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Program & Admission Information - Avignon, France  



Adult participants of all nationalities are accepted, and a maximum of 12 students is maintained in each class. If only one student applies for a particular level of course, 2 hours of private classes per day will be given.

French Language & Civilization Course Conversation classes of 4 hours daily, 8:30 -12:30 or 14:00 - 18:00, focus on practical use of the everyday language. Dialogues for beginners are structured on family living and procurement of basic necessities such as food, clothing, banking services, etc. As the student progresses, dialogues emphasize French culture and current events - with guided discussions based on newspaper articles, radio/TV, movies, plays, etc. Wherever possible, the specific vocabulary needs of each individual student are met. Daily reading, writing and grammar exercises supplement conversation classes based on student levels and needs. Classes average 5-8 students - with the maximum class size being 12 students. Students are grouped in one of 5 or 6 levels, beginner to advanced. As with all European language institutes, the heaviest enrollment and largest classes tend to be in June, July and August.

Students are encouraged to use the campus library and tapes during free time. Teachers are available on a scheduled basis after class to answer questions or provide additional help. Learning materials and use of textbooks/tapes are included in the cost as is the Identification Card which permits certain student discounts. Optional fieldtrips and tours are offered with participants paying transportation cost and entrance fees

Tutor Course 10 hours per week. The course involves 2 hours each day with a teacher who develops a plan of study corresponding to the needs of the student. The teacher and student also plan the following work:
  •   Extracurricular work such as analysis of oral, written and video documents.
  •   Activities such as visits to various organizations and institutions, contacts with French people, excursions, working dinners, etc.

Christmas Course
All levels are welcome in the Christmas Course. This one week program is held the week before Christmas and combines French language study with an exploration of the holiday cultural traditions of Provence.

Special Group Programs

The region of Avignon is an excellent resource area. As a result, we have been most active in coordinating programs for groups interested in language, art, film, theatre, literature, education, medicine, journalism, sociology, music, agriculture, and related fields. If you would like to participate in or organize a group program, please contact NRCSA.


Admissions & Academic Credit

Students age 17 years and older are welcomed regardless of educational background, occupation or nationality. No previous knowledge of French is required except where otherwise indicated.

Students desiring credit for their study should contact their home school or request the NRCSA Credit Fact Sheet. U.S. schools which have granted credit for their own students attending this institute have done so on the basis of 15 hours or instruction equaling one semester credit.

For more information about academic credit in French speaking countries, please click here.
For general information on academic credit, please click here.

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French Language & Civilization
Tutor Course
Christmas Course
Special Group Programs

Admissions & Academic Credit

Cultural Activities


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