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Lynchburg College Summer "Exchange" Program to France
Pilot Program Phase V

May - June - 2001 - Dates: 

Lynchburg College: departs Friday May 30th  - Wash. D.C., Dulles Int. Airport - arrives Saturday May 31st at Roissy, CDG Airport Paris

  departs Sunday June 22nd Roissy, CDG Airport - arrives Sunday June 22nd at Wash. D.C. Dulles Int. Airport


The Exchange Program

For the fourth summer, Lynchburg College is offering an "exchange" program for American students who would like to spend three weeks of total immersion into the language and culture of France. Tri-College participants will be staying in French homes for three weeks and reciprocally, we are to lodge French students during an equal three week period in Lynchburg during the month of July. What the French families of Rueil-Malmaison under the auspices of our "Sister-City" relationship are offering us is a room in their homes, breakfast and dinner, and the reality of living in France as the French do.

If it is impossible for you or your family to offer housing for three weeks in July to a French student, it may be possible to have help in that area from Lynchburg College. This will be handled on an individual basis. Lynchburg College will establish guidelines of reciprocity so that all participants may fully receive the benefits of our Sister-City relationship and contribute to the success of their French counterparts experience during their stay in Lynchburg.

Because lodging and food are the two largest expenses over the summer, this fourth edition of our pilot summer program will be among the least costly available for students of Lynchburg College's Summer School exchange program. It is an unparalleled opportunity for our students interested in pursuing their French language communication skills while experiencing the opportunity for global interaction with citizens of Greater Lynchburg's sister city in France.

Remember that this is only the fourth effort in our pilot program. Unlike all the study abroad programs in the past, all of which ran very similarly to one another, this is a relatively new experience. The potential linguistic, cultural, academic and social benefits make this program an exciting undertaking for us all. We shall travel, study, learn and laugh together.


There will be one total immersion French course offered in Rueil-Malmaison over a three-week period, from approximately June 7th to June 29th. This course, French 377, carries three credit hours and is thus the equivalent of a full semester course during the academic year. Classes meet every morning of the week, with additional course activities in the afternoon and evening and field trips to cultural sites in this living language experience. This course will emphasize communication, civilization, and French culture. This program is specifically designed to help those students considering either the French major and minor programs and/or a subsequent study abroad for a semester or an academic year. There are also Sister-City internships available in areas which furnish experiential learning as part of a student's area of academic specialization (consult the career planning office at Lynchburg College). The principal behind this "total immersion" course offered in France is that it will be almost entirely conversational. The "golden rule" is that all communication will take place in French. This "golden rule" is to be accepted by all participants. There will be specific site visits each dealing with a separate aspect of contemporary French life. 



For the fourth time in the more than twenty years this program has been offered, students will be staying with French families at Rueil-Malmaison. Since this is a student exchange program, with French students coming to stay with us in July in return for our having stayed with them, there will be no cost for housing.



We shall book group space on a regularly scheduled flight so that we may arrive together and depart together. We normally travel on Air France but competitive ticket prices will figure highly on our list of priorities. We need a minimum of ten participants to benefit  from reduced group rates. Special return dates may be negotiated with the airline company (there is usually a nominal additional fee for extending the return date beyond that of the group). Our Sister-City partners have graciously offered to meet us at Roissy - Charles de Gaulle at our arrival and drive us back to the airport for our departure.



We shall have several excursions as a group. We will have various day trips to such areas as Fontainebleau, Versailles, and so on.  A tentative list of areas of interest in Rueil  and in the greater Parisian metropolitan area which we may visit is available upon request.



Students are to be in class every day and must take part in all organized trips. Assignments are to be submitted on the day they are due. All students must have the texts for their class and should also obtain reference books such as a good dictionary and grammar, both of which are readily available in Paris. In Paris we will also purchase a street guide to Paris, so that you can always find your way around in the city. If you already have dictionaries, etc. that you like, take them with you. The French-English dictionaries in Paris tend to suggest British usage.



There is a program reservation fee of $500, which is due on March 1, 2001 . That fee will be used for your various expenses while in France. It is not part of tuition. 

Transportation Washington, D.C.-Paris-Washington, D. C. is generally around $800 at group rates (June is high season and this fare is based upon a minimum number of 10 participants - if we can negotiate a lesser fee we shall and the difference will be refunded to the participants). The program fee is used for the students directly for train fares, guide fees, administrative costs and the like. Your expenses for food depend very much on your personal eating requirements. Normally your host family will provide breakfast and dinner. We shall try to secure authorization to use the Rueil municipal "canteen" for lunches during the week. However, there will be times that we eat in various restaurants in Paris and elsewhere. Your personal budget should be planned to correspond to life in any large city. Do not compare Lynchburg expenses to those of Paris ; think rather of New York or Boston or Washington. Pocket money should be available for personal expenses of the participants in the amount that they anticipate as appropriate for three weeks in Paris, France.


1. AIR FARE -                                                 $800.00

2. TUITION -                                                   $870.00


APPROXIMATE SUB-TOTAL -                  $2,320.00

4. PERSONAL SPENDING MONEY     -       $180.00

5. GRAND TOTAL    -                                    $2,500.00

Remember, too, that you will be living as French citizens, not as tourists who wander from bus to bus. You will learn which restaurants have food at reasonable prices, which stores carry the articles you like, which bakery has the best croissants, and the like. In essence, this is an immersion course into daily French life. As such, it cannot be compared to any course that we offer in the United States. When you return from these three weeks, you will have insights into European life that would be impossible to gain from texts and discussions in the United States. Nothing replaces being there. And nothing comes close to the learning possible from living in a family. In the past we had only dormitory rooms. This is a year not to be missed.


For a Power Point presentation put together by 1998 program participants from Randolph-Macon Woman's College please click here: