French Summer Language Program

French Summer Language Program

From conjugating verbs to reading Proust and cooking ratatouille, the Summer Language Institute in French is both intense and intensely rewarding.

If you need to: 
      Fulfill your language requirement! 
If you need to:
     Pass your proficiency exam!
Or, perhaps, if you just want to:
     Prepare for your adventure in Life!
     French is spoken here!

The Department of French Language & Literature at the University of Virginia is pleased to offer its Summer Language Institute.  Upon successful completion of this rigorous yet rewarding 8 week near-immersion program, students will receive 12 credits for the first four semesters of elementary- and intermediate-level French language (FREN 1016, 1026, 2016, & 2026) and will satisfy the undergraduate language requirement at UVA and many other colleges and universities.   

Pedagogy and Philosophy

Grammar, vocabulary, culture, literature, film, and practice, practice, practice are served up by three different instructors each day.  After 8 weeks of intense study—and a good bit of dedication and fun!— you’ll be able to communicate orally and in writing at an intermediate level.  You’ll also be able to read authentic texts with and without the use of a dictionary, and will have an intermediate-level understanding of cultural concepts concerning France and the Francophone world.  In reaching this goal, competence is supported and accelerated by the Language Pledge—ceremoniously signed at the end of the third week—which requires students to participate exclusively in French in all Institute activities.

What students say about French SLI:

"SLI is a strong and very efficient language acquisition program that I would strongly recommend to everyone."

"The strength of the program is the professors. They were incredible."

"Extremely good staff who make learning an entire language 8 intense weeks actually fun."