Rennes, France

Advanced French Language & Culture

Summer 2022 Applications Are Now Open!
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Information for term Advanced French Language & Culture

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

January 14, 2022

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: January 14, 2022
  • Dates: Jun 12 – Jul 9, 2022 (4 weeks)

Application Deadline

January 14, 2022

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: January 14, 2022
  • Dates: Jul 10 – Aug 6, 2022 (4 weeks)


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Join a group of highly motivated language learners in picturesque Brittany!

This program offers an exciting and challenging alternative for more proficient language learners! While all our Language & Culture programs offer intensive immersion, this “Advanced” program is designed to group students who have intermediate to advanced fluency in French and the drive to take their language and cross-cultural understanding to the next level.

Our Advanced cohort will:

  • Take a language proficiency pre-test to ensure all participants have the fluency required to stay in French at all times. No novice learners can be accepted on this program.
  • Strictly adhere to the CIEE Global Navigator Language Pledge to always use French in and out of class for a grade.
  • Provide feedback on your language course every week through a survey, so that our local teachers can adapt lessons to meet the group’s needs.

If you are still excited after reading this introduction, you found the right program!

If you can continue reading this page without a dictionary, you are going to rock this and need to fill out an application tout de suite!

Après ton cours de français le matin – prépare-toi à mettre en pratique ce que tu as appris en classe dans la ville, au marché, dans les cafés ou dans les parcs! L’après-midi, retrouve ton groupe pour des animations culturelles ou des excursions qui te feront découvrir les merveilles historiques de Rennes et sa région. Toutes ces activités sont menées tambour battant par ton chef de programme local, spécialement recruté.e par CIEE pour accompagner le groupe.

Vivre une pleine immersion veut dire que tu auras aussi l’occasion de pratiquer ton français avec ta famille d’accueil lorsque tu prépares les repas, fais les boutiques ou découvres les habitudes de la famille ou les coutumes locales.

Chaque jour, tu auras aussi du temps libre, pour voir tes amis, flâner dans la ville, aller boire un chocolat chaud ou manger une crêpe et profiter des attractions locales à ton propre rythme.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

CIEE is requiring all participants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before traveling on programs. Read more ›

The Take-Aways

  • Language

    60 hours of instruction in French by CIEE professors,

  • College Credit

    4 college credits may be used to apply toward your future college degree, to demonstrate your ability to do college-level work, or to test out of a language level in college

  • Certificate

    A certificate of learning in French, and documented language growth through pre- and post-program testing

Location & Culture

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Experience the real France, off the well-worn tourist track.
Rennes is regularly ranked as one of France's "most livable cities.” It’s a gem in the French Northwest – a scenic region of medieval villages, rugged beaches, and dramatic natural landscapes.

A one-time capital of Brittany and today a leading center for digital innovation, Rennes is a blend of the quaint and the cutting edge. Here you’ll deepen your understanding of French amid centuries-old traditions juxtaposed with the vibrant cultural scene driven by the city’s young – and student-friendly – population. Home to the French punk scene in the ’80s, Rennes has a long roster of festivals – music, cinema, and now gaming – and no shortage of things to do year-round.

The city also holds one of the most important food markets in France, featuring a full range local Breton specialties such as crêpes, galettes and kouign amann. Bring your appetites and get ready to explore!

Daily Life

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Daily Life

"As our four-week session in Rennes comes to a close, I think it’s safe to say that we’ve all been doing a lot of reflecting on the progress we’ve made and the experiences we’ve had here in France."

Learn more about daily life on a high school study abroad program by reading our blog posts below.

  • Housing

    Carefully Screened Homestay

  • Local Support

    24/7 Support from your CIEE program leader and in-country CIEE staff members

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Sample Activities

  • Indulge in delectable crêpes and other regional specialties and become familiar with Rennes by experiencing your senses: observation, taste, smell, hearing...
  • Visit historic places such as the Parlement de Bretagne, Musée de Bretagne, and Musée des Beaux-Arts.
  • Go green as you work together around the rehabilitation of a shared community garden, and discover its utility and function within an urban neighborhood.
  • Discover Rennes from a new perspective while canoeing quietly the canal Saint Martin.
  • Explore the corsair city of St Malo, admire the view from its ramparts, and enjoy one of the most beautiful beaches in France.
  • Head back to medieval time while visiting Mont Saint Michel, where you will learn about the history and architecture of this remarkable world heritage UNESCO site.

Download a sample itinerary ›

Please note this list of activities is based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to both adapt to local circumstances, covid-related measures and restrictions and participant feedback. Our goal when revising itineraries is always to enhance your experience. Every activity is designed to provide you with a deep immersion in your topic, local culture and sights. Get ready for maximum fun!

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees


  • Completion of high school French Level 2 or higher is required by the start of the Advanced program. For our other French Language & Culture programs, see our Toulouse and Paris programs.
  • A minimum ACTFL proficiency level of Intermediate-Low or an average score of 4 in the pre-program STAMP test to determine language proficiency. If you score lower, you may be asked to transfer to the Toulouse or Paris French Language & Culture program. Pick one as your second-choice program to increase your chances to travel to France next summer! Please sign up for the earliest STAMP pre-test date possible. Information about the STAMP pre-test—including pre-test dates—will be released in the spring.
  • Program open to all current high school students: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. 
  • For scholarship eligibility requirements, please check our Scholarship page.
  • This summer (2021), this program is operating only for students who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

Application Fee


Program scholarships and tuition include iNext Travel Insurance, but do not cover the cost of flights. More details about tuition inclusions can be found here.

Optional College Credit Fee

$150  Learn more 


Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Summer Session I 2022 4 weeks Jan 14, 2022 Jun 12, 2022 Jul 9, 2022


Summer Session II 2022 4 weeks Jan 14, 2022 Jul 10, 2022 Aug 6, 2022


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