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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
Summer I 2015 03/01/2015 05/01/2015 06/28/2015 07/25/2015 
Summer II 2015 03/01/2015 05/01/2015 08/02/2015 08/29/2015 
Summer III 2015 03/01/2015 05/01/2015 08/30/2015 09/26/2015 

*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

These summer programs are designed for French majors and minors, as well as students with no prior language experience who are interested in France and the Loire Valley. AHA offers three intensive language sessions in July (Summer I), August (Summer II) and September (Summer III). The Summer III session is strongly recommended as preparation for all students applying for the fall quarter, semester or full academic year options. These four-week programs provide instruction at beginning, elementary, intermediate and advanced levels. Students will learn French while experiencing the best of the medieval and the modern in this colorful city nestled in the beautiful Loire Valley. Students will live in a residence hall or with a French family.

Visiting Faculty

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In summer 2015, Western Oregon University professor Patricia Goldsworthy-Bishop will teach a course in Angers, France, alongside local French language faculty. Enroll in Professor Goldsworthy’s Islam, Immigration, and Integration in France to study the history of immigration in France, the relationship between colonialism and immigration, and the status of Islam within an increasingly secular France.


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.

Classes take place at the international language institute (CIDEF) of the UniversitĂ© 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. 

Summer I and Summer II beginner and elementary level students are required to take French Language, French Conversation and French Language Lab, while Summer III beginner and elementary level students will take these courses plus the Oral Comprehension course. All levels of intermediate and advanced students are required to take the French Language + Survey Project, French Conversation and French Language Lab during Summer I and Summer II, and these courses plus the additional French Civilization course during Summer III. These required 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.

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 host family that afford students cultural nuances that could otherwise be overlooked. Students live in a private home (house or apartment) in Angers or its suburbs, often with another student from CIDEF. Students in a homestay have their own room with a shared bathroom; linens and towels are provided by your host. Host families prepare your daily breakfast and dinner; lunch will be provided on campus.

The foyer living arrangement provides opportunities to interact with other CIDEF students in a residential environment. Students who live in foyers have private rooms (with shower and toilet). All foyers are located in the center of Angers, near the university. All meals will be provided for you on campus.

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