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  • Locations: Bordeaux, France
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Area of Study: French, History Program Type: Cosponsored, Study Abroad
Class Eligibility: Graduate Student, Junior, Senior, Sophomore, Student At Large Housing Options: Dormitory
Language of Instruction: English, French Program Provider: NIU Faculty
Program Description:

 Literature and Culture in Bordeaux, France



Faculty Directors:
Dr. Elizabeth Erbeznik and Prof. Robert Reichle

Program Overview

The primary purpose of this program is to provide participants with the opportunity to learn about French history, language, literature, and culture through an immersion in southern French society. French history and literature will come alive for students as they discover French culture through site visits and interactions with French people

For a complete PDF please click Bordeaux - Language and Culture 2014

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Course Offerings

For satisfactory participation in the program, participants will receive 6 semester hours of undergraduate or 3-6 semester hours of graduate credit in the following NIU courses. 

   FRENCH COURSES  6 semester hours:

    FLFR 202  Intermediate French II
    Description:  Further development of the skills of reading, writing, listening comprehension and speaking. Grammatical problems; reading of literary texts. Conducted in               French.
    Prerequisites:  FLFR 201 or three years of high school French and appropriate score on the placement test.


    FLFR 311  French Conversation
    Description:  Intensive practical training in conversation skills to achieve fluency of expression.


    FLFR  Advanced French Conversation
    Description:  Continuation of FLFR 311 that focuses on a broader range of conversation topics related to many areas of French popular culture, current events, and short            readings.
    Prerequisites:  FLFR 301 and FLFR 302 and FLFR 311; or consent of department.


    HIST 490C  Special Topics in History:  Southern French History to Present
    Description:  Selected themes or problems. Topics announced. May be repeated when subject varies.


    FLFR 323  Special Topics in French Language, Literature, or Culture
    Description:  Topics announced.  
    Prerequisite:  FLFR 320 or consent of department.

    HISTORY COURSE 3 semester hours:

    HIST 590C  Special Topics in History:  Southern French History, 1500 to Present
    Description: Selected themes or problems. Topics announced. Each lettered topic may be repeated to a maximum of 9 semester hours when subject varies; however, a maximum of 9 additional semester hours of HIST 598 may be counted toward the M.A. program in history, and a maximum of 9 additional semester hours may be counted toward the Ph.D. program in history.
HONORS CREDIT:  Qualified students may also elect to receive Honors credit for any study abroad course(s) with the approval of the program directors.  For more information please contact the University Honors Office.

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Student Life

Participants will reside at the Centre Regional des Oeuvres Univeritaires (CROUS) in Bordeaux.  Students will be responsible for their own meals.

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Application Information

Click Language and Culture in Bordeaux or visit the NIU Study Abroad Office website (and search for “Language and Culture in Bordeaux” program) to begin the online application process for this program.  The webpage 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 at website or by contacting the Study Abroad Office at (815) 753-0700 or
$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 regarding the application fee/deposit can be found on the seminar application 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   DEADLINE:    April 9, 2014

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The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students who meet the NIU general admission requirements, and who are interested in French history, literature, and culture.  Currently enrolled students must meet College of Liberal Arts and Sciences course GPA requirements.   Graduate level students must also meet NIU Graduate School admission, course and GPA requirements.
Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the time of application.  Students who are on academic or disciplinary probation are not eligible to participate in study abroad programs.  Applicants must participate in the entire program and satisfy NIU undergraduate or graduate admission and course requirements.  
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.
For undergraduate students to be admitted to the program, an applicant’s official transcript must be on file in the NIU Study Abroad Office.  Students who are currently enrolled at NIU, or who have previously enrolled at NIU, do not need to request an official transcript; the Study Abroad Office will make this request on behalf of the applicant.  Students who want to participate in the program and earn academic credit from NIU who have not previously enrolled at NIU, or who are not currently enrolled at NIU, should ask the Registrar at their institution to forward an official transcript as soon as possible to the Study Abroad Office.  (Student-issued transcripts and photocopies are not acceptable.)  Questions relating to the admission requirements or transcripts should be directed to the Study Abroad Office.  
Students who desire to obtain graduate credit must either be admitted to a graduate program within the NIU Graduate School, or be admitted to the status of a "student-at-large" (SAL) within NIU's Graduate School.  For students to be admitted to the program for graduate credit, the applicant's official transcript must be on file in the NIU SAO.  Students who are currently enrolled at NIU, or who have previously enrolled at NIU, do not need to request an official transcript.  However, students who will participate in the program in order to earn academic credit as an SAL (students who have not currently enrolled, nor are previously enrolled at NIU) must provide a transcript from the baccalaureate institution and from any institution at which graduate credit has been earned.  This document must be provided to the SAO before a student can be admitted as an SAL to the program.  (Student issued transcripts and photocopies are not acceptable.)

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Program Fees

    NIU  PROGRAM  COST:   The program cost pays for the following cost related services:
    1)    Accommodations
    2)    Land transportation in France
    3)    Admission fees to cultural and historical sites visited as part of the daily schedule
    4)     International Student I.D.
    5)    NIU undergraduate or graduate credit
    6)    NIU major medical insurance
    PROGRAM  COST:  $2,930
All prices quoted are subject to change. The information contained in the program documents and forms is presented in good faith and is believed to be correct 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.
•    Airfare
•    Meals
•    Cost of acquiring a passport (approximately $130, including 2 passport pictures).
•    Passport size photos.
•    Additional costs associated with obtaining a visa for non-U.S. passport holders.
•    Immunization fees (if immunizations are required)
•    $40 Undergraduate application fee for non-NIU undergraduate students.
•    Independent travel and visa costs associated with independent travel.
•    Expenses for free-time pursuits.
•    Expenses and purchases of a personal nature.

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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 Pamela Rosenberg, the International Programs business manager, in Williston Hall 408, (815) 753-9530, for more information.

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Withdrawal Policy

WITHDRAWAL FROM THE PROGRAM:  Applicants withdrawing from the program after April 9, 2014 will not be refunded the $200 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 $200 deposit or additional payments, and if the applicant is applying for financial aid.

If the applicant must withdraw after April 9, 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.  
    CANCELLATION OF THE PROGRAM: The Study Abroad Office reserves the right to cancel this program if the minimum required enrollment is not attained.  If, prior to the commencement of the program, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning is issued for France, all applicants will be notified promptly of the warning and the possibility of cancellation of the program.  If, during the course of the program, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning is issued for France, students will be promptly notified of the warning and the advisability of canceling the program.

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Passport/Visa Information

    PASSPORT: --IMPORTANT-- All participants are required to possess a valid passport by April 9, 2014. 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 upon acceptance into the program. After April 9, 2014, applicants may need to request expedited services or apply in person at the Chicago Passport Agency. If applicants are not within the Chicago area, they must apply at the nearest passport agency.) Information on acquiring a U.S. passport is available at the U.S. State Department’s website: Foreign passport holders may need special visas for travel and are responsible for obtaining all necessary visas.

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Contact Information


Please contact the Study Abroad Office
Williston Hall 417
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: (815) 753-0700

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This program is currently not accepting applications.