Rennes, France

Summer Intensive French Language

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Information for term Summer Intensive French Language

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

April 1, 2019

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: May 27 – Jul 22, 2019 (8 weeks)*
  • Credit: 10 semester hours / 15 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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Where better to improve your French, than in this beautiful city just an hour and thirty minutes by train from Paris? Immerse yourself, take courses at the intermediate or advanced level, and improve your ability to speak, write, and read French, all while visiting amazing historic sites and architecture, listening to the music of the French language, and tasting the je ne sais quoi that makes French food some of the best in the world.

Unique Experiences

  • Live with a French family

    and share daily meals with them.

  • Take language classes

    that are perfect for your level.

  • Volunteer

    to help the local community.

  • residents in Rennes

  • universities

  • technology companies


Location & Culture

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You’ll be in good company in the old city center of Rennes - 30 percent of the population is students. By day, explore the charming timber houses, cafés, narrow streets, and stone roads. By night, experience the vibrant nightlife and visit the theater, opera, orchestra, and cinemas. Summer is a particularly lovely time to visit - in July, the "Festival des Tombées de la Nuit," packs the streets with people enjoying meals in outdoor cafes and free entertainment.

The Culture


  • Go on an overnight weekend trip to Normandy, the Cornouaille region, or the northwestern coast of Brittany.
  • Visit Saint-Malo, a medieval walled city.
  • Head to Mont Saint-Michel, an abbey and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Walk through Fougères and/or Vitré, two medieval cities with amazing castles.


  • Volunteering. Students can give back to the host community by helping French children with their English at the Franco-American Institute, and/or keeping elders company in a local retirement home.
  • Peer-to-peer tutoring. At the Franco-American Institute in Rennes, brush up on your language skills by chatting with French conversation partners, joining a French book club, going to movies or playing board games with your French peers.

Daily Life

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    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 local cafés or restaurants in downtown Rennes.


    Homestays: Students eat weekday breakfasts and dinners, and all weekend meals at their place of residence. Lunches may be purchased at local cafés or restaurants in Rennes.

Rennes, France

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The program details

The CIEE Summer Intensive French Language program in Rennes is geared to students with intermediate- to advanced-level French skills who want to make significant gains in the command of the French language in a short period of time. Courses address the regional identity of Brittany, France through history, arts and media, and current news.

All CIEE courses are taught by professors who specialize in second-language teaching methodology.

Students agree to speak only French at all times.


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    Classes are typically scheduled from Monday through Friday, and combine lecture and interactive styles. Students spend part of the class in the classroom and part of the class out of the classroom: visiting markets, museums, and places of cultural interest. Professors distribute a detailed syllabus indicating course materials, assignment and exam dates, and expectations. Students should expect daily homework. Attendance is mandatory and absences will impact the final grade.

  • Grading

    Assessment is typically based on homework, essays, tests, oral presentations, out-of-class project reports, participation, and final exams. Students can expect at least two major exams (midterm and final). Teachers notice when students are absent and this can affect grades. Professors use a French grading scale of 0 to 20. All final grades are converted into U.S. letter grades.

  • Academic Culture

    In general, professors in France are more formal than in the United States, however, they will be accessible and will provide some individual attention to students. French professors put great emphasis on students’ ability to demonstrate logical thinking, produce well-structured arguments (both in writing and in speaking), and conform to a certain extent to French methodology. The courses build upon the knowledge that students have acquired and progressively introduce them to the more advanced nuances and complexities involved in a deeper understanding and use of the French language. This is achieved in part by reinvesting learning processes through structural exercises, games, special projects, and group and sub-group activities using authentic and didactic documents (press articles, excerpts of informational, argumentative and literary documents, theatrical paper, digital sources, radio and television shows, film clips and songs). Throughout their courses, students explore common themes (regional identity of Brittany, French society, and artistic expressions in France) and thus develop a deeper understanding of French history, culture and society.



    Students must have an overall GPA of at least 2.5.


    3 semesters of college-level French or equivalent.


Program Credit

  • Total credit: 10 semester/15 quarter hours per session.
  • Total contact hours: 150.

Students take three required classes at their level (intermediate or advanced):

  • French Language (3 credits)
  • French Oral Communication (4 credits)
  • French Reading and Writing (3 credits)

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.


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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.


  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Some meals
  • Mandatory orientation – an introduction to Rennes culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • 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


Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Summer 2019 8 weeks Apr 1, 2019 May 27, 2019* Jul 22, 2019*
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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 = $6,253 **

Housing = $1,530 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $8,250

Estimated Costs

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

International Airfare = $1,400

Local Transportation = $168

Books & Supplies = $84

Personal expenses = $1,050

Total Estimated Costs = $2,702

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

*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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