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Pitt in Nantes (France)
Nantes, France
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Panther Program Housing Options: Host Family
Language Prerequisite: 2 terms of college-level language instruction Number of Credits: 6
Internship/Research?: No Open to Non-Pitt Students: Yes
Language of Instruction: French Program Length: 6 weeks
Courses of Study: Art History, Business, Communication, French Language and Literature Certificate Program: European Union Studies, Global Studies, West European Studies
Minimum GPA: 2.75
Program Description:

You will start your journey in Paris, where for four days, you will immerse yourself in French culture, cuisine, and history. You will then travel to Nantes where the University of Pittsburgh collaborates with IES, the on-site organization which coordinates program logistics. The IES Center occupies the third floor of a 19th century residential building located a few blocks from the historic center of Nantes. Cultural programming that complements the academic program includes two full-day excursions (to the Loire Valley and Mont St. Michel) and other events designed to coincide with the themes of the academic program.

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Once a vital port city in the 19th century, Nantes is now the sixth largest city in France with a population of over 500,000 people and is a leader in technology and international industries. We think you'll enjoy it- it was recently ranked one of the best cities in France for its quality of life. Situated at the mouth of the Loire River just 30 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, Nantes is only two hours by train from Paris and allows quick journeys to the capital and easy access to other destinations in Europe. Rich in tradition, yet unspoiled by tourism, Nantes offers a quintessential image of French society. More importantly, IES is the only permanent American study abroad program in Nantes. As English is rarely heard in the streets, you and your classmates will have ample opportunity to practice your French.

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While in Nantes, you will take a total of six credits selected from the following list:

Intermediate French I or II
FR 0003 or FR 0004

These courses focus on developing competency in comprehending and producing the French language both spoken and written as well as socio-cultural competency in communicating with French-speaking people.

French Culture and Communication
FR 0055

This course focuses on the verbal exchange of opinions, the understanding and interpretation of written and spoken French on a variety of cultural topics, and the oral presentation of ideas to an audience of listeners on various topics.

Business French
FR 0006

This intermediate-level course is intended for students interested in business and economics, it will focus on the language and cultural context of the French business world, including marketing, advertising, and the meaning of work. Much of the course will be workshop-based, including writing French resumes and cover letters, conducting mock job interviews, and visiting business sites in Nantes.

Media in French Culture
FR 0006

This course is designed to be taken along with French 3 or 4. It will examine media in twenty-first century French culture with a focus on newspapers, radio, TV, and the web. Local media sources from Nantes will also be discussed. In addition, it will use media to conduct research on French culture, and students will do media-based research projects on topics of interest.

Art History of Nantes
FR 1052

This course focuses on the art and history of Nantes and will include visits to the Musée des Beaux Arts de Nantes, to the cathedral, and to the city's historic neighborhoods.

Advanced Grammar and Stylistics
FR 1032

Dans ce cours, nous nous concentrerons sur la structure du français en privilégiant une approche descriptiviste (plutôt que normalisatrice).  Alors, nous analyserons la langue française en tant que système qui s’impose aux locuteurs désireux de s’en servir.Outre les analyses traditionnelles (phonétiques, phonologiques, morphologiques, syntaxiques, etc.) nous étudierons également la stylistique comparée. Car ce n’est qu’en maîtrisant les réalisations linguistiques des matrices sémantiques propres au français que nous éviterons les erreurs pragmatiques et sociolinguistiques que font la plupart des apprenants anglophones.

General Education Requirements
Select courses offered by this study abroad program fulfill general education requirements for students in the College of Arts and Sciences as follows:
Foreign Language: FR 0003

The IES Nantes Center

The IES Center occupies the third floor of a 19th century residential building located a few blocks from the historic center of Nantes. The center includes classrooms, a library, a computer lab, a kitchen, as well as rooms for you to relax and complete homework.


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Summer 2014

Depart US: 15 May 2014
Arrive Paris: 16 May 2014
Arrive Nantes: 19 May 2014
Program ends/depart Nantes: 28 June 2014

Please note that on this program, you are required to stay in France for the duration of the program as this is a language intensive program with the goal of improving French language skills.  You may travel other places in Europe before or after the program at their own expense.

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PA resident: $5900
Non-resident: $6100

Includes: tuition for six credits, housing with a French family, daily breakfast and five dinners per week, health insurance for the term of program dates, transportation costs between Nantes and Paris, beginning weekend in Paris, local transportation in Nantes, excursions
Additional Expenses (estimates):  Study Abroad Administrative Fee ($300), cell phone (~$50 plus credit for minutes/texts), Airfare (~$1300), additional meals ($400), books ($100), personal expenses ($800) .

If you are planning to extend your stay or travel extensively in Europe after the program is completed, you should budget more for personal expenses.

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Airfare is not included in the program fee for Pitt in Nantes. It is recommended that you budget at least $1,000 to cover flights. Keep in mind that many airlines charge for additional checked baggage.

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While in France, you will stay in homestays with French families. Host families live all over Nantes. You will have a private room in their home. In order to facilitate immersion, only one student lives with each host family. Two students may, on occasion, live with the same family, but only upon special request.
Your host family will provide you with breakfast daily as well as five dinners each week. Other meals will be at your own expense, so please budget accordingly. The IES facility in Nantes is equipped with a full kitchen for preparing lunches.

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  • At least 2 semesters of college-level French language study
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Completion of at least 24 on-campus credits (sophomore standing or higher)
  • Good judicial record on campus

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tiffanyTiffany Martin is the program manager for Pitt in Nantes. She is a known flight risk and is following in her boss' footsteps by trying to reach 30 countries by the time she turns 30. She attended both undergrad and graduate school here at Pitt with degrees in Marketing and International Affairs. She participated on two study abroad programs and backpacked Europe.  She has been fortunate to travel to 25 countries and has learned valuable skills along the way such as how to build a yurt, use chopsticks, cross a street in Ho Chi Minh City, run from hippos, and brush her teeth with a chewing stick. While Tiffany embraces her inner 'Burgher, she wishes that every student would leave Pittsburgh by studying abroad. When not planning her next adventure, Tiffany can be found frequenting various Pittsburgh neighborhoods and restaurants, skiing, watching the Food Network or biking through the parks. Contact Tiffany Martin.

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Panther Program Testimonial
My study abroad experience in France was incredible. It was by-far one of the best decisions I could have ever made. I learned so much about the language, the culture, the history, and the traditions of France and the people. Most importantly though, I learned so much about myself. I feel that this entire study-abroad experience is all about giving up your fears. I was living in a foreign country for six weeks, with people whom I had never met, in a culture that seemed new and strange, and yet, it turned out to be such an eye-opening experience. I really became more outgoing, independent, and confident, and I wasn't afraid to talk to strangers, to ask people for help or for directions, and to ask my family questions about their lives and the culture. My fellow Pitt students and I really bonded, and I know that these friendships will last forever. I made so many memories abroad that I will forever cherish.
     — Summer, 2012 Participant
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