Full Year Only 

This full year ISEP Exchange program allows students with an intermediate to advanced level of French to  combine a fall semester in the French Humanities program with a spring semester of enrollment in regular university courses. 

Le Havre is more than just a port city in northwestern France.  Recognized as  UNESCO World Heritage site for its post-war architecture and home to renowned impressionist painters. Université le Havre Normandie is ideal for students seeking to improve their French skills, with course options in both French and English, French lessons at every level, tailorable credit-bearing volunteering opportunities and a welcoming environment for international students. 

The French Humanities program at Université Le Havre Normandie enables international students to discover the French humanities during a semester that explores French language, history, literature, civilization and culture. This program is an opportunity to discover the homeland of the enlightenment, human rights, arts, gastronomy, fashion, and cinema while embarking on an intensive course of French as a Foreign Language. The included extracurricular activities are an excellent way for international students to meet people, improve their French language skills and integrate more fully into the community through a schedule of exchanges with local French students, cultural tours, exhibits, dance programs, theater shows and more.

During the spring semester students take a full course load of regular university courses in French alongside local students. Economics, international trade, languages, law and mathematics are the most appropriate fields for ISEP students. Cooperative education programs in business, computer science, engineering, trade with Asia, trade with Latin America, business management, transport and logistics and translation studies are also available. Le Havre also has limited course offerings in English in the fields of political science, international affairs, business management, economics and English studies. 


ISEP students live in a university residence hall and recieve a meal stipend. 

Course Description

Fall Semester: French Humanities

Program Syllabus 

A rich program of a minimum 150 hours of coursework combined with an exceptional cultural experience in the heart of the Normandy region, students mix coursework with engagement in the student life of the multicultural Campus Le Havre Normandie. The program encourages exchanges between French and international students, creating an ideal environment to learn French. 

Designated skills and proficiency:

- Intensive French language-learning

- Knowledge building in the targeted fields (literature, French language and history of France)

- Development of further cultural knowledge (theater, cinema, youth literature and French music)

- Realization of an individual documentary research project in French

Students who are required by their home institution to enroll in more than 22 ECTS (150 instructional hours) during the semester can easily supplement program coursework in a variety of ways. Possibilities include enrolling in a regular university course in French or English (see below), a for-credit placement in a local school and/or other tailorable credit-bearing volunteering opportunities. Please contact the ISEP Student Services Officer for France to discuss your options. 

Spring Semester: Regular University Courses 

To view available courses in French, visit the Offre de Formation on the university's website. 

- To search for bachelor-level programs, scroll down the page to "Accès par type de formation" and select "Licence" to expand the offerings.

- From the expanded list of offerings, select the academic program you're interested in looking for courses in to be taken to the page for that academic department.

- On the department page, download the course lists (usually organized by year) under "Téléchargement"

To view courses available in English, click on the following links: 

Law, Political Science and International Affairs

Business Management and Economics 

English Studies (Literature, culture and history of English-speaking countries)

To gain a full understanding of the difference between Language & Culture programs and ther study in France programs, please review the ISEP Country Handbook for France here.

ISEP STUDENT SERVICES OFFICER Quiamony Gaskins 703-504-9963 | QGaskins@isep.org Thank you for your interest in ISEP Study Abroad! I’m your Student Services Officer 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 English)

*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Area Studies

  • Business:

    Business Management Economics

  • English Language and Literature:

    American Literature (United States) English Literature (British and Commonwealth)

  • History

  • International/Global Studies

    International Relations and Affairs

  • Law/Criminal Justice:

    International Law Legal Studies

  • Social Sciences

    Political Science and Government

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
  • LPR Required
  • LPR Writing Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Reading Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Listening Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Speaking Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health
  • Learning

(in French)

*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Area Studies Recommended!

    French Studies

  • Business:

    Business Management Economics International Business/Trade/Commerce

  • Communication

  • Computer and Information Sciences

  • Engineering:

    Civil Engineering Electrical and Electronics Engineering Industrial Engineering Mechanical Engineering

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures:

    Arabic Language and Literature Chinese Language and Literature Dutch/Flemish Language and Literature Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other French Language and Literature German Language and Literature Italian Language and Literature Japanese Language and Literature Korean Language and Literature Portuguese Language and Literature Russian Language and Literature Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

    European History

  • International/Global Studies

    International Relations and Affairs

  • Language and Culture Recommended!

  • Law/Criminal Justice

    International Law

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences


  • Mathematics

  • Physical Sciences

  • Social Sciences:

    Geography Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
  • LPR Required
  • LPR Writing Score: A2 - Intermediate Low-Intermediate Mid
  • LPR Reading Score: A2 - Intermediate Low-Intermediate Mid
  • LPR Listening Score: A2 - Intermediate Low-Intermediate Mid
  • LPR Speaking Score: A2 - Intermediate Low-Intermediate Mid
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health
  • Learning

Other Academic Conditions

This program is most appropriate for students who are at a B1 to C1+ level in French. The program accepts students with a high A2 level of French only if they are currently taking a French course in the spring semester and it is expected that they will reach a B1 level in French by the fall. This should be specifically addressed in the ISEP application by the individual completing their French language evaluation. 

PASSPORT: All students must have a valid passport to participate in this program. If you do not have a valid passport, we suggest you start the application process as soon as possible. 

VISA/RESIDENCE PERMIT: Most students attending this program will be required to obtain a visa/residence permit. For more information on the process and estimated cost, please review the ISEP Country Handbook here.

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