In the acquisition of a language and the myriad cultural cues that go with it, there is no substitute for immersion. Undergraduate majors and minors in French are thus strongly encouraged to consider spending a semester or, to the extent that circumstances and course of study permit, a full year abroad. Many excellent opportunities for short-term summer study also exist.
Recommended French Study Abroad Programs
The list below is not exhaustive, although all programs must be approved by the Faculty Committee on Study Abroad. Students interested in other programs should approach the contacts listed above with questions.
Year or Semester Study
- Center for University Programs Abroad (CUPA)
- Columbia Global Centers
- Johns Hopkins in Paris – Sciences Po
Transfer of Credit From Non-JHU Study Abroad Programs
Students wishing to bring back language department-related credit from non-JHU study abroad programs, which is the case for French, must have their chosen program and courses pre-approved by the French Study Abroad Officer (Professor Elena Russo) before departure. Please note that this approval is only provisional; you must bring all syllabi, readings, and graded materials back to present to the French Study Abroad Officer for evaluation before the department can authorize final course approval. Moreover, students must contact the French Study Abroad Officer upon their arrival in France to verify course selection, as courses often change between the time of our registration and the beginning of classes in France.
Students wishing to transfer credit from language courses should first contact the French Language Program Director with details of the desired program and proposed courses for provisional approval, which should then be taken to the French Study Abroad Officer as part of the overall pre-approval process. You will be required to take a placement test upon return to Hopkins as part of the requirements for transfer of credit. Please note that if you are required by the program that you have chosen to take a class which duplicates a language class already taken at JHU, that duplicate course cannot be transferred for credit.
Please note as well that a limited number of transfer credits can count for the major or minors. For students wishing those transfer courses to bring in their grade for the major or minors rather than appearing on the transcript as pass/fail, there is the option of changing those courses into HA (Hopkins Abroad) courses at the time of the French Study Abroad Officer’s review of the student’s materials after return to JHU. For details, see the French major chart, the French literature minor chart, and the French Culture minor chart, as well as the list of available Hopkins Abroad course numbers (chart below).
|HA.211.372||Special Topics in French Culture (Abroad)|
|HA.211.401||La France Contemporaine I (Abroad)|
|HA.211.402||La France Contemporaine II (Abroad)|
|HA.212.333||Introduction à la littérature française I (Abroad)|
|HA.212.334||Introduction à la littérature française II (Abroad)|
|HA.212.360||Special Topics in French Literature I (Abroad)|
|HA.212.361||Special Topics in French Literature II (Abroad)|