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 part time 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: Aix-en-Provence, France

Term: Summer II

Dates: June 29, 2024 - July 27, 2024

Application Deadline: February 1st

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

Primary Contact: Deb Reisinger

  • Gorge du Verdon

  • A perfume-making workshop in Nice

  • Street views in Provence

  • Enjoying conversation at Professor Reisinger's home

  • Picking up bread for our shared dinner!

  • Lavender fields

  • Sunset over the rooftops in Aix-en-Provence


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-ACM)

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 culture in the workplace and to assist students in developing interpersonal and cultural competencies in the international workplace. Students will reflect on their own professional capabilities and cultures through a  portfolio that will culminate in a final paper related to their internship experience.

Prerequisite: FR 204 or the equivalent.


Past program activities have included:  

  • A day trip to Marseille
  • A weekend in Nice
  • A visit to a perfume factory 


Students will spend three days per week in their internships, with the following days devoted to class activities and excursions.

Students are expected to participate in the internship for approximately 24 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 expert guest speakers and site visits.


You will be housed in student apartments with fully furnished kitchens, and will cook your own meals. The program may 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

Kayla Soltis-Katella

GEO Assistant Director


All costs and fees are subject to change.

Summer 2024

  Duke Students Non-Duke Students
Tuition $2,840 $2,840
Program Fee $6,000 $6,000
Transcript Fee N/A $120
Other Costs Other Costs Other Costs
TOTAL (Estimated) $14,340 $14,460


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 27, 2024
  • Departure: July 27, 2024


Deadline: February 1st

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 language recommendation, focusing on your linguistic and academic abilities. Letters from high school teachers will not be accepted.

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