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  • Locations: Nantes, France
  • Program Terms: Fall, Fall Back-Up, Full Year, Full Year Back-Up, Spring, Spring Back-Up
  • Restrictions: GU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Budget
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0 Language Prerequisite: Yes
Language(s): French Click here for a definition of this term Type of Program: Area Studies, Business, Direct Matriculation
Non-GU Students May Apply: No Housing Options: Homestay
Level of Support: High (Comprehensive onsite support) Application Deadlines: February, October
Fields of Study: Archeology, Business, Economics, Education, English, French, Government/Political Science, History, Literature OGE Advisor: Jason Sanderson
Engagement Opportunities: Intern: Credit, Student Organizations
Program Description:

Bridge over river in Nantes
Nantes- French Language Immersion & Area Studies (IES)

Nantes, France



  • Good academic and disciplinary standing
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Language Prerequisites: Advanced French II (FREN102) or Intensive Advanced French II (FREN112)
  • Language Evaluation: Two-part evaluation for French required of all applicants prior to application deadline (typically takes place two weeks before the application deadline)
In addition to your myGUABROAD application materials, you must complete the IES application by the OGE deadline.

*If you do not meet these eligibility requirements, please meet with the OGE Regional Advisor for this program early in the process to discuss your options.

About the Program

Opened in 1965, the IES Study Center in Nantes is the only permanent US study abroad program in the city. It is also the advanced French program for the organization and in-house classes are only taught in French. This includes courses in history, art history, literature, film, political science, and business. All students are registered at the University of Nantes and have full access to all university facilities.

Originally founded in the 15th century, the University of Nantes is today one of the few comprehensive universities in France and as such, with more than 30,000 students, it is the largest overall outside Paris. It offers programs in the humanities, social sciences, physical sciences, business, law, and other fields.


Named "the most livable city in Europe" by Time magazine, Nantes has been a permanent settlement since 70 BC. While currently the administrative capital of the Pays de la Loire region, the city's inhabitants are very proud of their Breton (Celtic) heritage. The metropolitan area has a population greater than 800,000 and the sixth largest in France.

Academic Calendar

  • Full year: late August to late April (IES coursework) or mid/late May (university coursework)
  • Fall: late August to mid-December (IES coursework only)
  • Spring: early January to late April (IES Coursework) or mid/late May (university coursework)

Fields of Study

Language of instruction is French.

Fields of study include: Archeology, Business, Economics, Education, English, French, Government/Political Science, History, and Literature


You are required to enroll in a full courseload and complete all exams and assignments associated with the course regardless of the credit you wish to receive on the program. Withdrawal from a course or failure to take/complete a final will be regarded as an unauthorized reduction in courseload and a violation of the academic policy.

A full courseload for this program is: 5 courses: a French language course plus four French-taught content courses.

Qualified full-year and spring students may opt to take direct matriculation university courses in French.

*SFS students seeking a waiver for the Oral Proficiency exam requirement may take no more than one IES course (language or content) per semester.

The minimum passing grade for this program is: C for IES coursework, 9/20 for university coursework

Note about internships: the Teaching Internship Seminar (IN 395) transfers back as two (2) GU credits.

You are expected to take all courses and complete all coursework in French. You will not receive credit for courses taught in English, or in which the readings are primarily in English, nor may you use such coursework to meet the requirement for a full courseload.  

You are required to live in program housing.

You will live with a host family. You are asked to indicate your housing preferences to IES after acceptance. Using this information the local housing coordinator matches students with host families. You will take some meals with the family. Meals may also be purchased at university-sponsored cafeterias for a nominal fee.

Program Budget

Nantes (IES) Program Budget


We advise students to research and pursue a wide range of funding opportunities. To find scholarships applicable to your program, browse the scholarships section of OGE’s website.

We are committed to making study abroad accessible to all interested and eligible students. We hope that students with accessibility needs will pursue study abroad opportunities and use the available support services on campus for assistance and advice when necessary.

With over 200 approved-programs, we are confident that you will find a program that fits your interests and goals. Programs offer varying degrees of academic and lifestyle support. Please make an appointment with your OGE advisor to discuss how to best support any special needs you might have on programs that may interest you.

To learn more about the resources for students on campus and also for advice on how to request accommodations overseas, please visit the Georgetown Academic Resource Center’s website. Additional support can be found on the Mobility International website.

Open Application Deadlines & Dates
Open Application Deadlines & Dates
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/01/2019 10/12/2019 TBA TBA