Focus on French! Courses specially designed for students learning French as a foreign language allow you to immerse yourself in language learning.
Focus on French! Taking French language courses at the Institut de Langue et de Culture Française (ILCF) or the Centre International d’Études Françaises (CIEF) is the ideal way to improve language fluency because the courses are specially designed for those learning French as a foreign language. Students are placed in courses according to their French proficiency and take classes focusing on grammar, listening, reading and writing skills in addition to French culture, history and literature. A yearlong student entering the program with at least 2nd year college French may transition to direct enrollment courses the second semester if their French proficiency sufficiently progresses over the first semester.
Yearlong and fall programs begin with a stage, an intensive cultural and linguistic orientation course for which students receive credit. During stage, language institute students complete a language skills evaluation that determines ILCF or CIEF placement levels and/or confirms that students are ready for direct enrollment in general university courses taught in French.
The French Language program is open to students from all fields of study.
Housing is coordinated by the IE3 Global Resident Director. Yearlong students may choose a host family, a residence hall, or a small apartment depending on their preferences. Semester program students typically stay with host families. The host family option provides an opportunity for cultural and linguistic immersion and a majority of meals are included. Students living in residence halls have access to cooking facilities and/or inexpensive student restaurants.
IE3 Global seeks to make its exchange programs affordable and accessible. For detailed information regarding the program budget (both the program fee and an estimate of personal expenses), please click on the following:
The program fee includes academic and administrative fees, room and board allowance, on-site support, orientation expenses, group activities, and health and accident insurance. The program fee does not include airfare, visa expenses, campus-based fees and personal expenses such as local transportation, textbooks, laundry, recreation (including continental travel), personal supplies and incidental expenses.
Program costs for the upcoming academic year will be set in May. The program fee for non-resident and graduate students is higher than that for resident undergraduates. Information regarding payment schedule and refund policy will be provided during the IE3 Global orientation.
Fall: March 15
Yearlong: March 15
Winter/Spring: October 15
- Sophomore or higher
- GPA of 2.75 or above
- Minimum one year of college-level French or equivalent with a B average or better