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La Rochelle, France

June 24–July 28, 2018

France and the French hold an enduring fascination for much of the world — and for excellent reasons. Long a center of intellectual development, artistic revolution, and high culture, France offers the visitor a glimpse of past greatness and present-day accommodation to a changing Europe. The University of Richmond Summer Study Abroad Program is designed to provide the participant with a fun, challenging, intellectually rigorous experience that combines travel with cultural exploration and language study.

La Rochelle and the surrounding region offer many historic, artistic and cultural landmarks. A few of the city's historic sites include a richly decorated Town Hall, an 18th century classical style cathedral, picturesque old homes, and 14th-15th century towers that still mark the entrance to the city’s “old port”. The famous “Francofolies” festival in mid-July attracts musicians from all over the Francophone world. La Rochelle is located 90 miles north of Bordeaux on a bay in the Atlantic Ocean. It is both an important fishing port and the largest yacht harbor/pleasure port in Europe. Its main beach (“Les Minimes”) offers sun and relaxation. La Rochelle is also well known for its sailing competitions off the resort islands of Ile de Ré, Ile d’Oléron and Ile d’Aix.

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Courses are offered through the Institut d’Études Françaises (IEF), a branch of the Université de La Rochellés Groupe Supérieur de Commerce (Sup de Co), or Graduate School of Business. Students will enroll in 2 units.

Classes: Students may choose among the following courses:

  • FREN 221 Intensive Intermediate French
  • FREN 301 French Conversation through Cinema
  • FREN 311 France/Francophone Culture
  • FREN 402 Advanced Conversation

Students are encouraged to talk to the program director early about course options.


Students taking FREN 221 and FREN 311 will be enrolled in a course with the general population of students at the IEF. Instruction for all courses at the IEF is provided by a faculty member from the Institut, all of whom meet professional standards agreed upon by the Director of the IEF and University of Richmond’s Program Director. FREN 301 and FREN 402 will be taught by the program director.

What's Included

Two orientation sessions will be held in late-March and mid-April during the spring semester. Participants will meet the group, receive important logistical and cultural information, and begin to prepare for their exploration of France and its people. Attendance at all orientation meetings during the spring semester is mandatory, except for non-University of Richmond students who will receive information via e-mail, fax or phone. We encourage non-UR students to try to attend orientation meetings if at all possible.

Housing & Food

Once in La Rochelle, students live in the homes of selected French families with whom the Program has built relations over the years. Participants take their breakfasts and dinners with their host families during the week. Note: Lunches are not included in the program cost.

Activities & Excursions

Students will begin the program with a 4-day stay in Paris. Cost of breakfast is included. Sites include l’Arc de Triomphe, les Champs-Elysées, Notre-Dame, La Sainte-Chapelle, le Musée Rodin, le Musée d’Orsay (impressionist art), la Tour Eiffel, Montmartre and le Sacré-Coeur, le Louvre, and le Quartier Latin. All fees for these sites as well as transportation in Paris are included in the program cost.

Students will then take a coach bus for a 3-day excursion through Normandy. Places of interest include Giverny (home and gardens of Monet), Lisieux, the Bayeux Tapestry and cathedral, the Normandy beaches, the Musée du Débarquement at Arromanches, and the American Cemetery at Colleville. In addition, the Institut in La Rochelle offers several social events and excursions. These may include a tour of the city and a visit to the Aquarium. Larger excursions may include a day trip to Cognac.

Application, Timeline & Fees

Application & Deposit: $300 nonrefundable deposit with application

  • Application DeadlineExtended to Friday, February 23, 2018!
  • 1st Payment: March 16
  • Final Payment: April 16

Cost: Approximately $6,350 (not including round-trip airfare to/from France)

Submit payments in the Student Accounts office (payable to University of Richmond, designated France Study Abroad).

Scholarship: UR students are eligible to apply for the Holt Summer Study Abroad Scholarship. Selected recipients will receive approximately $2,000 toward the cost of an approved UR Summer Study Abroad program.

Associate Professor of French
Chair, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
18th Century French Studies
Film Studies
Application Information

All interested students, both UR and non-Richmond, may apply online using Gateway Abroad, the same online application system used for semester- and year-long study abroad programs.

Follow this link to begin your online application:

  1. Select the Apply Now button/link
  2. UR students may log into the system using your UR netID and password
  3. Non-UR students should review the Non-Richmond Students instructions
  4. complete the online application and select your program

Contact Us

Office of Summer Studies
Professional & Continuing Studies
Special Programs Building
28 Westhampton Way
Univ. of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8133
Fax: (804) 289-8138

Monday-Friday: 8:30am–5pm
Closed for University holidays