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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, Two Qtrs (W/Sp), Winter Quarter, Year (A/W/Sp)
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  • Restrictions: UW applicants only
  • Courses: View UW Course Equivalencies

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
UW Study Abroad Program Manager: renesm, shannonq
Program Information:
Location Besançon, France
Academic Term Autumn Quarter / Winter Quarter
Spring Quarter / Summer Quarter / Year
Credits 12 - 15 credits per quarter
Eligibility Sophomore standing or higher; 2.75 GPA
Program Manager Mike Renes |
Priority 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 Université Franche-Comté campus in the city of Besançon.
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.


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.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Students participating in this program must be of Sophomore standing or above and must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.

Credits and Conversion Scale

You will approx. receive 12 - 15 UW credits per quarter. How our office will determine the amount is through our Credit Conversion Scale for the program. 

If you would like some assistance, schedule an appointment with one of our Program Assistants here


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.

If you’re looking for a record of how courses from this institution have been transferred in the past, visit the credit equivalency database to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW.

For more information about receiving credits for your study abroad, visit Earning credits abroad.



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.


The UW Study Abroad Office can't officially advise you about visas.

The volume and diversity of students participating, the shifting requirements of foreign governments, and the complexity of these applications make it impossible for us to accurately advise you on immigration policies.  

If your program requires a visa, documentation will be provided from your host institution after your acceptance. 


Program Expenses

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 Study Abroad Administrative Fee will be billed to your UW student account according to the regular UW tuition billing schedule.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans. To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.
  • This useful tool is a great way to estimate how your cost of living in a particular country might compare with the cost of living you are accustomed to here in Seattle.

Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. Visit your study abroad homepage to complete this mandatory orientation. You must also attend any program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

UW Study Abroad Office also offers several optional orientations aimed at preparing you for your study abroad experience. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for any optional orientation sessions that pique your interest. 

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


The UW Study Abroad Fee is non-refundable once the payment contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program may also be responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. Note that no part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun.

The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.