Summer language programs offer students the opportunity to spend short periods of time studying a language, conducting research and getting to know another part of the world well.
Bryn Mawr offers a six-week summer program in Avignon, France. This total-immersion program is designed for undergraduate and graduate students with a serious interest in French language, literature and culture. The faculty of the institut is composed of professors teaching in colleges and universities in the United States and Europe. Classes are held at the Palais du Roure and other sites in Avignon; the facilities of the Médiathèque Ceccano as well as the Université d’Avignon library are available to the group. Students are encouraged to live with French families or foyers. A certain number of independent studios are also available.
Applicants for admission must have strong academic records and have completed a course in French at a third-year college level or the equivalent. For detailed information concerning admission, curriculum, fees, academic credit and scholarships, students should consult Professor Brigitte Mahuzier of the Department of French and/or visit the Avignon Web site at http://www.brynmawr.edu/avignon.
Bryn Mawr offers a six-week summer program of intensive study in Pisa, Italy. Focusing on Italian language, culture, art and literature, the coeducational program is open to students from Bryn Mawr and other colleges and universities. Courses carry full, transferable credit and are taught by professors from institutions in both the United States and Europe. Applicants must have a solid academic background and a serious interest in Italian culture, but need not have previous course work in Italian; introductory classes are offered. Students can make their own travel and housing arrangements, though most choose to stay at a hotel conveniently located in the center of Pisa and close to where classes are held. Information about these accommodations is available through the program. Some need-based financial aid is available. For information, contact Professor Roberta Ricci (x5048) in the Department of Italian.
The College also participates in summer programs with the American Council of Teachers of Russian (A.C.T.R.) in Moscow, St. Petersburg and other sites in Russia. These overseas programs are based at several leading Russian universities and are open to Bryn Mawr students who have reached the intermediate level of proficiency in speaking and reading. Summer programs are 8 weeks in length and provide the equivalent of 2 course units of work in advanced Russian language and culture. Many Bryn Mawr students also take part in the semester (4 units) or academic year (8 units) programs in Russia as well. For further information about the A.C.T.R. programs, students should consult the Department of Russian or ACTR at http://www.actr.org.