International Exchanges
(Pitzer Students Only)

France - University of Valenciennes

Program Title Pitzer Exchange with the University of Valenciennes
Location Valenciennes, France
Host Website
Eligibility Completion of four semesters of French language (or the equivalent) is required for participation. All regular university courses are taught in French. Students must be in good standing at Pitzer College. Preference is given to juniors and first semester seniors but qualified sophomores are eligible if space is available.
Preparation At least one European area studies course is required before departure. Other general preparation options include: Comparative Politics, Intercultural Communications, Introduction to International/ Intercultural Studies, Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology.
Application Pitzer College general application and the forms required by the university
Program Dates Fall Semester: Late August to late January (not recommended)
Spring Semester: Late January to late June.
Full Year: Late August to late June.
Required Courses Participants are expected to take one course while abroad that includes content on French history, politics, literature or culture and the Pitzer Sakai course Intercultural Learning: Portfolio Writing.
Intensive Language Only minimal ongoing support in French language studies is available. Students must come with sufficient French to take university courses in French.
Independent Study See a Study Abroad Adviser.
Course Options The university offers a range of subjects taught in French. Media is an area of particular specialization.
Credit Possible Students must take the equivalent of a full course load at the university to equal four courses at Pitzer. Credit amounts vary for each class so students may be enrolled in anywhere from 4-6 classes to equal 30 ECTS.
Housing Options Students live in a university residence on the campus in double rooms and take meals in campus cafeterias or independently. Students also have access to group cooking facilities in the residence hall.