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Can you have your cake and eat it too? 
Probably not…
But you CAN get up to 6 hours of college credit while spending your free time on a Mediterranean beach!

YOU!  ANY University of the Cumberlands student with ANY level of French may attend.

UC Students at Louvre Pyramid

The Institut Européen de Français (IEF, formerly IMEF) in Montpellier, France.

UC Students at the Institut

Leave the first or last week of July and stay for 2, 3, or 4 weeks (3 or 4 are recommended)

UC Students at the Institut

Because you can!  There is no time like the present.  Not only will you earn credit toward the B.A. and the French Minor, you will have memories that last a lifetime.

Train Travel
Train Travel is the way to go!


  1. Attend informational meetings and/or schedule an appointment with Dr. Laura Dennis (x4441,
  2. Schedule an appointment with Financial Planning to see your options for financing your trip.
  3. Complete UC’s International Studies packet, available from Ms. Jane Carter in the Hutton Business Building (x4274,
  4. Apply for a passport if you don’t have one already.
  5. Complete the online registration for the IEF at
  6. Buy your tickets (air and rail – Dr. Dennis can help).
  7. Complete a transfer of credit form at the Registrar’s office.
  8. Pack your bags and get ready for the time of your life!

Will all your time be spent studying?
NO!  Your program fees include numerous excursions and extracurricular activities.  You will also have free time to go the beach, visit museums, go shopping, you name it.

A night out
A night out!

How many credits will you earn?
Students staying for 2 weeks will earn 3 hours of credit in French, while students staying for 3 or 4 weeks will earn 6 credits.

How much will it cost?

Airfare:  $800.00-1200.00
Train (without rail pass):    $75.00-$150.00
Registration:  $210.00
Fees (tuition, materials, lodging, excursions) $1355.00-$2080.00
Meals/misc. expenses: $300.00-500.00
$2740.00-$4140.00 *

* Estimate only; costs may vary depending on exchange rates, length of stay, housing options, and other factors.  If cost is a concern, students wishing to study overseas should consider applying for a Gilman Award (learn more at 


I definitely recommend for anyone who is even thinking of studying abroad to take a leap and go for it! I have no regrets about my experience in France! The first day of classes I made friends immediately and over the course of three weeks I learned so much French! Whether you go in knowing little to none of the language (like myself) or you're fluent or somewhere in between you'll learn so much! Being thrown into the culture was so beneficial and it gave me such a passion for the people and the country! If I had to give a piece of advice, I'd say become spontaneous, try and do things that you wouldn't normally do and not only will you learn so much about the language, you'll learn a lot about yourself.

--Brooke, UC Student

Studying abroad is the chance of a lifetime! I would do it again in a heartbeat. I challenge every student at Cumberland to think about going. I studied at a small French institute. Each class was separated into different levels; so don’t worry there is a level for everyone. My experience taught me that people all over the world can share so many similar qualities and that it is important to learn a language other than your native tongue. It was exciting to meet so many new friends and be immersed into new cultures other than my own. The teachers are wonderful and eager to help. So expand your horizons because it is an opportunity that you will not regret. The trip will challenge the way you think daily and will be an amazing memory for a lifetime.

--Ariel, UC Student


To apply for this program, please see the following links:

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Contact Information

For more information contact Dr. Laura Dennis by email or by phone at (606)539-4441.