Students may also take a French language class (1.5 SDSU semester units), which is recommended.
All SDSU students must enroll in at least 24 ECTS (European credits) to be considered full-time while studying abroad. Typically, a maximum of 30 ECTS (15 units) may be taken. 2 ECTS are equivalent to 1 SDSU semester unit.
No French is required for students who plan on following the English track coursework
At least one semester of French is strongly recommended before departure to help students acclimate to life in France
For courses in French, students must have reached the equivalency of French 301.
The general dates for the program are:
Fall semester: End of September – end of December
Spring semester: Early January – end of May
Academic year: End of September- end of May
Housing and Meals
On-campus housing is NOT available to students
Audencia provides a housing platform resource which will be open to students upon acceptance to the program.
All SDSU students are required by the Chancellor's office to be enrolled in the CSU Foreign Traveler Insurance Program (CSU FTIP) for their program abroad. The insurance charge which will appear on the student's account services billing. Students will receive more detailed instructions regarding insurance before departure. For more information on costs, refer to the website.
Students under the age of 28 are also required to register with French national health insurance or social security in order to see a doctor or obtain medication while in France. The cost for the French national health insurance is approximately 217 euros for the university year.
Passport and Visa
You must have a valid passport to participate on an exchange program. Your passport must be valid for the duration of the program and for at least 6 months past the program end date to be eligible to receive a student visa.
Exchange students are required to obtain a French student visa to study in France. Visit the website for the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles to get information about visa requirements for France. Students will receive more information on the French student visa process once they have been nominated for the program. If you hold a passport from a country other than the U.S., be sure to understand what you will need for entry pertaining to your citizenship at the time of participation.
Please note, if you plan to travel to other countries during your stay in France, be sure you are aware of the requirements for entry. Visit the Department of State for more details for each country.