The France Field School will spend eight weeks in summer 2015 studying expatriate literary culture in Paris, Tours, and surrounding cities. Through a range of coursework and excursions to museums, galleries, monuments, and more, students will have the opportunity to learn about some of the most exciting international cultural exchanges of the modern period.

The field school includes two upper-division courses in English literature and, in partnership with the Université François-Rabelais in Tours, offers a French oral practice and conversation course that will allow students to develop their French-language skills and deepen their appreciation of the linguistic exchanges central to expatriate literary culture.

Watch the France English Field School informational video for more. 

Field School Director: Dr. Colette Colligan < |>


The program will consist of the following three courses for a total of ten SFU units.

ENGL 377-4: Crossroads of Modernity

Major nineteenth and twentieth-century writers, artists, and intellectuals from around France and the world came to the French capital to participate in the major cultural and social movements of modernity. France was an important meeting place for the international development and diffusion of Romanticism, Orientalism, Naturalism, Impressionism, Decadence, and Surrealism. Drawing on the rich gallery, museum, and library resources in France, we will look at some of the most famous of these international exchanges such as Wilde and the French decadents; Turgenev and the French naturalists; James and the impressionists; Picasso, Stein, and Cubism; McKay and negritude; Nabokov and "the Parisian moment". Some of the literature we will study will be in translation, one of the turbines of internationalism past and present.

ENG 378W-4: Midnight in Paris

Writers and publishers such as Gertrude Stein, Anita Loos, James Joyce, Sylvia Beach, Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, and Ernest Hemingway came to Paris in the 1920s and 1930s to take advantage of the literary and social infrastructures already in place as well the incredible liberties of expression to produce some of the most experimental and controversial literature in the English language. In this course, we will focus closely on ‘‘the Paris moment’’ in Anglo-American culture, when the City of Light became an important outpost of Anglo-American modernism, the Harlem Renaissance, and homosexual and queer culture, as well as a tourist hotspot. We will explore this fascinating period of expatriate cultural flourishing through a few different critical lenses (stylistic and linguistic analysis, group formation analysis, and spatial analysis/mapping) and against the backdrop of the interwar years, transatlantic relations, and publishing history.

FREN 1XX-2 or FREN 2XX-2: French Oral Practice and Conversation

Students will be enrolled in a French language oral practice and conversation course at the Université François-Rabelais in Tours, France. Based on the university's placement test, students will be registered in a beginner (FREN 1XX) or intermediate/advanced (FREN 2XX) course. Upon successful completion, the course credits will be transferred back to SFU as a two unit FREN 1XX or FREN 2XX course. More information regarding the transfer credit will be available soon.

Students might be interested in a French course at SFU in the Spring 2015 semester before they leave for France. There are language courses for all levels. A placement test is available (takes 5 or 10 minutes) prior to enrolment or in the first week of classes for students unsure of their level. The French Department advisors would be able to help students with any questions they might have.


After a pre-departure orientation at SFU Burnaby, participants will travel independently to France for eight weeks of study and field trips. Upon formal close of the field school, participants may choose to travel independently.

March 14 Pre-departure orientation  
May (first two weeks) 
Classes and orientation at SFU
May 25 Independent travel to France
May 25 Arrive in France
Study in Tours, France
Study in Paris, France
July 18 Departure date

*These dates are provided as guidelines and are subject to change.

Costs and Funding

*Tuition (10 units) $1,782.44
**Program fees $5,139.16
Total cost (estimated)    $6,921.60  

* Differential tuition fees are charged for international students.
** The program fee is an estimate and is subject to change.

Program fees include:

    Shared accommodation          Some group meals
    In-country transportation
         Field trips
  Pre-departure orientation, in-field/re-entry support

Program fees do not include personal expenses, independent travel, textbooks, inoculations, mandatory health insurance, or international airfare (participants are responsible for arranging their own international travel). Program costs quoted in Canadian dollars are approximate and may vary subject to exchange rates, travel, and accommodation cost quotations.

Students must pay tuition and program fees directly to SFU Student Services by the due date as outlined in the SFU calendar.

Students participating in SFU field schools are eligible to apply for student loans. SFU students may also apply for bursaries, scholarships, awards, and International Exchange/Field School Bursaries.


Participants are responsible for arranging their own international travel to France and arriving in time for the start of the program. Any additional costs associated with this travel, including accommodation, are also the responsibility of the student.


France English applicants must meet the following requirements to participate:

  • Must be 19 years of age or older prior to departure
  • Have completed a minimum of 36 units of university courses prior to field school departure
  • Have a minimum 2.67 CGPA
  • Consent of the Field School Director

Preference will be given to students who have:

  • Completed two first-year English courses and two-second year English courses (either ENGL 206 and/or ENGL 207)

Please note, the field school is open to students from all faculties. If you do not meet one of the eligibility requirements but are interested in participating, please contact the Field School Director at, to see if the eligibility requirement can be waived.

For more information on eligibility for non-SFU students please see the application page.

Information Sessions

No further sessions scheduled.

Application Status: Closed
Application Deadline: Monday, February 23, 2015

Note: For people with (physical or mental) medical conditions, international travel can present severe challenges. Because SFU field schools take place in international locations where emergency services, and/or mental or physical support services may be limited, or non-existent, some field school placements will not be appropriate for everyone. Please speak with the program's Field School Director for information on specific conditions for this field school.

If you have a medical condition that poses limitations on your ability to function in certain environments, we strongly advise that you register with the SFU Centre for Students with Disabilities (CSD). CSD staff will ask that you provide documentation from a duly-qualified medical specialist, which contains a diagnosis and a treatment plan.

Where appropriate, CSD staff will communicate with field school staff with regard to accommodation in the field. Please note that, while CSD staff indicate to field school staff that a prospective participant requires accommodation for a medical condition, they do not disclose the nature of the medical condition.

Because overseas arrangements can be complicated, we recommend that you contact the CSD at least three months prior to the commencement of the field school in which you wish to participate. Please note that failure to make proper arrangements in advance of travel could result in termination from the field school with costs and academic credit forfeited.