The Department of French and Italian is pleased to announce the continuation of its program that enables committed students to make rapid progress in French. The program will run from June 6th to July 1st, 2016. Students should arrive in Aix-en-Provence on June 5th and depart no earlier than the afternoon of July 1st. In 2016, the resident faculty members will be Christine Sagnier (Director) and Murielle Perrier (Associate Director).

Who Can Apply?

Students who have taken, or are currently taking, FRE 1027, 107, or 108, who have scored, or are expected to score, top grades in these courses, who would like to take a big step forward in their French language skills this summer AND who envisage pursuing one of the Department’s programs (certificate or concentration) are invited to apply for admission to FRE207F, Accelerated Summer Study in France.

What Is FRE 207F?

FRE207F is an intensive, four-week language immersion program which will be taught at IS Aix-en-Provence, an Institute specializing in the teaching of French as a foreign language. IS provides 15 hours/week of classroom instruction, oriented primarily towards oral comprehension and expression. In addition, students attend classes, taught by the resident Princeton faculty member, that focus on reading and writing skills. Students will also participate in cultural activities related to the course contents. Program participants lodge with French families in the area and are provided with dinner en famille as well as breakfast. All participants sign an honor pledge to speak only French at all times throughout the duration of the course. In all, FRE207F provides an outstanding opportunity for total immersion in French language and culture and for rapid acquisition of higher-level language skills.


IS Aix-en-Provence is housed in a former private mansion, located close to the town center “vieille ville”, with its cobbled streets, numerous fountains, thriving markets and vibrant café life. Once the capital of old Provence, Aix is one of the most beautiful towns in the South of France, which has retained much of its typical “provençal ” ambience. It is also a cosmopolitan city of art and culture, which offers an amazing array of activities, and hosts a lively student community, with over 30,000 students. Visit to see more of the Institute and its surroundings.
Circled by the hills immortalized by Cézanne’s paintings, Aix is well connected to many places of natural, cultural and historical interest. Marseille and the beautiful “Calanques” of Cassis (rocky sea inlets) are only 30 minutes away, Avignon, Arles and the picturesque villages of Luberon can be reached in less than one hour, and the Riviera in less than two. The TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse) links Aix to Paris in 2 hours and 40 minutes, and Marseille’s international airport is only 30 minutes away.

The Program

IS Aix will offer a four-week program specifically tailored for Princeton students, with some cultural activities related to course contents, to enable students to interact with French native speakers outside of the classroom. Success in the Aix program will count as a pass in FRE207, a prerequisite for all higher-level French courses.

Program fee

The fee for 2016 is $2900 and covers all instructional costs, housing (homestay), breakfast and dinner, as well as all scheduled cultural activities related to course contents. Students are responsible for air fare (between $1300 and $1500 at the time of publication for round trip travel), train and other travel expenses, and personal expenses (including meals other than breakfast and dinner). Students on financial aid may apply to the Dean's Fund for Study Abroad to help cover these costs. They may also request a loan from Financial Aid to cover a part of the program budget that may remain unmet. Students in need of support, irrespective of aid status, may also apply for a grant from the Fred Fox ’39 Fund. Deadlines for these funding sources may be earlier than departmental decisions on admission to the course.

How to Apply

Applications for the Aix-en-Provence program must be completed in the Global Programs System (GPS) by the final deadline of February 11, 2016. Early application is strongly encouraged and starts on December 15th, 2015. Interviews will start before the end of the deadline. They will take place in two rounds, the first one in January 2016, and the second one in February 2016. Final date for interviews is February 24th, 2016.
Please have your resume and required essay ready to upload into GPS in .pdf format. You will also download and print the “French Instructor Recommendation Form” from the GPS system. Please complete the top portion of the form and give it to your current French Instructor or last French instructor, who will return it to you in a sealed, signed envelope.
Submit your completed French Instructor Recommendation Form in the sealed envelope to Kathy Varra in the Department of French and Italian main office in 303 East Pyne Building, no later than February 11 at 1:00 p.m.
Once you have completed your application in GPS and handed in your form to Kathy Varra, you may schedule an interview by logging in to WASS, using or to see the calendar of appointments, which will be available by January 3rd, 2016. Please call Kathy Varra at 8-4502 or email her at if you have any difficulties or questions regarding your application.
The selection of participants will be announced by early March and those selected will then need to attend a pre-departure meeting, where they will be provided with information to prepare them for the program.
Bonne chance…Et bon travail!