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USD Direct in Pau, France
Pau, France
Program Terms: Academic Year,
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Housing Options: Apartment, Dormitory, Independent housing Minimum GPA: 3.0
Term: Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer City: Pau
Country: France USD Scholarships: Coyote Commitment, Farber Fund, Mickelson Scholarship, Presidential-Alumni Scholarship, South Dakota Opportunity, Ullyot Scholarship
Language Prerequiste: Beginner, None Course Area: French Language & Culture
Language of Instruction: French
Program Description:

Pau, France

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. 

IEFE Center at Pau University

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).

The IEFE center also offers a 4 week intensive language program during the summertime. Students will earn 7 credits of French.

Student Life

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. 

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.


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.

Application Process

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.

This program is currently not accepting applications.