Sète France, Spring Break 2020

Sete seaside
Seaside view of Sete, France.

This is a Bellevue College faculty-led 10 day study abroad program. To begin your application, please get in touch with Prof. Eva Norling at eva.norling@bellevuecollege.edu


Sète, a small port city in the south of France, away from the touristy Côte d’Azur. With a population of about 40,000 people (compared to Redmond’s 42,000) it is safe, easy to find your way around in and perfect for discovering French life and culture. Your class will be taught in what is called “La Corniche”, a small neighborhood on the edge of town, where you will enjoy strolling through the streets, getting some fresh baguette at the only bakery in this part of town and having lunch at the beach like the locals do this time of the year.

Program Details:

You will have three hours of instruction each day for the week you are there while staying with a French speaking host family.
When not in class, you will experience a perfect immersion combined with exciting afternoon excursions to some of the charming medieval villages around Sète. The location has been personally vetted by your chaperone, Senior Associate Professor of French & German, Eva Norling.


Program Dates

Depart U.S. Saturday March 21st, 2020

Arrive Sète Sunday March 22nd, 2020

Depart Sète Tuesday March 31st, 2020


Application Timeline

Application due: Monday November 18th, 2019

Deposit ($150) Due: Monday November 18th, 2019

Final Payment due: Monday December 2nd, 2019

Flight deadline: Friday January 17th, 2020


Instruction: French language and culture class/es will be taught by Marie-Claude, a highly qualified local native French language speaker according to your language level.  Prior French 121 knowledge is strongly recommended to ensure, you get the most out of your trip. Up to 2 cr. of independent study credits are possible.
This course will be a hands-on immersive learning experience that no on campus course can offer in the same way.


Activities: Our study will include field trips to enhance our academic experience.  Outside of classes, you will have the opportunity to explore and discover the region through organized field trips as well as additional optional ones.


Faculty: Eva Norling, Senior Associate Professor of French & German at Bellevue College, will be your faculty leader for this study abroad program. Eva is extremely passionate about language instruction and has most recently spent 3 months in Sète herself. She is familiar with the city, the highly qualified local faculty, Marie-Claude, and eager to be a part of this unique and formative experience for students.

Eva Norling, eva.norling@bellevuecollege.edu


Accommodations: While in Sète students are encouraged to interact with their host families as much as possible to facilitate learning the French language and culture.  Furthermore, you are expected to respect the norms and customs of your hosts as you get to know them.  Breakfast for the time you are in Sète as well as a warm meal will be included in your stay which will leave you responsible for one more meal a day.
Food is less expensive in France.  For your convenience, there are two small supermarkets close to your classroom as well as a bakery with fresh bread throughout the day.  It should be very easy to buy ingredients for a simple sandwich for lunch.


Program at a Glance – Sète, France

  • 8 days exploring Sète in the South of France, its outskirts, food, culture and life.
  • 15 hours of French language instruction (3 hours a day for 5 days total)
  • Guided walking tour of Sète
  • 2-3 half day and a possible full-day excursion by a local guide into the beautiful outskirts of Sète
  • Accommodations in host families
  • Breakfast and one warm meal per day during your stay in Sète


Based on 7 enrolled students, Program Fee is $1,080

A non-refundable $150 deposit is required to be paid with your application.


 Picture of Port of Sete, France
Port of Sete, France

Program Fee Included:

Tuition for French instruction to the local French instructor
Housing accommodations in host families
Pre-departure and arrival orientations
Breakfast and one warm meal a day while in Sète
Faculty Escort from BC
Several half-day and possibly one full-day excursion




Not included:

International airfare
Local transportation (A bus ride within city limits costs 1€ if you buy a 10 fare card)
Transport to and from the airport in the US and in France
Pocket money
Additional meals not listed above while in Sète
Bellevue College tuition for Independent Study credits (2cr. max.)
Instructional material, if applicable
Student basic medical and evacuation insurance
Anything not specified as included in the program

Program document: TBD

Last Updated July 18, 2019