Center for International Services & Programs

CSU in Auvergne

CSU in France

Explore the Auvergne Region and Paris
June 16-July 15, 2014

Program Description

Academic Program

Cultural Program/Tentative Itinerary



Financial Aid






Program Description

The program is designed to give participants hands-on experience with authentic French culture, both in the Auvergne region and Paris. It accommodates graduate students and undergraduates with at least one year, or the equivalent, of university French.

Students will be able to compare the charm of Clermont-Ferrand, seat of the Auvergne region, with the exciting urban culture of Paris. In Clermont-Ferrand, students will explore contemporary French life, mixing a rich history dating from Roman occupation with modern economies. The Auvergne region also provides a spectacular range of cultural opportunities, from the nearby Volcanic Natural Park to St. Nectaire, a small town known for its famous cheeses. In Paris, students will visit sites of cultural and historic interest, including museums, monuments, and churches.

Academic Program

Students earn 6 credits at the graduate or undergraduate level. These credits enable French majors to complete their major capstone requirements. Students enrolled in other majors can also complete credits toward a minor in French.

FRN 240, 340, 440/441, 550 Field Study (4 semester credits)

• Pre-trip field study orientation taught on the CSU campus. 4 sessions meet 9:45 am – 1:15 pm on June 16, 17, 18, 19

• June 27 – July 10 in Clermont-Ferrand; July 10 – 15 in Paris. This portion of the trip will include written and oral field work, library research and interviews with Auvergnats on a specific cultural topic.

FRN 293, 393, 493, 593 Special Topics in French Civilization (2 semester credits)

• Focusing on the development of arts and industry in Clermont-Ferrand and arts and culture in Paris. Students will produce written and oral reports, participate in excursions and group discussions, and take two exams.

Cultural Program and Tentative Itinerary

In Clermont Ferrand, students will stay in a student residence a short walk from the town center and have classes  on the campus of the France Business School. The program will include excursions to sites in Clermont-Ferrand and Paris and an independent weekend of travel.

June 16-19: Pre-trip Orientation at CSU
June 26:  Leave Cleveland for Paris
June 27:  Arrive in Paris and take train to Clermont-Ferrand
June 27 – July 10:  In Clermont-Ferrand. Excursions will include the Clermont- Ferrand Cathedral, Romesque Church  of Notre dame du Port, Volcanic National Park, the Michelin Museum,  Puy en Velay, and a free weekend of travel.
July 10-July 15:  Program moves to a student residence in Paris. Excursions will include Notre Dame Cathedral, a bateau mouche tour of Paris, the Quartier Latin, Orsay and Rodin Museums, Medieval Museum of Cluny and a meal in a traditional French brasserie.
July 15: Depart Paris; program conclusion

Program Director

The summer program will be directed by Professor Annie Jouan-Westlund, Ph.D. of Cleveland State University. Professor Annie Jouan-Westlund is a native of France and has numerous years of teaching experience abroad. Her area of expertise includes contemporary French culture and cross-cultural perspectives between France and America. This will be her seventh  time directing the CSU program in France.


The program fee is $3400. The cost includes:
Roundtrip Airfare
All meals in Clermont-Ferrand.  Breakfasts and lunches in Paris.
In-Country Transportation (including a 4 day train pass)
An International Student Identity Card

The cost does not include CSU tuition for the 6 credits. To view the current tuition rates, go to  . The cost may change due to increases in airfare and/or the exchange rate. Students should budget an additional $550 for meals not included in the program cost and the free weekend of travel. Students are also responsible for passport or visa fees, health insurance, and personal souvenir purchases and sightseeing.


The $3400 cost is broken down into 3 payments:

$200 payment due with application (see application for instructions on how to make this payment).
$1600 payment. Payment deadline: March 21, 2014.
$1600 for remainder of cost. Payment deadline: April 25, 2014.

You make payments toward these charges just like you would for tuition, electronically through Campusnet or by cash/check through the Cashier’s desk in Main Classroom or by mail. If your program fees are not paid by the due dates indicated above, you may be removed from the program.

Financial Aid

Students may use summer financial aid to pay for all CSU fees except the deposit. Summer financial aid is usually whatever aid a student did not use in the fall and spring. It is usually in the form of loans, not grants. Students can apply for independent loans through private lenders or by talking with an All-In-One representative in MC 116.

[In order to apply summer financial aid toward the program fee, the student must provide the Center for International Services and Programs with a copy of their financial aid award for the year reflecting that the student has enough summer aid to cover both their tuition costs for all courses taken in the summer term and the program fee (less the deposit). The student must also provide the CISP with a copy of their summer course schedule. All of these documents must be submitted to the study abroad office by the March 21st payment deadline.]  

If you have any questions about using financial aid toward the program fee, please contact the Education Abroad staff in the Center for International Services and Programs.


There is a scholarship available to students. Eligible students can apply for the CISP Study Abroad Scholarship (click on the links to go to the eligibility requirements for each scholarship as well as the application form).


Applicants must have completed one year of college-level French or equivalent by the time of departure. Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.0; minimum graduate cumulative GPA of 3.0.

At the time of application, the applicant must have completed two semesters at CSU if a first year student, and one semester if a transfer or graduate student. Must also have no financial holds on their Treasury Services account and have no current or previous infractions of the Student Code of Conduct that would prevent student from successfully representing CSU abroad.

All applications must be approved by the Program Director and the Center for International Services and program.


The program application and deposit receipt is due no later than February 28, 2014 to confirm your participation. To make the program deposit of $200, take the application form and your payment to the Cashier’s Desk in the First Floor of the Main Classroom (MC 115) . You will receive a receipt that you must turn in with your application.

FRN 14 Application.pdf Click link to download the application form. Please print it off. If you have trouble, paper applications are available from the program director.


Dr. Annie Jouan-Westlund
Program Director
Professor of French in the Department of Modern Languages
Rhodes Tower 1634

Julie Good
Manager of Education Abroad