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  • Locations: Vichy, France
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Suffolk applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Model: Direct Enroll Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5
Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Modern Languages Housing Options: Apartment, Home Stay, Residence
Length of Program: One semester
Program Description:


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Located in Vichy, in the heart of France, only 3 hours by train from Paris and 2 hours from Lyon, CAVILAM is a language school of worldwide renown for its excellent standards in the teaching of French as a foreign language in full-immersion courses. You'll immerse yourself in the language and in the treasure of this town, summer concerts at the creamy Art Deco opera house, the leafy walkways of the Omnisports Park, and the cafe-lined Lake Allier. Tourists flock to this town, situated in the Auvergne region, for its relaxing spas and natural beauty. 


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Seeking a French language immersion program?
  • Our intensive French courses are suitable for learners from complete beginners to advanced students.
  • The nature of our French language immersion courses facilitates intensive initial learning or ongoing improvement in French. 
  • On arrival on our intensive French courses, participants are tested and placed in a group corresponding to their level, to enable them to progress at their own speed. 
  • Participants continue to improve systematically in all fields of written and oral French. 
  • Theme-based language workshops promote faster progress in a specific field.
What can you study?
  • 4 weeks: 78 hours of intensive coursework divided into 26 weekly classes (3 credit hours transferred to Suffolk)
  • 8 weeks: 156 hours of intensive coursework divided into 26 weekly classes (6 credit hours transferred to Suffolk)
  • You may also earn 1 credit hour per test if you elect to take and pass the national DELF and DALF exams after completing your coursework.
  • Classes are conducted entirely in French
If a participant has fulfilled attendance requirements, a certificate signed jointly by CAVILAM and Blaise Pascal University in Clermont-Ferrand, along with a detailed evaluation of his ability in French, will be delivered at the end of the course.

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Housing: CAVILAM will place you with a local host family so that you can practice French both inside and outside the classroom. Breakfast and dinner are included.

Visas: If you are a U.S. citizen, you will not need a visa unless you are spending more than 90 days in France. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with the French embassy to determine if you will need a visa during your study abroad program.

Dates: Session 1: July 3-28, Session 2: July 31-August 25. You can select to attend just one session for 3-4 credit hours or attend both for 6-8 credit hours.

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For more information, please contact the Study Abroad Office (studyabroad@suffolk.edu) or Barbara Abrams, Professor of French and Women's and Gender Studies (babrams@suffolk.edu).

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.