The opportunity to study abroad is a life-changing experience. You will see the world, learn to appreciate cultural differences, make new friends, and you will grow as a person. The Department of English, French, and Writing at King’s offers students the opportunity to spend their third year of the French Program studying in Lille, France.
Lille is a vibrant city in northern France situated on the Deûle River, near France's border with Belgium. The Université Catholique de Lille (link to http://www.univ-catholille.fr/index.asp) was founded in 1875 and is France’s largest private university consisting of six faculties and 20 Grandes Écoles.
French students who wish to spend their third-year studying at the Université Catholique de Lille will take courses in the Faculté Libre des Lettres et Sciences Humaines.
- Up to 4 students will be selected spend a full academic year in Lille during two terms (fall and winter) taking the equivalent of 5.0 courses
- Students will pay no fees to the Université Catholique de Lille, but will pay regular tuition fees at their home university.
- Students participating in the program will be eligible for CSAF assistance
- King’s students are eligible for the International Study Abroad scholarship ($2,000) and the Third-Year in Lille Awards ($4,000).
- Completion of the second year of a French module, including Fr 2605F and Fr 2906G (or Fr 2600E) as well as Fr 2900 (or Fr 2905A and 2906B); these courses must be completed by the end of April in second year.
- An average of 75% in second-year courses is normally required
- Only King’s University College students are eligible to apply for the Lille exchange
- All applications should be submitted by the end of January to a member of the full-time faculty in French at King’s.
- Applications are first adjudicated to determine eligibility based on academic criteria: academic performance and program of study.
- Performance in French courses is an important criterion used to evaluate applicants. Normally, students who are selected will have an average of 75% or above and will be in good academic standing prior to their selection for the exchange program.
- The academic program in which the student is enrolled is also an important factor in the selection process. An applicant must normally be enrolled, or be planning to enroll, before the beginning of the exchange, in a French module, and have met all requirements for progression into third year by the end of April. Preference will be given to students enrolled in an Honours French module, then a Major, and then a Minor.
- Students considered eligible at this stage are then invited to an interview with members of the French faculty in early February.
- Selections will be made by mid-February
The Ideal Candidate
- Has the support of his or her family and friends
- Is involved at King's and within the larger community
- Is open, friendly, curious and adaptable
- Shows cultural awareness and sensitivity
- Will be a true ambassador for King's, Western and Canada while on the exchange
Si vous adorez l'aventure, la culture et surtout le français, je vous encourage à passer votre troisième année d'études à Lille en France. Vous payez les mêmes frais de scolarité et vous apprenez à vivre à la française. Mais surtout ne vous limitez pas ; faites-vous des amis étrangers et français pour profiter le plus possible de votre séjour.Ryan Séguin, BA 2015
My exchange experience to Lille was life changing. I grew as an individual, becoming more culturally diverse and aware, while improving my written and spoken French. The exchange experience has provided me with a new outlook on life while opening many doors for me.Robert Matuszczak, BA 2015