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  • Angers, FRANCE

    Live What You Learn
  • Language Requirement: None
  • Academic Standing: Freshman or Above
  • GPA Requirement: 2.5 or above

TermYearPriority DeadlineApp/Deposit DeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Spring Semester 2014 N/A 11/01/2013 02/03/2014 06/08/2014
Fall Semester 2014 04/01/2014 06/15/2014 09/29/2014 01/31/2015

Fall Quarter

2014 04/01/2014 06/15/2014 09/29/2014 12/20/2014
Spring Semester 2015 09/01/2014 11/01/2014 02/02/2015 06/06/2015

*Starting with Summer 2014 programs, you may complete all pre-decision materials by the priority deadline to receive a $75 credit toward your summer program fee or a $100 credit toward your academic year program fee.

Inside the Program

This program is designed for French majors and minors, as well as students with no prior language experience who are interested in learning French and more about French culture, politics and society. This program also appeals to students from many disciplines with courses in history, sociology, political science, French culture and civilization. Students will study at the international language institute (CIDEF) of the Université Catholique de l'Ouest located near the city center, taking courses with U.S. and other international students. In the fall, a visiting U.S. faculty member also teaches two courses just for AHA participants, incorporating specially designed excursions in the surrounding region. Students will live with a French family.  Angers, home to a castle and churches dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries, is a lively university community of more than 30,000 students.

Credit Explanation / Academic Details

All courses offered in Angers are recognized and approved for academic credit by various AHA 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.

This program is ideal for French majors and minors as well as students interested in France and the Loire Valley. This program is also well-suited to students from many disciplines with courses in history, sociology, political science, French culture and civilization. Classes take place at the international language institute (CIDEF) of the Université Catholique de l'Ouest, and enroll U.S. and other international students from around the world. CIDEF is recognized as a leader in language education for students of all levels; courses are taught by French faculty who have experience teaching U.S. and international students. A visiting U.S. faculty member teaches two additional courses for AHA participants, incorporating specially designed excursions in the surrounding region. 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 (3-4 courses) of content courses in the humanities and social sciences.

LevelCourseQuarter HoursSemester Hours
Beginner French Language 132 168
  Oral Comprehension 33 42
  Oral Expression 33 42
  Phonetics 33 42
Elementary French Language 99 126
  Oral Expression 33 42
  Written Expression 33 42
Intermediate 1 French Language 99 126
Intermediate 2 & 3 French Language 66 84
Advanced French Language 66 84
  Research Paper 11 15

Housing Description

Fully experience the native culture of France and improve the speed of language acquisition when you live with a homestay in Angers. Housing in Angers is designed to provide daily interactions with the homestay that afford students 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. Each student has a private room with a shared bathroom; linens and towels are provided by your host. Host families provide all your breakfasts and three dinners per week. For the remainder of your meals, you will receive a periodic cash disbursement so that you can choose what and where you wish to eat.

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