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My time studying abroad in France with The Citadel and Dr. Strobbe was truly the best experience of my life. The wealth of cultural knowledge and foreign experience gained due to the Citadel French Program is invaluable to me. From the excursions such as the beautiful "Pont du Gard" to the awe inspiring and ever so vast cities of Marseille, Carcassonne, and Avignon. There were events and activities tailored to everyone; the most memorable being Horse Back riding through the ocean and the weekly beach trips. Everything I could have hoped for and more was included in the Citadel French Program, truly a must for those looking to broaden their horizons. -Rene Valentine

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I think the French trip to Montpellier was the single most important thing that I have done in terms of advancing my skills as a French speaker. Not only did I have a great time, but I learned a ton about the culture and made a lot of new friends along the way. Now all I want to do is go back, and if I wasn't graduating, I would sign back up in a heartbeat. -Takumi Nemec


When I was first became involved with the French Program at The Citadel I had zero experience travelling internationally. Fortunately my professor, Dr. Toubiana, lead me through my first two semesters of 100 level French classes and prepared me for the summer study abroad program that was to take place in Montpellier. The four weeks I spent adventuring across the South of France will stay with me forever as the moments that influenced me to shape a future around my travel dreams. - Thomas A Scerbo


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"The Citadel's French program is a wonderful program filled with lots of exotic, cultural, and learning environments. I loved my stay in Montpellier. It is a beautiful city, full of beautiful shops, fun festivals, and pleasant people. The school consists of a small classroom environment designed to meet your skill level. The teachers and other students are very polite and fun to be around. Some of the greatest times you will have are on your weekly excursions to exotic beaches, castles, huge cities, small villages, and finally to Paris. I loved every second in France, and would do it over again if I had the chance."
-Christopher Jackson

"My trip to France with The Citadel in the summer of 2002 was an amazing experience. Our language institute was fun and helped my language skills, which made my stay with my great host family go even better. We traveled throughout the south of France, and had a nice balance of visiting historical sites as well as gorgeous ones. The visit to Paris was the best end to the trip, we saw the traditional tourist spots, while we had the opportunity to explore and experience the charm of Paris."
- Karen Whitehurst

Boat Ride in the South of France
Boat Ride in the South of France
Group Picture at Carcassonne

"The summer trip to France was the best decision I made knob (freshman) year, next to staying here. With Mr. Toubiana as our academic advisor and trip planner, we were able to discover all of southern France, with the most attention given to the Montpellier region.
We visited Carcassonne, one of France's most historic castles, the Palace of the Pope, when he was stationed in France, and one of France's hidden treasures, the Calanques of Cassis. The Calanques is a collection of inlet beaches protected on two sides by steep rock faces, and they are filled with the bluest water I have ever seen.
I would recommend this trip for anybody looking to expand their language skills, and especially for those attempting a major or minor in French. I am planning on returning next summer in pursuit of my minor and to meet some of my newfound international friends again."
- Chad Moore

"This summer was one of the best of my life...The program set me up with a family in Montpellier. My time there was well spent and I will never forget the good times I had or the great friends I met. I will never regret this summer and would recommend this program to anybody."
- Derek St. John

Calanques of Cassis
Calanques of Cassis
Group Picture at La Grotte Des Deux Desmoiselles
La Grotte des Deux Demoiselles

"My six week visit to France (four weeks in Montpellier with the group) exceeded my already high expectations of the culture and people. I also learned more French than I had previously anticipated. I had studied French for years, but I believe that I learned more from the total immersion in the culture for just that short period of time than all the years of once or twice a week study in the United States."
- John Exum

"I had the time of my life. The trip was everything it was supposed to be and more. I cannot wait to go back. I plan on returning within the next year. It was incredible!"
-Beth Shealy

Group Picture at La Maison Carree
La Maison Carrée - Nîmes
Waiting for the train in Cassis

"My experience in France was life changing. I met people from all over the world and for the first time in two years of study in French, it came alive for me. I will never forget the experiences I had, and it would be terrible for someone to go through college without an experience like this."
-Brandon O'Steen

Group Picture at Marseille
Group Picture at Les Invalides
Les Invalides - Paris

The amount of fun I had on this trip is unbelievable! The French culture and music is one of a kind. Not only has there been an improvement to my French but also my view on politics, as well as the importance of American influence abroad. The memories and friends I have made on this trip will never be forgotten. The food is one of a kind. Every time we would go to the market you thought you were eating at a five star restaurant. Thank you to the French department for offering this amazing trip! -Michael Whelan

Place de la Comedie, Montpellier

Group Picture at La Tour Eiffel
La Tour Eiffel - Paris
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