College of Arts & Sciences

Modern and Classical Languages

Study Abroad: France


Spring Semester in Strasbourg, France

The Spring in Strasbourg program offers students the unique opportunity to learn from a cross-cultural living experience while pursuing five academic courses. Having been immersed in French language and culture, students return with greater fluency and increased confidence in their ability to communicate in French. Because of the program’s nature, students must have completed the equivalent of four semesters of college French to take part.

During the first four weeks, students live with host families in or near Strasbourg and enroll in the Intensive Review and Practice of French. Excursions and museum visits complement classes.


For the following fifteen weeks, students take four or five additional courses, which are designed specifically for program participants and are held exclusively in French. The U.S. professor in residence and a team of French professors teach classes that may include: Advanced Oral French, Christianity in Europe, France from 1940 to the Present, the European Union, Love in 19th- and 20th-Century French Literature, Cultural Anthropology/France, and a literature course with a varying theme. During this time, students live in dormitory-style housing near the Université de Strasbourg campus.

Students discover limitless sights to see in the region. The picturesque city of Strasbourg is home to a beautiful cathedral and many cultural institutions and events, as well as the Council of Europe, the European Parliament, and the European Court of Human Rights. Near Strasbourg, nature lovers can hike or ski in the Vosges Mountains or the Black Forest. The lovely villages along the “Route du Vin” are also a short trip away.

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Opportunities for travel abound during the semester. Strasbourg is located near the geographical center of the European Union, making it an ideal city from which to explore the continent. Paris, Luxembourg, and Geneva are within a four-hour train ride; Prague, Berlin, London, Brussels, and Marseilles can be reached in under a day. A short bus ride leads to Germany, just across the river.

Most students choose to study in Strasbourg in their junior year; however, qualified sophomores and seniors are also eligible. For more details concerning the Spring in Strasbourg program, visit the Center for International Programs page or contact Dr. Daniel.

Summer Program at Université Laval (Québec, Canada)

Université Laval, North America’s oldest French-language university, hosts Saint Joseph’s summer program. Students from all levels—from beginners with no previous French to French majors and minors—may participate in this program; a placement test administered the first day of the session ensures that students are assigned to the appropriate level. Native French speakers teach the courses, all of which are given in French.

Students have the choice of two five-week sessions (the first in May and June, the second in July and August) and may take part in the program in the summer after freshman, sophomore, or junior year. During the session, students reside in university residences located near the classroom buildings, library, and athletic center. Arrangements can also be made for accommodation in a French-speaking household.

Ample opportunities exist for students to discover Québec. Activities organized during the summer sessions include excursions to the Old City and the Ile d’Orléans, riverboat cruises, and on-campus events such as films, dancing, and folksinging.

Each five-week session represents six credits of work. For more details concerning the Summer Program at Université Laval, contact Dr. Donahue.


The following scholarships are of particular interest to students who wish to study in a French-speaking country:

The Pierre C. Fraley Scholarship, offered by the Alliance Française de Philadelphie. The committee considers financial need, merit, and the applicant’s career plans when awarding this $2,500 scholarship, which is designed to enable junior or senior French majors and newly graduated French teachers to attend an accredited summer program. For more details, consult the Web site of the Alliance Française.

The Arthur R. Marsilio Memorial Scholarship for Study Abroad provides $2,500 to a Saint Joseph’s University undergraduate participating in a study abroad or study tour program in Italy, Greece, France, Germany, Spain, or Latin America. Awarded on the basis of both need and merit, this scholarship rotates every year by language program.

For more information about the Arthur R. Marsilio Scholarship and about more general scholarships for students studying abroad, please consult the page of the Center for International Programs.