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USD Direct in Pau, France
Pau, France (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2016 10/15/2015 ** Rolling Admission 01/08/2016 04/07/2016

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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 Recommended Program: Yes
Program Description:

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Pau, France

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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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- University of Pau

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
Information on the summer 4 week (4-7 credit) language intensive program

Information on academic semesters (3 months) and dates
Example of the application for students attending the summer program
Example of the application for students attending the semester program

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"Beyond my work experience at the US Embassy Madrid, I was able to use my weekends to travel both within Spain and internationally, as well. I visited Seville, Spain; Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Valencia, Spain; Benidorm, Spain; and Frankfurt, Germany during my time.”  -Lucia Carlson 2014

"My experience abroad was the greatest experience of my life. Being suddenly dropped in a country where I didn't speak the language was thrilling. I loved every second of my semester, and I can't wait to go back soon... Why not gain the experience every employer looks for while having the greatest experience of your life!”  -Rachel Mihulka 2013

"Studying abroad and living with a host-family in a foreign country gives students an entirely new perspective and appreciation for other people and cultures around the world.” -Michael Doering 2014

"I tried to come up with a quote to accurately sum up my study abroad experience but established I couldn't. I realized that trying to pick just one excerpt out of the semester of a lifetime is like trying to count the stars. No matter how hard you try you will always get lost in its vast beauty and wonder.”  -Olivia Moede 2013

"Going abroad was everything I expected and much more. I did not expect this experience to affect me as positively as it did.”  -Erica Moore 2014

"This was an amazing [study abroad] trip, one that every college student must do or at least put on their to do list because you never know when you will get the chance to go to a new exotic place and put yourself in the locals shoes and learn about their ways and how they affect your own being.”  -Nickie Luhmann 2014


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:
- Pau, France Summer Budget Estimator
- Pau, France Semester Budget Estimator


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.


Academic Year

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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