Want to improve your French this summer? Immerse yourself in CIEE’s 8-week intensive language program in Rennes. In this beautiful city in northwestern France just two hours from Paris by train, you’ll take courses at the intermediate or advanced level. Not only will you advance your appreciation of grammar and greatly improve your abilities to speak, write, and read French, you’ll see amazing historic sites and architecture, hear the music of the French language, and taste the je ne sais quois that makes French food some of the best in the world.
Study abroad in Rennes and you’ll:
- Live with a French family and share daily meals with them
- Get a guided historical and architectural tour of Rennes
- Take language classes that are perfect for your level
- Volunteer to help the local community
- Explore at least two regions in Northwestern France
Scholarships & Grants
Scholarships & Grants
We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.
Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:
To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.
The CIEE Difference
The CIEE Difference
Day and weekend excursions in Brittany or Normandy give you the opportunity to develop a better understanding of the diverse cultural and historical heritage of Northwestern France.
You’ll help French children with their English at the Franco American Institute in Rennes.
Feed your curiosity about a career in teaching by helping to build teaching resources for young children.
Student to Student
At the Franco-American Institute in Rennes, you’ll have the chance to find French conversation partners, join a French book club, and go to movies or play board games with your French peers.
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.
- Tuition and housing
- Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
- Full-time program leadership and support
- Field trips and cultural activities
- CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the
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Summer 2017 (8 wks)
Program Date Notes
In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
Educational Costs **
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.
** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students
*** includes all meals
Estimated Additional Costs
International Airfare *
The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.
* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure
- Overall GPA 2.5
- 3 semesters of college-level French or equivalent
Credit for the program 10 semester / 15 quarter hours. Total program contact hours are 150 hours.
Students take a placement test to determine the appropriate course levels. Each level (intermediate; advanced) has three required classes: French language, oral communication, and reading and writing.
About the City
About The City
In the old city center of Rennes you’ll see charming timber houses, cafés, narrow streets, and stone roads. Elsewhere in the city a bustling technology industry forges ahead into the future. Rennes is the capital city of the region of Brittany and has a population of 210,000, 30 percent of which are students. A dynamic town with a vibrant nightlife, students have access to a variety of cultural events, including national theater, opera, orchestra, cinemas, a soccer stadium, and skating rink. Rennes is also rich with Celtic traditions particular to this region of France. In July students enjoy the "Festival des Tombées de la Nuit," a festival when the streets are packed with people eating outside in cafes and enjoying free entertainment.
Meet The Staff
Where You'll Study
Where You'll Study
You will take your French language classes specifically designed for CIEE students at the Institute Langue et Communication of Rennes.
Housing & Meals
Housing & Meals
Students live with local CIEE host families. French homes are located either in Rennes or a nearby suburb. 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.
You'll begin your study abroad experience in Rennes even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. Meeting with students online, the resident director shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple – to help you understand more about the program, and identify your objectives so that you arrive well-informed and return home having made significant progress towards your goals.
The on-site orientation includes a guided tour through historical and architectural heritage of Rennes, a stroll through the botanical garden of the Thabor, a trip to the Rennes farmers’ market, lunch at a local crêperie, and a cooking class.
All homestays provide Internet connections. In addition, students will have access to Wi-Fi at the language center where they will attend their courses. All students are encouraged to bring wireless-enabled laptops.
On this program, students are asked to take part in the CIEE Community Language Commitment. By signing an agreement during orientation, students indicate their intention to speak only French to all people at all times (except in cases of emergency). Students, thus immersed in the host country language, not only speak French but come to think in French as well. This Language Commitment fosters a program environment and learning community that encourages French language and cultural acquisition, thereby improving proficiency and understanding of both the French language and French society.
Students go on an overnight weekend trip to likely either Normandie or the Cornouaille region or the northwestern coast of Brittany. In Normandy, Students visit the World War II Memorial in Caen, the beach in Arromanches, Omaha Beach, and the American cemetery and museum at Colleville-sur-mer. In Cornouaille students see magnificent views, eat local Breton delicacies, and visit Quimper and Concarneau. In the norwestern part of Brittany students explore the coastline, visit a medieval castle and la Côte de Granit Rose.
In addition to the overnight weekend trip, students go on three CIEE day trips. They may go to Saint-Malo, a medieval walled city; Mont Saint Michel, an abbey and UNESCO world heritage site; or Fougère and Vitré, two medieval cities with amazing castles. Please note, excursion sites are subject to change.
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. The following themes are addressed in the courses:
- Regional identity of Brittany
- The French society
- Artistic expressions in France
Specifically, the program offers intensive curriculums for the following language levels:
- Intermediate (Intermediaire)
- Advanced (Avancé)
CIEE language courses combine lecture and interactive styles. Each professor distributes a detailed syllabus indicating course materials, assignment and exam dates, and expectations. Class attendance is mandatory and absences will impact the final grade.
Nature of Classes
Program is for CIEE Study Abroad students only. Classes are typically scheduled from Monday through Friday. Students should expect daily homework assignments and are expected to complete all of the homework assigned and take exams when scheduled. Students will spend part of the time in the classroom and part of the time out of the classroom, visiting a market, museums, and places of cultural interest. These activities are designed as tools for development of specific language competences.
Grades are based on quizzes, exams, attendance, homework assignments/special projects, oral presentations, and class participation.
Language of Instruction
All CIEE courses are taught by professors who specialize in second-language teaching methodology.
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.
CIEE Study Center Syllabi
To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.
Required Intermediate Courses
FREN 2001 REIL
Intermediate French Oral Communication
Building upon the foundation that students have acquired in moods, tenses, syntax, and vocabulary, this course introduces students to the nuances and complexities involved in a deeper understanding and use of the language. Students further the verbal skills associated with introducing themselves, expressing desires, making choices, retelling stories; critiquing movies; doing an interview; expressing feelings; justifying one’s point of view, etc. Students also work on presenting and discussing current news. Contact hours: 60. Credits: 4.
FREN 2002 REIL
Intermediate French Reading and Writing
The purpose of this course is to provide tools so that students can further the development of their reading and writing skills. Original and didactic texts are used, along with the use of structured exercises and writing games. Specifically, students learn to read and write about topics such as physical geography, the environment, cultural objects and symbols, human feelings, and current events. Contact hours: 45. Credits: 3.
FREN 2003 REIL
Intermediate French Language
This course calls on the grammar knowledge acquired in beginning language courses and helps students learn to express themselves in diverse communicative settings. Students report an event in the past tense; express tastes, feelings, or opinions using the subjunctive and relative pronouns; formulate hypotheses; express certainty, uncertainty, or fear using the subjunctive and conditional; and announce a factual event using the correct form of past verb tense and/or voice. Students apply these skills to argumentative discourse and concentrate on logical syntactical connectors, causes, consequences, goals, expressing opposition, and concession. The grammar pillars of this course consist of the past tenses (passé compose, imparfait and plus-que-parfait); the present subjunctive and conditional tenses; relative pronouns; interrogations; the use of passive voice, etc. As students acquire these grammatical concepts, they learn about French symbols, clichés and personalities. Contact hours: 45. Credits: 3.
Required Advanced Courses
FREN 3001 REIL
Advanced French Oral Communication
This course is specifically designed to provide advanced students broader oral communicative competence. Students focus on the different language registers in order to understand and produce statements in any of the varieties of language that a speaker uses in particular social situations such as opposing and agreeing; defending one’s point of view; actively participating in a conversation; explaining experiences and retelling stories; understanding and being able to explain documents such as TV interviews, films or songs. Contact hours: 60. Credits: 4.
FREN 3002 REIL
Advanced French Reading and Writing
In this course students gain the skills, experience and confidence required to see themselves as great readers and writers in French. Students create their own texts. Professors provide them with readings and model the writing process. Students learn to use different language registers, express emotions, and write about a variety of topics including entertainment, current events, and French theater and music. Contact hours: 45. Credits: 3.
FREN 3003 REIL
Advanced French Language
This course builds upon the knowledge that students have acquired in moods, tenses, syntax, and vocabulary, and introduces them to the more advanced nuances and complexities involved in a deeper understanding and use of the language. This is achieved in part by learning to accurately express: feelings, wishes, orders, advice, causes, consequences, and opposition. Special emphasis is placed on structuring one’s thoughts and students produce argumentative texts that rely upon grammatical tools such as verb tense/cause and effect, logical ties, vocabulary to enhance or depreciate; ordering of arguments and examples; and ability to recognize thesis/antithesis. The focus is placed on advanced grammatical structures such as the passive voice; present and past subjunctive tenses; connectors used in complex phrases; expressing consequences; combined relative pronouns; verbal constructions; present participle and gerund. Contact hours: 45. Credits: 3.