- 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.
Based on 4 Reviews
- 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