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  • Locations: Angers, France
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Costs (Click term to view): Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 02/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission 07/01/2019 07/27/2019

** 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:
Program Type: Faculty-led Language of instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Housing Options: Home stay
Class Eligibility: 01 First Year, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior Non-UD Students: No
Language coursework offered: Yes Field of study: Foreign Languages
Program Advisor: Erin Gahimer Academic Level: Undergraduate
Max credit hours: 6 CAP-Approved Courses: No
Program Description:

Language Immersion: Angers, France ch

About the Program

As the capital of Anjou and gateway to the Loire valley, Angers is distinguished for the richness of its heritage and its cultural and economic dynamism. Angers’ metropolitan population of 260,000 is home to more than 30,000 students, and the town is located equidistant from Paris (less than two hours by high-speed train) and the Atlantic Ocean. The towers of the nearby castle fortress guard over the town and its museums, gardens, shops, restaurants, art festivals, and student life.
This total immersion program combines intensive language courses at the Université Catholique de l’Ouest (UCO) with organized evening activities and weekend excursions with students from all over the world also studying in Angers. Students attend language classes during the day and stay with French host families to experience total immersion in French language and culture. The program includes two day-long and one evening excursion to nearby sights. Additional excursions and afternoon trips in and near Angers are offered and organized by UCO.

Any student who wishes to receive French language credits towards (1) satisfying their language requirement, (2) progressing in their French major or minor program, or (3) simply advancing their French language skills and cultural understanding is invited to apply.

Curricular Options

French language courses available at all levels. Students enroll in 6 credit hours.


Dr. Nicola Work, Associate Professor, Department of Global Languages and Culture (Site Coordinator)


Students must be 18 years of age and eligible to take courses for credit at the University of Dayton. Participants in the program must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Students in good academic standing with a GPA below 2.5 may petition the Center for International Programs for consideration. Students must also be in good disciplinary standing. Participants must have completed FRN 101, or the equivalent, prior to the start of the program.

Pre-Departure Orientation

For all University of Dayton summer programs, pre-departure orientations play a critical role in making study abroad a valuable learning experience.  All students accepted to participate in University of Dayton’s summer programs are required to take the pre-departure course, UDI 220: MAXIE - Prepare (Maximizing your International Experience). This course helps students develop intercultural communication and sensitivity skills and techniques that can be used in any context, as well as learn site-specific strategies to be employed in-country. Students will be given time to clarify academic and personal goals prior to departure. UDI 220 is a required class for your education abroad experience. It is divided into two parts: the first part involves meeting as a group during the semester prior to departure (5 class meetings plus 2 sessions on concepts of culture and health and safety abroad); the second part includes meeting upon returning to campus in the semester following the in-country experience (two class meetings). The schedule for your MAXIE course will be posted by early October.

Classes begin in late February/early March 2019 and last until the end of April.

Cost and Refund Policy

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Program Reviews:
Kaylie Ann Jasensky, Summer 2014 Participant
I loved how diverse this program was, there were 21 countries and 140 students there. The people of the town were so nice and really did understand you were learning the language and would help you. My host family really made the trip amazing, we had amazing home cooked meals every night! It was an amazing and unique experience

Madeline Louise Bouchard, Summer 2013 Participant
It was a challenge to adjust to such a different culture at first, however, by the end I wish I had more time there. The experience is invaluable.

Nicole L Smith, Summer 2013 Participant
Take advantage of the weekend excursions. Sign up early! These trips are an amazing way to see other parts of France from castles to national monuments. Communicate with your host family. Speak up at dinner. Of course you won't know the same amount of French as your parents but that's okay. It will only get better.

A hunger to experience so much more of the world, that's so beautifully diverse.
     — Andrew Vollmer, Summer 2014
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