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Course Offerings
  • French Language Culture and Civilization (Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Levels)
  • Level II - Elementary
  • Level III - Intermediate
  • Level IV - Proficient
  • Level V - Advanced
  • Beginning Arabic Language and Culture
  • Institutions in French Society (IPSL Service-Learning Course)
  • Introduction to COSA (Community Organizing and Social Activism)
  • Euro - Mediterranean Studies Seminar
 
Elective Course Offerings
  • Discovery of French Culture: French Cuisine and Wine Studies
* Some courses may not be offered during a given term. Please inquire. 
 
Excursions

Travel and Excursions that Broaden Your Perspective
Travel is an essential part of studying abroad. Taking knowledge from the classroom and applying it through direct observation allows for greater classroom comprehension and cultural understanding.

 
A tour of Montpellier is arranged during the first week. and serves to orient students to their new home. Additional excursions to historic sites around Montpellier and the region are organized every month. Additionally, the region is filled with many exciting and beautiful outdoor activities. 
 

Excursions MAY include SOME of the following and you may choose one as part of your IPSL program. You may also choose more for an additional fee.

  • Roman cities of Nîmes and Arles

  • Medieval walled city of Avignon, home of the Palace of the Popes and the famous Pont d'Avignon

  • St Guilhem-Le- Désert et l'Ermitage, a legendary village at the heart of a preserved valley and the site of the Gellone Abbey, a jewel of Romanesque architecture

  • Carcassonne, one of the most extravagant fortresses in all of Europe

  • Sommières market and le Pont du Gard, a magnificent aqueduct

  • Les Baux de Provence, one of the most beautiful villages in France, and Cathédrale d'images, a unique art center in a limestone quarry

  • Les Baux de Provence, one of the most beautiful villages in France, and Cathédrale d'images, a unique art center in a limestone quarry

  • Aigues-Mortes, the 13th-century city in the heart of the Camargue, from which Louis IX (St. Louis) set out on his first crusade in 1248

  • Château de Flaugergues, built in the 17th century and surrounded by magnificent gardens

 

IPSL students in France may also work with program staff on-site to arrange for independent travel to other areas of France As with all travel, weather and other travel hindrances can affect the exact destinations of excursions. In such cases, IPSL program staff make every effort to find suitable replacement itineraries.

Academic Immersion Focused on Real Cultural Understanding

Rev up your language skills quickly as you study at IPSL's partner Language and Culture Institute. You will take three required courses and cultural and/or additional language electives  for a total of up to 17  credits.  An official  transcript for all courses is issued by IPSL Institute for Global Learning upon successful completion of the program. Unless otherwise noted, courses are at the 300 level except for any foreign language course that will vary.

COURSE OFFERINGS
Required Courses

 

French Language Culture and Civilization (Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Levels)

Students are tested and placed in  language classes according to their ability. Levels range from beginning to advanced. Students can take either one three credit course or two three credit courses.

Level II - Elementary

This is the logical continuation of Level I and can be defined as a first intermediary level. It is designed for students who already attended at least 200 hours of French language courses or who have acquired a similar basic competence through immersion. The general objectives follow up on those of Level I. They aim at reinforcing acquired skills: verbal, fluency and grammatical writing are the main objectives of the teaching program based on a communicative approach adapted to everyday-life situations. The curriculum consists of:

  • Oral French: Comprehension, Expression, Phonetics

  • Written French: Grammar, Comprehension, Expression

  • Language laboratory work

Level III - Intermediate

This level is for students who have already attended more than 400 hours of French classes. The curriculum consists of:

  • Oral French: Comprehension, Phonetics, Expression, Speech

  • Written French: Comprehension and Expression, Spelling, Grammar

Level IV - Proficient

Level IV classes are based on the permanent interaction of communicative, linguistic and cultural objectives in order to promote the comprehension of the French socio-cultural environment. Various fields of competence are stressed. The curriculum consists of:

  • Oral French: Comprehension and Expression, Media Language, Phonetics, Specificity of Oral French

  • Written French: Comprehension, Expression, Grammar

Level V - Advanced

This level is intended for students who have already attended 750 to 800 hours of French classes. The curriculum consists of:

  • Grammar

  • Practice of Oral and Written Speech

Contact Hours: 60

Recommended U.S. Credits: 4

Beginning Arabic Language and Culture

Exposure to the Arabic language and culture is an opportunity to gain insight into the lives of the many North African immigrants that live and work in Montpellier and the wider region. This course serves as a gateway to connect to people in the city as well as in the various organizations where IPSL students serve.

 

Contact Hours: 45

Recommended U.S. Credits: 3

Institutions in French Society (IPSL Service-Learning Course)

Examines the major issues confronting French society, and the way these issues are addressed by institutions, associations, and NGOs. Using your service agency as a case study, you will analyze the agency’s mission, history, and governance, the socio-economic background of the clientele, and its role in relation to the political, cultural, social, and economic conditions of the larger society.

Contact Hours: 45

Recommended U.S. Credits: 3

 

Euro - Mediterranean Studies Seminar

Students work in a seminar class structure with the professor and other students to discuss content as well as work with the professor individually on their independent projects. This course can be transcripted either as an independent study course or a history course.Topics can include:

Culture and Politics in a Euro-Mediterranean Context
• History of Intercultural Relations between Europe and the Mediterranean Area

•  History of Intercultural Relations between the Maghreb and France

Economics and Society

•  International Cooperation and Development between Europe and the Mediterranean

• Cooperation and Development between the Maghreb and France

Immigration

•  Gender Issues in Muslim Societies

•  Current Issues in French Society

 

Contact Hours: 45 
Recommended U.S. Credits: 3

Introduction to COSA

This course is delivered virtually and begins before departure and completes after returning. The content includes both pre-departure and post departure information, discussion and reflection and serves to compliment the IPSL COSA in Tanzania Course. The course explores the theories and practical realities of intercultural service-learning to help make sense of the international experience and to develop intercultural competence. One credit will be awarded for 15 hours of academic reflections work and 2 credits for the hands-on service-learning volunteering.

Contact Hours: 45
Recommended U.S. Credits: 3

Discovery of French Culture: French Cuisine and Wine Studies

Lessons in French cuisine will allow participants to gain cooking skills and learn the language of good food, wine and culture while enjoying a hands­ - on approach of authentic French recipes. Includes hands-on cooking. Take the time to explore and recreate a selection of inventive recipes that combine traditional charm and exoticism, in a calm and relaxed atmosphere. Choose from a variety of workshops, all with different themes each week. So reach for your apron and come to explore the world of authentic French cooking, fresh-market cooking, traditional and local cooking.

Contact Hours: 15 

Recommended U.S. Credits: 1

Mailing Address:

 

4110 SE HAWTHORNE BLVD., #200

PORTLAND, OR 97214

info@ipsl.org

Tel. +1.503.395.IPSL (4775)

Fax. +1.503.954.1881

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