The Graduate School at the College of Charleston and the Université de Versailles - Saint Quentin have an exchange program which affords a unique opportunity for graduate students to teach and conduct independent research at a university in the southwest suburbs of Paris. Established in 1994 by Dr. Olejniczak of the History department, the Graduate School has sent nearly 20 College of Charleston students to France with great success.
Eligibility and Requirements
- 3.5 GPA
- US citizen
- Completed 12 hrs of graduate coursework
- Currently enrolled as a degree-seeking student in a master’s program at the College
This teaching fellowship grants one graduate student per academic year employment at the Université de Versailles as an instructor of conversational English for undergraduate students. The fellowship recipient must commit to a year-long contract with the Université, which includes 10-12 hours of class time per week from September to June. Fellows will be expected to have a basic reading knowledge and speaking ability in French so as to be able to function in a university environment. To this end, a fellow may have the opportunity to undergo intensive language training before departing for France.
Fellowship recipients are also expected to conduct independent research while in France. Students must develop an independent study project with a faculty advisor in their program. If completing a thesis, students can use this requirement to continue their research and writing. With the approval of their graduate program director, a fellow can receive up the 12 hours of graduate credit which may count towards their degree.