Study Abroad in Avignon
Sunset at the Palace of the Popes
A UNESCO World Heritage Site and European City of Culture in 2000, Avignon is a vibrant small city of 100,000 in the southern French region of Provence. A walled city, it is comprised of a labyrinth of medieval squares and cobblestone streets. As the seat of the Papacy from 1309-77, the city occupies an important place in the history of Catholicism. The sprawling and spectacular Palace of the Popes attracts tourists from all over the world.
The University of Avignon, with a total enrolment of 7,000 students, is comprised of the faculties of Sciences, Applied Languages, Law, Politics and Economics and Humanities. The campus is located a few minutes walk from the city center, and has an array of impressive modern facilities, including a new glass-fronted library and sports center. The centerpiece of the University, however, is the 18th-century main administrative building with its impressive façade facing out on to a garden area in the heart of the campus.
The program provides two academic options: full integration into the University or intensive French-language coursework offered through the Centre Universitaire d'Etudes Françaises d'Avignon (CUEFA).
The Integrated Option allows students with advanced French-language skills to integrate fully into the University, taking regular classes taught in French with degree-seeking French students. Students pursuing this track will enroll in a week-long intensive course offered through the CUEFA during Welcome Week. Typically students pursuing this option take 6 regular classes (or a total of 24 ECTS credits) during the semester in order to meet the full-time enrollment requirement. This is considered a normal load for a French student. Students pursuing this option are strongly encouraged to consult with an advisor in Pacific's French department in order to determine whether they have sufficient language preparation.
The Intensive French Option offered through the CUEFA will focus on French-language study. Students opting for this track will be placed at an appropriate level based on the results of a placement test administered upon arrival, and will take classes with other international students. Depending on level and semester, course units may be offered in the following subject areas: phonetics; French culture and society; creative writing; history; literature.
All students will be accommodated with local families. The homestays will include breakfast and dinner. Under Pacific’s arrangement with the University of Avignon students will be responsible for direct payment of fees to the family. Currently the cost is 550 Euro per month (approximately $800).
The University’s Student Exchange Association, which has the goal of facilitating the integration of international students into campus life, organizes a wide range of activities throughout the year (excursions, cultural events, parties, etc.).
Minimum GPA: 2.75
Language: Must have completed two years of college level French, with a minimum 3.0 GPA in that language.
Must have attended Pacific University full-time for at least one semester.
Application Deadline: February 8th, 2013
Fall: early September until mid-December
- Spring: Early February until mid-May