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Québec: French Language & Francophone Culture

Dates: 11 May–15 June 2024
Application Deadline: 31 January 2024

Au nord! Spend spring semester 2024 in Québec City, the cradle of French civilization in North America. Immerse yourself in the world of a unique Francophone culture within the ramparts and amid the green spaces of a picturesque UNESCO World Heritage Site and thriving capital city. Designed to enable you to increase proficiency in the French language through coursework and real-world interactions, our curriculum will also introduce you to the literary, cultural, and historical traditions of French-speaking Canada. In partnership with the Université de Laval, language courses will be taken alongside other international learners, and BYU-specific courses will use the majestic city of Québec as our classroom. Venturing further afield, the program will include overnight excursions to Montréal and Ottawa/Gatineau, as well as day trips to the pastoral Île d’Orléans and impressive Chutes de Montmorency, along with hikes and other outdoor activities around Québec. The official motto of Québec is “Je me souviens” (I remember); join us for a Francophone adventure you will always remember as well!

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Robert J. Hudson
3133 JFSB
(801) 422-6554


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Students will enroll in 9 credit hours of coursework on the program: two level-specific language courses at the Université de Laval and one mandatory cultural elective on Francophone Canada, taught by Dr. Hudson and invited guests.

Students will test into one (or two) of the following language proficiency courses:

FREN 101—1st-Year French, Part 1 (4 credit hours)
FREN 102—1st-Year French, Part 2 (4 credit hours)
FREN 201—2nd-Year French, Part 1 (4 credit hours)
FREN 202—2nd-Year French, Part 2 (3 credit hours)
FREN 321—Advanced French, Part 1 (3 credit hours)
FREN 322—Advanced French, Part 1 (3 credit hours)

Students may choose to take any of the following courses while on this program:

FREN 211R/311R—2nd-/3rd-Year Conversation in French (2 credit hours each)
FREN 345/445—Francophone Culture (3 credit hours)
FREN 363—Contemporary France and the Francophone World (3 credit hours; GE Global & Cultural Awareness)
FREN 456R—Francophone Studies (3 credit hours; French major/minor, French Studies secondary major elective)

Students may not take any other courses on this program, including BYU Online courses, without approval by the program director and ISP.
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$3,800–4,300 (after a generous donation by BYU Canadian Studies)

Includes Latter-day Saint undergraduate full tuition (increased cost for graduate and non–Latter-day Saint students); housing, group transportation on field trips, weekly group meals, and international health insurance.

Does not include airfare ($400–750), prep course tuition, daily meals, transit in Québec, personal expenses, or passport.
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Funding Sources

Regular BYU tuition scholarships, Pell Grants, and Federal Insured Student Loans may be applied to study abroad programs.

Students who submit the financial aid section of the ISP application and who have a current FAFSA form on file at the Financial Aid Office (A-41 ASB) will be considered for a Study Abroad scholarship.

Academic departments and colleges may assist with scholarships and grants.

Private grants and scholarships outside of BYU may also assist (see
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BYU welcomes students from any university to apply to participate. Students must demonstrate a commitment to immersing themselves in Francophone culture and learning French.

Accepted students are required to participate in an international, cross-cultural preparation course (IAS 201R, 1 credit hour), a second-block evening course taught during the winter 2024 semester.

No prior language instruction is required.

Students must meet all country- and program-specific COVID and health requirements for travel.
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Students will be housed on-campus at the Université de Laval, with access to kitchenettes. Student cafés and cafeterias offer a diverse cuisine, and the dormitories are in close proximity to several traditional, ethnic, and fast food restaurants and markets.
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Students are responsible for purchasing their own airfare to and from the program sites. Airline reservations must be made through BYU Travel. Students should contact a BYU Travel agent.

BYU Travel
280 HRCB
(801) 422-6293
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Application Process

Students must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

Complete the online application here. A nonrefundable $35 application fee is required; applicants will be interviewed once the application is complete.

Students will be notified via e-mail of their acceptance into the program. The first payment is due upon acceptance; please refer to the Payment Information page.

Application Deadline: 31 January 2024
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Program Adjustments

International Study Programs (ISP) reserves the right to cancel this program, revise its offerings, or make any adjustments to the preliminary cost.

If it becomes necessary for ISP to cancel a program, all program payments made to BYU ISP will be refunded to the student’s BYU Financial account.

ISP is the only office authorized to cancel any of its programs.
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A specialist of early-modern French literature and culture, Dr. Robert J. Hudson holds a PhD in French & Francophone Studies from UCLA, served a mission to Paris, and has directed two previous study abroad programs in spring 2011 and fall 2017.

3133 JFSB
(801) 422-6554
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Contact Us

International Study Programs
101 HRCB
(801) 422-3686
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ISP Student Handbook

To see the student handbook, click here.
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Payment Schedule

To see the payment schedule, click here.