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Discover the sandy beaches and rugged mountains of the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France on the U of A French in Perpignan, France. Located in the Eastern Pyrenees, Perpignan is just minutes away from some of the most beautiful beaches in France. This program offers intermediate and advanced students in French an intensive program in French language and culture. Dr. Kathy Comfort will accompany the group to Perpignan and remain on-site for the first week of the program, and experienced CUEF staff provides the instruction. Students will be housed with French families, which will allow full immersion in the language and insight into French culture while increasing confidence and competency in communicating in French.
Students will spend several days with Dr. Comfort in Toulouse upon arrival in France, visiting museums and enjoying this vibrant city. Sights in Toulouse include la place du Capitole, le Couvent des Jacobins, le Basilique Saint Sernin, The Bemberg Foundation museum, and les bords de la Garonne. In Perpignan, the Centre Universitaire d’Études françaises (CUEF) organizes cultural activities several nights a week, such soirées-cinéma, plays, concerts, and get-togethers with French students. Weekend excursions may include visits to the medieval walled city of Carcassonne, the Cathar Castles, Barcelona, the Dali Museum in Figueres, Spain, and outdoor activities in the Pyrenees mountains. Students will take classes in the morning at the CUEF and in the afternoon free transportation is provided for students wishing to spend the afternoon on the nearby Mediterranean beaches.
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p will be accompanied by Prof. Kathy Comfort of the University of Arkansas Department of World Languages, Literature & Culture. She has lived in France for three years, including 1 year teaching in Besançon, France, and has traveled to France at least once a year since 1997. Dr. Comfort will be on site for the first half of the program and provide academic advising regarding the transfer credit awards.
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- Successfully complete FREN 1013 before departure
- Complete a minimum of 24 credit hours* by the beginning of the program abroad. *Students who have completed less than 24 credit hours may be admissible upon recommendation of faculty leader with support of the dean of the sponsoring college.
- Possess a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better at the time of application
- Display an academic record demonstrating maturity
: Centre Universitaire D'Etudes Francaises in Perpignan
Six (6) credit hours transferred to the U of A from the CUEF in Perpignan
Courses: Offered at the Undergraduate level
French language & culture:
Two courses (6 hours of credit) will be awarded, with transfer equivalencies determined by the faculty and the student upon placement in the appropriate level of instruction at the CUEF. The program requires participants have successfully completed FREN 1013 or better.
- Increased oral proficiency in French; increased comfort level using French with native speakers
- Heighten appreciation of French, history, culture and cuisine
- Improved listening comprehension skills in French
- Gain the ability and confidence to complete ordinary daily activities in a French-speaking environment (using public transportation, ordering food, asking for directions, talking briefly about oneself)
During the Toulouse visit at the beginning of the stay, the group wil
l stay in a hotel (two students per room). In Perpignan, students will stay with host families for the four-week program. This allows them to connect with a family and practice their French outside the classroom. In addition, the CUEF organizes social events on the evenings and weekends so that students become a part of the community at large.
Students will spend several days with Dr. Kathy Comfort in Toulouse upon arrival, visiting museums and enjoying la ville rose. Students will enjoy group dinners at a variety of typically French restaurants (such as a restaurant specializing in crêpes). This part of the program is to "initiate" students into French culture and allow them to try out their French skills in an fun atmosphere. Sights in Toulouse include la place du Capitole, le Couvent des Jacobins, le Basilique Saint Sernin, The Bemberg Foundation museum, and les bords de la Garonne.
In Perpignan, weekend excursions may include visits to the medieval walled city of Carcassonne, the Cathar Castles, Barcelona, the Dali Museum in Figueres, Spain, and outdoor activities in the Pyrenees mountains. These visits and the organized cultural events are a part of the program at the CUEF that aims to fully integrate students into French life during their brief stay in France.
Financial aid and scholarships are available to U of A students.
In many cases, you can also use your current scholarships and financial aid to help finance your program. If you receive scholarships, grants, or loans as a U of A student, please contact your Financial Aid Advisor in Silas Hunt Hall (479-575-3806
) to see how much of your current aid package you’ll be able to utilize towards this summer study abroad program or to apply for loans. Participants on this program may also be eligible to apply for these institutional and national scholarships below. Criteria for scholarships vary, and students should read eligibility requirements carefully.
U of A students should check out other funding opportunities on our website
For assistance with the application process, costs, travel arrangements, etc., contact the Office of Study Abroad.
For additional information about courses or program content, contact faculty leader:
"Do not be afraid to try new things, realize that things are different but different is not bad."
"It was a great experience that I wouldn't trade for anything. My French skills improved drastically, and I saw some amazing sights."
"This program was everything that I thought and wanted it to be. I was able to learn more about the French language and I learned more about myself."
Check out our quick info sheet to see what former students have said about their cultural experiences, out of pocket expenses and budgeting, packing, and technology abroad!
French in Perpignan_info sheet.pdf