The Université Catholique de l’Ouest is 135 years old: originally a medieval university founded in 1373, it was later reopened in 1875 and has a current student population of 12,000. The campus is situated in downtown Angers, a mere five-minute walk from the station and the nearest bus stops; it lies just minutes away from the main shopping area, restaurants, gardens, banks and administrative offices. The university campus boasts an unusual architectural blend of old and contemporary buildings, standing in a 5-hectare park.
Statistics about UCO
- 12,000 students including 1,500 foreign students and teachers who come to Angers each year to study French as a second language.
- 180 full-time faculty and 1,000 professionals providing lectures as experts.
- 12 foreign languages taught.
- 10 multimedia language laboratories.
- 10 research laboratories.
- 170 partner universities around the world.
- 3 university libraries comprising some 200,000 books.
- 1 audiovisual centre, multimedia rooms, WIFI access.
- 17 study areas.
- French national degrees: undergraduate and graduate (Master and Ph.D.).
- Small classes with individual supervision.
- High exam pass rate.
- Work placements.
- Student accommodation service: wide choice of bed-sits, home-stay or family accommodation, halls of residence or flats.
- 1 university restaurant within walking distance, food and refreshments available on campus.
- Cultural activities and sports: drama society, international choir, film club as well as table-tennis, volleyball, basketball and more.
Fields of study
- Literature, languages, teaching French as a foreign language, fine-arts, history, music.
- Psychology, sociology, human resources management, communication, education, management.
- Mathematics, computer science, statistics, biology, environmental studies.
- Theology and religious studies.
The International Office
The International Office (Pôle International) is a service which supports the implementation, the evaluation and the optimization of all international projects within UCO. It is composed of the CIDEF, Exchange Programs, the BEC (Bureau d’échange culturel), and a language resources group. Its mission is to define and develop international strategies at UCO, as well as to motivate the internationalization of the whole university community (students, faculty and staff mobility).