May 25 - June 29, 2014
This intensive summer program is designed for students interested in French language and cultural studies as well as pre-medical studies. The program aims at total immersion into life in France, while providing students with the opportunity to experience first-hand the French medical system. Going into its twenty-first season, France for the Pre-Med can accommodate students in a broad spectrum of health-related fields and special interests. Aside from Washington University in St. Louis, participating universities have included Brandeis, Binghamton, Brown, Carnegie Mellon, Duke, Hope College, Johns Hopkins, Oberlin, California-Berkeley, MIT, Michigan-Ann Arbor, Virginia, Wisconsin and Yale. Students who meet course prerequisites (two years of college level French or the equivalent and enrollment in a French course during the semester prior to departure) can register for classes and live with a French Family in Nice, France near the Italian border. Geographically, historically and culturally, this dynamic city has much to offer the summer student.
According to the World Health Organization's official rankings, the French healthcare system ranked number one among the 191 member countries surveyed and Nice Medical School is ranked 5th in France.
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2) Literature and Medicine
This course examines the changing image of medicine and its practitioners through a vast spectrum of literary texts including: Rabelais, Marguerite de Navarre, Montaigne, Pascal, Molière, Balzac, Camus, Bazin, Pagnol, etc. Class format: lecture, discussion, explication de texte. Grades will be based on class performance, oral presentations, and two short research papers.
3) Independent study:
Students may choose a topic of personal interest such as perspectives on medicine and physicians in various historical periods, midwifery and the conflict of midwives and doctors (XVIth-XVIIth centuries), Hôtel-Dieu (the Museum of Public Health), the Musée d'histoire de la Médecine, and l'Institut Pasteur. Independent study is intended for the advanced student who would like to pursue a special interest, possibly in preparation for an Honors' thesis.
One student said it best, “My summer in Nice gave me the international experience I always wanted but was unable to have because of the rigorous, structured Pre-med requirements at my university.”
Credits and Grades:
Upon arrival in Nice, a placement test will be given to confirm students' choice of courses, and the Program Director will meet with students individually. Students will receive a total of 6 credit hours for two courses (3 credits each). Students may also request a professor's evaluation for each of the courses taken to be sent to their major advisor.
The program is organized and taught by Washington University faculty, French healthcare specialists or other qualified instructors. The on-site director will always be available to assist students on an individual basis and to solve academic or housing problems. A helpful teaching assistant, a stellar student in the program from a prior year, will also be onsite for valuable student-to-student advice and course work reviews.
As the authentic way to discover a foreign culture is to share the daily life of the native inhabitants, each student is housed with a French family. Total immersion in French life enhances the student's knowledge of French language and social customs. Particular attention is given to the association between the students and his/her host family, based on a housing questionnaire filled out by the student.
Accommodation in a French home includes a private room and meals. Students are free from Friday at 1:00 p.m. until Sunday evening. They may choose to travel to another country (Italy, Spain, and Switzerland) or remain with their host family and discover famous sites of historical and cultural interest in the surrounding area.
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Entrance into this program is very competitive as applicants greatly outnumber the available openings. All applicants should contact Professor Winn before applying. Applicants with complete applications will be interviewed to access language skills. Applications for the summer 2014 program must be complete by December 1, 2013.
Technical questions regarding the online application should be addressed to Kathy Daniel, firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 314-935-5085.
Questions concerning the program and application requirements should be addressed to the program director, Professor Colette H. Winn. email: email@example.com, phone 314-935-5477.
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Last updated September 4, 2014