By combining the practice of French with thematic curriculum, international summer courses (CIE) at the Université de Caen offer a unique summer immersion into French culture alongside students from all over the world. Optional excursions are offered on weekends, and students have the opportunity to stay in a University Residence or with a host family. The program offers a great opportunity to discover the rich cultural and historic heritage of Normandy!

Each session is three weeks in length, with Session One in June and session Two in July.  Students may attend one or both sessions. 

Students enroll in 45 hours of French Language courses per session based on their French language level (A1 to C1). Previous knowledge of French is not required. Mornings are dedicated to intensive French language instruction, including practice in oral and written communication, reinforcement of grammatical structures, vocabulary enrichment and oral practice in an audio lab. 

For the afternoons students will enroll in one of the thematic tracks listed below. All thematic tracks include 30 hours of instruction. Alternatively, students may enroll in a non-credit bearing "leisure and visits" program. 

Each session students can also participate free of charge in one of the two one-day excursions offered on the weekend. Pending availablilty, students may attend the second excursion for an additional €30 fee. 

Course Description

Below is a list of the afternoon thematic tracks offered for Summer 2019. Detailed course descriptions available online.

French Cultural Heritage: Sessions 1 and 2

Beginner to Intermediate French level

Intermediate to Advanced French level

The Battle of Normandy: Session 1

(Offered in French and/or English depending on the language level of course applicants)

Experience the events of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy through conferences, testimonies and site visits to historical landmarks.  

French as a Foreign Language (FFL) Didactics: Session 1

(French: B1 and above)

Exchange on current didactic issues in teaching French as a Foreign Language through various fields of studies and discussion of professional practices based on various teaching methods (case studies, analysis of didactic material, etc.

Peace and Human Rights: Session 2 

(French: B1 and above)

Through the lessons of tolerance and courage of our heroic elders, this course focuses on ways to promote and defend peace and human rights. This course includes workshops and group projects, a guest lecture and a site visit.

In partnership with l’Institut internationale des droits de l’homme et de la paix.

Leisure and Visits: Sessions 1 and 2

Please note: This 30 hour option does not offer course credit!

Choose an alternative non-academic program of cultural, sport and leisure activities:

- High ropes course, kayak, pétanque, beach and swimming, visits to museums (Bayeux tapestry, Caen Memorial...), local producers (distillery, bakery...), movie night, concerts and more!

Website for Course Availability

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Université de Caen

Founded in 1432 the Université de Caen enrolls 24,000 students each year, including about 2,000 foreign students from 50 countries. Located in the Normandy region not far from the D-Day...

Walk Score®: 89


(in French)

*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Area Studies Recommended!

    French Studies

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures Recommended!

    French Language and Literature

  • Language and Culture Recommended!

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
    *accepts lower GPA with explanation
  • LPR Required
  • LPR Writing Score: <A1 - Novice Mid-Low
  • LPR Reading Score: <A1 - Novice Mid-Low
  • LPR Listening Score: <A1 - Novice Mid-Low
  • LPR Speaking Score: <A1 - Novice Mid-Low
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Special Application Instructions

To indicate which session(s) you are applying for below, select the June option for Session One, the July option for Session Two, or the June to July option if you plan to attend both sessions.

Although previous knowledge of French is not required for this program, all students will be prompted to complete a Language Profiency Review (LPR) regardless of language level.

- Students at a Beginner level of French (below A2) should send their LPR request to the ISEP Student Advisor for France.

- Students at or above a low-Intermediate level of French (B1 or above) are required to submit a completed LPR as part of their application.

Once placed on this program students will be asked to fill out a course request list. Please indicate on the course request list your first and second choice of afternoon track for each session you plan to attend. Students will be informed of their definitive track by the end of April for Session 1 and by the first week in June for Session 2.

Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health
  • Mobility
  • Hearing
  • Visual
  • Speech
  • Learning

Other Academic Conditions

French language levels (A1 to C1) and thematic tracks will only run if a sufficient number of participants enroll in the level/track.

Students participating in this program may choose between two types of housing:

Students may choose to live in a room in a university residence, or with a host family. For students living with a host family 14 meals per week (breakfast and dinner daily) are included in the cost of the housing. Meals are not included in the housing cost for students electing to live in the student residence. 

Students should select either 'student residence' or 'homestay' for their housing. Only students selecting the homestay should add 'meals provided by host' to their program application. For students enrolling for six weeks, transition nights between the sessions are included in the program cost, regardless of housing type.

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