Intensive French Language & Culture

Lille and Paris, France - Université Catholique de Lille


May 30 - July 15, 2014

About the Location

Lille and Paris, France. Students take courses at the Université Catholique de Lille, and instruction is coordinated and overseen by the Villanova faculty member in residence.

Lille: Capital of le Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Lille is a city of approximately 220,000 people in a metropolitan area of 1.1 million with 36% of its population below 25 years old. With its numerous cultural activities, low cost of living, large weekly open-air markets, and a highly effective public transportation system, Lille regularly ranks as one of the most desirable cities in which to live and work in France. It is just one hour north of Paris by TGV.

Université Catholique de Lille: Celebrating over 130 years of academic excellence
Université Catholique de Lille, a private not for profit university was founded in 1875. The university hosts a population of 25,500 full-time students and offers a comprehensive education with 40 graduate and 120 undergraduate programs.


This six-credit program provides participants with a unique opportunity to increase their knowledge and understanding of French language and culture. The program is divided into two distinct components: intensive coursework emphasizing language and civilization at all levels, as well as literature, writing, and French culture; and cultural analysis highlighting the French way of life from both socio-cultural and linguistic perspectives. Additionally, students who have completed FRE 1131 may choose to register for a course in Business French.

Course Offerings

Students are required to take two three-credit courses for a total of six VU credits. These courses should follow the sequence of French courses offered at Villanova.

Students are not allowed to repeat courses which they have already taken at Villanova University. Special attention should be made when choosing courses. Please speak with the FPC if any questions arise regarding course selection.

VSB International Business co-majors may use FRE 1121 or FRE 1122 towards the IB-language requirement; if they have completed 1131 before departure, students can take 1134, which is specifically geared towards Business students.

REMINDER: Courses above the 1122 level count toward a minor or major in French at Villanova.

FRE 1121 - Intermediate French I
Designed for students who already have a basic knowledge of the language (one year of college French) and wish to improve all four language skills. Students should have completed FRE 1111 and 1112 or the equivalent.

FRE 1122 - Intermediate French II
Continuation of FRE 1122: Review of grammar, composition, reading and conversation. Students should have completed FRE 1121 or the equivalent.

FRE 1131 - French Conversation/Composition I
Regular practice in conversation and composition with review of grammar and continuing work on language skills in French. Students should have completed FRE 1122 or the equivalent.  

FRE 1132 - French Conversation/Composition II
Regular practice in conversation and composition with review of grammar and continuing work on language skills in French.  Students should have completed FRE 1131 or the equivalent.

FRE 1134: Business French
An introduction to French business terminology and discourse related to economics, finance, and management. Students should have completed FRE 1131 or the equivalent.

*New for 2014 - FRE 1138: Advanced Grammar
Intensive practice of spoken and written French.
Prerequisite: FRE 1132 or approval from the French coordinator.

FRE 1150 Contemporary France

Focuses on regional identities and other aspects from current French headlines. (New course number for 2014, course was previously numbered FRE 2143)

New for 2014 - FRE 2075: Introduction to French Cinema

Additional Academic Requirements

1 year (2 semesters) of college level French or equivalent. Students with no prior knowledge of French may be eligible; see Faculty Program Coordinator.


Students will participate in the excursions organized through the ESP, including day trips to Bruges, to Brussels, and to World War I battlefields near Arras. There will also be additional excursions to many museums such as the Musée des Beaux Arts in Lille, the Louvre extension in Lens, the Roubaix Museum of Art and Industry. The program will end with a three-day stay in Paris during Bastille Day weekend.

Faculty Coordinator

Rennes, France

Francois Massonnat
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
College of Arts and Sciences 
St. Augustine Center 338

Payment Information

Applications are still being accepted through April 15; the non-refundable commitment fee of $450 immediately upon acceptance. Final payment due May 1, 2014.

2014 Fee: $6,550
Includes tuition, homestay with laundry, breakfast and dinner during the week, breakfast, lunch, and dinner on weekends, weekend in Paris, transportation, excursions, and cell phone (minutes not included).
Airfare and getting to and from the airport is not included in program fee.


While in Lille, students will live with host families, with easy access to the university campus via public transportation. The university has a metro stop (Cormontaigne) and a bus stop (Colbert) right on campus and is just a ten-minute walk from the center of Lille, which offers everything from fast food to fine dining. In addition to breakfast and dinner with their host families, students can take well - balanced meals at the restaurant universitaire, or Resto-U, on campus. There are also numerous boulangeries and sandwich places on campus.

In Paris, students share rooms at the Maison internationale de la jeunesse et des étudiants (MIJE), a youth hostel situated in the center of the city. Breakfasts and some meals are also provided in Paris.

2014 Itinerary

May 30: Departure from Philadelphia (Optional group flight Philadelphia - Paris - Lille)
May 31: Arrive in Lille
June 3: Orientation, placement, classes begin at la Catho
July 11: Last night in Lille
July 12-14: Visit of Paris
July 15: Depart from Paris (group flight Paris - Philadelphia)