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This program is designed to help students who wish to study abroad in Caen improve their written and spoken French (via grammar, vocabulary and language activities), as well as increase the students’ knowledge of various areas of French culture and civilization. All students will take courses at the Departement Formations en Langues (DFL) at the Université de Caen, Basse-Normandie that specializes in French language instruction. All classes at the DFL are taught in French. Level of French study is based on a placement exam administered before classes begin by the DFL.

What's Included?

Highlights

Pre Departure Services

Advising

@api Online System

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Scholarships

On Site Services

Airport Reception

On-Site Orientation

Resident Director

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Excursions (overnight, day)

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Monthly Transit Pass

Housing (including meals and laundry with some options)

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

Transcript

Alumni Network and Global Leadership Academy

View all opportunities and amenities

Application Requirements

  • 2.5 G.P.A.
  • Open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors
  • Open to all levels of French speakers
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript
  • Program of study statement
  • Entry requirements: valid passport with student visa

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 12-15 credits per semester

This program is designed to help students who wish to study abroad in Caen improve their written and spoken French (via grammar, vocabulary and language activities), as well as increase the students’ knowledge of various areas of French culture and civilization. All students will take courses at the Departement Formations en Langues (DFL) at the Université de Caen, Basse-Normandie that specializes in French language instruction. All classes at the DFL are taught in French. Level of French study is based on a placement exam administered before classes begin by the DFL.

TRANSCRIPTS

API students will receive their transcript from the Departement Formations en Langues at the Université de Caen Basse-Normandie upon completion of their program.

Staff & Coordinators

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    Caroline Lemenager

    Caroline Lemenager will be your Resident Director and a resource for you on-site.

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    Rebecca Cott

    Rebecca Cott will be your Program Manager and prepare you to go abroad!

    Email - rebecca.cott@apiabroad.com

COURSE OFFERINGS

This Program offers French language instruction at all levels, as well as French culture, linguistics and literature instruction at the intermediate and advanced levels. Students will typically receive a maximum of 12-15 semester credit hours for this program.

Below is a list of courses that will be offered during the term at each level. Please check with your university prior to the program start date to see how credit will transfer. API has included the European Framework language level designations below to help students estimate which level they might place into and to be aware of the levels that can appear on their transcript. Note that the C2 level is generally not offered in the fall, and availability varies in the spring. If you are a C2 level student, please contact API.

CREDIT INFORMATION

Most API partner universities in France operate on the contact hour system, wherein the number of credits earned depends on the time spent in class. To determine the conversion of contact hours to U.S. credits, divide the contact hours available by 15.

Low Beginner

  • Communication orale et écrite – Oral and Written Communication
  • Grammaire (observation réfléchie de la langue) – Grammar (Thoughtful Observation of Language)
  • Maîtrise du système phonologique – Control of the Phonological System
  • Société et culture françaises – French Society and Culture

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: A1  

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High Beginner/Low Intermediate

  • Communication orale et écrite – Oral and Written Communication
  • Grammaire (observation réfléchie de la langue) – Grammar (Thoughtful Observation of Language)
  • Maîtrise du système phonologique – Control of the Phonological System
  • Société et culture françaises – French Society and Culture

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: A2  

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High Intermediate/Low Advanced

  • Communication orale et écrite – Oral and Written Communication
  • Grammaire – Grammar
  • Phonétique – Phonetics
  • Littérature – Literature
  • Géographie et institutions – Geography and Institutions
  • Gastronomie et patrimoine – Gastronomy and Heritage
  • Project coopératif – Cooperative Project

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

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Low Advanced

  • Communication orale et écrite – Oral and Written Communication
  • Grammaire – Grammar
  • Phonétique – Phonetics
  • Littérature – Literature
  • Société et pouvoir – Society and Institutions
  • Simulation globale – Global Simulation
  • Atelier d’écriture – Writing Workshop

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1+  

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Advanced

  • Maîtrise des discours – Discourse Control
  • Observation réfléchie de la langue – Thoughtful Observation of Language
  • Itinéraire intercultural – Cross-cultural Itinerary
  • Littérature / culture – Literature / Culture

And ONE of the below 2 modules

  • Langue et culture (Analyse des textes littéraires, Arts, Médias, Projet culturel) – Language and Culture (Analysis of Literary Texts, Arts, Media, Cultural Project)

OR

  • Français sur objectifs universitaires (Epistémologie, Analyse des discours universitaires, Projet disciplinaire) – French for University Purposes (Epistemology, Analysis of Academic Discourse, Disciplinary Project)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B2  

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High Advanced/Superior

  • Maîtrise des discours – Speech Control
  • Linguistique énonciative – Enunciative Linguistics
  • Rhétorique et argumentation – Rhetoric and Argumentation
  • Itinéraire intercultural – Cross-cultural Itinerary
  • Littérature / culture – Literature / Culture

And ONE of the below 2 modules

  • Langue et culture (Littérature / Histoire littéraire, Philosophie, Sociolinguistique, Projet culturel) – Language and Culture (Literature / History of Literature, Philosophy, Sociolinguistics, Cultural Project)

OR

  • Français sur objectifs universitaires (Epistémologie, Analyse des discours universitaires, Dossier disciplinaire) – French for University Purposes (Epistemology, Analysis of Academic Discourse, Disciplinary Project)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: C1  

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Low Beginner

  • Communication orale et écrite – Oral and Written Communication
  • Grammaire (observation réfléchie de la langue) – Grammar (Thoughtful Observation of Language)
  • Maîtrise du système phonologique – Control of the Phonological System
  • Société et culture françaises – French Society and Culture

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: A1  

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High Beginner/Low Intermediate

  • Communication orale et écrite – Oral and Written Communication
  • Grammaire (observation réfléchie de la langue) – Grammar (Thoughtful Observation of Language)
  • Maîtrise du système phonologique – Control of the Phonological System
  • Société et culture françaises – French Society and Culture

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: A2  

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High Intermediate/Low Advanced

  • Communication orale et écrite – Oral and Written Communication
  • Grammaire – Grammar
  • Phonétique – Phonetics
  • Littérature – Literature
  • Géographie et institutions – Geography and Institutions
  • Gastronomie et patrimoine – Gastronomy and Heritage
  • Project coopératif – Cooperative Project

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

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Low Advanced

  • Communication orale et écrite – Oral and Written Communication
  • Grammaire – Grammar
  • Phonétique – Phonetics
  • Littérature – Literature
  • Société et pouvoir – Society and Institutions
  • Simulation globale – Global Simulation
  • Atelier d’écriture – Writing Workshop

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1+  

View Syllabus   

Advanced

  • Maîtrise des discours – Discourse Control
  • Observation réfléchie de la langue – Thoughtful Observation of Language
  • Itinéraire intercultural – Cross-cultural Itinerary
  • Littérature / culture – Literature / Culture

And ONE of the below 2 modules

  • Langue et culture (Analyse des textes littéraires, Arts, Médias, Projet culturel) – Language and Culture (Analysis of Literary Texts, Arts, Media, Cultural Project)

OR

  • Français sur objectifs universitaires (Epistémologie, Analyse des discours universitaires, Projet disciplinaire) – French for University Purposes (Epistemology, Analysis of Academic Discourse, Disciplinary Project)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B2  

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High Advanced/Superior

  • Maîtrise des discours – Speech Control
  • Linguistique énonciative – Enunciative Linguistics
  • Rhétorique et argumentation – Rhetoric and Argumentation
  • Itinéraire intercultural – Cross-cultural Itinerary
  • Littérature / culture – Literature / Culture

And ONE of the below 2 modules

  • Langue et culture (Littérature / Histoire littéraire, Philosophie, Sociolinguistique, Projet culturel) – Language and Culture (Literature / History of Literature, Philosophy, Sociolinguistics, Cultural Project)

OR

  • Français sur objectifs universitaires (Epistémologie, Analyse des discours universitaires, Dossier disciplinaire) – French for University Purposes (Epistemology, Analysis of Academic Discourse, Disciplinary Project)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: C1  

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Low Beginner

  • Communication orale et écrite – Oral and Written Communication
  • Grammaire (observation réfléchie de la langue) – Grammar (Thoughtful Observation of Language)
  • Maîtrise du système phonologique – Control of the Phonological System
  • Société et culture françaises – French Society and Culture

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: A1  

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High Beginner/Low Intermediate

  • Communication orale et écrite – Oral and Written Communication
  • Grammaire (observation réfléchie de la langue) – Grammar (Thoughtful Observation of Language)
  • Maîtrise du système phonologique – Control of the Phonological System
  • Société et culture françaises – French Society and Culture

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: A2  

View Syllabus   

High Intermediate/Low Advanced

  • Communication orale et écrite – Oral and Written Communication
  • Grammaire – Grammar
  • Phonétique – Phonetics
  • Littérature – Literature
  • Géographie et institutions – Geography and Institutions
  • Gastronomie et patrimoine – Gastronomy and Heritage
  • Project coopératif – Cooperative Project

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

View Syllabus   

Low Advanced

  • Communication orale et écrite – Oral and Written Communication
  • Grammaire – Grammar
  • Phonétique – Phonetics
  • Littérature – Literature
  • Société et pouvoir – Society and Institutions
  • Simulation globale – Global Simulation
  • Atelier d’écriture – Writing Workshop

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1+  

View Syllabus   

Advanced

  • Maîtrise des discours – Discourse Control
  • Observation réfléchie de la langue – Thoughtful Observation of Language
  • Itinéraire intercultural – Cross-cultural Itinerary
  • Littérature / culture – Literature / Culture

And ONE of the below 2 modules

  • Langue et culture (Analyse des textes littéraires, Arts, Médias, Projet culturel) – Language and Culture (Analysis of Literary Texts, Arts, Media, Cultural Project)

OR

  • Français sur objectifs universitaires (Epistémologie, Analyse des discours universitaires, Projet disciplinaire) – French for University Purposes (Epistemology, Analysis of Academic Discourse, Disciplinary Project)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B2  

View Syllabus   

High Advanced/Superior

  • Maîtrise des discours – Speech Control
  • Linguistique énonciative – Enunciative Linguistics
  • Rhétorique et argumentation – Rhetoric and Argumentation
  • Itinéraire intercultural – Cross-cultural Itinerary
  • Littérature / culture – Literature / Culture

And ONE of the below 2 modules

  • Langue et culture (Littérature / Histoire littéraire, Philosophie, Sociolinguistique, Projet culturel) – Language and Culture (Literature / History of Literature, Philosophy, Sociolinguistics, Cultural Project)

OR

  • Français sur objectifs universitaires (Epistémologie, Analyse des discours universitaires, Dossier disciplinaire) – French for University Purposes (Epistemology, Analysis of Academic Discourse, Disciplinary Project)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: C1  

View Syllabus   

Low Beginner

  • Communication orale et écrite – Oral and Written Communication
  • Grammaire (observation réfléchie de la langue) – Grammar (Thoughtful Observation of Language)
  • Maîtrise du système phonologique – Control of the Phonological System
  • Société et culture françaises – French Society and Culture

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: A1  

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High Beginner/Low Intermediate

  • Communication orale et écrite – Oral and Written Communication
  • Grammaire (observation réfléchie de la langue) – Grammar (Thoughtful Observation of Language)
  • Maîtrise du système phonologique – Control of the Phonological System
  • Société et culture françaises – French Society and Culture

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: A2  

View Syllabus   

High Intermediate/Low Advanced

  • Communication orale et écrite – Oral and Written Communication
  • Grammaire – Grammar
  • Phonétique – Phonetics
  • Littérature – Literature
  • Géographie et institutions – Geography and Institutions
  • Gastronomie et patrimoine – Gastronomy and Heritage
  • Project coopératif – Cooperative Project

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

View Syllabus   

Low Advanced

  • Communication orale et écrite – Oral and Written Communication
  • Grammaire – Grammar
  • Phonétique – Phonetics
  • Littérature – Literature
  • Société et pouvoir – Society and Institutions
  • Simulation globale – Global Simulation
  • Atelier d’écriture – Writing Workshop

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1+  

View Syllabus   

Advanced

  • Maîtrise des discours – Discourse Control
  • Observation réfléchie de la langue – Thoughtful Observation of Language
  • Itinéraire intercultural – Cross-cultural Itinerary
  • Littérature / culture – Literature / Culture

And ONE of the below 2 modules

  • Langue et culture (Analyse des textes littéraires, Arts, Médias, Projet culturel) – Language and Culture (Analysis of Literary Texts, Arts, Media, Cultural Project)

OR

  • Français sur objectifs universitaires (Epistémologie, Analyse des discours universitaires, Projet disciplinaire) – French for University Purposes (Epistemology, Analysis of Academic Discourse, Disciplinary Project)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B2  

View Syllabus   

High Advanced/Superior

  • Maîtrise des discours – Speech Control
  • Linguistique énonciative – Enunciative Linguistics
  • Rhétorique et argumentation – Rhetoric and Argumentation
  • Itinéraire intercultural – Cross-cultural Itinerary
  • Littérature / culture – Literature / Culture

And ONE of the below 2 modules

  • Langue et culture (Littérature / Histoire littéraire, Philosophie, Sociolinguistique, Projet culturel) – Language and Culture (Literature / History of Literature, Philosophy, Sociolinguistics, Cultural Project)

OR

  • Français sur objectifs universitaires (Epistémologie, Analyse des discours universitaires, Dossier disciplinaire) – French for University Purposes (Epistemology, Analysis of Academic Discourse, Disciplinary Project)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: C1  

View Syllabus   

Highlights
  • Classes taught in French
  • Prime location for history buffs!

API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Caen programs. All excursions are subject to change.

  • Etretat & Honfleur

    Etretat offers exceptional nature views, including its breath-taking cliffs. Formerly known as a fishing village, Etretat evolved into a place of inspiration for artists and writers from around the area.

    Honfluer is still known as a fishing port to this day but has preserved its artistic heritage in its picturesque streets, traditional buildings, museums, churches, and monuments. Among other local treasures, students will visit a 15th-century wooden church and an old salt storehouse.

  • Landing Beaches & Bayeux

    Students will explore the WWII landing area at Omaha Beach where so many soldiers lost their lives in the invasion to liberate Europe from the Nazis. Students will also visit Bayeux, a medieval town with cobblestone streets. This city is well-known for its cathedral and its world-famous Bayeux Tapestry, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Mont Saint-Michel & Saint Malo

    Mont Saint-Michel is perched on a 264-foot-high rock and is surrounded by water during the year’s highest tides and by desolate sand flats the rest of the time. Mont Saint Michel is part of the UNESCO world patrimony for its unique geographic location (an island in a bay) and for its marvelous abbey going from Romanesque to Flamboyant Gothic style. Students on this excursion will also visit the 17th-century walls of Saint-Malo, which is considered by many to be the most attractive channel port in France with its cobbled streets that are brimming with hotels, restaurants, bars, and shops.
  • Paris

    One of the most intriguing cities in the world, Paris is brimming with amazing museums, architecture, fashion, and beauty. Innumerable monuments built to reflect the glory of France and its rulers stand testament to the city’s rich history.

  • Versailles

    Versailles is known for being the grandest chateau in France. One-time political capital and seat of the royal court of France, Versailles exudes wealth, grandeur, and excess that served as one of the provocations of the French Revolution of 1789. Today you can wander the vast gardens, visit the Appartaments built by King Louis XIV, the Grand and Petit Trianons, the Hameau de la Reine Marie Antoinette, or just sit in front of one of the many splendid fountains.
  • Burgundy

    Burgundy is one of France’s most famous wine-producing regions. Students on this excursion will have the chance to visit the renowned city and ancient capital of the region – Dijon – known overseas for its famous mustard, as well as Beaune. Beaune is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in the district, also known the world over for its wine auctions.
  • Loire Valley

    Visiting the Loire Valley palaces is like visiting 16th century Renaissance France when fortified medieval fortresses were transformed into delicate castles inspired by Italian architecture. Such is the case of le Château d’Amboise where Leonardo da Vinci was buried.

    The Château de Chenonceau is an exceptional site not only because of its original design, the richness of its collections, its furniture and its decorations, but also because of its destiny, since it was loved, administrated and protected by women.

    Depending on the program, the students may also enjoy an ultimate experience: a traditional boat ride on the Loire river. Also, depending on the program, the students can experience the splendor of Chambord’s castle and its exceptional architectural creation that draws its inspiration from the French tradition as much as from the new ideas of the Italian Renaissance.

  • Landing Beaches & Bayeux

    Students will explore the WWII landing area at Omaha Beach where so many soldiers lost their lives in the invasion to liberate Europe from the Nazis. Students will also visit Bayeux, a medieval town with cobblestone streets. This city is well-known for its cathedral and its world-famous Bayeux Tapestry, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Mont Saint-Michel & Saint Malo

    Mont Saint-Michel is perched on a 264-foot-high rock and is surrounded by water during the year’s highest tides and by desolate sand flats the rest of the time. Mont Saint Michel is part of the UNESCO world patrimony for its unique geographic location (an island in a bay) and for its marvelous abbey going from Romanesque to Flamboyant Gothic style. Students on this excursion will also visit the 17th-century walls of Saint-Malo, which is considered by many to be the most attractive channel port in France with its cobbled streets that are brimming with hotels, restaurants, bars, and shops.
  • Paris

    One of the most intriguing cities in the world, Paris is brimming with amazing museums, architecture, fashion, and beauty. Innumerable monuments built to reflect the glory of France and its rulers stand testament to the city’s rich history.

  • Loire Valley

    Visiting the Loire Valley palaces is like visiting 16th century Renaissance France when fortified medieval fortresses were transformed into delicate castles inspired by Italian architecture. Such is the case of le Château d’Amboise where Leonardo da Vinci was buried.

    The Château de Chenonceau is an exceptional site not only because of its original design, the richness of its collections, its furniture and its decorations, but also because of its destiny, since it was loved, administrated and protected by women.

    Depending on the program, the students may also enjoy an ultimate experience: a traditional boat ride on the Loire river. Also, depending on the program, the students can experience the splendor of Chambord’s castle and its exceptional architectural creation that draws its inspiration from the French tradition as much as from the new ideas of the Italian Renaissance.

  • Etretat & Honfleur

    Etretat offers exceptional nature views, including its breath-taking cliffs. Formerly known as a fishing village, Etretat evolved into a place of inspiration for artists and writers from around the area.

    Honfluer is still known as a fishing port to this day but has preserved its artistic heritage in its picturesque streets, traditional buildings, museums, churches, and monuments. Among other local treasures, students will visit a 15th-century wooden church and an old salt storehouse.

  • Landing Beaches & Bayeux

    Students will explore the WWII landing area at Omaha Beach where so many soldiers lost their lives in the invasion to liberate Europe from the Nazis. Students will also visit Bayeux, a medieval town with cobblestone streets. This city is well-known for its cathedral and its world-famous Bayeux Tapestry, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Mont Saint-Michel & Saint Malo

    Mont Saint-Michel is perched on a 264-foot-high rock and is surrounded by water during the year’s highest tides and by desolate sand flats the rest of the time. Mont Saint Michel is part of the UNESCO world patrimony for its unique geographic location (an island in a bay) and for its marvelous abbey going from Romanesque to Flamboyant Gothic style. Students on this excursion will also visit the 17th-century walls of Saint-Malo, which is considered by many to be the most attractive channel port in France with its cobbled streets that are brimming with hotels, restaurants, bars, and shops.
  • Paris

    One of the most intriguing cities in the world, Paris is brimming with amazing museums, architecture, fashion, and beauty. Innumerable monuments built to reflect the glory of France and its rulers stand testament to the city’s rich history.

  • Loire Valley

    Visiting the Loire Valley palaces is like visiting 16th century Renaissance France when fortified medieval fortresses were transformed into delicate castles inspired by Italian architecture. Such is the case of le Château d’Amboise where Leonardo da Vinci was buried.

    The Château de Chenonceau is an exceptional site not only because of its original design, the richness of its collections, its furniture and its decorations, but also because of its destiny, since it was loved, administrated and protected by women.

    Depending on the program, the students may also enjoy an ultimate experience: a traditional boat ride on the Loire river. Also, depending on the program, the students can experience the splendor of Chambord’s castle and its exceptional architectural creation that draws its inspiration from the French tradition as much as from the new ideas of the Italian Renaissance.

  • Versailles

    Versailles is known for being the grandest chateau in France. One-time political capital and seat of the royal court of France, Versailles exudes wealth, grandeur, and excess that served as one of the provocations of the French Revolution of 1789. Today you can wander the vast gardens, visit the Appartaments built by King Louis XIV, the Grand and Petit Trianons, the Hameau de la Reine Marie Antoinette, or just sit in front of one of the many splendid fountains.
  • Burgundy

    Burgundy is one of France’s most famous wine-producing regions. Students on this excursion will have the chance to visit the renowned city and ancient capital of the region – Dijon – known overseas for its famous mustard, as well as Beaune. Beaune is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in the district, also known the world over for its wine auctions.

Students have the option to live in a university residence hall or with a host family. The host family option allows students to fully participate in the daily life of a French family, to actively practice the French language and to live “à la française.” Breakfast and dinner are provided Monday through Friday by the host family. Housing for the period between the fall and spring terms for students living with a host family is not included in the program price.

API students who choose to live in campus accommodations are housed in mixed residences and floors, on and off the main campus, with direct access via the tram. Each private room has its own bathroom, with common kitchen areas shared on each floor. API provides students in the university housing with a meal stipend (generally good for 5-8 meals per week) to be used at the university cafeteria. Housing for the period between the fall and spring terms for students living in a dorm is included in the program price.

All students will be provided with a monthly transportation pass.

Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Fall Aug 29, 2019 - Dec 21, 2019 $11,980 Jun 10, 2019 Jul 1, 2019
Academic Year Aug 29, 2019 - May 16, 2020 $22,600 Jun 10, 2019 Jul 1, 2019
Spring Jan 9, 2020 - May 16, 2020 $11,980 Oct 15, 2019 Nov 1, 2019
Spring Jan 13, 2019 - May 11, 2019 $11,980 Oct 15, 2018 Nov 1, 2018