Program Overview

Founded in the 11th century, the Université Catholique de l’Ouest is one of the oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher education in France. With its historic roots and commitment to academic excellence, the Université Catholique de l’Ouest is perfect for students wishing to experience the French educational system while earning credit toward their degree. Professors at the Université are experts in their fields and dedicated to enriching the lives of their students.

The campus is home to ten institutes dedicated to various academic fields of study, and extracurricular activities and student societies abound, including theater, student newspapers, concerts, sporting activities, and weekly cross-cultural exchanges with French students. The school’s location in the scenic Loire Valley is perfect for learning about French culture and using the language in everyday life.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

The Université Catholique de l’Ouest is the perfect setting for students from a variety of academic backgrounds to immerse themselves in the French language and culture. The small city of Angers offers students daily opportunities to speak French while studying under respected scholars and researchers.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Students must have a high school diploma or an end of secondary study certificate
  • Fluency in English
  • No prior French language experience is required

Location

Angers is a historic city with a thoroughly modern perspective located in the world-famous Loire River Valley. The city is home to a beautiful cathedral and the Château d’Angers, a castle dating back to the ninth century. The other châteaux of the Loire Valley are nearby, making Angers the ideal home base for exploring the dramatic history of France. A variety of concerts, theater performances, and festivals occur in town, and the city has public basketball, volleyball, and tennis facilities. An assortment of museums showcase several centuries’ worth of local art. The city is small enough that students find it easy to get around on foot, and it’s large enough that students can easily find all their necessities.

Housing

Students stay with local French families, a fantastic opportunity to be immersed in the local culture and use French in everyday life. All accommodations are within walking distance of campus or of public transportation. Meals are not included in the program fee, but students can take advantage of the on-campus dining hall which offers meals for about 3.00 Euros. Other housing accommodations may be available for an additional fee—please contact World Endeavors for more information.

Participants on our Summer Study in France program live with local host families within easy reach of campus by foot or public transportation. Lunch is provided for students on campus.

Life in Angers

Studying abroad in Angers, France, offers an enriching academic experience in a charming and historical city. Angers’ economy is diverse, with strengths in industries like horticulture, technology, and higher education, providing students with unique learning opportunities. The city’s rich cultural heritage is evident in its stunning medieval architecture, picturesque châteaux, and lively arts scene, allowing study abroad students to immerse themselves in French history and art. Engaging with the friendly locals and savoring the delectable French cuisine enhance the cultural immersion.

Angers’ well-organized public transportation system allows for easy exploration of its many attractions, such as the magnificent Château d’Angers and the scenic banks of the Maine River. Additionally, the city’s location in the Loire Valley offers access to breathtaking landscapes, charming vineyards, and other historic towns, making the study abroad experience in France truly unforgettable.

Support whilst in Angers

World Endeavors study abroad programs offer full support, starting with airport pickup and accommodation transfer upon arrival followed by an on-site orientation covering health, safety, and local tips. Emergency support from your in-country coordinator, 24/7 travel medical insurance, and continuous contact with your advisor for additional assistance throughout the program helps you feel secure and supported. Whatever challenges life throws your way, we’ve got you covered!

Academics

After successful completion of the program, academic credit and transcripts will be issued by the Université Catholique de l’Ouest, which is accredited by the French ministry of higher education.

The World Endeavors process is designed to take the guesswork out of academic credit and credit transfers. Our experienced advisors work with each student and his or her academic advisor before the program begins to ensure students earn the credit expected for courses taken abroad.

Eligibility

Applicants should have a GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

  • English proficiency is required; no experience with French is required.
  • An exam at the beginning of each term is used to evaluate the language skill of each student to determine the appropriate level of language courses.

Course Load

Students may choose from a variety of courses for up to 15 credit hours per semester.

What's Included/ Costs

INCLUDED

  • Dedicated Program Advisor who is accessible and experienced
  • Tuition: 12-18 credits per semester (up to 5 courses)
  • Academic transcript from Université Catholique de l’Ouest
  • Pre and post arrival orientation; re-entry guidance
  • Student services and learning support
  • 24/7 emergency phone support
  • Airport reception and welcome
  • Student housing accommodations
  • Comprehensive travel medical insurance
  • Travel visa guidance and support
  • Advice on how to get a local phone number

NOT INCLUDED

  • Round-trip transportation to Angers
  • Meals
  • Visa expenses
  • Optional trips and excursions
  • Textbooks and other course materials
  • Daily transportation
  • Personal expenses
Study In France (Université Catholique De L'Ouest
Cost: $12,990
Summer Study In France (Université Catholique De L'Ouest) Cost: $6,390

Dates & Deadlines

Fall Semester 2024: September 5 – December 22, 2024

Application Deadline: May 15, 2024


Spring Semester 2025: January 9 - May 31, 2025

Application Deadline: November 15, 2024


Four Week Summer Programs 2024:

Term 1: July 5th – July 28th, 2024

Application Deadline: May 1, 2024

Term 2: August 7th – September 1st, 2024

Application Deadline: May 1, 2024

Term 3: September 4th – September 29th, 2024

Application Deadline: May 1, 2024


Program dates listed are for reference only and are subject to change. Please wait until after acceptance and you have received the confirmed dates to book any flights.

Summer Programs

The summer program is an intensive language, grammar, and comprehension course. There are two month-long summer sessions in July and August. Students may choose to attend one or both sessions. No prior experience with the French language is required.

After a placement test to determine language level, students begin language courses. These focus on written and oral French (both comprehension and speaking) as well as understanding the language, including phonetics, grammar and vocabulary. The courses are supplemented with work in small groups for speaking practice and independent work with personalized tutoring.

In addition to classroom study, cultural activities and excursions will play an important part in summer courses.

Every World Endeavors Study Abroad Program Includes

Our study abroad programs are as unique as our destinations, but there are program features that unify all of our study experiences.

YOUR STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM

  • Top accredited universities
  • Flexible durations – 2 to 4 weeks to a full academic year
  • Expansive destination options
  • English instruction offered in all locations

ACCOMMODATION

  • Vetted campus accommodations selected with quality and safety in mind
  • Friendly community of peers from local host country and around the world

TEAM OF EXPERTS

  • Dedicated one-on-one advisor
  • Local on-site coordinator

PREPARATION AND SUPPORT

  • Airport pickup
  • Pre-arrival and on-site orientation
  • 24/7 local support
  • Activities and cultural engagement
  • On-campus social events, clubs and sports

ACADEMIC CREDIT

  • Professional assistance and collaboration with home institution on course approvals and credit transfers
  • Transcript received directly from university abroad

PEACE OF MIND

  • Comprehensive travel medical insurance
  • Mental Health First Aid-certified staff
  • 24/7 emergency travel assistance

HEALTH & SAFETY

When you feel safe and respected abroad, you will flourish. World Endeavors participants are transformed through enriching, rewarding and safe experiences around the world. We meticulously monitor travel recommendations and will only facilitate programs where we can ensure our participants’ safety. 

We take key steps to ensure our participants’ well-being, including providing a pre-trip success guide, 24/7 local support, in-country trained staff, pre and post-arrival orientation, comprehensive travel medical insurance, and Mental Health First Aid-certified staff. Please contact us if you have any specific questions or concerns.

WHAT TO DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME IN FRANCE

France offers a wide range of activities and experiences to enjoy during your spare time. Here are some suggestions for things to do in France:

  • Explore Historical Landmarks: Visit the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Palace of the Popes in Avignon, the Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy, and the Château de Chambord in the Loire Valley, among many others.
  • Wander through Museums and Art Galleries: France is home to some of the world’s most famous museums, such as the Louvre in Paris, the Musée d’Orsay, and the Centre Pompidou.
  • Taste the Culinary Delights: France is a culinary paradise, and indulging in its cuisine is a must. Savor classic French dishes like escargot, coq au vin, croissants, baguettes, and a vast array of cheeses and wines.
  • Relax in Parks and Gardens: Take a leisurely stroll or have a picnic in one of France’s beautiful parks and gardens.

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France FAQs

Do You Need a Visa to Travel to France?

You will need to have a valid passport to travel to France. However, you may not need a visa if you stay in France for 90 days or less. Depending on the length of your program, you may need to apply for a long-stay passport or a student visa. Depending on the visa you are applying for, you may also need proof of financial means and health insurance.

Don’t worry too much about your visa requirements, though! Once you choose a World Endeavors program, our helpful advisors will guide you on visa requirements and the process you’ll need to follow.

Is it Safe to Travel to France?

France is generally considered safe for travel. It’s a popular destination for its rich culture, historical landmarks, and culinary delights. While petty theft and pickpocketing can occur in crowded tourist areas, exercising common sense and precautions can minimize risks. Stay informed about local guidelines, follow safety advisories, and be mindful of your belongings.

What Currency Does France Use?

France is part of the European Union and uses the euro as its official currency.

Where to Travel in France?

France is a country with a wide variety of places to explore. From the beautiful beaches of the south to the bustling cities of the north, there is something for everyone in France. Some must-see destinations include Paris, Nice, Bordeaux, and Marseille.

What is the Population of France?

The population of France was around 67 million people as of September 2021.

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