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Switzerland French Intensive Homestay Program

Do you want to become fluent in French?  Full immersion in the French Homestay Program is the BEST way!

The French Homestay program is run by local Pepperdine faculty and coordinated by local professor, Prof. Marjorie Besnard. Students are fully supported by Switzerland Program Director, Ezra Plank, and his team.

Program Dates

May 4, 2024 - June 28, 2024

The dates above indicate a planned departure date from the US and in-country return departure date.



Tuition: $2,070 per unit (same as Malibu tuition per unit)

Housing & Food: $5,392

Program Specific Costs:

  • City Bed Tax & Swiss Health Fee: $323
  • Global Health Fee: $200


Course Requirements

8 units required. Students must take one course in May (FRE 252 or FRE 395), and all students will take FRE 350 in June.


Course Offerings


FRE 252 Second-Year French II (4)

Prerequisite: FRE 251 or equivalent competency

As in FRE 251, this course emphasizes language production skills, but focus is on composition and reading literary texts to prepare students for upper-division courses. Students must earn a minimum grade of C- before they can advance to subsequent courses. This course is a prerequisite for all upper-division courses.

FRE 395 Tour de Suisse (4)

Prerequisite: FRE 252 equivalent competency

Survey of the Francophone presence in la Suisse Romande, including historical, political, economic, social, and cultural factors. This course includes excursions to Swiss historical and cultural sites.


FRE 350 French for the Professions (4)
Prerequisite: FRE 252 or equivalent competency

Intensive practice in professional French, both spoken and written.


Switzerland Program Faculty Member


Prof. Marjorie Besnard

Homestay Program Coordinator

Professor Besnard is a passionate French and Swiss teacher with a Master's degree in International Marketing from Neoma Business School and a Master's degree in Applied Language Science, specializing in French as a Foreign Language, from University Stendhal III Grenoble. With experience living in France, Germany, and England before settling in Switzerland, she brings a diverse perspective to her teaching. From beginners' French to Business French, she excels in teaching various aspects of the language. As the Coordinator of the Homestay Upper French Division program and the Internship program, she empowers students to develop their French skills. Beyond teaching, she enjoys outdoor activities like hiking and skiing with her family, as well as quiet moments with a cup of tea and a captivating novel. Professor Besnard inspires students to learn and speak French, making her an influential figure in their academic journeys.


Last Updated: 09.21.23