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Located an hour south of Paris in the beautiful Loire Valley, the Université d’Orléans celebrated its 700th anniversary in 2006. Closed during the French Revolution, the university reopened in 1961 with a U.S.-style wooded campus on the outskirts of the city. Exchange students are given a placement test to determine their level of French fluency, and then placed in appropriate language and culture classes. Advanced students may take regular courses in the university’s three colleges: Law and Business, Liberal Arts, and Science. The Université d’Orléans (15,000 enrollment) is an easytrain ride from the city of Orléans (population 115,000), which Joan of Arc liberated from the English during the Hundred Years War.
June 30 is the application deadline for the Fall semester, which generally starts around Aug. 22. Nov. 15 is the application deadline for the Spring semester, which generally starts around Jan. 17. Students also must register with Campus France well in advance of their departure date. For answers to specific questions about the Université d’Orléans, please contact Catherine Coxhead, exchange coordinator, at Catherine.Coxhead@univ-orleans.fr.