Office of Study Abroad and Study Away Programs



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Program Location: Rennes, France
Duration: Spring or Fall, Academic Year
Program Dates

Flights should be not be booked based on the dates above. It is recommended to wait until the program has issued specific arrival information.

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Program Overview

This liberal arts program in Rennes, France is tailored to students who have two years of college-level French or the equivalent and 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.

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.

Clark Credit

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.


All applicants must fulfill Clark University's eligibility requirements. Students must also be prepared to fulfill the CIEE study abroad program eligiblity requirements in Rennes, France. Applications may be rejected for any number of reasons by the overseas program.

Program Costs

Your student account will be billed for Clark tuition each semester that you are abroad, and Clark will pay your tuition/academic fees to CIEE. You will be billed a one-time $1000 study abroad fee which will appear on your tuition bill. You will be billed by CIEE directly for your housing, and you will need to provide for your own meals (i.e. cooking or purchasing meals). Books, non-academic fees, visa, and travel expenses are your responsibility. You are also responsible for all of your personal expenses and for your pocket money while abroad. Remember that here might be a whole array of fees at Rennes for using the gym, clubs, computers, laundry, transportation, books, cell phones, etc. These fees vary from year to year and we recommend that you check the website of your host institution to see if further information is available. Any additional expenses related to individual courses, such as travel, are also your responsibility.

Studying off-campus always generates additional and unexpected expenses. 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 the fall and mid-December for the spring. The exact due date will appear on your bill. Failure to satisfy your financial obligation to Clark University by the due date may result in your withdrawal from the program. Failure to satisfy your financial obligations to your host institution may result in no transcript being issued for your participation in their program.

Under NO circumstances will Clark University be responsible for independent travel you choose to participate in, which is not an official part of the Clark program. Clark will not assist in any personal travel arrangements.

Estimated additional costs for 2016-17

  • Housing and Meals - $3080
  • Visa Fees - $165
  • *Personal Expenses - $2900
  • Transportation - $1200
  • Local Transportation - $200
  • Potential travel to consulate for Visa - $500
  • Books and Supplies - $200
  • Insurance - $118
  • Study Abroad/Away Admin. Fee - $1000

NOTE: These costs are estimates based on exchange rates at time of publication, and are subject to change.

*Personal expenses are based on student feedback, and vary dramatically based on individual spending habits. Estimated personal expenses include items such as food, personal travel, clothing, etc.


Application Deadlines

Study abroad applicants must schedule an appoint with a study abroad advisor the semester before the application deadline, or two semesters/one year before planning to be abroad. Application information will be provided at this meeting. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted, and retrospective credit will not be granted.

  • Fall semester application deadline - February 15
  • Spring semester application deadline - September 15

Important Information

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

Any information on this page is subject to change.