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Location Nantes, France
Academic Term Autumn Quarter
09/01/2019 - 12/20/2019
Estimated Program Fee $6,550
Credits 15
Prerequisites French 103 or its equivalent by Sept 2019
Program Directors Helene Vilavella-Collins |
Douglas Collins |
Program Manager Darielle Horsey |
Priority Application Deadline February 15, 2019
Extended Application Deadline April 15, 2019
Information Sessions TBD - Please contact program directors for more information
General 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. Thanks to the academic and social nature of the program as well as to its length, students are able to be fully immersed in a French-speaking environment, and experience living in one of France's most dynamic cities for four months.
Visas This country is part of the Schengen area. Note that there are strict rules and restrictions for foreign visitors to this area that may impact a student's ability to travel within the region before or after their program, or to attend two subsequent programs in this area. It is critical that the student reviews the information and scenarios here to learn more about Schengen area visa requirements.

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 entails three field trips (Mont-Saint-Michel, the castle of Chenonceau, and a tour of 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.

Thanks to the academic and social nature of the program as well as to its length, students are able to be fully immersed in a French-speaking environment, and experience living in one of France's most dynamic cities for four months.

Students take classes on the campus of the University of Nantes (a longtime partner of the University of Washington, home to some 38,000 students.) Classes take place at the i-FLE (Institute for French as a Foreign Language,) which is part of the SUL (Service Universitaire des Langues.) Langage assessment at the beginning of the quarter allows for placement in CEFRL levels B1 through C2 (the CEFRL or Common European Framework of Reference for Languages is increasingly used worldwide to construct pedagogical approaches, allow for the assessment, measure progress as well as outcomes for students studying languages.)

Students obtain 15 UW credits at the appropriate level and can satisfy language or other requirements of a number of majors and minors (French minor and major, Linguistics minor and major, European Studies major, JSIS major, etc.) The 10 weeks + length of the program also satisfies study abroad requirements for majors such as European Studies.




Nantes, France


Single rooms with private bathroom



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

French 103 or its equivalent by Sept 2019. This program does not have any physical requirements, and the city of Nantes as well as the campus of the university are accessible.


15 UW Quarter Credits


French 299/308/390/499: FLE/French as a Foreign Language (see description below) (15 credits) VLPA, W

Students will be taking a variety of language classes at levels B1 to C2 at the i-FLE on the campus of the University of Nantes. The i-FLE Classes is a French as a Foreign Language institute that is part of the SUL (Service Universitaire des Langues) on the campus of the University of Nantes with which the University of Washington has had a longstanding cooperative agreement. Courses at the I-FLE vary in format. They may be can be one, two, three or four-skills classes all entirely taught in French. After a placement test administered at the beginning of the quarter, students are placed in levels within a six-level CEFRL (Commun European Frame for Languages) structure. Since the requirement for the Nantes program is French 103 (or its equivalent,) participants in the program are generally placed at levels B1 through C2. Once students are placed, they receive a menu of level appropriate core 2-4 hour classes (grammar-vocabulary; phonetics; listening-comprehension; reading-comprehension; writing proficiency; oral proficiency,) and select two electives (poetry and Francophone songs, from literature to writing, culture and gastronomy, French for computers, French literature, French medias, French cinema, Francophonies , photography and design, drama, history of France and of the French, Francophone literature, Art history, French thought, Nantes and Breton culture, French economy and society within the EU, etc.) During the quarter, each week involves 18 + hours of instruction on campus, to which bi-monthly 3-4 hour conversation dinners are added (in the home of the in-country coordinator,) as well as three all-day field trips (Mont Saint-Michel, Chenonceau Castle, Britany's coast.)

Learning goals include:
While studying at the i-FLE will allow students to improve proficiency in all four skills , the "mobilité" (or study abroad) dimension of the Nantes program experience, which allows for a full immersion into a French-speaking community in and outside of the classroom, enables us to emphasize one dual aspect of this overall proficiency target: at the end of this program, students' listening-comprehension and speaking abilities will be vastly enhanced, as will be their ability to understand and function in a Francophone culture.









Helene Vilavella-Collins
Senior Lecturer, French and Italian Studies

Douglas Collins
Emeritus Associate Professor, French and Italian Studies





Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $6,550

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $800-1300)
  • Food (about $20-25 per day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.64/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: October 11, 2019

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.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans. To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW Study Abroad administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • To be considered for a UW Study Abroad Scholarship fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Below are some ways to find additional support.

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.



Application Process

The study abroad 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 online application process, you 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.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure online orientation provided by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You will be able to access the online orientation through your study abroad application once you have been accepted to a program. Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.


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. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements 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 $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once you have submitted a contract. 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 will be 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 business day a withdrawal application is received by UW Study Abroad. 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.
  2. Submit a withdrawal application to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.