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2.75 Overall GPA
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Program Overview

Program Overview

Join 60,000 students in one of France’s most beautiful cities, just two hours west of Paris by train, where you’ll learn the distinct Celtic traditions particular to this beautiful, unspoiled region from the inside, and further your academic requirements. Intensive courses, a homestay, and explorations of the city – from the ancient settlement of Condate to the architecturally fascinating details of “the stone city” – ensure you improve your French language skills and gain an understanding of Francophone culture.

Study abroad in Rennes and you'll:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the French people and fluency in the French language
  • Enjoy for-credit teaching internships in a local primary, middle, or high school
  • Enroll in a French university
  • Explore Paris during a three-day orientation prior to arrival in Rennes
  • Live with a French family, and immerse yourself in the culture
  • Visit museums and theaters, and take excursions to sites such as the southwestern coast of Brittany, beaches of Normandy, Mont Saint-Michel, and castles of the Loire Valley
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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $3 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Bailey Minority Serving Institution Grants
  • Bailey Minority Serving Institution Grants

    For minority students from minority-serving institutions who demonstrate financial need based on estimated family contribution (EFC)

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence

    For students with a GPA or 3.8 or higher who excel in academic pursuits devoted to socially important areas of study

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    For students who demonstrate financial need, CIEE provides direct support for travel.

    Awards: Up to $1,500 per student

  • Language Intensive-Focus Track (LIFT) Merit Scholarships
  • Language Intensive-Focus Track (LIFT) Merit Scholarships

    For students who want to pursue an intensive language program for one academic year in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Cuba, Dominican Republic, France, Italy, Jordan, Mexico, Peru, Russia, Senegal, Spain, or Taiwan

To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

We offer six levels of French language instruction, so whether you’re a beginner or intermediate student, you'll find a program in Rennes that meets your interests and abilities. No matter which level you take, you’ll study oral expression, writing, and comprehension. An advanced track of language study is available to students who have at least six semesters of college-level French. Plus, choose from courses including French cinema, history, economics, and literature.

Excursions and Cultural Activities

study abroad in France

Spend two days visiting the WWII Memorial and D-Day beaches in Normandy. Follow French post-Impressionist artist Paul Gauguin’s life in the picturesque commune of Pont-Aven in Brittany. Visit Mont St. Michel to learn about the architecture of this remarkable place, which has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Travel to the Loire Valley to explore four historic castles, including Amboise, where Leonardo Da Vinci is buried. Attend theater performances and group dinners, visit museums, and more. You’ll do all of this and more in Rennes with CIEE.

Teaching Practicum

You’ll get rich experience as an intern teaching English at a local primary, middle, or high school. Learn more about the French educational system, and get involved in the community while earning teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) credit.

Student to student

At the Université de Rennes II, you’ll attend a soirée interculturelle, where you’ll meet a diverse group of French students who may become your lifelong friends! Through CIEE’s membership at the Franco-American Institute, you’ll have endless opportunities to participate in cultural events and conversation-exchange groups with your French peers.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Fall 2014 (17 wks)
Extended to: 05/01/2014
08/25/2014
12/20/2014

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Fall 2015
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$17,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, residence permit fees, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$14,357
Housing ***
$3,080
Insurance
$113

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes all meals

Estimated Additional Costs

International Airfare *
$1,550
Local Transportation
$200
Books & Supplies
$200
Visa Fees **
$165
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$2,900

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

** average cost, including Campus France fees

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Spring 2015 (20 wks)
Extended to: 11/15/2014
01/05/2015
05/23/2015
$17,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, residence permit fees, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$14,357
Housing ***
$3,080
Insurance
$113

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes all meals

Estimated Additional Costs

International Airfare *
$1,550
Local Transportation
$200
Books & Supplies
$200
Visa Fees **
$165
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$2,900

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

** average cost, including Campus France fees

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Spring 2016
11/01/2015
TBA
TBA

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Academic year 2014-2015 (39 wks)
Extended to: 05/01/2014
08/25/2014
05/23/2015

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Academic year 2015-2016
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$33,900

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, residence permit fees, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$27,327
Housing ***
$6,160
Insurance
$113

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes all meals

Estimated Additional Costs

International Airfare *
$1,550
Local Transportation
$400
Books & Supplies
$400
Visa Fees **
$165
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$5,800

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

** average cost, including Campus France fees

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Eligibility
2.75 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.75
  • GPA 3.0 in French language
  • 4 semesters of college-level French or equivalent
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit for the semester is 16–18 semester/24–27 quarter hours. Total recommended credit for the academic year is 30–36 semester/45–54 quarter hours. Maximum number of credits per semester is 18. Participants are required to take a minimum of 14 semester credits.

The standard format for CIREFE and UHB classes is 2 contact hours per week. 3 or 4 hour classes are very rare; the only exceptions are the intermediate CIREFE language classes which meet 6 hours per week.

Course contact hours and recommended credit is listed with the descriptions of the various degree levels in the courses section.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students take a minimum of 14 credits and usually 16 to 18 credits per semester. These include:

  • Required preliminary language and culture course (2 credits)
  • Required language course at level of placement (Levels A1–C2, an average of 6 credits)
  • Three to five content courses, which are 2-3 credits. Students placed in the advanced level take one or two courses, depending on credit load. Content courses include UHB courses.

After the Preliminary Language and Culture course, students take courses directly through CIREFE. The CIREFE’s mission is to provide an appropriate level of language instruction to all foreign students while preparing them to participate in regular French university classes. Students are placed in one of six levels in the CIREFE depending on their performance on the placement examination at the end of their Preliminary Language and Culture course. Each level has a prescribed set of courses. Since placement is determined after arrival, students should have their home school advisor evaluate courses at all levels for credit. Placements during the spring semester for academic year students are dependent on performance during the fall semester.

In the case of insufficient enrollment in certain electives, some courses may not be offered. Courses are offered in the fall and spring semesters, unless otherwise indicated. All courses are considered to be junior and senior level. /p>

European Framework of Reference for Languages

The basic user:

A1 Breakthrough Level
Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others, and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows, and things he/she has.

A2 Waystage Level
Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.

The Independent User:

B1 Threshold level
Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise while traveling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.

B2 Vantage Level
Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.

The Proficient User:

C1 Effective-Proficiency Level
Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts and recognize implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.

C2 Mastery Level
Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation.

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About the City

About The City

With its young population of 60,000 students, Rennes is a perfect setting for study in France. Just two hours west of Paris by train, Rennes is the capital of Brittany. Economically very dynamic, the city is known as a center for technology. The city offers an excellent variety of cultural events, with its national theater, opera, orchestra, numerous cinemas, soccer stadium, and skating rink. Rennes provides study abroad students the opportunity to learn the distinct Celtic traditions particular to this region of France.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Daniel Audaz

Resident Director

Daniel Audaz, is originally from Marseille, France. He studied at the University of Aix-en-Provence where he obtained his M.A. in geography and then specialized in Français Langue Etrangère et Seconde. He then moved to the U.S. to begin his Ph.D. in second language acquisition at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While there, he worked as a teaching assistant of French and as a resident assistant at the French House of Madison. This experience began five years of study, work, and research at UW-Madison.

Daniel worked at the UW-Madison study abroad program in Aix-en-Provence and the French Resource Center at UW-Madison. He has taught numerous undergraduate courses in French language and culture and served as interim director of the French House of Madison. Daniel’s research interest in cross-cultural exchanges began when he completed an M.A. in urban ethnography, researching the study abroad population of Aix-en-Provence. He is currently writing a doctoral thesis in second language acquisition that focuses on intercultural competence, alterity, sociocultural theory, and mediation in study abroad programs.

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The CIEE program in Rennes provides the best of what both France and CIEE have to offer in terms of education, quality of life, and opportunities for intercultural learning for a semester or a year of study. Rennes is a medium-sized, charming city that is often cited among the most livable cities in France. The old town is a combination of half-timbered houses dating from the Middle Ages and 18th century architecture. Despite its relatively modest size, the city benefits from a metro system. With its large university population, Rennes is a dynamic and a culturally rich metropolis with lots of activities: cinema, music festivals, theater, museums, diverse restaurants, one of the largest outdoor markets in France, and an active nightlife. Rennes, as the capital of the region of Brittany, and its inhabitants—many of whom are of Celtic origin—manifest its regional distinction through a choice of culinary delicacies (seafood, crêpes, cider, galettes), the Breton language, and a variety of music and folkloric dance events throughout the year.

I look forward to exploring the city and region with you this year!”

— Daniel Audaz, Resident Director

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Madeleine DLorcy

Adminstrative Assistant

Madeleine DLorcy’s helpful advice, assistance, and friendly personality have been a CIEE tradition in Rennes since 1982. Born and raised in Brittany, Madeleine is always ready to help answer your questions about life in France. She assists the resident director with academic, administrative, cultural activities, and day-to-day matters.

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Leah Honiberg

Student Services Coordinator

Leah Honiberg is originally from Connecticut, and a graduate of the University of Richmond where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in French and Spanish language and culture. It was during her studies in Virginia that she chose to do a semester abroad in Rennes, France, through the CIEE program followed by a semester in Valencia, Spain. After her studies, she returned to France as an English language assistant for two years. Her passion for languages and discovering new cultures as well as her incredible experience as an exchange student in Rennes have led her to make her home in France. She joined the CIEE team in August 2013, and looks forward to meeting each and every new student.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

study abroad in France

The Université de Haute Bretagne (UHB) is divided into two campuses: Rennes I (science) and Rennes II (humanities). Rennes II is the host for the study abroad program, and offers courses in 12 departments. Rennes II enrolls about 22,000 students, including 1,500 international students. The campus is one mile northwest of downtown. CIEE students register for courses at the Centre International Rennais d’Etude du Francais pour les Etrangers (CIREFE), a department within UHB that teaches both French language and content courses to international students.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Housing and all meals are included in the program fee. During the program, study abroad students live in French homes, either in Rennes or a close suburb. Students eat weekday breakfasts and dinners and all weekend meals at the place of residence. Meal tickets are distributed for lunches during the week. The resident director and the student services coordinator meet with students individually to confirm their housing.

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Orientations

Orientations

You'll begin your study abroad experience in Rennes even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. Meeting with students online, the resident director shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple—to help you understand more about the program, and identify your objectives so that you arrive well-informed and return home having made significant progress towards your goals.

A mandatory three-day orientation is conducted in Paris at the beginning of the program, which introduces you to the country, culture, and academic program. French student assistants help with the practical and cultural orientation, and participate in all program excursions and cultural activities such as visits to museums, city guided tours, and group dinners. They share their personal experiences and foster the use of French among students.

Once in Rennes, an orientation provides practical information about living in Rennes and includes a city tour, meetings with CIEE staff to complete the University registration, and with a professor from CIREFE who presents the academic program, course selection, and suggestions on study methods for courses at CIREFE and UHB. Ongoing support is provided by CIEE staff on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. Some host families have Internet access. UHB assigns email accounts and grants free Internet access to students. The Rennes II campus has wireless access, as do a number of cafés in Rennes.

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Academics

Academics

Academic Program

The CIEE Study Center in Rennes opened in 1971, and is geared to students with intermediate- to advanced-level French skills interested in perfecting their language abilities. The study abroad program offers a combination of French language and content courses taken at the Centre International Rennais d’Etude du Francais pour les Etrangers (CIREFE), and the opportunity to take regular university courses at the Université de Haute Bretagne Rennes II (UHB).

During the first few weeks, students take an intensive CIEE language and culture course consisting of 30 hours of language and civilization coursework and 10 hours of cross-cultural analysis and cultural adaptation seminars. Immediately following this intensive program, and based on the results of a placement exam, students enroll in CIREFE and UHB classes.

Direct Enrollment Update

The Université de Haute Bretagne Rennes II has implemented a new, earlier spring calendar. As a result, spring students taking direct enrollment classes may have to miss the beginning of some of the preliminary direct enrollment classes due to arriving on site after the Université de Haute Bretagne Rennes II semester begins. On-site CIEE staff will do everything possible to fulfill the students’ academic requests and to facilitate the direct enrollment process.

Academic Culture

Higher education in France is divided into three stages: licence, masters, and doctorat. French students specialize in a particular discipline at the outset of their university studies, with a prescribed set of courses in their discipline and a limited choice of electives. Professors in France tend to be more formal than in the U.S. and do not see it as their role to give encouragement or individual attention to students. They see themselves as specialists who are there to impart their knowledge. As a result, French students are generally very self-disciplined and do not expect to be motivated by their instructors, but rather judge a course by the quality and quantity of information taught.

CIREFE, where CIEE study abroad students take the majority of their classes, does provide more individual attention to international students. However, students must still have a more independent, self-motivated attitude. Teachers do notice when students are absent, which can affect their grade. Syllabi are seldom as detailed as in the U.S. and students need to be able to figure out for themselves what is important, what should be memorized, etc. All CIREFE courses are taught in French. A strong emphasis is placed on writing skills, more so than in the U.S. One reason is that many international students in CIREFE classes go on to study at a French university, and therefore need to have an excellent command of the written language. Secondly, the core language class in each level emphasizes written French. And finally, a student’s written work is considered to be a more reliable indicator of their overall competency in French. Thus, you will find that the French professors are particularly concerned with your ability to demonstrate logical thinking, produce well-structured arguments, and conform to French methodology.

Classes in which CIEE students enroll meet Monday through Friday, with excursions on some weekends. Students usually take two, two-hour classes per day. Students are expected to complete all of the work given and take exams when scheduled. Advanced students may enroll in one or two courses at UHB and must attend lectures, take notes, complete assigned work, and take exams. Special exams are given if the exam period falls outside the CIEE program dates.

Nature of Classes

CIREFE classes are with CIEE and other international students. UHB classes are with French students. All classes are taught in French.

CIEE Community Language Commitment

Study abroad students take part in the CIEE Community Language Commitment by speaking French at all times (except in emergencies). This fosters a learning community that contributes to both French language proficiency and understanding of French society.

Grading System

Assessment varies but is usually based on essays, written tests, oral presentations, out-of-class project reports, class participation, and final exams. Students can expect at least two major exams during the term. Although continuous assessment of student performance occurs, it is usual for the final exam to account for as much as 50 percent of the final grade.

UHB professors use a French grading scale of zero to 20, with 10 considered a minimal passing grade. French students are content to receive a grade in the 12 to 15 range (roughly equivalent to a B). CIEE and other international students who take UHB courses for credit are also graded on this scale. The resident director converts all final grades into U.S. letter grades using an international grade conversion chart.

Advanced French Track

For students who have at least six semesters of college-level French and place into CIREFE’s C1 and C2 levels, the CIEE Study Center in Rennes offers an opportunity to pursue an advanced track of study. Levels and placement are determined by performance on a placement test. Students who qualify for and pursue the advanced track have the opportunity to choose among a host of social science and humanities courses at the UHB.

Teaching Practicum

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Study abroad students can participate in a teaching practicum in a primary, middle, or high school. This is a great way for students to learn more about the educational system in France and become involved with the community, while earning credit through teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL). Interested students must enroll in one methodology course conducted in French. Students are responsible for preparing a one-hour lesson in English per week. The final grade is based on lesson plans, homework assignments, and class observations. The resident director or teaching practicum supervisor oversees the experience and evaluates the students’ performance. Students receive three credit hours. Those seeking credit for this experience must obtain written approval from their home institution prior to arrival.

Language of Instruction

French

Faculty

All courses are taught by faculty members from the Université de Haute Bretagne, Rennes II.

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

All Courses

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

Required CIEE Pre-Session Courses

The Preliminary Language and Culture Courses are held at Langue & Communication, a nationally certified private language school in the historic city center.

FREN 3501 RENS

Preliminary Language and Culture Course, I

FREN 3502 RENS

Preliminary Language and Culture Course, II

FREN 3503 RENS

Preliminary Language and Culture Course, III

FREN 3504 RENS

Preliminary Language and Culture Course, IV

Upon arrival in Rennes, students are tested for language proficiency and are placed in the level corresponding to their ability. Instruction during this initial period concentrates on developing language and cross-cultural analysis skills, with emphasis on overcoming initial grammatical and lexical problems, increasing conversational fluency, and strengthening strategies in cultural adaptation. Contact hours: 30. Recommended credit: 2 semester / 3 quarter hours.

CIEE Courses

COMM 3301 RENS

Intercultural Communication and Leadership
In this class, participants will develop skills, knowledge, and understanding that will help them communicate and engage more appropriately and effectively in Rennes as well as in other intercultural contexts. Students will explore various topics in intercultural communication in the context of their experience abroad, and will practice intercultural learning processes that they can apply when working across difference in a wide variety of contexts. Participants will increase their own cultural self-awareness and develop personal leadership skills to help them become more effective in an interdependent world. Learning will involve in-class exercises, active reflection, discussion, readings, field reports, short lectures, and out-of-class activities that engage students in the local culture on a deeper level. Contact hours: 42. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

CIREFE Courses

A1 & A2 LEVELS


Students who place into CIREFE’s A1 and A2 take the following four French language required courses and one civilization class.

Required Courses

French Language
The focus of this course is to expand the student’s ability to express him or herself in a concise manner. Students write short, well-organized texts in which they use indirect discourse, description, retelling, and simple argumentation. Students learn how to construct descriptive, narrative, and argumentative texts by learning logical connectors, more complex verb tenses, cause and effect, hypothesis and the conditional, and finally, opposition and concession. Weekly one-hour laboratory sessions take place, as well as writing assignments. Contact hours: 78 classroom hours and 26 language lab hours (8 hours per week including 2 hours of laboratory) in A1 or 78 classroom hours and 13 language lab hours (7 hours per week including 1 hour of laboratory) in A2. Recommended credit: 6 semester / 9 quarter hours per semester.

From Listening Comprehension to Written Expression
This class is designed to help students increase their listening comprehension through various audio/visual materials by learning to recognize distinct information and then responding through written work with the appropriate and newly acquired lexical, grammatical, and syntactic tools. Students are guided in acquiring a more natural expression in French. They also learn to structure a text in a coherent manner using logical links, pronouns, and expressions of substitution so as not to repeat themselves. By producing their own written texts, students learn how to relate an incident, a visit, or an experience in various tenses; to integrate examples or arguments; and to reconstruct spoken language into indirect discourse. Contact hours: 52 (4 hours per week). Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

From Written Comprehension to Oral Expression
By first working on comprehension of various written documents, students improve their oral expression by paying attention to rhythm and intonation, and then producing a global synthesis and pointing out pertinent details. Contact hours: 26 (2 hours per week). Recommended credit: 2 semester / 3 quarter hours.

Oral Expression
In oral expression, students increase their oral French proficiency through spoken exercises that concentrate on introducing oneself, purchasing something in a store, pointing out directions, etc. Contact hours: 26 (2 hours per week). Recommended credit: 2 semester / 3 quarter hours.

French Civilization and Culture: Initiation
This course allows students to explore French culture in its various lifestyles: family, students, and leisure in Brittany. Students participate in interactive communicative exercises to comprehend and practice introducing oneself appropriately in different contexts, requesting information, inviting/refusing an invitation, etc. Contact hours: 26 hours (2 hours per week). Recommended credit: 2 semester / 3 quarter hours.

B1 LEVEL

Required Language Courses

French Language
This course emphasizes the ability to express oneself in diverse communicative settings. Students are taught to report an event in the past tense; to express tastes, feelings, or opinions using the subjunctive and relative pronouns; to formulate hypotheses; to express certainty, uncertainty, or fear using the subjunctive and conditional; and to announce or expose a factual event using the correct form of past verb tense and/or voice. Students apply these skills to argumentative discourse and concentrate on logical syntactical connectors, causes, consequences, goals, expressing opposition, and concession. Weekly one-hour laboratory sessions take place, and writing assignments are given. Contact hours: 91 classroom hours and 13 language lab hours (7 hours per week including 1 hour of laboratory). Recommended credit: 6 semester / 9 quarter hours.

From Listening Comprehension to Written Expression
The students work on improving their listening comprehension skills through various audio/video recordings, by learning to recognize distinct information, and then responding through written work with the appropriate and newly acquired lexical, grammatical, and syntactic tools. Through a number of activities using written French, students advance in their ability to produce correct sentence structure using the appropriate vocabulary. In writing assignments with specific syntactical and style constraints, they are asked to produce work that reflects daily life in France—emails, letters asking for information, report of a visit or an event, and description of places or objects. Emphasis is placed on making coherent connections, avoiding repetition through use of pronouns and alternative expressions. Contact hours: 39 (3 hours per week). Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Recommended Language Courses


It is recommended that students at this level take the following courses.

Oral Expression
In oral expression, students increase their fluency through spoken exercises that concentrate on expressing emotions, feelings, opinions, obtaining information, and matters concerning daily life in France. Contact hours: 26 (2 hours per week). Recommended credit: 2 semester / 3 quarter hours.

French Civilization and Culture: Introduction
This course is an introduction to politics, contemporary society, and cultures of France, with a focus on the lexicology needed to understand French society more fully. Authentic materials are used, such as newspaper and magazine articles and films. Contact hours: 26 (2 hours per week).Recommended credit: 2 semester / 3 quarter hours.

Elective Courses


Initiation to Modern Art
This course examines and analyzes the Impressionist movement as a precursor to 20th Century art. Students learn how to analyze a painting according to aesthetic and sociohistorical criteria. Contact hours: 26 hours (2 hours per week). Recommended credit: 2 semester / 3 quarter hours.

Cinéma
In this course, films are used to analyze French as spoken in everyday contexts, become aware of cultural and social phenomena depicted in French films of the last 20 years, and introduce film analysis and cinematic codes of communication. Students view films, read scripts and reviews, and discuss socio-cultural connotations and elements. Recommended credit: 2 semester / 3 quarter hours.

History of France
This course proposes to understand key moments in French history from the end of the Ancient Roman period to the end of the 20th century through the study of texts and audiovisual documents (maps, films extracts) and historical figures (Clovis, Charlemagne, Jeanne d’Arc, François 1er, Louis XIV, Louis XVI, Robespierre, Napoléon 1er, Charles de Gaulle, …). Recommended credit: 2 semester / 3 quarter hours.

Initiation to French Literature
This course introduces students to French literature through the exploration of different literary genres (i.e., descriptive, narrative, poetic texts) using a thematic approach. Students are given the necessary vocabulary for literary analysis. Focus is on 20th Century literature. Recommended credit: 2 semester / 3 quarter hours.

Writing Practice
This course is designed to help students foster better writing practices in French. Working with short texts, students are asked to produce variations changing gender and number; narrator’s point of view; verb tenses and modes; and vocabulary and form. Students keep a journal and write weekly passages on a chosen topic. Recommended credit: 2 semester / 3 quarter hours.

B2 LEVEL

Required Language Courses

French Language
In this course, students work on improving their French language skills by moving from basic sentence structure to compound phrases; this is achieved in part by learning to accurately express: feelings, wishes, orders, advice, causes, consequences, and opposition. Special emphasis is placed on structuring one’s thoughts and students produce argumentative texts that rely upon grammatical tools such as verb tense/cause and effect, logical ties, vocabulary to enhance or depreciate; ordering of arguments and examples; and ability to recognize thesis/antithesis. Contact hours: 65 (5 hours per week including 1 hour of laboratory). Recommended credit: 5 semester/9 quarter hours.

Written Expression and Reading Comprehension
This course aims to develop the student’s comprehension of written French (developing reading strategies, going from global comprehension to more detailed comprehension) as well as the student’s written expression, using mainly authentic documents. The activities used for written expression and comprehension may be used in tandem to help deepen the student’s skills and understanding of both. Contact hours: 26 (2 hours per week). Recommended credit: 2 semester / 3 quarter hours.

Recommended Language Courses


It is recommended that all students take the following courses.

Oral Expression
The objective of this course is to develop the student’s competence in oral expression. This is not a conversation class, but rather a class aimed at improving the student’s linguistic and communication skills. The student will, in particular, practice describing, explaining, arguing and improvising. This course will offer interactive activities aimed at improving oral expression. The student will be evaluated throughout the semester, while participating in role-play activities as well as short, individualized interventions. Contact hours: 26 (2 hours per week). Recommended credit: 2 semester / 3 quarter hours.

Listening Comprehension
This class aims to develop the student’s oral comprehension in French (developing listening strategies, going from global to more detailed comprehension) using mainly authentic documents. Contact hours: 13 (1 hour per week). Recommended credit: 1 semester / 2 quarter hours.

French Civilization and Culture
This class includes analysis and discussion of current events in the French press, radio, and television. Students are given the necessary historical and cultural background to better understand current affairs. Topics include regionalism and Breton culture and identity, political and social institutions, the educational system, and cultural heritage. Contact hours: 26 (2 hours per week). Recommended credit: 2 semester / 3 quarter hours.

Elective Courses
Students enroll in at least two of the following courses. Contact hours are 26 hours (2 hours per week). Recommended credit: 2 semester/3 quarter hours per course.

Advanced Writing Practice
This course is designed for students seeking to improve their writing and to correct common errors found at this level including punctuation, spelling, and morphology (written and oral), as well as the basic readability of written work. Contact hours: 26 hours (2 hours per week). Recommended credit: 2 semester / 3 quarter hours.

Cinéma
The objective of this course is for students to develop a mastery of cinema-related vocabulary and initiate students to a cinematic reflection and analysis, while also offering a look at certain emblematic works of French cinema. Contact hours: 26 hours (2 hours per week). Recommended credit: 2 semester / 3 quarter hours.

French Literature
Based on literary excerpts and novels adapted to films, this course initiates students to textual analysis by examining several literary genres and movements representing a historic and stylistic coherence and applying basic analytical approaches to texts. Themes and authors studied in the fall include the difficulty of being (Cohen), hell with others (Sartre), and passion as an escape (Stendhal, Duras). Themes and authors studied in the spring include the passing of time (Ronsard, Kristof), the war (Prévert, Duras), social differences (Hugo, Proust) and escape through travel (Nothomb). Contact hours: 26 hours (2 hours per week). Recommended credit: 2 semester / 3 quarter hours.

Francophonies
Using various cultural aids including film, music, radio, television, the press, and literature from the many French-speaking regions throughout the world, this course helps students understand the diversity and richness of these different countries and cultures. It also asks students to reflect on the question of identity in both an individual and a societal context. The notion of “francophonie” itself is studied in both historic and literary terms. Several cultural events organized throughout the region offer an opportunity for students who would like to have a more “hands-on” exploration of la francophonie. Contact hours: 26 hours (2 hours per week). Recommended credit: 2 semester / 3 quarter hours.

French Press
Focusing on written texts and audiovisual media in France, this course explores the role and language of the press in contemporary France. Reading and listening comprehension skills and vocabulary enrichment are stressed. Students are sensitized to journalistic writing through directed writing tasks. Contact hours: 26 hours (2 hours per week). Recommended credit: 2 semester / 3 quarter hours.

History of France: Ancient Regime to 1870
An overview of political regimes in France from the revolution of 1789 to 1870. Throughout the course, emphasis is placed on the development of Republican sentiments as a result of changes and crises since 1789. Contact hours: 26 hours (2 hours per week). Recommended credit: 2 semester / 3 quarter hours.

Creative Writing
The primary aim of this course is to discover the pleasure of writing personal essays in a foreign language and reading those of classmates from different cultures. Writing assignments focus on a variety of styles. Through continual revision and rewriting, students develop self-editing skills and learn to self-correct. Contact hours: 26 hours (2 hours per week). Recommended credit: 2 semester / 3 quarter hours.

French for Business
This course introduces students to the business world and includes the study of professional know-how (identifying and classifying different types of businesses, comparing business cultures, defining a branch of industry, consulting and/or drafting a job advertisement, etc.) and the economic environment (understanding the subprime crisis, Europe and the debt crisis, etc.). Contact hours: 26 hours (2 hours per week). Recommended credit: 2 semester / 3 quarter hours.

C1 (Effective-Proficiency level) - Fall & Spring

C2 (Mastery level) - Spring only

Students who place into C1 and C2 are required to take two two-hour French language classes. Students take three or four additional courses from the list of electives. The C1 level is offered in the fall and the spring, while the C2 level is only offered in the spring.

Required Language Courses

French Language (C1 & C2)
In this course, students will reinforce and master their knowledge of the basic structures of the spoken and written language (to talk about the past, report what someone else has said, and argue). Students will work on the nuances of the language such as how to formulate degrees of appreciation (formulas for toning down and intensifying), degrees of intensity (superlatives, adverbs, prefixes, and suffixes), and negative and positive nuances, and will learn to master the verb “devoir” plus infinitive (capacity, authorization, or possibility), the verb “pouvoir” plus infinitive (obligation or supposition), the passive pronominal forms “se laisser,” “se voir,” plus infinitive. Contact hours: 26 (2 hours per week). Recommended credit: 2 semester / 3 quarter hours.

Written Expression and Reading Comprehension (C1 & C2)

This course aims to develop the student’s reading comprehension (developing reading strategies, going from global to more detailed comprehension) and written expression, using authentic documents. Reading comprehension and written expression activities may be used in tandem to help deepen the student’s skills and understanding of both. The student will need to produce at least one written exercise each week, either in class, at home, or both. Contact hours: 26 (2 hours per week). Recommended credit: 2 semester / 3 quarter hours.

Recommended Courses


It is recommended that all students take the following courses.

Oral Expression (C1 & C2)
The objective of this course is to develop the student’s competence in oral expression. This is not a conversation class, but rather a class aimed at improving the student’s linguistic and communication skills. The student will, in particular, practice debating, exhibiting, taking/keeping the floor, modifying one’s speech, reformulating, handling difficult or hostile questioning, and writing a press review. This course will offer interactive activities aimed at improving oral expression. Contact hours: 26 (2 hours per week). Contact hours: 26 (2 hours per week). Recommended credit: 2 semester / 3 quarter hours.

Phonetics (C1 & C2)
This course provides students with a background in phonetics and improved pronunciation. The course follows a systematic study of French phonetics, including the classification of French vowels and consonants according to mode of articulation, phonetic transcription of French, and work on intonation.

From Oral Comprehension to Expression (C1)
This course aims to develop the student’s competence in listening comprehension (developing listening strategies, going from global to more detailed comprehension) using authentic documents. Oral comprehension and expression activities may be used in tandem to help deepen the student’s skills and understanding of both. Contact hours: 26 (2 hours per week). Recommended credit: 2 semester / 3 quarter hours.

Oral Comprehension (C2)
This class aims to develop the student’s listening comprehension in French (developing listening strategies, going from global to more detailed comprehension) using mainly authentic documents. Contact hours: 13 (1 hour per week). Recommended credit: 1 semester / 2 quarter hours.

French Literature I: Representations of the Foreigner (C1)
The course looks at representations of the foreigner. French authors from the Renaissance to 20th century are analyzed to reveal figures of style—discrepancies with natives and questioning one’s status as foreigner and nostalgia. Authors and themes studied in the fall include: Montesquieu & Voltaire (Criticism of French society), Flaubert & Gide (The search for one’s positive self-liberation), and Céline & Camus (The search for one’s negative self- alienation). Authors and themes studied in the spring include: Molière (The exoticism of the foreigner), Montaigne (The superiority of the foreigner), Etcherelli (Integration problems facing the foreigner), and Duras, Camus, & Cardinal (The story of French colonization). Instructor: Marie-Francoise Berthu-Courtivron

French Literature II: The Theater (C1)
The objective of this course is to follow the evolution of French theater across the centuries and analyze different forms of theatrical discourse—not only a text’s literary characteristics but also how a text’s characters interacts and communicates, and the specificities of a project meant to be both seen and heard by means of a public representation. In an effort to encourage oral debate, filmed extracts of each play will be projected in class, allowing students to reflect and comment on the staging and direction of each. During the fall semester, course studies will concentrate on the evolution of theatre across the centuries, using the works of six playwrights: Racine, Phèdre (classical theater in the 17th century), Hugo, Ruy Blas (romantic theatre in the 19th century), Beckett, Waiting for Godot (theatre of the absurd in the 20th century). During the spring semester, course studies will concentrate on 20th century contemporary theater (Sartre, Ionesco, Sarraute).

French Literature III: Fiction (C2)
In fictional works, narration is organized using various structures that this course will help to identify and to analyze. The objective is to explore different narrative forms by reading various works (both short stories and novels) based on categories defined in advance during the course.

French Literature IV: Literature, Women, and Society (C2)
The objective of this course is to study the evolution of literary forms as well as social ideas in France from the 16th to the 21st century using major works written by women. This course is designed for students who like to read and who would like to learn how to understand a literary work based on French academic study criteria. The goal is to put together a file comparing the works of different female writers chosen by the student. The student will benefit from regular personal consultation with the instructor throughout the semester.

French Society I: Contemporary France through Current Events (C1)
This course analyzes French society through a study of current events of a varied nature: political, social, cultural, and other news items. Studying these events allow students to understand what is being talked about in the media and what could or might be a subject of daily conversation for the French, and to deepen the students’ understanding and questioning of French society, through current events.

French Society II: French and European Institutions (C1)
This course focuses on French and European institutions. Using both written and audiovisual documents, the course enables students to understand the implications of these institutions on French society. These presentations sometimes are accompanied by critical discussions in class. Areas of study include: French presidential and parliamentary regimes, the French constitution of the 5th Republic, centralization and decentralization, and institutions of the European Union.

French Society III: Problems in Contemporary French Society (C2)
Based on current events and using documents taken from the press and televised news reports, certain events are analyzed in a manner that shows how they express the questions, crises, and current evolutions of French society.

French Society IV: The French Press (C2)
This course is focused on becoming acquainted with various French newspapers (daily and weekly), and comparing them to each other. Students work to acquire the language of the press and learn to use the analytical tools which are specific to the press itself. The students are asked to write a special report on the subject of their choice. Current newspapers are furnished for the students each week.

Elective CIREFE Courses

Open only to students in the C1 and C2 levels unless approved by CIREFE instructor and resident director.

Fall (C1 & C2)

History of Art and Architecture: Brittany
This course focuses on Breton architecture, with special emphasis on examples in Rennes. Using a number of specimens of civil architecture from the Middle Ages and 17th and 18th centuries, both inside and outside the classroom, students learn to identify and appreciate the specifics of this style and era. Contact hours: 26 hours (2 hours per week). Recommended credit: 2 semester / 3 quarter hours.

Features of the French Economy
This course offers an introduction to economics, including major theories and currents of thought. It provides an overview of history of the French economy from 1945. Topics include an original economic model (state, capitalism, social democracy), economic growth 1945-1974 (reconstruction, the bases and branches of power, territorial and societal transformations), integration in the European economic community, French economy in crisis, and the new world order (1974-2011). Contact hours: 26 hours (2 hours per week). Recommended credit: 2 semester / 3 quarter hours.

History of Modern Art
The course begins with an examination of major avant-garde movements of the early 20th century including Fauvism, Cubism, Futurism, Constructivism, and Dada. Students are then exposed to the emergence and development of abstraction through the works of Kandinsky, Malevich, and Duchamp, among others. Contact hours: 26 hours (2 hours per week). Recommended credit: 2 semester / 3 quarter hours.

French History: 1870 to 1914
Providing an overview of the history of France from 1870 to 1914, the course begins with a brief introduction of the French Revolution. The focus is on France in 1870 and the Third Republic—the republican ideology, nation, and nationalism in France at the end of the 19th century, the crises of the Republic (the Dreyfus affair). Contact hours: 26 hours (2 hours per week). Recommended credit: 2 semester / 3 quarter hours.

Film Analysis: An Introduction
A hands-on introduction to film, this course provides students with an overview of French film culture, the methodological tools needed to analyze cinematic works, and the technical language used to discuss image and sound. The course engages the students in activities at Rennes II such as conferences with film experts and film festivals. Contact hours: 26 hours (2 hours per week). Recommended credit: 2 semester / 3 quarter hours.

Spring (C1 & C2)

History of Art & Architecture: Medieval & Renaissance
This course begins by looking at medieval religious architecture and studying famous examples of both Roman and Gothic style. Students are then exposed to the development of the French castle from the 16th to the 18th centuries. Students can go on optional excursions organized by the professor to visit some of the monuments studied. Contact hours: 26 hours (2 hours per week). Recommended credit: 2 semester / 3 quarter hours.

The French Approach to International Relations
This course is an overview of France’s approach to international relations. Topics covered include France’s foreign policy, defense policy, relations with the U.S. and Russia, integration and role in the European Union, and foreign policy with respect to the Arab world and Africa. Contact hours: 26 hours (2 hours per week). Recommended credit: 2 semester / 3 quarter hours.

History of Contemporary Art
The objective of this course is to sensitize students to the esthetics of contemporary art as well as furnish the analytical tools to evaluate and reflect on art of this period. Students are introduced to new concepts in 20th century art by examining specific examples of contemporary sculpture.Contact hours: 26 hours (2 hours per week). Recommended credit: 2 semester / 3 quarter hours.

20th-Century French History
Students focus on the period of French history starting with WWI and leading to General de Gaulle’s Fifth Republic. Special emphasis is placed on France during WWII, the occupation and “Free France,” the liberation, and the short lived Fourth Republic. Contact hours: 26 hours (2 hours per week). Recommended credit: 2 semester / 3 quarter hours.

Film Analysis: Reading Films
By exposing students to the art of scenario writing, narrative techniques, and the actual cutting of films, the course’s goal is to help students develop a better French film culture as well as more sophisticated means of film analysis. The course engages the students in activities at Rennes II such as conferences with film experts and film festivals. Contact hours: 26 hours (2 hours per week). Recommended credit: 2 semester / 3 quarter hours.

The World of Work
This course offers students a panorama of the business world in France, as well as of French enterprise. It aims to develop four linguistic skills for professionals. The students will study the various aspects of the business world—companies (creation, operation, etc.), human resources, cover letters, resumés and interviews, as well as learning how to assess a firm’s current economic state. Contact hours: 26 hours (2 hours per week). Recommended credit: 2 semester / 3 quarter hours.

Philosophy
The objective of this course is to introduce the foundations of Western philosophy, with a strong emphasis on French philosophy. The great authors—Descartes, Pascal, and the Enlightenment philosophers will be studied. Twentieth century French philosophy (Bergson, Sartre, Camus, Derrida, and Deleuze) will also be presented. Depending on the students’ interests, this course could also touch on authors situated at the margins of philosophy, such as Levi-Strauss (anthropology) and Lacan (psychoanalysis). The instructor will work from text extracts. Contact hours: 26 hours (2 hours per week). Recommended credit: 2 semester / 3 quarter hours.

Special Course

Translation
This course is a requirement for all French university students majoring in English at the UHB. CIEE students with high intermediate and advanced French-language skills may participate in the second year section. Contact hours: 45 (3 hours per week including one hour of theme, one hour of version, and one hour of tutorial). Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

CIEE Courses

COMM 3301 RENS

Intercultural Communication and Leadership
In this class, participants will develop skills, knowledge, and understanding that will help them communicate and engage more appropriately and effectively in Rennes as well as in other intercultural contexts. Students will explore various topics in intercultural communication in the context of their experience abroad, and will practice intercultural learning processes that they can apply when working across difference in a wide variety of contexts. Participants will increase their own cultural self-awareness and develop personal leadership skills to help them become more effective in an interdependent world. Learning will involve in-class exercises, active reflection, discussion, readings, field reports, short lectures, and out-of-class activities that engage students in the local culture on a deeper level. Contact hours: 42. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

INDE 3002 RENS

INDE 3003 RENS

Independent Study
Students undertake individual research in any academically valid area related to French life and culture not otherwise covered by the program. Consulting with the resident director who assists in organizing their projects, students produce in-depth reports showing the results of their research. Students must have prior approval from the appropriate persons on their home campus and have a well-defined topic of study.

Contact hours: 30. Recommended credit: 2 semester/3 quarter hours.
Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

ESLT 3401 RENS

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), Level I
Students considering a teaching career can gain practical experience in the primary schools of Rennes. Student teachers receive instruction in teaching methodology and early language acquisition. Permission from the home campus should be granted before departure from the U.S. to ensure receiving academic credit. Contact hours: 40. Recommended credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

ESLT 3402 RENS

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), Level II
Students with a good academic record, and have had experience in teaching, leading conversation classes, or conducting discussion groups may teach in the Rennes middle and secondary school system. In some cases, positions are available for conversation exchanges at the university level. Students must consult the home campus School of Education to receive approval before admission. Contact hours: 40. Recommended credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours. Note: Teaching English as a Foreign Language Level I and Level II can be taken in combination for 5 credit hours.

Université de Haute Bretagne Rennes II Courses

Students with advanced-level French language skills and the permission of the resident director may enroll in up to two regular Université de Haute Bretagne, Rennes II courses, taught in French, alongside French students. Listings for these courses are available to students upon arrival in France. In the past, CIEE participants have enrolled in such UHB courses as:

Arabic Language
Art History: Contemporary Art
Beginning Gaelic Language
Breton Culture and Civilization
Canadian Literature
Cinema Studies: Silent Film
Cultural and Social Anthropology
Economics
Exclusion and Integration in Contemporary Societies
French Literature: Writing on Passion in the 20th Century
History of Cinema
History of Women and Gender
History: Women in the 20th Century
Irish Poetry
Islamic Religion, Society, and Civilization
Latin Language and Literature
Old French
Philosophy
Sociology
Spanish Literature
Spanish: Oral Expression/Oral Comprehension

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