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Univeristy of Le Havre

The University of Le Havre is a small (approximately 6,500 students) but dynamic and innovative university focusing on international studies. The city of Le Havre (listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage city) is located in the beautiful and historic region of Normandy. Many touristic and historic destinations are nearby: Etretat, Honfleur, D-Day beaches, Deauville, Bayeux, Caen, Giverny, Mont Saint Michel, England (via ferry-boat), and Paris (two hours train ride). The University of Le Havre organizes many excursions and sites visits for international students throughout the year. All international students have access to on campus sports facilities free of charge.

Program Duration: Academic Year or Spring Semester

Eligibility Requirements
  • A minimum of 3 credits of French at the 300 level or above
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.
Tuition and Expenses
  • Tuition and fees: URI in-state tuition and fees
  • Room and board: variable
  • Off-campus fee: $406
  • Administrative fee: $350
  • Insurance: $1,181**

Not included in tuition:

  • Room and board
  • Trans-atlantic transportation
  • Local public transportation (approximately 50 euros per month for RER train/subway pass)
  • Optional intensive French language program (approximately 200 euros)
  • Travel in Europe
  • Health insurance (approximately 150 euros)
  • Visa
  • Books and incidentals

Fees are subject to change

**May be waived with proof of own insurance and completion of waiver form

Room and Board
The University of Le Havre guarantees lodging to URI students in dorm rooms or studios. A two month security deposit + first month rent is due by July 1st for academic year and September 15th for the spring semester. All accommodations are in walking distance of campus, stores, and train station.
The University cafeteria serves lunch daily. Cost: approximately 3 euros per meal. Contact the program director for more information.

Courses Available
URI students may take undergraduate courses along with the French students at any level and in any discipline. The University of Le Havre offers courses in the following disciplines: American and English Literatures, Arabic, Biology, Chemistry, Chinese, Comparative Literature, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Economics, French Language and Civilization (3 credits), French Literature, Geography, German, History, Indonesian, International Relations, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Law, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Physics, Political Science, Portuguese, Publishing and Library Studies, Russian, Scientific French (3 credits), Sociology, Spanish, and Translation (French to English and English to French).

There is a required 3 weeks intensive French language program (no credits) that students must take free of charge before the start of each semester.

While the University of Le Havre does not offer a full intensive French language program for foreign students, URI students mainly interested in the French language could still do so by taking the following courses during one semester (subject to change): French language and civilization for foreigners (3 credits), Scientific French for foreigners (3 credits), French to English translation (3 credits), English to French Translation (3 credits), History of Normandy (3 credits).

Program Application
Contact the Office of International Education (OIE) for an appointment: 401-874-5546.
Get a copy of the application form at the Office of International Education, International Center, 37 Lower College Road.

Application Deadline
Fall Semester: March 15
Spring Semester:October 1