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Fields of Study: Humanities, Social Sciences

Undertake an intensive study of French language with professors who specialize in teaching French as a second language. By design, this program is for international students at an intermediate language level with 3-5 quarters (2-3 semesters) of university-level French. All courses are taught in French at the university’s DEFLE (Département d'Etudes de Français Langue Etrangère). In this way, you can concentrate on building your language skills while immersing in French culture. In addition to French language courses, you will enroll in French culture and civilization courses that focus on art history, literature, business, journalism, media, and more.

Unique study opportunities

  • Produce an academic research paper on a topic that relates to your major or cultural interests.
  • Meet and interview specialists, experts, and other stakeholders in the Bordelaise community.
  • Explore all things French—from theater to regional art, music, literature, business, and film.
  • Perfect your conversational French language skills and come home sounding like a native speaker.

Language

Language of Instruction: French

French Language Study: Required

The focus of this program is to build your French language skills. During the first two weeks, an intensive language program will help boost your language skills and introduce French academics. 

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Four to five courses for a total of 22.5-27 quarter/15-18 semester UC units.
  • During the fall, the intensive language program course is worth 4 quarter/2.7 semester UC units. During the spring, the intensive language program course is worth 3 quarter/2 semester UC units.
  • You can take up to a third of your units per semester pass/no pass.

Current Program Courses

You will enroll in the following language and culture courses for this program:

  • Language: One oral French course worth 6 quarter/4 semester UC units.
  • Language: One written French course worth 6–8 quarter/4–5.3 semester UC units.
  • Culture: One French civilization course worth 3.5–4.5 quarter/2–3.3 semester UC units.
  • Culture: One or two French culture course(s) worth 3.5–4.5 quarter/2–3.3 semester UC units each.

Courses at the first and second level at DEFLE are lower-division. Courses at the third, fourth, and fifth level at DEFLE are upper-division. 

Independent Research

You have the option to replace one culture course with an 8-10 page French research paper worth 3 quarter/2 semester UC units. The research paper can relate to your major, but it can also be on any local cultural subject you may be curious about. The topic is up to you. Before you begin your project, you’ll work with a supervisor to finalize the topic and scope of your paper. After defining your subject, you’ll conduct interviews with subject matter experts in the area. Finally, you’ll submit your paper in French and present it orally. 

Working on a research paper will help build your language knowledge, improve your French writing skills, and provide valuable experience as a researcher. It’s also a great opportunity to go a little deeper in your understanding of French culture, history, and society. 

Catalogs and resources

To see the classes available at this university, use the following resources:

Academic culture

The DEFLE focuses on teaching French to exchange students from all over the world. You won’t see local French students attending these classes. The pace of the program is intense and rigorous. You’ll be in classes five days a week and must keep to the schedule set by the University of Bordeaux. Class size varies from 20 to 50 students, depending on the courses. To help your language learning, participation and interaction is expected. 

Grades

You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework. Grades for the fall semester are typically available by late March and grades for the spring semester are typically available by late July.