• France
    • Rennes
Fall, Spring

Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level
Apartment Host Family


Price Details
You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE! Our high-quality programs include tuition, housing, on-site airport pick-up, field trips and cultural activities, 24/7 on-site professional staff, and automatic iNext insurance. There are no hidden charges or surprises when you arrive, and scholarships opportunities are available!
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Classes Some Meals Travel Insurance
Apr 20, 2021
Sep 28, 2022
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About Program

The capital of Brittany is one of the country’s most livable cities and a major center for France’s growing tech industry. It’s also one of the country’s most festive cities with an abundance of arts, culture, and musical events.

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Program Highlights

  • CIEE Rennes is located at the Université Rennes 2, one mile northwest of downtown and just an 8-minute metro ride from the historic center.
  • Past excursions and activities include a tour of Mont Saint-Michel, and tours of historic castles of the Loire Valley including Amboise - where Leonardo da Vinci is buried.
  • Students can give back to the host community by helping French children with their English at the Franco-American Institute, and/or keeping elders company in a local retirement home.

Popular Programs

CIEE Rennes Summer Program

Improve your French while discovering the historical culture and broad heritage of Brittany this summer. Explore cafés and stone roads, experience the vibrant nightlife and enjoy the "Festival des Tombées de la Nuit," in July that packs the streets with people enjoying meals in outdoor cafes and free entertainment.

CIEE Rennes Semester Program

This immersion program is geared for students with intermediate to advanced-level French skills who want to perfect these skills and improve their knowledge of French culture and society with a combination of French language and content courses.



CIEE Scholarships and Grants

CIEE’s need-based grants offer support to students who face financial barriers to studying abroad. CIEE awards need-based grants based on students’ EFCs and program selection. The Gilman Go Global Grant offers students $750-$2,000 toward airfare, plus $2,500 toward semester program costs, or $1,000 toward summer program costs.

$500 - $2,500

Program Reviews

4.83 Rating
based on 6 reviews
  • 5 rating 83.33%
  • 4 rating 16.67%
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  • Academics 4.7
  • Support 4.85
  • Fun 4.85
  • Housing 4.85
  • Safety 5
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Yes, I recommend this program

Great Language Opportunity

This is an awesome opportunity if you want to practice your French. You will hopefully make great friends, like I did, and have some amazing chances to travel. It can be kind of intense, but you definitely experience full immersion with your host family and classes. Just to be clear, you will be taking classes with other international students, not in the university classes with other French students. It is still super cool to meet the students from all over the world. I really loved the program, but sometimes the administrators were not very clear about how the academic part of the program would work until you were registering for classes.

10 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Truly wonderful study abroad experience!

This was my first time out of the country and it's safe to say it won't be my last. CIEE and its wonderful staff made my time in Rennes extremely fun and beneficial. I learned more French than I could have imagined while, more importantly, become very well acquainted with the complex and gentle French culture and people. Each day was a new adventure and leaving was by far the hardest part. What really made it whole was my host family that was always there for me and showed me everything there is to know about Rennes and the nearby picturesque beach called Saint-Malo! Thank you especially to Daniel and Valentina for making this experience so amazing!

  • Great Food
  • Sightseeing
  • Deep History
  • Having to leave
11 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Best decision!

I am really happy that I chose this program! I had already thought that I would choose this program about a year before I went. I was lucky enough to have had a friend be in the program the previous year, so she gave me advice and told me about the different things I would do. I don't think I would have chosen differently!
I love the classes and my peers! The classes are really fun and informative! Both of the instructors that I have had have been so kind and helpful. The people in my class are understanding and helpful as well. There are two classes and I have gotten to know the students in the other class and we all get along really well!
It has been such a great summer and I am really lucky to be here! There is so much to do in Rennes and it has not been a boring summer at all. Also the food is super great! I have gotten into a nice routine as well! A big plus for Rennes' public transportation systems as well!
I love the family that I am placed with and feel so comfortable with them. They are so kind and patient. I actually live with the same family as my friend who did the program last year! They are probably some of the BEST people I have ever met!

What would you improve about this program?
In terms of improvement, I sometimes wished that there were more information on the activities we do on Tuesdays and Thursdays. They are still fun!
26 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

An experiential education

I chose this program because I wanted to improve my French. In that regard, this program was superb. High-quality classes led by understanding professors combined with the everyday practice with my host family made for a truly immersive French experience. The CIEE staff were extremely encouraging as well, and unfailingly patient with my errors. But the program offered so much else besides. Rather than listing them all, I'll name just my favorite. The home stay was simply amazing. I was welcomed into a family and made a part of their community, and as a result, my stay in French moved from the educational to the relational. I expected to learn a language; I did not expect to make what I think will be life-long friends. So if you are looking for a quality education and a welcoming community, this program is for you.

What would you improve about this program?
I do think a little help with logistics in getting to Paris at the end of the program could be helpful, especially as students are concerned with tests, papers, and good-by's
26 people found this review helpful.
Yes, I recommend this program


I loved the Rennes Program through CIEE. It was one of the most wonderful experiences I've had. The program was wonderful and I definitely improved my speaking, reading, and comprehension of the French Language. I was a part of home-stay and I loved my host parents they were very involved from taking me around town to some of their own events or even just helping me with my homework. I truly felt that I was a part of the family. In terms the the University Rennes 2 campus I was able to meet people from all over the world and learn so much from them and their own time here like where to go to eat or out dancing. I do recommend volunteering at the Franco-American Institute because it was a valuable way of meeting members of the city and you get to help them with their English. Overall I loved the program and the professors and the staff were very helpful and understanding. It was an unforgettable semester.

What would you improve about this program?
Maybe have a bus at the end of the program for students who leave right after the end to make it easier to get to the airport
26 people found this review helpful.
Yes, I recommend this program

Fantastic Opportunity

I loved living in Rennes and studying abroad with CIEE. The University of Rennes 2 provided a variety of interesting classes with students from all around the world. CIEE was a wonderful program to study with. They provided a huge amount of support and made being abroad fun instead of a scary experience. They also provided excursions throughout the semester so we could explore different cities and customs of France. The other draw for this program, that I found, is being able to live with a host family. This opportunity really helps you improve your understanding of the French language and introduces you to a new look into French culture.

26 people found this review helpful.

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