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Living in Besancon


Anne Schaefer

Assistant Professor of Modern Languages & Literatures (French)

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401



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Where Will I Live?

The Knox program in Besançon has developed sustained and reliable relationships with host families, welcoming students for their first month abroad. All participants live with a French family in order to "break the cultural ice" and get familiar with authentic French routines. Host families provide all of the meals and help you get acquainted with your new surroundings. After this first immersion, students are moved to university dormitories where they can fully participate in French life.

Resident Director

While you're in Besançon, your Resident Director will become your advisor, your R.A., your confidant, and your tour guide, doing everything from picking you up at the airport and assisting you in selecting a host family to advising you on courses to take and restaurants to try. Your Resident Director will take you out for your birthday, to the movies, and the theater. And don't forget, your director will also serve as a great resource for historical, cultural and political aspects of France.

On-campus Director

If you're considering participation in the Knox Program in Besançon, our On-campus Director can provide additional details about the program and help you with questions about courses offered, academic credit, student visa applications, and other important paperwork.

The On-campus Director also holds informational meetings about the program and will meet with you to discuss the most appropriate time frame for your study abroad experience. The On-campus Director also manages the selection of candidates for the program.

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Printed on Saturday, January 19, 2019