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NIU College of Law in Agen, France
Agen, France (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Area of Study: Law Program Type: Faculty Directed
Class Eligibility: Law Housing Options: Dormitory
Language of Instruction: English Program Provider: NIU Faculty
Minimum GPA:
2.0
Language Prerequisite:
No
Program Description:

NIU College of Law Summer Program

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Faculty Directors:
Associate Dean David Gaebler, Professor Daniel Reynolds, and Professor David Taylor

Program Overview

This program is designed to give non-French speaking students an understanding of the French civil law system and the legal system of the European Union.  Language of instruction is English.  Classes will be conducted at the facilities of the Juridical Studies Center of Agen (a part of the Université Montesquieu - Bordeaux IV).  

For more information click to Agen 2014  download the complete PDF.

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Course Offerings

For satisfactory participation in the program, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from NIU College of Law for six hours of credit.  Course performance will be evaluated by the NIU faculty in the same manner that on campus courses are evaluated.  The courses taken while participating in this program cannot be audited.  For non-NIU students, acceptance of any credit or grade for either course is subject to determination by the student’s home school.  Participation in a foreign summer program is unlikely to accelerate graduation.

LAW 699A: Civil Law & Civil Lawyers: The French Experience 3 semester hours

What England is to the Common Law world, France is to the other great legal tradition:  the Civil Law.  This course is a focused, in-depth examination of the French legal system in action.  Selections from Code Civile are examined in depth, particularly as they relate to the unique structure and functioning of the French system of judicial, administrative and constitutional jurisdictions.  The distinctively different role of judges in a non-common law system is examined as are the roles, formation and ethics of the various French legal professions.  Judges and lawyers are also observed in on-site court sessions.  Selected topics in French substantive law are studied from a comparative perspective

LAW 699B:  The Legal System of the European Union 3 semester hours
The legal system of the European Union overlays the domestic legal systems of France and other European Union member states.  This course examines the development of the legal and institutional structure of the European Union from the Treaty of Paris (1951) through the Treaties of Rome (1956), Maastrich (1993), Amsterdam (1999), Nice (2003), and subsequent treaties.  In addition, this course considers the relationship of the law of the European Union to the domestic law of the member states and examines selected substantive aspects of European Union Law.


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Student Life

Housing will be in comfortable, private rooms in the University Institute for Teacher Formation (IUFM).  The IUFM is a charming, turn-of-the-century building, formerly a prestigious Ecole Normale, now used for teacher training and as a conference center for a variety of adult post-graduate educational activities.  The student rooms are not accessible by elevator.  Thus special arrangements would be necessary for persons with disabilities.  Breakfast, week day lunches and most evening meals are provided as part of the program cost.  (Program housing is not available prior to noon on the first day of the program, May 28, 2014).

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Application Information

APPLICATION:  Click NIU College of Law in Agen France or visit the NIU Study Abroad Office website at https://niu.studioabroad.com (and search for “France” or the NIU College of Law in Agen, France program) to begin the online application process for this program. The online process provides guidance on requesting information, advising, or applying for the program.  Please note that at the time of application, applicants will be expected to submit a signature verification form and copy of their ID to the Study Abroad Office.  More detailed instructions can be found on the https://niu.studioabroad.com website or by contacting the Study Abroad Office at (815) 753-0700 or niuabroad@niu.edu.

$200 APPLICATION FEE/DEPOSIT:  A $200 application fee/deposit is required of all applicants.  The $200 is broken down into $100 for the non-refundable application fee and $100 for a program deposit.  Both the application fee and the deposit will be applied to the total balance of the program cost.  The $100 deposit is refundable only if the participant withdraws prior to the withdrawal deadline indicated on the program materials or for medical reasons verified by a physician if the withdrawal takes place after the withdrawal deadline. 
   
The $200 application fee/deposit will be charged to NIU students’ NIU Bursar's account.  (Checks and money orders cannot be accepted from NIU students.)  Non-NIU students must submit a check or money order in the amount of $200.  More detailed instructions can be found on the website.
   
    IMPORTANT – All applications will be categorized as “Pending – No Deposit” until the $200 application fee/deposit has been received (or, in the case of non-NIU students, once a check has been received).  The Study Abroad Office will not consider or process applications without the $200 application fee/deposit.  In order to reserve your place in the program you must submit the $200 deposit within 14 days of application.  After 14 days applications without a deposit will be inactivated.  
   
APPLICATION DATES: Students are urged to apply early as there are only 25 spaces available.  NIU law students applying by March 15, 2014 will be given priority. All applications should be submitted by no later than April 1, 2014.


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Eligibility

The program is open to all NIU College of Law students and students from ABA-approved colleges or schools of law.  Applicants must meet NIU College of Law GPA requirements for good standing (2.0).  Students on academic probation during the semester prior to the program will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.   Non-NIU law students must be separately admitted to the NIU College of Law as visiting students for the summer.   Non-NIU students are required to have their law school send an official transcript to the NIU Study Abroad Office.  (Student-issued transcripts and photocopies are not acceptable.) Applicants must participate in the entire program and satisfy NIU course requirements (completion of all first year courses). 

Students cannot have any encumbrances against their NIU records.  Any encumbrances placed on a student’s records by NIU (i.e., the Graduate School, Undergraduate Admissions, Bursar’s Office, Accounts Receivable, Registration and Records, Health Services, Parking Services, etc.) must be cleared before a student is granted admission to a study abroad program.


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Program Fees

The cost of the six-week program in Agen includes the following:
   
    1)    Housing accommodations and meals (breakfast, most weekday lunches and most dinners) as described.
    2)    Land transportation to all program-related sites.
    3)    Admission fees to all program-related cultural and historical sites.
    4)     Six hours of NIU credit.
    5)    NIU major medical insurance.
   
    PROGRAM COST:  $6,815
   
All prices quoted are subject to change.  The information contained in the program documents and forms is presented in good faith and is an approximation as of the date presented.  Northern Illinois University reserves the right to amend, modify, revise, or delete any information appearing in these documents, including but not limited to the cost of the program.   
   
Non-NIU students should consult with their home institutions regarding additional costs that may apply to study abroad.  Non-NIU students are responsible for any study abroad charges imposed by their home institution.
   
ADDITIONAL COSTS TO PARTICIPANTS:

Airfare, meals not provided as part of the NIU program package; cost of acquiring an American passport; books and supplies; and purchases of a personal nature.  For purposes of financial aid, these costs as estimated for summer 2012 were as follows:  airfare $1,350; meals not provided by the program $675; cost of acquiring an American passport (including pictures) $130; books and supplies $125; and personal expenses $1,800.  You must contact Pamela Rosenberg, the Business Manager for the Division of International Programs, in order for a budget for the 2014 program to be sent to the Student Financial Aid Office on your behalf.


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Financial Aid

As a participant in a study abroad program through NIU, you may be eligible for:  Pell Grant, SEOG, Perkins Loan, PLUS Loan, Subsidized or Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, MAP Award or your privately awarded scholarship with consent of awarding organization.  Tuition waivers do not apply.  Please contact Pam Rosenberg, the International Programs business manager, at prosenberg@niu.edu  or 753-9530 regarding the process for applying for financial aid for study abroad, not the College of Law Financial Aid Office.

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Withdrawal Policy

Applicants withdrawing from the program after April 1, 2014 will not be refunded the $100 program deposit.

Applicants withdrawing from the program after this date will also be held accountable for any funds obligated to overseas vendors and agents on the applicant’s behalf.  This provision is in effect even if the applicant has not submitted the $100 deposit or additional payments, and if the applicant is applying for financial aid.
If the applicant must withdraw after April 1, 2014 for medical reasons, funds obligated on their behalf to overseas vendors can only be refunded if:

1.    The request is submitted to the Study Abroad Office in writing and accompanied by a signed statement stating that travel is not advised from a physician on the physician’s letterhead; and
2.    NIU is able to obtain refunds from overseas vendors and agents.  

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Passport/Visa Information

All participants must possess a valid passport in order to participate in this program.  Important Note:  U.S. passports must be valid SIX months beyond the intended stay overseas.  Individuals who do not currently possess a valid passport should apply for one immediately.  Information on acquiring a passport is available at the U.S. State Department’s Website:  http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html.  U.S. passport holders do not need special visas for this program.  Foreign passport holders may need special visas for travel in Europe and are responsible for obtaining all necessary visas.

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Contact Information

 

QUESTIONS?
Please contact the Study Abroad Office
Williston Hall 417
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: (815) 753-0700
Email: niuabroad@niu.edu

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This program is currently not accepting applications.