This university is available only for students at the Master’s level who wish to be a lecteur for the academic year.
French students who come to Vanderbilt are classified as “non-degree seeking graduate students.” They may audit any courses they wish; the auditing is arranged through the Chair of French and Italian. No grades are recorded and students do not receive any record of their studies.
French students teach two elementary French courses – one in the fall and one in the spring. These 50-minute classes meet five days per week, Monday through Friday, and are taught under the supervision of the French Language Coordinator. All materials are provided and the teachers meet weekly with the Language Coordinator.
French students who come to Vanderbilt are also required to serve as “animateur/animatrice” on the French Hall in McTyeire International House. In addition to organizing weekly French activities for the resident students, they are required to eat dinner with the students four nights each week – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. Students receive a free room with attached bathroom and several meals per week.
The total salary for work in McTyeire and for teaching two courses is approximately $15,525 per year, paid in monthly installments, August 16 through May 15.
This position is offered every other year (our next exchange will be 2016 – 2017).
Vanderbilt University, colloquially known as Vandy, is a private research university located in Nashville, Tennessee. Vanderbilt enrolls approximately 12,000 students from all 50 U.S. states and over 90 foreign countries in four undergraduate and six graduate and professional schools. Several research centers and institutes are affiliated with the university, including the Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy Studies, Freedom Forum First Amendment Center, Dyer Observatory, and Vanderbilt University Medical Center, the only Level I trauma center in Middle Tennessee. With the exception of the off-campus observatory and satellite medical clinics, all of the university’s facilities are situated on its 330-acre (1.3 km2) campus in the heart of Nashville, about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) from downtown. Despite its urban surroundings, the campus itself is a national arboretum and features over 300 different species of trees and shrubs.
Vanderbilt offers undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences, engineering, music, education and human development as well as a full range of graduate and professional degrees. The university is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s top 20 universities by publications such as U.S. News & World Report, with several programs and disciplines ranking in the top 10.
The university recognizes nearly 500 student organizations, ranging from academic major societies and honoraries to recreational sports clubs and ten editorially independent media outlets that are produced and controlled by students.
Nashville is the capital of Tennessee and the second-largest city in the state. It is located on the Cumberland River in Davidson County, in the north-central part of the state. The city is a center for the health care, publishing, banking and transportation industries, and is home to a large number of colleges and universities. It is most known as a center of the music industry, earning it the nickname “Music City”.
Many popular tourist sites involve country music, including the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Belcourt Theatre, and Ryman Auditorium. Numerous music clubs and honky-tonk bars can be found in downtown Nashville, especially the area encompassing Lower Broadway, Second Avenue, and Printer’s Alley, which is often referred to as “The District”. Each year, the CMA Music Festival (a four-day music festival centered around country music hosted each June by the Country Music Association) brings thousands of country fans to the city.
Despite the influence of country, Nashville’s vibrant music and entertainment scene spans a variety of genres and the numerous local bars and clubs are full of budding artists. The Tennessee Performing Arts Center is the major performing arts center of the city. It is the home of the Tennessee Repertory Theatre, the Nashville Opera, the Music City Drum and Bugle Corps, and the Nashville Ballet.
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