International Study Opportunities for Students
Students interested in going to France contact the PMF contact person on their campus to help them decide which of our French partners would be the best host institution for them given what they want to study while abroad (study abroad is available in nearly any major). Students then apply to their home institution to go on exchange by the deadline set by their home institution early in the spring semester. Once they are recommended for exchange by their home campus, their name is submitted to the system-level selection and placement committee by March 15 for the following year.
Acceptance and institutional placement is based on the availability of exchange slots and appropriate courses at the host institution, the program of study and study goals of the exchange student, recommendations by the sending and receiving campus and the system-level committee, and approval by the sending and receiving campus.
Exchange students are accepted and placed by early April for the following year in order to facilitate housing and visa processing. If there are Spring slots unfilled by the end of the placement process, applicants for Spring who apply by October 1st will be considered.
Students can study at any one of the following partner institutions depending upon their desired field of study. Please note that the following links are only available in the French language, unless "in English" is indicated. (For help in reviewing these sites contact your university contact here.)
Our partner institutions
- University of Angers - Université d'Angers
- University of Maine in Le Mans - Université du Maine (Le Mans)
- University of Nantes - Université de Nantes
- University of Western Brittany - Université de Bretagne Occidentale
Teacher Preparation Institute Partners (Instituts Universitaires de Formation des Maîtres):
- The Teacher Formation Institute for the Lille Region - IUFM Nord Pas de Calais
- The Teacher Formation Institute for the Loire Region – IUFM Pays-de-la-Loire
- Théories-Didactique de la Lecture-Ecriture (THÉODILE) – An Interdisciplinary Research Group focused on the teaching of reading and writing
Fine Arts School Partner:
- Le Mans Fine Arts School - École Supérieure des Beaux Arts au Mans (ESBAM)
Any student in good standing at one of the UMS campuses can apply to study in France. (Normally students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA at the time of selection.) Full-time and part-time students are eligible to participate. However, all students must enroll full time during their semester/year abroad since the exchange program is limited to students at PMF partner institutions in Maine and France who will be studying full-time (a minimum of twelve credits for undergraduates; a minimum of nine credits for masters students; and doctoral students to be determined on an individual basis) during the period of the exchange.
Once a student has applied and is accepted for study in France, the student pays full-time tuition and mandatory fees to his/her home institution before s/he departs. Once in France, the student has no tuition to pay but is responsible for room, board, books, travel, personal expenses, etc.
Your campus contact person can give you an idea of what these expenses are, but total expenses are usually no more than at home and you can use your financial aid to help cover expenses just as you do at home. In short, you may find that you can spend a semester abroad for no more than it would cost you to be on campus in Maine!
NOTE: Health and accident insurance is required of all exchange students. Proof of insurance is required and must meet each institution and country’s required levels of coverage. We recommend that students purchase an international student I.D. card.
Students who study in France take courses in French language and culture as well as courses in their major field (based on their ability to take courses with regular French students with some linguistic support) and other fields of interest. Students take a full load of courses and get credit at home for a full course load.
Once accepted, exchange students work with their campus contact person, their academic advisor, and the contact person at the French host institution to design a program of study that is appropriate and that will transfer back to the student’s home institution.
We recommend that students complete at least two years’ study of French before applying to study in France (exceptions can be made for study in certificate programs offered in English). When students first arrive in France (in the Fall semester) they participate in a linguistic/cultural immersion experience to prepare them for study on the French campus. Their knowledge of French is tested to assure appropriate placement and linguistic support.
Students who have not achieve intermediate proficiency have a number of options for intensive language study before going abroad.