The University of Pau

Located in the Béarn region of the Atlantic Pyrenees in southwestern France, Pau is a picturesque town. It offers spectacular scenery and a temperate climate year-round with easy access to both the Pyrenees Mountains and the Atlantic coast, and is only two hours away from Spain. The city lies roughly one hour from the beaches of Biarritz, 45 minutes from the ski resorts of Gourette and Artouste, and 30 minutes from Lourdes. Pau, well-known for its beautiful parks, has more square meters of green space per inhabitant than any other European city. Many of the streets in the charming city center are pedestrianized.

The Old Quarter dates back to medieval and Renaissance times, and was built around the castle of Henri IV. It has an active commercial district, several museums, and a library that houses the mementos of Henri IV and Marechal Bernadotte, the former king of Sweden. Many colorful figures in the history of France came from this region, including Marechal Foch and d'Artagnan (leader of the Three Musketeers). The Wright brothers (famed American aviators) also worked in Pau for many years.

The University of Pau consists of several colleges, polytechnic institutes, and professional institutes and has over 10,000 enrolled students. The University Study Abroad Consortium (USAC) classes and offices are located on the main campus, situated in the northern part of the city about a mile and a half from the center of town. It has an attractive, spacious campus with libraries, two large dining halls and a café, several residence halls and a variety of sports facilities including rugby and soccer fields, a huge indoor climbing wall, and a track. The campus is well-connected to the city by a convenient bus system that offers an economical, unlimited monthly pass and also runs to the airport and surrounding cities.


Roanoke College students pay Roanoke College tuition, standard housing, and fees. Qualified Roanoke College students may request to have their financial aid applied to the cost of one semester of study at the University of Pau.

Meals, transportation, student visas, and health insurance, among other incidental expenses, remain the responsibility of the student.