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A&M University Wide Exchange: Universite de Caen, France
Caen, France (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring
Homepage: Click to visit
Approved Course Equivalencies Click here to view
Who Can Apply: Texas A&M University applicants only
Texas A&M Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year
Texas A&M
Application Deadline
Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 09/15/2017 09/15/2017 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Texas A&M Reciprocal Educational Exchange Program
Academic Area:
Foreign Language - French, Liberal Arts - International Studies
Academic College: Any
Minimum GPA:
3.0
Language courses available:
Yes
Language requirement:
Yes
Language of instruction:
French
Program Advisor:
Bianca Cusimano
Housing: Dormitory
Open to non-majors:
Yes
Classification: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
REEP Program Type:
University Wide Exchange
Program Description:

Université de Caen

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.
 

Location


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)
 


 

Eligibility Requirements
  • 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)


Courses


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.

Housing


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.

 

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Costs


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
$5,000
REEP Administration Fee $300
Accomodations & Meal Plan
$4,000
Estimated Additional Expenses (pre-departure or on site)
International Airfare
$1,400
Misc. Expenses, Books, &Supplies
$1,000
Personal Spending
$2,500+
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST
$14,200+
Texas A&M Semester Comparison Cost
$13,636+
 
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 Funding webpage.

A Night in Paris


Helpful Links

Universite de Caen webpage
Universite de Caen Exchange Student
Universite de Caen C.E.F.E
Universite de Caen Student Handbook prepared by Texas A&M students

Universite de Caen 2011 Information Sheet (ACCUEIL CEFE)
Universite de Caen Available Course Descriptions
Study Abroad Programs Office Scholarship and Funding webpage
Scholarship and Funding options
Normandy, France Travel Guide
Currency Converter



Thoughts from a Former Exchange Student

"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
 

Contacts

For more information about the exchange program to Universite de Caen, contact Bianca Cusimano in the Study Abroad Programs Office.