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Université d'Orléans

Université d'Orléans

Orléans, France

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Program Type

  • Exchange 



Located approximately one hour by train from Paris, the city of Orléans sits on the northern bend of the Loire River and is part of France's famed wine-producing Loire Valley region, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Orléans and the area around it have a long history of settlement, dating back at least to pre-Roman Celtic tribes, and its location on the river has made it a strategic point and an attractive prize in times of conflict. For her part in lifting the English siege of the city during the Hundred Years' War, Joan of Arc is called The Maid of Orléans. 

One of Europe's oldest universities, Université d'Orléans was founded in 1306 and boasts such notable alumni as Pope Clement V, Jean Calvin and Moliere. The university has occupied its current location since 1961 and is located near local centers of three of France's prestigious research institutes: the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), the French Geological Survey (BRGM), and the National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA). Each year, the university welcomes 14,000 students, including 2,000 international students. 

All UO links below are in French. 


Language of Instruction

  • French 
  • English (limited) 


Eligibility Criteria

  • Full-time, degree-seeking CWU student 
  • Minimum 18 years of age by the time of departure 
  • Minimum sophomore status at the time of participation 
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA 


Minimum French Language Proficiency

  • Regular Classes: B2 
  • Institut de Français (IdF): A1 (fall) or A2 (spring) 


Terms Available

  • CWU Fall Quarter/Orléans Fall Semester: September – December* 
  • CWU Winter + Spring Quarters/Orléans Spring Semester: January - May 
  • Academic Year 

*Only the IdF’s fall term ends in December. Exams for regular classes will take place in January, making it difficult participate only in the fall. 


Available Fields of Study

  • Administrative Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Biochemistry
  • Humanities
  • Biology
  • Information Technology
  • Chemistry
  • Linguistics
  • Computer Science
  • Management
  • Economics
  • Marketing
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Enterprise Management
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Finance
  • Physics
  • French Language & Culture
  • Spanish
  • Geography
  • Sport Science
  • History



Finding Classes



  • Residence Halls 
  • Private Accommodation 
  • Homestay 

More Information: Accommodation 


Estimated Total Costs

Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship-eligible program
Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship-eligible program 



CWU Deadlines: 

  • Fall Start: March 1 
  • Spring Start: September 1 

Application Portal: 


Partner Website

Université d'Orléans Homepage 

Université d'Orléans Information for Exchange Students 

Université d'Orléans 2019-2020 Exchange Fact Sheet (PDF)


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