Study Abroad Programs


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We encourage you to spend some time studying abroad and exploring different cultures. Within our department, there are three study abroad programs: a summer program in Florence, Italy, a summer program in Paris, France, and a semester-long program in Angers, France. We also offer a variety of scholarships and financial aid options to help cover some of the cost.

Feel free to get in touch with the Office of Study Abroad or your study abroad advisor if you are interested in any of these programs.

Additionally, if you are thinking about spending a year in France, you may want to explore student-initiated programs (SIPs) at French universities by contacting the programs coordinator in the Office of Study Abroad. 

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Université Catholique de l'Ouest

Spend the semester in Angers, France studying French language and civilization. Learn more here.

Language Institute in Paris

As one of the USA’s oldest continuously offered academic summer programs (since 1958), the Summer Language Institute in France enables students to experience the cultural offerings of both the French capital and the regions of Normandy, Brittany, and the Loire Valley while completing intensive coursework in French language, history and civilization. Learn more here.

Language and Culture in Florence

This program offers students an opportunity to live and learn in Florence, Italy. Students will study intermediate Italian language and live with Florentine families for one or two months over the summer. Learn more here.


Other Programs and Destinations

Search the Office of Study Abroad page by program name, destination, language, and other filters, here.


Study Abroad Advisors


Study Abroad Academic Advisor, French language and culture courses

Prof. Antje Ziethen
antje.ziethen@ku.edu
785.864.9250
2064 Wescoe Hall

Study Abroad Academic Advisor, Upper level Italian courses

Prof. Patrizio Ceccagnoli
patrizio@ku.edu
785.864.9063
2062 Wescoe Hall

Study Abroad Academic Advisor, Italian language courses

Marina DeFazio
defazio@ku.edu
785.864.9064
2063 Wescoe Hall

Office of Study Abroad Program Coordinator

Tiffany Dixon
dixonty@ku.edu
785-864-3742
108 Lippincott Hall

 

The KU FFIT Study Abroad Scholarship

This scholarship is open to KU degree-seeking undergraduate students who have applied to an academic year, semester or summer study abroad program in a French or Italian speaking country where the program is a majority French or Italian. The Department of French, Francophone and Italian Studies will be awarding multiple scholarships of $1000 or more each term.  

Applications for Fall 2018 French & Italian study abroad scholarships are due on Thursday, March 1, 2018​, no later than 5:00 pm.  

Application Procedures

All applicants will be required to submit the following documents. Applicants who have not begun an application for a study abroad program will not be eligible for the scholarship. Please indicate in the letter of motivation any extenuating circumstances you would like the committee to consider in evaluating your application, including financial hardship or other challenges you have faced.

  • Scholarship Statement / Letter of Motivation (two pages maximum)
  • Unofficial Transcript or Advising Report
  • One Letter of Recommendation

Please note: You may choose the same referee for the study-abroad application and the scholarship application. Also, your referee may submit the same letter of recommendation. However, make sure to tell your referee beforehand that you are applying to the study abroad program AND a scholarship, as letters should be more detailed if also applying for a scholarship.

Submit your application here

All scholarship recipients will be expected to do a brief write-up of their experience abroad, preferably including photos. In cases where the scholarship is funded by a living donor, recipients will be expected to write a thank-you note.

 

The Clyde E. Jacobs Scholarship

One non-renewable award of $10,000. Applicants must be French majors who have completed, or are completing, their sophomore year, and are preparing to spend their junior year abroad in France on an accredited program at a French university. Applicants should have completed FREN 240, or 234.  Preference will be given to applicants who intend to spend a year (two semesters) in Angers at the Université Catholique de l’Ouest. Applications for 2018-19 are due on Thursday, March 1, 2018​, no later than 5:00 pm.  

Application Procedures

All applicants will be required to submit the following documents. Applicants who have not begun an application for a study abroad program will not be eligible for the scholarship. Please indicate in the personal statement/letter of motivation any extenuating circumstances you would like the committee to consider in evaluating your application, including financial hardship or other challenges you have faced.

  • Scholarship Personal Statement/ Letter of Motivation (two pages maximum), including an outline of the plan for study abroad (​Please Note: You may indicate in your letter /statement that you wish to be considered for a KU FFIT Study Abroad Scholarship, if you do not receive the Clyde E. Jacobs Scholarship)
  • CV (four pages maximum)
  • Unofficial Transcript or Advising Report
  • Two Recommendations (at least one of which should come from a French Instructor)

Please note: You may choose the same referee (French Instructor) for the study-abroad application and the scholarship application. Also, the referee can submit the same letter of recommendation. However, make sure to tell your referee beforehand that you are applying to the study abroad program AND this scholarship, as letters should be more detailed if also applying for a scholarship.

All scholarship recipients will be expected to do a brief write-up of their experience abroad, preferably including photos. In cases where the scholarship is funded by a living donor, recipients will be expected to write a thank-you note.

Submit your application here

 

The David A. Dinneen Study in France Fund

The department will be awarding $5,000 to a meritorious student participating in the Paris Summer Language Institute this year or studying abroad in France next fall. It is possible that the award will be divided between two students. Please note that no separate application is necessary. Student applying for a FFIT Study Abroad Scholarship will automatically be considered for the David A. Dinneen Fund.

All scholarship recipients will be expected to do a brief write-up of their experience abroad, preferably including photos. In cases where the scholarship is funded by a living donor, recipients will be expected to write a thank-you note.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Prof. Antje Ziethen Office hours: Wednesday 2-4pm.

 


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