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Travel and Learn

2019 Mediterranean Studies Travel Course (MI288)

Multicultural Cities in France: Paris and Marseille

Taught in English

1.0 credit


  • May 20-31 (Waterloo)
  • June 1-12 (France)

Instructor: Dr. Nathalie Freidel (

Location to visit:

  • Paris
  • Marseille

Topic to study: Mediterranean cultures: Past and present.

Applications are due no later than noon on Nov. 1, 2018.

Please send your application package to Dr. Nathalie Freidel ( or drop it at Languages and Literatures main office P312, Peters building, third floor.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Must be in year 2, 3 or 4 at the start of fall 2018 and must be eligible to take a 200- or 300- level Arts course.
  • Students from both the Waterloo and Brantford campuses are eligible. Students from faculties other than Arts are eligible.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 7.0.

Applications must include:

  • An unofficial copy of transcript.
  • A brief resume which outlines personal and professional (academic) achievements.
  • A one-page statement which outlines reasons for wishing to participate in this program.

Join one of the two sessions:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018: 4 p.m. - 5:20 p.m. (DAWB 2-101)
  • Friday,  Oct. 19, 2018: 10 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. (DAWB 1-101A)

Italian Study Abroad Program

A third-year-abroad program can be arranged through Laurier International at the Università degli Studi di Udine, in Udine, and at the Università Carlo Cattaneo – LIUC, in Castellanza (VA), Italy.

Spanish Study Abroad Course

SP288*: Study Abroad is a 1.0-credit intensive Spanish language and cultural immersion experience led by a Laurier faculty member in Spain for approximately one month. See the SP288 website for up-to-date information.

Explore: French-Language Bursary Program

Explore is a five-week intensive language immersion course where you discover another region of Canada while learning French. You can take the course in the spring or summer, whichever you prefer. Participants in Explore receive a $2,000 bursary (taxable income) that covers tuition fees for the courses, instructional materials, meals and accommodations, workshops, and other mandatory activities.

For upcoming application deadlines and further information on the Explore program, check out the official Explore website.

How to Enrol in Explore

Talk to the Languages and Literatures academic advisor.

Apply to the Explore program through their website. Print the form and take it to Service Laurier located in Schlegel Building, SB102 to get a stamp and signature. Now you are ready to send your form and necessary documents to:

Provincial Coordinator
Language Exchange Programs
French-Language Education Policy and Programs
Ministry of Education
900 Bay Street, 8th Floor, Mowat Block
Toronto, ON, M7A 1L2

Once you receive confirmation of acceptance into the Explore program, make sure to submit a Letter of Permission online form from Laurier. Once you submit the form, please contact the Program Advisor at for permission of enrolment and forward the response to Anita Velanoff at This must be done before you leave for the Explore program.  

On the Letter of Permission Form you will be asked for a course code; if you are not able to take a placement test online before your leave, you will not have this information. Please write "to be determined" in the appropriate box.

When you finish the program, request an official transcript of your courses to be forwarded to:

Wilfrid Laurier University
Att: Service Laurier
Schlegel bldg, SB102
75 University Ave. W.
Waterloo, ON, N2L 3C5

Transfer credits will only be assessed upon successful completion of the course. When you are picking your courses for the Explore program, we advise you to pick courses with both an oral and a written component. No transfer credits will be granted for conversation courses only.

Note: Upon completion of your five intensive weeks, it is suggested that you hang on to all (or some) of your course work, as you may be required to show samples of assignments or course work to the Languages and Literatures academic advisor. Your courses will be assessed by the Languages and Literatures academic advisor and applied to your student record accordingly.