Department of Modern Languages & Classics


Study Abroad Program in Angers

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The French Program offers students at SMU the possibility of experiencing the language in an authentic setting: the Language Centre CIDEF in Angers, France. The CIDEF is part of l’Université Catholique de l’Ouest (UCO).

Easily accessible, Angers is situated between Paris (1h30 by TGV) and the Atlantic Ocean (Nantes is one hour away by train or car).
In the heart of the Loire Valley, a UNESCO world heritage site, Angers is a town of 160 000 residents. Angers is a young and dynamic city (48% of the inhabitants are under the age of 30; there are 33 000 students).
 "The CIDEF Language School"
-        The Village of Angers
-        Fortifications Angers  
-        Downtown Angers
Students have the option to go for a full year, a semester or a month in the summer. Depending on your level, the CIDEF offers a variety of language and content courses which can be credited towards your program of study at Saint Mary’s University.

Students participating in the Study Abroad Program will have the opportunity to attend cultural events organized by the CIDEF.
-         Cooking Class
-         Excursion on the River Loire
-         Wine Tasting
  • For more details, please consult the brochure and/or make an appointment with the Coordinator of the Study Abroad Program at SMU (Dr. Jean-Jacques Defert – or 902-420-5810) or with the SMU Students on Exchange Service (Miyuki Arai - or 902-496-8725)
Visa Process  
Prices for different Visa types can be found here and well the “Schengen Visa (type D)” and the  “Long Term” Visa.  Campus France 
This may help with clarifying questions about your Visa. 
Your local personal bank will also have travel insurance online that have different rates for travel insurance. Costs will vary based your length of stay.
 Please login on to the SMU port and look for the Travel Aboard link and create a Travel Profile.