May 26 - June 30, 2013
|This intensive summer program is designed for students interested in French
language and cultural studies as well as pre-medical studies. The program aims at total
immersion into life in France, while providing students with the opportunity to experience
first-hand the French medical system. Going into its twentieth season, France for the
Pre-Med can accommodate students in a broad spectrum of health-related fields and special
interests. Aside from Washington University in St. Louis,
participating universities have included Brandeis, Binghamton, Brown, Carnegie Mellon,
Duke, Hope College, Johns Hopkins, Oberlin, California-Berkeley, MIT, Michigan-Ann
Arbor, Virginia, Wisconsin and Yale. Students who meet course prerequisites (two years of
college level French or the equivalent and enrollment in a French course during the
semester prior to departure) can register for classes and live with a French Family in Nice, France near the Italian border.
Geographically, historically and culturally, this dynamic city has much to offer the
According to the World Health Organization's official rankings, the French healthcare system ranked number one among the 191 member countries surveyed and Nice Medical School is ranked 5th in France.
Patients, and Illness in Todays
How does one become a physician in
II. Choice of one of the following academic courses (students choose only one)
1) Culture and Public Health in Today's
Liberty, Equality, Fraternity. How are we to understand these
ideals in the context of contemporary
2) Literature and Medicine
This course examines the changing image of medicine and its practitioners through a vast spectrum of literary texts including: Rabelais, Marguerite de Navarre, Montaigne, Pascal, Molière, Balzac, Camus, Bazin, Pagnol, etc. Class format: lecture, discussion, explication de texte. Grades will be based on class performance, oral presentations, and two short research papers.
3) Independent study:
Students may choose a topic of personal interest such as perspectives on medicine and physicians in various historical periods, midwifery and the conflict of midwives and doctors (XVIth-XVIIth centuries), Hôtel-Dieu (the Museum of Public Health), the Musée d'histoire de la Médecine, and l'Institut Pasteur. Independent study is intended for the advanced student who would like to pursue a special interest, possibly in preparation for an Honors' thesis.
Students are fully immersed into French life and have the
opportunity to experience a variety of cultural activities.
Organized trips to art museums and plays or films are a welcome break from routine
studies. Students live and have meals with
French families in or around Nice. On the weekends,
they may choose to stay with their French family to experience a family event such as an
evening out, a wedding or baptism, a sightseeing trip to the mountains or the beach, or
travel on their own to other parts of
One student said it best, My summer in Nice gave me the international experience I always wanted but was unable to have because of the rigorous, structured Pre-med requirements at my university.
Credits and Grades:
Upon arrival in Nice, a placement test will be given to confirm students' choice of courses, and the Program Director will meet with students individually. Students will receive a total of 6 credit hours for two courses (3 credits each). They may request a professor's evaluation for each of the courses taken to be sent to their major advisor.
The program is organized and taught either by Washington University faculty or highly qualified instructors. The on-site director will always be available to advise students on an individual basis and help solve academic or housing problems.
As the authentic way to discover a foreign culture is to share the daily life of the native inhabitants, each student is housed with a French family. Total immersion in French life enhances the student's knowledge of French language and social customs. Particular attention is given to the association between the students and his/her host family, based on a housing questionnaire filled out by the student.
Accommodation in a French home includes a private room and all weekday meals. Students are free from Friday at 1:00 p.m. until Sunday evening. They may choose to travel to another country (Italy, Spain, and Switzerland) or remain with their host family and discover famous sites of historical and cultural interest in the surrounding area.
Actual comments from past year's student evaluations
Email addresses so you can ask them questions directly
See student photos from the previous programs.
See classroom photos from the previous programs.
Entrance into this program is very competitive. Applicants greatly outnumber available openings. Only applicants with completed applications will be considered and interviewed. Washington University applicants should meet with Professor Winn before applying.
Questions concerning the application process should be addressed to Kathy Daniel, email: Kdaniel@artsci.wustl.edu, phone 314-935-5085.
Questions concerning the program should be addressed to the program director, Professor Colette H. Winn. email: email@example.com, phone 314-935-5477.
|Recherche - a French Medical Journal||Map of Nice|
|Beyond the Riviera||Practical travel information|
|The Riviera Magazine||Nice-Matin (newspaper)|
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