Lionel Cuillé, teaching professor of French, has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Transatlantic Mobility Program, which is supported by the French Embassy, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, and the FACE Foundation. The grant will support Washington University’s France for Pre-Med in Nice initiative, an intensive five-week program that allows students to shadow doctors at Pasteur Hospital while experiencing full cultural immersion with a French family.
The new funds will provide program scholarships and enable French medical students to travel to the Washington University School of Medicine. As part of the new exchange of French and American medical expertise, Patrick Baqué, the dean of the medical school at Pasteur Hospital, will visit WashU to talk about the future of anatomy instruction in France.
The Transatlantic Mobility Program aims to increase the number of students from France and the United States making their way across the Atlantic for their education. Emphasis is placed on the diversity of the study abroad programs, both for fields of study and student profiles. The TMP began with a joint declaration signed in 2014 by the U.S. Department of State and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with the goal of strengthening diplomatic ties between the two countries by doubling the number of French and American students studying abroad by 2025.