Study abroad in French
We encourage you to study French overseas as part of your BA, and you can do this in a number of ways.
Interested in advancing your French and learning more about the culture? Take a Study Abroad course and make it a reality.
You can go on the one-month CAVILAM/CPEDERF course in metropolitan France or choose your own school from the list of suitable overseas institutes.
Read feedback: Previous students
- To be eligible for FRENCH 277, you must have a minimum B+ grade in FRENCH 102.
- To take FRENCH 278, you must have a minimum B grade in FRENCH 203.
- To be eligible for FRENCH 377, you must have a minimum B grade in FRENCH 204 or any Stage II non-language course taught and assessed in French.
- To take FRENCH 378, you must have a minimum B grade in FRENCH 304 or any Stage III non-language course taught and assessed in French.
Recommended language and culture courses
- We are delighted to recommend the one-month CAVILAM/CPEDERF course in Metropolitan France. This annual 28-day language and culture course has been held in France for almost 30 years to the delight of students of French from universities around NZ and Australia. See Language Study Abroad - French in ViaTRM for details.
- University of New Caledonia French Summer School. This is part of 360 International short-term opportunities, i.e. an exchange programme. However, due to the intensive curriculum and a limited number of places, the applications are assessed and approved by the Study Abroad Adviser in French. See Exchange – University of New Caledonia French Summer School in ViaTRM for details. Note: This is an exchange programme, which means you need to follow the steps for 360 International. Availability to be confirmed for 2020.
Your proposed courses in overseas institutes
After you've done your research on suitable institutes and read the feedback, please attach the following documents to your ViaTRM application for approval. Make an appointment with the Study Abroad Advisor for further discussions and questions.
- Up-to-date course details (including course planner and assessment details, textbook references and/or course materials, total contact hours and course duration): the proposed overseas course must satisfy requirements of:
- DELF B1 level or equivalent for FRENCH 277
- DELF B1+ level or equivalent for FRENCH 278
- DELF B2 level or equivalent for FRENCH 377
- DELF B2+ level or equivalent for FRENCH 378
- Credit will not be given to courses other than that approved by the Study Abroad Adviser.
- An up-to-date copy of your Academic Transcript.
Duration of course
A minimum of 60 hours of taught classes is required for credit. The number of weeks that the course runs may vary from institution to institution but is usually around three to four weeks. Proof of the course duration must be supplied (see above).
DELF-DALF or TEF exam for French students
If the institution offers this possibility, you are strongly advised to prepare and sit the following or equivalent at the conclusion of the course:
- DELF B1 or equivalent for FRENCH 277
- DELF B1+ or equivalent for FRENCH 278
- DELF B2 or equivalent for FRENCH 377
- DELF B2+ or equivalent for FRENCH 378
Documentation required on return to be uploaded on the Canvas course
- Proof of attendance.
- Name of the book used, or all course materials if no book was used.
- All marked assignments and tests, if available.
- Official end of course certificate from the host institution with a minimum overall grade of:
- 10/20 in DELF B1 level for FRENCH 277.
- 15/20 in DELF B1 level for FRENCH 278.
- 10/20 in DELF B2 level for FRENCH 377.
- 15/20 in DELF B2 level for FRENCH 378.
- Essay in French
- Recommendation in English
Essay in French
Together with the dossier of course work completed overseas, you must submit a written assignment in French, outlining your study and life experience overseas or on a topic agreed in advance with the Study Abroad Adviser. This work will be assessed (on the basis of content and linguistic quality) as part of the final grade.
- 300-400 words for FRENCH 277
- 500-600 words for FRENCH 278
- 700-800 words for FRENCH 377
- 900-1,000 words for FRENCH 378
Recommendation in English
Returning students are requested to provide a recommendation in English for the French Study Abroad folder. This report will not be a confidential document as it is intended to act as a guide to future students in their choice of courses.
Please comment on such matters as:
- Overall quality of the course
- Appropriateness of the level
- Quality of the teaching
- Usefulness and interest value of the course materials
- Other relevant aspects e.g. organised excursions
Eligibility to undertake two study abroad courses
Please see the Study Abroad Adviser. In all cases students will be required to sit and pass the appropriate level of DELF/DALF in addition to other course requirements.
Immediately on return
Submit any documentation which has not been or cannot be uploaded in Canvas for a grade to be assigned. You must return those documentation to the Study Abroad Adviser by the end of study break and exams or you run the risk of not having your course credited.