Dates:  May 21 - June 26, 2015 
Cost: $5950 plus airfare (This fee is subject to Board of Visitor approval)

Fees include tuition, insurance, and accommodation in dorms. International airfare costs are not included.           

Program Director  

Major Jeff Kendrick earned his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas and served as the First-Year French Language Coordinator and the Interim French Language Program Supervisor for the past several years. He enjoys teaching language, literature, and culture classes, especially in the medieval and Renaissance periods. His research interests include the poetry of Marguerite de Navarre and other contemporaries, the Reformation in France, medieval lyric poetry, and medieval chivalric romance.

Major Abbey Carrico earned her Ph. D. from Emory University.  Her research interests include 19th century French literature, literary criticism, and ecocriticism. 


Any current student in good standing with an accredited university is eligible to apply. VMI students need only submit an application. Applicants from other universities should include a faculty letter of recommendation, an official transcript, and a short essay outlining the applicant's personal and academic goals for the program, along with the application. Applications must be received no later than 2 February 2015.  A $250 deposit is due with the Application and final payment is due by 1 March.

Room and Board

Students will be housed in double occupancy rooms in the Cite Universitaire, or similar student residence in Paris.  Meals are not included.

General Overview

Students will be immersed in French culture and language during a five-week intensive course of study that includes level-appropriate language instruction and a French culture and history course taught in English. The program will also offer students the opportunity to travel to important historical sites in Paris and Normandy. Students will earn a total of nine hours of credit, three hours for the French culture and language course and six hours at the 100, 200, or 300 level, which can be counted toward fulfilling their VMI language requirement. It is aimed at those fulfilling a language requirement (either 2 or 3 year requirement) and French majors and minors.