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Program Information:
sociology italy
  Location   Nantes, France
  Autumn Semester / Academic Year
  Spring Semester
  Credits   20-28 UW credits per semester
  Eligibility   Junior standing or above by time of  
  departure; min. 3.0 GPA
  Language   French 303
  Adviser   Mike Renes |
  Jan. 15 (Autumn Semester and Academic Year)
  Spring Semester priority deadline
  May 15 (Spring Semester)
  General   Nantes is the most immersive French
  language study abroad experience that the
  UW offers, owing largely to the character of
  Nantes itself.
Nantes still has a flavor all its
  own, and provides students the opportunity
  for an experience farther from the more
  popular tourist destinations of France.
  Where You Will Study
  Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships
  Application Process
  Program Evaluations
  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.


Where You Will Study

One of Seattle's sister cities, and founded in 56 BC by some of the oldest tribes of Gaul, Nantes is the capital of the region named Pays de la Loire and the old capital of Bretagne. Nantes is known in France as the "Venice of the west" as it sits on the delta of the Loire river at the confluence of the Erdres and the Sevre rivers, near the Atlantic ocean. Though many would describe as a bit more quaint than old Venice, it certainly has its charms.The character of this region of France is distinct. Two regional languages, Breton and Gallo, are spoken regularly and regional food dominates local eateries: Apple cider and Galettes among the favorites. Nantes has a warm temperate climate with lots of rain (it is after all, a sister city of Seattle) This beautiful, dynamic, culturally rich city is home to nearly 800,000 people and is only a two hour train ride from Paris. The University of Nantes is a large institution that welcomes more than 30,000 students.

*Please note that there is also a Departmental Program (faculty-led option) in Nantes that run through the Department of French & Italian; this is not the same option as the direct exchange. Participants interested in the faculty-led option should contact the Department of French & Italian Studies.



The University of Nantes has more than 30,000 students, with 10% of these students being international students hailing from 110 different countries around the world. UW students are part of a university-wide exchange, which allows you to take courses in any discipline that the University offers, including engineering, health, law and humanities. In Nantes, the University is organized into four major campuses along the Erdre River, crossing the city from north to south to the Ile de Nantes on the Loire River. Concerned with sustainable development, it boasts energy-efficient facilities. The campuses are well served by public transportation.

If you’re looking for a record of how courses from this institution have been transferred in the past, visit the credit equivalency database to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW.

For more information on how these courses will appear on your UW transcript, please visit: credits for exchanges



Most student choose to stay in the student dormitories. Those who are interested in living in an apartment will make these arrangements on their own. Please read past-participants' evaluations (found in the IPE Office) for more information regarding housing.


Program Expenses, Financial Aid & Scholarships

As a participant of a university exchange, you pay an exchange fee equivalent to UW tuition (1.5 quarters of UW tuition for semester-long exchanges, and 3 quarters of UW tuition for academic year exchanges). Exchange fees are determined by UW residency status: in-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to in-state tuition, and out-of-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to out-of-state tuition. The exchange fee and IPE administrative fee are charged to your UW account and due by the UW tuition deadline for your term(s) of study abroad. You should also budget for additional expenses such as international airfare & transportation, books & course materials, visa & passport fees, study abroad insurance and personal expenses.

For the total estimated costs of this particular program, you may request a budget by filling out a Budget Request Form.

For more information about budgeting, financial aid, and scholarships for study abroad visit our page on Finances.


Application Process

To apply for this exchange, click the "Apply Now" button and follow the prompts to create an application. After you create your application, click on each of the links on your study abroad application homepage and complete the remaining application requirements: questionnaires, material submissions, and electronic signature documents.

University exchanges may also require completion of a secondary application specific to the host institution. Instructions about this process will be provided to you by your study abroad adviser following your selection for the exchange.

See  Applications and Recommendations for additional information about the application process and tips for recommendations.

See Withdrawal for UW program withdrawal policies.



Program Evaluations

After participating in a UW Study Abroad program, students are asked to complete a Program Evaluation Report detailing their experiences abroad and giving advice for future students. These reports cover all aspects of a student's time abroad, including orientation, academics, housing, finances, and cultural differences. 

To see past students' evaluations for the University of Nantes Direct Exchange program, click on the link below.

There are currently no program evaluations for this program on file.

Note: student names and contact information have been crossed off for confidentiality reasons. If you would like to get in contact with a previous participant of this program, please inquire at the Study Abroad Office or email