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Off-Campus Study

ISEP at Université d`Angers - Courses in French

 

Located in the famous Loire Valley, Angers is a town situated among an abundance of vineyards and famous French chateaus. Students who attend the Université d’Angers have the option of taking a wide variety of courses including French literature through the department of Arts and Letters and French culture through the history and geography departments.

Students studying in France must be independent, self-reliant, organized, and able to handle ambiguity in order to successfully immerse into the highly structured and often times bureaucratic French university system.

This program would be suitable for students that are ready to be abroad, but would still like some of the academic services that a U.S. college provides.  It is a good choice for someone that is a world traveler OR has never left their hometown, provided that student is academically prepared and emotionally mature.

Learn more about the Université d’Angers here! Read the ISEP Country Handbook to learn more about visa requirements, educational system, and culture.

Program Type

Exchange

Locations

Angers, France

Languages of Instruction

French - 4-5 semesters of college-level French

Program Dates

Fall 2018: Early September to mid-December

Spring 2019: January to May

All dates are tentative and may change.  ISEP will alert all accepted students of final dates.

 

Early departure for fall term may be possible. Please contact the ISEP coordinator of the host country for more information.

Eligibility

To be eligible to participate in this program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Good academic and judicial standing during time of application AND time of participation in program
  • A minimum of 4-5 semesters of university-level French or the equivalent must be completed prior to the program. ISEP participants are not required to take a French language placement exam, but they will be interviewed in French.
  • Students must submit ISEP language proficiency report in the application, even if native speaker. 
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at Lake Forest College AND have junior status or higher before participation. 
  • At least 18 years of age by the program’s departure date. 
  • Be able to stay at the host program for the duration of the semester, including through the exam and travel periods
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75.  

 

Chance of placement for Exchange is generally Good.

Location

The university has a large modern campus southwest of Paris, between Nantes and Tours. Angers is one of the largest cities in the Loire Valley, about 90 minutes by rapid train from Paris.

Academics

Located in the famous Loire Valley, Angers is a town situated among an abundance of vineyards and famous French chateaus. Students who attend the Université d’Angers have the option of taking a wide variety of courses including French literature through the department of Arts and Letters and French culture through the history and geography departments.

 

Academic Environment and Teaching Style

French professors are not as accessible as their American counterparts. Increasingly, however, professors do have office hours or may be available if you make an appointment. They will also be willing to answer questions and discuss problems before or immediately after class. It would be a good idea to introduce yourself to the professor at the beginning of the year, explaining that you are an international student. Do ask other students in class for advice or assistance if you do not understand something.

French universities operate in ways that are quite different from the system with which you are familiar. Understanding the differences will help you plan your program of study in France, use your time effectively while you are there and return with transferable credits. French students follow a highly structured curriculum specific to the degree they are pursuing from day one at the university. They do not take “liberal arts” or general education requirements for 2 years before focusing on a major or area of study as most U.S. students do. At the end of each year, they must pass a set of required exams before they can move on to the next year’s program.

Please review country handbook for more information on the education system, grades, class hours, and classroom etiquette.

 

Coursework

As an exchange student, you have greater flexibility in choosing courses than French students do. You do not need to take a complete package of courses at one level. However, if you focus on courses in one or two departments, you will find it easier to put together a schedule, your program of studies will be more cohesive, and you will have a better chance of getting to know French students because you will be seeing the same group on a regular basis.

Selection of courses is done during registration. You should expect to have to go to each building that houses the faculté (department) of the course you wish to take, find the administrative office, ask for a course listing and sign up for the desired course. Students should be aware that the registration process can take several days. French universities are not as “service-oriented” as those in the United States and there are many students for few administrators. Ask questions of your ISEP host coordinator if you have trouble registering. Also, the add-drop process is very informal. You may want to observe several classes before making your final selection and to make sure that you will be able to follow the course and fulfill all course requirements. Remember to consult about any changes in your course selections with your host and home coordinators and advisors. Be sure to keep track of your courses, including course titles, hours, professors, and assignments for after your exchange. In all cases, you must verify all of your course information with your host coordinator to ensure that you have enrolled properly.

Classes are usually lecture-based, instead of discussion or group work. Classes are often much larger than those found at Lake Forest College. Grades are based heavily, at times almost entirely, on one end-of-term exam, though some courses will also offer a midterm.  Professors are often more formal than those in the United States.

Sciences, business, and languages are strong. Also recommended are translation studies, mathematics and social sciences, physiology and vegetable production, business administration and quality control, rural law, technology and scientific innovation, and tourism. 

French language, literature, and culture courses for foreign students are offered from early October until May in addition to regular classes.

Students typically enroll in 6-10 classes per term which average to 12 hours in class per week. A term runs for 12 weeks. Students must take 30 ECTS credits to earn the equivalent of 4 Lake Forest credits.

 A 4-week pre-session French language program is available for an additional fee at the intermediate level.


For more information on courses and language options, see the:
ISEP French Language Advising Guide for US Students

Please click on the link “Courses” for information.

 

Grading and Assessment

Student performance is assessed in two ways:

  • Short quizzes given throughout the semester allow instructors to check what their students have learned in each unit.
  • Examinations covering all of the material presented during the semester are given at the end of each semester, generally just before the February break and again in June, before the summer break.

The atmosphere at a French university may seem low-pressure, but be on your guard. Even if a class does not require regular assignments, you must keep up with the reading and attend classes. Final examinations are given at the end of each course. ISEP students should check with professors to determine when the exam will be given as most professors do not provide a syllabus at the beginning of a course. As a foreign student, you may not be required to take the final exam. You may be able to substitute written assignments for the exam. Check with the professor to find out whether you are expected to take the exam in order to get a grade (in many instances, the exam might be the only evidence that you have taken the class) or whether you can substitute other assignments. Taking a final does not automatically entitle you to a grade since you must pass your exams to receive a grade. Also, make sure to register for the exam in addition to taking it.

If you make any special arrangements with a professor, obtain the agreement in writing signed by both you and the professor. Provide a copy of the agreement to both your home and host ISEP coordinators and keep a copy for yourself. Without an agreement in writing, it is expected that you will take all final exams. Credit transfer is not guaranteed if you fail to take exams or provide written proof of other arrangements.

At the end of the exchange, the faculté will award you a final average. The grades you receive from the faculté are not contestable. The only way to modify a bad grade is to do supplementary work, the grade for which will be averaged with the bad one.

Course Approvals

Check to see if your department has pre-approved courses here. If not, don’t worry. You can work with your advisor.

Student Life

The Universite d’Angers was created in 1971 following the expansion of university centers throughout France. Total enrollment: 16,000. 

The University of Angers has greatly expanded its physical training, sports, and artistic activities.

A climbing wall, two gymnasiums and three specialized rooms for dance, physical training, and martial arts are available to students who wish to practice these activities as part of their study program (optional instructional units).

They can also participate in tournaments and competitions sponsored by the university sports federation.

The university Cultural Service was created in 2005 and offers a varied program of quality events and services. The “Espace Culturel” houses a 350 seat theatre for professional and student productions which have been particularly favored by the association for the promotion of jazz in the Pays-de-la-Loire region.

Students can take advantage of technical help and counseling in their individual or group projects and can also earn optional instructional credits in culture.

 

ORIENTATION

Orientation will take place the week before classes start. The ISEP coordinator will explain the French university system and the University of Angers. He will assist students in their choice of courses. A tentative schedule will be established and students will be able to attend as many classes as they want, and possibly can, during first two weeks. The definitive choice will be made at the end of trial period. 

ARRIVAL DETAILS 

Host will provide arrival directions with acceptance packet

 

Housing and Meals

Students are housed in single-occupancy rooms in residence halls on campus or downtown. Meals are provided through a combination of weekday cafeteria service and other arrangements. Married student housing is possible if the ISEP coordinator has sufficient advance notice. 

Financial Information

For all approved programs for guaranteed financial aid transferability, students pay their Lake Forest College tuition plus a program fee. The program fee for a semester with the ISEP Exchange to Université d`Angers includes orientation, on-site director, college fees, housing, and the equivalent of 19/meals per week.  

Here is an estimated budget for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 semester:

Budget Item

Amount

Lake Forest College Tuition

$22,412

Program fee (estimated)

Note: Spring may have added cost

 $5,100

College Deposit (credit)

($250)

Total Expected Billed by Lake Forest College

 $27,512

ISEP Fee due on Stage 2 Application

 

 $325

College Deposit due on Acceptance (non-refundable, but shows as credit on bill for off-campus term)

 $250

ISEP-required health and repatriation insurance ($90/mo estimated)

Note: Some countries require national insurance. Check ISEP

 $360

Additional Meals

 $600

Estimated Airfare

 $1,200

Estimated Personal Expenses (passport, visas, immunizations, textbooks, supplies, personal expenses, additional national insurance, if required, travel insurance, additional travel etc.)

 $1,300

Total Out-of-Pocket Expenses

 $4,035

Total

 

 $31,547

 

Tuition rates and program fees are subject to change each year, but this information was up-to-date as of February 2017.  We will notify applicants, and update this page if the program fee or other estimates change.

Keep in mind that you may spend more or less in certain areas like personal expenses, travel, meals, or airfare, depending on exchange rates and your own spending habits. Classroom or lab fees are not included in this estimate, nor fees to enroll in courses at partner institutions, and will depend on your course registration choices.  

Don’t forget to apply for scholarships! A great listing can be found here.  

Do check your student account on My.Lakeforest for your aid awards, as much of this will go with you. If you want to compare your program to the cost of being on campus, those numbers can be found here: https://www.lakeforest.edu/admissions/tuition/fees.php

You can discuss with Financial Aid your specific aid package and your expected family contribution.

Links

http://www.isep.org/students/Directory/member_site.asp?CSID=77&ID=310