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Université Catholique de l'Ouest, Centre International d'Etudes Francaises (C.I.D.E.F.), Angers, France
Angers, France (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Restrictions: KU applicants only
Program Cost: Fall,
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2016 10/01/2015 10/15/2015 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Direct Enrollment Housing Options: Host Family
Study Abroad Program Coordinator: Ingrid Horton
Language of Instruction:
Minimum GPA Eligibility:
2.5 GPA Academic Discipline: French, History, History of Art
Open to Non-KU students: No Open to graduate students: No
Fulfills KU Core Advanced Education Goal 4.2 - Culture and Diversity:
Program Description:

Students in Angers, France


Angers is the historic capital of the Anjou region in western France. A lively university town, Angers counts nearly 33,000 students among its 250,000 inhabitants. With its universities and textile mills, Angers has served as an important cultural and industrial center since the Middle Ages. The castles and wine cellars of the nearby Loire valley also contribute to the character of the region. Located only an hour and a half by train from Paris, Angers provides an excellent base from which to discover French culture.

Université Catholique de l'Ouest

The Université Catholique de l’Ouest is a private institution of higher education with approximately 11,000 students. The University offers degree programs in the liberal arts and sciences as well as in theology. It is also home to the Centre International d’Etudes Francaises (C.I.D.E.F.), an internationally renowned school for French as a foreign language.

The scenic campus of the Université Catholique de l’Ouest, located in town, is just a short walk from the train station or the museums, shops, and restaurants of the town center.

Academic Program

KU students take courses in French language and civilization at the C.I.D.E.F., a special language center attached to the University. Founded in 1947, the C.I.D.E.F. welcomes about 1400 foreign students from 50 countries annually.

The C.I.D.E.F. tests and places each student in language classes appropriate to the student’s level in French. Levels range from beginner to advanced. C.I.D.E.F. courses are designed to help students reach fluency in both spoken and written French. Teaching methods are up-to-date and the facilities available to students include a library, three language labs, classrooms with audio-visual equipment and a computer room.

KU students will receive approximately 18 hours of credit per semester in French. The particular courses for which the student receives credit will depend on the student’s level and previous course work in French.  A typical schedule at the C.I.D.E.F. would include courses in subjects such as grammar, composition, phonetics, conversation, and civilization. All credit earned will be counted as KU credit.

Angers, France Program Handbook

Angers Course Equivalencies

Student Life

Since the C.I.D.E.F. is situated on the campus of the Université Catholique de l’Ouest, KU students will have the opportunity to be in contact with French university students. Due to the number of students in Angers there are many student activities ranging from sports to music and theatre.

Cultural Activities

There are several one-day cultural visits organized by the C.I.D.E.F. each semester which may include:

  • Le Mont St. Michel, Saint-Malo

  • The châteaux of the Loire Valley

  • D-Day landing site in Normandy

The cost of the visits is included in the program fee. Students will find more information about these activities at the start of the semester.

AccommodationsStudent in front of main administration building, Angers, France

The university housing services will arrange homestays for students on a semester program. Typically, the student will rent a room in a house belonging to a French family. The level of contact with the family will depend on the individuals involved. All breakfasts and three dinners per week are included in the program fee.


Open to KU undergraduates who have had at least one semester of college-level French and who have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA. 

Funding your Study Abroad Program

The Office of Study Abroad can do personalized financial aid and scholarship advising for students.  Please visit 108 Lippincott Hall or call 785-864-3742 to set up an appointment.  KU students who qualify for financial aid in the form of Stafford and/or other loans, Federal Grants, and KU or outside scholarships may apply the aid to the cost of a Study Abroad Program.  
KU Study Abroad supplemental scholarships are available to KU degree seeking students. Applications are available online. The scholarship application deadline is March 1 for Summer and Fall and Academic Year programs and October 1 for Spring, Winter Break and Spring Break programs.
For additional scholarship opportunities visit:

Department of French & Italian Study Abroad Scholarships are also available.  Please stop by 2103 Wescoe Hall for application and more information. 

Application Procedures

All applicants will be required to complete several documents for each study abroad application.  Below is a list of documents that will need to be completed for an application.

        a. Statement of Purpose
        b. Verification of Minimum GPA Requirement
        c. Academic Plan and Approval Form - Angers (Spring or Fall)
        d. Autobiography
        e. Unofficial Transcript or
Advising Report
        f. 1 General Recommendation and 1 Langauge Recommendation
        g. Authorization to Release Student Information
        h. Student Conduct Verification

For more detailed information about the application process, please visit our Application Process page.

Program Ratings:
Overall Experience: 1 2 3 4 5
Academic Experiences: 1 2 3 4
Cultural Experience: 1 2 3 4 5
Program Reviews:
Amelia Paige Taylor, Fall 2012 Participant
I found the complete French language immersion so rewarding. I found sometimes it was harder to speak English than French because my classes were made up of people from China, Japan, or Poland so our only form of verbal communication was through French. I realized how much I learned from when all the study abroad students leaving in December gathered for one last assembly and I understood 97% of what the director was saying when only 4 months prior I understood maybe 50%. It's in that moment I realized how far I have come with French and motivates me to continue learning more.
Laurie Catherine Winkel, Fall 2012 Participant
The excursions were amazing and well worth the money! I saw the show of a lifetime at Puy de Fou, for one. They were very illuminating as far as French culture, as well. The CIDEF had many wonderful programs as well for meeting people and discovering Angers. I owe a great many of my "funny language/culture misunderstanding" to our International Nights at Soft Bar in Angers.
Sydney Sara Rayl, Spring 2013 Participant
It was incredible to live somewhere where it was normal to say, "I think I'll go to Paris for the weekend." I met amazing new friends, lived with the sweetest host family, improved my French speaking skills, and to top it all off, ate French food every day. The school was great, and I learned much more than I could have imagined.
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