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  • Locations: Pau, France
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Summer, Winter-Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: USAC 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2022-2023 03/15/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 2022 04/15/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2022 06/01/2022 06/01/2022 TBA TBA

** Application materials may be reviewed prior to the program's application deadline. (Please note: if all of your boxes are checked-off, your application is complete.) In most cases, for applicants applying to programs led by PSU faculty, interviews and final selection will take place after the program deadline.
Program Description:

Program OverviewUSAC Pau France

The Pau program offers an extraordinary opportunity to study the French language intensively, to take courses in other disciplines and to experience student life at a French university. Through formal coursework and personal interaction with the host culture, you will greatly expand your language skills and knowledge of French society. Pau is the perfect environment if you are looking for immersion into real traditional French culture in one of the most breathtakingly beautiful regions in France. The city is small enough to have everything within walking or biking distance; however, it is large enough to have several theatres, good movie houses, student clubs, outdoor cafés, and fantastic shops.

Program Focus


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. You may choose to stay for one semester or a full year.


PSU students can participate in the summer session II program, which is a 4-week session. The program has an intensive language approach. Students can also choose to focus on an intensive study in French conversation and/or courses in French and European studies.

Participation in a homestay, cultural events, and local festivals also form an integral part of the program. Field trips to Béarn, the Basque Country, and Spain introduce you to the rich cultural diversity of the region, as does the optional tour to Paris. If you take this tour, you will spend four days in Paris studying the history, art, and architecture of this magnificent city and one day in the Loire Valley visiting one of the most beautiful Renaissance castles as well as Versailles.

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Program Provider USAC: University Studies Abroad Consortium
Program Dates Current USAC Calendar

Fall Semester with USAC = Fall Quarter at PSU
Spring Semester with USAC = Winter & Spring Quarters at PSU*
Summer Session II Works Well with the PSU Academic Calendar
Areas of Study Explore the courses offered on this program

This program is a good fit for the following majors:
  • European Studies
  • Fine Arts
  • Foreign Languages - French
  • History
  • Humanities
  • International Studies
  • International Business
  • Liberal Arts
Credits Fall: Students enroll in a minimum 15 semester credits (23 quarter credits).
Spring: Students enroll in a minimum of 16 semester credits (24 quarter credits).
Summer: Students enroll in 4 to 5 semester credits (6 to 8 quarter credits).
Capstone Option Reporting Live Capstone available during Fall & Spring Quarters
Language of Instruction  English, French
Host Country Language  French
Housing Residence Hall, Homestay
Class Standing Eligibility
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Post-Baccalaureate
Minimum GPA Requirements Undergraduate: 2.50

Must be in Satisfactory Academic Standing.
Language Requirement No previous language study required
Program Fee Click here to view the USAC Program Fee
PSU Fees Click here to view PSU Fees

Application Fee:
All applications include a $50 non-refundable fee due on the application deadline. Students who do not intend to complete a program application are required to withdraw before the deadline, otherwise, the $50 application fee will
be assessed to the students' account.