Founded in 1432, the Université de Caen, Basse-Normandie is one of Europe’s oldest academic institutions, and is located in the center of Caen. It is a multi-disciplinary university, welcomes 24,000 students each year and offers at more than one hundred different programs.
The Carré International (International Square or Center) is located in the heart of the city, on the main campus, and offers programs throughout the year which are designed to support French language acquisition – from introduction to the strengthening of linguistic skills. The Carré International offers 5 levels of training, from complete beginner to advanced level, sixty instructors, more than 2,000 students each year, a multi-lingustic multimedia resources center, self-service languages labs, multimedia classrooms and a one-stop office designed to give a better welcome to foreign students who chose to study abroad in Caen.
Millersville’s official partnership began in 2005. Since this time, many students have spent a semester or academic year in Caen. Université de Caen Normandie is an exchange partnership and we have welcomed many Caen students to Millersville.
Students may choose to study at Université de Caen Normandie for a semester or the academic year.
Early September - Mid-December
Mid-January – Late May
Students may also study abroad in the summer at Caen for an intensive French language study program.
For more information about the Université de Caen Normandie’s academic calendar, please see refer to the Program summary page: http://international.unicaen.fr/etudier-a-caen/etudiants-d-echange/
Millersville students are usually placed in “renovated” rooms on campus I or Cite Universitaire Lebisey. These rooms are single rooms with an en suite (bathroom) and internet connection and share a common kitchen with other students on the floor. Included is a small refrigerator in your room, however you will need to purchase your own kitchen utensils/supplies (which can be done relatively inexpensively at a local shop called Carrefour).
Single Rooms include:
- En suite bathrooms (sink, toilet, shower)
- A mini fridge
- Internet connection
- Shared kitchens on each floor
"There are laundry rooms on campus with one washer and one dryer per laundry room in the dorm buildings. You will have to go the “Acceuil” and sign up for a time slot called a “créneau” in advance. When it is your time to do laundry, you go to the Acceuil and ask for the keys to whichever laundry room you signed up for and ask to buy tokens called “jetons”. You will need these tokens to do your laundry- the laundry machines do not accept change. This was usually around 4 Euros per load of laundry. Most likely, they will offer a powder laundry detergent (included in the price). There are also TV rooms, computer rooms, a music practice room and small rec rooms. All of these require signing up for and getting keys. While you have the keys, you will be asked to leave your Caen student ID in the Acceuil."
"There is a laundromat located one stop away from CROUS-SUAPS (Calvaire St. Pierre) that is cheaper and more accessible than on campus. You can also buy laundry detergent and wash your laundry in your sink and hang it in your bathroom and then around your room to air dry during the day or overnight. You can purchase clothes pins and a plastic cord at Carrefour for only a few euros. Using a hair dryer and leaving your window open for air circulation speeds the process. The dryers in the dorm typically require multiple uses to get your clothes dry and will end up costing you in the long run. "
Students have many different food options while at Caen. Each floor has a kitchen in which students can cook their own meals. Students do not have any type of meal plan through the University of Caen, however you will receive a food stipend in cash each month. The residence halls are within walking distance of on campus dining options and a variety of food stores and local restaurants. Cafeteria meals cost between 5-7 € per meal. There are restaurants on campus (A & B), both will be open for lunch and only B is open for dinner. Neither of these serve breakfast, and both are closed Saturday nights and all day Sunday.
"The most obvious options are the university restaurants, A and B. Looking at Resto B from across the field, there is a “grab-n-go” type dining hall option called “Le Dépanneur” where you can get a sandwich or pizza to go. The food is relatively cheap, but you pay for everything you put on your tray. It should be less than 4 Euros a meal. If you go into town, there are many boulangeries where you can go for a sandwich as well as many restaurants. Be aware of the fact that the dining halls are not open all the time. They might have limited hours and only open from 11:30am-2pm for lunch, and dinner generally does not start before 7pm."
"You can also go to Carrefour and purchase groceries with your stipend. Buying things like pain au chocolat in packs provide you with a quick and inexpensive breakfast. I typically came back to my room to eat and used the kitchen to cook (canned soup, etc.). This can save you money so that you can occasionally go out and eat and not burn through your stipend too quickly. There is also a smaller store at the stop Chateau d’Eau near the student dorms there where you can buy products for even cheaper than at Carrefour but you have fewer options. I often did this if I just needed one or two things and didn’t want to deal with the often crowded Carrefour."
Beginning French students
Students studying at Université de Caen Normandie will take French courses for foreigners through Le Département Formation en Langues (FLE) with hundreds of exchange students from around the world. Classes at Caen are determined by the level into which you place. The levels are A1, A2, B1, B1+, B2, C1, C2. Within each level is a pre-determined, set list of classes that you will take. Credits will come back to Millersville almost exclusively as French credits/classes. A description of the levels and the classes within each level are listed in the Course Catalog.
are usually placed in either the A1 or A2 levels. Students should note that they can earn up to 15 MU credits for the semester. Individual classes may be transferred under the typical MU transfer policies.
Advanced French students
(who place into B2 and above) and who study at Caen, have an option for a portion of their course work. They may choose the Language and Culture option or French for University Purposes. French for University Purposes is intended for students who like to have the opportunity to take regular courses with their l’Université de Caen peers.
A placement exam will be given on the first day of orientation to confirm the level into which you will be placed. It will be in the form of an essay. Write as much as you can and use proper grammar. You will be asked to complete an online placement test prior to your arrival which will give you an idea of which level you will take, however final placement will be determined by exam taken at Caen, after arrival.
Language students should be aware that if a student’s language placement test abroad places them into a level already completed at MU, or is the same as one that was previously transferred into MU, then these courses will not transfer.
For further general and program specific information, please refer to Caen's website here.
"Classes can be scheduled at any time. It is possible to have 5 or 6 classes in one day and have the day last up to nine hours. The next day you may only have 1 class. The classes are organized by level and category, such as sociology courses or commerce courses. Usually, classes last from Monday to Friday and the weekends are yours."
"You may have less homework than you are used to in the U.S. or will find the homework to take less time. Most work is done in class. So although the school days are longer, you are not spending as many hours outside of class doing work. This opens up time for you to participate in activities and explore."
There will be continuous assessment throughout the semester in all classes. These are sometimes called control continue. Attendance is mandatory and does affect your grade.
All MU students studying at Université de Caen Normandie are registered for approximately 15 academic credits per semester. Irrespective of the number of credits completed, the completed courses are still subject to MU’s distribution requirements. Please review the credits you earn for each course at Caen! Each course IS NOT a 3 credit equivalent here at MU, so you must be aware of how this will affect your academic progress. Some courses in your set curriculum at Caen hold a significant amount of credit weight. Refer to the following charts for the course structure per level and credit equivalences.
Examples of the credit breakdown for each language level can be viewed Caen Course and Credit Chart
A student who is placed on the A1 or A2 level cannot receive MU French credits at the 300-level. Only two 200-level courses can be counted toward a minor or major in French.