Summer Program in Rennes, France
- Program dates and deadlines
- About Rennes
- Program overview
- Fellowship aid
- Program costs and application
Program Dates and Deadlines
The program dates for the 2019 Summer Program in Rennes are June 19 to July 16.
The deadline for applications with consideration for Burton Awards is February 1, 2019, although late applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Rennes is a fascinating blend, combining a center of higher education with a rich tradition of legend and history. This capital of Brittany is home to many universities and institutes as well as to electronics and telecommunications industries.
In its historic center there are architectural reminders of its long history, from a portion of the medieval gate, to the lovingly restored 18th-century Parliament, to the most modern of shopping centers. Rennes is both a modern city and a town attached to its Celtic roots.
Rennes is close to the landing beaches of Normandy, the port city from which Cartier sailed to the new world and the ancient abbey of Mont St Michel.
As one student remarked, "It was perfect for our study. It’s small enough so that it’s not too overwhelming, but large enough to not get bored."
Courses are held every weekday morning and are taught by an MLC faculty member. Students take classes in French language, culture, and contemporary issues in the historical context of France, Brittany, and the city of Rennes.
Afternoons and evenings are usually free for exploring the city, enjoying its cafes and restaurants, taking in its parks and markets. Along with a guided tour of the city, planned activities include a stop at the lively Saturday morning market with a peek at the bridal parties gathered around City Hall, as well as a visit to the Fine Arts Museum and the museum of Breton life.
Weekends are free for personal activities, family excursions, or an occasional optional trip to a nearby site of interest. The Fête de la Musique, an all-France, all-day and all-night musical festival, takes place every year at the Summer Solstice.
Students receive four credits and should be enrolled in either FR 157 or FR 207 depending on prior language experience. Both courses can count toward the French major or minor, and each is part of the Introduction to French Studies cluster.
One year of college French or the equivalent.
Students are welcomed in the homes of host families in the city and the nearby suburbs. Breakfast, dinner, and all weekend meals are offered by the families. In the past, host families have even included our students in family parties and vacations, weddings, and christenings.
When students arrive in Paris they are met by the program director and are housed in a hotel in the lively Latin Quarter. Three days are devoted to a group orientation to all things French: food, language, customs, and the stunning sights of the City of Light.
During this orientation students visit the:
- Sainte Chapelle
- Notre Dame de Paris
- Ruins of a Roman arena
- Eiffel Tower
- Chateau and gardens of Versailles built for Louis XIV
Students may also pursue individual interests among the sights and attractions of one of the world’s most beautiful cities.
Once settled in Rennes students have weekly excursions—an integral part of the curriculum—to places including:
- The medieval abbey of Mont Saint Michel
- The landing beaches of Normandy
- The Peace Museum in Caen
- An intact castle in Vitré
- One of the mysterious megalithic monuments called menhirs
The precise scheduling depend on factors such as the French calendar and the schedule at the Institut Franco-Américain, which hosts the program and provides the classroom, family placements, and practical arrangements.
The Modern Languages and Cultures' Mildred R. Burton Fund helps defray costs for Rochester undergraduates studying language abroad in the summer. All students are considered for aid through the Burton Fund unless they request otherwise on their application.
Program Cost and Application
The program fee ($3,500) includes:
- Tuition (four credits)
- Hotel accommodation and some meals in Paris
- All local transportation and museum fees
- Round-trip fare on the high-speed train from Paris to Rennes
- Homestay (with breakfasts, dinners and weekend meals)
- Some meals
- The gala farewell dinner
Transatlantic airfare, incidentals, and most lunches are not included in the program fee.
Starting in Summer 2017, tuition and program costs will be added to your official tuition bill. For information on payments and deadlines, please refer to you official billing statement from the Office of the Bursar.
Interested in studying in France? Apply online today! The deadline for applications with consideration for Burton Awards is February 1, 2019, although late applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
For more information, contact:
Professor of French and Comparative Literature
Head for the French Program
Head for the Comparative Literature Program