the Study Abroad Office nominates or accepts you to the study abroad program you have applied for, the Study Abroad Office will bill your Illinois student account a non-refundable $305 advance fee.  This fee will be deducted from the final cost of your program fees; however, please note that this fee is not refundable should you decide to withdraw from the study abroad program.

20-29 students: $3,610 - $4,255
15-19 students: $4,030 - $4,520
10-14 students: $4,565 - $5,515

*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, program excursions, lectures, local transportation, most meals, host family stays, excursions, 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)
2015 ESTIMATED TOTAL including off-budget expenses and Program Fee: 

20-29 students: $7,065 - $7,715
15-19 students: $7,490 - $7,980
10-14 students: $8,020 - $8,970


Scholarship Opportunities

All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences receive a scholarship toward the program cost.  The amount varies depending on the program destination. Non-LAS students should contact their college about scholarship opportunities.  You should also apply for the Illinois for Illinois (I4I) Study Abroad Undergraduate Scholarship. For more information, click here.

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

For any questions you may have or for more detailed information on the program, please contact Jennifer Bliss or Jessica Nicholas in the French and Italian Department, or Stacy Billman in the Study Abroad Office (SAO).  The SAO is located at:
910 S. Fifth Street
112 International Studies Building
Champaign, IL 61820

Hours of operation: Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 4:45pm.  We are closed on holidays and when classes are not in session.
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2015 04/01/2015
Rolling Admission 05/16/2015 06/14/2015
Summer 2016 02/15/2016 02/15/2016 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed