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CofC in Martinique 2018: French Language, Culture, and Society

Term To Study: Summer 2018
Application Deadline: Mar 01, 2018
Program Starts: May 15, 2018
Program Ends: Jun 05, 2018
Program Category: One-Country
Program Type: Faculty-led
Program Fee: $3,795
Contact Phone: 843-953-7661
Contact Name: Stephanie Leahy
Contact Email:
What is Included: -Round-trip airfare
-Lodging (homestays in Martinique)
-Some meals (breakfast and dinner included with homestays in Martinique)
-Ground transportation while abroad, including ferries
-Entrance fees, activities, and excursions
-Overseas medical insurance
-$50 non-refundable application fee (will only be reimbursed if a student is not accepted into the program or the program is cancelled)
What is not Included: -Tuition and associated fees
-Some meals
-Passport fees
-Personal expenses
Estimated Costs: In addition to the program fee, students will be charged tuition for their courses.

The out of state tuition for classes associated with travel are discounted from the Fall and Spring rates.

Scholarships up to $1,500 are available to support CofC degree seeking students. Eligibility is based on demonstrated financial need, academic merit, 2 faculty recommendations and a personal statement. The application can be found on the CIE website, under Study Abroad > Scholarships.
Program Description


This Maymester program offers two courses: FREN 202 (Intermediate French in the West Indies, 3 cr), which completes the General Education requirement in foreign language, and FRCS 102 (Francophone Culture and Society in the West Indies, 3 cr), which counts toward the General Education humanities requirement.

Students participating in this program can choose if they wish to enroll in one or both courses.


Students will embark on a three week adventure around the West Indies. We will fly into Dominica, a former French and British colony, to study the French history on this Nature Island and visit the Kalinago reserve, home of the last remaining descendants of the indigenous Carib. From Dominica we will make our way to Martinique, an overseas region of France, which will become our home away from home for two weeks. Students will take morning French classes in the capital of Fort-de-France, and participate in afternoon and weekend excursions to discover this Island of Flowers, from the mighty Mont Pelée to the pristine coral reefs of the Caribbean. Students will live with local host families during their time on Martinique. The final weekend will be spent on the impressive island of Saint Lucia, another former French colony, to synthesize all that's been seen over the past two weeks, and present final projects against a Caribbean blue backdrop.


-Students must have an overall GPA of 2.5
-Students must already possess a valid passport or be eligible to obtain a valid passport


Kathy Kaufmann, M.A. T.L. in French, Spanish, and TESOL
Department of French, Francophone, and Italian Studies

Kathy Kaufmann is the Coordinator of the Beginning and Intermediate French Language Program and an Instructor of French in the Department of French, Francophone, and Italian Studies at the College of Charleston. An avid traveler and firm believer in the benefits of study abroad, Kathy has been leading programs worldwide for over a decade. She has spent time living and working on various islands throughout the Caribbean, and this will be her fourth study program run in the French West Indies. Note: For questions regarding on-site program details and course content, please contact the program director. Any inquiries regarding application processing, billing, or scholarship opportunities can be directed to the Center for International Education(contact information listed above).

*A minimum number of participants is required for all study abroad programs to run

Quick Facts

Population: 436131
Capital: Fort-de-France
Per-capita GDP: $ 14400
Size: 1100 km2
Time Zone: (GMT - 04:00 hours) Atlantic Time (Canada)

US State Department

Travel Warning: NO

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