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CIEE Rennes Liberal Arts Program

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year


Rennes, France




Overall GPA 2.75, 3.00 in French language; 4 semesters of college-level French or equivalent.

Application Due:

10/20 for Spring
3/15 for Fall and Academic Year

Program Cost:

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This program for intermediate or advanced intermediate students is designed to increase language ability, to provide knowledge of France and French culture, and, for students with an adequate level of French language, to provide the opportunity to take regular university classes alongside French students. The program offers intensive language coursework, humanities coursework and cultural activities throughout the semester. It includes a mandatory three day orientation in Paris prior to arrival in Rennes. The program is administered by the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) on behalf of a consortium of which The University of Iowa is a member. Participants join a group of students from other U.S. colleges and universities and take classes at the University of Haute Bretagne’s center for foreign students alongside other internationals from around the world. UI students earn resident credit on this program.

Academic Program

Course descriptions

During the first three weeks, students take an intensive CIEE language and culture course consisting of 30 hours of language and civilization and 10 hours of cross-cultural analysis and seminars on cultural adaptation. Immediately following this pre-session, and based on the end results of a placement exam, students enroll in a program of study at any one of six levels at the center for foreign students (CIREFE- Centre International Rennais d’Etude du Français pour les Etrangers.). Each level has prescribed language courses plus a choice of content classes, with the option of regular university classes for students placed at the most advanced. Students typically earn between 16 sh and 18 sh.

Courses may be reviewed for approval towards Gen Ed Requirements, French major requirements and towards other majors as appropriate.

Teaching internships

Study abroad students can participate in a teaching practicum in a 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 community, while earning credit through teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL). Interested students must enroll in one methodology course conducted in French. Students are responsible for preparing a one-hour lesson in English per week. The final grade is based on lesson plans, homework assignments, and class observations. The resident director or teaching practicum supervisor oversees the experience and evaluates the students’ performance. Students receive three credit hours.

Program Dates

Late August through late December; early January – late May.

For More Information

Students are required to meet with the program adviser in the UI Study Abroad office before initiating an application. Program details are found at this CIEE webpage.

The University of Haute Bretagne

The CIEE Study Center is housed at Rennes II, the humanities campus of the University of Haute Bretagne. The campus is one mile northwest of down town and easily accessible from all housing situations by an excellent public transportation system. CIREFE, the Centre International Rennais d’Étude du Français pour les Etrangers within the University, teaches both language and content courses to a large and varied international student population.


Rennes is a medium-sized city, often cited as among the most livable cities in France. With its young population of 60,000 students, the city is a perfect setting for study in France. Just two hours west of Paris by train, Rennes is the capital of Brittany. Economically very dynamic, the city is known as a center for technology. In addition, it offers an exceptional variety of cultural events, with its national theater, opera, orchestra, numerous cinemas, soccer stadium, and skating rink. The location offers students an opportunity to learn the distinct Celtic traditions particular to this region of France.

Living Arrangements

Housing and all meals are included in the program fee. During the program, students live in French homes. Students eat breakfast and dinner Monday through Friday and all weekend meals at the place of residence. Meal tickets are distributed for lunches during the week. The Resident Director and the Student Services Coordinator meet with students individually to confirm their housing.

Travel Arrangements

Students make their own travel arrangements to arrive in Rennes by a designated date. Specific information will be provided in post-acceptance materials from CIEE.


Overall GPA 2.75, 3.00 in French language; 4 semesters of college-level French or equivalent.


The Program Fee is charged on the U Bill and covers tuition, housing, meals, some program excursions, orientation and other support services, an iNext travel card that provides insurance and other travel benefits, and the UI administrative fee.

The semester fee for Fall 2013 was $16,984 for students that are Iowa residents and $18,580 for non-residents. Additional costs include round-trip airfare, visa fees, books and supplies, and personal expenses.

The Iowa Regents mandatory International CISI insurance will also be collected on the U bill.

How to Apply

Before starting an application for this program, students must meet with their study abroad advisor to discuss their program selection and receive information about supplemental materials that are required for an application. Appointments can be set up in person at 1111 UCC or over the phone at 319-335-0353. Applications are considered on a rolling basis and early application is advisable.

After meeting with your advisor, click here to begin the UI application.

Application Deadline

Application deadlines are October 20 for the spring semester and March 15 for the fall and academic year programs.

Orientation Information

Following acceptance, students receive arrival and other information from the Portland office, as well as a Program Handbook with comprehensive student information for France.

All students attend a general TIPS orientation for UI Students Studying Abroad. Additional individualized meetings address specific topics, as well as billing and credit procedures at Iowa.

CIEE also conducts online orientations for its students.

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1111 University Capitol Centre
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802

Phone: (319) 335-0353
Fax: (319) 335-0343