Students spend two weeks of this three-week GO program working on the restoration of the Chateau de Villandraut, a 14th-century castle in southwestern France, about 25 miles from Bordeaux. Activities include stone-cutting, work on an archeological dig (contingent on government approval), and general maintenance of the chateau site. There are two strands of thematic study: social structure in the Middle Ages and issues relating to historic preservation in France and in the United States. Included are field trips to such sites as other historic monuments of the same era, a stone quarry, a vineyard, etc. French being the official language of the worksite, students will be required to make a commitment to speak only French during working hours. The two weeks on the site are preceded and followed by time in Paris, where students will visit several medieval landmarks.
Locations: Paris, France; Villandraut, France; Bordeaux, France
Dates: Summer 2016
Prerequisite: Completion of FRNC:102 or equivalent; full participation in the pre-departure work.
Academic credit: Two semester hours; this program and accompanying course satisfy the GO requirement.
Majors of interest: Open to all majors, but particularly of interest to French majors/minors and those fulfilling their Central Curriculum language requirement with French.
Application: Online application available on mySU.
Cost: $4,400 (subject to change); includes all flights, accommodations, activities, instruction and most meals.
Financial aid: Need-based financial aid may be available for students satisfying the GO requirement.
Program directors: Lynn Palermo, Ph.D., associate professor of French.