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  • Locations: Besançon, France
  • Program Terms: Autumn Quarter, Autumn Semester, Spring Quarter, SpringSemester(W/Sp), Summer A-Term, Summer B-Term, Summer Quarter, Winter Quarter, Year (A/W/Sp)
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Quarter 2019 02/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Winter Quarter 2019 11/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Information:
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 Location Besançon, France
Summer Quarter (June-August)
Autumn Quarter
Winter Quarter
Spring Quarter
Academic Year

 Credits 12 - 15 credits
 Eligibility Sophomore standing or higher; 2.75 GPA
 Adviser Mike Renes |
 Application    Deadline March 15
  General This program is specifically geared to students who would like to focus on French language acquisition. It is tailored to each student's language level, and allows them to take content courses designed for speakers of French as a foreign language.

Courses will be taken on the Universit
é Franche-Comté campus in the city of Besançon.
 Where You Will Study
 Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships
 Application Process


Where You Will Study

Located 200 miles east of Paris near Switzerland and Germany, Besançon sits at the base of the Jura Mountains and backs up to the Doubs river. The city is known for its beautiful historic downtown which features Roman ruins, the Cathedral of St. Jean, the 16th century Palais Granvelle, and the Vauban citadel, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Centre for Applied Linguistics (Centre de linquistique appliquée), founded in 1958 and part of the Université de Franche-Compté, is one of the world’s leading French language schools.


An individual written and oral placement test is given by CLA before classes start. There are several levels offered corresponding to the student's French language ability and CLA will advise you on the best selection of courses for you. The CLA uses the CEFR (Common European Framework for Reference of Languages) in order to place students in the appropriate course.

Every four-week intensive course consists of 25 hours of class per week. This consists of five hours of class per day, with one hour of each day spent in the language lab. A large media library of over 26,000 records as well as independant learning space is available to every student studying at the Intstitute.

In order to maintain full time status, you must sign up for at least two four-week sessions for every quarter that you study at CLA. Students who have applied through UW Study Abroad, in addition to the CLA, for two four-week sessions will earn 12-15 UW credits, most likely of French 199, 299 or 308/390/337. Other UW credits may be awarded. The actual UW credits you will earn will be determined after you return to the UW and will depend on the French you have completed prior to the program and the level(s) you will complete in Besançon. Please keep in mind that you must participate in a minimum of two four-week sessions and obtain a CLA transcript in order to receive UW resident credits.

For more information, please visit credits for language programs.


Students have the option of either living in one of the university residence halls, staying with a host family, or arranging housing on their own.


Program Expenses, Financial Aid & Scholarships

In most cases, if you are attending an affiliated program you will be billed by, and pay all fees directly to, the program provider or institution operating the program. The IPE Administrative Fee will be billed to your UW student account according to the regular UW tuition billing schedule.

For the total estimated costs of this particular program, you may request a budget by filling out a Budget Request Form.

For more information, see the Financial Aid and Scholarships webpage.


Application Process

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button and follow the prompts to create an application. After you create your application, click on each of the links on your study abroad application homepage and complete the remaining application requirements: questionnaires, material submissions, and electronic signature documents.

This study abroad program also requires completion of a secondary application specific to the program provider.

See Application FAQs for additional information about applications.

See Withdrawals for information about program withdrawal policies.