Applications for 2018 will be available at a later date, please contact the professor in charge of this program for more information on Summer 2018.
Rhodes in Rennes: French National and Regional Identity and Culture (French 308)
French 308 (towards French major or minor), including Foundations Credit for F11
Location and Dates:
Rennes, Brittany, France
June 18-July 13, 2018
At least sophomore class standing. The required minimum grade point is a 3.0.
Students must be in good social standing at the time of application and remain in good social standing throughout the spring semester.
At least 3 semesters of previous French language experience or the equivalent/French 201 or equivalent language proficiency.
- 4-week homestay with French families, Room and Board (Breakfast and dinner)
- 3-week intensive language and culture study with the CIREFE at the Université Rennes 2
- Guided site visits and cultural excursions, concerts, and interactive activities in and around Historic Rennes and in Brittany, including hikes, wine and cheese tastings, cooking workshops, local music and dance lessons and festivals, Breton-language lessons, and much more.
This course includes three weeks (21 course hours/week) of intensive linguistic and cultural immersion in French at the CIREFE (Centre International Rennais d’Etudes de Francais pour Etrangers), site-visits, local and regional excursions with guides and lecturers, as well as a home-stay in Rennes with a French family. The three-week course in Rennes will be preceded by an orientation week of excursions, lectures, cultural experiences, and presentations organized by the professor, an on-site guide, and by the students themselves. Students will come away with an understanding of the history of the city of Rennes, Breton regional identity within the context of French identity, and an understanding of Rennes’ efforts to excel in cultivating its identity as a modern, sustainable, progressive, equitable city.
Residence will be based in Rennes, France for the duration of the summer program. Students will be matched with experienced, welcoming host families who will provide breakfast and dinner during the weeks, and all three meals on the weekends. They will be accompanied on excursions to cities such as Nantes, Dinan, Dinard, St. Malo, the Mont St. Michel (a UNESCO world heritage site), and the Broceliande Forest. When possible, we will take advantage of the local and regional public transportation networks, and students will have weekly bus and metro passes for their own transportation throughout the city.
In the course, FR 308, students will take tours of city parks and municipal buildings, view Rennes through the lens of Breton history, the arts, urban planning, social justice and volunteer networks, and in relation to other Breton cultural and historical centers and monuments.
Historic Rennes is located in Brittany, the northwestern region of France, about 190 miles from Paris. Brittany is known for its fascinating mixture of French and Celtic cultures. The city center of Rennes reveals architectural treasures from the 14th through the 19th centuries. An important university town, Rennes is home to more than 45,000 students, with a total population of 250,000. Rennes is also centrally placed to allow for a variety of cultural excursions in short distances, such as the beaches at Normandy, the Mont St. Michel, Pont-Aven and the home of painter Paul Gauguin, and a variety of other historic sites within a few hours. For several years, it has been the top-rated town in many national magazine surveys about the quality of life in France and is particularly well-known for its environmental sustainability initiatives, music festivals, and efforts to preserve Breton regional cultural traditions.
$4,100 (tuition, housing, and some meals, does not include travel to and from Rennes)
Professor Laura Loth