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Institut d'Etudes Françaises d'Avignon
Bryn Mawr College
101 North Merion Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899

Phone: (610) 526-5984
FAX: (610) 526-7479

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Information for Admitted Students

Course Registration

Registration will be confirmed at the Médiathèque Ceccano on Friday, June 13, 2014 following a detailed orientation session which will start at 9:00 a.m.

One transcript will be sent free of charge to the student's home institution after completing a Transcript Request form. Additional transcripts must be requested from Bryn Mawr College's Registrar at no charge.

Expenses in Avignon

The Institut fees are:

1.  Tuition - $6,200

2.  Fees - $425 (includes one-way train fare from Paris to Avignon, excursions, plays and concerts in Provence, etc.)

3.  Housing: ranges from $900 to $2,000 (view housing movie)

Not covered by program: Airfare to and from Paris; return train fare from Avignon to Paris; lunch, (and all meals for those in studios & independent housing); snacks and beverages; books ($40-$80); telephone and postage; independent travel on weekends, etc.

In the past years, students have reported spending roughly between $1000 - $1500 on food, books, telephone, and postage. Please be aware that the cost of living is high in France. As incidental expenses can easily add up, it is suggested that you plan out your daily expenses and budget your money for the duration of your trip. If you wish to attend the theater performances of the "Festival Off" in Avignon during July, each performance costs approximately $20.00.

Telephone usage: We ask that students not call the U.S. from their host family's private telephone.You may wish to purchase a télécarte from the post office or tobacco shop (tabac) which will allow you to make calls from a payphone, or if you have one, use your calling card (ATT, MCI, etc.).

Insurance and Medical Information

Students enrolled in the program are provided with insurance by Bryn Mawr. If you do not already have health insurance, you should take out a policy.

You should seek your physician's advice on vaccinations that seem advisable (small pox, tetanus, etc.)

Students participating in the program must complete the Medical and "Student Release" forms before they depart for Avignon.

It is highly advisable that before leaving the U.S. you insure your luggage for the duration of your trip abroad.

Passort and Visa

If you do not have a passport, you should apply for one immediately at your nearest State Department Passport Agency, if you are an American citizen. Visas are not required for Americans visiting France for a limited time (less than three months). If you are not an American or Canadian citizen, check at the nearest French Consulate on visa regulations for nationals of your country.

Clothing

During the summer in Avignon, the weather is warm, (85º - 90º). Your wardrobe should consist of light, cotton-knit, easily washable clothes. If windy, evenings can be very chilly so you should also bring a set of warm clothes (jeans, wool sweater, winter jacket and walking shoes.) For special occasions, one dress for women or jacket and tie for men is appropriate. Remember to "travel light" so that you will be able to carry your luggage without difficulty. Do take this advice seriously, as it will simplify your life this summer in Avignon, as well as during any travel in August. Suggested luggage: one suitcase that is not heavy, and an overnight bag or backpack. If staying in Europe during academic year, do try to leave heavy luggage wherever you will be staying next fall. It is recommended you bring an extra towel for travel and the beach. Bed linens are provided.

Travel Information

Please note that while all scheduled activities of the Institut end on Friday, July 25, 2014, at 4:00 p.m., your housing is arranged until Saturday, July 26, 2014.

Before returning home, some students make arrangements for travel throughout France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, England, etc., in small groups. In most cases, precise plans are not made before arrival in Avignon, since students make new friends while at the Institut.

Contact Information in Avignon

Mail (including packages*) should be sent to:

    Institut d’Études Françaises d’Avignon
    Médiathèque Ceccano
    2, bis rue Laboureur
    84000, Avignon – FRANCE

*When family or friends mail packages they should declare contents as "personal articles" (effets personnels) to avoid French taxation (TVA)

Please inform friends and family that you cannot be reached at this address after July 26, 2014


Miscellaneous

It is suggested that:

    • You bring an ATM card to withdraw money in Avignon. Please note that personal checks CANNOT be cashed at an European bank. ATM and Credit cards are widely accepted in Avignon.
    • You change a few dollars into Euros before departing from the United States. Foreign currency can be purchased at JFK Airport or at most banks.  The present rate of exchange (as of October 2013) is approximately 1.38 U.S. dollar = 1 Euros.
    • If you wear glasses or contact lenses, bring a copy of your prescription. Note that lenses are twice as expensive in France. We advise you to take an extra pair.
    • If you plan to pack any electrical appliance, you should also pack/buy a transformer/adapter (from 120v USA to 220v Europe) tpo use in Europe. They are less expensive in the U.S.
    • You pack your French grammar book to France (i.e., the one you are used to). Do not overload with dictionaries which are available for consulting in our library reserve.
    • You pack your laptop computer . However, handwritten papers will be accepted. E-mail is available only in "cyber cafés" where you purchase time to retrieve and send your messages.