Answers to Frequently Asked Questions:


1. English during the program

2. Financial Aid

3. Laptop and Computer Use

4. Other Funding Possibilities for the program

5. Passports and Visas

6. Passport photo quality

7. Personal Cash

8. Personal Electrical Appliances

9. Personal Visitors

10. Student Housing

11. Which address to send my application to?

12. Deposit Payment

13. Expenses during the program

14. Flight and Travel Information

 

1. Regarding use of English during the program . . .

            Chez Vous is a Relational program with the goal of helping students to really connect with French people and culture. Capability with the French language plays a major part in achieving this goal, so for most of each day Chez Vous students commit to speaking only French.

            While the Institute has experimented with a “total immersion” French language experience, we now believe that a small amount of “language optional” time each day is also important for absorbing and integrating the entire French experience – a vital part of connecting with the people and culture around us. Therefore during a small portion of each day, generally evenings, students are free to use either French or English.

 

2. Regarding Financial Aid . . .

            The Institute is able to offer a few modest scholarship amounts each year, depending on resources. Actual amounts depend on the overall level of need in the current year’s applicant pool, as well as donor support. For more info and deadlines, please go to Apply.

 

3. Laptops and Computer Use

                     Students are free to bring their own laptops for homework and class projects, and may find some additional convenience in doing so. The following condition applies: Students understand and agree that the Institute cannot accept liability for the security of their laptops during their stay in the program (though the Institute makes every effort to ensure safety and security in all aspects of the program.)

 

4. Other Funding Possibilities for the Chez Vous program

            We certainly recognize how difficult it can be to fund a study-abroad experience. In the face of this challenge, it can be important to consider as well the potential for a solid study-abroad experience to open up opportunities later on. The right program can be a great investment in your own future.

            Each year, it seems, we welcome a number of students with interesting stories of how God provided for their financial need that summer. At the same time, of course, we also realize that many others were still unable to come due to finances. But for those that do come, here are some of the ways these students have found funding . . .

 

5. Passports and Visas

            All students need a valid passport. North American students need a visa only if staying in Europe more than 3 months. Students from most countries outside the European Union or North America must apply for a French visa (please contact us for more details.) Papers must be completed and in good order prior to arrival or a student may be refused admittance into the country.

 

6. Passport Photo Quality

           The passport photos required for your application have to be of the same size and quality required for a U.S. passport. Click HERE for requirement details. (Passport photos are available at most chain drug stores such as Walmart, Walgreens etc.) Please write your name on the back of each photo if mailed in.

 

7. Personal Cash

            Students use personal funds for a variety of things: visits to cafes, postcards, stationery, postage, the Institute café bar, church offerings, personal laundry, personal bus-rides, souvenirs, etc. You might consider something in the range of $150 - $200 for personal spending, plus whatever gifts you want to purchase.

            As an emergency reserve, we recommend you keep at least 40E in cash with you at all times (about $60).

            The most convenient method for obtaining cash in France is to bring a debit card from your U.S. bank (with PIN number). ATM machines are located everywhere in France, providing the best exchange rate for your dollars as well as reducing the amount of cash you need to carry at any one time. ATM’s take most cards – before you travel ask your card company or bank for a phone number to call in case you should encounter any problems.

            Other methods for obtaining personal cash: a credit card for getting cash from an ATM machine (need PIN number), or buying traveler’s cheques in Euros (not in Dollars) before you leave the States — Euro traveler’s cheques can be ordered through your bank and take about a week to arrive.

 

8. Personal Electrical Appliances

Generally, if the electrical information plate on your appliance indicates 220 or 240 volts, then the appliance will function on French electric current. However you will still need a plug adapter – a limited number will be available for purchase in France.

 

9. Personal Visitors

            Chez Vous is an intense experience in culture and language-learning. Visitors can therefore create a real interruption in the learning process, both for the individual student being visited as well as for fellow students.

            Visitors to the Center will be greeted warmly, and with notice will be welcome for meals at the regular Center rates. However, visitors must make their own local lodging and transportation arrangements. Visitors may not accompany students on excursions or other program activities.

 

10. Regarding student housing . . .

            Over the years the Institute has experimented with several housing options, including home-stays with French families as well as dormitory housing. We have concluded that the drawbacks of these options outweigh the benefits – benefits that at best were inconsistent in helping students to really connect with French people.

            Several years ago the Institute purchased its own small Center that provides a more natural “family” environment – a context that makes social interactions with local French people easier, more extensive, and much more natural culturally. The ground floor of the Center offers a lounge, café bar, and classroom, while two floors of 4 rooms each provide basic but comfortable lodgings for the limited number of students that the Institute welcomes at any one time.

 

11. Which address should I send my application to?

           Please send your application to our Wheaton address that can be found under Contacts.
You can also scan and email (normandy@chezvoussummer.com) your application documents to us. (Use this subject line in your email: CV17 Application - "YOUR NAME").
We are looking forward to hearing from you!

 

12. Do I pay the program deposit even on a collaborative program with my university?

Yes, even on a collaborative program,the $1300 deposit payment is paid by the student directly to JLI. The final payment will then be billed to the school (all but the supplemental services which are billed to the student).

 

13. Expenses during the program:

a) Other than the personal cash/personal spending amount of $150 - $200, the emergency reserve of $60, and personal laundry expenses, what other expenses do the students have while in France?

The biggest expense for students is gifts and souvenirs. Some public restrooms require a small "donation." Church offerings. On some of the excursions there are optional activities that some students occasionally spend a little money on, but these could be absorbed from the personal funds recommended for each student.

b) Which meals will the students pay for themselves and which ones are covered in the program fee?

All meals, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, are provided from the program fee throughout the entirety of the program.

 

14. Flight and Travel Information:

a) How far in advance will we know the flight information (date and time, etc.)?

The Institute is normally in a position to communicate this information a) after final payment of the Program fee, b) always sometime after April 1, and c) never later than May 1.

 

b) Does "group travel between Paris and Normandy" mean that someone will be at the airport to meet the arriving students, and they all travel together to Franceville?

We do always arrange to meet all student flights that were reserved by the Institute and that arrive within a reasonable delay. We also do have about 1-3 students each summer who either made their own flight arrangements, or else have been greatly delayed due to a missed connection or other reason. Prior to their trip each student receives a "Travel Packet" from the Institute that contains French phone card information for calling us within France, and detailed instructions for getting to Normandy on public transportation (train). Fortunately this process has always worked well, though is rarely needed.

 

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