Ontario Rhône-Alpes Summer Programs
Applications for the ORA Summer Language Program (2017) are due in the International Programs Office by 4:30pm on February 17, 2017.
The Ontario Rhône-Alpes (ORA) program allows Queen’s students to study abroad at universities in the Rhône-Alpes region of France. Students interested in short-term study abroad programs can participate in the ORA Summer Language Program (SLP) or the ORA Summer Research Program (SRP).
The Summer Language Program (SLP) is a short-term study abroad option for full-time degree students interested in exploring French culture and improving their French language skills. It is designed for non-French speakers and successful applicants will receive a scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to help cover expenses. Intensive French language training unfolds in the Rhône-Alpes region of France over the course of four weeks (July-August).
Consider spending a month of your summer in South East of France while earning credits towards your degree. For complete details about the nomination procedure, eligibility requirements and the program please review the ORA SLP website.
To be eligible students must:
- be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
- be pursuing a degree at Queen's University;
- be registered as a full-time student at Queen's in the academic year preceding participation in the SLP; and
- be continuing in the same academic program in the academic year following participation
To apply you must:
- complete and sign the ORA SLP application form;
- obtain an official transcript from Gordon Hall;
- write an explanation of your reasons for wishing to participate in this program (max. 1 page, double spaced); and
- submit your complete application to the International Programs Office
Applications are due in the International Programs Office by Friday, February 17, 2017 at 4:30pm. You must apply through to this program through the International Programs Office. Please do NOT submit your own application directly to the ORA office.
If you are accepted to this program you will need to apply for an International Letter of Permission. There is a $60 fee for this document.
The Summer Research Program (SRP) is designed for undergraduate and graduate science students interested in conducting research in conjunction with a professor at a partner Rhône-Alpes university. Students must be studying in either undergraduate or graduate engineering, sciences, or health sciences disciplines. Partner Rhône-Alpes universities include:
- Lyon 1 (Claude Bernard);
- Ecole Normale Supérieure (Lyon);
- INSA (Lyon);
- Ecole Centrale Supérieure (Lyon);
- Grenoble 1 (Université Jean Fourier);
- INP (Grenoble);
- Université de St. Etienne; and
- Université de Savoie
The program runs from May-July, with flexibility, and offers a scholarship. Students are encouraged to work with a professor at Queen's to contact Faculty at a partner institution to establish a research connection, as this is a preferred prerequisite for participation. While language proficiency is not a requirement for application,as lab work is conducted in English, knowledge of French would be an asset for participants. For complete details about the nomination procedure, eligibility requirements and specific program details, please review the ORA SRP website.
Nomination & Application
To be considered for the 2017 SRP, a nominating professor must submit a complete nomination to the International Programs Office by the internal deadline of December 9, 2016. The nomination must consist of one original and three photocopies of the following:
- completed and signed application form;
- letter of nomination from a professor in your home academic program outlining the relevance of your visit to your program of study, the reasons for nominating you, and, if appropriate, the kind of credit you may receive for work done in France;
- letter (or email print-out) from the mentor professor at a Rhône-Alpes university stating that she/he is willing to host you in a research project. This letter should (1) indicate the precise duration of the research visit, (2) outline the activities in which you will be engaged; and (3) confirm the willingness of the lab to pay your gratification/stipend;
- description of your research project;
- copies of academic transcripts of all post¬secondary institutions you have attended since September 2014; and
- brief statement (maximum one page) outlining your reasons (academic and personal) for wishing to participate in the SRP;
You must apply through the International Programs Office by the internal deadline. Please do NOT submit your own application directly to the ORA office.