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Université des Antilles - Martinique


Program Snapshot

The Université des Antilles et de la Guyane consists of three campuses in the Caribbean and South America. Among the banana farms, sugar cane fields, and rum distilleries of Martinique, students will find gorgeous beaches, great food and a live volcano. The Martinique campus offers courses in the arts, geography, history, linguistics, French as a second language, Creole, English, French, and Spanish.

French Guiana is the only French Territory located on the South American mainland. Situated on the northern coast, its main city is Cayenne with a population of 41,000. The two UAG campuses are in Cayenne and Kourou.

Martinique is the second largest island of the French West Indies. It is home to the active volcano Mount Pelee, which erupted in 1902. The main city, with a population of 100,000, is Fort-de-France. The campus is in the town of Schoelcher.

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate and graduate programs available for an academic year or semester

ISEP-Exchange for US students.

Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Fair.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students

Program Dates
Academic year: September to June
Semester 1: September to January
Semester 2: January to June

Fast Facts
Schoelcher, Martinique (Campus Schoelcher), French Antilles (pop. 414, 516)
Student Enrollment: 5525
Language of instruction: French
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Full year or semester enrollment in regular university courses
Humanities (arts, geography, history, linguistics); F.L.E. (French as a second language); Languages (Creole, English, French, Spanish); Medical Studies (first year); Science and Technology (computer science, mathematics, transport & logistics); Social Sciences (economics, law).

Academic Notes
When selecting their courses, ISEP participants should be very careful about the pole where the courses are offered. For example, French as a Second Language (F.L.E.) is taught in Martinique at the Institute for Francophone Studies (ISEF). However, specific programs can be organized in French Guiana or Guadeloupe. This does not apply to all courses. Students may choose to study at only one of the three UAG locations-French Guiana, Guadeloupe, or Martinique.

Students typically enroll in 5-6 classes per term which averages to 12-15 hours in class per week. A term runs for 12 weeks.


Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student's home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes

Language Requirements: A minimum of 4-5 semesters of university-level French or its equivalent must be completed prior to program.

Language Notes: A French language course is offered at the Institute of Francophone Studies in addition to regular classes during the academic year for intermediate to advanced levels. Contact hours per week: 2

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

Special ISEP Application Instructions
All students studying in France must purchase French health insurance (la Sécu) upon arrival for approximately 215 euros in addition to purchasing ISEP Health Insurance prior to departure.

Housing and Meals
ISEP students are housed in family rooms near campus. A stipend is provided for meals. Students will be able to purchase meal tickets at the cafeterias.


You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: optional fees (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month, including books, are estimated at 250 euros.

A faculty member and a postgraduate student will welcome ISEP students to campus. Upon arrival, students will be provided with information concerning the French university system. Students will also receive all of the necessary documentation at this time. The faculty member and postgraduate student will advise students in the selection of courses. Students will also be given a tour of the campus.


Host will provide arrival directions with acceptance packet

The Universite des Antilles et de la Guyane (UAG) is the only French university in the Caribbean. Between 1970 and 2000, five campuses were established on each of the three French Overseas Departments in the region: French Guiana, Guadeloupe and Martinique.

Today, UAG has a total of 12,000 students enrolled at two campuses in French Guiana, two in Guadeloupe, and one in Martinique. The campuses are locally ruled by administrative bodies called poles. UAG enrolls about 500 international students from Africa, the Caribbean, Canada, Europe, and the United States.

What Past Students have to Say
"I can't even express the wonderful experience studying abroad in Martinique was! My comfort with the uncomfortable has increased a hundred times over. My self-confidence and ability to communicate is much better than before. Plus, gaining fluency in the French language has been a dream of mine, and now it is a reality." -ISEP Student studying in Martinique Spring 2010

"I LOVED the island culture of Martinique. The people were rarely pressed for time. Meals would often last 2-3 hours because the focus was the people and not simply the food. Learning to live a simpler lifestyle focused on people and nature was one of my favorite things." -ISEP Student studying in Martinique Spring 2010