CODOFIL, the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana, was established in 1968 by the Louisiana state legislature to "do any and all things necessary to accomplish the development, utilization, and preservation of the French language as found in Louisiana for the cultural, economic, and touristic benefit of the state."
An Agreement for Academic Cooperationhas been made between the CODOFIL Consortium of Colleges and Universities in Louisiana (the CCCU) and the Interuniversity Mission for the Coordination of Franco-American Exchanges, or MICEFA. This agreement allows Louisiana students to spend one academic year studying at a French university at a cost similar to that being paid for a university in Louisiana. This student exchange is explained below:
MICEFA, the Interuniversity Mission for the Coordination of Franco-American Exchanges, provides instruction through the faculty, staff, and facilities of the affiliated Universities of Paris, located in Paris, France.
The agreement between the CCCU and MICEFA has these provisions affecting students at Louisiana universities when they enroll in one of the affiliated Universities of Paris:
- Louisiana exchange students must have completed two years of university level French courses. It is not necessary to be a French major or minor;
- Louisiana exchange students may enroll for one semester or for one academic year;
- Louisiana exchange students will be enrolled as full-time, non-degree students;
- Louisiana exchange students will be expected to abide by all academic and performance standards and roles of conduct generally applied to students of French universities;
- Louisiana CCCU member universities have agreed to accept credits from the French university; the Louisiana university and student advisers will determine how these courses may be used in the student's plan of study;
- Louisiana exchange students will pay only the tuition and fees normally charged by their home universities, such as Louisiana Tech University; these costs are paid directly to the home university;
- Louisiana exchange students must pay for any special course or other fees not included in the standard fees;
- Louisiana exchange students are responsible for paying expenses such as travel, room and board, meal plans, and lab fees;
- Louisiana exchange students must have a passport;
- Louisiana exchange students must obtain a visa;
- Louisiana exchange students must show proof of adequate financial support to participate in the exchange program; and
- Louisiana exchange students must have adequate health and accident insurance.