Through this exchange, students spend a spring semester of study at l'université de Cergy-Pontoise, just northwest of Paris. All courses are conducted in French. VU students work with Professor Marie-Pierre Arrizabalaga at Cergy to choose appropriate courses, mostly in the social sciences, literature, and of course French as a second language.
All courses are considered to be VU courses and will count toward the French major or minor, toward General Education, or as elective credit.
Students will take a French placement exam upon arrival to determine the appropriate level of coursework. The academic environment in France is quite formal, but Professor Arrizabalaga works with students to make any adjustments needed academically. Normally, students will take 9 credits of French as a foreign language, and two other courses in the regular Cergy curriculum, with French students.
The general courses taken in the Cergy Curriculum range from: Social Sciences, History, Geography, Literature, and French.
The Cergy-Pontoise Exchange Program is only offered in the Spring.
Exact dates for the Spring 2018 Program have not been determined, but normally range from mid-January to mid-June. Official dates are typically sent with official acceptance from the host institution.
Application Requirements and Deadlines
Applicants must be Sophomore status or higher with at least a 3.0 GPA to apply. Additionally, applicants must have completed French 204 in order to be considered for this program.
The deadline to apply for the Spring 2018 program will be October 1st. After this period, the applications will be reviewed by the Office of International Programs. Once a decision has been made, applicants will be notified via their Valpo e-mail.
Click the "Apply Now" button at the top of this page to begin an application.
Cost InformationPlease refer to the Budget Sheet above.
Students pay the same tuition and fees they would pay in Valparaiso. All financial aid (except work-study and some ‘on-campus’ aid) applies. Be sure to meet with your Financial Aid Advisor to determine the exact cost.
Students pay the room fee charged by the CROUS at Cergy; depending on exchange rates, this is about $300 per month. You may cook in your residence hall or eat in the restaurant universitaire. Costs will typically be lower than at Valpo since the French government subsidizes student cafeterias.
Students should also take into account any personal spending. This would include personal items, additional personal travel and any other miscellaneous spending. Estimates in the budget sheet are based on average spending, but are difficult to estimate as they vary from person to person. Students should estimate based on their personal spending habits.
Start your scholarships & funding search as early as possible so that you are able to plan and ensure you are able to meet any deadlines. Your study abroad advisor can also help you with brainstorming potential resources as well.
Study Abroad Advising:
Erin Kunert- Associate Director of Study Abroad
Office: Gandhi-King Center, Union 2nd floor
Phone: (219) 464-5333
Contact Erin with administrative questions about application, registration, program cost, etc.
Apply for a Passport!
Passports need to be valid for at least six months past the program’s end date. As part of the application, students must upload a copy of a valid passport, or a receipt or similar proof that the student has submitted a passport application. Information on how to apply for a passport can be found here.