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Direct Exchange Programs - Université d’Angers

angersUniversité d’Angers dates back to the Middle Ages, and was founded in its current form in 1971. The University offers a large variety of both traditional and innovative courses in all major fields. It has three campuses in Angers and two sites in nearby towns. It has an enrollment of nearly 18,000 students, of whom about 2,000 are international students. The University has a very active student life, with opportunities for involvement in sports, lectures, movies, and a whole variety of student clubs and organizations.


France is a country located in Western Europe, bordered by Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, Andorra, and Spain. France is also linked to the United Kingdom via the Channel Tunnel, which passes underneath the English Channel. There is a wide variety of landscapes which include coastal plains, and mountain ranges of the Alps, the Massif Central, and the Pyrenees. Metropolitan France also has extensive river systems such as the Loire, the Garonne, the Seine and the Rhone. France has a very scenic landscape.

angers city 2France is the most popular international tourist destination in the world, receiving over 75 million foreign tourists annually. From fine wine and cheese tasting to witnessing the French National Day, a visit in France does not consist only of monuments but of gastronomy, landscapes and celebrations. The capital, Paris has long been associated with romance, culture and the arts. The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, the Notre Dame Church, the Arc de Triomphe and the Palace of Versailles are only a few of the remarkable sights.


The town of Angers (population 260,000) is located along the banks of the river Maine in the verdant region of the Loire Valley.  Angers is best known for its medieval Chateau that looms large over the city and houses one of the oldest tapestry collections in the world.  In recent years, Angers has become quite the cosmopolitan city with a plethora of cultural events, museums, shopping, restaurants and cafés.  With the arrival of the high-speed train, the trip between Angers and Paris has been reduced to just 90 minutes and Nantes, in the heart of the Loire Valley, is only 35 minutes away.

Faculty Coordinator

Prof. Jane Smith in the Department of Modern Languages and Classics is the faculty coordinator for this direct exchange program. Students can contact Prof. Smith to learn more about the academic program at Université d’Angers.

Areas of Study

In French – French Language and Culture, Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences.

In English – Business Administration (limited course selection at the undergraduate and graduate level).


  • Minimum overall GPA 2.75
  • A minimum 5 semesters of French language study is required for this exchange program if the student is applying for the French Language program.
  • No language requirement for students applying for the Business program.


Estimated budget for a semester at University of Angers.


Fall semester – early September to early January

Spring semester – late January to June


A minimum of two years college-level French study is required. All courses are taught in French. Students can take classes at the French Language Center for Foreigners (CeLFE). In addition to course work in French language, culture, and theatre taught by CeLFE, students may enroll in one or two classes with French students in the departments of Modern Languages, History, and Psychology. For credit transfer equivalency between Universite d’Angers and UMaine see below:

Full-time enrollment:

UMaine students must be registered for at least 24 ECTS credits at the University of Angers each semester. Students are not encouraged to register for more than 30 ECTS credits each semester.

Credit conversion:

University of Angers uses two different systems for credit conversion:

2 ECTS credits = 1 UMaine credit


1 CelFE credit (intensive French language courses) = 1 UMaine credit

1 H (weekly contact hour for regular courses) = 1.5 UMaine credits

Level conversion:

Angers Level UMaine Level
CeLGE Language courses generally at the 300 level
L1 transfers usually as 200 level courses
L2 transfers usually as 300 level courses
L3 transfers usually as 400 level courses
M1 transfers usually as 500 level courses

Grade conversion:

Angers Grade UMaine grade
14 – 20 A
13 – 13.9 A-
12 – 12.9 B+
11 – 11.9 B
10 – 10.9 B-
9 – 9.9 C+
8 – 8.9 C
0 – 7.9 No credit


Exchange students live in the residence halls on campus. Each room has a bathroom but kitchens are shared on each floor. Each room has a single bed, desk, table, chair, and wardrobe. Blankets are provided but students must bring or purchase their own sheets and towels.  Students also use their own cooking utensils in the common kitchen. There is a computer room in each residence hall and students can also free wireless internet in their rooms.  There is also a study room, laundry, bicycle storage room in each hall. A reservation fee of 30euros and room insurance of 22euro is paid at the time of application.

Health Insurance

UMaine exchange students who are under the age of 28 (and are not EU citizens) must register and pay for the student social security scheme event if they have health insurance from home. The French social security entitles you to reimbursement for approximately 70% of your healthcare costs (PCP consultation, pharmacy and hospital). The cost is about $300 for the academic year.

If you are over the age of 28, you cannot benefit from the social security (health insurance) for students and you must purchase a Universal health Coverage once you arrive in France.

There is a Student Health Services office on campus open for all students at the University of Angers. The service is free but students must make an appointment.

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Student Voice

angers boatsI studied in Angers, France for 9 months, and I can say without any hesitation that it was by far the best year of my life so far. I would recommend my program, because it not only helped me experience living in a different culture but also I met so many wonderful people from all over the world and learned more about life and who I am as an individual than in my past 4 years of high school. If you are looking to broaden your horizons and get a better perspective on life. Study Abroad!!

~ Rebecca V., French major

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Last Modified On June 4, 2014

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