This unique French language program is designed so Mason students can spend six weeks in Montreal! Classes explore French vocabulary, grammar, language functions (agreeing and disagreeing, for instance), reading, writing, listening, speaking, and pronunciation. By the end of this program, students should expect to have a better understanding and mastery of French but also a deeper familiarity and kinship with Montreal and Quebec society. Students will participate in grammar classes, communication workshops, and sociocultural outings.
This is a transfer credit summer school program through the University of Québec at Montréal (UQAM)
and is open to six levels of French learners:
Students will earn 6 credits upon successful completion of the program.
Mason undergraduate students and high school seniors who have received admission to Mason. Minimum 2.5 GPA.
Students will earn transfer credits on this six week intensive French language program. Students will participate in sessions A and B at UQAM. Students will take an online placement test before arrival to determine their French level (and will be placed into one of six levels).
Oral Communication Workshops
||Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 12:00 PM (noon)
||3 to 4 times a week from 1:00 to 3:00 PM
*These workshops are punctuated with various activities.
Students take part in communication workshops which help them gain more confidence, predominantly in oral skills, while broadening the richness of the vocabulary through an array of communicative activities both fun and challenging. These workshops give the opportunity to discover and deepen insight of some sociocultural aspects of Montreal, Quebec, and Canadian realities. Examples include:
Phonetics and Pronunciation Workshops
- Old Montreal Guided Tour: a hike punctuated by a meeting with the magnificent Montreal city history, all with respect of the student's linguistic learning levels.
- Outing to the Jean-Talon / Atwater Market: an exploration of flavors, dishes, and local products through a gourmet discovering rally.
- Visit to the McCord Museum: a sound game (musical, poetic and theatrical) initiates and conducts the quest of various objects witnessing Montreal's historical evolution.
- Mont-Royal Exploration: interviews with the mountain's passionate hikers gives exceptional access to this natural environment.
- Creating a Photo Report: a story developed through the preparation, design and montage of original pictures builds nothing less than precious lasting memories.
Practice-oriented and animated by a specialist, two phonetics and pronunciation workshops enable the participant to become familiar with the settings and sounds spellings to practice their right pronunciation. It is through repetitions, aloud readings, and different games that the student develops this skill.
"Talkin' with your Mouth Full"
Students have the opportunity to once visit a nearby UQAM park to eat and "talk with their mouth full" at lunch time. Supervised and led by a team of language monitors, this linguistic picnic represent a great opportunity and an original way to further practice the chosen language, while enjoying and sharing free lunches in a relaxed and friendly environment.
Choosing Courses Abroad
This program does not have pre-approved classes. It is your responsibility to select courses and get them approved for transfer credit. To facilitate this process, you will complete the Petition for Transfer of Credit (PTC) Form. You will have access to the PTC form when you open an application.
You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to look at this institution’s courses ahead of time to see how they will match up to your Mason degree requirements. Talk to your academic advisor about what courses you will need to receive credit for during your time abroad to stay on-track for your degree. When looking at courses keep in mind that course schedules can change. We recommend having twice as many courses approved as necessary.
Students will stay in one of the following campus residence housing options:
Students will enjoy access to the UQAM sport center and those excursions provided through the program. In 2017, these included a trip to Quebec City, an outing to the Mont-Tremblant, a visit to the Village Québécois d'Antan (Drummondville) and an excursion to Espace pour la vie. Details of the excursions from 2017 can be found here.
*2018 excursions will be updated as soon as they are available.
- Tuition and fees
- Placement exam
- Access to UQAM Sport Center
- International Emergency Insurance
- Pre-departure Orientation at Mason
- Passport fees
- Required textbooks and/or course materials
- Personal spending
Students on GEO programs must pay the advertised program cost order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (application fee + deposit + final balance). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.
Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of $1000 must be received by April 18, 2018 in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. Students who are using financial aid may have the deposit deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
Final Balance: The final balance payment is due by May 2, 2018. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus your paid application fee and deposit. Students who are using financial aid may have the payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
Financial Aid: Students who intend to use financial aid to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the deposit deadline. This form is available once you have started your application for this program in MasonAbroad.
For more information on payments and financial aid:
GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
Application fee: $200 for Mason students.
Official Transcripts: An official copy of your Mason transcript is required as well as copies of official transcripts from any other college or university you have attended.
Passport Status: If you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now.
Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents.
Questionnaires: Read and complete the documents according to the instructions.
Intent to Use Financial Aid Form: For Mason students only. If you use financial aid, this form must be completed by your financial aid counselor and submitted by the deposit deadline.
*Additional paperwork may be required for this program and can be viewed inside your application.