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This program is designed to provide summer students who wish to study abroad in Caen with the necessary language tools for an immediate immersion into the French civilization and way of life and to enable them to gain a sufficient autonomy in a various range of communication situations. Students will take 45 hours of the French language (for 3 semester credits), and will then be required to select an afternoon cultural module for an additional 30 hours (for 2 semester credits). In total, students will earn 5 semester credits for this program.

Coursework is supplemented by cultural activities and excursions, which will take place on free afternoons and weekends to enhance the learning experience.

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

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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
  • Entry requirements: valid passport

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 5 credits per session (up to 10 total)

This program is designed to provide summer students who wish to study abroad in Caen with the necessary language tools for an immediate immersion into the French civilization and way of life and to enable them to gain a sufficient autonomy in a various range of communication situations. Students will take 45 hours of the French language (for 3 semester credits), and will then be required to select an afternoon cultural module for an additional 30 hours (for 2 semester credits). In total, students will earn 5 semester credits for this program.

Coursework is supplemented by cultural activities and excursions, which will take place on free afternoons and weekends to enhance the learning experience.

TRANSCRIPTS

API students will receive their transcript from the Carré International at the Université de Caen Basse-Normandie upon completion of their program.

Courses

COURSE OFFERINGS

Note: The modules listed on this page are examples of modules that have been offered in previous semesters.

  • Students are required to take a French language course.
  • They will then choose from among the culture courses on offer in either session 1 or 2. Some of these courses may carry an additional fee which varies per course.
  • Courses require a minimum enrollment to be offered. Contact your API Program Manager for further information.
  • Students can also choose an alternative, non-academic program of culture, sport, and leisure activities for 30 contact hours, available in either session.

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.

French Language

This program is designed to provide students with the necessary language tools of an immediate immersion into French civilization and way of life, and to enable them to gain a sufficient autonomy in a various range of communication situations.

Students have 15 hours of language training each week for 3 weeks for a total of 45 contact hours, or 3 U.S. semester credits. Students undergo 3 hours of language instruction every morning, Monday through Friday, focusing on the following:

Linguistic Training

  • Systematic work on oral and written communication situations
  • Reinforcement of grammatical structure
  • Vocabulary enrichment
  • Phonetic and prosodic work in language lab
  • Reinforcement of grammatical structure

This is supplemented by weekly afternoon sessions focusing on cultural topics (literature, history, and writing workshop). These afternoon sessions add up to a total of 30 contact hours, or 2 U.S. semester credits, bringing the total contact hours to 75 and the total program credits to 5 U.S. semester credits.

Cultural activities and excursions will take place on free afternoons and weekends to enhance the learning experience.

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Business & Management

This course is intended for students from various backgrounds who need to strengthen their team management skills in the context of new product development and international marketing strategy.

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Cinéma Français (French Cinema)

This course is an initiation journey through the history of French cinema. It offers chronological sequences to study its most significant aspects and discover the majors works and artists of each era. The course consists of 10 3-hour sequences including a film screening and the intervention of a movie processor. This module is open to students at the B1 level and up.

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Culture et Patrimoine (Culture and Heritage)

The objective of this course is to associate the development of language skills with the discovery of the local and regional cultural heritage. Topics are various and diverse: painting, architecture, literature, gastronomy, French and francophone songs. This module is open to students at all levels.

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La Bataille de Normadie (The Battle of Normandy)

Experience the events of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy! Students will participate in conferences, hear testimonials, and visit the D-Day landing sites.

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FFL Didactics

The track offers a general didactic training presenting the current principles and problems of FFL didactics. Trainees will explore different disciplinary fields from the didactic angle: grammar, phonology, literature. The track, primarily aiming at designing and analyzing didactical situations, will also address the contrastive dimension.

Paix et Droits de l’Homme (History II: Peace and Human Rights)

Through the lessons of tolerance and courage of our heroic elders, this module focuses on human rights and the efforts made to build policies and institutions able to prevent future conflicts and to preserve peace.

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*Normandie Équestre (Equestrian Normandy)

This course is intended to introduce the richness of the Norman equine sector in all its angles through site visits, meetings with professionals and for those who wish to, the practice of different equestrian disciplines. This module is open to students at all levels.

NOTE: This course carries an additional fee.

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French Language

This program is designed to provide students with the necessary language tools of an immediate immersion into French civilization and way of life, and to enable them to gain a sufficient autonomy in a various range of communication situations.

Students have 15 hours of language training each week for 3 weeks for a total of 45 contact hours, or 3 U.S. semester credits. Students undergo 3 hours of language instruction every morning, Monday through Friday, focusing on the following:

Linguistic Training

  • Systematic work on oral and written communication situations
  • Reinforcement of grammatical structure
  • Vocabulary enrichment
  • Phonetic and prosodic work in language lab
  • Reinforcement of grammatical structure

This is supplemented by weekly afternoon sessions focusing on cultural topics (literature, history, and writing workshop). These afternoon sessions add up to a total of 30 contact hours, or 2 U.S. semester credits, bringing the total contact hours to 75 and the total program credits to 5 U.S. semester credits.

Cultural activities and excursions will take place on free afternoons and weekends to enhance the learning experience.

View Syllabus

Business & Management

This course is intended for students from various backgrounds who need to strengthen their team management skills in the context of new product development and international marketing strategy.

View Syllabus

Cinéma Français (French Cinema)

This course is an initiation journey through the history of French cinema. It offers chronological sequences to study its most significant aspects and discover the majors works and artists of each era. The course consists of 10 3-hour sequences including a film screening and the intervention of a movie processor. This module is open to students at the B1 level and up.

View Syllabus

Culture et Patrimoine (Culture and Heritage)

The objective of this course is to associate the development of language skills with the discovery of the local and regional cultural heritage. Topics are various and diverse: painting, architecture, literature, gastronomy, French and francophone songs. This module is open to students at all levels.

View Syllabus

La Bataille de Normadie (The Battle of Normandy)

Experience the events of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy! Students will participate in conferences, hear testimonials, and visit the D-Day landing sites.

View Syllabus

FFL Didactics

The track offers a general didactic training presenting the current principles and problems of FFL didactics. Trainees will explore different disciplinary fields from the didactic angle: grammar, phonology, literature. The track, primarily aiming at designing and analyzing didactical situations, will also address the contrastive dimension.

French Language

This program is designed to provide students with the necessary language tools of an immediate immersion into French civilization and way of life, and to enable them to gain a sufficient autonomy in a various range of communication situations.

Students have 15 hours of language training each week for 3 weeks for a total of 45 contact hours, or 3 U.S. semester credits. Students undergo 3 hours of language instruction every morning, Monday through Friday, focusing on the following:

Linguistic Training

  • Systematic work on oral and written communication situations
  • Reinforcement of grammatical structure
  • Vocabulary enrichment
  • Phonetic and prosodic work in language lab
  • Reinforcement of grammatical structure

This is supplemented by weekly afternoon sessions focusing on cultural topics (literature, history, and writing workshop). These afternoon sessions add up to a total of 30 contact hours, or 2 U.S. semester credits, bringing the total contact hours to 75 and the total program credits to 5 U.S. semester credits.

Cultural activities and excursions will take place on free afternoons and weekends to enhance the learning experience.

View Syllabus

Business & Management

This course is intended for students from various backgrounds who need to strengthen their team management skills in the context of new product development and international marketing strategy.

View Syllabus

Culture et Patrimoine (Culture and Heritage)

The objective of this course is to associate the development of language skills with the discovery of the local and regional cultural heritage. Topics are various and diverse: painting, architecture, literature, gastronomy, French and francophone songs. This module is open to students at all levels.

View Syllabus

Paix et Droits de l’Homme (History II: Peace and Human Rights)

Through the lessons of tolerance and courage of our heroic elders, this module focuses on human rights and the efforts made to build policies and institutions able to prevent future conflicts and to preserve peace.

View Syllabus

*Normandie Équestre (Equestrian Normandy)

This course is intended to introduce the richness of the Norman equine sector in all its angles through site visits, meetings with professionals and for those who wish to, the practice of different equestrian disciplines. This module is open to students at all levels.

NOTE: This course carries an additional fee.

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

Faculty

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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

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Pays D'Auge

    The Pays d’Auge is a natural area of Normandy, classified Country of Arts and History and considered for its gastronomy of character (the cheese and the apple). It will take us one afternoon, to cross this typical landscape of Normandy without forgetting to visit a cheese factory and a cider-house, and taste their products!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Pays D'Auge

    The Pays d’Auge is a natural area of Normandy, classified Country of Arts and History and considered for its gastronomy of character (the cheese and the apple). It will take us one afternoon, to cross this typical landscape of Normandy without forgetting to visit a cheese factory and a cider-house, and taste their products!

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
Summer 1 Jun 1, 2019 - Jun 27, 2019 $5,180 Apr 1, 2019 Apr 30, 2019
Summer 2 Jun 25, 2019 - Jul 20, 2019 $5,180 Apr 1, 2019 Apr 30, 2019
Summer 1 and 3 Combined Jun 1, 0219 - Jul 20, 2019 $8,680 Apr 1, 2019 Apr 30, 2019