French Studies

Department of French Studies
Department of French Studies

Third Year Abroad

AvignonUpon written approval from the Head of the Department, the third year of a four-year program with a French major or medial concentration may be taken at a French-language university. Credit for this work may be allowed if 30 units with an average of C have been passed by the end of second year, including FREN 150 (110), 241 (212) and 330 (220) with an average of at least C on these three courses. On returning to Queen's for the fourth year, students will normally be given 12 units in French, if proof is submitted of having taken the equivalent of Queen's courses. All students spending their third year abroad are required to take at least 6 additional unit in French at Queen's. See the checklist below for steps to apply for a third year abroad.

Spending a year studying abroad in Toulouse was one of the best decisions I have made, both for my personal development and for my education. A new world opened up to me in France, where I was immersed in a beautiful language in a beautiful city, meeting new people and experiencing things I had never done before. I had the chance to hike the French and Spanish Pyrenees, rock climb the quartz hills of the French Riviera, meet people from all over the world, and travel around Europe during the holidays (amongst other adventures!). The experience provided me with a solid understanding of the French language and of a different post-secondary education system. A most worthwhile experience!

- Dunja Lukic


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Mon année en France m’a ouvert l’esprit. J’ai voyagé partout en Europe, découvert une nouvelle culture et de nouvelles amitiés tout en enrichissant ma vie académique et personnelle. Ainsi, l’apprentissage fait partie du quotidien et va bien au-delà de la salle de classe. Chaque moment devient une occasion pour améliorer son vocabulaire, et la manière dont on s’exprime. De plus, l’option Campus France est économique et permet la liberté de personnaliser l’expérience par choix de ville, institution, et cours. Bref, ce fut une expérience inoubliable et indispensable à ma réussite en français et mes projets professionnels. Bon voyage !

- Arielle Boissonneau

(Steps to apply for your Third Year Abroad)

By Oct. 15th: Log on to CampusFrance ( and begin your application.
By Oct. 31st:

Fill-out the three (3) Academic Plan forms (provided by the Undergraduate Chair of the Department of French Studies)

By Oct. 31st:

Make an appointment with the Undergraduate Chair of French Studies to obtain the three (3) Academic Plan forms, and fill them out. The undergraduate chair will then write you a letter of support. You will receive a signed and sealed copy of this letter, as well as a signed one for your records.

By Nov. 6th:

Go the International Programs Office (IPO) in Mackintosh-Corry Hall, and obtain an International Letter of Permission (ILOP) Application Form. Fill out this form, and where it asks for course descriptions, indicate "open" so that you are allowed to attain, and have course descriptions approved, after your arrival in France).

By Dec. 4th:

Once this form is filled out, write a Student Statement of Interest. This document should be roughly six hundred words in length and should clearly outline why you wish to study abroad. Your Student Statement of Interest and the Undergraduate Chair's signed and sealed letter of support should then be attached to your International Letter of Permission Application Form and submitted to the IPO. There is also a non-refundable fee of $50.00 which must be paid when you submit this application. There are details as to how this fee can be paid detailed on the International Letter of Permission Application Form.

By Dec. 4th:

Attach your Student Statement of Interest, the Undergraduate Chair's signed and sealed letter of support, and your International Letter of Permission Application Form together, and submit the package to the IPO.

  • If you are accepted by IPO, you will receive an ILOP in writing and also on your QCARD account. When you receive this letter, make sure that all the information on it is complete and accurate.
By Jan. 11th:

Complete your on-line CampusFrance application while you are waiting for your ILOP, but do not submit it.

Send an e-mail notification to the Undergraduate Chair indicating that you are ready to submit your application. You will then be contacted to meet with the other students who are applying to study abroad and the Undergraduate Chair to review and submit your applications together.

If you have any questions regarding this application, please contact the Undergraduate Chair to make an appointment.

By Jan. 15th: You will be contacted to meet with the other students applying to study abroad and the Undergraduate Chair to review and submit your applications together.
By Jan. 22nd:

Make an appointment to write the TCF (Test de Connaissance du Français). This test is offered at a number of French consulates, and usually takes place during Reading Week in February. Information regarding this examination is available on the CampusFrance website.

By Feb. 28th:

Fill-out your Off Campus Awareness and Safety Program (OCASP) form at the Queen's University International Centre (QUIC) in the John Deutsch University Centre (JDUC).

By May 31st:

You are responsible for arranging housing in France, obtaining renters insurance, medical insurance, and a Visa/Carte de séjour, reserving your travel tickets, etc.


Useful links:
French Consulate and the registration information.

Contact information of students having already done a 3rd year abroad:


Location of Year Abroad:

Year Abroad:

E-mail Address: 

Boissonneau, Arielle

Nice, France

Université Nice Sophia Antipolis,

Lettres modernes


Domenikos, Angelika Nice, France 2009-10
McBride, Julia

Lyon, France

Université Lumière Lyon 2