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Pitt in Quebec
Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada;
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Panther Program Housing Options: Dormitory
Language Prerequisite: 2 terms of college-level language instruction Number of Credits: 6
Language of Instruction: French Program Length: 6 weeks
Courses of Study: French Language and Literature Minimum GPA: 2.75
Program Description:

This six-week program for intermediate and advanced French language students takes place at the niversité du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR).  You will take two courses in French language and/or Quebec culture while living on the UQTR campus.  Instruction provided by Pitt and UQTR faculty.

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Pittsburgh is not the only "City of Three Rivers"! Trois-Rivières is a city in the Mauricie region of Quebec, Canada, located at the confluence of the Saint-Maurice and Saint Lawrence Rivers. It is approximately halfway between Montreal and Quebec City. Trois-Rivières is the economic and cultural hub of the Mauricie region. It was founded on July 4, 1634, the second permanent settlement in New France, after Quebec City in 1608.

The city's name, which is French for 'three rivers', is named for the fact that the Saint-Maurice River, which is divided by two small islands at the river's opening, has three mouths at the Saint Lawrence River. Traditionally, Trois-Rivières was referred to in English as Three Rivers, although in more recent decades it has been referred to as Trois-Rivières in both English and French. The anglicized name still appears in many areas of the town (e.g., the city's Three Rivers Academy), bearing witness to the influence of English settlers in the town. The city's inhabitants are known as "Trifluviens" (Trifluvians).

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The city's main street is Boulevard des Forges, an area several blocks long in the heart of the Old City composed of century-old buildings housing a great variety of cafés, restaurants, clubs, bars, and shops. In the warmer months, the area is regularly closed to vehicular traffic to accommodate various festivals and events, turning the downtown core into a pedestrian mall.

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You will take a total of six credits selected from the following list: 

Intermediate French I or II
FR 0003 or FR 0004

These courses focus on developing competency in comprehending and producing the French language both spoken and written as well as socio-cultural competency in communicating with French-speaking people.

Québec Culture and Communication
FR 0055

This course focuses on the verbal exchange of opinions, the understanding and interpretation of written and spoken French on a variety of cultural topics, and the oral presentation of ideas to an audience of listeners on various topics.

Québec French
FR 0006
This course is an introduction to the French spoken in contemporary Quebec.  Topics addressed include New World French phonetics, word formation, syntax, sociolinguistic issues and language politics, as well as Quebec's ever more important role in worldwide Francophonia.

French Conversation
FR 0055
This course focuses on the verbal exchange of opinions, the understanding and interpretation of written and spoken French on a variety of cultural topics, and the oral presentation of ideas to an audience of listeners on various topics.

Advanced Grammar and Stylistics
FR 1032
Dans ce cours, nous nous concentrerons sur la structure du français en privilégiant une approche descriptiviste (plutôt que normalisatrice).  Alors, nous analyserons la langue française en tant que système qui s’impose aux locuteurs désireux de s’en servir.Outre les analyses traditionnelles (phonétiques, phonologiques, morphologiques, syntaxiques, etc.) nous étudierons également la stylistique comparée. Car ce n’est qu’en maîtrisant les réalisations linguistiques des matrices sémantiques propres au français que nous éviterons les erreurs pragmatiques et sociolinguistiques que font la plupart des apprenants anglophones.

Québec Studies
FR 1088

This course is an introduction to the distinctive culture of Quebec.  Focus is on cultural products and perspectives.  Topics addressed include Quebec history, Quebecois literature, music and film.

General Education Requirements

Select courses offered by this study abroad program fulfill general education requirements for students in the College of Arts and Sciences as follows:

Foreign Language: FR 0003

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Brett Wells is the faculty director for the Pitt in France program. He is the Director for Undergraduate Studies in French at the University of Pittsburgh. Professor Wells earned his Masters and PhD in French from Stanford University. He has spent considerable time in Québec, and his research interests include Language planning in Québec, Terminology, Francophone Sociolinguistics, and Applied Linguistics. Contact Prof. Wells.

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Summer 2014

Arrive in Quebec: 29 June 2014
Program begins: 1 July 2014
Program ends/depart Quebec: 9 August 2014

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Summer 2014 (all pricing subject to change)
PA resident: $3700
Non-resident: $3900

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Airfare is not included on the Pitt in Quebec program.  You should plan to spend between $500-800 on flights to Quebec.  You can also elect to drive to Trois-Rivières depending on where you are leaving from.

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You will stay in the student residences on campus, only a minute or so from the main buildings where most of the activities are held.

Each apartment has four bedrooms and a shared kitchen, living room and bathroom. All the bedrooms have a single bed (provided with pillow and bedding), a desk and a closet. A telephone is available in each apartment. You will share your apartment with other participants of the same gender and from the same program.

Take note that dishes, pans, ustensils and cleaning products are not included.

Washing machines and dryers are available in the basement of each student residence, at a cost of about CAD$1.50 per use.

Internet access is available in all bedrooms (with cable and certain restrictions).

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  • Minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Completion of at least 24 on-campus credits (sophomore standing or higher)
  • Good judicial record on campus
  • Completion of FR 0001 and FR 0002 or equivalent. 

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Tiffany Martin is the program manager for Pitt in Quebec. She is a known flight risk and is following in her boss' footsteps by trying to reach 30 countries by the time she turns 30. She attended both undergrad and graduate school here at Pitt with degrees in Marketing and International Affairs. She participated on two study abroad programs and backpacked Europe.  She has been fortunate to travel to 25 countries and has learned valuable skills along the way such as how to build a yurt, use chopsticks, cross a street in Ho Chi Minh City, run from hippos, and brush her teeth with a chewing stick. While Tiffany embraces her inner 'Burgher, she wishes that every student would leave Pittsburgh by studying abroad. When not planning her next adventure, Tiffany can be found frequenting various Pittsburgh neighborhoods and restaurants, skiing, watching the Food Network or biking through the parks. Contact Tiffany Martin.

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Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This program is currently not accepting applications.