Duke in Provence



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This 1-credit summer program offers students the dynamic experience of working for a French business, while taking a course that explores the work culture of Southern France.

Participants work 20-25 hours per week in an accredited internship based on their skills and interests, in Aix-en-Provence and its surrounding area. An immersive experience designed to support students as they develop the knowledge and skills required to work in a cross-cultural environment, students receive close individual follow up with both program faculty and the interning entity. Excursions to Nice and site visits to Marseille and Provence’s villages complement the program, introducing students to the history, art, and cultural practices of Provence.

FR 315SA examines human behavior in professional settings, using foundational texts to analyze cultural differences in the workplace and to assist you in developing interpersonal and cultural competencies. While France and the French are often associated with Paris, the South offers a different perspective of French culture, one that has been heavily influenced by its artists (Picasso, Cézanne, Van Gogh), its landscapes (lavender fields, mistral-swept paysages, the Mediterranean Sea), and its proximity to Mediterranean and Maghrebian cultures (Italy, Spain, and the Maghreb). Throughout the class, we will evaluate how France's history has shaped its cultural practices, ranging from interpersonal interactions to professional relations. Why is France known for being a place where one works to live rather than lives to work, as is said of the United States? How have particular events and policies shaped the concept of the French worker?

In order to better understand this region, and the Aix-en-Provence and Marseille region specifically, we will explore texts, films, and artistic works related to cultural practices of the workplace, worker uprisings, economic structures, and immigration and integration. Guest speakers and excursions will help immerse us in the culture of Southern France. You will also have the opportunity to reflect on your own professional capabilities and cultures through reflective and analytical writing related to your internship experience.


Location: On-site

Term: Summer II

Dates: June 25 - July 23, 2022

Application Deadline: February 1

Academic Theme(s): French Language and Culture, Internship

Credit Type: Duke Credit

Eligibility: Students must have at least a B average in French and be qualified to take 300 level French courses. Students may have fulfilled this requirement either through course work at the college level, through lived experience abroad, or through AP testing.

Duke Affiliation: Co-sponsored by Duke’s Department of Romance Studies

GEO Advising: Request an appointment 

  • French countryside

  • Lavender field




The Duke in Provence program offers 1 one-credit course, FR315SA, which is a mix of coursework and internship. Classes will be taught exclusively in French. Neither the pass/fail option nor auditing is permitted.

  • FRENCH 315SA


Travailler pour vivre: A Practicum in French
(CZ, CCI, FL) 1.0 Credit. MMS.
Professor: Deborah Reisinger/ Pascale Schaff (IAU)

This course examines the concept of work from a cross-cultural perspective, immersing students in a French organization, and supporting them throughout their experience with opportunities to analyze and reflect upon their experience. Students enrolled in this course will complete a 4-week accredited internship in France, which is framed by academic coursework and close individual follow up by both faculty and interning entities. In the course, students will evaluate how France's history has shaped its cultural practices, ranging from interpersonal interactions to professional relations. How have particular events -the French revolution, Mai 68, and declining union membership -shaped the concept of the French worker? Why is France known for being a place where one works to live rather than lives to work, as is said of the United States? This course will examine human behavior in professional settings, using foundational texts to analyze cultural differences in the workplace and to assist students in developing interpersonal and cultural competencies in the international workplace. Students will also reflect on their own professional capabilities and cultures through a blog, regular reports, and a final paper related to their internship experience.

Prerequisite: FR 204 or the equivalent.


Weekly excursions will allow us to experience Provence's rich diversity, and include a weekend in Nice, a visit to Marseille, and a trip to the Verdon Gorges.


Classes meet three times per week in person, with students alternating internship hours between in-person and virtual work based on their placement’s needs.

Students are expected to participate in the internship for 20-25 hours each week during the 4-week period. Each week, faculty will meet with each student and with each company to discuss work objectives, share progress, and offer feedback. Companies will offer assessments of each student based on general attitude, teamwork, motivation, communication, punctuality, initiative, professional attitude, quality of work, discernment, and organization.

Coursework will be supplemented by a number of expert guest speakers and site visits.


You will be housed with carefully selected homestay families in Aix, where you will receive 7 breakfasts and 6 dinners per week. The program will also provide lunch or dinner on selected excursions, as well as a final group meal at a restaurant in Aix. Other meals are the responsibility of the participant.


The Duke in Provence program director can assist with questions related to program academics, admissions, etc. For all other inquiries, please contact the Global Education Office.

Dr. Deborah Reisinger

Associate Professor of the Practice of Romance Studies

Susan Pratt

GEO Asst. Director


All costs and fees are subject to change.

Summer 2022

  Duke Students Non-Duke Students
Tuition $2,600 $2,600
Program Fee $6,000 $6,000
Transcript Fee N/A $120
Other Costs Other Costs Other Costs
TOTAL (Estimated) $12,100 $12,220


Explanation of Costs

Financial Aid

Duke students receiving financial aid are eligible for aid for this program (work-study funds must be converted to loans). Students are individually responsible for making the necessary arrangements with the Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid and the Bursar. Non-Duke students are not eligible to receive financial aid at Duke and should contact their home institutions for financial aid information. 

Duke Financial Aid Office

Duke Bursar’s Office


This program offers the following scholarship opportunities:


Attendance is required for all classes, group events, guest speakers, and virtual tours.

  • Arrival: June 25, 2022
  • Departure: July 23, 2022


Deadline: February 1

This program has rolling admissions. The application deadline is February 1.

Interviews: Please note that the application process for this program requires an interview which will be arranged with applicants by the program director.

Priority: Priority is given to applicants who submit all materials by the deadline, meet the language requirements, and perform well on the individual interview with the faculty director(s).

Minimum GPA: There is no minimum GPA.

Non-Duke Students: Non-Duke students are welcome to apply for this program. You must be a degree-seeking student in good standing at an accredited college or university. Consult your university’s registrar and/or study away advisor for assistance with transfer credit. Students who are not matriculated at a college or university are not eligible to participate in Duke’s study away programs.


Please start your application early to ensure that it is complete by the deadline! Incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the program director for consideration.

To apply to Duke in Provence, please submit the following items using MyExperientialEd:

  1. Online application
  2. Official transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended
  3. Personal statement written in English, no longer than one page, explaining why you would like to participate
  4. One academic letter of recommendation, from a language professor, noting your linguistic and academic abilities. If you have not taken a language course at Duke, please request a letter from a Duke professor who knows you well. Letters from high school teachers will not be accepted.

Interview: The program faculty will contact you to schedule an individual interview.