- Immerse yourself in the French language by taking courses at the Université Catholique de l’Ouest’s CIDEF (Centre International d’Études Françaises) and living with a host family in Angers!
- Participate in five excursions to surrounding areas; le Mont Sant-Michel, the Normandy beaches and the chateaux of the Loire!
- Immerse yourself with the local culture and language while living with a local host family!
Course of Study
Students will participate in a four-week intensive (80 hours of class time) summer program at the Université Catholique de l’Ouest’s CIDEF (Centre International d’Études Françaises). This four week program will build students' language skills through participation in language and writing classes, conversation classes and lab work. Students will also take a 3 hour per week course taught by the Resident Director, focusing on a comparative study of French and American culture. .
- Improvement of oral and written French;
- Immersive experience of French culture; and
- Enhanced understanding of relationship between French and American culture.
Students will earn five credit hours of transfer credit from the Université Catholique de l’Ouest’s CIDEF (Centre International d’Études Françaises). The courses at CIDEF will discuss grammar, conversation skills, French culture and written stylistics. Credits earned at foreign institutions are transferable to UNL by departmental validation. Please review the Types of Credit page on the Education Abroad website.
Students will also earn one regular UNL credit hour (MODL 298) from the course taught by the Resident Director, Françoise Agena. This course will discuss cultural differences, cultural assumptions and everyday life in Angers.
This program is open to undergraduate UNL students in good academic standing. Students must have completed French 101 and completion of French 102 is preferred, with at least a B average in French. Students at a lower level are welcome to apply, but will need to meet with the faculty leader to review the program and courses offered abroad. Students with more than nine hours of 300-level credit or students are strongly encouraged to speak to a faculty member in the department to discuss other study abroad opportunities. The ideal level at which to participate in this program is either after French 202 or after French 203.
Faculty Leader and Resident Director
1105 Oldfather Hall
402 - 472 - 3745
Françoise Agena grew up in the outskirts of Paris; she holds an MA in French literature from UNL, where she has worked for the past seventeen years as one of our most popular instructors of French and Spanish. An energetic and inventive teacher, she served as resident director of UNL’s semester-long study-abroad program in Besançon, France, and led the summer 2015 and 2016 UNL study abroad program to Angers.
This program is based in the beautiful city of Angers, on the Loire River, in the midst of the Anjou winemaking region and the Châteaux de la Loire. A youthful, bustling, refined city, it also boasts a magnificent old town and one of France’s finest medieval castles. Paris is an hour and a half away by TGV, and the Atlantic ocean is nearby, along with cities like Tours, Poitiers, and Nantes. Classes will be taught at the Université Catholique de l’Ouest CIDEF (Centre International d’Études Françaises), an internationally-known school of French as a second language.
Accommodations and Other Arrangements
INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE: Students will purchase their own international airfare with direction provided by the Education Abroad Office. Please do not purchase your international airfare until details have been provided.
LODGING in COUNTRY: Students will stay with local host families in Angers. The expectation is that families will speak to students in French only. While members of some families may speak English, this cannot be guaranteed nor is it a requirement. If needed, the UNL faculty member/Resident Director can provide support, translation and cross-cultural clarifications.
MEALS in COUNTRY: Host families with provide students with two meals a day (breakfast and dinner) and students will eat lunch on campus with their instructors to ensure French is spoken at all times.
TRANSPORTATION in COUNTRY: Students will purchase a train ticket from Paris to Angers and Angers to Paris prior to departure. Students will purchase a bus ticket in Angers upon arrival to travel throughout the city of Angers when needed.
ACCESS to LAUNDRY FACILITIES: Students will have access to laundry facilities at their homestay placement; one load per week.
COMMUNICATION & CONNECTIVITY: Students will have access to WiFi at CIDEF and may or may not have access to WiFi at their host family placement (depends on each family). All students must be able to communicate with the Resident Director at all times. Students may choose to purchase a local phone abroad or purchase a global plan on their domestic phone.
DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED for TRAVEL: All U.S. citizens will need a valid passport to participate on the program. Non-U.S. citizens need to research entry requirements specific to the country of destination at the time of applying to the program. Deadline to upload passport to MyWorld: March 17, 2017.
HEALTH AND MOBILITY: Students will be asked to walk between the language school and their homestay placement each day. For the most part, the streets in Angers are smooth. Students may also be asked to walk when participating on various excursions. The weather in the summer is usually dry and around 80 degrees. Recommended immunizations/medications per CDC (as of November 1, 2015) include the Hepatitis A vaccine. CDC recommends that you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot. Please be sure to check the CDC for additional recommended immunizations.
See the Budget Sheet near the top of this page (click on "Summer") and the Fund your Experience page on the Education Abroad website.
Upon confirmation of participation, program participants will pay a $500 deposit (including a non-refundable $150 Education Abroad Fee). The $500 deposit will be applied to the final program cost balance. If a participant withdraws from a program, the participant will be responsible for any irrecoverable costs associated with the program at the time of withdrawal. The deposit payment will be due on Wednesday, February 8, 2017.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Please see the Education Abroad website for detailed information about financial aid and scholarships.
Below you will find links to resources for travel, health, and safety:
CIDEF (Centre international d’études françaises)
U.S. Department of State: Travel
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
U.S. Embassy in Paris, France
French Embassy in U.S.
*UNL Education Abroad does not officially endorse, administer, or monitor the content of these links.