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.
LocationLocated 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.
- 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
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 CostsPaid to Appalachian State
|1USAC Tuition||See USAC|
|2OIED Program Development Fee||$200|
|Intl Health Development Fee||$60|
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
|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|
|2US Based Health Insurance||Varies||Varies|
|3Personal Travel and Spending||$1000 - $2000||$250 - $500|
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.
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 offers a variety of scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $1000.
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.
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.
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 ApplyApplications 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.
|Term||Year||App Deadline||OIED Approval Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Spring Semester||2021||09/15/2020 **||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.