Panthers in France

Do you have a passion for English and French? Have you considered studying abroad? Does the thought of having two bachelor’s degrees entice you?

If you answered “yes” to any of those three questions, the 2+2 French program through UNI and Université de Franche-Comté: Besançon, France, might just be the opportunity you are looking for.

Panthers in France
UNI students interested in pursuing the 2+2 French program will study at the Université de Franche-Comté in Besançon, France.

Elizabeth Zwanziger, associate professor of French, said, “The program is a new and exciting thing for UNI, and we are eagerly seeking students for this unique program.”

The program works in two directions according to Zwanziger. UNI students will spend two years at UNI earning a B.A. in Individual Studies: French Language and Cultures, and the remaining two years will be spent in France where students will earn a second degree--License Lettres et Arts: Lettres Modernes.

This also means that students from France can participate in the program, with UNI being the school they attend for the remaining two years. French students will earn two bachelor's degrees in English.

The major benefit here is that students are receiving two degrees in the time it takes most students to complete one. Zwanziger added, “Students will be integrated into the European system so they would be able to work in Europe or the United States after graduating.”

Currently, no UNI students have taken advantage of the program, but three students from France have done so. Alizée Millot, an English major, is one of those students taking part in the program, following the European norm of studying abroad.

Originally from Besançon, France, she is finishing up her third year in the program, making this her first year at UNI.

Her experience with the program has been life-changing, and she has especially loved being immersed into a new culture.

“It has changed my perspective on many aspects of my life: learning how to live with different people, getting different senses of belonging (to different cultures), preferring aspects of my own culture or some of the American culture, being much more patient, getting more self-control, feeling very happy of what I have achieved so far,” explained Alizée.

 She also added, “You learn a lot about yourself while adapting to a new culture, and it makes you grow, and is extremely enriching! Otherwise why would people travel?”

Alizée plans to one day have her Ph.D. specializing in English literature with the dream of becoming a professor.

Alizée and Zwanziger both agree that the 2+2 French program is beneficial in many ways, and very unique for UNI. In fact, no other college in the country has this type of program. 

The program is open to all students, but some experience with French language from high school is preferred because it gives students a head start to handling all coursework in French.

For more information visit, the program website

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