France Program


The France Semester program is designed for those seeking in-depth and extended contact with France, its language and its culture, beginning in Nantes, a medium-sized city on the Loire river. From Nantes, the program moves to Salies de Béarn at the foot of the Pyrénées. After an independent travel period, the group reconvenes in Paris. Throughout, the program emphasizes tradition in the midst of change, as France and the other countries of the European Community continue their efforts to realize unity in diversity.

In Nantes and Paris, students live in private homes and will be provided the evening meal with these families. Living with families enriches the language learning experience as well as provides insights into daily life in France. In the Pyrénées, living arrangements will vary depending on the apprenticeship.


Students accepted into the program are required to participate in the orientation sessions during spring semester. These sessions are designed to prepare the student for the cross-cultural experience, and include passport and travel information, readings, films, lectures, and discussions with former participants. Students receive 1 semester hour for successful completion of the orientation.

Students will earn a total of 18 semester hour credits for successful completion of the program. Courses offered include:

  • French Language and Culture
  • History of France
  • Art and Architecture of France 
    (Fine Arts General Education Requirement)
  • French Political Institutions
    (Social Science General Education Requirement)
  • Contemporary French Theatre

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The cost of the program will be the equivalent to one semester of on-campus charges; tuition, fees, room and board. The program covers academic and educational costs including cultural events and group excursions, as well as room and board costs during the academic portion of the program. A deposit of $350 which is part of the total cost of the program is required after acceptance into the program. Students covered by financial aid may carry their aid on one Earlham or GLCA-recognized off-campus study program during their college career.

Additional Cost

Each student will need to plan for additional money to cover the trans-Atlantic travel, passport and visa fees, personal expenses such as books, and costs for the independent travel period.


Students are responsible for arranging their own flights.


Students must have completed French 120 or one course at the 200 or 300 level at Earlham by the beginning of the program. Majors from all disciplines are welcome.



Students share stories about the France Program experience in français.

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