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Study Abroad Programs

Study Abroad

Students majoring in a Modern Language are encouraged to spend a summer, a semester, or an academic year in a previously approved program of study at a foreign university as a part of their program. Up to thirty-six credits may be earned through these programs, pending previous consent of Dean and Chair involved.

nova_scotia_coastCanada Year Program

The Department of Modern Languages and Classics, in collaboration with the Canadian-American Center, arranges for UMaine students to spend a year or a semester at a Canadian university, including the country’s French-speaking universities. In recent years, UMaine students have studied at Université Laval (Quebec) and University Sainte-Anne (Nova Scotia). For more information, contact Betsy Arntzen at: or visit the Canadian-American Center at 154 College Avenue, Orono, Maine.

French Mayterm in Quebec (FRE 397 )quebec castle

A total immersion program in French in Quebec is offered during May Term, FRE 397/498, 3 credits. This two-week immersion in French allows students to move toward greater fluency in their language skills by asking them to take an active role in determining group work and program activities. Through these activities and excursions planned by the program director and staff, students also gain a greater awareness and understanding of Québécois history and culture.

Western France (FRE 398)nantes

This is a 14-day total immersion program in French equivalent to three academic weeks and worth three academic credits. The goals of the course are to encourage students to use French actively as a natural part of daily life and to develop heightened appreciation for French culture, society and history with a special focus on Brest, the location of one of the University of Maine System’s partner institution for student exchange, the Université de Bretagne Occidentale.

Travel dates will be in May 2012. For information contact Professor Jane Smith at

xeromeUniversidad de Santiago de Compostela

Courses at the university are taught in both Spanish and Galician. The University of Santiago de Compostela is located in buildings throughout the city, and recently celebrated its 500th birthday.

greeceTravels In The Ancient Mediterranean

A travel-study course through the Division of Life Long Learning, Travels in the Ancient Mediterranean will take you to the world of Ancient Greece.

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