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Rennes, France

French Language & Culture

Language & Culture

Dates

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4 weeks

Costs

$7,250

Extended Deadline

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Dates

-

4 weeks

Costs

$7,250

Extended Deadline

Enroll Now

Request Information

Program Overview
Grow your French language skills amidst the medieval beauty of Rennes. 

Hone your French with four weeks of language immersion in Rennes, the capital of Brittany, located in northwestern France. After language classes, hit the town to test your skills and engage in lively conversations with locals. Explore the city’s colorful, historic center, with its narrow cobblestone streets, half-timbered houses, cafés, little boutiques, and majestic monuments—like the Town Hall, Opera House, and Rennes Cathedral. Surround yourself by the French and English gardens of Thabor Park, known as the “Central Park of Rennes,” and meet local teens!

Living in a homestay, get in touch with French family traditions and daily life. Delight in weekend outings—hiking through the sands and river to get to Mont Saint-Michel and visiting towns on the southern or northern coast of Brittany. Your time in Rennes will enhance your French skills and immerse you in the distinct charm of Brittany, one of the most scenic regions in France.

The Take-Aways

Language growth and cultural proficiency

Come home with a higher level of French and a greater understanding of French culture. Use your STAMP 4S language proficiency pre- and post-test scores to demonstrate your language growth and help you earn a Seal of Biliteracy.

College credits

Earn 4 college credits toward your future college degree. Take advantage of the credits to stand out on your college applications or to satisfy college language requirements.

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.

60

Hours of instruction with a native French teacher

4

College credits

1

Life-changing experience

The Destination
  • Rennes Landscapes
  • Students exploring downtown Rennes
  • Rennes students

The Destination

Welcome to Rennes, a charming French city rich in regional identity and off the beaten tourist path. 

Fifteenth-century half-timbered houses with colorful facades, Renaissance buildings, cobbled streets, and cozy courtyards all make Rennes a feast for the eyes. Situated at the confluence of the Ille and Vilaine rivers, Rennes is a gem in France’s northwestern Brittany—a scenic region of medieval villages, rugged beaches, and dramatic landscapes, which you’ll explore. 

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! 

The city holds France’s second largest outdoor farmer’s market, known as the Marché des Lices, featuring local Breton specialties such as crêpes, galettes, and kouign-amann. Bring your appetite, be bold, and explore the city with an open heart and mind! 

Cultural Awareness 

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

Daily Life

Monday–Friday 

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 
  • Engaging French classes with expert language instructors, all native speakers  
  • Lunch with your fellow Global Navigators 
  • Out and about for authentic conversations in the community and a Cultural Activity  
  • Dinner and evening discussions at your homestay 

Weekends  

  • Overnight or day excursions to top sites 
  • Quality time with friends and everyone at your homestay 

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

Housing

Carefully-screened homestay

24/7 support

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

Weekly Learning Goals

In CIEE classes, Level 1 is for students acquiring basic French, Level 2 is for those who can carry on everyday conversations, and Level 3 is for those who can participate in discussions on social and academic topics. In the spring before you depart, you’ll take a language proficiency test and when you arrive on site, you’ll participate in an oral interview. How you do on the test and in the interview will identify the level that is right for you. 

Each week, you’ll explore a Theme and create a Project. Each day in class, you’ll learn French through engaging activities and then, in the community, try out your new French in conversations with locals. 

WEEK 1: Settle in and meet your classmates as you explore the Identity Theme. Ask and answer questions, give information, describe your favorite things and your family at home and in France. For your Project, create and present a Personal Profile

WEEK 2: Take in the local scene as you explore the Community Theme. Describe places, attractions, and events in Rennes. Tell what you want to buy in shops, and express your likes and dislikes in food and fashion. For your Project, create a Photo Gallery of Life in Rennes and share it in a conversation.  

WEEK 3: Continue improving your French as you delve into the Discovery Theme and, for your Project, create and present a Travel Flyer for a destination in France. Give and follow directions, give details of a trip itinerary day-by-day, and describe the destination, the weather, and what to do there.  

WEEK 4: Consider the impact of your summer in this week’s Personal Growth Theme. Tell what you experienced in France, make cultural comparisons, and participate in study abroad interviews. For your Project, create a Study Abroad Album and share it in a panel discussion.   

Each week, you’ll explore a Theme and create a Project. Each day in class, you’ll learn French through engaging activities and then, in the community, try out your new French in conversations with locals. 

WEEK 1: Settle in and meet your classmates as you explore the Discovery Theme. Ask about and describe family members, discover and describe exciting things to do in Rennes, and compare daily routines and customs in France and the USA. For your Project, create and present a Memory Book of Your Life in Rennes. 

WEEK 2: Explore French culture during this week’s Creativity Theme. Compare musical performances, express opinions on art, tell what happened in movies, and persuade a classmate to attend a cultural event. For your Project, create a Photo Gallery on French Culture and share it in a conversation.  

WEEK 3: Delve into Rennes in this week’s Community Theme. For your Project, create and present a Neighborhood Tour in Rennes. Describe the city and what happens there. Role play scenes in a market and restaurant. Report on Rennes’s past and future. 

WEEK 4: Consider the impact of your summer during the Personal Growth Theme. Tell what happened in memorable moments and how you felt about it. Make cultural comparisons and persuade a friend to study abroad. For your Project, create a Study Abroad Album and share it in a panel discussion.   

Each week, you’ll explore a Theme and create a Project. Each day in class, you’ll learn French through engaging activities and then, in the community, try out your new French in conversations with locals. 

WEEK 1: Settle in and meet your classmates during the Cultural Encounters Theme. Tell what happened on a first encounter abroad. Summarize past and current events in Rennes. Express your opinions as you compare cultural norms and stereotypes. For your Project, create and present a Field Report on Rennes.  

WEEK 2: Explore French culture in this week’s Creativity Theme. Describe street art and profile artists, express opinions on magazines and movies, and compare musical performances. For your Project, create an Arts & Culture Magazine and share it in a conversation.  

WEEK 3: Continue advancing your French as you delve into the Discovery Theme. For your Project, create and present an Awareness Campaign about a global threat. Give information on its causes and effects, explain solutions, and persuade others in debates, justifying your arguments. 

WEEK 4: Consider the impact of your summer in this week’s Personal Growth Theme. Conduct a class survey on experiences in France and make cultural comparisons. Tell an original story about a memorable moment and speculate on what’s next for you. For your Project, create a Study Abroad Album and share it in a panel discussion.   

Program Blogs

From CIEE

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

From CIEE

Student Experience: Angelisa

By Emma Butler at CIEE

From day 1, Rennes was already nothing like I expected. It wasn’t as romantic as Paris or as touristy as Province. There definitely isn’t as much as one expects there... keep reading

From CIEE

Canoë ou Kayak? An afternoon on the Canal d'Ille-et-Rance

By Sophie Cowley at CIEE

Afternoon spent with friends learning about kayaking and yes..getting a little wet.

Activities

Sample Activities

Students in Rennes

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! 
  • 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. 
  • Discover Rennes from a new perspective while canoeing or kayaking the canal Saint Martin. 
  • In Rennes, art is everywhere—in museums, galleries, and streets! Tour its vibrant graffiti scene and design your own tags and murals with local street artists. 
  • On excursion, visit quaint, medieval towns—some more than a 1000-year-old!—such as Vannes or Saint-Malo.

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. 

Dates & Fees

Dates & Fees

Eligibility 

  • 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. Students who have completed at least two years of high school French may qualify for the Honors French Language & Culture program in Rennes
  • For scholarship eligibility requirements, please check our Scholarship page

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

Application fee 

$25 

Optional college credit fee 

$150  

Learn more about how to get college credit for your future college degree 

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.   

More questions? Find answers, get application support, sign up for virtual presentations, or contact us!

Program

Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Costs

Program Summer Session I 2024 4 weeks Start Date End Date Costs $7,250
Program Summer Session II 2024 4 weeks Start Date End Date Costs $7,250

What's Included

Interactive Classes

Housing

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

Director

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).

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