French Study Abroad Opportunities

Where would you like to study abroad? A semester in France or in Tahiti? A May Term travel course to Paris or Senegal? Why not take advantage of more than one opportunity? Go global with French!

Working with the Peace Corps in Senegal

Senegal, in West Africa, has a long-standing relationship with the Peace Corps. In May 2014, Simpson students had the opportunity to try out the Peace Corps experience by helping with a project in a rural village. Living and working with local families, we integrated into village life and gained global perspectives and language skills along the way. We were also able to contrast rural Senegal with life in the bustling capital city of Dakar, where we spent a few days. The travel portion of the course concluded with a debriefing retreat on the Atlantic coast outside of Dakar.

Learn more about May Term 2014 in Senegal here. Have a look at the photos of our adventure below!

Semester in Tahiti

How about living and studying for a semester on the tropical island of Tahiti in the South Pacific? Through a partnership with the University of French Polynesia, you can do just that! Tahiti is a fascinating place where Western and non-Western cultures mix, where post-colonial issues are at play, and where the geography contrasts completely with that of the Midwestern United States. Why not learn French in the tropics and gain a whole new perspective on the world?

Semester in France

A new partnership with the Catholic University of the West in Angers makes it possible for Simpson students to spend a semester immersed in the language and culture of France. The French-for-foreigners institute on campus allows students from beginning to advanced levels to work on their French skills and helps them integrate into the local community. Angers is on a high-speed train line, making it an easy hub from which to explore other areas of France as well.

May Term Travel Courses

How about taking a travel course to a French-speaking destination during May Term? A variety of course topics and locations have been offered in the past: "French-American Cultural Differences" in France, "Arts and Apes" in Rwanda, "Polynesian Culture" in Tahiti, and more. During May Term 2013, "Castles, Colorful Characters, and Crucial Moments in French History" took students to Paris to delve into the richness of its past. In May 2014, "Working with the Peace Corps in Senegal" gave students a unique opportunity for linguistic and cultural immersion in West Africa.