Semester Program in Nancy


The University of Nancy 2

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Amidst the land of mirabelles and macaroons, Nancy is nestled at the heart of Lorraine in northeastern France and proudly displays a rich array of both classical French and art nouveau architecture. The city’s main square, Place Stanislas, whose surrounding 18th century buildings are said to be of exceptional significance and symbolic of global values, has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage List since 1983, while Louis Majorelle’s art nouveau influence is seen sprinkled throughout Nancy’s façades. (See the virtual tour of “Place Stan” and interior views of the National Opera of Lorraine)

Nancy, home to over 40,000 students who attend the 3 schools in its university system—Nancy 1, 2 and 3—is the 5th largest college town in France (L’Étudiant 2007). In a city where the smallest population of international students comes from the Americas, UMBC exchange participants have the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in a vast array of courses, clubs, and athletic programs as well as local culture during their semester abroad. The University of Nancy 2 hosts the largest majority of the city’s students and houses the departments of languages, arts & humanities, human and social sciences, law, economy, management, math and A/V information & communication.
For more information, please contact Dr. Denis Provencher (provench@umbc.edu).

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Student Testimonial


“Nancy was an intense but amazing semester abroad. I lived in a boarding house where I was just 1 of 2 Anglophones and could easily interact with the other residents at mealtimes or in the building’s common spaces. For the first month, before the French semester officially began, I took classes to improve my French language skills with European ERASMUS exchange students who remained good friends throughout my semester in Nancy. For the next 12 weeks, I was entrenched in a rigorous nine-course, 17-hours-a-week academic schedule focused on studying Teaching French as a Foreign Language.

To supplement my studies, I volunteered weekly at a local high school assisting an English teacher and gaining an insider’s perspective about the French school system. There were also weekly hip-hop classes (and a smattering of other athletic attempts), the Nancy Jazz Festival, a week of super cheap student movie fares, a Hunger Exchange (where international students were paired with local families for a one-night meal and culture exchange), an “American party” I helped plan as part of a culture club, and touring Nancy and Lorraine with new acquaintances. Thanks to my semester in Nancy, my language skills skyrocketed as I daily reconnected with French. Since my return, I am able to apply and share many aspects of the culture and language with my French and ESL college students whether understanding writing styles of native French speakers or having my students Skype college-age Lorrainians. It was truly an unbeatable experience.”


Heidi Goldenman, MA student in Intercultural Communication
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