The program allows students a unique opportunity to improve their French language skills and experience the Quebecois Francophone culture. Quebec City’s proximity, safe environment and rich history make it an affordable and appealing destination for a study abroad program. Based at MSU’s partner institution Université Laval, one of the oldest and the largest Francophone university in the Americas, with over 42,000 students, participants will have numerous opportunities to interact with francophone faculty and students.
Itinerary Highlights: About Quebec City, Canada
Quebec City holds a unique position in the Americas: unlike Montreal, which is a truly bilingual city, Quebec City “speaks” and “lives” in French. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is not surprising that Quebec’s official tourism site describes it as “So Europe. So close.” It retains and celebrates its history, with the charming and accessible Old Québec section within a modern city of over 500,000 inhabitants.
As a fortified city, strolling the cobblestone streets of Old Québec is like journeying back in time. The eminently walkable walled city has a unique Old World feel and is extraordinarily well preserved after 400 years. Program activities, designed to maximize French spoken language practice, will include guided tours of several museums of art and history, the Parliament, and Huron Village, conducting interviews with artisans, and experiencing uniquely Quebec activities such as the Ice Hotel, and sledding (weather permitting!). Some of these activities will be in conjunction with Université Laval students, which will allow MSU participants to meet and speak with their counterparts in French.
The university has a large sports complex, library, and a student services building with a cafeteria, restaurant, pub, bank, bookstore and even a hair salon. The various buildings are connected by underground passageways for intemperate weather as well as by large grassy lawns. The campus is well served by public transit, with buses running every 10 minutes until 1:30am, and a weekly bus pass is included in the program cost, allowing participants to explore the city on their own as well as in the planned activities.
A French native, Dr. Laurence Jay-Rayon Ibrahim Aibo is Assistant Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. A native of France, she has over 30 years of experience as a translator, community interpreter, teacher, and cultural mediator in Europe, East-Africa, and North America. She holds a PhD in translation studies and dual master’s degrees in translation and applied foreign languages. Since 2013, she has been teaching translation, French, and German at MSU and developing a variety of translation projects in her role as Director of the Center for Translation and Interpreting, including curricular programs and community-based projects.
Program Director -
Professor Laurence Jay-Rayon
With the city and its citizens as your classroom, your spoken language skill will improve rapidly. The program will integrate classroom learning with experiential learning. Students will keep a journal with daily posts (audio or written), conduct interviews on site and record them, and do a final in-class presentation about a specific cultural topic related to their experience in Quebec City. Students will have opportunities to use spoken French such as attending several Université Laval class meetings, a lecture on the history of bilingualism and translation in Canada, or a visit to the Quebec Parliament.
All applicants to the program must register for the following Spring 2018 course (or a similar 200 level course):
- FREN 206: French Spoken Language Practice
Estimated Program Costs: approximately $1,400 - "Double Occupancy Discount" -$300* (see below for more information)
The program costs include:
Studio apartment style rooms in residence hall
All lectures, workshops and tours
Weekly Bus Pass
Daily breakfasts and two group dinners
Program costs are based on 10 participants and current exchange rates and are subject to change.
Participants should expect approximately $550 as out of pocket expenses for travel on their own to Quebec, some meals, etc.
Payments are made through the Office of International Engagement (not the Bursar) and can be in the form of checks, money orders or by completing a credit card form (not payable electronically or online). Make checks or money orders payable to “Montclair State University” and send or drop off at the Office of International Engagement, located in the Student Center Annex Room 207.
The payment schedule for program costs is as follows:
Application Fee by November 1
First Deposit by November 15:
Second Deposit by December 15:
Please make checks payable to “Montclair State University.”
Accommodations and Meals:
Studio apartment in residence hall
View from inside residence hall
Students will be housed in one of the University’s residence halls, renovated just three years ago, in short-stay apartments comprised of a separate bedroom with a queen bed, a living room with pull-out couch, and a private bathroom. It includes amenities such as linens, refrigerator, telephone with free local calls, wireless internet access, television, microwave and bi-weekly cleaning. Breakfasts are included throughout the program, as well as two group dinners, and cafeterias and cafes are available on campus and nearby. Program costs are based on single occupancy of the apartment. Students who sign up to share the apartment space are eligible for a double occupancy discount of $300 off the program cost.
The residence hall has a large common kitchen on the ground floor, with private lockers for groceries so students can cook their own meals when they wish.
Application Requirements and Deadlines
Due November 1, 2017
Office of International Engagement online application
Interview confirmation on Pre-enrollment form signed by Prof. Jay-Rayon