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  • Locations: Montreal, Canada; Quebec, Canada
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: UC applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 11/15/2017
Rolling Admission 06/10/2018 06/30/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Program Type Detailed: UC Faculty-Led Program Program Type General: Faculty-Led
Level of Study: Graduate, Undergraduate Academic Theme: Language, Culture, and Humanities
Credit Offered: UC Credit Registration Term: Summer
Language Courses Offered: Yes Language of Instruction: French
Housing Options: Host Family, Residence Hall Program Lead Faculty: Jody Ballah
Program Advisor: Cory Smith, Matthew Paul
Program Description:



Program Overview

Be immersed in French language and culture with this program which travels to the French Canadian province of Québec. You will spend about two weeks in the European-like capital city of Québec City and study in a private college a short distance from the walled old city. You will then travel to the cosmopolitan city of Montréal to take language and culture classes at the University of Cincinnati’s partner institution Université de Québec à Montréal. Before leaving the USA, you’ll study some language, culture, and literature in order to whet your appetite.

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The Canadian province of Québec is Canada's Francophone region and site of Jacques Cartier's discovery of the country in 1534. We will spend two weeks in Québec City, the capital, which is a UNESCO world heritage site for its walled old city. Thousands of people travel to Québec City annually for its history, European charm and festivals. French is the official language in this province. We will spend one week in Montréal, Canada's second largest city and the largest Francophone city in the world outside of France. In Montréal, old world charm mixes with modern architecture, museums, restaurants, theatre and commerce.


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Who Can Participate?

Undergraduate, Graduate Students

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Academic Program and Course Information

This course provides students with a language and cultural immersion experience in the French speaking province of Québec. Students will take language classes and explore the unique history of French in Canada through excursions and field trips. A two-week stay in the capital city of Québec will trace the founding of Canada as New France in the 16th century and the often tumultuous French/English relations that continue today. In Montréal, students will live the vibrant combination of cultures in the largest Francophone city outside of France.

All students in this program are required to enroll in FREN 2065 - French Culture and Civilization for 3 credits for Summer 2018.
Tuition and fees are assessed based on total enrolled hours for a term. This includes the hours associated with the study abroad class. Students who enroll for more than 18 hours for the term will be assessed additional per credit hour fees over and above the flat fees associated with being enrolled full-time (for most students full-time is 12-18 hours).
Co-op students selected to participate in this program are required to enroll in the course during the designated term, regardless of when the student may be on co-op.  If the course is during a term when the student is on co-op, tuition and fees will be charged per a student’s residency status and college, based on the part-time per credit hour rate.
A student can see his/her full and part time tuition rates and college fees here (use left-side navigation menu to click into the relevant academic year):

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Jody Ballah is Associate Professor of French at University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College where she has taught French language, literature, culture and film courses since 2008. In addition to developing this program to Québec in 2010, Professor Ballah has been involved in several study abroad programs at UC: Haiti, Guadeloupe, Bordeaux. She has taught French and English in her native Canada, France, Mexico and the United States. Professor Ballah's research interests include French New Wave film, literary translation, and the representation of animals and nature in French Canadian literature.

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Living Arrangements

In Québec City, students will have the choice of living in the student residence or with a homestay family with a private bedroom and shared kitchen facilities. In Montréal, students will live in the student residence with a private bedroom and shared bathroom and kitchen facilities at the Université de Québec à Montréal - a downtown, centrally located campus. Generally bathrooms will be shared and there will likely be no air conditioning as this is not standard in Canada


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Getting There

The program will begin on Sunday, June 10, 2018 in Québec City. Students are required to arrive at the College by then. Depending on the number of students flying, group transportation can be arranged from the airport. For the return trip, students will depart on Saturday, June 30, 2018 from the Montréal International airport.

UC International does not recommend that students drive abroad due to the inherent dangers of driving in a country with different traffic laws, driving habits, and regulations relating to insurance. If, however, you elect to rent or drive a vehicle (including motorcycles, mopeds, and all other motorized vehicles as well as cars) while participating in travel or study abroad, the University will not be responsible for any damage, bodily injury costs or difficulties you may incur. It is your responsibility to know local driving laws and maintain adequate insurance. 

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Program Costs

 2018 Anticipated Program Cost: $2500

Included in Program Cost:
  • Housing / accommodations
  • Some meals
  • Cultural excursions/entrance fees
  • International emergency and evacuation insurance
  • Professional translator and private guides
  • Discussions with Guest Lecturers
Not Included in Program Cost:
  • Tuition – (at your standard tuition rate)
  • Cost of transportation to/from Quebec City
  • Passport application/renewal fees (~$165)
  • Some meals
  • Optional excursions
  • Personal spending/souvenirs
  • ISIC Card ($25)
This program has been awarded a $600 UC International Scholarship (matriculated, UC degree-seeking students only).  UC International scholarship requires a minimum 2.0 GPA. UCBA Honors students are eligible for an additional $200 scholarship

Note that both program charges and UC International scholarship will be posted separately on a student’s OneStop bill on the semester in which the course for the study abroad experience is given.  Program charges are posted shortly after students commit to the program through the online application process.  Scholarships are posted after all students 1) register for the course connected to the study abroad experience, and 2) complete all study abroad online paperwork.

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UC Financial Aid and Scholarships

For full details on using your financial aid to help pay for your study abroad experience, you should contact UC Financial Aid.

UC International awarded over $800,000 in student scholarships last year. Please refer to the UC International webpage for more information.

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Passports and Visas

A valid passport is essential to your international travel and study abroad. If you are planning to travel abroad, its best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. Please see the State Department’s passport page for more information.

In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access visa information is the US Department of State’s country information page  

UC International is happy to guide UC faculty, staff and students to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual UC traveler. Entry requirements change frequently and we advise you to pay close attention to consular updates. It is your responsibility to knowing and addressing the requirements for your host study abroad destination.

Applying for a visa can be a complicated process. Some UC travelers choose to third party to assist with this process, for example Travisa or A Briggs (mention UC for a possible discount).

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Health and Safety Abroad

UC International is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad. The following are a few resources for travel abroad.

UC faculty, students and staff are responsible for their own health and safety abroad. The US Department of StateCenters for Disease Control Prevention (CDC)and International SOS are excellent resources for country specific information.

UC partners with International SOS medical and security advice. UC code is 11BCAS000010

UC students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in the following ways:

  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety, and cultural tips
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad

UC faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel abroad through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)in case of an emergency abroad.

All UC students participating in a University of Cincinnati sanctioned or funded international travel program are required to purchase and maintain insurance while abroad. UC International partners with CISI to provide insurance for UC students.

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Contacts for More Information

Jody L. Ballah
UC Blue Ash, Foreign Language Department
Walters Hall 132
(513) 745-5657

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This program is currently not accepting applications.