Nantes is well-known for being a charming city in which to live in France, and it's quite easy to see why. Home to many young professionals and students, there are plenty of new friends to make and an active nightlife waiting for you in Nantes. Once the capital of Brittany, Nantes has a rich history, which you can see firsthand by visiting the Cathédrale St-Pierre et St-Paul and the Château des Ducs de Bretagne. It's also easy to walk around and explore the city by foot.
The IES Abroad Nantes Program has two important goals: to improve your written and verbal proficiency in French through language and area studies courses and teaching internships, and to introduce you to contemporary France and its role in the European Union. Founded in 1965, the program is small enough to welcome you into the community, yet large enough to allow for a variety of academic and extracurricular activities. We offer you the opportunity to integrate fully into French society and function completely in French, due to the program's focus on full immersion and the fact that there are few Anglophones in Nantes.
This program enjoys a close relationship with the Université de Nantes. You have access to the school's libraries, computer labs, cafeterias, and sports facilities, and are welcome to join student clubs and other social and sports organizations. You also have many opportunities for enrolling in university courses. IES Abroad courses are taught in French by native French faculty, many of whom are professors at the Université de Nantes. You select from IES Abroad language and area studies courses, and can add a teaching internship and university courses to complete your schedule.
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Imagine yourself stopping by the 15th century Château des Ducs, exploring fine arts museums, enjoying a crêpe in a quaint café, and walking along the Loire River in this quintessential French town. It's the sixth largest city in France, but quaint enough to feel at home. Did we mention the food is divine? Discover the French joie de vivre when you study abroad in Nantes.
We strive to make sure you feel safe, cared for, and at home while you’re away from home. Whether it’s the orientation program that makes you feel prepared, your housing that is well-located and comfortable, the cultural events that make it easy and fun to meet other international and local students, or the field trips and walking tours that take you to places tourists don’t usually see—we’re all about our student service. Learn more about the day-to-day studying abroad on this program. From field trips to housing, it’s all on IES Abroad’s website.
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For the academic year 2022-2023: Pomona students enroll in a minimum of 15-16 U.S. semester credits for a total of 4.0 Pomona credits.
For fall 2023 onwards: Pomona students enroll in 15-19 U.S. semester credits for a total of 3.75-4.75 Pomona credits.
Students enroll in a French language course at the IES center. Students earn their remaining credits through elective courses at the IES center and/or local university. At least one elective must be taken at the University of Nantes. Students may not enroll in courses taught in English. Students are required to take at least one course with significant focus on France.
Students may take only one IES course on a CR/NC basis. Students may not take the required French language course on a CR/NC basis.
Students live in a private room with a local family in a homestay. Many host families have been welcoming IES Abroad students into their homes for years. Only one student is housed with each family. You receive breakfast daily and five evening meals per week.
Université de Nantes
Ecole Supérieure des Beaux Arts (ESBA)
Audencia Business School (special approval from OSA is required)
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- Completion of advanced French (French 44), or the equivalent.
- A French language course must have been completed within one year prior to the start of the program.