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Rennes, France Toulouse, France

France Travel Adventure

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Program Overview
Discover France’s marvels: past, present and future. 

From Rennes’ dramatic landscapes to Toulouse’s high tech aerospace industry, embark on a 7-week journey to discover France’s marvels!

Start your adventure on a 4-week French Language & Culture program in Rennes, where you’ll live with a host family and enjoy daily French lessons and excursions. Visit Mont Saint-Michel and medieval towns. Hang out with your friends at cozy courtyards or sample pastries at your local bakery.

Continue on a 3-week Aerospace Engineering program in Toulouse, where you’ll meet local experts to discuss today’s most exciting engineering challenges in the air and space industry and collaborate with other teens to build your own mini rocket!

Let your new French skills surprise you as you navigate the local public transportation or strike a conversation with a shopkeeper. This extended immersion will boost your confidence and credentials in a way only study abroad experiences can: come home more independent, more proficient in French, and more importantly, with friends and memories to last a lifetime.

Academic Merit Only Scholarship

Only the Global Navigator Academic Merit Only scholarship is available for this program bundle (limit of 1 award per bundle). The Academic Merit + Need scholarship is NOT available. If you want to apply for an Academic Merit + Need scholarship, check out the French Language & Culture program and Aerospace Engineering program separately.

The Take-Aways

Real-world Experience

Travel to France to immerse yourself in the language in Rennes and apply that knowledge in Toulouse, connecting with aerospace experts and engineers. Come home with a higher proficiency in French and an engineering project.

Credentials For Your Future

Topics for your college essays, experience to inform your future career, and a project to showcase your new engineering skills. Choose to earn 4 college language credits toward your future college degree.

Life Skills And New Friendships

Return with greater self-confidence, independence, and improved communication skills. Enjoy a broader worldview and diverse friendships from across the U.S.


Hours Of Expert Instruction


Weeks Pursuing Your Passion


Life-changing Experience

The Destination
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The Destination

Welcome to Rennes and Toulouse, two of the most innovative cities in France.  

Rennes is a blend of the quaint and cutting edge, ranked as one of France's “most livable cities” and a center for digital innovation. Centuries-old traditions—including its own language, Breton—intermingle with a vibrant cultural scene driven by the city’s young and student-friendly population. Rennes has a long roster of festivals—music, cinema, and now gaming—with no shortage of things to do! 

Toulouse is the fourth-largest city in France due to the aerospace industry. Its history with flight began in World War I when it was asked to specialize in aircraft materials. Later, with other early pioneers, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (famous aviator and author of The Little Prince) flew out of Toulouse as an air mail pilot on routes to Africa. Today, Toulouse is home to leaders in aviation, space, and technology, like Airbus, Alcatel Space, and Thales. A walk down its winding streets takes you to excellent crêperies and restaurants, down by the Garonne River that graces the city, and through parks and plazas where the vibrant music and art scene thrive.

Daily Life

Daily Life


Each day offers a balance between interactive instruction and cultural activities with time on your own, too. Morning classes and afternoon activities may swap places. 

  • Breakfast at your homestay or hostel/hotel 
  • Engaging French classes or hands-on classes with aerospace experts 
  • Lunch with your fellow Global Navigators   
  • Out and about in the community for a cultural activity    
  • Dinner at your homestay or hostel/hotel  


  • Overnight or day excursions to top sites   
  • Quality time with friends and/or your host family (Rennes)

Check out the blog posts to discover more about daily life and excursions on program.


Homestay and hostel/hotel with other Global Navigators

24/7 Support

1 Program Leader for every 12 students and support from local staff

Program Blogs


Rockets from Glen!

By Aliou Sall at CIEE

""Whoosh!" goes the rocket as the motor ignites. In seconds, the rocket is many meters above us, and then a brief moment of silence before the "pop" of the parachute... keep reading


Connecting with the Young People of Toulouse

By Christine Yardley at CIEE

One of the best parts of the French Language & Culture program is meeting the people of Toulouse. For one of our afternoon activities, the students split into four smaller... keep reading


Escape Game

By Emma Butler at CIEE

This week, students collaborated to solve a mystery during an Escape Game. Students became FBI Agents in Quantico who were working to find a double agent. Using their French, students... keep reading


Sample Activities

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Just imagine all the fun you’ll have!

  • Dabble in the art of pastry-making with a local chef. Make (and taste!) traditional specialties, such as sablé breton or tarte Tatin. Bon appétit! 
  • Discover Rennes from a new perspective while canoeing or kayaking the canal Saint Martin. 
  • Travel to Mont Saint-Michel, a tidal island and UNESCO World Heritage Site with breathtaking views. Hike barefoot through the wet sands, explore the medieval town, and climb to the awe-inspiring abbey at the top. 
  • Paddle your way down the Garonne River on kayak with your fellow Global Navigators.  
  • Step into the manufacturing plant at Airbus and see the A380 and A350 under construction. Go behind the scenes to the final assembly line for a peek at what’s next in aerospace innovation. 
  • Climb aboard the history of aviation at the Aeroscopia. See the Super Guppy—the first airplane manufactured, and sleek Concorde.  At La Cité de l’Espace, walk on the moon and behold Earth from outer space. 

Please note activities are based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback. Our goal when arranging activities is always to enhance your experience.



  • Participants must be 14 years old and above. 
  • Program open to all current high school students—Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors—who have completed at least one year of high school French. 
  • For scholarship eligibility requirements, please check our scholarship page

For more information, refer to the detailed Program Essential Eligibility Criteria

Dates & Fees

Dates & Fees

Application Fee 


Program scholarships and tuition include iNext Travel Insurance, but do not cover the cost of flights. Find additional details about what’s included with your tuition. 

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Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Program Summer Session I and II 2024 7 weeks Application Due Deadline Passed Start Date End Date Costs $12,700

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 protection with benefits.

Program Balance = $12,700

Total Fees = $12,700

Estimated Costs

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

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

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What's Included

Interactive Classes


3 Meals/Day

(Dietary Needs Accommodated)

All Ground Transportation

(Once In-country)

Optional Flight Chaperone

(Flight Cost Not Included)

Pre-departure Advice and Orientation

Access to Local Phone and WIFI

All Cultural Activities and Excursions

Comprehensive Medical and Travel Protection

24/7 Emergency On-site Support

Our Staff

Our Staff

Daniel Audaz


Daniel Audaz has been the Director of the CIEE program in Rennes since 2008. He is originally from Marseille and studied at the University of Aix-en-Provence (France) where he obtained his M.A. in Geography and then specialized in FLE/S (Français Langue Etrangère et Seconde).

Isabelle Jaffe

Center Director

A resident of Toulouse with American and French citizenship, Isabelle received her Licence (BA) in English and philosophy and her master's degree in literature from the University of Paris–La Sorbonne...

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