Université Catholique de l’Ouest (UCO) is located in Angers, a city of 120,000 inhabitants located on the Loire River. The region is known for the purity of its French, its proximity to the great chateaux in the Loire Valley, and for its mild climate. Angers is about 1.5 hours from Paris by train, one hour by car from the Atlantic Ocean, and an hour from Brittany and the abbey of Mont St. Michel. It is a city of art and history, with a medieval quarter, a twelfth-century cathedral, and a thirteenth-century chateau, which contains the famous fourteenth-century “Apocalypse Tapestries.”
Most Allegheny students enroll in the UCO language and area studies program for international students at the Centre International d’Études Françaises (CIDEF); those with the appropriate French language proficiency can enroll in courses in the various departments at the university.
In order to participate in the program, Allegheny students must have completed four semesters of college level French (through FREN 225 at Allegheny) and have a 2.75 GPA. Students who do not meet the language requirement can meet with the Chair of the French Department (Ruter Hall) and a letter of support must be submitted on your behalf.
Allegheny students must first be approved to study off-campus before applying to their chosen program. Application deadlines are February 20 for fall programs and September 20 for spring programs. Applications will be reviewed immediately following the appropriate semester deadline. For more information about the off campus study application process, please visit: http://sites.allegheny.edu/offcampus/application/
Students will stay with host families or in on campus housing (limited availability). Housing preferences will be specified during the application process. Arrangements for meals are made between the student and their host family: either all meals can be taken at “home,” or only some meals. On campus students have access to the university library, computer room, study rooms, email, and student lounges. Field trips are available through CIDEF.
Students are charged Allegheny tuition, room and the $300.00 off-campus study fee. Allegheny aid, except work/study, is applied to program costs. Students pay their meal costs directly to their host family in Angers. Additional costs include insurance, international airfare, personal expenses (including passport, visa, local transportation, laundry costs, internet charges, telephone charges).