Study French in the heart of the Loire Valley. Angers is known as the cultural and economic hub of western France. The city of Angers boasts a lively historical town centre, a beautiful cathedral, a unique 12th Century fortress and the world's longest tapestry. A great number of parks, gardens and open spaces grant the city an airy and graceful touch while numerous museums, theatres and concert halls make the city a cultural centre.
CIDEF, I have to say, was most welcoming and understanding of all their students. I felt like a part of a small community there due to their efforts. --Elizabeth Surbeck, Spring 2010
At CIDEF, you will enter an intensive language program in French and be placed into the appropriate level courses based on your current language ability. More advanced speakers may also have the opportunity to take courses in French art history, history, culture, politics, philosophy, and literature, among others.
CIDEF is just one program offered by l'Université Catholique de l'Ouest (UCO). While you will study with other international students, UCO is a French university which serves around 8,000 students on its Angers campus. You will have plenty of opportunities to join in on campus activities and meet French students (and practice your French!). CIDEF also offers excursions to the following locations:
Angers is, above all, a youthful town. 40% of the population in Angers is under the ago of 30, and the city is home to 15 institutions of higher education, creating a great social environment for students. There are over 30,000 students living and studying in Angers.
With an excellent system for public transportation, you will find it easy to travel to other areas of France on the weekends or to other areas of Europe. It only takes an hour and a half by train to get to Paris.
You have three housing options at CIDEF:
There is a cafeteria on campus that is open from 9am to 4pm.
**You are responsible for making all housing arrangements and payments directly to CIDEF/UCO.*
Foreign Entry Requirements
Travel Document Systems (TDS) can also provide you with helpful information on every country, including entry requirements, cultural information, travel conditions, economy, and more.
You are strongly encouraged to read the U.S. State Department's Consular Information Sheet. It will provide you with a great deal of information to help you prepare for your trip.
**Please be aware that you are responsible for obtaining the most up-to-date information on entry requirements. The Office of Study Abroad only provides general information, as visa regulations and procedures are constantly changing. Please consult the Consulate for more information. **
Please note that EIU does not own, operate, or sponsor this program.