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  • Locations: Angers, France
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: UD applicants only
  • Costs (Click term to view): Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Click here for a definition of this term 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 Click here for a definition of this term Non-UD Students: NO
Language coursework offered: YES Field of study: Foreign Languages
Program Advisor: Erin Gahimer Click here for a definition of this term Academic Level: Undergraduate
Click here for a definition of this term 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 details for your MAXIE course are as follows:

UDI 220
CRN: 11911
Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00pm

Once you have committed to the program, please register for this Spring 2019 mini-course, which meets March 5 - April 30, 2019. Be on the lookout for an email from the Office of Education Abroad with details on how to register.

Cost and Refund Policy

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Program Reviews:
Summer 2013 Participant
Future students should go into the program willingly. It's normal to be apprehensive before the trip, but it is incredibly worth it.

Emma Margaret Doroff, Summer 2015 Participant
This program was the best month I have ever had in my life. I made lifelong friends, learned about the culture, and it helped me find myself and what I truly would like to do upon graduation. I wouldn't trade it for the world.

Andrew Joseph Vollmer, Summer 2014 Participant
I could not recommend this program more highly to any potentially interested students. I elevated my French linguistic abilities tremendously, I had my breath taken away by new experiences every single day, and I met an entirely new crowd of friends with diverse backgrounds like I never have before. I formed a great relationship with my host family, my student-teachers (the monatrices), my full-time teacher, and friends from all areas of the world. Communicating in French comprehensively with students who spoke no English from areas like Brazil, South Korea and Spain was a very enjoyable and novel experience for me. The little things in French culture make a world of difference, and I for one enjoyed discerning the differences between American and French culture. I knew that I would love Study Abroad, but I couldn't have predicted how great of friendships I would form, how much my French language abilities would improve, and how attached I would become to French culture. I cannot stop scheming my return.

A hunger to experience so much more of the world, that's so beautifully diverse.
     — Andrew Vollmer, Summer 2014
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This program is currently not accepting applications.