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Texas State in Rennes, France

Program Description

This study abroad program consists of 2 parts:

a) a 4-week, 6-8 credit integrated program of French language and culture, offered by the CIREFE, the International Center of French Studies for Foreign Students at the University of Rennes in France (June 14-July 10).

Students focus on oral and written French, phonetics and civilization, while more advanced participants study standard grammatical use, as well as culture as it is communicated through the French media. Class size is limited to 15 students. The program at the CIREFE is introduced by a 4-day discovery and orientation period starting in the medieval city of Vannes, Brittany and ending in Rennes. In addition to excursions to the mythic Mont Saint-Michel and the coastal fortified city of Saint-Malo, among other fieldtrips, the program ends with a 2-day trip to the city of Nantes, including visits to the Château of the Dukes of Brittany and the Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery.

b) a 1-week instruction session at Texas State University (June 6-8) followed by a 1-week immersion in contemporary culture in Paris (July 10-July 17). Through a survey of the various Parisian exhibits devoted to foreign artists and global issues in the summer of 2017, and the viewing of foreign films from the Cinemathéque française, participants will explore how prevalent French paradigms have shifted to create space for foreign cultures in Paris and react against a xenophobic worldview. This 3-hour honors course can be added to part a) of Summer Study in France for a total of 9 to 11 credits.

Course Options

Students who enroll in the program at the CIREFE only will receive 6-8 credits (FR 1410, FR 1420, FR 2310, FR 2320, to meet graduation requirements, and repeatable FR 3306, FR4370, or FR 4390 for advanced credits in French Culture and Language). Students who choose to add the Paris option will receive 9-11 credits (6-8 credits in French and 3 credits for HON 3395L, counting as another advanced French course or substituting for credits in Art History and International Studies).

Departure Date: June 13, 2017

Return Date: July 10, 2017, or July 17, 2017 with Paris option

Program Cost: $4,199, or $6,049 with Paris option

Contact Information: Dr. Carole Martin, e-mail:

For more information: Study Abroad Website