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Study Abroad in Rennes

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Explore Rennes, France

The capital of Brittany, France’s northwesternmost region, is one of the country’s most livable cities that’s only 1.5 hours from Paris. Rennes is one of the country’s most festive cities with an abundance of arts, culture, and musical events. 

When you study abroad in Rennes, you’ll experience small-town life through a variety of cultural events, traditions, and opportunities specific to this region. Whether you’re looking to study in French, learn facts about Rennes, or experience life as a Breton, this study abroad program in Rennes is one of the best places to study abroad in France.


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Study Tours & Cultural Excursions in Rennes

Every CIEE semester program has frequent cultural excursions and a multi-day study tour uniquely designed to complement the program’s academics and enhance students’ cultural immersion. In Rennes, past study tours and excursions have included:

  • Trips to Normandy to visit the World War II Memorial and D-Day beaches
  • Visits to Brittany’s privateers’ haven and beautiful walled city of Saint-Malo
  • Tours to Mont Saint-Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Walks through Fougères or Dinan, two medieval cities with amazing castles
  • Visits to Paris and its world-famous landmarks
  • Trips to the Loire Valley to explore the historic castle where Leonardo da Vinci is buried

If you’re a student looking for a study abroad program in France, CIEE’s tours and excursions in Rennes allow you to explore this small city all while practicing your French. Whether you want to spend a semester or year in France, explore French art, or complete a French immersion program, Rennes is a quaint destination that any student can learn to love!

About the Center

Situated inside Rennes 2 University – the largest institution for research and higher education in western France and CIEE's partner school – CIEE Rennes boasts one main classroom, a combo student lounge and kitchenette, a student life office, an academic advising office, and complimentary WiFi. Students may also access printers via Rennes 2 University.

The campus sits in a charming, cozy business center near the Vilaine River, with convenient access to ample restaurants, cafés, public parks, a post office, a gym, and green spaces (like Jardin de la Confluence). Additionally, students only have to walk six minutes to reach the nearest metro station (across the canal) and 12 minutes to reach the city center. 

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Where Students Study

CIEE Rennes

Conveniently located at the Université Rennes 2, also known as Rennes 2 University, in the same building where students take most of their courses.

Université Rennes 2  

Renness 2 University’s campus is located one mile northwest of downtown, just an 8-minute metro ride from the historic center, and hosts 24,000 students, including 1,500 international students from all over the world.

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Internships & Volunteering

Depending on their program of study and availability, students may be able to participate in an internship or volunteer. Students looking to intern in Rennes may be able to earn credit Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) at a primary, middle, or high school.

Students interested in volunteering in Rennes may be able to give back to the host community by helping French children with their English, keeping senior citizens company in a local retirement home, or contributing to the rehabilitation of shared community gardens.

Study Abroad Programs in Rennes

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  • Study Program

Improve your abilities to speak, write, and read French

Program Interests
  • Language Immersion
  • Small City
  • Volunteering
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  • Rennes, France
  • Study Program
  • Part-Time Internship

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Program Interests
  • Host Institution
  • Language Immersion
  • Small City
  • Volunteering
Pocket Guide to Rennes


Spoken Languages In Rennes 
French, native languages Gallo and Breton

Available Transportation 
Bike, bus, metro, taxi

Famous Local 
Marcel Bozzuffi – French film actor known for The French Connection

Suboceanic climate with mild, rainy winters and warm summers with an average annual temperature of 56°F

Places to Explore 
Parc du Thabor – famous French and English-style gardens

Rennes–Saint-Jacques Airport (RNS)

Social Norms 
Recite bonjour when greeting others to show respect and politeness

What to Pack 
Comfortable shoes, coat, layerable clothing

Frequently Asked Questions

With about 200k residents, multiple universities, and many museums, Rennes, France, is a good place to study abroad for students looking to blend city-life with a small town. Close to Paris, Rennes is the dynamic capital of Brittany, known for its traditional architecture that dates back more than 2,000 years.

One of the best places to study abroad in France, Rennes has many places to visit, including Marché des Lices, Parc du Thabor, Écomusée du Pays de Rennes, and the Rennes Cathedral.

With over 60,000 students living in the city, Rennes offers an exciting new city for students looking to enjoy a variety of experiences in Europe, from new cuisine and cultural events to historic site visits and French language study. Rennes is a great city for foreigners looking to live in France and offers accessible public transport with a relatively cheap cost of living.

In order to ensure our students feel welcomed, supported, and empowered while studying abroad, CIEE staff completes comprehensive diversity equity and inclusion (DEI) training. Staff provide students with advice, resources, and ongoing support both before and during their study abroad program in Rennes.
For more detailed information on diversity in Rennes, visit our Diversity in Rennes page.

The cost of studying abroad in Rennes varies depending on the specific program that you choose and how long you plan to study abroad for. For detailed cost information, we recommend researching each individual Rennes study abroad program page.

For costs not included in your program’s outlined fees, it’s important to consider factors surrounding your individual journey while abroad.  

Read more: How Much Does it Cost to Study Abroad?

Study Abroad Scholarships & Grants

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Apply in 1,2,3!

You may be wondering if there are any scholarships to study in Rennes. CIEE offers scholarships and grants for study abroad programs in Rennes to students with demonstrated financial need, proven academic merit, and for specific CIEE programs. Students can apply for scholarships through 3 simple steps:

  1. Search for and apply to your dream program
  2. Review all available funding opportunities
  3. Complete the Scholarship & Grants portion of your application
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Study Abroad Scholarships


Based on students' Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) from their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and enrolled institution. Complete the Scholarships & Grants portion of your program application to be considered for all awards to which you are eligible.


Based on academic achievement. Complete the Scholarships & Grants portion of your program application, along with an essay, to be considered for all awards to which you are eligible.


Other scholarship awards are based on program or alumni status.


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