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Pau, France (USAC) 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. 


You will enroll in three sequential language courses, plus a 1-or-3-credit French conversation course, for a total of 12 credit hours. An example of a sequence would be Second Year French II, Third Year French I and II, plus French Conversation (12 credits). Course enrollment is determined by a placement test at the beginning of the program. The language courses are taught at the Institute of French Studies at the University of Pau; your classmates will be other international students.

In addition, you will take one or two elective courses taught specifically for USAC-Pau students. The elective courses are designed to familiarize you with the region and help complete requirements for other disciplines. Courses taught in French are appropriate for students with third year French and above, and courses taught in English are appropriate for all students.

For a more detailed list of French language and elective courses, please access the USAC website. You are required to take a minimum of 15 credits for the semester and may take a maximum of 18 credits. 

Qualified students may apply for internships for the spring semester only. These internships are designed to complement the academic program. As a result, interns receive credit (a maximum of three) but no financial compensation. The schedule and number of work hours will be determined by the schedule of USAC courses. Internships students are expected to stay in Pau until mid-May. USAC will attempt to place students in any major field of work/study. Students should notify the USAC Pau coordinator about their desire to do an internship at least 45 days prior to arrival in Pau. Students interested in the internship must have 6 semesters of college French, 3.00 GPA, and junior standing at start of the internship.  For a list of past placements visit the USAC website.

UW-Eau Claire Equivalencies

To view a list of 2017-2018 courses and how they come back to UW-Eau Claire, you can click the document below:
Pau Equivalencies 2017-2018
Pau Equivalencies 2018-2019
The French language course offerings change very little from year to year but the electives may change. 

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, 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 a country in which the language is spoken. This semester/year program meets the language immersion requirement.

Academic Calendar

You may study in the program for the full academic year or for the spring semester. (Fall semester alone is not an option except with special permission from the UW-Eau Claire French faculty.) The academic year runs from September through April; spring semester is January-April. Exact dates will be available the semester prior to departure.