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  • Locations: Montreal, Canada; Quebec City, Canada
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission 06/24/2019 07/07/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
UCIE Program Coordinator: Monica Ratliff Program: Ambassador
Program Type: Study Abroad Program Faculty Advisor: Hertzler, Marie, Dr.
Supporting Department: Modern Languages Registration Term: Summer B
Language Prerequisite: Yes Language of Instruction: French
Language Courses Offered: Yes Credit Hours: 3.0
Payment Value 1: 100
Program Description:

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Program Description:

Come explore the rich history and cultural heritage of French in North America on this two-week adventure in Montreal and Quebec City!
Experience life in Quebec past and present, by retracing the audacious steps of such founders of New France as Jacques Cartier and Samuel de Champlain to the glory of the French monarchy.
Discover the incredible and inspiring role that contact with Native American Peoples played in the development of la Belle Province and break bread in a traditional Huron village in Wendake.  Explore the glorious Notre Dame of Montreal cathedral and learn about the powerful role of the Catholic Church in the growth of a population of French speakers whose idiom led to illustrious struggles with the British and English speakers of Canada.  Discover Quebec’s natural beauty at the majestic Montmorency Waterfall, Bio-Dome, Botanical Gardens, and vistas along the striking Saint Lawrence Seaway. Live the artistic facets of Quebecker culture--attend a Cirque-du-Soleil-inspired outdoor performance if available and navigate a labyrinth of lively street art.  Eat from the melting pot of traditional and modern cuisine of Quebec in the historic and trendy neighborhoods of Montreal and Quebec City!
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Academic Course Information:17 quebec Notre Dame

Students will register for three credit hours in one of the following:
ML 3500 Ambassador Program Abroad (for undergraduate students who have studied beginning French)
FR 2500 Intermediate French II Study Abroad (for undergraduate students who have completed FR 2010. This course substitutes for FR 2020 and completes the BA language requirement.)
FR 3500 French Immersion Quebec Ambassador Program (for undergraduate students who have completed intermediate French, FR 2020)
FR 6030  French Immersion Quebec Ambassador Program (for graduate students)
The topics covered in the course include history, culture and language. Prior to each visit, students will complete short readings to be discussed as a group. During excursions, they will participate in interactive activities and talks for maximum engagement. Each of these experiences will be followed up by a variety of group and self-reflections. Students will use French in all group settings in order to have a true language immersion experience.
Free time, particularly in the evenings, allows participants to relax and explore additional areas of interest at their own pace.
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About the Faculty Program Advisors:

17 quebec Marie HertzlerMarie Hertzler, PhD is an Associate Professor of French Language. She has studied, traveled and worked in Quebec, studied and led academic programs in France, and directed study abroad in the French-speaking part of Switzerland. She is an enthusiastic supporter of study trips abroad and believes that the world as the classroom fosters in-depth cultural and linguistic, life-changing learning.  Dr.Hertzler is excited to lead this program for the second time.

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Meals and Accommodations:

Students will have a variety of eating experiences to discover local foods. Choices will range from food trucks and outdoor markets to sit-down meals with the group and Quebeckers.

Students will have a single room or a roommate in the dorms or hostels in Montreal and Quebec City. 
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The course is open to Undergraduate and Graduate students.  Though there will be ample opportunities for students to practice their French. A minimum of beginning French is required. Acceptance into the program will be based upon several factors including a 2.5 GPA, an interview with the program advisor, motivation, and interest in the program.
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Before You Leave:

Prior to departure, students will meet three times to discuss travel and course details, and begin work on the course presentation and readings. A syllabus will be distributed at that time to outline course details and requirements, explain pre-departure research on Quebec, Canada, and information about the student  project to be completed by Summer B term. A topic of study will be assigned to each student to prepare a site-specific presentation while in Quebec. Topics will include French language, and Quebec history, and culture.

Students will be required by the University Center for International Education to complete a mandatory pre-departure orientation information online a few weeks before departure.
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Getting There:

Students will be responsible to arrange their own travel into Québec City and from Montreal, most students chose to fly rather than drive; train and bus are also options.  We will meet at our lodgings in Quebec City at the start of the program. The program will end at check-out from our lodging in Montreal.
Our lodging in Quebec City is a short taxi/uber ride from the airport. The Montreal airport is accessible from our lodging by city bus and taxi/uber. 

Student are free to arrive early or stay later but should be aware they are not part the program during those times and are not covered by WSU insurances.

Not included: airfare/or transport to Quebec City and from Montreal, tuition, some meals, passport expenses and personal expenses.

UCIE recommends the following travel agencies that work with university students:  STA Travel and Student Universe.  They may be able to offer payment plans.
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Program Costs:

The program cost is $1480. It will include housing, transportation within Canada, entrance fees, some meals, and health and accident insurance. 

Not included: airfare/or transport to Quebec City and from Montreal, tuition, some meals, passport expenses and personal expenses

An application fee of $100 and a deposit of $500 are due at the time of application.
$490 is due March 1st
$490 is due May 1st 

The UCIE reserves the right to adjust the program price up to 10%. All payments are non-refundable.
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Affording the Program:

WSU financial aid is applicable to this program.  To learn more about your specific financial aid options you should contact the Financial Aid Representative, Gail Cyan, at to schedule an appointment and learn about your specific situation.

Some academic departments offer scholarships for study abroad: for this program you may apply for a scholarship from the Francophone New World Program Fund. There are some scholarships available nationally as well.  Please ask your study abroad coordinator for more information.

Many students reach out to family, friends, and community and religious organizations for support.  Some choose to create an online funding site, others send out letters requesting support.  
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Passports and Visas:

A valid passport is required for all international travel. Its best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. The UCIE is an official US Passport Center and we can help you with your photo and passport processing needs.  See here for more information.

Some study abroad destinations will require you to obtain a visa.  A visa is permission given to you by your host country to allow you to enter the country for a specific amount of time.  US Citizens do not need a visa to enter Canada.  In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access this information is visa the US Department of State’s webpage.

The UCIE is happy to guide you to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements change frequently and we advise you to pay close information to consular updates. It is your responsibility to knowing and addressing the requirements for your host study abroad destination.
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Health and Safety:

WSU is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad. The following are a few resources for travel abroad.

WSU faculty, students and staff are responsible for their own health and safety abroad. Please consider reviewing the following sites for further information:
US Department of State
US Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC)
International SOS ( for medical and security advice. WSU membership #: 11BSGC000054

Before travel WSU students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in several ways including:
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety, and cultural tips
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad
  • Get advice on how to travel with your medication
  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad

WSU faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel abroad through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)   in case of an emergency abroad.

If you are participating in a WSU Ambassador Program, you are automatically covered with  UHP International Insurance through University Health Plans.  
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Contacts and More Information:

University Center for International Education (UCIE)

Faculty Program Advisor:

Dr. Marie Hertzler, Associate Professor of French
Department of Modern Languages, 211 Millett

Program Coordinator and Program Assistant:

Monica Ratliff
Education Abroad Advisor

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