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LSU in the French Alps
Barcelonnette, France; Paris, France (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Summer
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Housing Options: Hostel/Hotel Language Prerequisite: 4 semesters of language
APA Program Type: Summer Programs Credit Type: LSU courses & credit
APA Advisor: Jill Clemmons
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LSU in the French Alps 2018

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LSU in the French Alps is an intensive, four-week language immersion program set in the breathtakingly beautiful Ubaye Valley, an area with historic ties to south Louisiana.  Participants live, work, and play in the Alpine town of Barcelonnette, nestled among majestic mountains and traversed by the Ubaye River.

The immersive nature of LSU in the French Alps and the limited number of participants (10 students, maximum) guarantees that you will make a maximum amount of progress in French in a very short time.  In addition to perfecting your language skills, you will also have the chance to participate in volunteer internships, adapted to your professional and personal interests.  

alpsbakeryIn the past, internships have included:

  • Chocolate shop
  • Bakery
  • Chef's kitchen
  • Veterinarian's office
  • Equestrian center
  • Clothing boutique
  • Toy store
  • Office of Tourism
  • Elementary school
  • Airport
  • Bike shop
  • Regional specialty shops
When you're not learning to make pastries, repair bicycles, or groom horses, you will learn about the region and its people first-hand.  We actually become part of the town, rather than just visiting it, and spend much of our time with locals, talking, eating, and visiting places of interest.  The people of Barcelonnette serve as our guides as we sample regional goat's cheeses at farms, stroll through the local farmers' market, visit beekeepers, learn folk dances at a Provençale version of a fais-dodo, enjoy a midnight behind-the-scenes tour of a bakery, and make bread under the guidance of an artisanal baker.

student with goatBarcelonnette is a natural wonderland with unlimited opportunities for walking, running, and biking.  You will also have ample time to learn to skip stones, identify local flora and fauna, play pétanque, and spot marmottes, the furry mascots of the region.  We will regularly organize group hikes and picnic excursions to see lakes, waterfalls, and rock formations.  Optional adventure activities, such as mountain biking, horseback riding, river rafting, rock climbing, and parasailing are available through local guides.  

Finally, in addition to giving you a real-life glimpse of la France profande, this trip also provides you with the chance to tour the capital city of Paris and discover many other parts of the country!  Planned excursions include:
  • Gallo-Roman village of Gordes 
  • Aix-en-Provence - a hip college town famed for its fountains
  • Les Baux de Provence
  • Roman ruins at Glanum
  • Nice and Menton

For an exhilarating summer and a learning experience like no other, join us in 2018!

Want to meet the students and faculty who will be going with you to France?  Join our Facebook group!

Dates & Costs

Start Date End Date Program Fee LSU Tuition & Fees
(Undergraduate, 6 hours)
May 23 June 23 $4,525 instate: $2,784
out of state: $6,888

Program Fee Includes

  • Alps DinnerHousing 
  • 2 meals/day in Paris and 3 meals/day in Barcelonnette
  • Ground transportation in France
  • Fieldtrips, tour guides, and cultural events
  • Health insurance


Paris: you will be in double rooms (each room has its own bathroom) at the FIAP Jean Monnet.  Towels and bed linens are provided.  This is a coin-operated laundromat inside the FIAP. 

The FIAP is a modern, comfortable residence centrally located near the metro line to the Eiffel Tower and the Champs Elysees.  It is two metro stops from the theatre and entertainment district of Montparnasse, and a short walk from the catacombs and the Park Montsouris.

Barcelonnette: you will live in shared rooms at the Centre Jean Chaix.  The Centre is close to the town center, and you will share a room with one or two other students from the program.  Meals are served family style in the cafeteria, and the Centre has a tv/video room, laundry service, game room, and a large outdoor recreation area.

Program Fee Does NOT Include

Tuition and Fees: All students must pay tuition and fees for all courses taken through LSU.  The tuition you pay is based on whether or not you are a resident of Louisiana.  If you are an out of state student, you will pay out of state tuition and fees.

Airfare: Each student arranges his/her own airfare.  Your Program Director, Ms. Ashley Luoma, will tell you when to purchase your airfare.  Do not purchase a ticket until you are told to do so.  Some students choose to fly with another student on the program.  You will have the chance to meet the other students and hear more details about purchasing airfare at the program orientation, usually held during the spring semester.  

Once you are told to purchase airfare, you should plan to fly into Paris on May 24 (which means you leave the US on May 23) and depart from Paris on June 24

Spending money: Students should budget $300 for meals not covered in the program fee.  In addition, you will want funds available for souvenirs, outings with friends, and entertainment during your free time.


hiking viewsStudents must have completed five semesters of French and be able to pass an interview in French; interviews will be conducted in February, 2018.  

All applications will be placed on a waitlist until the interviews have been conducted.

Please consult the LSU General Catalog for course descriptions and prerequisites. 

All students on the LSU in the French Alps program take two courses (six credit hours).  Both courses count towards the completion of the French minor and major.
Course Description
FREN 3058 Advanced Conversation
FREN 3090 Francophone Texts and Contexts
FREN 4100 Special Topics in French Language & Literature



April 14 10:00am Parents' Orientation
May 2 Fee bills available via myLSU
May 8-10 Classes on LSU's campus
May 17 Fee bills are due
May 23 Depart the US
May 24 arrive in Paris; check into the FIAP; group dinner
May 25 Paris: walking tour of the Rive Gauche and Île de la Cité; Centre Pompidou; group dinner
May 26 Paris: walking tour of the Rive Droite; moonlit cruise on the Seine
May 27 Depart Paris; train to Aix-en-Provence; travel to Barcelonette; check into the Centre d’Oxygénation Jean Chaix; welcome dinner 
May 28 Barcelonnette: orientation to Jausiers and Barcelonette; driving tour of the area; afternoon hike; Abbey of Fouillousee; sample regional goat cheeses
May 29 Barcelonnette: internships begin
May 30 Barcelonnette: internships
May 31 Barcelonnette: internships; visit to local museum
June 1 Barcelonnette: internships; visit local porcelain artist
June 2 Barcelonnette: hike; engraving shop
June 3 Barcelonnette: internships
June 4 Barcelonnette: internships; scenic driving tour; La Maison de Bois
June 5 Barcelonnette: internships; guided tour of Jausiers
June 6 Barcelonnette: local market; group hike to Le Lauzanier; music festival
June 7 Barcelonnette: Festival du Bois
June 8 Barcelonnette: internships; group dinner
June 9 Barcelonnette: internships
June 10 Barcelonnette: day hike with Botany professor; Arnaudville-themed tour of Jausiers and cathedral; reception at town hall
June 11 Barcelonnette: Atelier chez Monique; optional engraving workshop; preparation for Via Ferrata
June 12 Barcelonnette: Via Ferrata (optional) or internships
June 13 Barcelonnette: internships; discussion of current events in French politics at the Café Choucas; LSU in Paris students arrive; group dinner; optional rafting excursion
June 14 Barcelonnette: internships; dinner chez les Mercier
June 15 Barcelonnette: internships
June 16 Barcelonnette: tour the Fragonard perfume factory; visit Menton; group picnic
June 17 Barcelonnette: Fête de la Musique
June 18 Barcelonnette: internships; pasta making workshop; photo exhibition at the Barcelonette Museum; group dinner
June 19 Barcelonnette: internships; group dinner
June 20 Barcelonnette: hike to rock formations (les Demoiselles Coiffées); group picnic; presentation by local beekeeper; visit to Apiland
June 21 Depart Barcelonnette; travel to Aix-en-Provence; visit l'Occitane in Provence along the way
June 22 Aix-en-Provence: Les Baux de Provence and Les Carrières de Lumière
June 23 Program ends; return to Paris to fly home the next day, or continue to explore Europe on your own
Aug 1 Grades are available via myLSU

Interviews in French (January, February): Acceptance into the program is conditional, pending your interview results


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Ms. Ashley Luoma
Program Director
French Ashley Luoma

Eligibility & Withdrawal

paddle boatingIn order to be eligible for the program, you must:

  • Pass an interview conducted in French
  • Have completed at least five semesters of French at the university level (students who have completed FREN 2102 or equivalent preparation may also be taken into consideration)
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 (undergraduate) or 3.0 (graduate students)
  • Be at least 18 years old by the first day of the program
  • Not be on disciplinary or scholastic probation
  • Have the prerequisites for the courses

NOTE: This program is open to students from all disciplines. 

Application Deadline
January 19, 2018

Although the application deadline is January 19, you are advised to register early in order to secure a spot in the program. The program will fill on a first come, first served basis from those who meet the eligibility requirements.

Deposit: A $500 deposit will be placed on your LSU billing statement at the time that you apply to the program. 

The $500 deposit is nonrefundable after February 2, 2018.

Payment Deadlines: the $500 deposit is put on your billing statement and is due at the time that the charge appears.  The rest of the program fee (minus the $500 deposit) and the tuition/fees for the courses will appear on your summer fee bill.  Those fee bills are available via myLSU in early May and are due in mid-May (exact dates TBD by the Registrar).

If you withdraw from the program: After February 2, you will be responsible for making payments on your study abroad program, even if you do not go on the program. The amount that you will owe is based on the date on which you withdraw. The schedule of payments for withdrawals is:

Date Withdrawal Costs
February 2, 2018 $500 deposit is non-refundable; student is obligated to pay for any non-refundable reservations the program has already paid, or is already contractually obligated to pay, on the student's behalf

Parents: Have questions about the study abroad process?  Want to ask questions?  We have a Facebook group just for parents of students going on our summer programs!  Join us here.

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Housing Comments
Jean-Chaix was quaint but comfortable, and it's hard to complain about the location. The French Alps and Barcelonnette were beautiful.
     — Summer Semester, 2015 Participant
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