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Dijon Study Group


Director Spring 2020: Professor John Naughton, Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures 

History of the Dijon Study Group

In 1966, the Dijon Study Group was established by the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures with the specific purpose of giving students the opportunity to develop proficiency in the French language and to acquire a thorough knowledge of French culture in the broadest sense of the term through extended residence and study in France. Fifteen students were accompanied by James Nicholls, a senior member of the staff of the French department at Colgate, and took two seminars under his direction and the balance of their work at the University of Dijon.

Students arrived in Dijon in January and received intensive language instruction until the regular semester at Universite de Bourgogne (U.B.) began in the middle of February. Students registered, like their French counterparts, at U.B. and make take U.B. courses or special courses which are offered only to Colgate students. The directors course was taught at the apartment of the Resident Director and at the Universite de Bourgogne, where they utilized the dorms, library and student cafeterias. In a Dijon List of 1974-1975 and other following years, most of the students on the program were female students. It has for a long time, dominated by female students.

Today, the program continues to be in Dijon, France It is comprised of two parts: first, a two-day stay in the town of Troyes before arrival in Dijon, where the students get a chance to recover from their trip and get accustomed to life in a French town. Second, a week-long program in Dijon, organized by the director and staff at the University of Burgundy, and which includes, but is not limited to, an introduction to the French educational system and the Dijon campus, conversation practice, and visits to places of local interest. The program includes three mandatory field trips and usually three-day excursions in which students are required to participate. Housing had changed as students now live with families, many of whom have been welcoming Colgate students for several years.
Scenic French cobblestone courtyard

Program

The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures established the Dijon Study Group in 1966 to give students the opportunity to develop proficiency in the French language and knowledge of French culture through extended residence and study in France. These departmental goals are in harmony with Colgate’s liberal arts philosophy and curriculum, which stress second language literacy and the need for knowledge of cultures other than one’s own. The Dijon Study Group satisfies the Core Global Engagements requirement. 

Students on the Dijon Study Group take courses in French, live in homestay arrangements with French families, and travel as a group to Paris, Provence, and locations surrounding Dijon.

This study group has been designated to satisfy the Core Global Engagements requirement.  


Required courses

All course choices will be made in consultation with the faculty director and will depend on the student’s level of preparation before leaving for Dijon. Students will choose four courses from the following list:

University of Burgundy elective - Students may select one course from the University of Burgundy course offerings. Students must secure Colgate course pre-approval for this course.

FREN 300: Introduction to Literary Analysis - The course focuses on the acquisition of a critical vocabulary for the analysis of works of Literature.

FREN 352: Introduction to French Literature II: Birth of the Modern -The course studies short texts by major French authors of the 18th and 19th centuries.

FREN 440: Contemporary French Civilization -
The course focuses on recent French history, the political system, the place of France in the European community, the place of women and minorities in France, the system of social security, and the family. This course does not count toward the French major.

FREN 401: Stylists -The course has three components: translation from French into English (thème), translations from English into French (version), and problems of translation and aspects of contemporary French. The course does not count toward the major, except for students doing the teaching internships. Teaching interns may count the course toward the major, but not toward a category requirement.

FREN 441: Readings in French Poetry I - Taught by study group director, Prof. Naughton, the course focuses on some of the major poets of the 19th century by studying their work in the context of the greater political, social, and historical events of the time. Readings concentrate on representative texts of Victor Hugo, Charles Baudelaire, Arthur Rimbaud, and Paul Verlaine. The course counts toward the French major (Category II).

FREN 469: Masterpieces of French Literature - The course is taught by faculty from the University of Burgundy, Dijon, in two modalities: 1) an examination of the representation of Paris in French Literature from the 17th to the 20th Century, and 2) theater and theatrical presentations in contemporary France. Students will attend performances of the plays studied in class. The course counts toward the French major (Category I).

FREN 292: Teaching Internship – For this course, students serve as teaching assistants in English at a lycée or collège (junior high school). The course does not count toward the major.

Living Arrangements

​All students live with families, many of whom have been welcoming Colgate students for several years. This aspect of the program is at least as important as the academic program and perhaps more so in terms of linguistic progress and cultural awareness. Students may not live together in apartments. Families provide students with breakfast and at least two evening meals per week.

Special Features

Students outside palaceOne of the most important components of the program is an obligatory January period, devoted to orientation, acculturation, and intensive language practice. Designed to prepare students to function well within social and academic contexts, the January period is comprised of two parts. The first is a two-day stay in the town of Troyes before arrival in Dijon, where the students get a chance to recover from their trip and get accustomed to life in a French town. The second part is a week-long program in Dijon organized by the director and staff at the University of Burgundy that includes an introduction to the French educational system and the Dijon campus, conversation practice, and visits to places of local interest.

The program includes three mandatory field trips and three day-long excursions. The field trips include a weekend in Paris, a trip to the Loire Valley to visit some of the most important châteaux of the Renaissance, and a trip to the South of France to visit the Roman ruins of Nîmes and Arles as well as the papal palace in Avignon. The day trips may include Vézelay, the Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay, Cluny, as well as a tour of the city of Beaune with visits to the Hospices, the Wine Museum, and a local winery.

Prerequisites and Selection Criteria

Students who will have completed French courses up to and including French 361 by January 2020 may apply.  The program is open to sophomores and juniors, as well as to some seniors who wish to apply. All well-qualified students regardless of major will be considered.  A cumulative G.P.A. of at least 2.5 is recommended.  Although no letters of recommendation are required, references that can attest to the student’s flexibility, adaptability, and emotional maturity must be listed in the application.

Costs

For details of student expenses on this study group, please see Student Cost Estimate Sheets.

Calendar and Deadlines

The study group application will open on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, and will close on Wednesday, November 7, 2018.   Applications are on Colgate University Off-Campus Study study groups’ websites and are submitted online at offcampusstudy.colgate.edu.  Student notification of selections will take place late December 2018. 

Departure from one of the New York City area airports will be during the third week of January.  There is a one-week break toward the end of February, and a two-week break at mid-term (in April). Students are, or course, free to travel during these breaks.  The program finishes at the end of May. The dates will vary according to the French academic calendar. The director will make travel arrangements on a group flight to and from France. Students wishing to make their own travel arrangements should consult with the director.

Passports and Visas

You must confirm that your passport is valid through December 2018.  All students participating on the Dijon Study Group will be required to obtain French long-stay student visas.  With participation on this study group comes the responsibility of understanding and complying with French government visa requirements.  If you will not be traveling on a U.S. passport it is imperative that you contact an adviser in Off-Campus Study and International Student Services, 101 McGregory to learn as much as you can about the regulations.  For some students there are significant visa requirements to be met that take time, advance planning, and incur extra costs.  

Program Dates

Dijon Study Group Program approximate dates: Mid-January – End of May, 2020

Informational Sessions

Tuesday, October 16 at 11:30am in 206 Lawrence Hall
Students from last year's group will be there to make a power point presentation and to answer questions.

For more information, please contact Prof. Naughton, jnaughton@colgate.edu

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