If you asked our Summer students what their semester with the AUCP in Provence was like, most of them would likely agree that it was both a romantic and productive experience! Here is what they have to say . . .
Can you speak French like a native? If you are already familiar with most of these idioms, congratulations! You likely have reached a high level of fluency. If not, some of them might sound very funny to you! Let’s go over them and check your knowledge . . .
Un délicieux clafoutis aux cerises facile à réaliser !
We’d like to introduce you to AUCP Fall 2015 student Stefani Kuo from Yale, who chose to spend her summer in the picturesque town of Uzès in the South of France, working on a French farm.
A pour Appartenance :
Par Morgan Upchurch, AUCP Summer 2016, Rice University
À travers les parasols des vendeurs, la lumière tombait, coloran…
Ca y est! Exams are over and the semester came to a close. Some are back in the US and some are exploring France and Europe, but before leaving, here are some thoughts they shared about their time abroad in France.
Living with a host family is often cited as AUCP students’ favorite part of their experience abroad. Yet many students are unsure of what to expect of a homestay experience…
Linfield College student Ryan Morgan writes, in French, about his visit last semester the Provence region of the Camargue, known for its marshlands and rich biodiversity. The abécedaire assignment is from Provence through Literature & Films, an AUCP course designed to get students to actively observe, analyze and participate in their study abroad environment, instead of simply watching from the sidelines.
Led by ‘Provence Through Literature and Film’ professor Marie-Anne Rossignol, AUCP students visited the wild west of Provence – La Camargue – a Springtime excursion highlighting the history and landscapes described in works by prolific Provençal authors Joseph d’Arbaud and Frédéric Mistral.
In addition to all French-language study, AUCP Marseille students take a step further into the diverse culture of their host city, learning about the relationship between French and North African cultures. AUCP Marseille offers all levels of Arabic study, to further this learning and prepare students for their study tour in Fez, Morocco.
Today, we’d like you to meet Jessica, an French & Medieval studies major from Pomona College who is studying abroad this semester in Marseille. The « Meet an AUCP Student » series is part of an on-going series on Le Blog to show you how AUCP students, although they often share a common passion for the French language and culture, each have their own unique way of living with and like the French at the AUCP.
Studying abroad with the AUCP in Marseille is a unique and rewarding experience – studies in French and Arabic in a diverse and vibrant city on the Mediterranean, a study tour in Morocco and much more … But don’t take it from us – see what past students have to say about studying abroad at AUCP Marseille.
AUCP Marseille students have just returned from their week-long study tour in Fez, Morocco. After finding their place within a French host family, Marseille students repeated the experience with a Moroccan family in Fez – getting a real feel for daily life in two worlds so diverse yet so intimately linked.
Learning French can literally make you a better person. How is that even possible? We’ll tell you.
Good news for late-comers! The AUCP has extended the Fall 2016 application deadline! Applicants now have until April 15th to apply!
What’s the ROI on learning French? We’ll tell you.
AUCP Founding Director Lilli Engle and Resident Advisor Nitin Beeharry will be at the Forum on Education Abroad (April 6-8, 2016 in Atlanta, GA). Be sure not to miss Lilli’s conference session : The Measure of Success – Preserving Transformational Education in Democratized Study Abroad
French class is not just for French literature nuts. Speaking French can give you a serious leg-up in today’s global job market, and it just might get you your dream job.
Today, we’d like you to meet Colleen, an French & English major from Providence College. The « Meet an AUCP Student » series is part of an on-going series on Le Blog to show you how AUCP students, although they often share a common passion for the French language and culture, each have their own unique way of living with and like the French at the AUCP.
It’s La Semaine de la Francophonie! We’re celebrating la Francophonie this week – learn more about French, France and the Francophone world here.
Getting your best chance at fluency is not only possible, but it’s proven to pay off in the long run. Learning a second language at any age can actually make you measurably smarter.
At the AUCP, we’re committed to foreign language fluency, and that’s why, in celebration of the Semaine de la Francophonie, we’re launching a series of blog posts highlighting why learning a foreign language is simply a necessity in today’s world. From increased earning power, personal fulfillment, international communication, job marketability and cognitive superiority, French fluency gives students a leg up in today’s competitive global world.
French music is much more than accordeons and Edith Piaf (I mean, we love Edith Piaf too). But music is one of the most fun ways to work on French skills – so here is a smattering of French songs by French musicians that you could hear on the radio today.
GWU student Caroline writes, in French, about her host mother whose name she shares, Caroline. The abécedaire assignment is from Provence through Literature & Films, an AUCP course designed to get students to actively observe, analyze and participate in their study abroad environment, instead of simply watching from the sidelines.
How do you say tongue twister in French? Virelangue, or literally, turn of the tongue! Try out your French pronunciation with these perfectly absurd alliterative phrases, the French equivalent of « She sells seashells on the seashore »!
Today, we’d like you to meet Ryan, an French & Interantional Business major from Linfield College who is studying abroad for the entire academic year. The « Meet an AUCP Student » series is part of an on-going series on Le Blog to show you how AUCP students, although they often share a common passion for the French language and culture, each have their own unique way of living with and like the French at the AUCP.
Learning French? A challenge. Learning French slang, in Marseille? Uncharted territory. Do you know the French equivalent of brb? lol? As part of AUCP Le Blog’s section on the written work that students produce in class, GWU student Lacy writes about learning the French language and the linguistic intricacies of ‘langage familier’, text messaging and slang.
Today, we’d like you to meet Annalise, a French & Psychology major from Fordham University. The « Meet an AUCP Student » series is part of an on-going series on Le Blog to show you how AUCP students, although they often share a common passion for the French language and culture, each have their own unique way of living with and like the French at the AUCP.
Slowly but surely, winter is on it’s way out. In anticipation of the Spring and Summer, so get some good French practice while cooking and test your hand at this Provençal dish chock-full of summery vegetables.
Most impressively, AUCP students average 16.79 points of progress on the IDI (as opposed to the 1.28 points of progress recorded by 60 other programs tested in the Georgetown Study). But wait, what’s an IDI?
At the AUCP, we talk about achievable progress a lot. But what is achievable progress, and why is it such a great way to measure progress, both linguistically and culturally? Click here to find out why achievable progress is important, and what it means!
The AUCP has been assessing language acquisition since 2000. But how? Using the TEF – or the Test d’Evaluation de Français. But what is the test, how does it measure linguistic competence, and why is it important? We break it down for you.
New alums, start here to get the low-down on re-entry, your TEF and IDI scores and your transcripts. Then, check out the « All Things Alumni » section of Le Blog to get more specific info about how to make your study abroad experience work for you!
Good news for late-comers! The AUCP has extended the Summer 2016 deadline! Express your interest today and get until March15th to complete your application!
A risotto unlike any other! With this ancient, local and good-for-you grain and a homemade shrimp bisque, this recipe is sure to impress. Brush off your French and see if you can follow along!
As if you needed much convicing…here are 9 reasons why studying abroad in the south of France with the AUCP is the perfect way to spend your Summer.
This evocative collage of the Fez medina was written in French by Théa Klement, AUCP Marseille Fall 2015 student from Oberlin College. Through the colors, the heady fragrances, the vibrant crowds, Théa captures the unparalleled spirit of the ancient medina.
One of our most emblematic student projects is the « abécédaire » collection of short texts written by our students in French. Le Blog will be publishing excerpts from the « abécédaire » in the « En Français Dans le Texte » section that shows off student writing in French. But first, what’s an abécédaire?
E pour été, or S for summer. Ryan Morgan, AUCP Fall 2015 student from Linfield College, wrote this charming piece in French for the « abécédaire » class assignment. Old stereotypes give way to authentic observations and local encounters…
Last week, AUCP welcomed its new group of students for our Spring semester. Orientation, French evaluations, city visits, and intensive French review fill the students’ first week in France.
AUCP Theater, Cinema and Art students showed off their talents at the AUCP Soirée Jeunes Talents, in the presence of their classmates, host families, and friends. Fire juggling, French Cinema, and contemporary theater, tout en français!
This week, Nicolas Sarkozy, France’s colorful ex-president, gave the country a good laugh and made the buzz on French social media by incorrectly quoting an obscure French expression, mixing rhubarb and salad. Say what ? Read this week’s « En Français Dans le Texte » blog post to find out what the fun was all about…
This week’s « En Français Dans le Texte » is an excerpt from a text written by GWU student Audrey Hickcox, who just got back from a week in Fès, Morocco.
AUCP Marseille students have just returned from their week-long study tour in Fez, Morocco. This year’s trip took place just days after the attacks in Paris, but given the choice of going or not, our Marseille students took advantage of this stellar opportunity to learn and conquer fear. Pictures, here!
Many AUCP alumni were deeply affected by the November 13th terrorists attacks in Paris. An attack on the values of a country they hold so dear. Linfield College student and AUCP alumna Rachael Conway wrote this post, demonstrating what it truly means to be a Global Citizen.
« No country does life on earth better than the French, » commented an anonymous American known only by his alias on the New York Times’ website, the night of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. Massively shared on French social media and on all major French media websites, this touching « ode to France » rang true, lifting heavy hearts throughout the country.
Living with a French host family is often cited as AUCP students’ favorite aspect of their experience abroad. Yet in general, students are hesitant to embrace this form of housing… Here are five reasons why individual homestay in a local host family is your fastest way to linguistic and intercultural fluency.
East coasters go apple picking, AUCP students go olive picking! Aix student Geneva Hutcheson lent a hand picking olives with her host family and their friends. She was joined by AUCP Resident Student Advisor Nitin Beeharry, who, fifteen years ago, was an AUCP student himself and benefittted from the same host family!
What’s a montécao, you ask? Our AUCP Marseille students found out! Monday evening, a group of students went to a local oriental pâtisserie to learn how to make this traditional North African cookie whose recipe dates back over a thousand years!
This moving piece exemplifies the ways in which cross-cultural encounters can lead to profound questionning and personal growth. It was written in French by Austin College student Sarah Elena Dillabough, during her semester abroad at the AUCP Marseille.