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Pau, France (USAC) Summer Academics


To apply, you must be a currently enrolled, degree-seeking, undergraduate UW-Eau Claire student. You need to be in good-academic, conduct and financial standing. You also need to have a cumulative GPA of 2.5. You must maintain enrollment and continue to meet the academic standing and GPA requirements the semester prior to departure. You may apply as a first year student, but must have at least sophomore standing by the time the program begins. There is NO language requirement for the Pau, France program. 


The summer session is composed of two, four-week, sessions. You can attend either session I or session II or both sessions. Please note that students needing to fulfill the French language immersion requirement MUST complete both sessions.

Session I or II only:
Over the course of the four-week program, you will earn 4-6 credits. The curriculum is focused on French language study. Students are required to take a language course each session and choose from one-credit cultural electives that are taught in either English or French. In order to take six credits, students must enroll in the Paris Study Tour, which had an additional course fee. To see the course offerings, visit the USAC website and click on the appropriate term. Students planning to use financial aid need to be enrolled in at least 6 credits.

Session I & II:
Over the course of the eight-week program, you will earn 9-11 credits. The curriculum is focused on French language study. Students are required to take a language course each session and choose from one-credit cultural electives that are either taught in English or French. Visit the USAC site to view course offerings and descriptions. 

No internships are offered in the summer terms. Internships are only available in the spring semester. 

UW-Eau Claire Equivalencies

To see how courses from summer 2019 come back to UW-Eau Claire, click on the following document:
Pau Equivalencies Summer 2019.

Liberal Education/General Education Requirements

For students in catalog years 2016-17 and later, this program can fulfill an Integrate Learning (I1) requirement upon completion of the integrated learning assignments while abroad. Please contact your study abroad coordinator for more details. 

For students in catalog years through 2015-16, six credits of foreign Culture can be waived upon successful program completion. The requirement is not automatically applied: please email Degree Review at after completion of your program to update your degree audit. (Students earning a B.A., B.F.A., or B.M. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences cannot use study abroad to fulfill their foreign language/foreign culture requirements. See the university catalog for details.). 

Language Immersion

All majors and minors who wish to be certified to teach French must complete an appropriate period of language immersion in residence in a country in which the language is spoken. Students who need to meet this must attend both sessions, as the full eight-week program meets the language immersion requirement. Completing only one of the four week programs WILL NOT meet this requirement and no exceptions will be granted by the French department.

Academic Calendar

You may study on this program for session I, session II, or session I & II. Session I, a four-week session, runs late May- late June. Session II, a four-week session, runs late June-late July. Sessions I & II, an eight-week program, runs from the third week in May to late July. Exact dates and a full calendar are available on USAC site. Please note that dates are not final until the group flight dates are set.

*Summer students: For those interested in going for just session I OR both session I & II, this program's start dates will be during finals week of spring semester (just session II participants will not be affected). Due to this, you may need to rearrange some spring finals once you know your spring courses. There is no guarantee that your faculty will allow this. If you have questions at this time, please contact your Study Abroad Coordinator, Jenna ( Otherwise, Jenna will be in touch should you be accepted to the program.