About the SOU Summer Language Institute
Study abroad while you earn your Master of Arts Degree in Spanish or take Coursework in French Language Teaching in the beautiful cities of Guanajuato, Mexico or Angers, France.
How long does it take to finish the MA degree?
By attending both of the three week summer sessions you can complete the program in 2.5 summers. You can also choose one session per summer, and complete the program over five years, or any combination that adds up to a total of five sessions.
Is your university accredited?
Southern Oregon University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).
Regional accreditation of post-secondary institutions is a voluntary, non-governmental, self-regulatory process of quality assurance and institutional improvement. It recognizes higher education institutions for performance, integrity, and quality to merit the confidence of the educational community and the public. Accreditation by a post-secondary regional accrediting agency also qualifies institutions and enrolled students for access to federal funds to support teaching, research, and student financial aid.
The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), based in Redmond, Wash., is an independent, non-profit membership organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as the regional authority on educational quality and institutional effectiveness of higher education institutions in the seven-state Northwest region of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. It fulfills its mission by establishing accreditation criteria and evaluation procedures by which institutions are reviewed.
Why are some courses taught in English?
Core courses are taught in English since the great majority of the resources (texts and research) are carried out and published in English. Due to the exacting nature of the vocabulary and theory involved in these subjects (Second Language Acquisition for example) students appreciate that they are taught in the same language as the readings.
Do you accept previous graduate coursework to meet degree requirements?
We accept up to six credit hours of previous graduate work. The work must be completed within the past three years prior to starting the program, and approval of courses is not automatic.
Do I have to live with a host family?
No, however many of our students find that living with a host family is one of the most fulfilling parts of the program. Our students frequently form lasting bonds with the family, return to the same family each year, and have unique cultural and linguistic experiences. Beyond the obvious cultural advantages, living with a family is advantageous when you are studying in such an intensive program, as you don’t need to provide your own meals, do grocery shopping, or take care of daily living responsibilities associated with your own apartment. We especially recommend living with a host family during your first year in the program, as it will help you get acclimated to the culture and adjust to the rigors of the program. If you do not wish to live with a host family, you will need to find living accommodations on your own.
Can I bring my family?
Yes. However, the program is very intensive, with as much as 6 hours of class per day, and several hours of homework each night. You will need to bring someone else with you to take care of your children while you are in class and studying. In addition, although some home stay families might accept your family members at an additional charge, most students who bring their family choose to seek their own housing. Finding an apartment is your own responsibility.
Are the courses based on quarter or semester credits?
All the SLI course credits are based on the quarter system. Each quarter credit is equal to 2/3 semester credit, e.g., 48 quarter credits equal 32 semester credits. Please check with your home institution to confirm its policy about accepting or transferring credits.
How intensive is the program?
The Summer Language Institute is a rigorous, very intensive program. Expect to attend as much as six hours of class per day, and spend several hours each night on homework.
The Oregon University System has been sending students to Angers for many years, and CIDEF has a long history of successful language programs, as well as a Master’s degree in Francais Langue Etrangere (FLE). SOU has a strong relationship with UCO and CIDEF.
Traveling to Angers, France
The most convenient arrival is through the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris. At the airport, you can take the TGV from the Charles de Gaulle TGV2 terminal to Angers St. Laud. It is a 2.5-3 hour train ride from Paris to Angers.
When to Arrive
We recommend you arrive the Saturday before the program starts. Your housing contract with a host family begins on that day, and that allows you a couple of days to adapt to the time change and the city before beginning classes. Notice that the start date posted on our website is a Sunday. We have an orientation dinner on the Sunday evening before classes begin. If you want to arrive earlier than Saturday, you will need to make arrangements directly with your host family, and may need to pay extra (or you can choose to stay in a hotel until that Saturday).
Weather in Angers
Angers is located in the Loire Valley of France, which was a popular region with French royalty due to the mild climate. During the months of June and July, weather in Angers is superb, with plenty of sunshine, and high temperatures generally between 75 and 80 degrees, lows around 55-60. Temperatures remain fairly constant throughout the summer, with a relatively low precipitation.
Health Care Services
There are numerous well-qualified physicians in Angers, as well as pharmacies located throughout the town. Our program has doctors who are used to meeting with American students.
What to Bring
Students in the program have recommended you bring the following:
Here are a few additional miscellaneous items students have recommended:
Printing and Copying
Most assignments are submitted electronically, so you generally have limited need for printing and copying. These services are not available to students on campus, but printing/copying stores are available nearby (Rue Bressigny). Bring a flashdrive to use for printing in these stores.
Syllabi indicating required texts will be available in late April or May. You should acquire the required texts prior to leaving for Angers. In some cases, you may find online versions of the texts that can save you money and avoid carrying heavy texts with you as you travel.
Shipping Books Home
At the end of the program, if you want to ship texts or other books you have purchased home, you can send a 5kg box of books through the post office very cheaply.
Students do much of their studying at home. On campus, there is a library in the Palais, the building where we have classes, where students like to study during the day. However, the library is closed during the last two weeks of the second session, as most of the university shuts down at that time.
Students are able to get to many places on foot. Some home stays are located further from campus and you may want to purchase a bus/tram pass from Irigo, the public transportation system in Angers. You can renew the Irigo cards using cash or a credit card with a memory chip in the ticket dispensers at tramway stops to avoid going to the Irigo office. The city also has a system of free bike use; however, you normally need a deposit and verification of a bank account in France to use these bikes. Some host families have been willing to use their bank account, but you shouldn’t plan on this.
The program ends at 6pm on the Friday of the last day of classes. You are free to leave anytime after that. If you have a flight from Paris on the following Saturday, you generally will want to travel to Paris Friday evening, as it can be very tight making an international flight in Paris if you leave Angers the same day as the flight. It is wise to check the train schedules leaving Angers before booking your flight.