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  • Locations: Pau, France
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer Session 1, Summer Session 2
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  • Program Sponsor: USAC 
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Advisor: Emily Ostenson Click here for a definition of this term Who Can Apply?: UMA only - non-UMA students consult your study abroad office
Click here for a definition of this term Fields of Study: Art, Art History, Comparative Literature, Culture, European Studies, French & Francophone Studies, Internship, Political Science Click here for a definition of this term Key Word Search: Budget Friendly, Language Intensive, Program Scholarships Available
Click here for a definition of this term Host Institution: University of Pau Click here for a definition of this term Language(s) of Instruction: English, French
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5 Click here for a definition of this term Program Provider: USAC
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Language & Culture Studies Click here for a definition of this term In Classes With: Mostly International Students
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Class Standing: Grad Student, Junior, Senior, Sophomore Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Family Home Stay, Residence Hall
Program Description:
Study in Pau, France
  • Live in beautiful Pau, a city with a vibrant historical center and stunning views of the Pyrenees.
  • Take intensive French courses and practice your language skills daily with French students on campus, host families, and local community members.
  • Enjoy field trips to the Pyrenees, the French Basque Coast, and exciting cities like Bordeaux, Toulouse, and San Sebastian.
  • Choose the optional Paris/Loire Valley tour or the Normandy tour, and discover the history and culture of these regions.
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Quick Details
Available Terms
Two 4-week summer sessions
Fall or Spring semester

Programs Of Study
 French Language and European Studies

Language of Instruction
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USAC Pau is a UMass approved partner program. Please visit the USAC site for more information:

Program Overview/Academics

The program in Pau offers an extraordinary opportunity to study the French language intensively, to take courses in other disciplines (which may fulfill university graduation requirements) and to experience student life at a French university. Located in the capital of the province of the Atlantic Pyrenees, this program offers a diverse, authentic and affordable French experience.

The Pau program offers intensive language study ? up to one and a half years of university language courses may be taken in one semester. Additional courses in literature, political science, film, culture and art history are taught in English or French, depending on the session. You also may take a program-organized French Cuisine course just to impress your friends back home! The Pau program offers a unique opportunity to enroll in integrated courses with other international students studying at the University of Pau.

The University of Pau contains several colleges, polytechnic institutes and professional institutes throughout Pau, the Basque Coast, Mont-de-Marsan and Tarbes. USAC classes and offices are located on the Pau campus, situated in the northern part of the city about a mile and a half from the center of town. It has an attractive, spacious campus and features libraries, two large dining halls and a café, several residence halls and a variety of sports facilities including rugby and soccer fields, tennis courts and a track. The university buildings all are relatively new and, in terms of facilities, much like those at American universities. The campus is well connected to the city by three bus lines. More than 10,000 students are enrolled at this campus in the areas of humanities, sciences, polytechnic and business.

While enrolled, USAC students enjoy the privileges accorded to French students. You are encouraged to participate in local university activities, student clubs and organizations along with local students. Involvement in sports activities is a natural way for you to meet French university students. USAC students are eligible to participate in many activities organized by the University of Pau at little or no cost. These include tennis, swimming, folkdance, modern dance, ballet, yoga, karate, aikido, judo, handball, basketball, volleyball, rugby, gymnastics, weight lifting, hiking, mountain climbing, canoeing and spelunking.


Pau, FranceLocated in the Béarn region of the Atlantic Pyrenees in southwestern France, Pau is a picturesque city of 100,000 inhabitants. Pau offers spectacular scenery and a temperate climate all year long with a fantastic location near both the Pyrenees mountains and the Atlantic coast, and only an hour away from Spain. The city lies roughly one hour from the beaches of Biarritz, 45 minutes from the ski resorts of Gourette and Artouste, 30 minutes from Lourdes, and is one of the stops on the famous pilgrimage trail of Saint James of Compostela. Pau, well-known for its beautiful parks, has maintained a "4 flower" status (as in a 4-star ranking) since 1983.

The Old Quarter dates back to medieval and Renaissance times and was built around the castle of Henri IV. It has an active commercial district, several museums and a library that houses the mementos of Henri IV and Marechal Bernadotte, the former king of Sweden. Many colorful figures in the history of France such as Marechal Foch and d'Artagnan, leader of the Three Musketeers, came from this region. The Wright brothers, famed American aviators, worked in Pau for many years.

Pau is a wonderful city for students. It is small enough to have everything within walking or biking distance. However, it is large enough to have several theatres, good movie houses, discotheques, student clubs, outdoor cafés and fantastic shops. Pau is the place to come if you are looking for immersion into real traditional French culture in one of the most breathtaking regions in France.

Living Arrangements

You have two housing options in Pau: homestays with a family/French host or university residence halls. Upon arrival in Pau, you will be placed in accordance with the housing option you have chosen. Most USAC students opt to stay with families/French hosts. You will be provided with an individual room, daily breakfast and two dinners each week. You may eat your other meals at the university restaurant at a modest cost or make arrangements with the family/host to eat more often with them. The residence halls are located on campus. Students who choose to live in a university residence hall also can eat at the university restaurant, which provides a wide range of food options. You will receive more information on housing options after your acceptance to the program.

Program Dates

Summer Session I: May 23-June 28, 2009

Summer Session II: June 23-July 24, 2009

Fall: September 2-December 18, 2009

Spring: January 2-April 26, 2010

Application Deadlines

Summer Session I: April 1, 2009

Summer Session II: May 1, 2009

Fall: June 15, 2009

Spring: November 1, 2009


Steps to Apply to this Program:

  1. Come into the advising center to meet with a peer counselor and set up an appointment with a program advisor. The advising center is located in 455 Hills South and is open from 10-4 Monday through Friday.
  2. Please note that since this is a partner program, you are required to complete two applications - the program specific application found on their website, and the UMass online application which can be started here .  Don't forget to check on the specific deadlines for this program as they will differ from the deadlines for your UMass application. 
  3. Remember, only UMass Amherst applicants can apply to this program.


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year UMass/IPO Application Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 11/15/2019 ** Varies 01/03/2020 04/29/2020

** Indicates rolling admissions.

If you are applying to a partner program, you must check their website for ACTUAL APPLICATION DEADLINES. The posted deadline above indicates when your UMass Abroad application materials are due and the program’s deadline may be sooner.