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IES Abroad Nantes - Study in Nantes
Nantes, France (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
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Program Sponsor: IES 
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Restrictions: Princeton applicants only
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Dept Offering Program: Study Abroad OIP Program Type: Study Abroad (semester)
Language of Instruction: French Language Prerequisite: YES
Program Features: Academic Study Degree Level: 2 Sophomore, 3 Junior, 4 Senior
Time Away: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester Housing options: Homestay
Program Group: Study Abroad OIP Program Adviser: Jordan Zilla
Program Description:
Program Description:

IES Abroad French Language Immersion and Area Studies - Nantes

Please be reminded that you need to meet different deadlines when applying to this program: 

  • IES application deadline: October 9, 2020
  • Princeton application deadline: October 16, 2020

IES Abroad - French Language Immersion and Area Studies in Nantes allows students the opportunity to improve their French-language skills and take content courses both through IES and at the Université de Nantes. This program is a great fit for students who are at an intermediate level of French and are looking to challenge themselves through full language and cultural immersion.

The University

Université de Nantes has a student population of approximately 35,000, with international students from over 110 countries throughout the world. The main campus, Tertre Campus, is situated on the Erdre River to the northern part of the city and hosts the colleges of Language, Literature, Geography, History, Art History, Humanities, Political Science, Business, Economics and Management, Education, and Psychology.

The Setting

Nantes is a beautiful city on the Loire River in the central western part of France, featuring gorgeous architecture (including its own castle), charming attractions, and beautiful outdoor spaces (from IES website). Unlike Paris or the French Rivera, Nantes is not a very touristy town, which means English is rarely spoken. It is home to some of France's well-known dishes (crêpes, fish with beurre blanc, buttery cakes, regional cheeses, etc.), and it's also an eco-friendly city that is easily explored by bike.



Students are required to enroll in 15-19 U.S. credits for the semester, to be the equivalent of four Princeton credits. One course is a required language course taught through IES, and students will place into their appropriate level by taking a language placement test in advance. Students can then choose from a combination of IES-taught courses and local university courses. All courses must be taught in French, and students must take at least one of their courses directly enrolled at the local institution. More information about course offerings can be found at the IES website. 


For Princeton approval, participants must have at least a 3.0/ B average for the fall and spring semesters prior to the semester of study abroad, and students must have taken at least up to French 107 at Princeton or the equivalent (207 preferred). Students must be prepared to take all of the courses in French. 


Grading & Credits: 

For information regarding credits, grading, and other academic policies, read the Academic Policies on the Study Abroad website.

Academic Calendar

Fall semester: early September through mid-December
Spring semester: mid-January through early May

For updated calendars, visit the IES website


IES offers students the opportunity to 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 IES Abroad student is housed with each family. Students receive breakfast daily and five evening meals per week.

Student Life

Upon enrolling in the IES Abroad Nantes Program, you are automatically registered at the Université de Nantes and have access to join student clubs and other social and sports organizations. IES Abroad also hosts many cultural events and excursions for students, such as French table lunches with Center staff and professors, trips to local operal and theater productions, visits to museums, local industries, and exhibitions, student theater performances, and a weekly conversation club for French and IES Abroad students.

Money Matters 

Students who receive financial aid at Princeton continue to receive Princeton financial aid for the approved costs of study abroad programs during the academic year. For detailed information about financial aid, program fees, and billing for study abroad, please visit the Money Matters section of the Study Abroad website. 

Passport and Visa 

Students must have a passport valid for at least six months after the end of their study abroad program.  For information on obtaining or renewing a US passport, please consult the US State Department Passport Website. 
All students wishing to pursue studies in France for more than 90 days must first register with Campus France first to obtain a student visa. After that time, students will complete an online application and then schedule an in-person for one of the VFS Global Centers in the U.S, only after receiving an official acceptance letter from IES Abroad. The visa cannot be issued once you are in France. Please schedule your appointment as early as possible but within 60 days before departure to France. You may not apply more than 90 days prior to your departure. 
Application Process
Students interested in applying to this program should complete the following steps:
  • Click "apply now" here on the GPS brochure to begin an application. Complete all of the study abroad application items listed in GPS according to the deadline and submit any hardcopy requirements to the Office of International Programs. 
  • Complete the program specific application by going directly to the website and submitting the application according to their deadline.


Start planning your study abroad experience!

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Spring Semester 2021 10/16/2020 10/20/2020 TBA TBA
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