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Université du Havre


Program Snapshot

Le Havre is more than just a port city in northwestern France: named a World Heritage site for its post-war architecture and home to renowned impressionist painters, the city also houses the Université du Havre. The university is ideal for students seeking to improve their French skills, and offers course options in both French and English, French lessons at every level, tailorable credit-bearing volunteering opportunities, and a welcoming environment for international students (that includes a peer-tutoring program!).

Want to learn more? Oui! Read a first-hand student account about life in Le Havre here.

For more information regarding programs in France, please contact Lindsay Moats or check out her blog.

Le Havre, in the northwest, is France's second largest port. The town was largely rebuilt after World War II and today features beaches and a marina. Le Havre's central location offers frequent ferry service to Great Britain and Ireland, and facilitates travel all over Europe.

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

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.

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

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

Fast Facts
Le Havre, France (pop. 250,000)
Student Enrollment: 6,590
Language of instruction: French
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Full year or semester enrollment in regular university courses:

International Affairs: economics & management, English, international banking, international trade, international transportation & logistics, law & languages [Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish], management of sales & purchasing, marketing of industrial products, negotiation, trade & business studies, trade with Asia, trade with Latin America, translation studies

Arts and Social Sciences: French language & literature, history & geography, sociology, town & country planning

Science and Technology: chemistry [aroma & flavor], computer science, engineering [civil, electronic & signal, maintenance, mechanical], mathematics, physics

Institute of Technology: communication studies, computer science, engineering [civil, electrical, mechanical & industrial automation]; health, safety & environmental studies; logistics & transport, management & business administration, marketing techniques, social studies

Logistics Studies: logistics engineering

Courses taught in English

Program in Renewable Energy in Civil Engineering (fall semester only):
This master's-level program in renewable energy engineering is open to qualified upper-level undergraduate students who have taken the necessary prerequisites. Students can combine subject area courses in English with French language courses for international students. Academic details can be found here.

Bilingual degree in Law at the undergraduate level (courses in English):
Introduction to English Law; English Political Institutions; Introduction to American Law; American Political Institutions; English Civil Law- Law of Tort; English Civil Law- Law of Property; English Civil Law- Contract Law; English Legal Language; American Cultural Studies; Contemporary America; Legal Language and Translation into English; Law in Practice; Common Law.

Bilingual Degree in International Management (courses in English):
19th and 20th Century English Literature; British Civilization; International Management/Business Marketing; Business Negotiation; Operational Marketing; Negotiations; International Environment/International Commercial Strategies.

Academic Notes

Economics, international trade, languages, law, and mathematics are the most appropriate fields for ISEP participants. Cooperative education programs in business, computer science, engineering, trade with Asia, trade with Latin America, international trade, management, management of sales and purchasing, negotiation, transport and logistics, and translation studies are open to ISEP participants.

Students typically enroll in 12-15 hours of class per week. A term runs for 12-13 weeks.


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

Language Notes

Language Requirement: A minimum of 4-5 semesters of university-level French must be completed prior to program

Language Notes: A non-intensive French language course is offered throughout the academic year at an intermediate level. Contact hours per week: 3

Pre-session: A two-week pre-session intensive French language course is offered in September for all international students.

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.

Hints for Researching Courses

Please follow the instructions provided through the link "Course Information" above.

Housing and Meals
Students are housed in rooms in residence halls. A stipend is provided for meals, which students can use to purchase meal tickets in the cafeteria. Students who qualify for semester exchanges beginning in January are housed off-campus.


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.

Students should be advised to contact their host ISEP coordinator prior to arrival on site to notify them of their itinerary. Students should plan on being at arriving at their host site during normal business hours (to be provided). Upon arrival in France, students can take the reliable public transportation to their destination. Once in Le Havre, students can buy a special discounted bus pass to get around.

Language courses are offered to students during the first two weeks of their stay, included in your benefits, which will enable you to improve your French and adjust to the French-speaking educational system. An official five-day long orientation will also be held, during which the International Relations Office will assist ISEP participants in logistical matters such as registering for courses, helping with visa or health insurance questions and providing tutors for each student. The International Office is also available for questions before and after the orientation period.


Host will provide arrival directions with acceptance packet

Community Engagement (Internships, Service-Learning, Volunteering, etc.)
The Universite du Havre offers several extra-curricular volunteer/service learning or internship options for students who want to deepen their French learning. These programs include placements in primary or secondary schools, sports, music, or the arts; for some programs students have the option to complete a report and thesis defense and receive credit. These experiential learning opportunities can be tailored to the student's needs and interests.

Established in 1984, Le Havre takes pride in its close relationship to local industries which facilitates hands-on training of students. Total enrollment: 6,590.