Nantes is well-known for being a charming city in which to live in France, and it's quite easy to see why. Home to many young professionals and students, there are plenty of new friends to make and an active nightlife waiting for you in Nantes. Once the capital of Brittany, Nantes has a rich history, which you can see firsthand by visiting the Cathédrale St-Pierre et St-Paul and the Château des Ducs de Bretagne. It's also easy to walk around and explore the city by foot.
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.
This program enjoys a close relationship with the Université de Nantes. You have access to the school's libraries, computer labs, cafeterias, and sports facilities, and are welcome to join student clubs and other social and sports organizations. You also have many opportunities for enrolling in university courses. IES Abroad courses are taught in French by native French faculty, many of whom are professors at the Université de Nantes. You select from IES Abroad language and area studies courses, and can add a teaching internship and university courses to complete your schedule.
Visit www.IESabroad.org for complete program details.
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 strive to make sure you feel safe, cared for, and at home while you’re away from home. Whether it’s the orientation program that makes you feel prepared, your housing that is well-located and comfortable, the cultural events that make it easy and fun to meet other international and local students, or the field trips and walking tours that take you to places tourists don’t usually see—we’re all about our student service. Learn more about the day-to-day studying abroad on this program. From field trips to housing, it’s all on IES Abroad’s website.
Scholarships & Aid
IES Abroad firmly believes that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad program. That's why we commit $5 million in study abroad scholarships and aid, all offered through one quick and easy application. Check out all of our scholarship options at www.IESabroad.org/aid.
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Students who enroll in the IES Nantes Program will combine French language study with courses in the humanities and social sciences. Students may enroll in courses at the University of Nantes and participate in an internship. All courses are taught in French. IES Nantes employs a permanent resident director and staff who are available to students around the clock. The IES resident director organizes a variety of local and overnight excursions and helps students enroll in their chosen courses. IES field trips vary from year to year and from semester to semester. Examples of past trips are: Mont St-Michel, Saint Malo and the Loire Valley with stops at the châteaux in Amboise, Azay-le-Rideau, Blois, Chambored, Chenonceau and Villandry. Some field trips are included in srudents' program fee, and other optional trips are available for an additional cost.
Once a vital port city in the 18th century, Nantes is now the sixth largest city in France with a population of over 500,000 people and a leader in technology and international industries. It was recently ranked as one of the best cities in France for quality of life. Situated at the mouth of the Loire River just 30 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, Nantes is only two hours by train from Paris and allows quick journeys to the capital and easy access to other destinations in Europe. Rich in tradition, yet unspoiled by tourism, Nantes offers a quintessential image of French society.
Participants will be placed in IES-approved host families, who will provide students with a single room, breakfast every day and five additional meals per week.
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Courses and Credits
Each course a student takes abroad, regardless of the grade received or how course credit counts toward degree requirements, must:
- Be approved. Student may either select courses from the pre-approved course list or seek course approval via the credit evaluation process (non-French courses, only); students are strongly encouraged to do this prior to submitting their applications.
- Transfer back to the student’s Ohio State record.
- Be completed for graded Ohio State credit. This grade will be factored into the student’s GPA.
: Course approval, either via the pre-approved course list or completion of the credit evaluation process, does not guarantee the availability of the course abroad. Students must consult their program provider regarding course availability and talk with their Ohio State academic advisor to ensure that approved course options are appropriate given their degree requirements. All students should have multiple back-up courses approved. Canceling participation for failure to secure approval for desired course work will be subject to the cancellation policy
Admitted participants are required to register themselves in the temporary study abroad placeholder course, ARTSSCI 5797. Further instructions will be provided upon admission to the program.
Students will earn a maximum of 12 hrs of graded Ohio State French credit for the semester program course(s). The exact amount of credit earned will depend on the amount of instruction hours taken and which courses appear on the IES transcript. The total hours earned will be applied towards the French courses succeeding the last French Ohio State course taken prior to the program.
The Department of French and Italian does not require students to complete a credit evaluation form for French courses before program departure. Students should however be sure to meet with their academic advisor(s) to discuss their overall academic goals through participation in Education Abroad. Credit Evaluation will take place after a program has completed and transcripts have been received from the host institution. Students must retain all academic materials (work sheets, coursework etc.) from their program for possible assessment on their return to the US.
Post program credit approval for the Department of French will be assessed by Julie Parson.firstname.lastname@example.org
Applicants are required to meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements
and Conditions for Participation
. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs. Successful completion of French 3101 is required for the semester language program along with a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
Students may not graduate during the same term in which they are participating on a third party provider/direct enroll program.
Applicants are required to submit TWO applications:
1. OIA education abroad application (start at the "Apply Now" at the bottom or top of this page);
applications must be submitted by the Ohio State application deadline.
Passports are required for every Ohio State study abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to travel.state.gov
Students will pay the IES program fee and GeoBlue International insurance fee. A waiver of tuition for Ohio State students that participate on university-approved third party provider or direct enroll programming is in effect until June 30, 2019. The program fee includes in-country tuition, accommodations with a host family, some meals, on-site orientation, and some excursions.
If students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification from OSU, they will be held responsible for a $200 cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy
Students should begin researching funding opportunities
before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarships
deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.
Students who receive or are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant are encouraged to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
. This program is Gilman eligible. Interested students should first verify their existing award package and make an appointment with Student Financial Aid as needed. After researching the scholarship, students wishing to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship should be in touch with the listed education abroad coordinator to begin working on a competitive application.
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, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status, is prohibited.