After completing the travel study tour, the group will travel to Lille for the remaining four weeks of the program.
With a population of over one million, Lille is the cultural, economic, and historic center of northeastern France. It is located only one hour by train from Paris, two hours from London, and three hours from Amsterdam. Two weekends in Lille are free for travel. More information about the European Summer Program is available online.
For program cost information, see the above Summer Budget Sheet. Early application is advisable for all NC State Summer Programs.
The academic program is located at the Université Catholique de Lille. Classes are held during the week and will be taught by local faculty and supervised by the NC State Faculty Director, Dr. Diane Beckman (NCSU) and Lille Summer Program Coordinator, Mme Audrey Vanpeperstraete. Students can earn up to 6 credits.
All students choose one language skills course (FLF 101, 102, 201, 202, or FL 395*) which includes daily French language training and additional hours of small group tutorials.
All students may then choose ONE additional course from the following offerings. These courses will be taught in English (or French, if there is sufficient demand). Please note that all courses are subject to minimum enrollment requirements, and courses which do not enroll a sufficient number of students may not be offered. Tentatively, the following courses will be offered:
PS 341/FL 395 - European Politics
(counts as a Social Science GEP requirement; taught in English)
In the past, this course will consist of three components: "Intercultural Communications," an introduction to some of the fundamental cross-cultural differences in communication, works or working and interacting; "Introduction to European Political Systems," which includes a one-day field trip to European institutions in Brussels; "Introduction to European Economic Systems," with a focus on the European economy, and European institutions and expansion.
FL 216 - Art and Society in France
(counts as Arts & Letters GEP Requirement; taught in English)
In the past, this course will consist of three components: "Contemporary French Cinema," which covers major trends in contemporary French films with discussion in English and films in French with English subtitles; The cinema module includes six hours of class, plus the viewing of three French films. "Introduction to French Literature," a survey of important writers from André Gide to the Nouveau Roman, and "Intercultural Communications," an introduction to some of the fundamental cross cultural differences in communication, works or working and interacting.
FL 395 - French Culture and Society (taught 70% in French)
FL 395 - European Business and Management (taught in English)
* NC State French majors and minors please note: Any of the non-language courses may be taken to fulfill a French major/minor requirement. Students wishing to take this class for FL 395 major/minor credit must complete a short final paper in French for the Lille/Paris/Normandy Summer program.
During the travel study tour, students are housed in hotels and will receive breakfast daily.
In Lille, students will be housed in university residence halls. During the week, breakfast will be provided in the dorm and lunch tickets will be available for the University Cafeteria. For Dinner and on weekends, students are responsible for their own meals.
The Director will notify students of the required arrival date and time. Transportation will be arranged in France for students, so it is highly recommend students arrive when requested. Additionally, the Director will reserve seats on a specific flight, which students are encouraged to book. However, students will be required to make any deposits/payments directly to the travel agent. Students may also choose to make their own arrival arrangements.
Excursions & Events
The program in Lille includes many social and cultural activities. Planned field trips during the stay in Lille include a day trip to Brussels, “the capital of Europe,” and a half-day trip to Bruges, the “Venice of the North.” In addition, students will have weekends free for personal travel.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Financial aid is generally available to help qualified NC State students meet the expenses of NC State study abroad programs. Students from other institutions should contact their home institution study abroad and financial aid offices for information. For additional funding, NC State students should consider applying for a study abroad scholarship from the Study Abroad Office.
Dr. Diane Beckman is Teaching Assistant Professor of French and Comparative Literature at North Carolina State University. She has lived and traveled in France extensively over the past 30 years, and has regularly served as Director of the NC State Lille Summer Programs since 2004. See http://vimeo.com/channels/lille for films about Lille and France made by Dr. Beckman and her husband, Douglas Harned. Learn more about Dr. Beckman on our Faculty Spotlight page!
For further information contact:Dr. Diane Beckman
Foreign Languages and Literatures
423 Withers Hall
Information Sessions in Withers 441:
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 4-5 pm
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 4-5 pm
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 4-5 pm
The University reserves the right to alter the program format and/or costs in case of conditions beyond its control. If the program is canceled or a student withdraws, a refund of program costs may not be available in all cases. Please refer to the Study Abroad Office Refund Policy for details. Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org