Study Abroad Programs

The following descriptions have been provided by the Kalamazoo College Center for International Programs.

Strasbourg, France

Long-Term

Calm riverfront through homes.

The Strasbourg program is designed for students at the intermediate level of French who wish to continue their French language study in an environment supportive of students learning French. Upon taking a placement test on arrival, you will enroll in French language and culture classes organized for international students. The program includes a course on European Institutions. The class includes an overview of political science, social and economic institutions, and structures of the European Union supplemented with visits to some of the many EU offices located in Strasbourg.

Strasbourg is the seventh largest city in France with a population of 490,000 people, including its suburbs. Located minutes from the French/German border in the region of Alsace, the city attracts many visitors because of its central location in Western Europe, its importance in the international political arena, and because of its famous Christmas market.

Students live with a local family, typically within walking distance of class. Strasbourg is a very walkable city and most students find everything they need within walking distance. One of the highlights is an excursion to Paris, which includes a visit to the Paris Opera and several traditional French meals. Centrally located in Europe, students have many options to travel to other parts of France or the continent.

For more information about the long term Strasbourg program visit the K in Strasbourg, France LT page on the Kalamazoo College Hornet Passport.

Short Term

Students have the opportunity to improve the proficiency in French and get to know French culture and everyday life. A special emphasis on European Studies will introduce students to an overview of the political science, social and economic institutions, and structures of the European Union.

Students take language classes at the Institute International d’Etudes Françaises and will visit the European parliament and other institutions as part of the EU course. Due to K’s quarter schedule, students will be in classes with other K students (IIEF has a semester calendar and K students arrive close to the end of their spring semester).

Strasbourg is the seventh largest city in France with a population of 490,000 people, including its suburbs. Strasbourg is a very international city as it is home to the European Union Parliament and the Council of Europe. Located minutes from the French/German border in the region of Alsace, the city attracts many visitors because of its central location in Western Europe, its importance in the international political arena, and because of its famous Christmas market.

Students have the option of living in a local homestay or living in a dorm. Strasbourg is a very walkable city and most students find everything they need within walking distance. One of the highlights is an excursion to Paris, which includes a visit to the Paris Opera and several traditional French meals. Centrally located in Europe, students have many options to travel to other parts of France or the continent.

For more information about the short term Strasbourg program visit the K in Strasbourg, France SL page on the Kalamazoo College Hornet Passport.

Dakar, Sénégal

The Dakar seaside.

The Sénégal program offers opportunities to observe, first-hand, emerging trends and practices in business, government, political and educational sectors of a West African country. This program allows you to continue your study of French within the context of West Africa. It puts a large emphasis on an investigation of culture through the utilization of the Baobab Center, the homestay, or the intercultural seminar. You will begin the program with courses that introduce the history and development of Sénégal and Dakar. These are taught by university lecturers. You will also be introduced to the prominent local language-Wolof. After approximately one month, you will begin French language classes.

This program is affiliated with the Faculté des sciences et Lettres Humaines at l’Université Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD). The University is the primary institution of higher education in Sénégal with more than 100,000 students, 5 facultés or colleges, and several institutes such as the Institut Français pour les Etudiants Etrangers (IFEE) which offers courses in French Grammar, French Composition, and Francophone Literature. IFEE courses require placement exams and yield academic credit. Registration for IFEE or UCAD courses gets underway a month or so after arrival.

Dakar is the capital and largest city of Sénégal. It’s location along the western edge of Africa has enabled it to grow into a major regional port. It is a cosmopolitan city and one of the major commercial, cultural, political and social centers in Africa where cinema, restaurants, beaches, markets, galleries, sports, and museums abound. Sénégal is often considered a model of stable government and, to some extent, economy for nations in the region.

For more information about the long term Senegal program visit the K in Dakar, Sénégal page on the Kalamazoo College Hornet Passport.

Clermont-Ferrand, France

Landscape of Clermont-Ferrand, France

The Clermont-Ferrand program is designed for you to immerse yourself in French language and culture, by living with a local host family and participating as a student at the École Supérieure de Commerce (ESC). You will take classes taught in French designed especially for K students (language, literature and French culture and civilization ) and alongside ESC students (marketing and ethics). You will have the opportunity to learn about life in the region of Auvergne through excursions and day trips. You will also participate as volunteers in the French national short film festival held in Clermont in early February.

The École Supérieure de Commerce (ESC) offers rich co-curricular activities to students including organized sports, volunteer opportunities, special interest clubs (cine club, gastronomy club, wine tasting club, a radio station, literary society, theater group, etc.), local excursions, and dances. ESC students come from various cities in France and the world. Clermont-Ferrand is also home to two other universities, and students enjoy the many cafés, small restaurants and galleries in town.

The city of Clermont-Ferrand offers visitors and inhabitants a vibrant mixture of historic and modern structures. Located in the Jura Mountain range, Clermont-Ferrand is surrounded by mountains, encouraging students to explore the natural environment.

For more information about Clermont-Ferrand program visit the K in Clermont-Ferrand France page on the Kalamazoo College Hornet Passport.