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About the Pau, France Program

The Pau program is a USAC specialty program. Learn more about on-site program elements and the city itself below.

About Pau

Students exploring the city of Pau, France.

  • Population: approx. 77,500
  • Distance from Paris: 495 miles
  • Distance from Madrid: 383 miles

Pau is one of the most breathtaking cities and regions in France. It is small enough to offer everything within walking or biking distance, but large enough to have excellent movie theaters, markets, festivals, concerts, sports facilities, outdoor cafes, beautiful parks, museums, and quaint shops. In addition, students enjoy the historical quarters, which date back to Medieval and Renaissance times and were built around the castle of Henri IV.

From Pau, there is easy access to the Pyrenees Mountains, the Atlantic Coast, and Spain. Pau lies roughly one hour from the beaches of Biarritz, 45 minutes from ski resorts, and 30 minutes from Lourdes.

Quick Details

2024-25 Application Cycle

  • Summer 2024: Open
    • Session I or I&II deadline: March 15
    • Session II deadline: April 15
  • Fall/Yearlong 2024-25: Open
    • Deadline: May 15
  • Spring 2025: Open
    • Deadline: Oct 15


Preferred Minimum GPA: 2.5

Program Type



U.S. Credit

Program Capacity

60 students


English, French


APUAF--Association des Programmes Universitaires Américains en France

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