The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has partnered with University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) to offer students the opportunity to study French language and culture in Pau, France. The program is located at the University of Pau, situated about a mile and a half from the center of town. It features libraries, two dining halls, a café, several residence halls, and a variety of sports facilities. The university buildings all are relatively new and are much like those at U.S. colleges. More than 10,000 students are enrolled in the areas of humanities, sciences, polytechnic and business. The campus is well connected to the city by three bus lines. To learn more, visit the USAC site.
In the Béarn region in southwestern France, Pau is a picturesque city of 100,000. It offers spectacular scenery, a temperate climate all year long, and a fantastic location near both the Pyrénées mountains and the Atlantic coast-- and only an hour away from Spain!
HOUSING & MEALS
You have two housing options in Pau: home-stays with a French family/host or university residence halls. Most USAC students opt to stay in homes. You will have an individual room, breakfast daily and two dinners each week. You may have your other meals at the university or make arrangements with your host to eat more often with them. The residence halls are located on campus. No meals are included under residence halls option. However, you can eat on campus or prepare simple meals in your room. For all students, the university restaurant provides a wide range of food options for a modest cost (~3 euros/meal).
Summer: No previous French language is required. To learn more about eligibility requirements, academics offerings, and the academic calendar, click here: Academics- Pau Summer.
Semester/Year: Students must complete French 201 prior to departure. To learn about eligibility requirements, academic offerings, and the academic calendar; click here: Academics Semester/Year - Pau
In both summer and semester/year, students will take courses in French Language as well as choose between courses in a number of disciplines taught in French or English.
- Meet with a peer adviser about the program. Check the link to see which programs have peer advisers this semester.
- Schedule a general advising appointment with CIE staff by calling 715-836-4411.
- Get some video advice from past peer advisers about study abroad. Scroll down
- View online info session “First Steps to Study Abroad”.
Below you will find more information on program costs: Fall & Year 2016-2017, Summer 2016 and Spring 2016
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Since most Pau students choose to live with host families, the key to having an active life outside of classes is to be actively involved with your family!
Studying abroad in Pau, France was the best decision I’ve ever made. I adapted to a new culture, improved my French language skills, became an educated traveler, and made friends that will last a lifetime. I will never forget this experience and part of my heart will forever be in France. – Megan, Spring 2013
USAC organizes approximately three field trips in southern France during the semester and summer terms. These bus trips generally take place on weekends and are included in the program fees. For each term, field trip locations are listed on the Pau program calendar pages. You also have the opportunity to participate in an optional field trip to Paris for an additional fee.
HOW TO APPLY:
To apply, read the application instructions on the How to Apply Page. Then return to this program brochure page, and click the 'apply now' button at the top of the page.