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Université Laval (faculty-led)
Quebec City, Canada
Program Terms:  
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Summer II
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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Host Family
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 Program Specialist:
Ann Ganz
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Program Overview

*This program alternates with the one in Lyon, France, which will run in 2015.  Laval summer program will be offered again in 2016. 

Founded in 1852, the Université Laval is the oldest French language university in America and the center for Quebec's largely francophone culture. Due in part to active exchange programs with universities around the world, it has an international student population close to 2000 and a total student population close to 35,000.

WMU Student Program: After arrival, students participate in a five-day introductory course on Quebecois History and Culture, followed by a four or five-week French course. The course on Quebecois History and Culture is taught by WMU Professor Dr. Vincent Desroches, and the French course is taught by professors in the ecole des langues.

Students applying for this program may be eligible for the Haenicke Institute for Global Education Study Abroad Scholarship.

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Quebec City is the provincial capital, located at the convergence of the St. Lawrence and St. Charles rivers, in the core of French Canada. This major industrial, cultural, service, and tourist center has a rich history and is a delightful blend of both New and Old World culture. The "Lower Town"  is built on the waterfront and the "Upper Town" is situated on Cape Diamond, a bluff rising 300 ft (91 m) above the St. Lawrence River. Winding, narrow streets link these two sections of the city. The Quebecois are a warm and friendly people, full of energy and creativity to match their vast surroundings, and proudly attached to the language and culture that make them unique in many ways. The surrounding area offers many notable sights, such as Montmorency Falls, the Ile d'Orléans, and the shrine of Ste Anne de Beaupré. Also, the Summer Festival in Old Quebec during the month of July attracts hundreds of singers and musicians from around the world.

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Academic Eligibility
One year of college French or equivalent preferred.
Also open to beginners.

Academic Program
Participants are enrolled in 7 credits of FREN 4770.

Academic Credit
WMU credit will be awarded for courses successfully completed on this program with prior approval of the student's academic advisor, academic advisors in departments outside of the student's major department (if the student plans to take classes outside of his/her major), and the Haenicke Institute for Global Education. This approval is obtained by completing the Course Pre-approval Form available from the HIGE. Students are urged to work closely with academic advisors and HIGE staff to plan a course of study allowing for steady progress toward their degree.

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Cost & Financial Aid

The WMU program fee includes: tuition,administrative fees, instructional costs, Canadian health insurance and international health and emergency insurance.

The program fee does not include: travel to/from Quebec, housing, meals, books, local transportation, passport, and miscellaneous expenses. Given the proximity of Quebec City to Michigan, participants should consider the costs of all forms of transportation: air, train, and automobile. Students are welcome to bring their bicycles; however, local bus passes are inexpensive. Costs not included in the program fee are estimates and may vary according to individual needs and preferences. This budget does not include activities which are not part of the academic program, such as personal travel, entertainment, shopping, etc.

Program fees are subject to adjustment due to changes in actual exchange rates or other factors. In addition, programs may be modified or cancelled in the event of insufficient enrollment. Program dates are subject to slight adjustment by the home/host university.

Note: For tax purposes, the university requires the program fee billing to be divided into qualified fees (tuition) and non-qualified fees (non-tuition costs).  The total program fee equals the study abroad commitment fee plus qualified fees and non-qualified fees added together.
   Commitment fee
+ Qualified fees (tuition)
+ Non-qualified fees (other costs)
= Total program fee

Commitment fee:  The study abroad commitment fee is billed in advance, after the student submits the commitment form.  The remainder of the program fee will be billed to the WMU student account for summer II semester.

Students applying for this program may be eligible for the Haenicke Institute for Global Education Study Abroad Scholarship. Apply online for this scholarship.

Financial Aid
Students eligible for federal or state financial aid may use their awards for studying abroad.  After a student has been accepted to the program, they must complete required paperwork with WMU Financial Aid to apply financial aid to the program costs. It is the student's responsibility to complete the paperwork prior to departure and to maintain compliance with financial aid regulations while studying abroad (i.e., remain enrolled full-time).  Non-WMU students must apply for financial aid through their home university.

Please note: Disbursement of financial aid may not coincide with the start date of the program abroad so plan ahead.  Some out-of-pocket costs may occur prior to financial aid disbursement for the semester, such as the commitment fee, passport, airfare, immunizations, visa or residence permit fees (if applicable).  These costs vary by program and WMU Study Abroad Specialists are available to answer questions about the program budget.

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All participants are strongly encouraged to stay with a Francophone family. The housing application is made separately and directly to Laval.

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Summer II 2014

Sunday, June 29:  Arrive in Quebec City and meet host family
Monday, June 30: Begin culture course with Professor Desroches
Monday, July 7:    Begin French language program at Laval University
Friday, August 8:  Program concludes
Friday, August 8 or Saturday, August 9:  Return to U.S. or personal travel

* Tentative itinerary subject to change.

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Additional Resources

Faculty Director:
Dr. Vincent Desroches
Department of Foreign Languages
820 Sprau Tower
Phone: (269) 387-6241

WMU Study Abroad office:
Ann Ganz
Study Abroad Specialist, Sr.
2425 Ellsworth Hall
Phone: (269) 387-5890

Host Institution Information (external links)
University Homepage

Country Information (external links)
Quebec Information
Further Information
Quebec Cultural Information
Country Information from U.S. Department of State
Country Specific Information - Canada
Culturegram - Canada

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This program is currently not accepting applications.