Semester in France Program

Study Away

Feed your cultural craving in Ambialet, France.

Extend your knowledge far beyond the walls of Loretto! 

SFU's Office for Study Away offers a semester-long program in France for the same room/board and tuition costs as a semester on campus in Loretto (students' financial aid packages apply).

SFU in Ambialet

The site is perched on a hilltop overlooking the Tarn River and the village of Ambialet. The program is based in Ambialet but includes extended stays in Paris and Barcelona.
Students profit from numerous visits to important sites in the region. Visits to museums, monuments and natural sites are enhanced by events such as fairs, pastry festivals, and concerts.


Video from Tarn Tourism:



Academic Offerings

Students in every major are eligible for the France program upon completion of their first semester.



Most students find the Semester in France program fits their curriculum best either during the spring semester of their freshmen year or one of the sophomore semesters. Interested students should talk with their academic advisors to decide which semester fits best in their college career to take part in this experience.

  • Courses Offered
  • Course Work
  • Requirements
  • Courses offered each semester in France include:

    • French Language
    • Culture and Values
    • Early/Medieval Church History and Architecture
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology

    Additional courses are offered by visiting faculty.  Students may also take online courses to help maintain their progress toward graduation.  All courses are taught in English.

  • Course Work

    Ambialet is located 25 minutes from Albi (population 50,000), the largest city in the Tarn region of Southwest France. In Ambialet/Albi the focus is on the language/culture course to ensure everyone has basic communication skills in French.


    The course work covers intensively the religious pilgrimages and the fascinating period in southwestern France that involved the Cathars. This is the primary historical foundation of the region, and every advantage is taken to include the region's hilltop towns, fortified castles, cities, splendid cathedrals and shrines.


    Students in the Health Systems course will also visit numerous health care facilities to experience, first-hand, the French health system.

    While in Paris and Barcelona, the academic focus is on:


    • Art

    • History

    • Language

    • Culture

    From their centrally–located dormitories, students will visit working artists in their studios, museums, landmarks, architectural wonders (even the department stores are works of art!) – indeed, everything that make these places the magical cities they are!


  • Requirements

    • Students interested in this program will need to obtain a valid passport and student visa. If you have any interest in traveling abroad, and don't yet have your passport, please begin the process ASAP.  Students accepted into this program will be assisted with obtaining their visas. 
    • At the time of application students must have a 2.7 GPA for the semester-long program  (anything lower requires approval from the program director).
    • Students must have successfully completed at least one semester, and preferably one year, at Saint Francis University before studying abroad.
    • Students must demonstrate emotional stability and maturity and indicate the ability to lead a responsible and healthy life abroad as a representative of the U.S. and Saint Francis University. 

Cost & Application


Cost: The tuition and room/board costs for a Semester in France are the same as a semester in Loretto. Students may use their complete financial aid package (some exceptions may apply).


The only additional expense will be airfare and personal spending. Students are also expected to cover their own costs for non-course related travel (mid-semester break, etc.).

Application: A completed Semester in France Application is to be returned to the Office for Study Away in Scotus Hall 306 along with:


  • A Statement of Purpose
  • Current Saint Francis University Transcript
  • Transcripts from other colleges/universities, if applicable
  • Deposit of $300

Pre-Departure Information

Getting ready for your study away experience can be a bit overwhelming, but with these helpful links and the aid of the Study Away Department, your trip will be much easier.



Eric Sepich, Director, Ambialet Campus

Ms. Leona Horner, Director, Office for Study Away


Contact Us

Office for Study Away

Phone: 814-472-3245
Email Us
Location: Scotus Hall 306