Orléans, France

Program Brochure

Contact the Program Director

Dr. Mary Aldridge

English Department
P:  480-461-7361
Office: LA3 - 13


A valid passport is required to travel abroad.  Passport Info Here

Program Location

Situated in the Loire Valley, Orléans holds onto the feeling and charm of a smaller town despite its easy accessibility to the capital.

The people are very proud of their ancient city's history as one of the country's oldest cities and its intriguing history with the French hero, Joan of Arc. The Loire Valley is home to many of France's best preserved castles and beautiful green meadows.

Appreciation for nature and agriculture is important to the region's people.

Not Offered in 2017

Centered in Orléans, this program is located in France’s famous Chateaux country and on the Loire River, which is the first river to be designated a World Heritage Site

The city was once capital of France and is famous for its connection to Joan of Arc. Participants will spend 14 days immersed in the language, history, art, and culture of the Loire Valley. In addition to intensive language instruction, courses and related activities, students will address a number of different themes focusing on the arts, culture, daily life, general economic development, history, media, society, and national and regional traditions. 

Students will live and study in Orléans, and will take excursions to locations in the Loire Valley such as Chateau de Chambord, constructed by Francois I, and the Chateau de Chenonceau, begun by Catherine de Medici

Students will also spend 3 days in Paris, where they will continue to practice the language and study the culture as they visit the Louvre Museum, the Musee d’Orsay, and other sites in the capital.  This will also allow students to contrast the culture of the Loire Valley with the global atmosphere of Paris. 

There is an optional excursion to Normandy and the beaches of WWII.

Did You Know?

  • Under the monarchy, the heir to the French throne was called le dauphin (the dolphin), in reference to his coat of arms.
  • Pets are very important in French culture, and pet dogs are allowed in public places like airports, malls, and many restaurants.
  • France attracts more tourists than any other country in the world.
  • The French population tends to resist foreign fast food because of concerns about genetically modified foods and globalization, which is seen as a threat to France's small farmers.
  • Currency used is the Euro (sign: ; code: EUR).
  • Read more detailed cultural information on France provided by CultureGrams™.
    France (2017). CultureGrams Online Edition. ProQuest.

Estimated Program Costs

Expense Type Estimated Cost Deadline

Program Fee
Includes lodging, academic facilities, cultural excursions, in-country ground transportation, and secondary medical insurance.

$ TBA Program Fee Due: March 24, 2017

Registration Fee

In-state: $86 per credit hour
Out-of-state: $206 per credit hour

$   15


Tuition Due: 35 days prior to course start date Registration begins in March.
Airfare (estimated cost) $ TBA

Your program director will provide you with instructions on purchasing airfare for your program. Only after you have received these instructions should you purchase airfare.


Meals are NOT included in program fee

$ TBA Not needed until you land in France!
TOTAL Estimated Costs $ TBA  (program fee, tuition, airfare and meals plus unlimited pass for bus, tram or metro in Orléans.
Dependent upon chosen courses
$ TBA Prior to start of class
$ 135 Please allow up to 6 weeks for processing.

Passport Information Available Here

Program Excursions

*UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Orléans Program Details

  • Students will immerse themselves in the French language while also studying the art, literature, and culture of the Loire Valley and Paris.
  • Students will earn 4 credit hours.
  • The first two weeks of courses will be held at MCC, then finished in France.
  • Download the rack card here.

Courses Offered (4 credit program)

  • FRE115 17758 Beginning French Conversation I (3) OR
    • Instructor:
  • FRE225 17759 Intermediate French Conversation II (3) AND
    • Instructor:
  • HUM298AA: Special Projects: Culture of the Loire Valley (1)

Dates to Remember

Title Date(s) More Information

Information Sessions


Southern & Dobson Campus

Location: TBA

Financial aid specialist available at all Thursday sessions.

Scholarship Deadline


Get information on financial aid, grants, and scholarships for study abroad here.

Program Application Deadline


Late applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Space is limited. Apply early to reserve your place!

Payment Deadlines


Program Fee Deadline: TBA

Tuition Deadline: Listed in your Student Center

Mandatory Orientation


9 am - 2 pm

Room LB145 in the Elsner Library at the Southern & Dobson campus.

You must attend the mandatory study abroad orientation! There may be additional required meetings for your specific program. Contact the Program Director for details.