CIEE-Rennes: Liberal Arts

Program Details

Program Location Rennes, France
Sponsor CIEE
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 31009
Duration Semester
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Current Program Dates
Spring 2024 01/09/24 to 05/18/24
Past Dates
Fall 2023 08/29/23 to 12/23/23
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Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


CIEE-Rennes: Liberal Arts

Universite Haute Bretagne in Rennes

Are you looking for a study abroad experience that takes you out of your comfort zone? Are you hoping to embrace an alternative way of living and learning: from the challenge of adapting to a foreign environment to the personal growth that goes with?

If so, the CIEE immersion program in Rennes is perfect for you. Experience a region of France that defies French stereotypes and offers authentic regional culture. Wake up in Rennes, have breakfast at your homestay, and take classes at the Centre International Rennais d’Etude du Francais pour Etrangers (CIREFE) at Université Rennes II with students from around the world. You can also earn credits teaching English as a foreign language in Rennes’ primary, middle, or high school. Courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide greater intercultural understanding.

With its population of 60,000 students, Rennes is a perfect setting for study in France. Just an hour and a half west of Paris by train, and 55 minutes from the sea, Rennes is the capital of Brittany. Economically very dynamic, the city is known as a center for technology, and is consistently rated as one of the best places to live in France. The city offers an excellent variety of cultural events and provides study abroad students the opportunity to learn the distinct Celtic traditions particular to this region of France.

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


CIEE-Rennes: Liberal Arts

Take a walk in Rennes!

The program is open to any Purdue undergraduate student who has reached sophomore standing (completed two full semesters of university) by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity and a desire to experience another culture.

In addition to an overall GPA of 2.5, applicants must have a 3.0 GPA in their French coursework.

GPA Requirement: 2.5 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.

Academic Program

This French language immersion program is designed for intermediate to advanced level French students who want to take their language skills to the next level while learning about French culture and society. Prior to coming to France, students take an online placement test. Once on site, they take an intensive two-week language and culture course that includes 30 hours of language and civilization coursework, and 10 hours of cross-cultural analysis and cultural adaptation meetings.

Upon completion of the preliminary language and culture course, students are placed in one of six language learning levels, each with a prescribed set of courses at the Centre International Rennais d’Etude du Francais pour Etrangers (CIREFE) at Université Rennes II. All students are encouraged, regardless of their language level, to consider auditing a regular course at the Université Rennes II; however, students in the advanced language levels (C1/C2) may opt to take one or two regular university courses for credit alongside French students. Students agree to speak only French during the program to encourage language and cultural acquisition.

For more course information, please see the CIEE website.


Possible destinations for excursions are:

  • Mont Saint Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Saint Malo, Brittany’s privateers’ haven and beautiful walled city
  • Paris and it world-famous landmarks
  • Medieval cities such as Fougères or Dinan


Students may choose from two housing options:

Homestays: Students live in carefully chosen French homes in Rennes or nearby suburbs. Host families provide breakfast and dinner, all weekend meals. On weekdays, students purchase lunch at restaurants on campus or at local cafés or restaurants in downtown Rennes.

Apartment: Students may opt to live in a single studio apartment in a residence. Studio apartment has a kitchenette equipped with microwave, cooking plates, mini-fridge, dishes & kitchenware. Students are responsible for purchasing and preparing their own meals. Studio apartment has a kitchenette equipped with microwave, cooking plates, mini-fridge, dishes & kitchenware.

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

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.

The Program and Housing Fees include: Tuition, on-site orientation, housing, and excursions. Depending on the housing choice, some meals might be included.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Fall 2024

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $17,006.00
Study Abroad Fee $914.10
Housing $3,750.00
Insurance $194.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,200.00
Local Transportation $150.00
Visa $393.00
Books and Supplies $50.00
Meals $1,120.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $315.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

CIEE has scholarships available, more information can be found HERE.

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 (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

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

After paying the study abroad deposit, participants will need to complete a program application which will be forwarded to the head office of CIEE. Students will be notified directly by CIEE about their acceptance into the program.

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

Returnees Information

CIEE-Rennes: Liberal Arts

Rennes' Vieux Quartier

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