Rennes, France

Honors French Language & Culture in Rennes, France

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Information for term Honors French Language & Culture in Rennes, France

Application deadline, and cost information.

Extended Deadline

March 1, 2023

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: March 1, 2023
  • Dates: Jun 11 – Jul 8, 2023 (4 weeks)

Extended Deadline

March 1, 2023

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: March 1, 2023
  • Dates: Jul 9 – Aug 5, 2023 (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.

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  et engage toi avec enthousiasme et curiosité dans 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.ta chef.fe 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 des jeunes locaux de ton âge, ta famille d’accueil lorsque tu prépares les repas, fais les boutiques ou lors des échanges quotidiens autour des habitudes de la famille ou des coutumes locales.

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

The Take-Aways


    Call Rennes home for 4 weeks and come back with increased language proficiency and a greater understanding of the French way of life. Bring home life stories to remember your cultural experiences. Demonstrate your language growth through a test before and after your program. On average across our programs, students learn in four weeks what U.S. high school students learn in one year.


    Earn 4 college credits to either apply toward your future college degree, or to use to demonstrate your ability to do college-level work, or test out of a language level in college!


    After just 4 weeks away, you'll build self-confidence, gain a broader world view, improve your interpersonal communication skills and make lifelong friends from all across the U.S.

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 of local Breton specialties such as crêpes, galettes and kouign amann. Bring your appetites, be bold and curious, and get ready to explore the city with an open mind and open heart!

CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in Rennes.

Daily Life

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Daily Life

Every day brings new discoveries and fun, but you can always count on a perfect balance between interactive instruction, excursions and free time! Here's what to expect on a typical day:

  • 7:00 am: Get up and have breakfast at your homestay
  • 8:00 am: Commute to CIEE for your language class, using public transportation
  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm: Interactive language class in small groups, with a local teacher
  • 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm: Practice in the streets what you just learned in class, through short activities and challenges led by your program leader in small groups
  • 12:45 pm - 1:30pm: Find a fun spot to grab lunch with your friends (your program tuition includes a stipend for lunches).
  • 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm: Gather back at CIEE to go on today's cultural activity or excursion.
  • 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Each activity or excursion is designed to echo what you learned in class that morning.
  • 5:00 pm - 7:00pm: Free time! Hang out with your friends and shop. Commute home.
  • 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Recount your day at dinner and try to use your new vocabulary!
  • 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm: Wrap up your day with jotting down some notes in your reflection journal and get your homework done before the next day. Usually just readings and personal research for your weekly project.
  • 10:00 pm: Lights out!


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, 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.
  • Meet and engage in conversations with local peers.
  • 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.
  • Get away during a two-day trip in the south of Brittany, visit quaint little towns, spend a night with your peers in a youth hostel located right by the sea, and soak up the relaxed atmosphere at sunset.

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 2023 4 weeks Mar 1, 2023 Jun 11, 2023 Jul 8, 2023


Summer Session II 2023 4 weeks Mar 1, 2023 Jul 9, 2023 Aug 5, 2023


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