“The IES Abroad program was an amazing immersion program and I felt very involved in the French culture. I learned a lot about the culture through the various classes the program offered. I loved living with my host family, eating French meals, and meeting so many new and interesting people!”-- Ellie Benz, Spring 2019
Nantes is well-known for being a charming city in which to live in France, and it's quite easy to see why. Home to many young professionals and students, there are plenty of new friends to make and an active nightlife waiting for you in Nantes. Once the capital of Brittany, Nantes has a rich history, which you can see firsthand by visiting the Cathédrale St-Pierre et St-Paul and the Château des Ducs de Bretagne. It's also easy to walk around and explore the city by foot.
The IES Abroad Nantes Program has two important goals: to improve your written and verbal proficiency in French through language and area studies courses and teaching internships, and to introduce you to contemporary France and its role in the European Union. Founded in 1965, the program is small enough to welcome you into the community, yet large enough to allow for a variety of academic and extracurricular activities. We offer you the opportunity to integrate fully into French society and function completely in French, due to the program's focus on full immersion and the fact that there are few Anglophones in Nantes.
This program enjoys a close relationship with the Université de Nantes. You have access to the school's libraries, computer labs, cafeterias, and sports facilities, and are welcome to join student clubs and other social and sports organizations. You also have many opportunities for enrolling in university courses. IES Abroad courses are taught in French by native French faculty, many of whom are professors at the Université de Nantes. You select from IES Abroad language and area studies courses, and can add a teaching internship and university courses to complete your schedule.
Visit www.IESabroad.org for complete program details.
Imagine yourself stopping by the 15th century Château des Ducs, exploring fine arts museums, enjoying a crêpe in a quaint café, and walking along the Loire River in this quintessential French town. It's the sixth largest city in France, but quaint enough to feel at home. Did we mention the food is divine? Discover the French joie de vivre when you study abroad in Nantes.
We strive to make sure you feel safe, cared for, and at home while you’re away from home. Whether it’s the orientation program that makes you feel prepared, your housing that is well-located and comfortable, the cultural events that make it easy and fun to meet other international and local students, or the field trips and walking tours that take you to places tourists don’t usually see—we’re all about our student service. Learn more about the day-to-day studying abroad on this program. From field trips to housing, it’s all on IES Abroad’s website.
Scholarships & Aid
IES Abroad firmly believes that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad program. That's why we commit $5 million in study abroad scholarships and aid, all offered through one quick and easy application. Check out all of our scholarship options at www.IESabroad.org/aid.
Aid Application Deadlines:
Summer – April 1
Fall/Academic Year – May 1
Spring/Calendar Year – November 1
The IES Abroad Difference
We can say that our academic standards are completely unmatched, our partnerships with more than 500 global universities and colleges speak to the quality of our programs, and our health and safety practices have set the standards for the entire field of study abroad. And all of that would be true…. But what really sets us apart is our commitment to you. As a not-for-profit study abroad and internship provider, you are our bottom line. Your success is our success. And in today’s world, that’s a pretty extraordinary thing.
- 135+ Award-Winning Study Abroad and Internship Programs
- 33 Global Locations
- Advising & Student Support from predeparture to after you return home
- Strong Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion
- $5+ Million in Aid and Scholarships
- Passionate, Mission-Focused Staff and Faculty from our headquarters in Chicago to our Centers around the world
- 70 Years of Experience
About IES Abroad
Founded in 1950, IES Abroad is a not-for-profit academic consortium of more than 260 top-tier American colleges and universities, with more than 240 additional partner universities worldwide. IES Abroad provides premier study abroad and internship programs around the world through IES Abroad, IES Internships, IES Abroad Customized & Faculty-Led Programs, and The Study Abroad Foundation. With more than 400 study abroad programs in 85 locations worldwide, the organization creates authentic global education opportunities for thousands of students annually. IES Abroad has nearly 140,000 alumni who have benefited from studying in IES Abroad programs since its inception. Discover more about what we offer with all of our programs.
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"Studying abroad was worth every penny. I was never sure if I'd be able to afford it, but when you take advantage of your resources, it's affordable! Besides, the memories, friendships, professional experience and knowledge I gained are all priceless."
--Anna Corner, Spring Semester 2019
Valpo Application Requirements and Deadlines
You must have at least sophomore standing and at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA and have taken at least four semesters of college-level French. You should consult with your academic advisor and the OIP as early as possible. Freshman year is not too early to begin your inquiries about study abroad. Almost all Valpo students can participate in this program without delaying graduation if they plan carefully with their academic advisor.
The application is facilitated online through the Terra Dotta application management software. Upon beginning your application, you will be able to view requirements to complete an application layed out in a to-do list style page. Once an item is complete, a check box will be marked so you can easily identify which items are still outstanding.
Once all items are marked off, you will be able to submit your application. If you have any questions about the application, please contact the office at email@example.com or stop in.
- Meeting with Study Abroad Advisor
- $75 Application Fee
- Read & E-sign Visa Application Responsibility
- Submit your Study Abroad Course Planning Worksheet
- Electronic Signature Consent
- General Questionnaire
- Passport Information
- Personal Statement
- Unofficial Transcript
- General Academic Recommendation
- Academic Advisor Form
- Language Evaluation
Applications will be reviewed by the language department alongside the Office of International Programs study abroad staff after the deadline has passed. Once a decision has been made, applicants will be notified via their Valpo e-mail.
- Fall semester: March 1 (the semester prior to the term abroad)
- Spring semester: October 1 (the semester prior to the term abroad)
Once students are officially accepted, post-acceptance items will also be facilitated through the Terra Dotta software in the same fashion, though additional requirements may be requested via e-mail. It's important to OIP Study Abroad's preparation process that students are engaged throughout the process and being mindful of all requirements, shared information, and deadlines.
All study abroad program participants are required to complete pre-departure orientation. Orientation includes the following:
- General Orientation Logistics Portion: This is facilitated online to provide a basic understanding of general topics including packing, money handling, safety and more.
- Culture & Identity Workshop: This is a required in-person session for all students going abroad that cycle co-lead by the Office of Multicultural Programs, in which students will participate in guided activities and discussion pertaining to identity and culture when they study abroad.
- Site-Specific Meeting: Students studying in the same location will have at least one meeting as a group to go over many of the general topics in greater detail and have an opportunity to ask questions and check in as they prepare for departure.
Of course, students are welcome to meet with their study abroad advisor as many times as they'd like to ensure they are on track and things are clear and to ask questions as they come up.
Students pay the same tuition and general fee to Valparaiso University for the term(s) abroad. Any scholarships or financial aid apply, except for aid that requires on-campus participation (work-study and some athletic and music scholarships). Students pay housing (homestay which includes daily breakfast and five evening meals per week) directly to IES.
Start your scholarships & funding search as early as possible so that you are able to plan and ensure you are able to meet any deadlines. Your study abroad advisor can also help you with brainstorming potential resources as well.
Program Contact Information
Study Abroad Advising
Erin Kunert- Director of Study Abroad
Office: Gandhi-King Center, Union 2nd floor
Phone: (219) 464-5333
Contact Erin with administrative questions about application, registration, program cost, etc.
Study Abroad Fairs
Don't miss upcoming Study Abroad Fairs to learn more about our programs, including this one! OIP Study Abroad hosts two fairs per year ahead of each application cycle. Current fair information is below.
- Wednesday, August 29, 2019 from 10:30 am - 3:00 pm in the CCLIR Community Room: Featuring Spring 2020 semester and Spring Break 2020 programs
- Friday, January 31, 2020 from 10:30 am - 3:00 pm in the CCLIR Community Room: Featuring Fall and Summer 2020 and 2020-2021 Academic Year programs
Apply for a Passport!
Passports need to be valid for at least six months past the program’s end date. As part of the application, students must upload a copy of a valid passport, or a receipt or similar proof that the student has submitted a passport application. Information on how to apply for a passport can be found here.