Study Abroad


University of Caen

The International Summer Course will introduce you to French daily life, encourage you to seek genuine communication with native French speakers, and welcome you to the beautiful landscape of Lower Normandy. A wide range of activities and cultural events complements the lessons on French grammar and conversation including guided tours of Caen, visits to important Norman sites, excursions to the D-day landing beaches of Normandy, and evenings of French films and entertainment.

Caen provides an ideal location for students interested in learning more about France, its language, and its people. In the 11th Century, William the Conqueror chose Caen as the official residence and directed the construction of several important monuments that still stand today. The city suffered greatly during the final phases of World War II, but it has been rebuilt and is now a modern, thriving city of 200,000 inhabitants. Three excellent museums and a municipal theatre contribute to its rich cultural life. Caen is the capital of Lower Normandy, renowned for its mild climate, meadows, beaches, as well as for its cheeses, cider and "calvados" (apple brandy). Located nearby are the famous seaside resorts of Deauville and Cabourg, and together with Mont Saint-Michel they inspire everyone's image of France. Paris is only two hours away by train and a car-ferry links Caen with Portsmouth, England. The city itself has an excellent bus system, which provides efficient, modern transportation.

Students are placed in intensive language courses at the appropriate level according to the results of the test they take upon arrival. Courses are taught at the beginner, elementary, intermediate, upper-intermediate, and advanced levels. All levels meet 25 hours per week. Mornings for all levels include written comprehension and expression, oral comprehension and expression, and grammar. Afternoons vary depending upon level placement. Beginner and elementary levels will have corrective phonetics and civilization. Intermediate, upper-intermediate, and advanced levels will have contemporary French and Francophone literature, business French, or translation techniques from English into French.

The course equivalencies spreadsheets have been compiled from past approved Academic Plan forms.  They show when the course was last approved and how it transferred back to La Crosse.  You may notice that some classes satisfied several UWL options.

This list is not comprehensive nor does it take the place of  meeting with your advisor for final approval!  They are meant to be a guide of what courses may be appropriate for your studies abroad. 

The Centre d'Enseignement du Français pour Étrangers (CEFE) is the French language institute for foreign students at the University of Caen. It is housed in a new, modern facility and provides instruction in French for approximately 350 students from more than 25 different countries. The CEFE organizes tours of local and regional sites, evening parties, and other cultural activities for students.

Housing is provided in campus residence halls; a single room with washbasin, hot and cold water, sheets and blankets are provided (sheets are changed during the session). Shared bathroom facilities, toilets and showers, are located on each floor. The residence halls will open to incoming students from 2 p.m. on the Sunday preceding the beginning of classes. Your room will be reserved for you until the Saturday morning following the end of your classes. Meals are not included but breakfast, lunch, and dinner are available at a special rate in the University Restaurant, conveniently located near the residence halls.

Before you travel abroad, you will need to obtain a passport, which will serve as proof of your U.S. citizenship. A passport may allow you to gain entry to (and exit from) other countries. Depending on the country to which you're traveling, a visa may be required as well. Entry requirements vary from one country to another. The U.S. State Department issues travel warnings specific to certain countries, and offers tips and publications relevant to travel abroad generally. Well in advance of your departure, you should also familiarize yourself with international travel health issues, and health recommendations specific to your destination.

Program Dates
For precise dates refer to the Program Dates.


  • 2.5 minimum GPA
  • The desire to experience the world and receive academic credit for doing it!

The program fee includes the following:

  • Tuition (9 credits)
  • University and Administrative Fees
  • University Housing
  • Cultural Activities and Excursions
  • Study Abroad Health Insurance (mandated by UW System)
  • International Student Identity Card (ISIC)
  • Study Abroad Graduation Sash

Airfare is not included in the program fee.
The program fee does not include a meal plan or meal stipend of any kind.

Financial aid is applicable.
Refer to Program Fees for the most current program fee.

All program fees subject to change. Valid for undergraduate Wisconsin residents only; out-of-state students pay Minnesota reciprocity or a non-resident surcharge.

All students will be required to attend a pre-departure orientation. The orientation will help you prepare for international travel in general, and for the experience of visiting France. Program alumni will be on hand to answer your questions.

Université de Caen Basse-Normandie
Centre d'Enseignement du Français pour Étrangers
International Summer Program
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Summer Brochure
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