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  • Locations: Brest, France; Paris, France
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: UC applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
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: Transfer Credit, UC Credit Click here for a definition of this term Registration Term: Summer
Language Courses Offered: Yes Language of Instruction: English, French
Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: No Housing Options: Hotel, Residence Hall
Program Lead Faculty: Anne-Marie Jezequel Program Advisor: Bene Khoury
Program Description:


Program Overview

June 13 - July 25, 2020 :  $5,950

Brest Flyer 2019.pdf

This program is led by Professor Anne-Marie Jézéquel, a native from France who was born and raised in Brest, Brittany. 

The Study Abroad starts with 3 days of Discovery in Paris with a specialist in culture and history
followed by six  intense weeks in Brest , Brittany . Students are immersed in a French environment and practice the French language the all course. Daily courses taught by specialists of French as a Foreign Language at the School of Languages Ciel Bretagne   
Oral and written communication/ reinforcement of grammatical structures/ vocabulary enrichment/ work in a digital audio lab
 Afternoons: Culture and Heritage 
classes phonetics, Topics, classes and Lectures on the culture and economics of the region,  Introduction  on the culture and economics of the region by UC Professor, Dr. Jezequel.
The program is also the opportunity to discover the rich local heritage, his economy, and embrace the history of the battle of Normandy.
Aside from the language training, a 50 hour program of activities is offered:
  There will also be time to discover Brest , surrounding areas, and French culture (movies, concerts, festivals, day trips on weekends in Brittany). Saturdays  and some afternoons are dedicated to the discovery of the region  (. Students will enjoy french family lie as they stay in hosting families during their stay 

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1Sheltered from the Atlantic in a stunning bay at the western tip of France, Brest is a major port in the northwestern part of Brittany (France) with a rich distinctive culture and language. It is located in the region known as Finistère. With a stunning coastline with charming harbours, the region of Finistère provides beautiful beaches and a rocky coast ideal for water sports and shoreline exploration. 
Finistère translates as "end of the earth," or land's end. Perched on the ocean at the far northwestern end of Brittany (see map), Brest is Brittany’s second largest administrative centre, and has a great deal to offer.
Brest has a long history, and thanks to its strategic location a long naval history. It has been a port for both military and civilian ships. The Château on the water provides a glimpse of the past. Today, ferries and cruise ships often dock at Brest.

Although it was heavily bombed in 1944, this is by no means impacted the town’s most interesting feature: it has rebuilt itself around a vision of the future, with incredible constructions like the Pont de l'Iroise bridge, which crosses the river Elorn. An amazing feat of architecture, this magnificent cable-stayed bridge was opened in 1994. You can see the famous Brest harbour, the ‘Rade de Brest’, a sheltered area of the sea big enough for great ships to lie at anchor. 

Brest is also home to innovative and exemplary projects, such as the “plateau des Capucins” which obtained the Ecodistrict Label in 2009. This site is situated on one of the two banks of the Penfeld, a 16 km long coastal river, and offers an admirable 360° view over the city. At the same time being a district of business and culture, the city mixes monumental construction sites intended for the shipbuilding and places of art such as the Médiathèque or the Fournea.

One of Brest's best-known attractions is Océanopolis, a large aquarium that focuses on oceanographic research. This program will spend the first 3 days in Paris, and will then travel as a group to Brest.


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Who Can Participate?

Students at the following levels are eligible to participate in this program:  2

  • Freshmen
  • Sophomores
  • Juniors
  • Seniors
Minimum GPA of 2.3 required

Interview with Professor Anne-Marie Jézéquel is required. 


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Academic Program and Course InformationStudents in Classroom

Language classes will be from 9:15 am to 1:15 pm, Monday to Friday; France Today from 2pm to 3:30pm Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Weekly Cultural activities to discover Brest, surrounding areas, and French culture are included (movies, concerts, festivals, day trips).

This intensive language course provides an immediate immersion into French language and civilization. Language learning is practiced daily including the discovery of the heritage of Brittany. French culture and economic instruction is taught on site by Dr. Anne-Marie Jézéquel, program director. Students will create a group portfolio and write a personal essay based on their experience.

All students in this program are required to enroll in FREN 3061-001 Study Tour France for the Summer 2020 term (variable credit). In order to receive credit from the host institutions, students will also be registered for MLTI3000 in summer 2020. The UC International Office will register students for MLTI3000.

In order for UC International Office to register students in MLTI3000, you must have a Academic-Credit-Approval-Form.pdf signed by Dr. Irene I. Ivantcheva-Merjanska in the Romance Languages Department. Contact Irene at  Once signed, upload the signed form into your study abroad application at!
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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Faculty Bio

Anne-Marie Jézéquel, PhD in Romances Languages and Literatures (2006) 

Chevalier dans l'ordre des Palmes Académiques (2014)

Specialized in 20th century French and Quebec Literature, published articles on French writers such as Jean Rouaud and Marie Nimier. Author of "Louise Dupré, le Québec au féminin" (2008), the first study on the corpus of the literary work of Louise Dupré, poet, novelist, dramaturge from Montreal.

Experience teaching all levels of proficiency with emphasis on topics pertaining to French and francophone culture such as Business, Theatre, Fashion and Gastronomy. 

Professor Jézéquel has led study abroad programs for the last 10 years to France as well as to Canada. 

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Living Arrangements

This Study abroad includes hotel accommodations in Paris and in Host Families in Brest ( Bretagne) 

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Getting There3

Students are responsible for purchasing their own flights for this program.

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Program Costs

2020 Program Cost $6,233.00

Included in Program Cost:

  • Housing / accommodations in Brest and Paris
  • In Brest, lodging with host families will include breakfast and dinner on weekdays, and all meals on weekends.
  • In Paris, some meals (All breakfasts included, some lunches, all dinners) will be covered
  • In-country transportation for program-planned activities, train from Paris to Brest
  • Tuition and fees at the School of Languages CIEL BRETAGNE in Brest, France
  • Cultural excursions/entrance fees
  • International emergency and evacuation insurance
  • Private guides
  • Discussions with Guest Lecturers
Not Included in Program Cost:
  • UC Tuition – (at your standard tuition rate)
  • International airfare
  • MLTI3000 Study Abroad Fee ($200)
  • Passport application/renewal fees (~$165)
  • Recommended/required immunization/vaccination fees (~$)
  • Some meals (~$)
  • Personal spending/souvenirs (~$)

This program has been awarded a $400 UC International Scholarship (matriculated, UC degree-seeking students only). UC International scholarship requires a minimum 2.0 GPA.

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.

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

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UC Financial Aid and Scholarships

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

Please see this link for information on scholarships through the Romance Languages Department

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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

Anne-Marie Jézéquel, Ph.D.
of Department Romance Languages and literatures
(513) 556-1950

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This program is currently not accepting applications.