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Destinations! Caen, Normandy France

Spring Semester

SPRING: January 5 - May 20

The Semester Abroad in Caen allows you the opportunity to experience and explore Europe, France and, especially, the historic and beautiful province of Normandy. Since 1994, UWSP International Programs provides this uncommon travel/study program to those wishing an education beyond the bounds of the classrooms on campus. Enrich your language proficiency goals through cultural immersion at the Université de Caen Basse-Normandie (UNICAEN).

Application Deadline:  Normally, April 1 of the prior academic year.  Late applications are often taken if space is available. Check with International Programs staff. We strongly recommend that you apply early and attend the scheduled orientations.

Go to the Applications page to find out how to get an application.


Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors from all disciplines who have completed French 313 (5th semester French) or its equivalent - five semesters of college level French. Completion of 314 or higher is recommended. A minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 is required.


Included in the UWSP Program Fee:

  • Tuition for Wisconsin Residents (15 total credits). Minnesota students qualify for reciprocity; other states: out-of-state surcharge (ONLY $1000) applies.Coach/train transfer to Caen.
  • Accommodations in Caen. The accommodation is in a family’s home.
  • University of Wisconsin System mandated health insurance.
  • University Sponsored Side Trips from Caen may include: Mont St. Michel, Giverny, Bayeux, Honfleur, Normandy Beaches, etc.

Plan your budget to cover airfare, passport, personal expenses, your two-week break, a few books and meals.

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Semester in France will give you 15 UWSP credits. Intensive French language classes at both the intermediate and advanced levels make up the curricular core (up to 12 credits) and 3 credits for International Studies 300. French classes are chosen to take advantage of your location and include emphasis on French culture, literature, and civilization. Advanced students have additional course choices in areas such as arts, French and European institutions and media.  Your courses in Caen are administered by Carré International, a division of the Université de Caen.

You will be given an on-line placement exam prior to departure and a second placement exam on arrival. Regardless of the results, you will receive credit for the next sequential language course (314 or 345) in which you would have enrolled at UWSP. Instructional staff at the UNICAEN may not advise you on matters having to do with registration and credits earned. All such matters are exclusively handled by the Department of Foreign Languages at UWSP.

Adivising/Academic questions?   Please contact Professor Vera Klekovkina. You may e-mail her in the USA or from Caen with any and all questions at or


Grading System

Grade Point Averages include your grades from Caen.  The Department of Foreign Languages does not offer the option of pass/fail courses toward the major or minor.  You must maintain a grade point average of 2.00 in courses taken within the French major or minor to graduate. To be certified to teach French, you must complete the teaching major or minor with a GPA of 3.0 in all courses taken with the French major or minor.  Your grade for any course listing two Caen classes will be an average of the grades you earn in those two classes.  Please consult Prof. Klekovkina for further academic advising.    

The French Grading System is on a scale of 0 to 20.  The American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers recognize that, by tradition, the highest grades awarded by French teachers seldom exceed 14 or 15/20 and grades of 8 and 9 reflect satisfactory performance.  In no way does a score of 10 mean you have received an F.
Grade Interpretation will be done by the Department of Foreign Languages at UWSP to conform to the American scale of A to F.  Your grades will be interpreted according to guidelines established by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.

Withdrawal and Refund Policy

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