This Dialogue of Civilizations program takes place at Université Catholique de Lyon, a University in the heart of France. The program begins with cultural excursions and events and ends with the visit of the city of lights: Paris. A total immersion in the Language, live interactions and understanding of ongoing political events. Housing in individual rooms in Lyon and Hotel in Paris.

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: October 20, 2017
  • * Priority Deadline: December 3, 2017
  • Application Deadline: February 1, 2018
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • $500 non-refundable deposit: Deposits must be paid through NUPay. Be sure to select the appropriate summer term.
  • Photocopy of Passport: This is to be given to your faculty leader after acceptance.
  • Faculty Interview: Faculty will schedule interviews with applicants of interest to determine acceptance. The interviews can occur anytime between the priority and final deadline.
  • Essay Questions: Answer each question in 2-3 paragraphs (completed online via GEO application).
    • What are your personal and academic reasons for wishing to participate in this Dialogue of Civilizations program?
    • How will the program further your academic and career goals?
    • What is your previous travel and language experience, if any?
    • What courses have you taken which are directly relevant to the program?

Applications are not considered complete until deposit is received. This deposit will be applied to the full cost of the program.

* Priority Deadline: All students that apply by the priority deadline will be considered for admission, as all dialogues remain open until the priority deadline. After the priority deadline, applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the program fills. Programs are subject to close anytime between the priority deadline and the application deadline when a program receives the maximum number of students.

Update My Travel Plans on myNortheastern
Once you have been accepted into the program and your the flight and accommodation details have been shared with you, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply during their first semester on the Boston campus. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.

Courses

The summer language course will include 80 hours of classes in addition to the cultural and historical immersion. Those classes will cover different levels of French in order to satisfy the students’ level. The students will be exposed to intensive oral and written skills. Classes are taught fully in French and students will have a variety of cultural activities to complete.

Students must take:
  • CLTR4944 - French Culture : It’s a total immersion for the students for 5 weeks. This will give the opportunity to learn, improve and use French in everyday situations. Concentration on developing all four languages skills: speaking. Listening, reading and writing will be the emphasis of this program: therefore it will be our goal to focus on contemporary usage of French along with its culture. This course counts as NU Core humanities level 1.
Choose one of the following:
  • FRNH1302 - Elementary French Immersion 2 : The summer intensive program is composed of 80 hours per month. Courses take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in the morning and/or in the afternoon. On Wednesdays, there are cultural activities and field trips. Some of these activities are also organized in the evening. Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).  Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.  Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
  • FRNH2301 - Intermediate French Immersion 1 : Can understand the main points of clear, standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.  Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst traveling in an area where the language is spoken.  Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.  Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
  • FRNH2302 - Intermediate French Immersion 2 : Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options Civilization units of 2 hrs : Gastronomy and the art of French living, Civilization, Literature, Media, Contemporary History, French songs and poetry, Francophonie, Creative writing, European Union (depending on the month).
  • FRNH3301 - Advanced French Immersion 1 : Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning.  Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much over searching for expressions.  Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.  Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns and cohesive devices.  Civilizations units of 2 hrs: Gastronomy and the art of French living, Civilization, Literature, Media, Contemporary History, French songs and poetry, Francophonie, Creative writing, European Union (depending on the month). 
  • FRNH3302 - Advanced French Immersion 2 : Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation.  Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.  Civilization units of 2 hrs: Gastronomy and the art of French living, Civilization, Literature, Media, Contemporary History, French songs and poetry, Francophonie, Creative writing, European Union (depending on the month).
  • FRNH3900 - Specialized Instruction in French : Designed for individuals whose language skills are at an advanced level and who seek specially focused language instruction. Such instruction might be the use of the language in specific settings, or it might be focused on specific conversational nuances of the language.

Cost

Northeastern Tuition: $12,140
Dialogue of Civilizations Fee: $0.00
  • This program allows students greater flexibility in dates of travel and departure airports.  Once the program is fully enrolled, students will be able to purchase their airfare individually through a dedicated Northeastern portal of STA – Student Travel Agency.  Please do not purchase your airfare until you have received detailed instructions from GEO!

International Airfaire: $700- 1,100
  • This program allows students greater flexibility in dates of travel and departure airports.  Once the program is fully enrolled, students will be able to purchase their airfare individually through a dedicated Northeastern portal of STA – Student Travel Agency.  Please do not purchase your airfare until you have received detailed instructions from GEO!

Additional Estimated Expenses: $1,647
  • Students should anticipate spending the following out of pocket expenses during the program:  $1,314 on meals and $333 on incidentals.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Dialogue of Civilizations programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!

Destination

Lyon: Where classes will take place at the ILCF. In addition to the daily classes, there will be many cultural activities: Museums (Musée des beaux arts, des frères Lumière, etc.), sites in Lyon, etc.

The cultural part will cover field trips to the following two main historic sites close to Lyon.

Annecy in the Alps: This is a great outing. The old city is wonderful and attracts lots of people. The lake is remarkable and is part of Annecy’s reservations. In hot weather, there is a guarded beach to swim in.

Perouges: It is a charming medieval city, where lots of movies were played such as the “The Three Musketeers”. One can wander in the street and taste the delicious Pie of Perouges.

Beaujeu: Beaujeu gives its name to the famous WINE region of Beaujolais a former province of France of which it is the historical capital

Geneva [Switzerland]: One day excursion to visit the city.

Another city [TBD]: One day excursion to visit the city.

Paris: At the end of the course we’ll take a trip to Paris for a total immersion within the Parisian crowd topped with visits to historical and famous sites and museums, etc.

Accommodations

  • Student Residence: Students will stay in a Students residency in the heart of Lyon, they will have access to most of the commodities in the area and will be just steps from the School. Individual rooms (wifi Accessible). Starts: 07/01/2017, Ends: 07/31/2017.
  • Hotel: Hotel in the heart of Paris. Wifi and Breakfast included.

Host University or Organization

ILCF: Institute of French Language of Lyon. Courses are created to help develop oral and written expression and comprehension abilities. The goal is an effective autonomy in using French by learning grammar, vocabulary and French culture. Diverse language activities are offered including workbooks, exercise books and original documents (press, advertising, comics, literature, videos, etc.). Integrative excursions allow students to get to know the City of Lyon (markets, train stations, cafes, libraries and neighborhood visits, francophone week). Courses require the active participation of students.

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