This program is designed for you to immerse yourself in French language (regardless of French language ability) while also learning more about French culture, politics and society. This program contains courses covering many disciplines, with coursework in history, sociology, political science, French culture and civilization. You will study at the international language institute (CIDEF) of the Université Catholique de l'Ouest, taking courses with US and other international students. You will live with a French family for a fully immersive experience. Students studying in the summer sessions have the option of living in a university residence hall. Angers is a lively university community of more than 30,000 students, making it a lively city with a prominent youth culture. Angers is also a city of deep history, with a castle and churches dating back to the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.
All courses offered in Angers are recognized and approved for academic credit by various GEO partner institutions. Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.
Classes take place at the international language institute (CIDEF) of the Université Catholique de l'Ouest, a recognized leader in language education for students of all levels. Since 1947, CIDEF has been the Institute for French as a Foreign Language at UCO — l’Université Catholique de l’Ouest (the Catholic University of the West). Every year, more than 1,500 international students and teachers from over 60 non-Francophone countries are welcomed to the UCO campus. Thirty two full-time professors who are either specialists in teaching French as a foreign language (FLE) or who have diplomas specific to the cultural options they teach (for example, Art History) make up the core pedagogic team. Most of the CIDEF professors have taught French in other countries so they are particularly sensitive to the learning styles of the international students they work with at CIDEF.
Summer I and Summer II beginner and elementary level students take one course with modules in French Language, French Conversation and French Language Lab, while Summer III beginner and elementary level students will take these modules plus the Oral Comprehension module. All levels of intermediate and advanced students take modules consisting of French Language + Survey Project, French Conversation and French Language Lab during Summer I and Summer II, plus the additional French Civilization module during Summer III. These courses offer a total of 80 contact hours in Summer I and Summer II and 90 contact hours in Summer III for all levels of study.
Fall and Spring Programs
During the academic year, Beginner (Initiation) and Elementary (Éleméntaire) students will enroll in 17-21 hours per week of French language coursework, depending on placement. Intermediate and Advanced students will enroll in 9-12 hours of French language coursework per week, and up to 9-12 additional hours per week (three to four courses) of content courses in the humanities and social sciences.
Immerse yourself in the culture of France and improve the speed of language acquisition when you live with a French family in Angers by living in a homestay arrangement. Housing in Angers is designed to provide daily interactions with the host family that afford you cultural nuances that could otherwise be overlooked. You will live in a private home (house or apartment) in Angers or its suburbs, often with another student from CIDEF. If you choose to live with a homestay family, you will have your own room with a shared bathroom (linens and towels are provided by your host). Host families prepare your daily breakfast and dinner, while lunch can be purchased on campus.
In the summer, you can opt to live in a residence hall (foyer) of the Université Catholique de l'Ouest. This foyer living arrangement provides opportunities to interact with other CIDEF students in a residential environment. If you choose to live in a foyer, you will have a private room (with shower and toilet). The foyer is located in the center of Angers near the university. All meals will be provided for you on campus.
Dates and Deadlines
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If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.
Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.
Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.
UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.