Rennes, France

Liberal Arts

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Aug 27 – Dec 22, 2018 (17 weeks)
  • Credit: 14 - 18 semester hours / 21 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

May 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Aug 26 – Dec 21, 2019 (17 weeks)*
  • Credit: 14 - 18 semester hours / 21 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

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November 15, 2018
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: November 15, 2018
  • Dates: Jan 14 – May 25, 2019 (19 weeks)
  • Credit: 14 - 18 semester hours / 21 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Aug 27, 2018 – May 25, 2019 (39 weeks)
  • Credit: 14 - 18 semester hours / 21 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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With six levels of French instruction and a stunning city to explore, Rennes is the place to put learning on fast-forward and come home more proficient in the French language. Immerse yourself and enrich your studies with visits to beautiful parks and gardens, medieval landmarks, cathedrals, and more in this unspoiled area. Join the thousands of students who are already here – and see what makes Rennes so unique.

Unique Experiences

  • EXPLORE PARIS

    during a three-day orientation before you set out for Rennes.

  • IMMERSE YOURSELF IN FRENCH LIFE

    by enrolling in a French university and living with a host family.

  • GET TO KNOW YOUNG FRENCH STUDENTS

    as you earn credit and experience teaching at a Rennes school.

  • students

    63K
  • concert halls with more than 500 seats

    7
  • museums

    5

Location & Culture

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With its population of 60,000 students, Rennes is a perfect setting for study in France. Just an hour and a half west of Paris by train, and 55 minutes from the sea, Rennes is the capital of Brittany. Economically very dynamic, the city is known as a center for technology, and is consistently rated as one of the best places to live in France. The city offers an excellent variety of cultural events and provides study abroad students the opportunity to learn the distinct Celtic traditions particular to this region of France.

The Culture

Excursion in Rennes

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • Travel to Normandy to visit the World War II Memorial and D-Day beaches (Fall).
  • Follow the footsteps of French post-Impressionist artist Paul Gauguin in the picturesque commune of Pont-Aven in Brittany (Fall).
  • Learn about the remarkable architecture at Mont St. Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Spring)
  • Travel to the Loire Valley to explore four historic castles, including Amboise, where Leonardo da Vinci is buried. (Spring)
  • Attend a wine conference and tasting, soirées interculturelles, and more. 

Student in Rennes, France

TEACH ENGLISH FOR CREDIT

Intern teaching English at a local primary, middle, or high school. Get rich experience, learn more about the French educational system, and immerse yourself in the community while earning teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) credit. 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 instructor oversees the experience and evaluates the students’ performance. Note: Internship positions are limited.

Daily Life

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  • Rennes Homestay

    HOUSING

    Homestays: Students live in carefully chosen French homes in Rennes or nearby suburbs. Host families provide breakfast and dinner, all weekend meals, and internet access. On weekdays, students purchase lunch at restaurants on campus or at local cafés or restaurants in downtown Rennes.

  • MEALS

    All meals except weekday lunches are provided by host families. Students are responsible for lunches in town on weekdays.

Rennes, France

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE RENNES

    The CIEE office is located at the Université Rennes 2, in the same building where students take most of their courses.

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    Université Rennes II

    The 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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What you need to know

The program details

Created in 1971, this immersion program is for students with intermediate to advanced level French skills who want to perfect these skills, and improve their knowledge of French culture and society with a combination of French language and content courses.

CIEE students register for courses on site, after completing an online language placement test at the Centre International Rennais d’Etude du Français pour Etrangers (CIREFE)- a department within Rennes II that teaches French language and content courses to international students. Students with Advanced Level French students may also take one or two regular courses at the Université Rennes II (Humanities), which offers courses in 12 departments.

During the first two weeks, students take an intensive language and culture course that includes 30 hours of language and civilization coursework, and simultaneously attend 10 hours of cross-cultural analysis and cultural adaptation seminars. Once this coursework is complete and placement adjustments are made, students register for CIREFE/Université Rennes II courses. Students are required to take core language courses at their level. Otherwise, they can take three to five CIEE or CIREFE elective courses at their level.  Students take between 16 and 18 credits per semester. All students are encouraged, regardless of their level, to audit a regular course at Université Rennes II.

CIREFE provides appropriate levels 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, depending on their performance during the placement examination. 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 transfer. Placements during the spring semester for academic-year students depend on performance during the fall semester.

All courses are junior and senior level and taught in French.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    CIREFE classes are open to CIEE and other international students. Université Rennes II classes are open to French students. Advanced students may enroll in one or two courses at Université Rennes II, and must attend lectures, complete assigned work, and take exams as scheduled. All CIREFE courses are taught in French. Classes for CIEE students meet Monday through Friday, with excursions on some weekends. Students usually take 2 two-hour classes per day. Students are expected to complete all assigned work and take exams when scheduled. Special exams may be given if an exam period falls outside CIEE program dates.

  • GRADING

    Assessment is typically based on essays, tests, oral presentations, out-of-class project reports, participation, and final exams. Students can expect at least two major exams per term. The final exam may count for up to 50 percent of the final grade. Teachers notice when students are absent, and this can affect grades. Université Rennes II professors use a French grading scale of 0 to 20. CIEE and other international students who take Rennes II courses are also graded on this scale. The CIEE Rennes Program Director converts all final grades into U.S. letter grades.

  • ACADEMIC CULTURE

    Higher education in France is divided into the license, masters, and doctorate stages. French students specialize in one discipline from the start, with a prescribed set of courses and limited electives. Professors in France are more formal than in the U.S., and do not excessively encourage students or give individual attention. French students are generally self-disciplined and do not expect to be motivated by their instructors. CIREFE, where CIEE study abroad students take most of their classes, provides some individual attention to international students, but students should expect to be independent and self-motivated. Syllabi are seldom as detailed as in the U.S., and students need to determine what’s important. There is strong emphasis on writing skills, first because many international students at CIREFE go on to study at French universities and need strong command of the written language; second, core language classes at each level emphasize written French; and finally, written work is considered the most reliable indicator of competency. Thus, French professors are concerned with students’ ability to demonstrate logical thinking, produce well-structured arguments, and conform to French methodology.

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.

    GPA of 3.0 in French language, 4 semesters of college-level French (or equivalent)

Curriculum

Program Credit

Total credit, semester: 14-18 semester/21-27 quarter hours

Students take a minimum of 14 semester credits and usually take between 16 and 18 semester credits per term.  Courses include:

  • Required CIEE Preliminary Language and Culture course (2 credits)
  • Required CIREFE language courses at level of placement (Levels A1–C2, an average of 2-6 credits)
  • 3 to 5 CIEE and/or CIREFE elective courses, which are typically 2 or 3 credits each. Students placed in the Advanced Level at CIREFE can take 1 or 2 regular courses at the Université Rennes II, depending on total credit load.

Note: The Université Rennes II has a new spring calendar that may cause spring students to miss the beginning of some direct enrollment classes. Our Rennes CIEE staff will do everything possible to fulfill academic requests and facilitate the direct enrollment process.

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.

Spring 2019 Courses

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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 French Language and Culture Course, I
  • FREN 3502 RENS: Preliminary French Language and Culture Course, II
  • FREN 3503 RENS: Preliminary French Language and Culture Course III

Instruction during the initial period of the program 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.

CIEE COURSES

  • COMM 3301 RENS: Intercultural Communication and Leadership
  • ESLT 3401 RENS: Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), Level I
  • ESLT 3402 RENS: Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), Level II

CIREFE COURSES

A1 (BREAKTHROUGH LEVEL) & A2 (WAYSTAGE LEVEL)

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 perform simple and routine tasks that require a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

B1 (BREAKTHROUGH LEVEL)

Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, and leisure situations. 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.

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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, …).

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.

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.

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 make regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.

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. 

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. 

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.

Oral 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. 

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. 

Elective Courses

Students enroll in at least two of the following courses. 

 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. 

 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). 

 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. 

 France in the World during the 20th century
This course proposes to explore the geopolitical importance, financial expansion, and cultural influences of France in the world at the beginning of the 20th century through different themes: The colonial Empire at its peak (1920-1940): territories, organization, economy, colonizers and colonized peoples; Crises, stages and consequences of the decolonization (1945-1960) in Asia, North Africa, and West Africa; Geopolitics of the Francophony in today’s world; France and Europe.

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. 

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.). 

C1 (EFFECTIVE-PROFICIENCY LEVEL) & C2 (MASTERY LEVEL)

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.

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.

Grammar Reinforcement (C1)
The goal of this course is to improve the following skills: grammar, vocabulary and spelling. Therefore the course will essentially consist of working on eliminating almost fossilized errors and expanding prior language knowledge that requires revision. 

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. 

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. 

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).

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 Gender (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.

C1 & C2

Renaissance to 18th century Architecture and Works of Arts 
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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, resumes and interviews, as well as learning how to assess a firm’s current economic state.

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.

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 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 Rennes II courses as:

Arabic Language
Art History: Contemporary Art
Beginning Gaelic Language
Breton language, Culture and Civilization
Canadian Literature
Cinema Studies: Silent Film
Cognitive Psychology
Cultural and Social Anthropology
Economics
Exclusion and Integration in Contemporary Societies
French Literature: Writing on Passion in the 20th Century
Geography of Brittany
Geography of Inequalities of Development in the World 
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
Political Economy
Philosophy
Psychology
Sociology
Spanish Literature
Spanish: Oral Expression/Oral Comprehension
Translation (English): Theme and Version

Fall 2018 Courses

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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.

Instruction during the initial period of the program 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

CIREFE COURSES

After the Preliminary Language and Culture course, students take courses directly through the Université Rennes II’s Centre International Rennais d’Étude du Français pour les Étrangers (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 five levels at the CIREFE depending on their performance on the language placement test, and during the 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 prior to departure.

A1 (BREAKTHROUGH LEVEL) & A2 (WAYSTAGE LEVEL)

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 perform simple and routine tasks that require a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.

A1- & A2-LEVEL REQUIRED COURSES (credits range between 2 and 6 semester credits)

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

French Language
From Listening Comprehension to Written Expression
From Written Comprehension to Oral Expression
Oral Expression
French Civilization and Culture: Initiation

 

B1 (BREAKTHROUGH LEVEL)

Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, and leisure situations. 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.

B1-LEVEL REQUIRED LANGUAGE COURSES (credits range between 2 and 6 semester credits)

French Language

From Listening Comprehension to Written Expression
 

B1-LEVEL RECOMMENDED LANGUAGE COURSES
Oral Expression
French Civilization and Culture: Introduction
 

B1-LEVEL ELECTIVE COURSES (2 semester credits each)

Initiation to Modern Art

Cinéma
History of France
Initiation to French Literature
Writing Practice
 

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 make regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.

B2-LEVEL REQUIRED LANGUAGE COURSES (credits range between 2 and 6 semester credits)

French Language

Written Expression and Reading Comprehension
 

B2-LEVEL RECOMMENDED LANGUAGE COURSES (credits range between 1 and 2 semester credits)


Oral Expression
Oral Comprehension
French Civilization and Culture

 

B2-Level Elective Courses

Students enroll in at least two of the following courses for 2 semester credits each:

Cinéma

French Literature

Francophonies

France in the World during the 20th century
Creative Writing 
French for Business

C1 (EFFECTIVE-PROFICIENCY LEVEL) & C2 (MASTERY LEVEL)

C1 (EFFECTIVE-PROFICIENCY LEVEL) – FALL & SPRING

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)- SPRING ONLY

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.

Students who place into C1 and C2 level 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.

C1- and C2-LEVEL REQUIRED LANGUAGE COURSES (credits range between 1 and 2 semester credits)

French Language (C1 & C2) 
Written Expression and Reading Comprehension (C1 & C2)
 

C1- and C2-LEVEL RECOMMENDED COURSES (credits range between 1 and 2 semester credits)

Oral Expression (C1 & C2) 
Phonetics (C1 & C2) 
Grammar Reinforcement (C1)
From Oral Comprehension to Expression (C1) 
Oral Comprehension (C2) 
French Literature I: Representations of the Foreigner (C1) 
French Literature II: The Theater (C1) 
French Literature III: Fiction (C2) 
French Literature IV: Literature, Women, and Gender (C2) 
French Society I: Contemporary France through Current Events (C1) 
French Society II: French and European Institutions (C1) 
French Society III: Problems in Contemporary French Society (C2) 
French Society IV: The French Press (C2) 

 

C1- and C2-LEVEL ELECTIVE CIREFE COURSES

Open only to students in the C1 and C2 levels unless approved by CIREFE instructor and Center Director. Recommended credit: 2 semester/3 quarter hours per course.

C1 - FALL

Architecture and Arts of Colors in the Middle Ages

The French Approach to International Relations
History of Modern Art
French History: 1870 to 1914
Film Analysis: An Introduction
 

C1 & C2 - SPRING

Renaissance to 18th Century Architecture and Works of Arts 
The French Approach to International Relations
History of Contemporary Art
20th-Century French History

Film Analysis: Reading Films
The World of Work
Philosophy
 

Université Rennes-II Courses – FALL & SPRING
Students with advanced-level French language skills and the permission of the Center Director may enroll in up to two regular Université Rennes II courses, taught in French, alongside French students. In the past, CIEE participants have enrolled in Rennes II courses such as:

Arabic Language
Art History: Contemporary Art
Beginning Gaelic Language
Breton language, Culture and Civilization
Canadian Literature
Cinema Studies: Silent Film
Cognitive Psychology
Cultural and Social Anthropology
Economics
Exclusion and Integration in Contemporary Societies
French Literature: Writing on Passion in the 20th Century
Geography of Brittany
Geography of Inequalities of Development in the World 
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
Political Economy
Philosophy
Psychology
Sociology
Spanish Literature
Spanish: Oral Expression/Oral Comprehension
Translation (English): Theme and Version

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

Last year, we awarded more than 1,000 scholarships per term for a total of $5 million, helping more students get on planes and live their dreams in faraway places than any other organization.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.

YOUR FEE INCLUDES:

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Most meals
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • A three-day orientation in Paris to introduction you to French culture, your academic program, practical information about living in your host city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Overnight excursions
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

No Hidden Fees

Program

Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Fall 2018 17 weeks Aug 27, 2018 Dec 22, 2018
$17,850
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $14,303 **

Housing = $3,080 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $17,850

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

International Airfare = $1,200

Local Transportation = $200

Books & Supplies = $200

Visa Fees = $165 ††

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $2,900

Total Estimated Costs = $5,165

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

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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 $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes all meals

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

†† average cost, including Campus France fees

Academic year 2018-2019 39 weeks Aug 27, 2018 May 25, 2019
$34,485
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $27,858 **

Housing = $6,160 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $34,485

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

International Airfare = $1,200

Local Transportation = $400

Books & Supplies = $400

Visa Fees = $165 ††

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $5,800

Expenses during break = $600 †††

Total Estimated Costs = $9,065

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

See Scholarships

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 $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes all meals

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

†† average cost, including Campus France fees

††† academic year students who wish to stay onsite are responsible for arranging their housing and meals during the semester break

Spring 2019 19 weeks Nov 15, 2018 Jan 14, 2019 May 25, 2019
$18,450
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $14,903 **

Housing = $3,080 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $18,450

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

International Airfare = $1,200

Local Transportation = $200

Books & Supplies = $200

Visa Fees = $165

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $2,900

Total Estimated Costs = $5,165

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

See Scholarships

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 $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes all meals

Fall 2019 17 weeks May 1, 2019 Aug 26, 2019* Dec 21, 2019*

*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

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