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Overview of Study Abroad Programs in France

Studying abroad in France offers a captivating blend of academic excellence, cultural immersion, and artistic heritage. Renowned for its prestigious universities like the Sorbonne and École Polytechnique, France provides a world-class education system with diverse programs in fields ranging from arts and humanities to sciences and engineering. The country’s history as a global center for art, philosophy, and intellectual discourse adds a unique dimension to education, making it an appealing destination for students seeking an enriched academic experience.

Beyond academics, France’s rich culture, exquisite cuisine, and stunning landscapes contribute to a transformative study abroad journey. From the iconic Eiffel Tower to the picturesque countryside of Provence, students have the opportunity to explore a country that values the intersection of tradition and innovation. Immerse yourself in French language and culture, engage with local customs, and participate in renowned cultural festivals.

WHY STUDY IN FRANCE

Studying abroad in France offers an unparalleled blend of academic excellence, cultural richness, and personal growth.France boasts a remarkable education system, offering a wide range of programs that cater to various fields of study. The emphasis on research and innovation, coupled with the country’s historical contributions to literature, art, and philosophy, ensures a world-class education that transcends traditional boundaries.

The experience of living in France extends beyond the classroom. It’s a chance to immerse yourself in a rich cultural tapestry that has shaped global art, fashion, cuisine, and thought. In France, every aspect of daily life becomes a lesson in cultural appreciation.

HIGHLIGHTS OF STUDYING IN FRANCE

Here are just a few of the best things about studying in France:

  • Immerse yourself in the birthplace of iconic art movements and historical events, engaging with centuries of artistic and intellectual heritage.
  • Indulge in world-renowned cuisine and wine, exploring vibrant markets, bistros, and Michelin-starred restaurants.
  • Interact with students from around the world, fostering cross-cultural friendships and expanding your international network.
  • Benefit from France’s central location, making it an ideal hub for weekend getaways to other European countries.

Our France Study Abroad Programs

Browse all of our opportunities to study in France below. If you can’t find a suitable program, check out our main program finder to continue your study abroad search beyond France.

Location

About Angers

Nestled within the renowned Loire River Valley, Angers is a city that gracefully marries its historical essence with a contemporary outlook. Its rich heritage is epitomized by a stunning cathedral and the Château d’Angers, an ancient castle tracing its origins to the ninth century. This strategic locale also places the Loire Valley’s array of other captivating châteaux within easy reach, offering a prime launchpad for delving into France’s captivating past. Enriching the cultural landscape, Angers hosts an array of concerts, theater spectacles, and lively festivals. The city extends the opportunity for active pursuits, with accessible public facilities for basketball, volleyball, and tennis. Museums aplenty chronicle centuries of local artistic evolution. Angers’ intimate scale ensures effortless exploration by foot, yet its ample size assures ready availability of all essential amenities for students.

Dates & costs

Our study abroad programs dates vary based on the particular university you’ll be placed in and the costs vary based on how long you intend to study as well as what your course load will be.

To learn more about the costs and dates available, please select an individual study abroad program from the list above, or Request a Call and one of our team members will get in contact with you.

Semester Study in France (Université Catholique de l’Ouest) | $12,990
Summer Study in France (Université Catholique de l’Ouest) | $6,390

Eligibility

  • World Endeavors study abroad participants should be 18 years or older (in most cases).
  • Have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the start of their program.
  • Keep in mind that all countries have different visa restrictions for varying types of passports.
  • Must have completed high school (or equivalent)
  • While some programs have minimum GPA requirements and require that applicants be currently enrolled in a college or university, others are open to all participants regardless of age or student status.

See individual study abroad program pages for more details, or contact a World Endeavors advisor.

Housing

During the program, students have the chance to reside with welcoming French families, providing a wonderful avenue to completely embrace the local culture and utilize the French language in daily interactions. All lodgings are conveniently positioned either within walking distance of the campus or in proximity to accessible public transportation. While meals are not covered by the program fee, an enticing option exists at the on-campus dining hall, offering meals at a nominal cost of approximately 3.00 Euros.

Other housing accommodations may be available for an additional fee—please contact World Endeavors for more information.

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.

How to choose the best Study Abroad program

Selecting the perfect study abroad program can be easy! Follow these steps to find the program that will help you achieve your goals.

Earn Credit Toward Your Degree

Studying abroad offers a great opportunity to explore your academic interests in an international context! Use our Program Finder tool to search by field of study and take classes toward your major.

Choose Your Dream Destination 

Combine education and exploration of your dream destination! Evaluate which program countries align with your interests and academic objectives.

Improve your Language Skills

Immersing yourself in a language-rich environment is the ultimate method for developing fluency. If language-learning is your goal, favor destinations that use your language of choice.

Fit Your Budget

Explore scholarships and financial aid to determine if these may impact your destination options. Consider the overall cost of the program and cost of living in-country to identify the optimal match.

The Time is Right

Explore programs offered in just the right window of opportunity. We offer semesters in the fall or spring, full academic year programs, or shorter summer study programs.

Try our program finder to filter based on your choices.

SEARCH

Academic Credit

World Endeavors study abroad programs take place at top accredited universities and schools around the world. World Endeavors program advisors assist students with the process of credit approvals, transcripts, and credit transfers. We work with students’ academic advisors and universities to ensure that the process goes smoothly, allowing students to focus on the cultural and academic experience of studying abroad.

Have a specific course or requirement to fill? Contact a World Endeavors advisor to see what programs will be the best fit.

ACADEMIC CREDIT INFORMATION

Recent France Testimonials

Margaux QInternship in France

I highly recommend WE! The placement has lead me to have a amazing experience.

Caitlin GIntern in France

I cannot say enough good about my experience in Nice, France. I was given the opportunity to take two weeks of French classes (which only took up about half the day, so I had free afternoons to explore the area) and then intern for 8 weeks with an organization in Villefranche. I was incredibly lucky. I was supported by the local staff in France and World Endeavors, but also welcomed with open arms by the president of the Association who not only helped me with professional tasks, but toured me around the area and even invited me to dinner for a home-cooked meal. My host mom also invited me to the theater with her and in lieu of making friends through the school since I was only there for 2 weeks, I actually made some friends through Bumble BFF! Overall, I wouldn't change a single thing about this experience. Despite some days being harder than others, it was so unbelievably worth it. I can't believe it was real!

Caroline FIntern in France

I learned a lot about how social work functions in France. I gained personal experience working with a non profit organization that helps low income people obtain housing. I wanted to learn more about the subject as a whole, work with people, and improve my French and I did all three of those things.

Jillian MStudy Abroad in France

I realized once I got back that I learned more than I thought I did—not that I didn’t think I learned a lot, already. Three of my goals were to make more international friends (check), amp up my French comprehension (check), and expand my worldview (check).

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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World Endeavors offers study abroad programs in several destinations in the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania. Our programs are located in a variety of sites, including urban and rural, English-speaking and non-English speaking. Semester, year-long, and summer programs are all available. Our wide range of options means you can find the program which is just right for you.

How to apply for a Study Abroad Program

You’ve decided to study abroad – congratulations! Applying for your World Endeavors program is easy and stress-free. Get ready to CHANGE YOUR WORLD!

STEP 1
EXPLORE & ASK

Research and compare. If you can’t decide on a program, we can guide you toward the best fit.

STEP 2
SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

Fill out our online application form to share all your relevant details with our team.

STEP 3
ENROLL & PREPARE

Receive your official acceptance and enroll. We’ll give you all the info you need to get ready!

STEP 4
START YOUR ADVENTURE!

You’ve researched, planned and saved. Now you’re ready to study and explore like never before!