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Université d`Angers


Program Snapshot

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.

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

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.

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 May
Semester 1: September to mid- January
Semester 2: January to May

Fast Facts
Angers, France (pop. 200,000)
Student Enrollment: 17,000
Language of instruction: French
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Semester or full year enrollment in regular university courses:

Economics and Social Sciences:economics, economic & social administration, law, legal studies

Letters and Humanities: applied foreign languages, classical & modern letters, French as a foreign language, geography, tourism, history, linguistics, psychology, English, German, Italian, Spanish

Sciences:agricultural biophysiology, applied mathematics & social sciences, biology, biochemistry, botany, chemistry, genetics, geology, mathematics, pharmacy, physics, quality control management, natural & life sciences, structural & materials sciences

Science and Technology: applied chemistry & physics, biomedical engineering, computer science, electronics, environmental sciences, electrochemistry, industrial design, materials science, optics, statistics

Technical Institute: applied biology, business administration, electrical engineering

Academic Notes

Sciences, business and languages are strong. Also recommended are foreign languages and translation studies (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Russian), mathematics and social sciences, physiobiology and vegetable production, business administration and quality control, rural law, technology and scientific innovation, and tourism.

Students typically enroll in 6-10 classes per term which averages to 12 hours in class per week. A term runs for 12 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 Requirements: 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.

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

Pre-session: 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
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 click on the link "course information" above

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.


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.

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. Definitive choice will be made at the end of trial period.


Host will provide arrival directions with acceptance packet

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