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CIEE Rennes

Posted on September 12, 2013

The CIEE Rennes Program offers students a rich learning experience in a region of France, Brittany, with its own distinct cultural identity. The student population in Rennes is 60,000, giving Rennes its flavor as a “university city”. All courses are taught in French at a Language and Culture Center (CIREF) at the University of Renne II campus in the International Relations Faculty. Advanced language students may be able to enroll in regular university classes along with French students. All students live with homestay families in the City Center or close by, with no more than a 30-40 minute commute on the Metro to the campus.

The Université de Haute Bretagne (UHB) – Rennes
The University’s heritage stems back to the days of the Breton university founded in 1461. It is divided into:  Rennes I (Sciences) www.univ-rennes1.fr  and  Rennes II (Humanities) www.univ-rennes2.fr  in 12 departments.  The University of Rennes I (23,300) offers science, technology, medicine, philosophy, law, management and economics.  The University of Rennes II (22,000 students) offers courses in the arts, literature, languages, communication, human and social sciences, and sport.

Located in northwestern France, Rennes (Pop. 206,229)  is the capital of Brittany, providing students with the opportunity to learn about the Celtic traditions in this region.  Rennes is less than two hours from Paris by TGV train. It is close to Mont St. Michel, beach resorts and the coast of Normandy.  The city offers a variety of cultural events, with its national theater, opera, orchestra, the Musée des Beaux Arts, and Musée de Bretagne, and sports arenas.

Academic Year, Fall or Spring semesters

Program Dates
Fall: August - December
Spring: January - May

***Orientation upon arrival is conducted in Paris and then in Rennes.

Courses & Credit
Students enroll in 15-16 U.S. semester hours, which will earn 4.0 Wheaton credits (usually five courses).

Admissions Requirements
Four semesters of college level French or the equivalent; advanced or higher level courses for university enrollment. GPA required: 2.75 cum/ 3.0 gpa in French.

Housing & Board
Homestay Families are arranged for all students in carefully screened families within 35 minutes of the university. Two meals per day, 7 days per week are provided by the families. CIEE gives students lunch tickets for use in university cafeterias.

Wheaton Tuition, Room and Board. Program excursions to the southwest coast of Brittany, beaches of Normandy, or a tour of Loire Valley castles, are just a few possible trips covered under fees.

Other Expenses
Students are responsible for $500 Administrative fee, passport and visa fees, round‐trip airfare to meet group flight, personal expenses, and a $30.00 application fee.

Guidelines and application forms are available in the Center for Global Education or on line at the CIEE Rennes website.

Make an appointment to see Lynn Gaylord in the Center for Global Education, ext. 4950. Program details are subject to change at the discretion of Wheaton Center for Global Education.

Courses of Study

Program Courses Offered at the CEREFE (Center for French Language)

  • Preliminary Language and Culture Course – required. Level determined with placement exam.
  • CIREFE Courses – based on language proficiency, with emphasis on Oral and Written Expression
  • French Civilization and Culture

The following areas of study may be available for students whose language proficiency is at Intermediate to Advanced Language Levels (see CIEE- Rennes Materials for proficiency guidelines)

  • Cinema
  • History of France
  • Intro to French Literature
  • Modern Art
  • Writing Practice/Advanced Writing Practice
  • Creative Writing
  • French Press
  • History of France: Ancient Regime to 1870

The following areas of study may be available to students with Effective Proficiency and Mastery Language Levels (see CIEE – Rennes Program Materials for proficiency guidelines).

University of Haute Bretagne Rennes II Courses (see CIEE Rennes materials). Cross registration to Rennes I campus may be possible by special arrangement.

  • Francophonies
  • French Literature I, II, III – Theatre, Fiction, Women Writers, and other topics
  • French Society I – IV
  • Phonetics
  • The World of Work
  • French Economy
  • History
  • History of Art and Architecture of Brittany, Medieval and Renaissance Architecture, Contemporary Art
  • History of Modern Art
  • Film Analysis
  • International Relations
  • Teaching Practicum:  Structured academic program unique to CIEE. Placements in primary, middle and secondary schools. Fosters community involvement. A Pedagogy course taught for participants. Teaching Practicum Supervisor and RD oversee program. For advanced students only.

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