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  • Locations: Nantes, France
  • Program Terms: Autumn Quarter
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Program Information:
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 Location Nantes, France
Autumn 2017
Nantes, France
 Estimated    Program Fee $6,100
 Credits 15 UW credits
 Prerequisites French 103
 Program      Directors Helene Vilavella-Collins, Douglas Collins, Anne-Marie Vlasak
 Program  Manager Darielle Horsey |
 Application    Deadline April 7, 2017 - EXTENDED!
 Information  Session(s) Mon., Jan. 23rd 6:00-7:30pm in CMU 120
Mon., Jan. 30th 4:30-6:00pm in CMU 226
  General The FIS Fall in Nantes program provides student with an opportunity to spend fall quarter (or the entire academic year) studying French on the campus of the University of Nantes.
Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships

  Visas This country is part of the Schengen area. Please click here to learn more about important rules and restrictions for foreign visitors to this area.

Program Description

This program takes place in Seattle's sister city of Nantes, France, and allows students to take language classes on the campus of the University of Nantes, while living in dorms with French and international students.

Beside classes, the program also entails three field trips (Mont-Saint-Michel/Saint-Malo, the castle of Chenonceau, and a tour of historical Brittany), as well as weekly or bi-monthly (depending on the size of the group) conversation classes at the home of the on-site coordinator who also organizes informal gathering around cultural events.

During the quarter, there is also a ritual welcoming program welcoming party and a Thanksgiving meal sponsored by the Seattle-Nantes Sister City Association. Thanks to the dual (academic and social) nature of our program, and of its length, our students are able to experience living in France for four moths in a rich and authentic environment.


Nantes, France


Nantes, Mont St-Michel/St Malo, Castle of Chenonceau, Brittany


Students are housed in single rooms (with ¾ bath) and equipped with a fridge and communal kitchens and laundry facilities.

Payment for student housing occurs as part of the payment of the U of Nantes bill by UW.


Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements

All students and levels are welcome and encouraged to apply (there is a French 103 language requirement.) However, this is primarily a program for undergraduates. Apart from the language requirement, one faculty/TA recommendation is required, as well as a letter of motivation. As the program director, I am happy to welcome all students who wish to participate, up to a number that has reached 26, but that tends to be between 16 and 25. Students are encouraged to complete their application early, as admission of candidates satisfying the program requirement occurs on a first come first served basis. The only--rare--disqualifying factor has been concern over the academic progress of a student, and fear that the program might distract from a focus needed on his or her studies on campus.


15 Credits


Upon arrival, students are assessed and placed at levels B1 to C2 of the CEFRL scale depending on their current skill levels. A menu of mandatory classes and electives allows for work on all four skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening,) at all levels.

Program Directors & Staff

Helene Vilavella-Collins, Department of FIS, Program Director

Douglas Collins, Department of FIS and Comparative Literature, Program Co-Director

Anne-Maria Vlasak, Staff

Program Expenses

Cost: $6,100

Estimated Program Fee of $6,100, the UW Study Abroad Fee ($350), airfare, food (about $30/day), UW Study Abroad Insurance ($62/month), other health expenses/immunizations and personal spending money.

Average Airplane Ticket Price

$1,200 - $1,400* roundtrip

*Subject to when & where you buy your ticket

Payment Schedule

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Payment Type Payment Amount Payment Due Date
Non-Refundable Study Abroad Fee $350 October 13, 2017
Program Fee Balance $6,100 October 13, 2017


There are a variety of scholarships available to help fund your study abroad experience. Visit the Global Opportunities page for more information and application deadlines.


To be eligible to study abroad, all program participants must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by the Study Abroad office as well as your program-specific orientations, offered by your program director.

You must register for orientation through your online study abroad account in order to attend scheduled orientations. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current orientation schedule.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most forms of financial aid can be applied to study abroad. You can verify that your financial aid award will apply to your program costs by contacting the Financial Aid Office. Financial aid or scholarships awarded as tuition waivers or tuition exemptions might not apply so you will need to verify that these funds are eligible for use with study abroad by contacting the funding office.

Financial aid and most scholarships are disbursed according to the UW academic calendar (at the beginning of the quarter). If your program starts before the start of the UW quarter, your financial aid will not be available to you prior to your departure. If your program starts after the first day of the quarter, your financial aid will be disbursed at the start of the program. In either of these cases, you will have to finance any upfront costs such as airfare, health insurance and the start of your time abroad on your own. Please take this into consideration when you are making plans.

Revision Request

In some instances you may qualify for an increase in your financial aid award (typically in loan funds). Check with the Financial Aid Office about your options. To request a revision in your aid, you will need to submit the following paperwork to the Financial Aid Office:

  1. Revision Request Form
  2. Budget of student expenses for your program: The UW Study Abroad Office will upload this budget to your study abroad account after a signed contract has been submitted to the UW Study Abroad Office. You can request an unofficial copy of this budget by emailing

Visit the Finances section of our website to learn more about disbursement, revising your aid package, short-term loans and scholarships.

Application Process

The application includes a Personal Statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the on-line application process students may be contacted by the Program Director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. You can do so by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $350 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable and non-revocable once a contract has been submitted, even if you withdraw from the program. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the date (business day) a withdrawal form is received by the UW Study Abroad Office. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

1. Provide notice in writing to the Program Director that you will no longer be participating in the program for which you have signed a contract and accepted a slot.

2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to the UW Study Abroad Office, 459 Schmitz Hall.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.