Annecy – French Language and Culture – CLOSED

Annecy, France

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  • Summer 1 Semester - May 11- June 15, 2015 (dates subject to change)

Application Deadline

  • Summer 1 Semester - 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.

Final deadline for Dialogue of Civilization programs is February 1st. Program accepting applications until filled and is subject to close at any time.


Faculty leader: Catherine Dunand (

Study Abroad Coordinator:  Liz McClanahan (

Term: Summer I


  • CLTR4944: From Middle-Ages to WWII German Occupation: A walk through ancient and Contemporary Culture and History of Savoie (NU Core humanities level 1)
  • FRNH 1302, 2301, 2302, 3301 (depends on student French level)


The program of this Dialogue consists of two courses: one being a French language immersion, and the other a study of the Regional French culture and history of Savoie. Both courses are held in Annecy, located in eastern France, between Geneva and Chambéry.  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 nested at the foot of the Prealps and on the shore of Lake Annecy, which is one of the cleanest lakes in the eastern Europe.  But Annecy is more than just a beautiful place to explore. It holds a rich history that made this region quite different from many others.  Thus, the objective of this program is to discover and examine the culture and history of the entire region of Savoie.  A trip to Paris will launch this special experience and introduce students to a city of considerable beauty and impressive history.


Canal in Annecy



French Language Immersion LANG 1990 (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 taught 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 classes 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.

From Middle-Ages to WWII German Occupation: A walk through ancient and Contemporary Culture and History of Savoie: (CLTR 4944-NU Core humanities level 1):

This course will study French culture and history of Savoie region. 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, giving them a first introduction to our considerable past. The following four weeks will take place in Annecy, the capital of Savoie, located 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). Savoie 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. In the course of several centuries, Annecy and its surroundings neighbors have had a turbulent past suffering through many invasions, and most recently with the German occupation during World War II. This tragic episode of our past will be the focus of this program, that aims to study the repercussions of this criminal occupation, the willing collaboration of the Vichy government, its horrendous consequences for the Jewish inhabitants, namely their persecution and final deportation, and the various resistance movements that fought courageously against these ordeals. Hence, this course will take advantage of France rich past that shaped our culture to give students a solid understanding of whom we are.

We will address and study the following:

  • Study of the House of Savoie, its history, and how it shaped the culture of this region.
  • Study of the German Occupation in Paris and in Annecy, Savoie; the persecution of its Jewish inhabitants and their subsequent deportation.
  • A deep look at the loathsome ”anti-Semite” collaborating government of Vichy, their participation in the Holocaust and the permanent deep shame it brought to the people of France.
  • Study of resistance movements and those who sacrifice their life for that of others, and for freedom.
  • Study on cultural aspects of French lifestyle in France and in the region of Savior through its history, its economy, its traditions and gastronomy.
  • Visits of museums, monuments, castles, churches, natural sites etc., pertaining to our studies.
  • Language practice through various activities inside and outside the classroom.
  • Introduction to vocabulary and customs particular to that region of France.
  • A full understanding of French identity shaped from its past.

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.

Graduation Day at Ifalpes



Eligibility Requirements

  • Recommended 2.5 GPA
  • FRNH 1102 (Elementary French 2) or its equivalent

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: $10,634

DOC Fee: $ 2,000

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


In Paris, students will stay in Hotel X, a modern hotel located 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 per room.  Rooms offer Internet, TV and full services.  From 6 to 10am, a rich continental/buffet breakfast is offered to our students at no cost. 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 appointed families who are chosen in accordance to each and everyone’s needs. These hosting families have worked conjointly with the school of Ifalpes for many years, 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 latter, 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.  This unique experience to be lodged with families, give students many occasions to observe and share French traditions


Paris & Annecy, France

Le lac Annecy

  1. Vieilles Prisons- Annecy