Annecy – French Language and Culture *CLOSED*

Annecy, France

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  • Summer 1 Semester - May 4 - June 9, 2014 (dates subject to change)

Application Deadline

  • Summer 1 Semester - Priority Deadline: November 15, 2013

Priority deadline is November 15th with a final deadline of January 26th. Program accepting applications until filled and is subject to close at any time.


Faculty leader: Catherine Dunand (

Study Abroad Coordinator:  Daisy Biddle (

Information Session: Thursday January 9th 6PM-7:30PM 298 Ryder Hall


Term: Summer I

Courses: CLTR4944: Contemporary French Culture

 FRNH 1302, 2301, 2302, 3301 (depends on student French level)


The program of this Dialogue consists of two courses, one in French language and one in Regional French culture and history.  Both courses are held in Annecy, in eastern France between Geneva and Chambery. Annecy is one of the most beautiful resort towns of the French Alps and is often referred to as the "Venice of Savoie." The town is situated on the shore of Lake Annecy, which is one of the cleanest lakes in the world. A trip to Paris will launch this special experience of France.


French Language Immersion (FRNH 1302, 2301, 2302, 3301, 3302):

This is an intensive immersion French course, which focuses on the development of all the four language skills (speaking, writing, listening, reading). The courses are being held at Ifalpes Language School, an accredited academic school that started its program some 20 years ago. Each month, between 170 and 200 students from all around the world come to study French in this school. The language program it offers is specifically designed for Northeastern students who are placed in accordance with their language level.  Students attend regularly scheduled intensive language classes in the morning from 8:30 to 12:30pm, 5 days a week for a total of 80 contact hours in the course of their stay. This linguistic immersion is, supplemented by a cultural immersion experience.  Students will stay with French families who have been carefully selected and screened to match each and everyone’s needs.  This will further support and develop students' French fluency since most host families often involve students in their daily activities, and offer them special trips on weekends.

Contemporary French Culture  (CLTR4944):

This course will study French culture and history from the region of Savoie.  The first week will be held in Paris where students will have the opportunity to visit different sites and museums, including Musée d’Orsay, le Panthéon, and of course Versailles to site a few.  The following four weeks will take place in Annecy, the capital of Savoie nested at the foot of the Alps.  This perspective is unique since the region of Savoie included the duché of Geneva, (what is Switzerland today) and the Valley of Aosta, Piemonte and Sardaigna (what is Italy today), and was independent from France until it was attached to it by Napoléon in 1860.  The history of Savoie is very rich starting with its first inhabitants of Celtic origin named the Allobroges, some 150-130 BC who could not resist Hannibal invasion some 218 BC.  Annecy and its surroundings neighbors have had a turbulent past suffering through many invasions, and most recently, the German occupation during World War II.  Therefore, this course will take advantage of its rich past to give students a solid understanding of our Savoyard culture via its history.

Host University

School of Ifalpes

Ifalpes is an accredited school with more than 15 years of experience in teaching French as a foreign language. You will have the opportunity to study with professional while experiencing the lifestyle of this region.


Eligibility Requirements

FRNH 1102 (Elementary French 2) or its equivalent

2.5 GPA

Application Procedure

    • Online Dialogue of Civilizations application (available on OISP website and myNEU)
    • $500 non-refundable program deposit paid through NUPay.* Be sure to select the appropriate summer term.**
    • One copy of passport ID page – to be given directly to your faculty leader after acceptance.
    • 2-3 page essay answering the following questions (copy and pasted into online application):
    1. What are your personal and academic reasons for wishing to participate in this Dialogue of Civilizations program?
    2. How will the program further your academic and career goals?
    3. What is your previous travel and language experience, if any?
    4. What courses have you taken which are directly relevant to the program?

    *If you are not accepted into your Dialogue program, the $500 deposit will be credited to your student account.

    **Applications are not considered complete until deposit is received. This deposit will be applied to the full cost of the program.

    **Faculty may require additional information and/or interview (after application deadline)

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Tuition: $10,195

DOC Fee: $2,000

Tuition and DOC Fee cover 8 Northeastern credits, round-trip airfare from Boston, housing for program duration, International SOS assistance, as well as some local transport, excursions and group meals.


In Paris, students will stay in Hotel Campanile, a modern hotel located near Porte Bagnolet. The Metro is located at the foot of the Hotel which makes it very convenient to travel anywhere in the city. Same sex students are lodged 2 or 3 per room.  Rooms offer Internet, TV and full services.  Included in the room cost, from 6 to 10am, a very rich continental/buffet breakfast is offered to our students. The hotel is part of a complex building attached to a mall and a hypermarket where students can shop for food or other necessities.

In Annecy, students will be lodged with carefully chosen families who are chosen in accordance to each and everyone’s needs. These hosting families have worked conjointly with the school of Ifalpes and are accustomed to host foreign students. Some of these families lived in the center of town, others in the suburb.  For students who are lodged with these later, round trip tickets provided by Ifalpes are distributed to the students for their entire stay (40 tickets all together per student).  Families provide breakfast and dinner each day of the week including weekends.  Students are responsible to provide their own lunch.  All families give Internet access to students,  and laundry facilities.  Some students share a bedroom and bath while others have their own private room and bath.  All students are lodged according to their needs.


Paris & Annecy, France