IES Abroad: Nantes - French Language Immersion & Area Studies

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Our French Language Immersion & Area Studies Program has two important goals: to improve your written and verbal proficiency in French through language and area studies courses and to introduce you to contemporary France and its role in the Eu... read more

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It was incredibly worthwhile-- I grew intellectually and in my confidence, and met so many wonderful individuals. - University of Vermont View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself while studying abroad. Particularly that I am capable of being in an entirely new country and being able to get around even by myself! I also learned that when you immerse yourself in a language and culture you are bound to pick things up. - University of Tulsa View Entire Review
I learned how to live in a city. I had never used public transport consistently before my time abroad. Now I feel even more confident in my ability to travel wherever I want! - Whitman College View Entire Review
January 16, 2019 A Semester Well Spent
My French skills improved so much over the course of the semester. I am definitely not ow fluent, but I can successfully navigate day-to-day life in the city *en français*. I learned a lot about the differences between French and American lifestyles and cultures and gained a better understanding of cultural differences. I also l... - Scripps College View Entire Review
My experience in France was absolutely worthwhile. I learned so much about the French culture, but more than anything, I gained lifelong relationships. My host family is truly family to me now. I still talk to them often, and I can't wait to go back and visit them. Beyond that I have both French friends as well as friends fr... - University of St. Thomas - Minnesota View Entire Review
I became a much more mature person. I travelled a lot, and had to plan things all on my own. I saw and did so many things. I would absolutely do it again, and regret that I do not have the opportunity to. - Trinity University View Entire Review
September 26, 2017 A Year Abroad
Huge self-confidence boost Absolutely worthwhile. 100% recommended - Ohio State University - Columbus View Entire Review
September 21, 2017 An Amazing Experience!
I learned that I want to live in France. I loved my time there so much that I decided to make it my goal to have a career in France. - Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University / Virginia Tech View Entire Review
August 09, 2017 Beautiful France
My French improved enormously, and it was a fantastic experience to carry with me throughout my life. - Trinity University View Entire Review
February 22, 2017 Best Time Of My Life
Primarily, I think the language was the most important aspect of my time abroad. Along with the travel, the classes, and the friendships, becoming challenged in a foreign language and being able to progress in that was one of the most rewarding parts of my experience. I think in general just being challenged to a new lifestyle w... - University of Portland View Entire Review
I improved my French immensely and overall gained so much confidence. I felt really independent abroad and had the best experience I could've hoped for exploring a beautiful city and meeting really great people. - Occidental College View Entire Review
August 13, 2016 Merci Nantes!
This program helped me start to think about what i want to do post-college. - Whitman College View Entire Review
August 10, 2016 Just Enough Guidance
I learned how to speak french, which is truly one of the most precious gifts/accomplishments that you can experience- learning another language. So yes, it was completely worthwhile. - Gustavus Adolphus College View Entire Review
I gained experience in making completely independent decisions in situations I have never been in, which taught me a lot about myself. Along with this, during the program I was making lasting bonds with new friends and with my host family, trying new cuisines, improving my French speaking and listening skills, opening my mind to... - University of Portland View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with IES Abroad: Nantes - French Language Immersion & Area Studies
My French improved significantly in the four months I lived in Nantes! I also made plenty of French friends and engaged in many cultural events that allowed me to get to know the city better. - Rice University View Entire Review
January 16, 2019 An Amazing Four Months!
My French skills improved immensely and I gained a better understanding of French culture and also of people who are very different from me. Being abroad was definitely worthwhile. - Whitman College View Entire Review
I think I gained so much knowledge and fluency by studying in Nantes and I would 100% repeat the same experience! - Gettysburg College View Entire Review
I learned that there is no "right" way to live. Everyone lives differently; there are no two cultures exactly alike. A major problem today is that many peoples believe their ways of living are superior to others when every culture is formed and adapted to its surrounding conditions and environment. There are better and more effi... - Wofford College View Entire Review
I think the biggest thing I gained from the program was confidence. - University of Minnesota - Twin Cities View Entire Review
September 23, 2017 Dream In Front Of My Eyes
I gained a lot of independence especially since I learned a lot about myself during my time abroad. By the end, I learned how to enjoy my own company (I am no longer afraid of doing things on my own). You get a different perspective on the world. Plus, I now consider myself fluent in french because of this experience. It was wor... - University of Portland View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with IES Abroad: Nantes - French Language Immersion & Area Studies
If you're looking to truly immerse yourself in french language and culture, this is the program for you. Nantes is the perfect city for a study abroad semester: it is large and young enough that there is always something fun to do, yet small enough to truly feel like home. The people are kind and generous and (unlike what you ma... - University of Rochester View Entire Review
I learned how to be independent during my time abroad. I've always been super close with my family, and was terrified to leave for such a long time, but I had the time of my life in Europe and learned how to be on my own. I wouldn't give my experience back for the world. - Tufts University View Entire Review
I am so happy that I chose this program. I loved the aspects of cultural immersion, and felt like I really understood a different culture by the end. I didn't want to leave! - University of Rochester View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with IES Abroad: Nantes - French Language Immersion & Area Studies
I gained more knowledge about France and Europe, as well as a more global perspective on some important issues like the Brexit and French politics. I met a wide variety of personalities that I though I would have clashed with, but ended up being very comparable as friends. My French greatly improved, showing that this immersion ... - University of Portland View Entire Review
I gained a new perspective and I really learned what it is like to live and thrive in another country. I learned about a new culture and a new language and I feel like I now have a second home. It was 100% worthwhile. - Illinois Wesleyan University View Entire Review

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Our French Language Immersion & Area Studies Program has two important goals: to improve your written and verbal proficiency in French through language and area studies courses and to introduce you to contemporary France and its role in the European Union. A beautiful city on the Loire River, Nantes is the perfect place to perfect your French. For more than 50 years, this program has been offering students the opportunity to fully integrate into French society and function completely in French, thanks to the program’s focus on full immersion and the fact that there are few Anglophones in Nantes.

This program has a close relationship with the Université de Nantes, so you will have many opportunities to enroll in local university courses. IES Abroad courses are taught in French by native French faculty, many of whom are professors at the Université de Nantes. You also have access to the university libraries, computer labs, cafeterias, and sports facilities, and you are welcome to join student clubs and other social and sports organizations.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • French
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • International Agriculture
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
  • Comparative Literature
  • French Language, Literature
  • Cultural Studies
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • Economics
  • International Relations
  • Political Science and Government
  • Sociology
  • Drama, Theater, Theatre Arts
  • Film, Video, Photographic Arts
  • International Business
  • History
Minimum GPA:
2.75
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