Colgate’s study group to Dijon, France focuses on French culture, language, and history.
The study group to France is based in the Romance Languages and Literatures Department, and was founded to give students the opportunity to develop proficiency in the French language and a greater knowledge of French culture through extended residence and study in France.
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.
One of the most important components of the program in Dijon 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 while becoming 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 several field trips and several day-long excursions. Past field trips have included 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. Previous day trips have included 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.
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.
Affiliated Departments and Programs
The Dijon, France study group is affiliated with the following departments and programs:
Upcoming and Recent Study Groups
Learn more about upcoming and recent study groups to Dijon, France on Colgate’s off-campus study portal, including details about the faculty director, dates, and more:
Study Group History
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 through extended residence and study in France.