Intensive French Program in Martinique

Four week Study

Students have an opportunity to spend four weeks exploring Martinique's contemporary society on this Caribbean island whose history was shaped by France's colonial policies and politics. In order to understand the profound effect of history on today’s Martinicans, students will enroll in a course at the Universit√© des Antilles et de la Guyane's International Center for Research, Exchanges and Cooperation in the Caribbean and Americas, located on the Schoelcher campus. This course will allow participants to better comprehend the island's complex identities through the study of its historical, geographical, political, artistic, economic, ecological, and linguistic landscapes.

Course Description

Program Dates: May 17 - June 14, 2014

A. On Denison's Campus

To help students reflect critically on seminal issues of slavery,  race, and identity in Martinique, we will have monthly meetings during the spring semester.

Students will also develop a short proposal for an individual field project related to their interests.  Topics should examine social, political, ecological, or economic issues, or modes of cultural expression such as painting, ceramics, dance, music, cinema, and literature.

B. In Martinique:

  • Students will attend class at the university 5 days per week where they will experience several teaching formats (e.g. lectures by prominent faculty guest-speakers, discussion-based French language sessions).
  • Students will work on their individual field project, and will meet with the Denison program director for a bi-weekly seminar focusing on their project.

Credits and Prerequisites

Students will earn 3 Denison credits. Participants must have completed French 214 or obtained the program directors' permission. At a minimum one must have taken 2 intermediate level courses at one’s home institution beyond the language general requirements.

Cultural Activities

During our stay, students will participate in guided fieldtrips to discover various aspects of the island’s landscape, and visit several local museums.


Students will live with local host families, carefully selected by the Université des Antilles' CIRECCA's director, so that they can truly experience a linguistic and cultural immersion.


  • On weekdays, students will have breakfast and dinner with their host families. They will eat lunch at the University cafeteria.
  • On weekends and holidays, host families will provide all 3 meals.


Students must have health insurance that will cover them while abroad.

Program Costs

  • Tuition, room and board, cultural field trips: $4,685
  • Airfare: Expect to pay approximately $1,000 depending on when you book your flight.

Possible Funding Opportunities

Contact Information

Christine Armstrong

Fellows 301-G

Isabelle Choquet

Fellows 301-I