Creative Writing/English

Paris & Rennes, France


Fall 12-week, 2014

The Faculty:

Ella Kirk, Professor of French 

The Courses:

French 203: Daily contact with native speakers in normal situations give students the opportunity to work naturally toward greater fluency.  The reading and discussion of newspapers and weekly magazines and keeping a personal journal will help participants to acquire vocabulary, awareness of current issues, and familiarity with everyday language.

French 215/280: Participants will read, analyze and discuss examples of contemporary French literature.  Those who have already taken level 215 will enroll in level 280.

French 251: At study of the people of France, their culture and customs.  This course will introduce participants to French geography, political and social institutions, education, technology, family traditions and the arts.

Prerequisite:  FRENCH 20200 or permission from Professor Kirk.


Class Requirements:  Orientation sessions will be held on campus prior to departure.  Once in France, students are required to write a journal in French in which they record their field trips, experiences with their host families, and views on the various excursions taken with the entire group.  Participants will also engage on a daily basis with French natives, read about current events in daily newspapers, journals, magazines, go to movies and/or theatrical productions.

Classes begin at Hiram College on campus for the first week of the 12-week semester.

Five courses beyond French 20100 are required to complete a minor in French.  By participating in this term

abroad, students may easily complete a minor in French by taking one more course upon return to Hiram.

Hiram's Professor Ella Kirk is leading and teaching this program prior and during the semester.

Hiram students/participants will be housed with French families during their 10-week stay in Rennes.


The first week abroad will be spent in Paris, visiting Le Louvre, Notre Dame, L'Arc de Triomphe, la Tour Eiffel, Sacré Coeur, the Sorbonne, and numerous other famous sites.

Weeks 2-11 abroad, participants will live with host families and study at the Franco-American Institute of Rennes, an organization with whom we have been partners for over 10 years.  During this time, students will have an opportunity to travel to Musée de Bretagne, Mont St. Michel, Saint Malo, Carnac, and the Normandy beaches.


Estimated Program Costs:

$7,000 above tuition, room, and board.  Costs include round trip airfare from Cleveland, in-country programming, meals and lodging  Personal expenses, passport fees, and independent travel are not included.  Hiram students living on campus will not be charged Hiram room and board for the duration of this trip.

Application Deadline:  March 17, 2014

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For advising and more information, please contact:

  • Jeff Swenson,
    Department Chair and Associate Professor
  • 330-569-5328
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