French Immersion in Angers
This program is designed for you to immerse yourself in the French language (regardless of language ability) while also learning about French culture, politics and society. The program offers classes covering many disciplines, with coursework in history, sociology, political science, business and French culture and civilization. You will study at the international language institute (CIDEF) of the Université Catholique de l’Ouest (the Catholic University of the West), taking courses with US and other international students. During the academic year, you will live with a French family for a fully immersive experience. Students studying in the summer also have the option of living in a residence hall (foyer). Angers is a university community of more than 30,000 students making it a lively city with a prominent youth culture. Angers is also a city with a rich history and is home to a castle and a cathedral dating back to the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.
** GEO programs are under continuous review during this period of global uncertainty and limited travel. All program details outlined on this page, including program cost, are subject to change if global or location-specific conditions require modifications to program structure.
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 (UCO), a recognized leader, since 1947, in French language education for students of all levels. 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 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 with whom they work at CIDEF.
Students are placed using the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, which is an international standard for describing language ability. It describes language ability on a six-point scale, from A1 for beginners, up to C2 for those who have mastered a language. This does not align precisely with the system generally used by UO and other American insitutions, however here are self-assesment grids in French and English for reference.
In the three summer programs (Summer I, Summer II, Summer III) all students at all levels take one course with modules in French Language, French Conversation, Project, and Tutorial. These courses offer a total of 80 contact hours.
Fall and Spring Programs
During the academic year, Beginner and Elementary students will enroll in 21 hours per week of French language coursework. Intermediate and Advanced students will enroll in 9-12 hours of French language coursework per week, plus an additional 6-9 hours per week (two to three courses) of cultural content courses.
For more information on course organization, articulation, and methodology, please view CIDEF’s Language Course and Options Guide.
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.
Immerse yourself in the culture of France and improve the speed of language acquisition by living with a French family. Housing in Angers is designed to provide daily interactions with a host family that afford you cultural nuances that might otherwise be overlooked. You will live in a home (house or apartment) in Angers or its suburbs, often with another student from CIDEF. With a host family, you will have your own room with a shared bathroom (linens and towels are provided by your host). During the academic year, host families prepare your daily breakfast and three dinners per week, while lunch can be purchased on or near campus. In the summer programs, host families provide all breakfasts and dinners and lunch is available on campus.
In the summer, you can also opt to live in a residence hall (foyer) associated with the Université Catholique de l’Ouest. The foyer living arrangement provides opportunities to interact with other CIDEF students in a residential environment. If you decide to live in a foyer, you will have a private room (with shower and toilet) and all meals will be provided for you on campus. The foyer is located in the center of Angers near the university.
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