Study Abroad in Cannes, France

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French Language & Culture Program

Recommended U.S. credits are shown in parentheses. Language credits shown are for Semester (6) and Extended Semester (9) language courses.

All students are required to take French language plus a maximum of 3 seminars for up to 15 credits for the Semester or 18 credits for the Extended Semester.

Students take a French language placement test after arrival in Cannes in order to determine the appropriate course level. We advise students to gain pre-approval for several different levels of French from their university advisors in the U.S. before traveling to France in order to ensure that they are able to receive credit for the course that they test into. Language levels are defined according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and will be listed on your transcript on completion of the program.

Courses are subject to change at the discretion of the Campus International de Cannes. A minimum enrollment of 10 students is required for a course to run.

Language Courses (Required)

French 180 (A1.0-A1.3) (9) | Elementary French Language/Cours Découverte

Students enrolled in the 100 level French Language courses (9 credits) will receive 6 credits at the 100 level and 3 credits at the 200 level on the transcript issued by Chapman University.

French 280 (A2.1 – B1.1) (9) | Intermediate French Language/Cours de Survie

Students enrolled in the 200 level French Language courses (9 credits) will receive 3 credits at the 200 level and 6 credits at the 300 level on the transcript issued by Chapman University.

French 380 (B1.2 – B2.2) (9) | Upper Intermediate French Language/Autonome

Students enrolled in the 300 level French Language courses (9 credits) will receive 9 credits at the 300 level on the transcript issued by Chapman University.

French 480 (B2.3 – C2) (9) | Advanced French Language/Maîtrise

Students enrolled in the 400 level French Language courses (9 credits) will receive 9 credits at the 400 level on the transcript issued by Chapman University.

Seminars Taught in English

Art 460 (3)  | French Art: 19th and 20th Century

Introduces students to the great artists of the 19th and 20th centuries in France, including the Impressionists, the post Impressionists and the Dada and Surrealists many of whom lived in Provence. Students visit some of the great museums in the area such as the Matisse, Bonnard, Picasso or Chagall museums close by.

LEAD 303 (3) | Organizational Administration: A European Context

Students will acquire new, crucial knowledge on European and international business strategies and models: monetary policies, social economy, cross-cultural management, lobbying and public decision-making procedures. Course number and title provided by Chapman University. Prerequisite: One course in Principles of Leadership or Principles of Management.

Sociology 308 (3)  | French Civilization

This course gives a political and sociological viewpoint on some of the major issues and trends in contemporary French society: politics, immigration, and identity upheaval, France in Europe, education, gender equality, religion and secularism.

Seminars Taught in French

Students wishing to take seminars in French must place into the upper Intermediate level (B1.1) or higher.

French/Theater/Dance 310 (3)  | Théâtre: Expression Théâtrale/Acting: Theatrical Expression

Emphasizes rhythm and articulation of the French language employing a different, original “script” written by the professor. Dramatic sketches designed with roles suitable for all participants use expressions and themes drawn from daily life and emphasize the sound of French as it is spoken. 

French/Art 461 (3)  | Histoire de l’Art en France au 19ème et 20ème siècles/French Art: 19th and 20th Century 

This course is the same as Art 460, but taught in French. See course above for description.

French/Film/Television 311 (3) | Cinéma Français/French Cinema

Students are introduced to film direction techniques (mise en scène) with an overview of the evolution of French cinema, including the Cannes film festival which attracts thousands of actors, directors and producers and camera people from all over the world every year.

French/Political Science 303 (3) | La Vie Politique en France/French Political Life

Key dates from the revolution to current day for a better understanding of the French political system. Political institutions of the Fifth Republic, the roles of the president of the republic, the government and parliament, the constitution, administrative functions at various levels of government from national to local and the present political situation.

French/Sociology 309 (3) | La Société Française/French Society 

This course is the same as Sociology 308 but taught in French.

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