Passeport Culturel

General information

  • Want to use your French outside of the classroom ? 
  • Want to learn about contemporary issues from around the French-speaking world? • Want to meet a fun group of like-minded francophones?
  • Want to receive credit for attending exciting French-language events in and around Columbia?

Passeport Culturel is for you!

OVERVIEW: The Passeport Culturel is experiential learning curriculum that culminates in a capstone research project. This original project will be an outgrowth of guided extracurricular experiences in which the student will have participated over the course of one to three semesters. P.C. is completed under the supervision of a faculty mentor using a hybrid course design (face-to-face meetings with cohort and professor along with on-line content and discussion).

During phase one of the program, students will be issued a “passport” which they will have “stamped” when they attend sanctioned extracurricular events. The French faculty will maintain a calendar of PC events offering at least 10 hours of programming per semester. Each event will carry a point value roughly equivalent to the number of contact hours associated with the experience. Students will accumulate a minimum of 12 points in order to qualify for phase two. Students will submit an activity journal consisting of reflective writing in French on their experiences for every semester that they participate in phase one.

In phase two, students will enroll in a capstone research course, FREN 4993 (comprised of an additional 25 hours). This hybrid course, taught in French, will have both an online and face-to-face component. It is designed to guide the student in a semester-long research project, the subject of which will be based on experiences drawn from the student’s PC journal.

Past events

See the attached PDFs for full information on each event, and check the Passeport culturel GroupMe for a current calendar events.

  • Le Bac: institution or relique?
  • Carnet de voyage: Akwaba en côte d'Ivoire
  • Carnet de voyage: Maya Moreau
  • 1960-1980: Société française, société criminelle
  • “Les Voix des sans voix”: Portraits-Vidéos des survivants du tremblement de terre en Haïti, 2010
  • L’Émancipation du rock français
  • Trois perspectives sur le Cameroun
  • Urban Exploration et la notion de patrimoine en France
  • Les études Francophones à l’Université du Missouri

Frequently asked questions

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How do I enroll in Passeport Culturel?

Your first step is to start showing up for PC events. You can attend as many or as few events as you choose, but you need 12 points to qualify for FREN 4993. (Most events are worth one point and last one hour.) In order to signal your intention to participate you must sign up for our GroupMe chat. Any French professor can sign you up but feel free to see Dr. Sipe (Siped@missouri.edu), the current PC coordinator, who will be happy to get you started.

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How do I know about Passeport Culturel events?

Check our GroupMe calendar. Each semester’s activities will be listed there along with other important updates and information. Check back often, as we are always adding new events.

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How long does it take to complete?

It will typically take two semesters to complete the required 12 hours of events, however motivated students can conceivably complete the requirements for phase II in one semester. Breakdown: 1-3 semesters attending events; 1 semester in FREN 4993.

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Do I need to enroll in French 4993 right now?

No, you are only eligible to enroll in the course (and receive credit) once you have accumulated 15 points worth of activities and events.

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Is French 4493 - Passeport Culturel - an actual class?

Yes, but we count the hours you have spent at events toward your total contact hours. Because you have done around half of the work “up front” by attending PC events, the class portion of PC meets only once a week.

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What kind of activities does Passeport Culturel entail?

Anything and everything French! From gastronomic events, to film screenings, to chats with interesting people from around the Francophone world. We are planning field trips and some larger (more valuable events) events in conjunction with our French Honors Society, Pi Delta Phi.