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USD Direct in Pau, France
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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-round sport and exploration. Pau is also a stop along the Tour de France route. Access to the rest of France, including Paris, Marseille, Strasbourg, Lyon, and all points in-between, is easily accomplished from the local train station.
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 the 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).
The most popular choices for USD students are the 1 month (4-7 credits) and 3 months (14 credit) intensive French options. Courses are entirely in French and are language learning intensive.
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.
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USD students must complete Study Abroad 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.