Drexel in France:
CIEE Language & Culture
The Rennes Liberal Arts program is run by the Council for International Education Exchange (CIEE) and offers a great opportunity for French language students. It is designed for study abroad students from across the US, providing participants a chance to meet and study with students from various backgrounds. CIEE participants take courses together, which are held at a local university, and also have the option of take 1 to 2 classes with local French students. It is a perfect way to focus on your language skills and immerse yourself in French culture.
Experiencing an entirely new culture is at the heart of the CIEE program. There is an orientation program upon arrival, and a CIEE Program Director will be on hand to help students settle in and get the maximum out of their stay. Depending on the location, students may either live in a student residence hall, an apartment, or with a host family.
With its young population of 60,000 students, Rennes is a perfect setting for study in France. Just two hours west of Paris by train, Rennes is the capital of Brittany. Economically very diverse, the city is known as a center for technology in France. It offers an excellent variety of cultural events, with its national theater, opera, orchestra, numerous cinemas, soccer stadium, and skating rink. Rennes provides study abroad students the opportunity to learn the distinct Celtic traditions particular to this region of France.
- 3.0 minimum GPA
- FREN 310 completed prior to study abroad term
- Sophomore status or higher
To advance French language skills more quickly before studying abroad, students should consider taking French during their freshman summer vacation term and/or during their co-op terms.
The CIEE Rennes program offers a combination of French language and content courses taken at the Centre International Rennais d’Etude du Francais pour les Etrangers (CIREFE), and the opportunity to take regular university courses with local French students at the Université de Haute Bretagne Rennes II (UHB) campus. Students start the program with an intensive 40 hour CIEE language and culture course. They then begin classes at CIREFE and UHB in subjects such as French cinema, history, economics, and literature.
- Required intensive language and culture course prior to start of semester courses
- Required semester long language course at level of placement
- Three to five content courses in French
Students earn Drexel grades and credit and for the courses taken through the CIEE Program. All courses are taught by faculty members from the Université de Haute Bretagne, Rennes II. French grades will be assigned and then converted into US grades for Drexel student records according to the WES conversion guide: https://applications.wes.org/country-resources/resources.asp
Optional Teaching Internship
: Students can participate in a teaching practicum in a French primary, middle, or high school. This is a great way for students to learn more about the educational system in France and become involved with the Rennes community. This teaching internship is NOT eligible for Drexel course credit.
Fall Semester Dates and Itinerary
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*Students should be prepared to leave summer term class/co-op several weeks early. Due to the need for co-op cycle adjustments, students should begin planning 12+ months in advance.
Students live in carefully selected French home stays, either in Rennes or a close suburb. All families provide internet access, breakfast and dinner, and all weekend meals. Home stays are a perfect opportunity to immerse in French culture and improve language skills.
All non-European citizens are required to apply for a French student visa. To start the visa application process, students should apply through Campus France
. Click here for French Embassy Visa
Information. Obtaining a French student visa normally requires an in-person interview at the French Embassy, which is located in Washington DC for Pennsylvania residents. Students using their Drexel address can apply and interview through the Washington DC Embassy, even if their home residence is another state.
Estimated Program Costs: Review the Estimated Study Abroad Costs page for a list of approximated program expenses.
The CIEE Rennes Program Fee includes: 3-day Paris orientation and activities; French home stay and most meals; visits to museums and theaters; excursions to sites such as the southwestern coast of Brittany, beaches of Normandy, Mont Saint-Michel, and castles of the Loire Valley; On Call Emergency Assistance insurance; on-site support of CIEE staff.
Tuition & Financial Aid
This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus your Drexel tuition and financial aid remain the same during the term abroad. Students may also want to submit a revised budget to Drexel Central to see if additional funding may be available. Students who receive Federal Work Study should consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (only available to students after acceptance).
Those interested in seeking additional funding should review the Drexel Affiliated and External Scholarships pages. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.
CIEE GAIN Travel Grant:- $750 - $2,000 toward airfare is GUARANTEED for all Pell-eligible students.
CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant: $1,000 toward semester programs. Qualified applicants for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship are GUARANTEED a CIEE Gilman Go Global grant.
Review the CIEE Scholarship page for additional opportunities.
- Read more from Drexel student blogger at Rennes!
- Orientation: This program includes a mandatory three-day orientation in Paris at the start of the program to introduce students to the country, culture, and academic program. Once in Rennes, an orientation provides practical information about living in Rennes and includes a city tour, university registration, and other academic preparation guidance.
- Excursions: The CIEE program fee includes visits to museums and theaters, and excursions to sites such as the southwestern coast of Brittany, beaches of Normandy, Mont Saint-Michel, and castles of the Loire Valley.