France: CIDEF French Language Intensive Program

Please Note: Program not available for the summer and fall 2022 terms.


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Angers, located in the Loire Valley, is widely known for the purity of the French language spoken there, and so makes an excellent choice of location for students wishing to study French.  The CIDEF (Centre International d’Études Françaises) is a part of the Université Catholique de l’Ouest.  It was created in 1947 and each year welcomes more than 1,200 foreign students from 60 different nationalities.  Language courses are required for all students, and courses exist for students at the beginner, elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels.

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Angers, located in the Loire Valley


Angers is a city of 160 000 residents famous for its quality of life. Capital of the old Anjou province, the 16th largest town in France, Angers is a young and dynamic city (33,000 students). It offers a variety of cultural and touristic activities in an environment which includes many green spaces, a great transportation network, and numerous bicycle paths.


This institution offers an intensive French learning program that focuses on improving general written, oral, and language skills. After taking a placement test, students are placed in a course based on their proficiency level. The number of hours spent in the classroom is based on level of proficiency. In addition, there are other class options available depending on level of the language, the semester, and also academic and personal needs. Students can receive up to 18 credits from their semester at CIDEF.


  • French language
  • French for specific purposes
  • French Culture
CIDEF Course Availability



Students have the opportunity to interact with French university students on the campus of the Université Catholique de l’Ouest. There are many student activities ranging from sports to music and theatre. There are also several cultural excursions organized by CIDEF. Costs of these excursions are included in the program fees. Students will find out more information about these activities at the beginning of the semester.


CIDEF offers two different types of accommodation options. One option allows the students to have a host family and to either have access to cook their own meals, or they can receive partial meals prepared by the host family.The other option is to stay in a residence hall. The cost of both of these options depends on the package and whether the student is staying for a trimester, semester, or one month in the summer. For these accommodation options, home multi-risk insurance is needed to be purchased separately.

CIDEF Housing



Study Abroad Administration Fee: $600

Study Abroad Program Fee: $3,300.00

Study Abroad Housing Fee: $2,500.00

Study Abroad Insurance Fee: $152

Calculated at $38.00 per month x 1 month


International Airfare: $1,500

Passport & Visa Costs: $430

Including: US Passport ($145) and French Student Visa and Campus France Processing Fee ($285)

Books & Academic Supplies: $150.00

Food: $1000.00

Personal Expenses: $1,500.00



Term: Spring Trimester 2020  Application Deadline: October 15, 2019

Program Dates: February 2020 – Early June  2020

Term: Fall Trimester 2020   Application Deadline: March 15, 2020

Program Dates: October, 2020 – December, 2020


Students must have a cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher, have at least sophomore standing, and completing work for their French major.



  • Apply through TruView. Under your Student Tab, click on “Apply to Study Abroad.” When prompted, select which term and “I am enrolling in a semester or summer program…” and on the next screen, select “France: CIDEF” from the program drop down. After that, you’ll be prompted to complete a faculty recommendation, a statement of purpose, and some emergency information and waivers.
  • Submit Additional Materials and Check Your Status on TruView. Once you have submitted your application, you can go to TruView to view your application status. Immediately after submission, your application status will be “Submitted, Awaiting Review.” After your application has been reviewed by the study abroad office, you will receive an email from the Study Abroad office with your next steps. Your status will be updated to “Reviewed, Awaiting Materials” and a list of additional required materials will appear in TruView. Use this list to track what steps you need to complete.