This exchange is situated in Le Mans, France for Fulbright college students interested in French language, history and international relations. With 13.4% of the population, more than 1,200 students, being international students, this university shows great dynamics and international appeal.
As with all exchanges, you will be largely independent during your exchange, but you’ll have access to the many social programs on campus. Drawing, painting, sculpture, comics, theater, music, cinema and numerous cultural events are part of the rhythm of life on campus.
Check out this guide for more information about UdM, including academics, housing, etc: Incoming student guide UM 2015-2016.pdf
Situated on the Sarthe river, Le Mans is about 55 minutes by train (TGV) southwest of Paris. The city is of great interest from a historical and geographical point of view: the Gallo-Roman walls still stand 1700 years later as a testament to the excellence of Roman engineering. These walls encompass the Vieux Mans along with several houses celebrating the architectural diversity of different historical periods: the Middle-Ages, the Renaissance and the 18th century. Numerous cultural activities and events take place year round (theater, dance and music--including a renowned Jazz festival in May.) Le Mans is also famous for the race "Les 24h du Mans" in June of every year.
This Fulbright college exchange offers an educational experience that allows U of A undergraduates access to the French cultural, linguistic and social heartbeat for a semester or year, while keeping on track to graduate from the U of A.In addition to the French/English translation courses, students choose from French literature, French history, political science, international relations courses. Additionally, students with advanced proficiency in the French language have access to other areas of the social science curriculum.
Students must have completed at least 5 semesters of French in order to be considered for this program.
Students can find a list of optional study tracks here http://www.univ-lemans.fr/en/students/incoming.html
. And any courses that the U of A has already approved for this exchange here: https://waprd.uark.edu/web-apps/regr/courseequiv/Main
(Search for the name of the University under Foreign Colleges).
Students will be assessed U of A Fulbright College tuition and fees for 15 credit hours during each semester they study abroad on this exchange. Additionally, students are responsible for their round-trip airfare, housing, meals, local transportation, books, passport, student visa, and personal expenses. The independent nature of this program allows students to determine their own extracurricular activities, leaving flexibility not only in free time but also in the budget.
Click on the Budget above for a break-down of expected costs.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Financial aid and scholarships are available to U of A students. Students receiving a Pell grant should look into the Gilman International Scholarship
. And all students should read through our scholarship page
for more info on funding opportunities and deadlines. Additionally, in most cases, you can also use your current scholarships and financial aid
to help finance your semester in France.
Housing assistance provided by the international office at UdM, with rooms reserved for international students in the dorms around campus. Check out this guide for more information about housing, etc: Incoming student guide UM 2015-2016.pdf
For assistance with applications, costs, travel arrangements, etc., contact:
U of A Study Abroad Office