International Exchanges – France: Nantes

Open to Pitzer students only. Program options subject to change.

Program Title: Pitzer Exchange with the University of Nantes

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Location: Nantes, France

Host Website: Nantes site for International Students

Students must be in good standing at Pitzer College and have a minimum 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Preference is given to juniors and first semester seniors but qualified sophomores are eligible if space is available. There is no language requirement for students interested in beginning to intermediate French in an intensive French language program through I-FLE (institute of French as a Foreign Language). 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.

At least one course of preparation is strongly recommended. Courses in European area studies can meet this recommendation. Other general preparation options include: Comparative Politics, Intercultural Communications, Introduction to International/ Intercultural Studies, Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology, or the World Since 1492.

Pitzer College Study Abroad Application and University forms

Program Dates
Fall semester: September to mid-January
Spring semester: January to May
Full year: September to May

Required Courses
Students are required to take a full course load at the University including a French language course or courses taught in French and at least one course with content on French history, politics, literature or culture, and the Pitzer course MLLC110 Intercultural Learning: Portfolio Writing via Sakai.

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

Students who have not completed French 44 will enroll in a semester-long intensive French language program through the I-FLE (institute of French as a Foreign Language). This option offers French language courses for all proficiency levels. To view courses visit the Nante website and choose “Le programme des cours.”

If a student has completed French 44 and would like to enroll in regular university courses, the following areas are available: Faculty of Foreign Languages and Cultures; Psychology; Sociology; Institute of Management, Business and Economics (IEMN-IAE). Course information is available here

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 credits for the writing course via Sakai. (See above under Required Courses.)

Housing and Board Options
Students are housed in single-occupancy rooms in university residence halls. Meals are taken at one of the university restaurants or cooking independently in the residence hall kitchens.

Additional 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.