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Pau Courses – 2021-22 Yearlong

Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.

Academics

You will enroll in 12 credits of intensive language courses taken at the Université de Pau's Institute of French Studies with other international students, plus 3 to 6 credits of elective courses in French culture, business or European Studies designed specifically for USAC students. Course availability is contingent upon student enrollment and is subject to change.

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French Language Studies

All students are required to take a minimum of 12 language credits including a French conversation course. Language course sections are kept to a maximum enrollment of 20 students each.

Language and Literature Courses

  • Fall
    French World Languages and Literatures 100-level 4 credits Taught in French
    Spring
    French World Languages and Literatures 100-level 4 credits Taught in French

    Introduction to the language through the development of language skills and through structural analysis. The fundamentals of French grammar (all verb tenses), vocabulary and useful expressions are studied. The goals of these courses are to build reading, writing, listening and above all speaking skills and to enable the students to handle basic communicative tasks and social situations.

  • Fall
    French World Languages and Literatures 100-level 4 credits Taught in French
    Spring
    French World Languages and Literatures 100-level 4 credits Taught in French

    Introduction to the language through the development of language skills and through structural analysis. The fundamentals of French grammar (all verb tenses), vocabulary and useful expressions are studied. The goals of these courses are to build reading, writing, listening and above all speaking skills and to enable the students to handle basic communicative tasks and social situations.

    Prerequisite: one semester of college-level French

  • Fall
    French World Languages and Literatures 200-level 3 credits Taught in French
    Spring
    French World Languages and Literatures 200-level 3 credits Taught in French

    These courses involve a review and deeper study of the structure of the French language and the French culture. Practice of oral and written communication: speeches, discussions, interviews, role-playing, writing messages, statements, letters and stories. Practice of listening and reading comprehension through authentic materials such as news, films and literary texts.

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college-level French

  • Fall
    French World Languages and Literatures 200-level 3 credits Taught in French
    Spring
    French World Languages and Literatures 200-level 3 credits Taught in French

    These courses involve a review and deeper study of the structure of the French language and the French culture. Practice of oral and written communication: speeches, discussions, interviews, role-playing, writing messages, statements, letters and stories. Practice of listening and reading comprehension through authentic materials such as news, films and literary texts.

    Prerequisite: three semesters of college-level French

  • Fall
    French World Languages and Literatures 300-level 3 credits Taught in French
    Spring
    French World Languages and Literatures 300-level 3 credits Taught in French

    Classes revolve around compositions that the student writes frequently on a variety of topics. Part of the class is used to correct the composition or exercises, which the student does outside of class and on teaching the necessary expressions and structures for essay writing. The goal of these courses is to enable the students to express themselves effectively in formal and informal writing on practical, social and professional topics and to achieve a personal style in written French.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level French

  • Fall
    French World Languages and Literatures 300-level 3 credits Taught in French
    Spring
    French World Languages and Literatures 300-level 3 credits Taught in French

    Classes revolve around compositions that the student writes frequently on a variety of topics. Part of the class is used to correct the composition or exercises, which the student does outside of class and on teaching the necessary expressions and structures for essay writing. The goal of these courses is to enable the students to express themselves effectively in formal and informal writing on practical, social and professional topics and to achieve a personal style in written French.

    Prerequisite: five semesters of college-level French

  • Fall
    French World Languages and Literatures 400-level 3 credits Taught in French
    Spring
    French World Languages and Literatures 400-level 3 credits Taught in French

    Designed to improve the knowledge and expressive capabilities of advanced language students. Readings of narrative, drama, poetry, essays and journalism are analyzed for style, for the meaning of vocabulary in precise context and serve as a basis for subsequent discussion. Close study of the register of the French language and transposition exercises. Students work to strengthen their own personal style through frequent written assignments.

    Prerequisite: six semesters of college-level French

  • Fall
    French World Languages and Literatures 400-level 3 credits Taught in French
    Spring
    French World Languages and Literatures 400-level 3 credits Taught in French

    Designed to improve the knowledge and expressive capabilities of advanced language students. Readings of narrative, drama, poetry, essays and journalism are analyzed for style, for the meaning of vocabulary in precise context and serve as a basis for subsequent discussion. Close study of the register of the French language and transposition exercises. Students work to strengthen their own personal style through frequent written assignments.

    Prerequisite: seven semesters of college-level French

  • Fall
    300-level 1-3 credits Taught in French
    Spring
    300-level 1-3 credits Taught in French

    The objective of this course is to facilitate the acquisition of language necessary to express oneself in daily situations as well as in more difficult contexts. Different conversational themes and related vocabulary are introduced for discussion.

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college-level French

  • Fall
    French 400-level 3 credits Taught in French
    Spring
    French 400-level 3 credits Taught in French

    This class is set up as a continuation of the fourth year language courses. The material for this class will be taken from assigned reading materials and from student writing assignments. The general objectives are to: improve students' understanding of the written word; improve students' expression through writing; and to characterize different types of literary, journalistic and technical texts. The specific objectives are to develop and practice typical French expressions; the most important vocabulary and linguistic structures for this level; idioms; synonyms and antonyms; the relationship and derivation of nouns, adjectives and verbs; verbal periphrasis; and, the most common proverbs and sayings.

    Prerequisite: six semester of college-level French

  • Fall
    French 400-level 3 credits Taught in French
    Spring
    French 400-level 3 credits Taught in French

    This course is specifically designed for students with an advanced knowledge who want to augment their ability to comprehend spoken French and to express themselves more fluently in French.

    Prerequisite: six semesters of college-level French

  • Fall
    French 400-level 3 credits Taught in French
    Spring
    French 400-level 3 credits Taught in French

    Reflection on literary genres and their evolution in the 20th century. Study of philosophical dilemmas presented in 20th century French Literature. Readings from the works of Le Clézio, Mauriac, Céline, Sartre, Camus, Ionesco, Duras and others.

    Prerequisite: students must test into advanced level upon arrival

French and European Studies

You are required to enroll in at least one 3-credit USAC French and European Studies course or one University of Pau course in addition to your language courses.

Fall Semester

  • Fall
    French 400-level 3 credits Taught in French
    Spring
    French 400-level 3 credits Taught in French

    This course will familiarize students with the world of work and business in France and, more generally, in the French-speaking world. At the end of the course, students will take a B1 level diploma (DFP B1) from the CCIP (Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry). Lessons will draw from CCIP methods, authentic documents (advertisements, comics, audio-visual documents, newspaper articles, etc.), role plays, and scenarios (for example: calling the tourist office to request information).

    Prerequisite: six semesters of college French, or equivalent

  • Fall
    French 300-level 3 credits Taught in French
    Spring
    French 300-level 3 credits Taught in French
    Description not available at this time.
  • Fall
    Political Science 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course will explore critical issues related to French politics, power dynamics in foreign policy, national elections, and political parties. Students will examine significant policies put forth by presidents of the Fifth Republic, its evolution in French society, and its impact on the French people.

    Prerequisite: one semester of college-level political science or international relations

  • Fall
    Art 200-level 3 credits Taught in French

    This course studies the history of Western/European Art from Prehistoric times to the Renaissance. The course covers a general introduction, followed by six main topics: architecture, sculpture, and painting, including: Romanesque art (the great cathedrals), and the Renaissance (da Vinci, Michelangelo, El Greco).

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level French

  • Fall
    French 300-level 3 credits Taught in French

    Navarre, Béarn, and southwest France have a rich history of political, social, and religious evolution, much of which can be traced through the study of literary works set in, or otherwise associated with, this region. Reading these works while living and studying in the area can both bring the texts to life for students and deepen their understanding and appreciation of their surroundings. Literary readings would include chansons de geste, Marguerite de Navarre, writers from the court of Henri IV, and even Dumas; the course would also integrate historiographical material (The Return of Martin Guerre) and life-writing (Marguerite de Valois).

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level French

Spring Semester

  • Fall
    French 400-level 3 credits Taught in French
    Spring
    French 400-level 3 credits Taught in French

    This course will familiarize students with the world of work and business in France and, more generally, in the French-speaking world. At the end of the course, students will take a B1 level diploma (DFP B1) from the CCIP (Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry). Lessons will draw from CCIP methods, authentic documents (advertisements, comics, audio-visual documents, newspaper articles, etc.), role plays, and scenarios (for example: calling the tourist office to request information).

    Prerequisite: six semesters of college French, or equivalent

  • Spring
    Film 300-level 3 credits Taught in French

    In this class, students will watch contemporary movies in the original language with French subtitles from EU countries including: France, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Netherlands, Bulgaria, England, and Spain that address issues such as traditions, religion, family, gender roles, politics, immigration and national identity. In addition, the students will choose another movie produced in the EU to analyze for the final project/presentation. Through pre-screening film activities and post-screening discussions, students will learn about a variety of cultures that make up the European Union. Students will also be given daily worksheets and questions in class to encourage participation in class discussions and to fully understand the important themes of each film.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level French

  • Fall
    French 300-level 3 credits Taught in French
    Spring
    French 300-level 3 credits Taught in French
    Description not available at this time.
  • Spring
    Speech Communications 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Description not available at this time.
  • Spring
    Art 300-level 3 credits Taught in French

    This course covers French cinema from the 1930s to the present, with one film viewing and discussion each week.

    Prerequisite: six semesters of college-level French

  • Spring
    French 300-level 3 credits Taught in French
    Spring
    Sociology 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course will expose students to various aspects of French society and provide students a space to develop a more meaningful understanding of French culture. In addition, students will strengthen their foundational knowledge of French political, social, and education systems and develop the ability to analyze highly debated issues such as immigration and religion.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college French, or equivalent

  • Spring
    French 300-level 3 credits Taught in French

    A survey of important literary movements in France during the 19th and 20th centuries, with one or two representative works from each. While it is necessarily reductive to fly so quickly over 200 years’ worth of literature and to shoehorn “representative” works into their supposed literary movements, the objective of this course is to give students a general understanding of the evolution of modern French literature and to introduce them to authors and works they may want to explore further on their own. As we consider successive movements--Romanticism, Realism, Naturalism, Symbolism, Decadence, Dada, Surrealism, Existentialism, Theatre of the Absurd/Avant-garde theatre, Négritude, and post-colonial Francophone literature--we will pay attention to significant features of form and style, while also considering historical and social context (the experience of multiple wars, the alienation of the human being in an increasingly mechanized technological world, the clashing perspectives of colonized and colonizer under the French colonial system, . . . ).

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level French

Host University Courses

Attending a host university course is a great option for students looking to expand their academic experience abroad. By auditing a class at the University of Pau, USAC students can experience firsthand the academic style of France, immerse themselves in the academic community of Pau, and get to know local university students with similar academic interests. Most courses are taught in French, but English-language offerings may be available.

While it may be possible to earn academic credit for host university courses, the University of Pau does not provide an official university transcript for courses completed by USAC students. Instead, they may provide a letter verifying participation in the course and the grade received. Be sure to work with your home university academic advisor to determine if host university courses will be accepted for credit. Please note that the University of Pau may follow a different academic calendar than USAC. This means that final exams may take place after the USAC program has ended. It may be possible to arrange early exams, but USAC cannot guarantee this. Additionally, there may be supplementary fees associated with host university courses that are not covered by USAC program fees.

Internships

USAC in-person and virtual internships are rich resources for your academic and professional development. Whether onsite or virtually, you will work closely with a USAC Resident Director (RD), an internship coordinator, and a professional supervisor to gain valuable experience and skills that can be applied to your chosen career field. Internships are also a great way to immerse yourself in the culture of France, deepen your cross-cultural understanding, and help you develop intercultural communication and language skills in an internationally focused organization or other professional work setting.

Among the many benefits of an internship experience, USAC in-person and virtual internships help you

  • Learn about a career that matches your academic and personal interests
  • Gain practical, hands-on experience
  • Master highly sought-after soft skills such as time management, teamwork, and problem solving
  • Build a network of professional contacts
  • Improve your resume
  • Cultivate intercultural communication skills that are essential in a globalized workforce
  • Develop an understanding of the workplace norms, expectations, and culture of France

For eligibility requirements and application information, see the USAC internship page.

For more information about placement options, see the Pau internship page.

French as Foreign Language Exams

As an official "examiner" center, the University of Pau offers French proficiency exams at all levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced exams. All students take the DUEF exam at the end of their program. The fee for the exam is included in the program fee.

Quick Details

2021-22 App. Cycle

Spring: Open

2022-23 App. Cycle

Summer sessions: Opens 9/1
Fall/Yearlong: Opens 9/1
Spring: Opens 9/1

Eligibility

Preferred GPA: 2.5

Program Type

Specialty

Credits

US Credit

Program Capacity

60 students

Instruction

English | French

Member

APUAF--Association des Programmes Universitaires Américains en France

Passport & Visa

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