For the French and Francophone studies majors, the requirement is as follows: One year is obligatory for students starting the major in MLFR 101 or 105; with faculty approval, a minimum of one semester may suffice for those starting in MLFR 201 or 301. Minors are required to study abroad for one semester.
The 16th largest town in France (156,000 inhabitants), Angers is above all a youthful town with more than 30,000 students. The capital of Anjou and gateway to the Loire valley, Angers is distinguished as much for the richness of its heritage as for its cultural and economic dynamism. Thus, if the towers of the imposing castle fortress watch peacefully over the heights of the town, in the streets, museums, gardens, shops, gastronomic restaurants, art festivals and student life give colour to the famous Angevin softness. Angers is located equidistant from Paris (2 1/2 hours by motorway and 1 1/2 hours by high-speed train) and from the Atlantic Ocean. With more than 300 km of navigable waterways and 250km of footpaths for casual walking, it provides a range of activities for its inhabitants and its guests.
CIDEF (Angers/immersion) is a French immersion program open to international students (about half are American students). All levels of French can be accommodated. The minimum requirement is one year of college French and different courses are offered depending on proficiency.
Aix en Provence (137,000 inhabitants) is located in the South of France, in the well-known Provence Méditerranée, in the Bouches du Rhône (13), at the crossroads of East-west (Spain, Italy) and North-South main trades routes. Sunny all year, warm winters, hot summers, Aix en Provence benefits from a privileged climate: really mild springs and extended Indian summers, ideal climate to take advantage of the cafe's terraces all year round. Aix en Provence is a town of light, water and fountains; a town of art and culture with a rich patrimony. It is a young and flourishing town in which it is a pleasure to live. A large part of the charm of Aix en Provence comes from the beauty of its architecture. The elegance of numerous private hotels and monuments bears witness to its prestigious past. Aix en Provence offers visitors numerous cultural and prestigious locations: museum foundations, cultural spaces and archaeological sites.
IAU (Aix-en-Provence/total or partial immersion) is open to all levels of proficiency. It is a larger program than the AUCP. American students can take courses in French and in English in a variety of LCs and majors. Housing options include family stay as well as sharing apartments with other IAU students.
AUCP (Aix-en-Provence/immersion) is open to students who have completed two years of college French (intermediate level of proficiency*). It is a true and highly regarded
immersion program designed for American students. French is the only language of instruction. Students are placed in experienced family homes.
At the forefront of cross-cultural communication, the Marseille program integrates a rigorous academic setting with guided cultural experience outside the classroom. Ensuring a motivating interdisciplinary learning experience, French Practicum, the cornerstone of AUCP academics, brings together the curricular with the extracurricular, combining all-French classwork with experiential learning components including individual homestay, language partner, personal interest activity, and community service. Courses focus on French and Arabic language and civilization, Middle East area studies, immigration issues, inter-religious communication and cross-cultural mediation. On-site study in Fez, Morocco.
AUCP (Marseille/immersion) open to American students who have completed two years (intermediate level) of College French. This program has an emphasis on Politics, Cross-Cultural Mediation, and international relations between the western world and the Muslim world, more specifically Northern Africa .
ACI (Dakar/immersion): is a program open to American and international students. The minimum requirement is two years of college French. The emphasis is on West-African/Senegalese culture.
(*The proficiency level defines how well someone can communicate in a language.)