Field Experiences in France - Culture, Language & Education
The student teaching abroad opportunity will take place in Montpellier, France. The purpose of the Field Experiences in France-Culture, Language & Education is to provide an international opportunity for students to apply their teaching and manual communication skills in a supervised educational setting. The major goals of the program are to:
- become acquainted with French language and culture (40 hours of formal instruction);
- learn about the structure of schools in France, their place in the community, and the issues facing students, educators, families and schools;
- participate in the full life of schools in a French context, including extra-curricular activities, and a variety of activities involving faculty members;
- apply skills, knowledge, technological tools, and beliefs learned in the teacher education program and ASL courses in an international classroom setting;
- use principles, materials, and methods of teaching in a manner that fosters cognitive and affective growth for students;
- partner with French teachers and develop communication, interpersonal, and intercultural skills that enhance teaching and the ability to communicate with individuals who are deaf;
- observe, interact with, and learn from school and community personnel, including teachers, media specialists, counselors, social workers, caregivers, and administrators
Participants will stay in a comfortable dormitory near the facilities of Accent Francais, the host language school, in Montpellier, France. Each unit is equipped with a kitchenette, student desk, and private bathroom with laundry facilities on site as well as a student study area. The dormitory is in the city center and public transportation is within a short walk. Accommodations for at least one night in Paris will also be included.
Students with documented disabilities who may need accommodations during their study abroad experience should discuss these needs with the Program Director and the Office of Disability Services at the time of application.
The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students who meet all academic requirements of the Georgia State University. Preference will be given to students in the College of Education and Human Development. Program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Directors.
Credits & Courses
Students must be enrolled in ASL 2001, ASL 2002, EXC 4920 or EXC 7940 during the Spring 2018 semester. This course begins in the Spring 2018 semester and concludes during Maymester 2018. No additional course credit will be earned. Students from other institutions should follow their institution’s regulations concerning transfer credits.
Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements. The program cost is tentatively set at $3,500.00, PLUS regular Georgia State University tuition and fees. Non-resident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost.
Program Cost Includes
Program Cost Does Not Include
- Health/Evacuation/Repatriation insurance
- Round-trip airfare to/from Atlanta/Paris
- Round-trip train fare to/from Paris/Montpellier
- Ground transportation for program-related activities
- 40-hour course of instruction in French language/culture
- Housing accommodations
- Some meals
October 31st, 2017
- Georgia State tuition and fees
- Personal expenses
- Excess baggage charges
- Entrance fees for museums
- Non-program activity transportation
: $500 deposit with application
November 15th, 2017
: $2000 first payment
December 4th, 2017
: Program cost charged to student account
Early January 2018
: $1000 remaining balance due along with tuition & fees for spring semester.
All payments are non-refundable upon receipt
Funding & Scholarships
Georgia State University students may eligible for the IEF Scholarship
or the Global Experience Scholarship
. Visit http://mystudyabroad.gsu.edu/prospective/funding-study-abroad
or call the Study Abroad Programs office at (404) 413-2529 to learn more about scholarships & financial aid for study abroad.
Students interested in applying should select 'Apply Now' above and start the online application.
Please note: Georgia State University reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances.
- Transient Students: please see our How to Apply section under the Prospective Students tab.
- International Students: Georgia State students who hold F-1 visas must contact the Office of International Students and Scholar Services at (404) 413-2070 to discuss possible implications of study abroad for their immigration status.
November: Interest Meeting
Early February: Initial Orientation Meeting
Early March: Mandatory Orientation Meeting
April 24: Depart Atlanta, arrive in Montpellier, France on April 25
April 25: Program orientation and tour of Montpellier
April 30: Begin French language/culture classes with Accent Francais
May 3: Field experiences in schools and activity planning with peers
TBA: American Day with Accent Francais
May 1 & May 10: Cultural immersion experiences
May 16: Depart for Atlanta from Paris
Program Director Contact Information
Dr. Judith Emerson
Office address: CEHD 868
Telephone: (404) 413-8444