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Program Location Nantes, France
Sponsor IES
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 33016
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
Spring 2020 01/07/20 to 05/02/20
Current Program Dates
Fall 2019 08/27/19 to 12/14/19

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Financial Aid Deadline
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This program offers students the opportunity to improve French proficiency while gaining a greater understanding of French culture and lifestyles.

Situated at the mouth of the Loire River in a beautiful rural setting, Nantes thrives in its historic role as a seaport, and in its new place as a technological center. Its many shops, cafés, and theaters lead pedestrians through the medieval brick streets of the old city to bright, open plazas.

The IES center occupies the fourth floor of a 19th century residential building located a few blocks from the historic center of Nantes. Founded in 1963, the IES Nantes program enjoys a close relationship with the University of Nantes, and students have many opportunities for interaction with faculty. Classroom learning is enhanced by a variety of field trips to places of historical and cultural interest, including the Loire Valley and Mont-Saint-Michel, and the Muscadet vineyard south of Nantes.

Once the capital of the Duchy of Brittany, evidence of Nantes' Breton roots can be seen in its many shops and creperies. Whether buying fresh fish in the marketplace, visiting the chateaux of the Loire Valley, or reading the works of regional writers, students will experience the influence of the environment, geography and history on Nantes.

Internships are available; please see the IES website for more information.

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:IES.



The program is open to Purdue students who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: 4 Sem French

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts]

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Estimated Program Costs

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

Program fee includes: tuition, daily breakfast, five evening meals a week during term, on-site orientation, and selected field trips.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Fall 2019

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee$14,270.00
Study Abroad Fee$914.00
Program Discount for Purdue Students- $2,000.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$1,205.00
Local Transportation$350.00
Books and Supplies$250.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 -$1,900.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos)$175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an on-line application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Following payment of the deposit, the student will be given the IES application to complete. The Study Abroad Office will send the application to IES, along with the applicant's transcript, letters of recommendation, and essay from the study abroad application. The student will then be notified directly by IES upon acceptance into the program.

Program Application Deadline
Most Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email

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