Immerse yourself in the second largest French-speaking city, Montreal. Spend six weeks exploring the French vocabulary, grammar, language functions (agreeing and disagreeing, for instance), reading, writing, listening, speaking, and pronunciation. While you will participate in grammar classes and communication workshops, the sociocultural outings will give you a better understanding and mastery of the French language. You will be able to put your French to practice by exploring in their free time the Jean-Talon market, taking a spin aboard La Grande Roue de Montreal, soaking in the beauty of Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal, and having a picnic in Parc la Fontaine. By the end of this program, you should have a deeper familiarity and kinship with Montreal and Quebec society.
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.
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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.
Course Equivalency and Plan of Study
The Global Education Office has a Course Evaluation and Registration System
(CERS), which you will use to complete the steps needed to evaluate your courses abroad, and see how they will count at Mason. This database is accessible whether you have already applied, or are just beginning to think about studying abroad. Look at the courses in the database. You are by no means limited to these courses
. The database shows courses that have already been evaluated. You can request equivalency for any course not yet evaluated, through CERS.
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 the past, 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.
- 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 Deposit + First Payment + Final balance). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.
Application Deposit: A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
First Payment: A non-refundable First Payment of $1000 must be received by April 20. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
In the event that a student’s financial aid or VA Benefits is estimated to cover the entire costs of the study abroad program, the entire charge will be posted to their student account, since that is where the aid will be applied. In this case students do not pay their first payment through MasonAbroad. However students must submit their “Intent to Use Financial Aid” form by the first deposit deadline.
Final Balance: The final balance payment is due by May 5. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus your paid Application Deposit and First Payment. 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.
Withdrawal and Refund Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Withdrawal and Refund Policy.
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:
March 15, 2020
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.