West Virginia University in Vendée, France
WVU-V is a five-week summer study abroad program designed to give students of French culture and language an opportunity to improve their skills through a set of authentic, real-life experiences in one of France's most beautiful and historic regions, la Vendée. The trip also includes several days in Paris, numerous excursions in and around Vendée, as well as a two-day visit of the nearby Loire Valley. The program was originally conceived for students of French at West Virginia University, but we also welcome participants among students, teachers, and francophiles from a variety of backgrounds. The courses at the heart of WVU-V have been fully certified by WVU's Eberly College of Arts and Sciences and by the WVU Faculty Senate and offer six hours of university credit at the advanced undergraduate or basic graduate degree level. See Courses for syllabi and more information.
All program activities are designed to give the student an in-depth and authentic experience of French culture. The classes themselves are taught in French by regular faculty from West Virginia University, and all guides, guest speakers, host families interact with our students in French. Participants thus need a basic background in French language and culture to enjoy the maximum benefit from these real-life experiences. (For university students this background would generally involve good performance in at least one class beyond the intermediate level.)* The program includes activities that explore French ways of life not only in the present but also at several key stages from the past, including the neo-lithic stone age, the middle ages, the Renaissance, the Revolution, the nineteenth century, and of course the France of today. .
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Here is a note from my first posting in 1998:
"Just a word to loved ones: we're doing fine and learning something
really new every day. As a professor of French, it is a dream come true to see my
students in the real French world and making such a positive impression everywhere they