This week AUCP welcomes its new group of students for an intensive six-week summer session. All come with a minimum of intermediate to high-intermediate French from the some of the top universities in the United States such as Yale, Rice, Barnard, Wesleyan and Temple University. This will be an unforgettable summer among the fountains, cafés and sunshine of Provence. At program’s end, along with their sachets of lavendar, AUCP students will be taking home the invaluable gift of French fluency and a lasting connection with the people and places of Southern France!
As Lilli Engle, Founding Director of the AUCP explains,
« One of the truths of effective learning is PLEASURE. Everyone learns best when they’re having fun and finding the activity meaningful. All AUCP programs are set up to be pertinent so that learning a language becomes equivalent to making connections with people … French people. The first week of an AUCP programs is devoted to giving students the keys to making friends in France … with their host families, with their language partners, and more. Putting new skills to immediate use, students get together for an apéritif with their French language partners on the first Friday evening and go off together with their partners on Saturday for a day-long field trip to the coast at Cassis and a boat ride along the calanques. What a way to jump-start a friendship and the desire to communicate here and now in French! »
Academic focus is on intensive French and intercultural communication for all intermediate to advanced levels. Taught by top French faculty and complemented by on-going orientation and strategies for integration, the program allows students to reach unprecedented levels in just six-weeks.
In addition, the Summer classroom regularly extends well beyond its four walls to include local places, people and events – museums, open markets, exhibits, and performances. Full-day and half-day excursions include the Farmlands of Provence, Cassis & the Calanques, local vineyards, Marseille, and the Provencal hilltop villages of the Luberon.
For more info on AUCP Summer, click here.