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Direct Exchange Programs - Université de Bretagne Occidentale (UBO)

Located in a sheltered position not far from the western tip of the Breton peninsula, Brest is an important seaport and naval base. It is located amidst a dramatic landscape near the entrance of the natural Rade de Brest, at the west end of Brittany. It is a city with many faces that combines economic development and quality of life. Brest has been able to develop and modernize its maritime vocation to become a European capital of science and technology of the sea.  The city is known for its vibrant shops and offers a variety of cultural activities and athletic events, and the downtown area remains a Mecca for nightlife.

Faculty Coordinator

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

Areas of Study (in French)

Business: Finance, Law, Management and Accounting, Public Administration, Resource Economics, Transportation Management;

Humanities: Archeology, Art History, Breton, French Language and Culture, Gaelic, German, History, Literature, Spanish;

Education: Kinesiology & Physical Education;

Sciences, Technology & Health: Marine Biology, Mathematics, Oceanography, Natural Sciences;

Engineering: Electronics & Telecommunications, Computer Science, Industrial engineering, Construction Engineering;

Social Sciences: Anthropology (Ethnology), Geography, Psychology, and Sociology.


  • Minimum overall GPA 3.0
  • A minimum 5 semesters of French language study is required for this exchange program.


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. UBO credits are based on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)

Transfer Credits:

2 ECTS credits = 1 UMaine credit

Full-time enrollment:

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


Students apply for housing as part of their UBO application. If students want to live in university housing, they need to provide 2 month’s rent (first month’s rent + security deposit). The price per room is usually about 137.60 Euros per month. Students in France enjoy state-subsidized meals (average price of a meal is about 3 Euros), low housing cost, and discounts on travel and leisure activities.

Estimated budget for one semester

  • Tuition – 15 credit hours of in-state or out-of-state tuition to UMaine
  • Fees – mandatory fees for 15 credit hours to UMaine (Unified fee, Activity fee, Communication fee and Rec Center fee)
  • Housing – $1,500
  • Housing deposit – $450
  • Food – $1,500 – $2,000
  • Airfare – $1,200
  • French health insurance – $300
  • Textbooks – $400
  • Transportation – $500
  • French visa application fee – $70 and travel expenses to French consulate in Boston
  • Residence permit  (OFII registration) – $200 with the medical examination
  • Personal expenses – vary

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Last Modified On June 4, 2014

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