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  • Locations: Le Mans, France
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • Restrictions: U of A applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year U of A Application Deadline U of A Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 02/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** If you are applying for an external program, please note the U of A application deadline listed may be different than the external program provider's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Advisor: Brian Poepsel Program Type: U of A Exchange
Program Duration: 4 weeks
Program Description:
French Language and culture - June 22 to July 15 in Le Mans - France


This exchange is situated in Le Mans, France for Fulbright college students interested in French language, history and international relations. Students will improve their French language and gain access to the local culture. Group excursions include visits to Le Mont Saint-Michel,Saint Malo, one of the Loire Valley castles, the La Flèche zoo, associations and a guided tour of the city. Also available are a cooking day at a French cooking school (for 65 persons maximum), a culinary workshop with a tasting, and a visit to a historic workshop. A month-long pass is included for public transportation by bus and tramway.

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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 access to the French cultural, linguistic and social heartbeat for a summer. A placement written test will take place on the 23rd of June and an oral placement test on the 24th of June. Students will be divided into groups according to their level of French. See this Calendar 2016.pdf for a look at the day-to-day plans.

85 hours of French courses spread out  from the 23rd of June to the 13th of July 2016.
  • 40 hours of French classes
  • 45 hours of cultural and linguistic workshops
Each student will be able to benefit from the Language Resource Center (CRL) which allows them to learn or to improve their French skills. The CRL is a multimedia computer facility where students work interactively with computer, helped and supervised by a tutor.
The University Library will be open until the 18th of July.

Students will be assessed U of A Fulbright College tuition and fees for 5 credit hours during the summer 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.  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.  Honors students should apply for study abroad grants through the U of A Honors College.
And all students should read through our scholarship page for more 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.

Additional Information
Housing assistance provided by the international office at UdM, with rooms reserved for international students in a residence hall on the campus, in an individual room with wi-fi, toilets and shower. Rooms include the housing insurance and a set of bedding(pillow, blanket and sheets) for 280 Euros. Rooms will be available starting on the 22nd of June 2016. There is Internet Wifi access on the Campus. Students can find food in the residence hall kitchen, in the Cafeteria and cafés around the campus, and there is a minimarket on the campus open from Monday to Sunday morning. Additionally, the University restaurant will be open until the 7th of July.