The amount of credit awarded by partner institutions varies and depends on the number of contact hours for the course. Course offerings vary from semester to semester, and course listings and syllabi are not available until shortly before the beginning of the academic year. While IES Abroad studnets have access to complete course listings at each of the following schools, final course availability and recommendations by the IES Abroad center will be availbale after arrival on-site.
Université de Nantes
IES Abroad students have been enrolling in courses at the Université since the IES Abroad Nantes Program opened in 1965. All students will be automatically registered at the Université de Nantes and are encouraged to enroll in at least one university course provided you have the appropriate prerequisites. You may choose to enroll in just one course or you can take the majority of your courses at the Université in addition to your IES Abroad French language class.
Most university courses are assigned 3 credits for a semester. At the Université de Nantes, most courses consist of a cours magistral (lecture course) and a travaux dirigés (discussion sessions). The lecture course is taught by a professor or a maître de conférences, and the travaux dirigés are generally taught by an associate professor.
You may select French-taught courses in:
- Art History
- Business and Economics
- Languages and Literature
- Political Science
- Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy
- Sciences: Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics
Location & Commute Time
The main campus, called Tertre Campus, hosts the colleges of Language, Literature, Geography, History, Art History, Humanities, Political Science, Business, Economics and Management, Education, and Psychology. The Tertre campus, situated on the Erdre River, is located in the outskirts of Nantes, in the northern part of the city. The Tertre Campus of the Université de Nantes can easily be reached by tram and buses. It is only a 20-minute tram ride from the city center and approximately 25 minutes from the IES Abroad Center.
The Lombarderie Campus hosts all courses in the sciences, and is a 10-minute tram ride from the city center and the IES Abroad Center, in the same direction as Tertre Campus.
Audencia Business School
Consistently ranked as one of the world’s top 100 institutions for Business & Management, the Audencia Business School is one of France’s elite Grande Ecole institutions, ranked sixth in the nation. Audencia has AACSB and EQUIS accreditation and offers French-taught courses. The Audencia Business School is ranked 6th in all of France and is highly international, with a third of the student body made up of international students.
IES Abroad students have access to French-taught courses within the following three parts of the institution:
- Audenica Business School
- SciencesCom (communications & media)
- Ecole Atlantique de Commerce (business)
Ecole Supérieure des Beaux Arts (ESBA)
Fall and Academic Year IES Abroad students (with priority given to students with experience) may enroll in one course at this fine arts school. As registration takes place in September only, spring students may enroll only if a spot becomes vacant.
ESBA courses are practical workshops - you work alone with advising from the class instructor. Your evaluation and grade is based on your work and progress in class. ESBA offers you opportunities in:
- Drawing (i.e. pencil, pastel, ink, etc)
- Life Drawing
Courses typically earn 2 credits.
Location & Commute Time
ESBA is located in downtown Nantes, a 10-15 minute walk from the IES Abroad Nantes Center.