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City and Academic Overview

Study Abroad in Caen

Founded in 1432, the Université de Caen, Basse-Normandie is one of Europe’s oldest academic institutions, and is located in the center of Caen. It is a multi-disciplinary university, welcomes 24,000 students each year and offers at more than one hundred different programs.

The CEFE (Centre d’Enseignement du Français pour Étrangers) is located in the heart of the city, on the main campus, and offers programs throughout the year which are designed to support French language acquisition – from introduction to the strengthening of linguistic skills. The CEFE offers 5 levels of training, from complete beginner to advanced level, sixty instructors, more than 2,000 students each year, a multi-lingustic multimedia resources center, self-service languages labs, multimedia classrooms and a one-stop office designed to give a better welcome to foreign students who chose to study abroad in Caen.

City Information

Population: 115,000

Caen is located in the heart of Normandy: a few miles from the coast, the landing beaches, the bustling resort of Deauville and Cabourg, Norman Switzerland or Pays d’Auge and two hours northwest of Paris.

As the city of William the Conqueror and as a key site of the Battle of Normandy in the Second World War, Caen is well known for its history. The city has preserved the memory by erecting a memorial of peace: the Caen Memorial Museum.

Normandy offers picturesque villages, green pastures, a warm welcome and it is the ideal spot for water-sports, hiking, horse riding and all open-air activities.

Students will find it difficult to choose from the many places of interest to visit, or to choose from among the countless activities available. In Caen there is something for you whether your interest lies in history, art, architecture, gastronomy and sport or just enjoying the countryside. Caen is the perfect place to study and enjoy life!

Why Caen?

  • An excellent and very progressive university
  • Historic and cultural site
  • D-Day landing sites
  • The Caen Memorial Museum
  • Normandy: Home of Impressionism
  • Two hours from Paris
  • Amazing regional cuisine
  • Picturesque scenery
  • Seaside resorts
  • Land of William the Conqueror
  • Famous for its cottages and fantastic cheeses