Office of Study Abroad and Study Away Programs

Rennes, FRANCE


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Program: CIEE: Rennes Liberal Arts Program
Duration: Spring or Fall, Academic Year

Additional Requirements: Two years of college-level French or the equivalent


Program Overview

This liberal arts program in Rennes, France is tailored to students who want to attain a deeper fluency and understanding of French culture. The three main goals of the program are as follows: to increase knowledge of French culture, to increase language ability for intermediate and advanced students, and offer students the opportunity to take courses with French students. These goals are accomplished through intensive language coursework, humanities courses and semester-long cultural activities. The program offers a combination of French language and content courses taken at the CIREFE as well as the opportunity to take normal university courses at the Université de Haute Bretagne Rennes II (UHB) where courses are offered in 12 departments.

A three day orientation program allows students to explore Paris prior to actual arrival in Rennes and become more familiar with the culture, country and academic program. Upon arrival in Rennes, orientation staff provides practical information on living in the city through tours, meetings with CIEE staff and meetings with professors from UHB who introduce the academic program.


Students enroll in classes which typically meet Monday through Friday with occasional weekend excursions. Classes are usually twice a day for two hours. Students are expected to complete all assignments given and take exams as scheduled. Advanced students have the option to enroll in one or two courses at UHB and must attend lectures, complete work and sit exams. 


Participating students receive four Clark units per semester, provided all coursework is completed, all required exams are taken, and final papers are submitted. A full load is considered 15-18 credits. All courses receive letter grades, which show on the Clark transcript and are factored into the overall GPA. Please note that it is not possible to take courses Pass/Fail, and overloads (i.e. "5th" courses) are not permitted. Students are eligible to enroll in any course for which they are qualified provided: they have undertaken the prerequisite course at Clark; the units are available; and approval is given by CIEE and the host university. Please check with the Study Abroad Office to ensure transferability of credit.


Housing & Meals


The program fee includes the housing and meals for students for the semester. Students live in French homes in Rennes or a close neighboring suburb. Students eat breakfast and dinner Monday through Friday and all weekend meals at the place of residence. Students are provided with meal tickets for lunch during the week. The resident director meets with students on a one-on-one basis to confirm housing arrangements.

Program Costs

Approximate additional costs per semester for 2016-17*

    • Passport, visa or residency permit
    • Health insurance
    • Personal Expenses (travel, gifts, going out)
    • Airfare
    • Local Transportation
    • Books and Supplies

*Note: These costs are the responsibility of the student and may vary widely. Check with your program for specific information.


The Fine Print

If you are a financial aid recipient, you should continue to receive financial aid. However, be sure to check with the Office of Financial Assistance to see if there will be any changes in your financial aid package. You will not be able to receive Work-Study money while you are abroad. International Scholarships are granted to enrich the Clark campus with international students and cannot be applied to off-campus programs. You will receive an invoice from Clark's Student Accounts Department, indicating that the tuition payment will be due by mid-July for fall semester and mid-December for spring semester. Failure to satisfy your financial obligation to Clark University by the due date may result in withdrawal from the program. Clark University is not responsible for any independent travel that is not an official part of the Clark program and Clark does not assist in personal travel arrangements


Additional Resources

Application Information


All applicants must fulfill Clark University's eligibility requirements. Students must also be prepared to fulfill the CIEE requirements.

Any information on this page is subject to change.

Additional Resources

For more information about this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office.

Any information on this page is subject to change.