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  • Locations: Caen, France
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: ISEP 
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Type of Program:
Direct Enrollment
Home-stay, Student housing
Language of Instruction:
English, French
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Description:

Study for the Summer in France!


Founded in 1432, the Université de Caen enrolls 24,000 students including about 2,000 foreign students from 50 countries. Located in the Normandy region not far from the D-Day beaches and the English Channel, the Université de Caen offers courses for a full immersion experience or French language and culture courses for international students at the Département de Formations en Langues. 

By combining the practice of French with thematic curriculum, international summer courses (CIE) at the Université de Caen offer a unique summer immersion into French culture amongside students from all over the world. Optional excursions are offered on weekends, and students have the opportunity to stay in a University Residence or with a host family. The program offers a great opportunity to discover the rich cultural and historical history of Normandy!


Caen is a growing city famed for its two Roman abbeys and its 11th-century castle which houses a museum. Normandy's beaches and monuments make it an enjoyable area to visit. Paris is about two hours away by train. The campus of Université de Caen is walking distance from the old city, where students can enjoy quaint streets with shops and cafes. Students actually walk through a moat and castle from the old city to reach the main quad. Université de Caen's campus has a very open and "U.S. campus" feel. The original campus was destroyed during World War II. A new campus was rebuilt, giving Université de Caen a more modern feel. 

Academic Calendar

  • Summer Semester I: Mid June to Late June
  • Summer Semester II: Early July to Late July (No Beginner-level French Language in Summer II)


Students on the Caen summer program will stay at university arranged housing; either in a student residence or a homestay.


Program Costs

Paid to Appalachian State
  Semester Exchange
ISEP Tuition & Fees See ISEP Page
Housing See ISEP Page
1OIED Program Development Fee $200
1The 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
ISEP Application Fee $100
ISEP Placement Fee $325
Airfare $1200 - $1800 
Meals $200 - $600
Airport Pickup $120
1Essential Living Expenses $100 - $400
Books and Materials $80
Local Transportation $50 
Visa (for US Citizens) NA
Passport $150
Estimated Total Additional Expenses  
2Personal Travel and Spending $300 - $800
1Essential living expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, etc. 
2Personal 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.


OIED Scholarships
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 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 enroll in 45 hours of French Language courses per session based on their French language level (A1 to C1). Previous knowledge of French is not required. Mornings are dedicated to intensive French language instruction, including practice in oral and written communication, reinforcement of grammatical structures, vocabulary enrichment and oral practice in an audio lab. For the afternoons students will enroll in a thematic track taught in French (one or two tracks during Summer I may be taught in English). All thematic tracks include 30 hours of instruction. Alternatively, students may enroll in a non-credit bearing "leisure and visits" program. 

For more information about academics please visit the ISEP Caen Summer webpage.

Each session students can also participate free of charge in one of the two one-day excursions offered on the weekend. Pending availability students may attend the second excursion for an additional €30 fee. 

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). 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 an ISEP program should complete the ISEP application while also completing the Appalachian application.

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

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.