What kind of program is it?

  • Six-week intensive summer French program for undergraduate and graduate students selected from some of the best academic institutions in the United States.
  • 7 advanced-level courses in French studies, and in Drama studies from which to choose 2 courses.
  • 3-4 guest speakers are invited to talk about a wide range of topics (Eg. : « L’anniversaire de la publication du Deuxième sexe de Simone de Beauvoir », « Les processus de radicalisation », « Mai 68 »). Attendance to these events is mandatory.
  • It is a full-immersion program: Every participant is required to speak French at all times. All classes are conducted in French. All communications are in French.
  • 40-50 participants from nearly 20 institutions (including Bard, Bowdoin, Georgetown, Harvard, Yale, etc.). About 12 students per class.
  • The program is open to students regardless of gender. Some courses carry graduate credit. Applicants must have strong academic records and have completed a course in French at a third-year college level or the equivalent.

When is it?

  • From Thursday, June 6 to Saturday, July 21, 2019.

How does it work?

  • Classes meet four days a week for two hours per session (except graduate seminars). Wednesday is a reading day (no class). Excursions are offered on Saturdays. The first three are mandatory, the last two optional. Social and cultural activities are also offered during the week (Eg.: cooking workshop, wine tasting, movies night)
  • Excursions take participants to places of interest in Provence where they would not necessarily go by themselves (Eg.: canoeing to the Pont du Gard, Provençal “farmers’ market” of Uzès, medieval castle of Les Baux de Provence).

What makes it distinctive?

  • A rigorous, engaged and lively academic setting.
  • Participation of graduate students from some of the strongest programs in the US.
  • Faculty from top American and French academic institutions offering new high-quality stimulating courses every summer (thereby offering the possibility to students to participate two years in a row). The team of instructors and the list of course are renewed on a yearly basis.
  • The experience of living in a walkable medieval walled city.
  • Avignon’s world-famous incomparable theatre festival which takes place during the last three weeks of the program (showcasing more 1000 plays).
  • A competitive price ($6,400 tuition fee + $500 program fees + airfare + housing and meals).
  • Family-like atmosphere. A Bryn Mawr faculty director, and French and American assistants are there to help, in case of emergency, 24/7.

How’s Avignon?

  • Very walkable. Medieval walled city. Avignon was the seat of Western Christianity in the 14th century (hence the world-famous historical Pope’s Palace).
  • It is somewhat quiet during the first three weeks of the program, and very busy during the international theater festival.
  • Avignon enjoys a hot climate, but gets chilly when the “Mistral” wind blows.
  • It is 2h30 from Paris by train. Connected to Paris airport by train (3h). 45 minutes by train from the port city of Marseilles (and its international airport).
  • Ile de la Barthelasse across the Rhone river is the largest river island in Europe and is a good place for picnics, walks, and runs.

What about housing?

Three options, most of them centrally located:

  • Student housing (basic, most affordable option)
  • Private studios (more expensive)
  • Homestay (includes breakfast and dinner, recommended for best fully-immersion experience)

What is covered by the cost of the program?

  • INCLUDED: tuition, conferences, excursions, social and cultural activities.
  • NOT INCLUDED:  travel to and from France, books, housing and meals.

What else do perspective participants need to know?

  • Participants may wish to plan to travel before and after the program. It is an intensive program: between classes, homework, conferences, excursions, social and cultural activities, there is little time to travel during the program although students are certainly welcome to explore the region on the weekend, which is easily done by public transportation.
  • Provence is filled with places of interest and offers various types of experiences (Roman vestiges, wine and cheese tasting, small villages, castles, and Roman vestiges, lavender fields, hiking, canoeing, beach, etc.).
  • A perfect attendance record is expected from all participants.
  • Participants are expected to speak French at all time. Six weeks, fully immersed can make a big difference in language acquisition.
  • The euro has been approximately 15% stronger than the American dollar.
  • Easy application process online.
  • Scholarships are available.
  • For financial aid, here are a few links:

NAFSA – U.S. Study Abroad Scholarships and Grants List

Study Abroad Scholarships

Go Overseas Study Abroad Scholarships

Alliance Francaise de Philadelphie – Pierre C. Fraley Scholarship


What is the TIMELINE?

  • March 1, 2019: deadline to submit application.

  • Late March, 2019: acceptance letters mailed and scholarships awarded.
  • April 15: deadline to commit to participation.
  • Thursday, June 6: students arrive in France.
  • Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8: meetings and guided tour of the city.
  • Friday, July 20: last day of class.
  • Saturday, July 21: participants leave Avignon.

More about Applications & Scholarships


Application Forms

We strongly encourage that all applications are sent by March 1, 2019.  Applications without scholarship are accepted after the March 1 deadline. All applications received after March 1 are accepted on a rolling admission basis, but space is limited.

If you are unable to complete the on-line application, please contact avignon@brynmawr.edu or call 610-526-5984. Paper applications are available for those who are not able to apply on-line. The processing fee for a paper application is $25.

Scholarships are available on a limited basis. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic excellence and financial need. To request scholarship application forms, email avignon@brynmawr.edu.

Cost of Program for 2019

Tuition 6,400$
Fees* 500$
Room and Board** between 1,000$ and 2,000$

* includes excursions, plays and activities

** the actual cost will be announced in early April. Price does not include transatlantic transportation to and from France

Fees are returnable to students who withdraw by April 30. Half of the tuition fee will be refunded to students who withdraw between May 1 and June 1. There can be no refunds after June 1.