USD STUDY ABROAD Direct Programs
|Immerse yourself in the French language and culture with The Institute of French Studies at the University of Pau. The most popular choices for USD students are the 1 month (4-7 credit) and 3 month (14 credit) intensive French options. Courses are entirely in French and are language learning intensive. Need to complete a French major/minor? Pau is an excellent and affordable choice! Other nearby activities that students enjoy while at Pau include whitewater rafting in the Pyrenees mountains, art classes, biking, hiking, and beachcombing.
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Once the capital of the province of Bearn, Pau is an elegant city located on the high bluffs overlooking the Pyrenees Mountains in southern France. It is conveniently located near the region of Bordeaux and only an hour from Spain. Its close proximity to the mighty Pyrenees offers ample opportunities for year-around sport and exploration. Pau is known for its very successful basketball team, which has won a number of domestic and international titles. Pau is also a stop along the Tour de France route and hosts the “Stars of Pau,” an annual equestrian event.
Access of the rest of France, including Paris, Marseille, Strasbourg, Lyon, and all points in-between, is easily accomplished from the local train station. France has much to offer students, including touring the famous Chateau de Versailles, the beaches of Normandy, and the film festival in Cannes.
The University of Pau is the third largest university in southwestern France with 12,000 students and welcomes nearly 1,000 international students each year. While in Pau, USD students pursue intensive French language courses at the Institut d’ Etudes Françaises pour Etudiants Etrangers (Institute of French Studies for Foreign Students [IEFE]), which is associated with the University of Pau.
USD students will study alongside other international students who are studying French language. Upon arrival, students take a placement exam and are then placed into the appropriate level of French language classes. The IEFE center does not offer upper-division French courses (i.e. literature or topical courses).
While at IEFE, USD students will have access to the full range of student organizations, clubs, wellness center, and other student-oriented services. Students will receive a local student ID, which will allow them to access to the local movie theater, arenas, and clubs. Check out the University of Pau's Campus Map.
Information for international students
August Course Application Form_SAMPLE_2016_Pau.pdf
July Course Application Form_SAMPLE_2016_Pau.pdf
2016-17 Application Form_SAMPLE_Pau.pdf
2016-17 Academic Calendar_Pau.pdf
Students live in residence halls on the campus of the University of Pau. These residences include a private bathroom and small refrigerator. Students have access to inexpensive student cafeterias on the university campus; the program does not offer meal plans.
Pau is a USD Direct program, which means students will continue to pay USD tuition. Students will continue to receive any federal financial aid (with the exception of work/study) and most USD scholarships.
Students will pay a housing deposit before leaving for France and will then pay for housing upon arrival in France.
Explore our interactive budget calculator for this program:
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USD students must complete the Global Learning application before being nominated to the IEFE center in Pau. Students will work in conjunction with overseas staff to coordinate their arrival in France, course registration, and housing.
It is recommended, but not required, to have some French language training. This program is offered for a semester, academic year, and summer basis.
Summer 4 week Mid July to early August
Fall Semester Mid September to mid December
Spring Semester Early January to late March
Academic Year Please Enquire
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