International summer courses (CIE) at the Université de Caen offer a unique summer immersion into French language 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!

This program is three weeks in length and grants the equivalent of 3 U.S. credits. 

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


Students participating in this program may choose between two types of housing, a homestay or a single room on an on-campus university residence. 


For students choosing to live with a host family, 14 meals per week (breakfast and dinner daily) are included in the housing cost. 

Meals are not included in the program cost for students electing to live in the student residence, with students expected to use their own funds for meals.  

ISEP students should budget for their meals accordingly. Lunches and dinners can be taken at the university cafeteria for 5.95€ per meal and there are communal cooking facilities in the university residences. Students and can ask their ISEP Student Services Coordinator for tips, as well as check out ISEP's resources for Budgeting for Study Abroad

Course Description

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. Afternoons are free for students to explore Caen. 

Students interested in combining French language study with afternoon thematic French culture courses should consider the Université de Caen Summer French Language, Heritage & History Program

ISEP STUDENT ADVISOR Jolene Bechtel 703-504-9993 | Thanks for your interest in ISEP Study Abroad! I’m your Student Advisor and main point of contact here at ISEP. As you search for programs, I'll be available to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact me at any point in your search process for help, tips or advice.


(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

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
    *accepts lower GPA with explanation
  • 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

Special Application Instructions

Although previous knowledge of French is not required for this program, all students will be prompted to complete an ISEP Language  Evaluation regardless of language level.

- Students at a Beginner level of French, or no prior French experience (below A2) should send their Language Evaluation 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 Language Evaluation as part of their application.

Other Academic Conditions

Students must select either 'student residence' or 'homestay' for their housing. Only students selecting the homestay should add 'meals provided by host' to their program application. 

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