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  • Locations: Pau, France
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer
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  • Program Sponsor: USAC 
  • Restrictions: AppState applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Type of Program: Affiliate Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Home-stay, Student housing
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, French Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5
College: College of Arts & Science Class Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Description:

Study in France!


The University of Pau consists of several colleges, polytechnic institutes, and professional institutes and has over 10,000 enrolled students. USAC classes and offices are located on the main campus, situated in the northern part of the city about a mile and a half from the center of town.The Pau semester and yearlong program offers an intensive language approach that allows you to complete up to one and a half years of university language coursework in one semester. Additional courses in subjects such as literature, political science, film, culture, and art history are taught in English or French depending on the semester. The program also offers a unique opportunity to enroll in integrated courses with other international students studying at the University of Pau.


Located in the Béarn region of the Atlantic Pyrenees in southwestern France, Pau is a picturesque town. It offers spectacular scenery and a temperate climate year-round with easy access to both the Pyrenees Mountains and the Atlantic coast, and is only two hours away from Spain. The city lies roughly one hour from the beaches of Biarritz, 45 minutes from the ski resorts of Gourette and Artouste, and 30 minutes from Lourdes. Pau, well-known for its beautiful parks, has more square meters of green space per inhabitant than any other European city. Many of the streets in the charming city center are pedestrianized.

Academic Calendar

  • Fall Semester: Late August to Mid December
  • Spring Semester: Early January to Late April
  • Summer Semester: Late May to Late June and Late June to Late July
For more information about the Academic Calendar please visit the USAC Pau web page.


Students on the Pau program have the option of staying in a homestay with 9 meals a week included or in a nearby residence hall. Homestays provide an unmatched opportunity for practicing your French and learning French culture and customs and is highly recommended.


Program Costs

Paid to Appalachian State
1USAC Tuition See USAC
2OIED Program Development Fee $200
Intl Health Development Fee $60
1Tuition and fees are charged at the USAC rate.
2The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.

Estimated Additional Costs
  Semester Summer
USAC Application Fee $100 $100
USAC Confirmation Deposit $500 $500
Housing $1850 - $2200 Included 
Refundable Housing Deposit $350 $350
Airfare $1200 - $1800  $1200 - $1800
Meals  $1800 - $3500 $500 - $950
1Personal Expenses $800 - $1500 $200 - $400
Books and Materials $50 - $240 $50 - $85
Local Transportation $80 - $300 $25 - $150
Visa (for US Citizens) $285 NA
Passport $150 $150
2US Based Health Insurance Varies Varies
3Personal Travel and Spending $1000 - $2000 $250 - $500
1Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, basic travel and entertainment, etc. 
2Students are encouraged to maintain a US based health insurance plan while abroad (to exempt out of AppState insurance students must follow the App exemption process - proving that they have insurance coverage for the entirety of the semester.
3Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.

Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.


Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources.  When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates.  

Financial Aid

The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.


USAC Scholarships
USAC offers a variety of scholarship opportunities for students.  Scholarship awards range from $500 to $1000.

OIED Scholarships
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $2000. 

Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.

For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.


Semester Program
Students will enroll in 12 credits of intensive language courses taken at the Université de Pau's Institute of French Studies with other international students, plus 3 to 6 credits of elective courses in French culture, business or European Studies designed specifically for USAC students.

Summer Program
Students will enroll in 4 credits of intensive language per summer session plus the option of taking an additional 1-2 credits from their list of elective courses.

Course availability is contingent upon student enrollment and is subject to change. For more information about the courses and structure of the program please visit the USAC Pau website.

All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Students participating on the USAC Pau semester program will be required to enroll in 12-18 credits per semester. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.

Students applying to a USAC program should complete the USAC application while also completing the Appalachian application.

For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me webpage.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline OIED Approval Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2021 02/15/2021 11/01/2021 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2021-2022 02/15/2021 11/01/2021 TBA TBA
Summer 2021 03/15/2021 04/15/2021 TBA TBA
Spring Semester 2022 09/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.