||Since 1972, WFU students desiring to immerse themselves in the French culture and language head to the city of Dijon for the fall semester. They are surrounded by vineyards of the Côte d'Or and by medieval and Renaissance architectural features that have defined the city over several centuries. This charming location plays host to a multitude of festivals and cultural events each year and allows students to easily access other parts of Europe. During the program, a member of the WFU French faculty is both responsible for teaching a French course and coordinating the various aspects of the program. Classes are held at the Centre International d'Etudes Françaises (CIEF), which is affiliated with the University of Burgundy and specializes in French studies for foreign students.
||Situated in the heart of Burgundy, Dijon is home to a major university and is a gateway to other regions of France and Europe. The city is conveniently located between Paris and the Cote d'Or vineyards. Famous for being the mustard capital of the world, Dijon also has elegant Medieval and Renaissance buildings, including the Palace of Justice and the St. Benignus Cathedral. Numerous festivals and cultural events such as the Fêtes de la Vigne (wine festival) and the International Folklore Festival take place in Dijon annually. Paris and the rest of France are easily accessible from Dijon. Nice, Bordeaux, Marseilles, and Strasbourg are a few of the cities that students may enjoy visiting.
The Wake Forest program is based at the Centre International d'Etudes Françaises (CIEF) at the University of Burgundy. The CIEF has an excellent academic reputation for teaching courses in French language, literature, and culture.
||A faculty member from the Department of French Studies serves as the on-site director and oversees all aspects of the program for its entire duration. Students take courses taught by the faculty director as well as by professors at the University of Burgundy's Centre International d'Etudes Françaises. Courses focus on French language and culture. All courses count toward the major and minor in French Studies. Classes are generally scheduled to allow students a three-day weekend to explore other parts of France or Europe.
The following courses will be offered during your semester abroad:
FRH 350: Studies in French Language and Culture (Taught by the Resident Director) [6 credits]
The "program course" includes a classroom component plus group excursions (late August through early October) as well as program activities throughout the fall, including group outings, activities, and participation in French family life through the homestay. As an integral part of this course, we will make a number of excursions around France beginning in late August and continuing through September. Destinations will include Burgundy, Provence,Normandy, the châteaux of the Loire Valley, and Paris. During these visits to museums and monuments of historical, artistic and architectural interest, the events you've been reading about in books will seem to come alive before your eyes. Satisfies French 315 requirement for major or minor.
FRH 351: Advanced Oral and Written French (Taught by professors of the Centre International d'Etudes Françaises [CIEF]) [4 credits]
Early October – early December
Study of grammar, composition, pronunciation, and phonetics, with extensive practice in oral and written French.
FRH 352: Contemporary France (Taught by Professor Brigitte Sabard) [3 credits]
Late September – early December
A study of present-day France, including aspects of geography and consideration of social, political, and educational factors in French life today.
FRH 353: Studies in French Art (Taught by Professor Sebastiano Tomarchio) [2 credits]
Late September –early December
Lectures and field trips in French painting, sculpture, and architecture, concentrating on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
It is the student’s responsibility to speak to their major and minor advisor(s) regarding their abroad coursework and how (or if) it will count towards their degree plan.
||Students live with French families who are carefully selected by the program. The homestay allows students to observe and experience French family life and to practice their French.
||In the first month of the semester as part of the French Civilization course (FRH 350), students travel together with the Wake Forest faculty director on a variety of excursions. Destinations may include Paris, Provence, the Loire Valley, and Normandy. These trips, ranging from three to ten days, will allow students to explore places of cultural and historical interest that they will have been studying. Students will have the opportunity to visit châteaux, Roman ruins, famous cathedrals, and world-class museums such as the Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay. In Provence, students will see many monuments that recall the Roman conquest of Gaul. On a weekend excursion to Normandy, students will tour the Benedictine abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel, the cathedral of Rouen, and the American cemetery at Omaha Beach.
- Students must be in good academic standing and have completed French 212/213/214 or the equivalent.
- Students are encouraged but not required to take one more course above that level.
- Majors in all disciplines are eligible.
||Students pay the current Wake Forest tuition and room and board fees. This total amount includes tuition and fees, laundry, room and board, books, local bus fares, all group activities (including excursions), and a travel scholarship. Students are responsible for personal travel and expenses.
||Students may apply for scholarships through the Center for Global Programs and Studies.
Dijon Program Administrators:
Dr. Stephen Murphy
Professor of French Studies
Phone: (336) 758-5492
Dr. Sally Barbour
Professor of French Studies
Phone: (336) 758-5486
Director for Global Abroad:
Center for Global Programs and Studies
Phone: (336) 758 3890
The following website has emergency numbers for students on the Dijon program: