NUS French Double Degree Program

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French Language Immersion

Before going to Grande Ecole, FDDP students undergo French intensive classes in NUS and two one-month immersion trips in France to learn French. The table below shows the level of French that is taught in NUS and France.

Year of Study in NUS

Month

French level

Year 1

May  (Special semester 1 & 2)

NUS: LAF1201 French 1

 

Jun

France: Immersion - French 2 (LAF2201)

Year 2

Aug

NUS: French 3 (LAF3201)

 

Sep - Dec

French for Academic Purposes (LAF3203

 

Dec

France: Immersion- B1+

 

The immersion trips in France aim to equip students with the capacity of understanding and expressing themselves in oral and written French. The programme consists of three components: courses, cultural package and half- board accommodation, all of which are co-funded by the French embassy and NUS.
Apart from attending classes, the students are familiarized with French culture through excursions to places such as Chamonix-Mont Blanc, Avignon, Marseille, Lyon, Annecy, Genève and Lausanne. Moreover, each student stays with a host/host family to be immersed even more in French culture. See what some of our students have to say about the French Language Immersion.

Teo Wei Xin, Faculty of Science
Kwah Yi Hao, Faculty of Engineering


Other FAQs on the French Language Immersion can be found below:

Is the language immersion compulsory?
Yes

When is the language immersion held?
Throughout the course of the DPP preparation, students are encouraged to go for two language immersions in France. The first immersion is generally held after semester 2 of Year 1, starting on the first Monday of June and ending on the last Friday of June. The second immersion is generally held after semester 1 of Year 2 in December, starting on the second Monday of December and ending on the last Friday of December.
However, students will be required to travel to France immediately after the exams to attend interviews etc. at the Grandes Ecoles before the start of the language immersion.

Where will the language immersion be held?
In the past years, the June immersion was held at CUEF in Grenoble http://w3.u-grenoble3.fr/cuef/anim.html and the December immersion in Rambouillet http://www.rambouillet.com/. However, it will vary from year to year. Details will be given at a later date.

How long is each language immersion?
Each language immersion will last about 3 to 4 weeks.

How many language immersions will there be?
There will be two language immersions. The first immersion is held after semester 2 of Year 1 in June and the second immersion is held after semester 1 of Year 2 in December.  There may be a third immersion or Intensive French course provided by the Grande École, free or otherwise, or through scholarships such as Eiffel Scholarship. Where it is not provided by the Grandes Écoles or through scholarships, then there will not be any additional language immersion for students.  Students however, can on their own, take up additional courses to prepare themselves well for their 2 year stint in France.

When should I arrive in France for the language immersion?
You should arrive one day before the start of the language immersion.

Can I arrive earlier? Will accommodation be provided?
If you are arriving earlier, you will need to make your own arrangements for a hotel as accommodation will not be provided.

What is the cost of the language immersion? How much do I need to bring for my own personal expenses?
Students will be required to participate in two language immersions in France in June and December. The accommodation and tuition fees will be covered. However, students are required to pay for their own airfare, local transportation, visa and other related costs. A modest estimate for personal and travel expenses would be around $2,000. Students who are under scholarship may enquire with the scholarship agencies on whether they will be reimbursed for such costs.

I am an international student. Can I return home for a visit before going on the immersion in France?
Yes, as students are responsible for their own travel arrangements, we leave it to you to make your own plans and to ensure that you attend the immersions on the specified dates.

Is medical insurance provided?
No, it is at your own expense. Before leaving for France, you are required to buy a medical and accident insurance which offers worldwide coverage. This will also be required for international students who require a visa to enter France.

Is home-stay guaranteed?
No, it is subject to availability.

If home-stay is not available, what other accommodation is possible?
University residence.

I have been given home-stay with a host family in France. I would like to contact them in advance. However, they do not seem to have any email address or it does not work. What should I do to contact them?
You should have been provided the telephone number of the host family. In this case, we suggest a direct telephone call instead to ensure immediate communication.

Where do I meet the host family?
It varies from year to year, but normally, you are required to wait for the host family to pick you up at the train station.

When and what time will the host family meet me?
Students will have to arrive one day before the start of the course at the designated train station. The students can contact the host family directly to make the meeting arrangements. Such details will be confirmed later.

I am arriving at a place/time where the host family is unable to fetch me. What should I do?
In that case, you need to book a hotel room to stay for the night and then make your way to the train station to meet the host family.

How many hours of practice do we receive at the language school? It is possible to increase the hours?
Generally for language immersions, the guideline is about 75-100 hours over a three to four-week period and is based on cost per hour basis. It is possible to increase the number of hours but it will also mean higher cost.

Instead, students are encouraged to make full use of their time in France and speak as much French as possible.

I have been summoned for In-Camp Training which coincides with the immersion period. What should I do?
Singaporean male citizens facing this problem could write in to their unit/camp to request to postpone their training. The process can be lengthy (a minimum of 14 working days), so students should prepare well in advance. If necessary, the Faculty can provide a letter to certify the overseas language immersion.

Are credits given for the French modules taken during the language immersion?
No.

Will NUS arrange for common flights for the students going to the same university?
No.

Where can I get my flight ticket? Does NUS have any travel agency to recommend for the purchase of cheap flight tickets?
Students are expected to source for their flight ticket independently. You can attempt to search online or approach travel agencies. A possible choice of travel agency will be Student Travel Agency. More information can be found on http://www.statravel.com.sg.

How do I get to the destination from Paris?
Generally, information on how to get to the language school or Grande Ecole from Paris can be found on the website of the language school or Grande Ecole.

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