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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
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Summer
Fact Sheet:
Host Family
 Illinois Sponsor:
LAS, Study Abroad Office (campus-wide)
 Credit or Not for Credit:
For credit
Program Description:


*Note: Students applying after Feb. 13 will not be able to be on the group flight. Students must arrange their own travel if accepted to the program.


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

Summer Session I Faculty-Led Program Abroad
Sponsored by: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Study Abroad Office

Program Dates Abroad: May 17 to June 15, 2014
SPECIAL NOTE: Please see the program eligibility section below before applying.

Course Description

Arles A La Carte (ACE) will provide students with a unique intensive language learning experience within the historic center of Arles. Courses will include a significant field study component allowing students 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. 

Students will live with host families giving them the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in both the French language and culture. Program excursions will be held to nearby towns, villages, and historical sites in order to introduce students to the region. Summer 2014 will be a wonderful time to be in the Arles area as Marseille was named "Capitale Europeenne de la culture." 
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Program Eligibility
Application Requirements:  UIUC undergrads and graduate students. Also open to non-Illlinois students.  arles
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 ulfills 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

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

Program Dates: May 17 - June 15, 2014 
*Program dates and fees are subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuations and the number of participants.
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Program Logistics
Arles a 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.

Major transportation: TBD
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Additional Resources

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Application Information
Application Process
Apply for this program through the Study Abroad Office. In order to determine if program expenses will be Financial Aid eligible, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid at 217-333-0100 as soon as possible. All participants are expected to adhere to the policies and procedures of the University of Illinois Study Abroad Office. 
Click the "Apply Now" button on this web page to apply. Note that you will be charged a non-refundable $25 application fee by clicking "Apply Now."
You may apply to only one program per term. Please consider your program options carefully before beginning a new program application, as you will be charged a non-refundable $25 application fee each time you begin a new program application by clicking "Apply Now."
Application Components
Program applications vary. All SAO-sponsored, faculty-led course abroad applications include:

  • Unofficial Illinois transcript (can upload to online application)
  • Photocopy of Passport or receipt verifying application or renewal of passport (can upload to online application)
  • Signature verification form (downloadable from your online application)
  • 5 short-answer essay questions
  • Online questionnaires and online signature documents
  • Note: NO letters of recommendations are required for this program
Applications and supporting documents must be submitted by the deadlines established by the Study Abroad Office (124 International Studies Building) for timely review. The Study Abroad Office reviews program applications as a batch after the deadline has passed. The decision dates listed below indicate the earliest possible date that a student's application may be reviewed. Most decisions will be released two to three weeks after each deadline.
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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.
  • 10-14 participants: $6,500 - $7,600
  • 15-19 participants: $6,300 - $7,000
  • 20-29 participants: $5,500 - $6,300 
*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: Round trip airfare (Chicago - Marseille), local transportation, most meals, host family stays, excursions, international insurance
Program Fee Does NOT Include: Range IV tution & Fees (est. $1,169), books (est. $27), few meals (est. $241), personal expenses (est. $400), visa fees (if applicable)
2014 TOTAL including off-budget expenses and Program Fee
  • 10-14 participants: $7,900 - $9,000
  • 15-19 participants: $7,700 - $8,400
  • 20-29 participants: $6,900 - $7,700 
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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.  Scholarship amounts are announced when program fees for each program are announced.  Non-LAS students should contact their college about scholarship opportunities.  All participants should also apply for the Illinois for Illinois (I4I) Study Abroad Undergraduate Scholarship. For more information, click here.

Students are encouraged to apply for the Manious scholarship ($500) offered through the Dept. of French.   For more information, contact Professor Alain Fresco ( or Brian Hunt (
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Withdrawal Policy
All withdrawals must be made by email to the Study Abroad Office. Online withdrawals without emails may result in extra charges. Withdrawal by 5:00 pm on February 1, 2014 loses only the $25 application fee. Withdrawal after having been accepted to the program loses the $305 advance payment. After committing to the program, the student is responsible for all costs incurred.
Change Policy 
To change an application, an applicant must withdraw from the original application and start another one. Such withdrawals will lose the original $25 application fee. To avoid confusion and double charges, all changes should be accompanied by an email to the Study Abroad Office.
Cancellation Policy
If a student is denied, they lose only the $25 application fee. If the University of Illinois cancels a program, the student loses the application fee but will receive a full refund of the advance payment and any other billed expenses.
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Passport/Visa Information
You must have a valid passport to participate on this program. If you do not already have a passport, or if it needs to be renewed, you must begin that process now, even before program acceptance. 
You may also be required to get a visa for your program.  If you are not an American citizen, please consult the host country’s consulate website or a visa agency to determine whether or not a visa is required to travel to your destination country or countries.

To view more information on passports and visas, please click here.
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Contact Information
For any questions you may have or for more detailed information on the program, please contact Brian Hunt, in the French Department or Adam Heinz, 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 2014 03/01/2014 
Rolling Admission 05/17/2014 06/15/2014

** 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.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.