The department of French and French Studies’ mission is to examine the language, literature, history, culture, and society of France and of other Francophone countries.

The department of French and French Studies takes great pleasure in announcing the latest edition of its 25-year longstanding program. Four years ago, the program was in the South of France and in Morocco. Two years ago, the program was in Cannes during the International Cannes Film Festival and in Corsica.

In the summer of 2014, the program will be in Papeete, capital of French Polynesia, and in the Marquesas Islands. Students will live with a carefully selected French family in Papeete from May 24 to June 20. This arrangement will have a major impact on the linguistic, cultural, and intellectual quality of the experience in French Polynesia. Students will take classes in the morning (the program offers two full-course credits, French 320: Advanced Language Abroad, and French 321: Studies in the Culture and Literature Abroad), and will participate in cultural activi-ties in the afternoon (five extra curricular activities per week such as exploration of the island, Tahitian dancing, swimming with dolphins, Polynesian weaving, vanilla plantation, Moorea over-night stay, swimming with rays and sharks, Polynesian music and singing workshop, Polynesian pirogue, all-road excursion, folk art museums, etc.) as well as during the weekends.

The program will end in Hiva Oa, final home of French painter Paul Gauguin, where students will stay for one week during which they will discover the historical and cultural heritage of the Marquesas Islands. The program will end on the June 24, 2014. For more details and cost of this all-inclusive program, contact Professor Aymeric Glacet via email ( or phone 931.598.1524.