Office of Study Abroad and Outreach

WIFI France

WIFI France

Conducted in cooperation with the Institut Mediteraneen de Langues et Services in Montpellier, France, this Study Abroad Program provides a unique combination of theory in the classroom, practice of the language and experience in the community.

Location(s)  Montpellier, France
Term   Summer 2020
Credit   FR 361 & FR 499, 3 sh each   
Class Sessions All class sessions held on-site in France
Travel Dates June 2020  ( exact dates TBA)
Housing   Home-stay 
Passport Required
Visa (for US citizens) Not required
GPA 2.5
Hours completed 12
Student Judicial Good status
Grad credit No
Non-WIU   No
Pre-requisite FR 122 or equivalent or instructor permission
Student Year Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior


Entry Requirements

Passport required  - Must be valid until at least January 5, 2021

Visa required if not a US citizen.  It is your responsibility to check the Consulate General of France in Chicago website for more information.  Visa cost not included in program cost.


Health Insurance

You must have international health insurance for the time you will be on your program. Only two options are approved to meet this requirement:

Health Precautions

Walking/mobility - Expect to walk 1-2 miles per day.  It is not consecutive but scheduled throughout the day.  Walking will sometimes be over uneven, hilly terrain and up/down flights of stairs.  You will also be responsible for handling your own luggage.

Environmental - Highs in the upper 70s, lows around 60.  Excursions and some portions of the program will be conducted outside, rain or shine.  Sun protection is strongly recommended  

Dietary - Some meals are included in the program cost. Contact Kim McDaniel  if you have food allergies or other dietary restrictions.  

Vaccinations - No are required for entry into France.  Up to date vaccination recommendations are available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website .

Accessibility and accommodation may be very different than that found in the United States.  Please contact the Disability Resource Center for questions on the availability of accommodations for your specific situation.

PLEASE NOTE   It is your responsibility to request accommodation from the DRC; faculty and staff are not legally permitted to inquire about such needs.  Requests should be made as early as possible so there's sufficient time to arrange accommodations in your location.


Costs & Dates

Estimated Cost* $6,000-$6,300 based on 2018 offering
Included in the program Round trip airfare from Chicago, in-country transportation, lodging (home-stay), entry fees to scheduled sites, some meals
Application Deadline February 2, 2020
Application Fee $75 due February 27, 2020
Non-refundable deposit $1,000 due February 28, 2020
Final payment $5,000-5,300 due March 31, 2020

  * Costs are subject to change based on student enrollment

WIU reserves the right to adjust the cost or arrangements of this program due to insufficient enrollment or circumstances beyond the University's control.  For details about this or individual withdrawals, see Cancellations and Withdrawals.

Important Dates

Passport copy deadline: April 1, 2018.   Failure to meet this deadline will result in removal from the group flight and possible increased costs.

Pre-departure meeting: TBA, Spring 2020



Credit offered

FR 361 - Taught by Dr. Edmund Asare.  Includes cultural and service learning components of program    

FR 499 (French Language course) - Taught by IMLS instructors.  Placement at IMLS determined by Foreign Languages.

Participation in this program counts as upper-division elective credit for FL majors/minors.  Helps fulfill Study Abroad requirement for French Teacher Education majors.  Option for Foreign Language/Global Issues graduation requirement.

Please check with your academic advisor for more information on how this Course fits your specific academic needs.

  • Improve your speaking/listening and reading/writing skills in French in a total language and cultural immersion environment
  • Learn aspects of French culture not easily gained from traditional classroom instruction--habits, food, traditions, etc.--by living and interacting with a host family
  • Utilize your French by volunteering with various groups, arranged through IMLS
  • Visit important historical sites including the papal city of Avignon, the ancient Roman city of Nimes, the Louvre in Paris and many more
Class sessions

Active class participation, including contribution to discussions and attendance, is expected in all phases of the Course.  Students are responsible for completing pre-departure assignments including readings and discussion participation, attendance and active participation during on-site visits, guest lectures and activities, and post-return assignments.  Questions about course content should be directed to Dr. Edmund Asare .




Contact Us

Kim McDaniel
For Faculty Led

Horrabin Room 8


Advising appointments

Dr. Edmund Asare
Faculty leader

Morgan Room 332F


Information Sessions

October 13, 4 pm

October 28, 4 pm

All meetings held on Google Meets. Register to receive link