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French Discovery Camp offered on the UMFK campus

April 15, 2009


The University of Maine at Fort Kent will offer a French Discovery Camp this summer for students entering their sophomore, junior or senior years of high school. The camp will run from Monday, June 29 through Thursday, July 2.              

French is spoken by over 200 million people. It is second-most-frequently-taught language worldwide after English and more than 50 countries and regions (such as Louisiana) around the world recognize French as an official language. 

UMFK offers students an opportunity that may be unique to all of the United States - the chance to study in a bilingual community. Fort Kent is located in Maine and New Brunswick`s upper St. John Valley where the majority of adults are bilingual and French can be heard spoken daily  

Camp activities will include learning French, touring the cultural sites in the St. John Valley, preparing authentic French and Acadian dishes, music, films and other cultural activities and meeting with people who use French in their work settings. Other fun activities will include canoeing, BBQ, games, field trips, and nature walks. 

The French Discovery Camp is intended primarily for students interested in government, international business and marketing, education, healthcare- nurses, doctors, administrators, business or immigration law, journalism and communications, law enforcement, social services and international non-profit work. Applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The camp is limited to 12 students.            

The total cost of the camp is $200 and includes materials meals and lodging. A non-refundable deposit of $50 is required. If the student enrolls in a UMFK degree program the student’s application fee to UMFK will be waived.                       

Lodging arrangements can be made for Sunday, June 28, if needed.            

Deadline for accepting applications is Friday, May 15. Students may register on-line and download the brochure at: or for more information, contact UMFK at (207) 834-7835.                                                                                                              #####