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USAC Studies in Pau

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Summer


Pau, France




Good academic and disciplinary standing, minimum 2.5 GPA.

Application Due:

9/24 for spring
2/24 for fall
3/1 for summer
late applicants are accepted on a space-available basis

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.

Study in Pau, France

students looking at a French dictionary

Studying French


This group program offers students the opportunity to concentrate on language development through intensive study at the Institute of French Studies of the University of Pau. Students complete 15-18 credit hours in a semester, of which 12 are intensive language study. The other elective course(s) can be made up of courses designed specifically for the USAC group and taught in English or French, in civilization, art history, business/economics and literature or, for students with advanced proficiency, Institute classes with other international students. Several group excursions and an optional one week tour in Paris provide enrichment but earn no additional academic credit.


This program offers French language study at four different levels including beginner, supplemented by field trips and attendance at local festivals, as well as an optional one week tour to Paris. Maximum benefit is derived by participating in the nine week double session designed to cover the material of one year of college French in one summer.

The program is administered by the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) of which the University of Iowa is a member and enrolls approximately 50 students from many U.S. colleges and universities.

Academic Program

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UI students earn resident credit for this program. Please review course options for future terms with an academic advisor to determine applicability to your degree program.


Students enroll in a sequence of three language classes at their particular level permitting them to complete three semesters of college French in one semester; a supplementary conversation class is required. In addition, students take one elective, taught in French or English, in economics, art history, literature or cinema. All courses are taught exclusively for program participants by local faculty, with the exception of one or two courses offered each semester by a visiting U.S. faculty member from one of the USAC consortium institutions.

Courses may be offered to fulfill the following General Education Requirements:

  • World Languages
  • Historical Perspectives
  • Literary/Visual/Performing Arts

With department approval, courses can be applied towards requirements for the French major or minor, the International Business Certificate, or other majors as appropriate.

Spring semester internships

Qualified students may apply for internships in the Spring semester. Internships are designed to complement the academic program. The schedule and number of work hours will be determined by the schedule of USAC courses. Students will be working in an authentic local environment, with exposure to the French language. Interns receive up to three credits but no financial compensation.

If interested, you will apply after you have been accepted into the program; consult the Internship Opportunities and Application document on Student Gateway for more information. A refundable fee of $100 is charged and returned upon successful completion of the internship. Requirements are:

  • enrollment in the Pau program
  • minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • advanced level of oral and written French and
  • junior standing at time of program attendance.

More information can be found here: Pau internships.


Language courses are intensive with students following prescribed classes in language or language and conversation depending on the level in which they place by examination upon arrival. Students can supplement their core language study with 1 s.h. classes touching upon history, art, culture, civilization and cinema. Students with one year of college French can satisfy the Gen Ed Requirement in Foreign Language if participating in the full two session program. Advanced level credit is applicable to French major or minor requirements depending on prior department approval.

Program Dates

city center on a winter night

City center, Pau, France


Dates closely follow the U.S. academic calendar year — September through December and early January through end April


The program includes a five-week session beginning in May-June and a four-week session in June-July. Students can earn 4 s.h. - 11 s.h. depending on session(s) enrolled in.

For More Information

city of Pau

More information and instructions are available in the Study Abroad Resource Room, 1111 Capitol Centre. After students have explored their study abroad options, they are encouraged to schedule an appointment with a study abroad advisor by calling 319-335-0353.

University of Pau

University of Pau

The University of Pau is located in the northern part of the city and enrolls over 10,000 students. USAC participants have student privileges on campus — with access to numerous sports activities including yoga, judo, modern dance, tennis, mountain climbing, canoeing and much more. It is a spacious campus with sports facilities, two large dining halls and several residence halls. Three bus lines connect it to the city.


Pyrenees mountains

Pau, located in the south west of France, is a town small enough that you can pretty much walk or bike everywhere and large enough to entertain exploring students and tourists with outdoor cafés, shopping, theaters and its historic castle. The picturesque Old Quarter from medieval and Renaissance times reminds us this was the birthplace of Henri IV. On campus, you can see the spectacular Pyrenees Mountains.

Pau is an ideal place for cultural immersion. It is a bustling provincial capital with little tourist presence, small enough for easy access everywhere and large enough to have the city attractions of theaters, movie houses, student clubs, outdoor cafes and downtown shopping. Located at the foot of the Pyrenees, wilderness and hiking are within easy reach. It also has access to the Atlantic coast; Spain is two hours away.

Living Arrangements

statue in Pau


Housing options include boarding with French host families in the city or living in university residence halls next to campus. Once accepted to the program, students will receive more specific housing information.


Students have the option to live in a homestay or at the University residence halls.

Homestay family will provide an individual room, daily breakfast and two dinners a week.

Residence Halls are located next to the campus. Students can eat at the dining commons on campus or make their meals in their studio.

Both types of housing are included in program fees. All meals are a supplementary cost for students opting for the Residence halls. The homestay fee includes daily (continental) breakfast and two dinners per week

Travel Arrangements

Once accepted to the program, the central USAC office will provide information for the travel agency organizing program group flights.

Local Transportation

Pau’s active train station permits easy access to the Atlantic coast, Spain, and other cities well worth a visit such as Lourdes, Bordeaux, Biarritz, and Toulouse.


students in a cafe

Minimum eligibility requirements include a 2.5 GPA and good academic and disciplinary standing.



The Course Fee is charged on your U Bill and covers tuition and fees including registration and testing fees at the University of Pau, orientation, field trips and cultural activities. Students are also charged a study abroad administrative fee.

The course fee for spring 2018 has not yet been determined. The fall 2016 course fees and estimated cost of attendance can be found at the following link: Fall 2017 Estimated CostPDF

Items not covered by the course fee include housing and meals, optional tour/courses, airfare, visa fees and personal expenses. For estimated costs on these, consult the USAC website.

The Iowa Regents mandatory International health insurance will also be collected on the U-Bill.

Pau at night


The course fee is billed on the summer U-Bill and includes tuition and fees, housing, some meals for homestay students, orientation, field trips and cultural activities. Students are also charged a study abroad administrative fee.

The course fees for summer 2018 have not yet been determined. The course fees for summer 2017 were:
• Sessions I and II: Summer AB Estimated CostPDF

Items not covered by the course fee include housing and meals, optional tour/courses, airfare, visa fees and personal expenses. For estimated costs on these, consult the USAC website.

The Iowa Regents mandatory International health insurance will also be collected on the UI bill.

How to Apply

Before starting an online application for this program, students should meet with their study abroad advisor to discuss their program selection and receive information about supplemental materials that are required for an application. Appointments can be set up in person at 1111 UCC or over the phone at 319-335-0353.

After meeting with your advisor, click here to apply.

Application Deadline

Application deadlines are September 24 for spring, February 24 for fall or academic year, and March 1 for summer.

Acceptance Packet

To read and retain for your own records:

Withdrawal Policy

After applying for a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to your USAC Program Advisor and the University of Iowa Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
After Application Administrative fee: $0
Course Fee: $100
After Cancellation Deposit Deadline (varies by program) Administrative fee: $400
Course fee: As determined by the program contract with USAC
After Program Start Date Administrative fee: 100%
Course fee: As determined by the program contract with USAC

Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. The USAC policy regarding withdrawals and refunds can be found here: USAC Money Matters. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.

Orientation Information

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Upon acceptance, students will receive Pre-departure information directly from the program’s central office.

All students attend a general TIPS orientation for UI Students Studying Abroad. Additional small group meetings address specific topics, as well as billing and credit procedures at Iowa.