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|Target language:||French||Housing Options:||Dormitory, Homestay|
|Maximum Credits Offered:||15|
Program of StudyStudents enroll in courses at the Université Catholique de l’Ouest (UCO) for the fall, spring, full academic year, or the four week summer session.
Students who have previously taken French and want to immerse themselves in the French language take courses at UCO's Institute of French as a Foreign Language, CIDEF. Students enroll in language courses and, depending on level, one or two content courses toward their SMC degree. The fall semester and the full year program start with a language intensive period to immerse oneself in the language. Students with advanced language skills may take courses in the regular curriculum at UCO. Language classes will normally apply toward a French major or minor.
Students in Angers may select housing in UCO international residence halls or in homestays with local families, which come highly recommended for French language acquisition and proficiency. All homestays are located an easy transportation distance from the college. Public transportation includes a city tram and bicycles are provided to city residents. In the home students are provided with a room, all breakfasts and three dinners per week, plus access to the kitchen. For other meals a cash food allowance is provided which students may use at their discretion to eat at the university cafeteria, local restaurants, or to purchase food to cook at home.
Transportation, Cost, and Financial Aid
Students provide their own round-trip transportation to France, as well as within Europe. An international student ID card (ICIS) will make you eligible for discount rates on French trains. Eurail passes, for periods of unlimited train travel in a number of European countries, may be purchased in the U.S. prior to departure. Financial aid from Saint Mary's will be applied to your semester or year in France, but not the summer session. The current semester cost of the Angers program, payable to Saint Mary's, is the equivalent to current Saint Mary's tuition, room, board, and fees These figures include tuition, housing, meals and three day trips provided by the Université Catholique de l’Ouest to various locations in the Loire Valley.
Eligibility and Requirements
Students are invited to attend various information/orientation sessions held throughout the year about the Angers Program. Students must complete at least one semester of Intermediate French (two are recommended) prior to study in Angers. Students must have an overall 2.5 GPA and a B average in French at the time of application. Admission to the program is finalized through UCO. The student will need a letter of recommendation from her French professor to assess her language skill level. It is important that participating students positively represent Saint Mary’s College while abroad. A successful candidate is expected to have an exemplary disciplinary record, emotional maturity, and an openness to new experiences and other cultures.
For more information, contact:Jennifer Zachman
Associate Professor, Modern Languages
Faculty Coordinator of Study Abroad Programs
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