Intensive French Study in Dijon, France


This summer, spend five weeks you'll remember for a lifetime with Miami University's Intensive French Study in Dijon Summer Workshop. Offered by the Department of French and Italian, this highly successful program gives students the opportunity to immerse themselves totally in the French experience while working in small seminars with an emphasis on discussion and participation. Students take 6 or 9 credit hours of classes. Weekly excursions are tied to classroom studies and are part of your credit hours.

This year's program is scheduled to run June 2 through July 4, 2014.

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Watch a video created by Guido Verelst that depicts student life in Dijon. Click here to download a free version of QuickTime in order to view this video.



Possessing a rich artistic and culinary tradition, Dijon is a beautiful small city located among rolling vineyards in the historic heart of Burgundy, just an hour and a half from Paris and two and a half hours from Geneva, Switzerland. The city offers a wonderful variety of cultural activities including cinemas, concerts, plays, art exhibits in the setting of a smaller city that students come to know well during their five-week stay. Participants live in dormitories alongside French university students, and take classes on the campus of the Université de Bourgogne, Dijon. Students have access to University's facilities including computer rooms with high speed internet access. Campus is a 15 minute walk from the city center.



Any student who has completed FRE 301 or its equivalent by Summer 2014 is eligible for admission, depending on space available. In special cases, students who have completed FRE 202, have strong French skills and motivation to do intensive upper level work are also welcome to apply. All students applying for study abroad must have a minimum GPA of 2.0.



For the same tuition costs as summer study at Miami University's Oxford campus, you can fulfill half the course requirements for a minor in French, or nearly one third of the course requirements for the French major. It also fulfills the MP III Global Perspectives requirement.

Our intensive program offers students the opportunity to hone their French language skills and learn about French culture in a total immersion setting. Students take nine hours of course work, all of which are conducted in French. This summer's offerings are:

  • FRE 341.W-French Conversation & Current Events
    A conversation class designed to hone students' skills in French (oral, listening and reading comprehension, and written) through immersion in French culture and life in Dijon. 
  • FRE 411.W/511.W (MPT)-French Civilization
    A seminar that focuses on a variety of topics within the larger framework of French civilization, including art, literature, film and history. There is a special emphasis on Dijon and Burgundy. 
  • FRE 499.W/599.W-Art & Architecture of France
    A seminar on French art and architecture with an emphasis on the art of Burgundy and the surrounding regions. 

All classes marked .W are a new class, i.e., you can take 411 in Oxford and 411.w in Dijon

Click here to take you to a fantastic FRE 499 website project during the 2011 Dijon Workshop led by Prof. Ravalico.



Courses are taught by professors from Miami, Université of Bourgogne, and other selected institutions. Faculty have included film makers, authors, and other artists. Among our visiting faculty have been Renaud Camus (novelist), Alain Finkelkraut (philosopher), Adrien Goetz (novelist and art historian, Paris-IV), Eric de Chassey (art historian, Université de Tours), Maurie Samuels (specialist in nineteenth-century French literature, Yale University), Natasha Lee (specialist in eighteenth-century French literature, Princeton University), Ethan Spigland (film maker, New York University), and Guido Verelst (independent filmmaker, Antwerp, Belgium).



Tuition costs include weekly excursions to sites of cultural and artistic significance in the Burgundy and Champagne areas. Faculty lead the trips and offer detailed commentary. Specifics vary from year to year, but normally include visits to Romanesque churches in Tournus, Vézelay, Cluny, Fontenay. Other destinations include local vineyards, chateaux, and wine cellars in Beaune. Students travel by train or in comfortable tourist coaches and take their meals picnic-style in the countryside.


Tuition and Fees

The costs of the Dijon Summer Workshop are: (1) tuition, (2) C.E. administrative fee ($125; non-refundable), (3) lodging + activities fee (expected; $1,250) and (4) personal expenses (see "Other expenses" below). Tuition is fully refundable if you officially withdraw from the program before 4pm on May 23, 2014.

The 2014 undergraduate fees (Oxford campus):

9 credit hours =  $4,725.90 (Ohio residents)
                        $7,739.55 (Out-of-state residents)

Full tuition, the Continuing Education fee ($125), and the lodging and activities fee (expected: $1,250), are due by March 14, 2014

Please note that once paid, the lodging and activities fee (#3 above) is non-refundable, even if you withdraw from the program or do not participate in it. This is due to financial commitments made by the program for you.


Other Expenses

Students should plan roughly $2000 in personal expenses, including:

  • Air travel to France ($1,000 approx.)
  • Ground transportation ($150 approx.)
  • Food ($20/day = $700 approx.)
  • Books and required medical insurance ($150 approx.)



  • Lifelong Learning Workshop Scholarship Application: any matriculated Miami student (undergraduate or graduate) with a 2.5 GPA or higher is eligible to apply. See the website (under construction) for further details and instructions for 2014.
  • Advising on scholarships: Office of International Education, Richard Menard
  • The departmental L. P. Irvin Award for Study Abroad is awarded to an undergraduate French major to provide financial assistance to attend the Intensive French Study in Dijon, France summer workshop. If you would like to apply for this scholarship, contact the workshop Director, Mark McKinney.



Travel agencies and internet travel services (statravel, kayak, hipmunk, etc) have information on special fares. In France, the France rail service offers discounts on student train fares (20-80% off regular price: SNCF; TGV). Students may explore Europe on their own or in groups before or after the program. Since classes and excursions are Monday through Friday, students often take short personal weekend trips to nearby cities, such as Geneva, Lyons, Paris, and Strasbourg.



Students have access to the system of French university restaurants where their meals are partially subsidized by the French government. At the restaurants universitaires, you will take your meals with French students and can expect to pay $12 a day for food. There are also limited cooking facilities in the dormitories. Dijon boasts one of the richest gastronomical traditions in the world and a broad range of restaurants, many of which are priced for student budgets.


Application Procedure

Students may apply any time after November 1, 2013. The application deadline is January 31, 2014.

Qualified applicants are accepted on a first-come-first served basis. Notification of acceptance status will be made within two weeks. The workshop is usually limited to twenty-five students. 

You will need to write a short essay (200-250 words) in French, without outside help or consultation. Explain why you are interested in the program, what you hope to gain from study abroad, and how this program relates to your overall academic program.

Include a non-refundable deposit of $100.00 with your application. If you are accepted, the deposit will be applied toward the total fee.

Please request a letter of recommendation from one of your current French instructors. The letter must evaluate your linguistic capacities with respect to your successful participation in the program.

You will also need to send a transcript of grades to date. Miami University students may submit a free unofficial copy of their transcript by logging into myMiami; select the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) link under ‘N’ in Quick Links. At the NSC Student Clearinghouse Self-Service site select ‘Order or track a transcript’.

Apply on-line through the Lifelong Learning Studio Abroad website.


Contact Information

For more information and/or questions, please contact:

Dr. Mark McKinney
Dept. of French & Italian
207 Irvin Hall
Phone: 513-529-7508

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