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French Speaking Countries: Program Requirements and Structure

Currently AU Abroad offers programs in the following French speaking countries: France and Morocco. Each program site requires a different level of French for admission, and each has a unique structure in terms of the language of instruction and the type of students with you in the classroom.                       

PROGRAMS THAT REQUIRE NO PRIOR STUDY OF FRENCH

France: API Paris

  • Program structure:  This program is designed to be an intense study of French language and culture.  Students take an intensive language course at l'Institut Catholique of varying levels based on a placement exam as well as content courses in French or in English.

France: Neoma Business School

  • Program requires:  No French language required for students who wish to take courses instructed in English. Students who wish to take courses in the business curriculum in French are recommended to have FREN 223 or equivalent.  All students are required to take some French language classes for non-native speakers. 
  • Program Structure:  This program is offered as a direct enrollment option at a specialized institute for the study of business.  Students can elect to take business courses in English or French, and can fulfill BLC requirements. 
 

PROGRAMS THAT REQUIRE TWO YEARS OR MORE OF COLLEGE LEVEL FRENCH 

France: API Grenoble
  • Program requires: Completion of FREN 223 or equivalent
  • Strongly encouraged: Completion of FREN 322
  • Program structure: Students take an intensive language course with complimentary 2 credit courses in French on subjects such as Business, Culture, History, and Film.
France: Mission Interuniversitaire de Coordination des Échanges Franco-Américains (MICEFA)
  • Program requires: Completion of FREN 323 or equivalent
  • Program structure: Courses are taught entirely in French.  Participants take courses immersed in the classroom with other French students where little to no concession is given to students who are non-native speakers.

France: Sciences Po Lille

  • Program requires: Completion of FREN 323 or equivalent
  • Program structure: Courses are taught in French and a few in English.  Participants take courses immersed in the classroom with other French students where little to no concession is given to students who are non-native speakers. No language support is available. 

France: Science Po Paris (SIS)

  • Program Requires: AU students enrolled at Sciences Po are required to take at least one of their academic (non-language) courses in French. Students who wish to participate in the Program must demonstrate proficiency in French at an intermediate level at the time of application and are encouraged to reach advanced proficiency before enrolling at Sciences Po. Students are required to submit their CAPE language exam results as part of the application.
  • Program Structure: AU students who participate in this one-semester or academic year program enroll in regular courses alongside full-time Sciences Po undergraduate students. Students must take a full course load at Sciences Po and earn 15 credits per semester toward their undergraduate program at AU.
 

Morocco: AMIDEAST Regional Studies in French

  • Program requires: FREN 323 or equivalent. 
  • Program Structure: Students take all courses instructed in French, which are offered for the participants in the program. Students may also take Moroccan Colloquial Arabic and Modern Standard Arabic.