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Alex Zimmerman, Program Director, Director of International Education
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University of Orléans, France

The Oakland University / University of Orléans student exchange program gives both American and French students the opportunity to enhance their language skills and explore each others' cultures in a spirit of cooperation and mutual understanding. All courses taken at the University of Orléans may be applied to the OU French minor or major and participants, because they pay Oakland tuition and fees, are eligible for OU financial aid and scholarships. 

The University of Orléans is a public university situated in the heart of the Loire Valley, designated a UNESCO world heritage site, just six miles outside the city of Orléans on a campus similar in size and age to Oakland University. The University has 16,000 students, including 2,000 international students representing 110 nationalities. With Paris just one hour away by train, the famous châteaux of the Loire within easy reach, and the largest forest in France to the north, the University of Orléans lies in close proximity to culture and nature. The University, founded in 1306 by Pope Clement V, continues to be an important center of learning and includes important historic figures (Molière, Jean Calvin and Charles Perrault) among its students. In 1961 the University was reconstituted and its premises moved to a modernized American style campus. 

For more information, view the Welcome Handbook, and check out this video about The University of Orleans in France

Where you
will Be

Orleans is the capital of the both the Loiret Department and Centre region and is known for its bridges which cross the Loire River as it meanders through the city. The city boasts many points of cultural interest including the Sainte-Croix Cathedral, the Joan of Arc House, the Hôtel Groslot, the Europe Bridge, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Natural History Museum. In early May students may attend the Joan of Arc Festival, which was first celebrated in 1429 when Joan of Arc liberated France from English rule. 

Orléans is a medium-sized town (population approximately 114,000) 70 miles southwest of Paris. The city of Orléans has excellent public transportation to and from campus and numerous green spaces, parks, restaurants, cafés, cinemas, a farmer’s market, the Loire bicycle trail, bookstores and places to shop. Most students live with host families or in the downtown Résidence Dessaux close to social and cultural activities. The two gastronomic specialties of Orléans are vinegar and mustard. 

What you
will do
and learn
What you will do
Vacations include the All Saints Day Holiday (the first week of November), Christmas, winter vacation and Easter vacation.

Most students choose to travel during their breaks or over the holidays. Popular destinations are Paris, England, Italy, Germany or Spain. 

Orléans is in close proximity to the various châteaux of the Loire valley, the Forest of Orléans, which is the largest forest in France and other French cities of interest by train. The city boasts many points of cultural interest including the Sainte-Croix Cathedral, the Joan of Arc House, the Hôtel Groslot, the Europe Bridge, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Natural History Museum. In early May students may attend the Joan of Arc Festival, which was first celebrated in 1429 when Joan of Arc liberated France from English rule. There are numerous green spaces, parks, restaurants, cafés, cinemas, a farmer’s market, the Loire bicycle trail, bookstores and places to shop.

Students are eligible to join campus organizations, sports activities and the activities made available to students through the Office of International Relations

What you will learn
All classes taken by Oakland students are in French and are administered by the prestigious Institut de Français, which in 2008 received the French as a Foreign Language Quality Label, awarded by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research, the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs and the Ministry of Culture and Communication. This award, based on several criteria, among them buildings, administration, courses, teachers and management, was renewed in 2013 and attests to the university’s quality of instruction in French. Students will study French language (composition, phonetics, writing and conversation), civilization, history, and literature, taught by French faculty and receive Oakland University credits.

Study abroad for a full year, fall semester or winter semester. Summer study outside the exchange is also available. 

Curriculum is determined by France. Students take special language courses at the Institut de Français with other international students. After an orientation period students are placed at their appropriate diploma level. The diplomas offered are the following: DPF Diplôme Préparatoire de français, DEF Diplôme Elémentaire de français, DAF Diplôme Approfondi de français and DSF Diplôme Supérieur de français. Most Oakland students are placed in either the DEF, DAF or DSF. 

Successful completion of any of the diploma programs for an entire year at 32 credits normally satisfies all requirements for the OU major in French language and literature except for LIT 181 or 182 and one 400-level French literature course.
Enrollment requirements: Third–year college-level French or equivalent (completion of FRH 215). Junior standing at time of participation.

Grading, Enrollment and Credit Information
OU course enrollment: IS 370-373 (semester I); IS 470-473 (semester II)
  
Students have an option of taking 12 to 16 credits per term. During the fall semester, they can enroll in 
  • IS 370 (Language I) 
  • IS 371 (Literature I)
  • IS 372 (Conversation, Comprehension, Writing I) and/or 
  • IS 373 (Civilization I)
During winter semester, students can take: 
  • IS 470 (Language II), 
  • IS 471 (Literature II), 
  • IS 472 (Conversation, Comprehension, Writing II) and/or 
  • IS 473 (Civilization)

Grade assigned by Oakland based on information from Orléans. (Grades are usually assigned in Early August or September following Winter study abroad and late February for those studying during the Fall semester). 

Summer study abroad outside of the exchange. The summer program usually comprises the month of July and is equivalent to 6 credits in French that may be applied to the following courses: Civilization (FRH 351: 4 credits) and either FRH 316 (Intermediate Conversation: 2 credits) or FRH 408 (Advanced Conversation: 2 credits) or FRH 318 (French composition: 2 credits). In order to receive credit for the summer program, students must supply the registrar with a copy of their Orléans transcript with grades and a letter from an advisor in French. Students wishing to attend the Orléans summer study abroad program, which is outside of the exchange, must submit their application forms by fax or air mail directly to Orléans. 

Orléans Summer Program costs – Tuition: 1000 € ; Lodging: studio apartment 450 € OR host family – 455 € (includes bed and breakfast, plus 20 evening meals ; weekend meals- 5 € per extra meal). Bus and tram commuter pass: 31 days – 28.70 -38.50 €.

Requirements
Grade point
  • Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.5 
  • Minimum GPA in French: 2.8
Enrollment requirements

Third–year college-level French or equivalent (completion of FRH 215). Junior standing at time of participation.

Application process is three-fold:
  1. application to OU program director, three letters of recommendation, personal interview in French and English (March 1)
  2. application to the University of Orléans and Campusfrance (April 1) 
  3. application for long stay visa to French Consulate in Chicago (June for the Fall semester and entire year and October for the Winter semester) 
To be completed prior to departure and/ or shown in France: 
  1. valid U.S. passport with student long stay visa (over three months). Visa requires travel to French Consulate in Chicago. For visa information : www.consulfrance-chicago.org Search under visa - “long stay visa for studies.” Completion of visa application forms. Visit to consulate begins in June for Fall semester and in October for the Winter semester (and not before). Documents required for visa listed on French Consulate website.
  2. notarized copy of birth certificate and certified translation of it
  3. proof of medical insurance (Register with OU’s Risk Management for free health insurance: http://www.oakland.edu/riskmanagement/foreigntravel. ) Additional French health insurance must be purchased upon arrival in France. 
  4. proof of financial resources - for French Consulat
  5. proof of financial resources (bank statement) - for Orléans 
  6. scanned copy of U.S passport for Orléans 
  7. O.U. liability waiver 
  8. O.U. letter of understanding 
  9. student identity card from Oakland University
  10. 8 ID size photographs
  11. Campus France online registration: www.usa.campusfrance.org 
  12. Orléans application forms and information regarding housing (may be viewed and completed at www.univ-orleans.fr/international/temp when website is opened and renewed in March). 
Students must attend program director’s pre-departure orientation (May and June for the Fall semester or year; September and October for the Winter semester).

Physical requirements: good health 

Program dates: Full year (late August to June); Fall semester (late August through late December); Winter semester (early January to June). 

Serious interest in program, commitment, willingness and maturity necessary to adapt to life in a foreign country and to a foreign university. 

Program Motto: “EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED” A year spent studying abroad can be an exciting and enriching cultural and educational experience. However, participants should know that life in a foreign country at a foreign university will present many surprises. Indeed, in living abroad surprise is the norm rather than the exception. 

Grade assigned by Oakland based on information from Orléans. Grades are usually assigned in Early August or September following Winter study abroad and late February for those studying during the Fall semester. 

On-Site Administration

Although Oakland University does not provide a resident director at Orléans, the Orléans Office of International Relations provides an orientation and support services for students throughout their stay.

Students are strongly encouraged to stay in touch with Oakland professors responsible for the program when abroad.
Housing, Food
& Technology

Lodging in an on-campus residence hall or with permanent host family, food in university restaurants or lodging and food with host family.

Bus and tram commuter pass: 31 days – approximately 30.60 € for students under 26 years of age.
Costs: Payable in U.S. dollars : Oakland University tuition and fees (12 or 16 credits per term). Oakland financial aid and scholarships apply. 

Payable in euros: housing, food and travel. 

Housing

Students are required to live at the Residence Dessaux in downtown Orléans or they may choose to live with a host family. Cafeteria meals are available through the university, except for weekends, and students can purchase individual meal tickets, by a book of ten, or by month. The rooms have private bath and kitchenettes, and students are also required to pay electricity charges, a damage deposit, liability insurance and sheet rental.

A local host family will meet students at the airport and will provide housing for the first week of their visit. Students can contact the host family throughout their stay in France.

A 300 € deposit is required sometime in May or June to reserve housing downtown. The deposit will be used to cover rent. 

Host family 

(payable to family) 410 - 465 € per month, breakfast and dinner included. Housing insurance 15 €. (Dinner is now included in the price).

Students usually pay for lunch on their own. 

Total for the year: 3150 € plus cost of evening meals 1260 €
= 4410€ If exchange rate is 1.3 = $5,733.00
If exchange rate is 1.4 = $6,174.00

Total for the semester: 1400 € plus cost of evening meals 560€
= 1960€ If exchange rate is 1.3 = $2,548.00
If exchange rate is 1.4 = $2,744.00

Meals in student cafeterias or student restaurants. Price of one meal ticket: 3.1 €, price of a book of 10 tickets: 31 €

Technology: Student housing and host families supply students with washing and drying facilities and internet access. Students must make arrangements for cell phone use on their own. It is usually cheaper to purchase cell phone and service in France. Skype is the cheapest way to communicate with friends and family. 

Students are required to open a French bank account (which they will close before returning to the States). 

About
Exchange

OU exchange programs offer students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture of a foreign country and to study with students from their host country at an OU partner institution. Exchange programs increase understanding and tolerance of other cultures, develop independence and confidence, improve language skills, and broaden social horizons.

Host institution exchange coordinators welcome students to the university campus and environs with an orientation. Participants live in student housing with other university students. Students pay OU tuition and get OU credit for classes taken while abroad and are eligible for OU scholarships and OU financial aid. 

Exchange programs run a semester or full year, although the academic calendar at some of our partner institutions varies substantially from OU’s. Some programs offer summer classes. Many exchange programs expect students to be able to converse in the language of the host country. Most exchange students become fluent in the language of the host country within a few months.

Cost
University of Orleans, France
Number of Credits12 or 16 per semester
Monthly Living Costs (housing, meals and incidentals)$820 per month
Airfare (estimate)$1,100
Local Transportation$100
Books and Supplies$200
VisaRequired for more than 90 days.  Cost is $55.
Extra costsOptional bus and tram pass $33.61 per month.  Apartment housing deposit $330.