Wessels and Leupp Halls, Bishop Quad, College Avenue Campus
Students in this vibrant, fun, and engaging residential environment are exposed to French language and culture through events and activities that take place both in and outside of the residence hall. If you are interested in learning about French language and culture through a unique experience, then this learning community is for you! This community can also help prepare students for study abroad.  Students will live in Wessels and Leupp Halls on the College Avenue Campus, adjacent to downtown New Brunswick theaters, restaurants, student-friendly shopping, and the NJ Transit train station for easy access to NYC and Philadelphia. Wessels Hall and Leupp Hall  are in the heart of the College Avenue Campus in the scenic Bishop Quad area.

The French LLC will host French Movie Nights, and students will have the opportunity to visit French theater, musical productions, film screenings and other cultural events! There are also informal dinners and gatherings to attend and students will get connected to the French Department Faculty.

Programming in the past has included:
  • A trip to Princeton University for theatrical presentation of La Comedie-Française.
  • French Movie Night: “Ne le dis à Personne”
  • Attending a performance of Cyrano de Bergerac at the Philip J. Levin Theater
  • Participation in French Club Meetings and activities
  • Game nights, informal dinners,  lunches, and gatherings etc
  • Open to all class years and all majors, including transfer students
  • Students must have completed one year of college French or the attainment of the equivalent level on the placement exam
  • Must place into Basic Composition or higher for English testing
  • For current students:  If you are enrolled in 01:420:121 or 01:420:102 and above you are eligible.
Mandatory Early Move-In and Special Orientation
Students enrolled in the program will get the added benefit of being able to move in early and participate in a special orientation program in August. This will provide first-years the chance to explore the Rutgers campus, get familiar with the bus system, and find their classes in advance, and upper-class students the chance to return early and settle in accordingly.

Students will participate in the following:

Fall and Spring:
  • French Cultural Experience course  (1.5 credits) 01:420:298:01 (09674).  Meets Tuesday nights in Leupp 7:40pm – 9:00pm
  • Attend community sponsored events and activities

Download a sample syllabus for this community. Please note: Syllabi and Instructors change over time, so this may not be the exact syllabus or course content that you will take as a future participant.

Application Process

Incoming first-years and incoming transfers:
  • You must take the French language placement exam to determine eligibility.
  • Select French Language and Culture Living-Learning Community from the drop-down list on the online housing application, which can be found at oncampus.rutgers.edu. Priority deadline to select your LLC is May 16. Learning Communities staff will contact you regarding any follow-up inquiries that we have. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis until LLCs are filled. An essay is no longer required for this community.
Current Students:
To complete a living-learning community application as a current Rutgers student, click here.

For more information, please submit an interest form or call 848-932-4371 to speak with a staff member.

For information about French Department and requirements, please contact:

Professor Mary Shaw: maryshaw@rci.rutgers.edu