There are many reasons to study abroad at the Université de Cergy-Pontoise. The most important is that your French will improve dramatically from daily use. You will be able to take special French classes for non-native speakers. You can also take regular classes taught in English alongside French students. Such classes include history, geography, political science, and others. You can stay on track for graduation by taking courses approved by your advisor. English and Applied Foreign Languages are two of the largest majors at Cergy, so there will be many people you can turn to as you become proficient in French.
- Enroll for 12-15 hours of regular ASU credit; no tuition at Cergy
- Most financial aid applies
- Affordable dorms on Cergy campus
- Public transportation readily available and easy to use
The main extra expense beyond what you would have at ASU is the plane ticket.
- On campus dorms.
- One of France's largest shopping malls across from campus.
- Station for the suburban train to Paris located at the mall Local bus system.
Cergy-Pontoise is a small city outside of Paris. The town has a nice park with a popular windsurfing pond. There are also sports teams including soccer, basketball, and tennis. Of course there are student parties and get togethers. However the best way to have fun in Cergy-Pontoise is to participate in the French national pastime of sitting in cafés with friends chatting and watching the world go by.
Pontoise is a medieval town with a cathedral dating from 1228. It also boasts the Camille Pissarro museum. Art lovers can explore some of the scenes that inspired Van Gogh, Monet, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Of course it is France so the food, wine, and art are some of the best in the world.
- Paris, The City of Lights, is just a 45 minute train ride away, convenient enough for weekend visits.
- See the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and the Champs Élysées.
- Take a boat tour of the Seine, wander through art galleries, or enjoy centuries-old public gardens.
- The French Riviera is only hours away by train.
- Rent a car for the weekend and drive out to the Brittany coast.
- See the French countryside.