- Stay with a local host family!
- Learn through literature and writing; earn course credit for FREN 203 or FREN 204!
- Learn and experience the French language in the eastern Caribbean!
The program is organized principally for language study but with an emphasis on the culture and history of the French-speaking Caribbean region.
Course of Study
Students will participate in a four-week intensive summer language program at the Université des Antilles in Fort-de-France, Martinique. Students will earn a total of 6 credit hours; 3 transfer credit hours from the host institution and 3 UNL regular credit hours (FRENCH 398).
This program will challenge students to:
- Improve their French-language competency through a conversation/composition course (as well as through practice with their host families);
- Gain an understanding of the diversity and the complexity of French-speaking Caribbean societies through a course on the culture, civilization, languages (French and Creole), and literature of the region;
- Articulate an awareness of the sociopolitical, economic, and cultural issues and problems of French-speaking Caribbean; and
- Develop a respect for the cultural differences that exist between the peoples of the French-speaking Caribbean, the French and the U.S.
Students will earn three credit hours of transfer credit from the Université des Antilles for either French 203 OR French 204. The courses at the host institution will discuss grammar, conversation skills, French culture and written stylistics. Credits earned at foreign institutions are transferable to UNL by departmental validation. Please review the Types of Credit page on the Education Abroad website.
Students will also earn three regular UNL credit hours (FRENCH 398) from the course taught by the Resident Director, Dr. Julia Frengs. This course will discuss cultural differences, cultural assumptions and everyday life in Martinique. This class will be taught in English.
This program is open to undergraduate UNL students in good academic standing. Students must have completed French 202 prior to departure with at least a B average in French.
Dr. Julia Frengs
Oldfather Hall 1128
Dr. Julia Frengs is Assistant Professor of French at UNL, with a Ph.D. in Modern French Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park. Julia's research focuses on the literatures and cultures of the French-speaking world outside of Europe. She has presented research and published on the literatures of the French-speaking Caribbean, and has spent time in Martinique. Julia speaks French, the official language of Martinique, at a near-native level.
Students will spend four weeks in Martinique, a French-speaking island in the southern Caribbean ocean from mid-May to mid-June, 2018. The program will be based in Fort-de-France (Schoelcher), Martinique.
The program will work closely with CISabroad, who will be coordinating weekend excursions as well as what they call “La Vida Local,” a cultural immersion program. Students will complete a scavenger hunt around their neighborhoods to help them get acquainted with the neighborhood, for instance, and compete in an Instagram photo contest during the initial days of the program in Martinique. Weekend excursions will include visits to the Balata church on the Northern coast of Martinique, a visit to the island’s active volcano, Mt. Pelée, a trip to la Savane des Esclaves, a heritage site and outdoor museum that recreates the living conditions of freed slaves after the abolition of slavery in 1848. Students will also visit fishing villages and wickerwork centers.
Accommodations and Other Arrangements
INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE: All program participants will fly to and from Martinique as a group. Deviations from the group itinerary will not be permitted.
LODGING in COUNTRY: Students will stay with local host families in Fort-de-France. There will be one or two students placed in each host family with shared rooms. The expectation is that families will speak to students in French only. While members of some families may speak English, this cannot be guaranteed nor is it a requirement. If needed, the UNL faculty member/Resident Director can provide support, translation and cross-cultural clarifications.
MEALS in COUNTRY: Breakfast and dinner will be provided daily by student's host families and students will have access to lunch at the cafeteria at the host institution.
TRANSPORTATION in COUNTRY: Students will be provided with a bus pass and will use public transportation on a daily basis. During the program excursions, students will travel in coach buses as a group.
ACCESS to LAUNDRY FACILITIES: Students will have access to laundry facilities at their host family placement. However, if needed, there are laundromats in town as well.
COMMUNICATION & CONNECTIVITY: WiFi is available on the host university campus for all the students and should also be available in most (if not all) host family placements. Please note that WiFi access may run slower in Martinique, but students will also have access to a computer lab on the host university campus. All students must be able to communicate with the Faculty Leader at all times. Students may choose to purchase a local phone abroad or purchase a global plan on their domestic phone.
DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED for TRAVEL: All U.S. citizens will need a valid passport to participate on the program. Non-U.S. citizens need to research entry requirements specific to the country of destination at the time of applying to the program. Deadline to upload passport to MyWorld: March 16, 2018.
HEALTH AND MOBILITY: Some roads are paved, but most are dirt/gravel and are not in good repair. Students should use mosquito repellent and sunscreen at all times; the average temperature is 80 degrees. Recommended immunizations/medications per CDC (as of August 7, 2017) include the Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccines. CDC recommends that you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot. Please be sure to check the CDC for additional recommended immunizations.
See the Budget Sheet near the top of this page (click on "Summer") and the Fund your Experience page on the Education Abroad website.
Upon confirmation of participation, program participants will pay a $1000 deposit (including a non-refundable $150 Education Abroad Fee). The $1000 commitment deposit will be applied to the final program cost balance. If a participant withdraws from a program, the participant will be responsible for any irrecoverable costs associated with the program at the time of withdrawal. The deposit payment will be due on Thursday, February 12, 2018.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Please see the Education Abroad website for detailed information about financial aid and scholarships.
Below you will find links to resources for travel, health, and safety:
U.S. Consular Agency in Martinique
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Martinique
Université des Antilles
U.S. Department of State: Travel
*UNL Education Abroad does not officially endorse, administer, or monitor the content of these links.