- Nantes, France
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
- Program Description:
The IES Abroad Nantes Program has two important goals: to improve your written and verbal proficiency in French through language and area studies courses and teaching internships, and to introduce you to contemporary France and its role in the European Union. Founded in 1965, the program is small enough to welcome you into the community, yet large enough to allow for a variety of academic and extracurricular activities. We offer you the opportunity to integrate fully into French society and function completely in French, due to the program’s focus on full immersion and the fact that there are few Anglophones in Nantes.
We offer unique courses that explore French Language, History, and Culture, as well as other topics, through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our world-class professors and course options at prestigious local universities enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class. While in Nantes, you take 15–19 credit hours per semester, and all courses are worth 3 credits unless otherwise specified. All courses are taught in French.
Founded in 1950, IES Abroad is a global, not-for-profit study abroad organization with 115+ academic programs in Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, and Latin America. To learn more about what we offer visit our website.
- Setting Description:
- Imagine yourself stopping by the 15th century Château des Ducs, exploring fine arts museums, enjoying a crêpe in a quaint café, and walking along the Loire River in this quintessential French town. It’s the sixth largest city in France, but quaint enough to feel at home. Did we mention the food is divine? Discover the French joie de vivre when you study abroad in Nantes.
- We offer more than $2.2 million in scholarships & financial aid. Contact IES Abroad or see our website for cost, scholarships, and financial aid.
Additional Program Information
- Scholarships Description:
- IES Abroad offers $5 million dollars in need- and merit-based scholarships and grants that can be used toward an IES Abroad study abroad program. Apply online using our universal Aid Application, and we’ll pair you with the scholarships and grants.
Based on 11 Reviews
- Immersion to the fullest!02/09/20
An amazing overall experience. The first day I was really stressed but through a supportive and insightful orientation process, amazing program directors and curious host family, I slowly opened up. Whether it was unique social outings, the amazing classroom
environment created by the program, the field trips and more, I was able to develop my language skills, learn new cultural elements and traditions, as well as make friends with the locals! Unforgettable.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Life Changing Experience in France!02/09/20
I chose this program to improve my French comprehension and speaking skills, and this program perfectly suited my needs. I was able to speak French every day with my host family, my French and American friends, and the amazing staff. I took classes at
the local university which offered a unique view of everyday life and offered some very interesting courses. There were a lot of nice restaurants that offered great deals for students, and there was always lots to do in the city, including museums, the chateau, shops, the Machines-de-Ile, and much more! Overall I learned a lot of elements about French life and culture that are impossible to learn in a classroom in the United States, and it was the most amazing out of the classroom experiences I've had.one of the most awesome adventures I've ever been on!read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Couldn't have asked for a better experience!02/04/20
The IES Abroad Nantes program was everything I could have asked for and more. It was an amazing opportunity to immerse myself in the culture and the language, while earning credits towards my degree at my home university. My program had the added option
to do a pedagogical internship in a local middle school helping teach the students English. I loved every minute of it and it helped inform my future career choice. This program ensures you have every possible opportunity to succeed and flourish in Nantes. The staff, teachers, assistants, and host families are all so kind and great resources if you need support during your time there. The program led excursions outside Nantes are a great opportunity to see more of the Loire Valley and France. They are a great bonding experience for you and your fellow classmates. I made some friends who I will be close with for life and the memories we made together in this program are what brought us together. I cannot recommend this program highly enough, it was seriously the best semester ever!read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- I wouldn't change a thing!08/23/19
I can't speak highly enough of the program here. IES is a great organization to study abroad with and Nantes, specifically, is an awesome city to be in. These factors combined, it was a fantastic semester. IES provides a lot of assistance with the Visa
process, homestay situation, picking classes, and taking trips around Nantes (such as wineries and castles). Nantes itself is a really cute city-- it has a hidden culture of music and art, and is teeming with young people, thanks to the University of Nantes network.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- An amazing experience08/23/19
Living in Nantes meant I was completely immersed in the language and culture of France, but it was especially my host family who added to that immersion and who taught me so much about French culture from their own perspectives. We would go on trips,
do different activities together, and have conversations where I learned about their life experiences, interests, and beliefs. They made me feel like family, and the connection I made with them is something I plan to maintain. This program challenged me to grow immensely in my language speaking and comprehension skills, as well as my understanding of the French culture. Being that all my classes were in French and I only spoke French with my host family, I was pushed out of my comfort zone, but the support of the IES abroad staff helped me adjust and grow confidence in my new environment. I enjoyed making new study abroad friends, as well as French friends outside of the program. I learned a lot about France from the classes I took, as they touched on an array of topics from politics and religion, to food and customs, to slang and pop culture. One thing I wish I was told before was that the IES and university classes are catered for the student to succeed, so there is no need to worry about failing any of them if you put in the effort. This program gave me new connections and great memories that I can take with me, and I'm glad I took part in it.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- An Experience I'll Never Forget!08/18/19
Choosing to study abroad with IES was one of the best decisions I have made in my college career. I knew that I wanted to do an immersion program so that I could become a better speaker and I significantly improved! Not only was I able to make connections
with the other students but my host family was super supportive and loving; I plan on staying in contact with them! Not only was I looking for a program that pushed me to learn more and improve my French, but I also wanted to be able to travel and experience Europe. I had plenty of opportunities to travel around and visit different countries which was an important aspect for me. I think that if you are looking for a program that will push you out of your comfort zone and allow you the opportunities to get involved in the community then IES Nantes is the place for you!read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- The Experience of a Lifetime!08/13/19
I would definitely recommend studying abroad in Nantes, France with IES! Upon arrival, the IES staff welcomes you with wide smiles and makes you feel at home. They ensure a smooth transition to a new French life by having about ten days of orientation
before classes begin. Throughout the orientation, they provide you with useful information, help you buy a SIM card for your phone, and show you how to buy a monthly bus pass. Even after orientation, they check in on their students to make sure they are enjoying their experience. IES not only provides students with a great education, but also gives students the opportunity to engage in cultural events that really allow you to get to know the city. The IES staff also take students on field trips to places like Mont Saint Michel, Normandy, Saint Malo, etc. IES also gives students the opportunity to meet French students by hosting a weekly Club de Conversation, where French and American students meet to chat. Studying with IES Nantes is truly a fully immersive experience! By the time you leave, your French will have greatly improved and you will feel like a true Nantais(e)!read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- The road less traveled04/27/14
Nantes is one of the most amazing cities I have ever been to. It's beautiful and full of so much culture. It has the best of French culture and Bretagne's culture and is a manageable size. This is a great city to study in for those who truly want to be
immersed in the French language. IES does a great job of helping students get to know the area through field trips and subsidizing events in the city. There is a lot of support from the staff and French teaching assistants and there are opportunities to get involved in the life of the French university through coursework and extracurricular activities.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- IES Nantes - Amazing!04/25/14
My time with IES Abroad was wonderful. I had a wonderful host family that I felt right at home with from the second I arrived. IES does a phenomenal job in placing you with families that will benefit you the most during your time abroad, and they make
you feel comfortable. Taking classes with IES was also a great experience. The professors were extremely helpful, and I learned a lot in my time there. The IES center was also a wonderful place. If you had questions, there were a lot staff members you could go to, and they always made sure that your time there was as exciting and beneficial as possible. There were always activities for the students to participate in, we went on numerous trips to different places in France, and got to know one another really well. There was never a dull moment with IES Abroad, and if I could do it over, I would definitely choose this program again.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- I'm so grateful for the experience!03/30/14
It was difficult at first to integrate because you are surrounded on a daily basis with many other Americans from the program. The Americans take classes at the IES Center as well as at the local university; however, all of the classes at the center consist
only of other American students from the program. Making American friends was easy, French friends were a little more difficult (but still do-able!)There is a French-only policy at the IES Center, and it is enforced pretty strictly (in a polite way, of course). However, one of my downfalls was the fact that outside of the center, we were free to speak English, at did often. At the beginning of the program everyone wants to speak French, but after mid-terms and vacation time comes and goes, English comes back strong. My favorite parts about the IES program itself were the helpfulness of the advisors, the overall atmosphere of the program itself (we were all like family), and the group excursions to locations around France throughout the semester.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- IES Nantes is a family.03/26/14
IES Nantes is a very smart decision when it comes to language learning. This program allows you to take courses at the local university, Université de Nantes, and also at the IES Center, which is in a beautiful old building near city center. The professors
at the Center are absolutely excellent, and hand-picked by M. de Berranger, Program Director and Professor of Law at the university. The program includes multiple group vacations by bus to famous landmarks in France. My group went to Mont Saint Michel, Brittany, and visited the historic castles of the Loire valley. It also includes some special cultural events in Nantes, such as a visit to the Opera. The main thing you need to know about IES Nantes, though, is that it is a family. The center is built with a computer lab, library, an art room, a TV room, and two kitchens. Students tend to stay at the Center while it is open, building strong connections with staff and professors. One professor even teaches a French cooking workshop! Also, many of the host families have been with the program for years, so you are more likely to get a family that understands the struggles of learning to live somewhere new. A lot of people who plan on studying in France default towards going to Paris. If you're in this situation, don't tune this out. In Paris, there are hundreds of study abroad programs. In Nantes, there is only one program for Americans, and that is IES Nantes. Locals speak limited English, so you will have to learn to make your way through restaurants, cafés, bakeries, and libraries in French alone. Also, in the center, French is the only language spoken. Going to Nantes doesn't mean you'll miss out on quintessential French experiences. In fact, you may find that spending time somewhere other than Paris gives you an insider's view of the country. You'll still have the 6-story buildings with balconies, the city squares bustling with activity, and the incredible traditional food of France.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend