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Language Immersion Student Residence (LISR)

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LISR Program

Living at the Language Immersion Student Residence (LISR) allows you to participate in a unique language immersion experience. We invite you to step into French culture without leaving campus by becoming a part of the LISR program!

  • Tenants in each apartment study and speak the same target language.
  • A language facilitator resides in each apartment, modeling correct language usage. Language facilitators are typically native French speakers. They help tenants progress rapidly to higher levels of proficiency.
  • Tenants obtain a greater understanding and appreciation of the target language culture.
  • Each language house (all apartments within a target language) is supervised by a Faculty Coordinator. These members of the BYU faculty meet regularly with the language houses, offering support and assistance within the program.
  • Each language house eats dinner together Monday-Thursday from 6:00 pm-7:00 pm. Participation in this dinner is a requirement, not an option.
  • Tenants must enroll in a language course taught on campus, or an independent academic internships course carried out in the target language and offered through the respective language department.

For French, there is one male apartment and one female apartment. Each unit has 6 students, including the language facilitator.

Eligibility

Full-time BYU students are eligible to apply to the LISR program. Learn more about eligibility for On-Campus Housing here.

Room Types and Rates

  • Each apartment at the LISR has three shared bedrooms and one bathroom.
  • Each tenant at the LISR is provided with a bed, closet, desk, chair, and dresser.
  • Each apartment is furnished with a refrigerator, microwave, stove, oven, dishwasher, ironing board, dining table, dining chairs, and couch.
  • The College of Humanities charges a program fee to cover program costs, including the dinner program. This fee is posted to a tenant's My Financial Center.

Learn more about the rates and see images of the LISR apartments here.

Faculty Coordinator

Students with questions regarding the French Language House are advised to contact Johanne Hillam.

3131 JFSB ~ 801-422-2994 ~ jch224@byu.edu

In addition to rent, LISR students pay a program fee to cover program costs. You can view the payment schedule, rent, and program fees on the Center for Language Studies website here.

The College of Humanities has approved Experiential Learning student scholarships for Humanities majors and minors participating in the LISR Program, not including Language Facilitators.

Fill out this Qualtrics survey to learn more and apply.

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The Emily Jayne Robinson Scholarship Fund generously supports BYU students studying French by scholarships to French majors and minors living in the French apartments at BYU’s Language Immersion Student Residence.

Applicants must be full-time students of BYU-Provo who are currently declared as a French major/minor, French Studies secondary major or French Teaching major/minor. Additionally, students must have at least a 3.0 GPA. As per the scholarship fund’s stipulations, preference will be given to French-speaking students from Africa and students with greater financial need. While priority is given to students who fit these profiles, other students may also receive scholarships.

Learn more about this scholarship here.

French 311R is a requirement for all LISR students. This course is a third-year conversation class that aims to help students:

  • Describe and narrate in present, past, and future times in the context of paragraph-level speech about autobiographical and concrete topics.
  • Relate current events, plots of books or movies, and state opinion.
  • Initiate and maintain fluent conversations, and cope with gaps in knowledge in contexts related to concrete topics.
  • Speak using an appropriate variety of vocabulary related to autobiographical and concrete topics as well as to current and other events.
  • Be understood without difficulty by speakers unaccustomed to dealing with non-native speakers.

You can find the LISR Program application here.

  • Students interested in the LISR apply for the particular semester or term that they would like to live in the French language house. Students can live in the LISR for Spring term, Summer term, Winter semester, or both Fall and Winter semesters.
  • Students must submit two references that the LISR can contact regarding the student's language experience.
  • In their letter of introduction, students should discuss their French language experience. This may be written in English.
  • Students must complete French 201 before applying to the LISR.
  • After submitting their application, students will be interviewed by the faculty coordinator.