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International Education

O'Dowd Hall, Room 328
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-2889
ie@oakland.edu

Office hours
Mon - Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

In-person and virtual advising hours
Mon - Fri: 9 a.m. - noon and 1 - 4 p.m.

Walk-in advising hours
Mon - Thurs: 1 - 3 p.m.

Alex Zimmerman, Director
(248) 370-2843
azimmerman@oakland.edu

International Education

O'Dowd Hall, Room 328
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-2889
ie@oakland.edu

Office hours
Mon - Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

In-person and virtual advising hours
Mon - Fri: 9 a.m. - noon and 1 - 4 p.m.

Walk-in advising hours
Mon - Thurs: 1 - 3 p.m.

Alex Zimmerman, Director
(248) 370-2843
azimmerman@oakland.edu

A photo looking down over the French Riviera.

FRH 1610: Texts from the French and Francophone World (Post 1800) in Cannes, France

Get your Western Civilization Global Perspectives gen ed while studying in the French Riviera! Experience Cannes, Monaco and l’Île Sainte-Marguerite. In this study abroad version of FRH 1610, we’ll study locations and texts unique to the French Riviera. You will gain first-hand knowledge of some of the most fascinating historical events of the 19th and 20th centuries as they apply to the Côte d’Azur (from Napoleon through to the present-day film industry in France). The study abroad class runs from April 28-May 12, 2023.

For more information, contact:
Program director, Dr. Rebecca Josephy
rjosephy@oakland.edu

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Where You Will Be

The French Riviera (or Côte d'Azur) is the Mediterranean coast of southeastern France. It includes famously glamorous beach resorts such as Saint-Tropez and Cannes, and the independent microstate of Monaco. A health retreat in the 18th century, the area later attracted aristocrats, artists and the 1960s "jet set." Today it is an established holiday destination, with paths connecting many coastal villages and towns.

What You Will Do and learn

Students will enroll at OU in FRH 1610: Texts from the French and Francophone World (The French Riviera Edition), four credits. The course is conducted in English. FRH 1600 is not required to take FRH 1610. In this study abroad version of FRH 1610, we will study locations and texts unique to the French Riviera:

  • Documents related to Napoleon’s debarkation in the Golfe Juan before Waterloo.
  • Newspaper reports on the explosion of the fashion and perfume industries in the 19th century with rich noble families using the “Côte d’Azur” as their playground.
  • Texts documenting the importance of the South of France in 20th century art history (Picasso, Cocteau, Matisse and Chagall).
  • Behind-the-scenes recordings of the film industry with a particular emphasis on how the Cannes Film Festival was affected at the beginning of the Second World War.

In addition to various locations within Cannes, the following day trips will take place, weather permitting:  

  • A boat trip to l’Île Sainte-Marguerite. L’Île Sainte-Marguerite is where the “Man in the Iron Mask” was imprisoned. The legend of the man in the iron mask predates the period covered in this class. However, the story provides a fascinating introductory lesson to the topic of history versus legend.
  • A short bus ride to the Golfe Juan. Having been exiled to the island of Elba in May 1814, Napoleon returned to France on March 1, 1815, landing near Cannes with 1,000 men.
  • Art day trip to Antibes (Picasso Museum).
  • Grasse (the center of the perfume and fashion industries).
  • Possible optional day trips to the Rothschild Villa Ephrussi, Chagall Museum, and/or Matisse Museum and Monaco, and to Èze.
What To Bring

Students will attend a pre-departure meeting and receive a list of items to bring.

Requirements

FRH 1610 is a lower-level course conducted in English. 

Cost

Program cost - $2,310 (Includes most meals, accommodations, excursions, travel insurance. Does NOT include tuition)

Meals - $200

Local Transportation - $100

Accommodations – Included

Excursions – Included (Optional Trip to Monaco, $50)

Airfare – $1,300

Financial aid and dedicated scholarships are available