The Universite de Caen is listed among France's oldest universities. Its founding, dating back to 1432, was confirmed in 1452. Currently, the University of Caen offers degrees in many disciplines and has eleven teaching and research faculties/UFRs and six institutes. Universite de Caen has a student population of more than 25,000.
Caen is located in Normandy, France, in a region between lush-green landscapes and fine-sand beaches. Steeped in history from medieval conquests to the remains of World War II, Caen has something to offer any adventurous visiting student. Discovering a city with a rich historical heritage is taking all the advantages of a city matching culture and leisure to modern and innovating infrastructures. It is even in the proximity of Paris for your week-end escapades (and even to England, with 3 daily ferry links)
This program is open to all majors.
Students must have taken four semesters of college French, up to the 202 level, and achieved proficiency in both written and spoken French.
Be a TAMU student for at least one semester prior to application
Attend TAMU for at least one full semester after the exchange
Have a minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
Have a minimum Junior classification by beginning of exchange; can be a Sophomore at the time of application
Provide 2 letters of recommendation from Texas A&M faculty members (forms within application)
Provide official transcripts from all college-level institutions attended
Students can choose to study abroad during:
• Fall Semester (September to January)
• Spring Semester (February to June)
• Academic Year (September to June)
On the Caen exchange program, students register for classes in the French Center (C.E.F.E); applicants must complete a French placement test (online) after acceptance to the program prior to arrival at U Caen to be placed in the appropriate level for French language instruction. CEFE is the French Language Institute of U Caen; A&M students study French with other international students who participate in the CEFE program as opposed to studying with local French students in the university proper. Exchange students are permitted to register for courses in the university proper (except for medicine and pharmacy) provided French language skills are at an advanced level for university class attendance and participation, and provided all course prerequisites are met.
Students have the choice between of three different housing options
1. Accommodation in a University Residence Hall: Residences are located on the main campus or close by with direct transport by TVR. Single room are 9x2 with a washbasin; showers and toilets in common on each floor; bedding and towels provided.
2. Accommodation with a French family (upon special request): The host family arrangement is strongly recommended for a total cultural and linguistic immersion. Students are provided single rooms in the homes on a half-board basis (breakfast and dinner). There is limited placement with host families.
3. Other possibilities: Students can find housing on their own upon arrival in Caen, though this is not the easiest nor the most desirable, but it is an option if students so choose.
One of the benefits of participating in a reciprocal exchange is their affordability. Overall costs are comparable to studying in College Station with the main difference in costs coming from travel related expenses and the exchange rate. Please keep in mind that because you are enrolled at A&M, your regular tuition and fees will be paid at A&M just as if you were taking classes on campus. Additionally, students will be provided with the necessary information for them to make arrangements for all other expenses.
Estimated Fees Paid to Texas A&M
A&M Tuition and Fees
REEP Administration Fee
Accommodations & Meal Plan
Estimated Additional Expenses (pre-departure or on site)
Misc. Expenses, Books, &Supplies
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST
Texas A&M Semester Comparison Cost
As soon as you decide to participate in a study abroad program, you will want to look into the funding available. Texas A&M Scholarships designated specifically for study abroad include: The Study Abroad Fellowship and the International Education Fee Scholarship. Also, many academic colleges and departments offer scholarships for students studying abroad. Additional information can be found at the Study Abroad Programs Office Fundingwebpage.
"I decided to study abroad as a means of diversifying my professional skills, not to mention my career opportunities. Studying abroad is one of the best ways to broaden one's awareness of the complex issues surrounding this new international/global era in which we live. It helped me perfect my language skills and gain knowledge of the political, social, and economic issues the world faces today. Furthermore, I believe the personal experiences I gained will help me to be a better leader to welcome challenges, and to challenge the status quo."
Former Texas A&M Exchange Student
For more information about the exchange program to Universite de Caen, contact Bianca Cusimano in the Study Abroad Programs Office.