International Exchanges
(Pitzer Students Only)

France - University of Nantes

Program Title Pitzer Exchange with the University of Nantes
Location Nantes, France
Host Website
Eligibility Students interested in beginning to intermediate French language study may enroll in an intensive French language program through IRFFLE. Students interested in advanced French who have completed French 44 may participate as a regular university student and take university courses. All conventional university courses are taught in French. Students must be in good standing at Pitzer College. Preference is given to juniors and first semester seniors but qualified sophomores are eligible if space is available.
Preparation At least one course of preparation is required. Courses in European area studies can meet this requirement. Other general preparation options include: Comparative Politics, Intercultural Communications, Introduction to International/ Intercultural Studies, Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology, or the World Since 1492.
Application Pitzer College general application and the forms required by the university
Program Dates Fall semester: Late September to January
Spring semester: February to June
Full year: Late September to June
Required Courses Participants are expected to take one course while abroad that includes content on French history, politics, literature or culture, and the Pitzer Sakai course Intercultural Learning: Portfolio Writing.
Intensive Language Students with less than four semesters of previous French language study will enroll in an intensive French language and culture studies program with French as a foreign language plus literature and culture courses, offered either semester.
Course Options Classes are available in French in the Faculties of Economics; Letters and Humanities including French and comparative literatures, foreign literatures and civilizations, geography, history, philosophy, psychology, sociology, urban & regional planning; Science courses include chemistry, earth sciences, informatics, materials science, mathematics, natural and life sciences, physics.

Students who have not completed French 44 will enroll in a semester-long intensive French language program through the IRFFLE (Institut de formation en français langue étrangère). IRFFLE offers French language courses for all proficiency levels. Website: Go to Cours de Français, then Cours semestriels. Choose Le programme des cours.

If a student has completed French 44 and would like to enroll in regular university courses, he/she should consult this link:
Credit Possible Regular university students must take a full course load of 30 ECTS while abroad in order to earn four course credits at Pitzer. Students enrolled in the intensive French language program through IRFFLE should consult with a Study Abroad Adviser for course load requirements. In addition, all students will earn 0.5 Pitzer course credit for the Sakai course. See above under required courses.
Housing Options Students are housed in single-occupancy rooms in university residence halls or in apartments. Meals are taken at one of the university restaurants or independently.
Advising Notes The fall semester extends into January. We recommend a one-year program vs. one semester in the fall to provide the best fit with the French university calendar.