North Central College - Naperville, IL


Universite Catholique de L'Ouest in Angers, France

Fall Term

Full Year


Angers France Castle


Program Overview

Located in the Loire River valley city of Angers, the Universite Catholique de L'Ouest (UCO) is a private institution of higher education that offers a wide range of courses taught in French. Before enrolling the fall term, students may elect to study intensice French in its well-known International Center for French Studies (CIDEF) program. Set on a hilltop overlooking the Maine River, Angers is a beautiful medieval city of 270,000 inhabitants, capital of the historic province of Anjou, and only 90 minutes by train from the Paris Montparnasse Station.



Earn 8-12 credits, depending on courses selected and length of stay. All grades earned abroad affect your North Central College GPA when transferred back. Students cannot take courses pass/fail. 

Our UCO program is an intense French language program, and all courses taken at UCO are taught in French. Students must have 6 credits of 300 level French before studying abroad at UCO. With that being said, most students study at UCO as seniors, however, studying at UCO as a junior is possible so long as students meet the language requirement.


Housing and Meals

Students live with a host family and receive kitchen privileges where they prepare their own meals. Students use local laundromats near their homestay location to do their laundry. There are no options to live in residence halls at UCO.

Meals:  Not included in program costs. Students prepare their own meals.


Estimated Costs

Students pay North Central College tuition and room and board to the host institution. Students are personally responsible for paying airfare, health insurance, departure tax, books, extra personal travel and spending money, as these items are not included in room and board fees. North Central College financial aid does apply.



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