University of Québec at Chicoutimi Summer French Programs

Why Chicoutimi?

Chicoutimi has one of the highest concentrations of native French-speakers in North America, making it the most ideal setting for those of you are serious about being immersed in the French language to become fluent. The Language and Québec Culture School at the University of Québec at Chicoutimi has a long relationship with SUNY Plattsburgh, and several other institutions in the US.

  • Terms: summer, 5-week (start of July thru start of August) or 3-week programs (July).
  • Eligibility: open to all students currently enrolled in a U.S. college or university; minimum sophomore standing at the time of participation; minimum 2.5 GPA.
  • Credits: 6 credits for 5-week program and 3 credits for 3-week program.
  • Application deadline: March 15

How to Apply

Students must submit the SUNY Application by the deadlines stated in the above section. Once the SUNY application has been submitted, Study Abroad and Exchanges will provide a link for the Chicoutimi online application.

Courses at Chicoutimi

The 5-Week Summer Program at Chicoutimi is worth 6 undergraduate credits in French language courses, and the 3 week pogram is worth 3 credits. When you arrive, you will take a placement exam that is meant to place you with others who have similar of French proficiency as you. For a list of course descriptions, please visit Chicoutimi's website for the 3 week program or 5 week program


The École at the University of Québec at Chicoutimi coordinates billeting with francophone families for a total immersion experience so that students can truly live in French. Through this privileged, continuous contact, French can be practiced every day. Host families provide students with a first-hand glimpse at Québécois culture while respecting their individual freedom. Students may also choose to stay in residence accommodations on campus.


Chicoutimi is the fourth largest city in Québec. It is located approximately two hours by car north of Québec City, or six hours northeast of Plattsburgh by car. The region is known for its rugged beauty and wilderness. The nearby Lake St. Jean and Saguenay fjords, especially, attract thousands of tourists annually. Our students have always found Chicoutimi and its people to be warm, friendly and eager to share their language and culture with them.

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Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about study abroad and exchange opportunities at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact us at:

Global Education Office
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901

Phone: (518) 564-3287
Toll-Free Phone: (800) 388-6784
Fax: (518) 564-3292

Location: We are on the second floor of the Kehoe Administration Building on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus.