Duke in Provence Virtual



Apply Now

This 2-credit summer session program will offer students the opportunity to complete intellectually rigorous coursework while participating in an accredited virtual internship in Aix-en-Provence, France. This is an immersive experience, designed to support students as they develop the knowledge and skills required to work in a cross-cultural entrepreneurial environment. The program offers students a dynamic, behind-the-scenes look at working for a small French business while exploring the culture of the Southern France. French 315A offers practical experience within a French organization and is accompanied by academic support and close individual follow up. French 345A explores identity and culture in southern France; topics include history and immigration (from decolonization to recent migration), art (from Cezanne to street art), film (from Pagnol to Marlin), and cultural practices of the Midi (from cuisine to conversation).


Location: Virtual

Term: Summer

Dates: May 10 to June 18, 2021

Application Deadline: March 15

Academic Theme(s): French Language and Culture, Virtual 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 two courses for one course credit each. Students must register for both courses. Classes will be taught exclusively in French. Neither the pass/fail option nor auditing is permitted.

  • FRENCH 315A
  • FRENCH 345A


Travailler pour vivre: A Practicum in French
(CZ, CCI, FL) 1.0 Credit
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 6-week accredited virtual 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.


Aspects of Contemporary French culture: Culture and Identity in Provence
(CCI, CZ, FL) 1.0 Credit
Professor Deborah Reisinger

This course is an exploration of Southern France and the social, cultural, and literary determinants of that identity. France and the French are often associated with Paris, but 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 Morocco). In order to better understand this region, and the Aix-en-Provence and Marseille region specifically, we will investigate varied texts (Giono, Pagnol), films (Hors de prix, Shéhérazade), musical culture (farandole, Kid Francescoli), and artistic works that range from culinary trends and aesthetic norms to the influences of anti-colonial resistance and immigration. Supporting student's internship experience guest speakers and virtual visits will immerse students in the culture of Southern France. Classes will provide multiple and varied opportunities for students to practice their French; coursework consists of class presentations, analytical writing, and a creative final project.

Prerequisite: FR 204 or the equivalent.


Classes will meet Monday-Thursday for 3 hours per day; Fridays will be reserved for asynchronous work. The content of the two courses will be tightly interwoven to ensure continuity and to deepen learning.

Students will be placed in pairs or small teams for their virtual internship experience; they are expected to work 20 hours each week during the 6-week period. Each week, faculty will meet with each team 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 virtual tours, giving students a feel of the culture of the Aix-Marseille region.


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 2021

  Duke Students Non-Duke Students
Tuition $5,000 $5,000
Program Fee $250 $250
Transcript Fee N/A $120
Other Costs Other Costs Other Costs
TOTAL (Estimated) $5,250 $5,370


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.

  • Start date: May 10, 2021
  • End date: June 18, 2021


Deadline: March 15

This program has rolling admissions. The application deadline is March 15.

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 MyGlobalEd:

  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.