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  • Locations: Nantes, France
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications. (Exchange program applicants click application here)

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 05/19/2018
Rolling Admission 05/26/2018 08/06/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Instruction language: French Program Type: HSU Summer Faculty led
Housing options: Residence hall Academic areas: French, International Studies
Open to non-HSU students: Yes Tuition payment made to: CEEE
Program Description:
Faculty-Led Study Abroad

Program dates: May 28th - August 3rd, 2018

Program rotation:


Nantes Program Overview                     

Courses offered
Program Highlights
GE and/or Major, Minor Requirements
The Nantes Program is the newest faculty-led study abroad program at Humboldt State University. The Nantes Program is an intense 10-week summer immersion French language and culture program. This program is offered exclusively by the Department of World Languages and Cultures to Humboldt State University students from all fields of study. The Nantes Program is a comprehensive all-services included program. Consequently, the students live in university dorms with other French students, take classes five days a week, participate in service learning activities with local organizations, and participate in various academic visits to outstanding cultural sites in France. The Program is also open to and welcomes students from other universities and colleges from the State of California, out-of-state, and international students. This is a 12 unit academic program. Minimum enrollment of participants is required.
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The Nantes Program is offered in partnership with the Université de Nantes at the Institute of French as a Second Language (i-FLE), which offers French classes at all levels and prepares students for the DELF/DALF (the French equivalent of the TOEFL). The University of Nantes' Language Center offers a wide range of academic programs related to learning French as a foreign language.

Program Location:
Nantes Program Location
The city of Nantes is a medieval city of historical importance in the unification of French territory. Nantes was also a destination and departure port for African slavery routes, which is acknowledged today by memorials and is present in the city’s diverse population. Because of the city’s long history, it hosts a variety of architectural styles and prominent buildings: la cathédrale Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul, considered the finest example of French-style classic Gothic architecture in France, the mediaeval Breton dukes’ castles, as well as several Roman sites. In line with HSU’s values, Nantes is one of the greenest cities in France and is centered around the Loire river. It is also just a 45 minute train ride from the Atlantic ocean and Parc naturel regional de Brière, home to wildlife, swamps and medieval architecture. Nantes is also the birthplace of Jules Verne, the internationally celebrated author of works like Around the World in 80 Days and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
Nantes Museum
Courses offered:
All students take the following courses for a total of 12 units:

FREN 324: Introduction to Language OR Intensive French Language: Regional Studies (3 units)
FREN 324: Introduction to Language OR Intensive French Language: Regional Studies (3 units)
FREN 326: Culture & Civilization: Regional Studies (3 units)
FREN 480: Upper Division Seminar/Retreat (3 units)

All of these courses at open to students with all levels of French knowledge and all courses will count towards the French & Francophone Studies major/minor.

For the two sections of FREN 324, one section will focus on reading & writing, while the other section will focus on listening & speaking. FREN 326 will consist of in-class studies of French civilization and history, as well as several excursions throughout the summer. Some excursions will be in the city of Nantes and others will be weekend-long visits to historical landmarks. FREN 480 will study modern French society and government, offering students with intermediate French knowledge the chance to do an internship abroad.

For course descriptions see: Course Descriptions

Nantes Castle

Program Highlights:
  • Immerse yourself in the language and culture of France.
  • Live in university dorms with French students.
  • Visit cultural and natural places guided by faculty.
  • May be possible to use Financial Aid to cover all related expenses. Plan in advance with Financial Aid counselor. There are also scholarships offered by the WLC department.
  • This is a rigorous program that requires 45 hours a week of study time. All field trips are mandatory.
  • Advanced students will be able to do service learning through volunteering in local organizations (possible locations include the Red Cross, Médecins sans Frontières, Resto du coeur, museums, women's/immigration/homeless shelters, etc.).
  • Cost: TBA. Similar programs have run for $6,500-$7,500. This covers twelve units of tuition, ten weeks of housing, three meals per day, all transportation in host country, all excursions (including overnight stays) and insurance.
Nantes Rings
GE and/or Major, Minor Requirements:
  • All courses apply to the French Major or Minor.
  • This program meets International Residence requirement for the French Major and the International Studies major (consult with major advisor).
  • Courses in this program meet and exceed one year of college French language requirement in various HSU majors.
  • This program meets and exceeds the International Studies language proficiency requirement.
  • All courses in this program count as HSU graduating elective units. 


Kate Nelson, 2018 Nantes Program Director
Office phone: 707-826-3227
Department of World Languages and Cultures
WLC Office phone: 707-826-3226

HSU Offices

College of Extended Education and Global Engagement
2nd Floor Student & Business Services Building
Phone: (707) 826-3731

Center for International Programs
Feuerwerker House (House 13)
Tel:  (707) 826-4142

This program is currently not accepting applications. (Exchange program applicants click application here)

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