Bonjour, French-language students!

It has been a pleasure meeting all of you in your classes this semester and in past semesters. Keep in mind that there are two great upcoming opportunities to practice your French language skills abroad this summer! 

French Language Study in Paris, France July 1st - 28th, 2012

During the 4 week Paris program, language classes meet every morning (and some afternoons) at the Institut Catholique de Paris (ICP).  These classes are supplemented by cultural activities included in your program fee such as a walking tour of Paris, a boat ride on the Seine, and an overnight group excursion to Normandy, including a visit to Bayeux (known for its tapestries), and the D-day beaches.  The group stays in a French dorm on Boulevard Saint Michel, right in the center of Paris in the Latin Quarter!  July is a wonderful time of year to be in Paris with the Fête Nationale on the 14th, the arrival of the Tour de France, the national semi-annual sales (les soldes) and “Opération Paris Plage” which is an initiative of the city of Paris to bring summer vacation into the city (you’ll have to see it)!

French Language Study in Montreal, Quebec July 1st - August 11th, 2012 

Uniquely designed so that Mason students can complete the full university language requirement (9 credits) in 6 weeks, the Montreal program is now in its third year! This is a great program option for advanced French language speakers, too!  By the end of this program, students should expect to have a better understanding and mastery of French, but also a deeper familiarity and kinship with Montreal and Quebec society.  Classes take place every morning (and three afternoons per week) at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).  Participants are housed in the UQAM dorms, with single rooms en suite (sharing a living room and kitchen).  The dorms are located right on campus, which itself is right in the heart of the city!  During the summer there are several festivals going on in Montréal and the program includes two day-trip excursions to Quebec City and to Mont-Tremblant Village and National Park.  UQAM also offers several other excursions that Mason participants can purchase separately.  Be sure to sample the poutine during your stay in Canada!

You still have time to apply for our CGE scholarships!  Submit a letter of recommendation from a Mason faculty member and an 800-word motivational essay by March 2nd to be eligible.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.  I will be more than happy to help! 

A bientôt!

Ms. Erin Mateu
Associate General Manager
Center for Global Education
Johnson Center, Room 235
George Mason University
4400 University Drive, MS 2B8
Fairfax, VA 22030
phone: 703-993-3864
fax: 703-993-2153
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Erin's fall 2011 office hours:
Monday/Tuesday: 2-3pm
Wednesday/Thursday: 11am-12noon
Friday: by appointment

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