Faculty-led Program in France

Participants of this unique program will examine the link of culture and communication and the importance of intercultural understanding while experiencing French culture firsthand. While abroad, students will experience monuments, museums, cafes as well as several cities in the south of France, including a boat ride along the Mediterranean coast. 

Scholarship funding is available to students studying French for participation in the summer 2024 Faculty-led Program in France. For more information and to apply visit the Department of Languages & Literatures Special Awards

It was immersive and informational while still being fun. I learned so much about not only France and the French language but also about myself. I think this was the best way to learn about the French culture and the typical day-to-day things a French person does and Elizabeth did a wonderful job of showcasing this. - 2023 participant

This program was great!  . . . I will cherish the memories created on this trip forever. - 2023 participant


Dates & Deadlines

App Deadline: Friday, December 15, 2023
Program Dates: Friday, May 17 to Thursday, May 30, 2024

The study abroad center is no longer accepting applications for this program at this time. If you are interested in this program, please fill out the waitlist form below:

Faculty-Led Program Waitlist 




LANG 2020: Constructing Cross-Cultural Bridges (3 credit hours)

Talk to your academic advisor about how this course would work for you!

  • This course can fulfill a variety of credit options, such as UNIFI elective and UNIFI Human Condition Global category credit.
  • If interested in French credit for participation in the program, contact the course leader, Dr. Elizabeth Zwanziger.  

France is globally known for its art, history, architecture, literature, science, philosophy, fashion, and cuisine. It holds the title of the world’s leading tourist destination and a cultural history rich in diversity. Students traveling to Paris and Nîmes will learn not only about French culture, but also about its intersection with Roman civilization. The interdisciplinary nature of the course incorporates a variety of learning experiences, including but not limited to: cultural readings, lectures, presentations, class discussions, and tours of iconic cultural and historical sites. These experiences will allow students to examine culture’s role in an individual identity and reality formation. Students will explore France through many lenses with the objective of reaching a greater understanding of its cultural, historic, and linguistic diversity, culminating in a cultural comparison between France and the U.S.

Participation in this program requires several class meetings throughout the spring semester and one meeting at the beginning of the fall semester. The course is scheduled for the summer.  If you are a summer graduate, you must notify the course leader in order for coursework completion and grading to be adjusted for your graduation. Not doing so could result in delayed graduation, since final grades are assigned in the fall for this program. Please contact the program's course leader for more information on coursework requirements. 

The Study Abroad Center will enroll participants in their study abroad course.


  • Students planning to participate in the spring commencement ceremony in May can enroll in this summer term program, however, their degree will not be conferred until the end of the summer term and is contingent on the successful completion of the program and all required coursework.
  • Students attending colleges and universities other than UNI are welcome to participate in this program. If you are not currently a UNI student, but would like to participate in this program, please contact the UNI Study Abroad Center prior to starting your program application.

Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost: $6,619*

*estimated total cost of participation, actual amount depends on type of housing accommodation selected, actual airfare purchase price, personal spending habits, and other factors

Estimated Total Program Cost $6,619
Estimated U-bill Charges $4,357
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs $2,262


France Summer 2024 Cost Estimate (PDF)

Cost of Studying On Campus at UNI*

*per semester, estimated, will vary per person

Tuition & Fees $4,864
Room & Board $4,824
Books $400
Personal Expenses $887
Transportation $350
Total $11,325

Source: https://admissions.uni.edu/cost-aid

Eligibility Requirements to Study Abroad

The Study Abroad Center reserves the right to determine participants' eligibility to study abroad. Students must have a completed study abroad application, including supportive recommendation form(s). Additionally, students must meet all of the following in order to be eligible to study abroad:

  • Have a cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher at the time of application and maintain this cumulative GPA prior to departure and throughout the study abroad process
  • If your cumulative GPA is lower than 2.5, submit the following to the Study Abroad Center (103 East Bartlett):
    • Letters of reference from two academic contacts (e.g. academic advisor and former or current professor) supporting your pursuit of study abroad. If you are attending a faculty-led study abroad program, one of the letters must be from a course leader. However, if the program has two course leaders, only one of the letters can be from one of the course leaders.
  • Must be over the age of 18 years old
  • Must meet the course prerequisites (participation in the program is dependent upon meeting these)
  • Must be in good standing with the university
  • UNI's partner institutions may require additional eligibility requirements to be met, these vary from institution to institution. Please consult with the Study Abroad Center staff to discuss these additional requirements, if applicable.
  • Applicants traveling to a region of a country or a country with an overall Travel Advisory Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) or 4 (Do Not Travel) will not be eligible.