A short distance from the Atlantic coast, Nantes is known as the Venice of the West due to its location on the river delta of the Loire, the Erdre and the Sèvre. There is a very strong international presence in Nantes because of the many international students attracted by the University. Students can take courses taught in French at the University alongside local students, or they can take French language and culture courses at the university's Institut en Français Langue Étrangère (I-FLE) alongside fellow international students from around the world. 


ISEP students live in a university residence hall and receive a meal stipend. 


Program Website

Course Description

The French Language & Culture program through the I-FLE offers intensive French language courses during the semester or full year for international students who wish to improve their language skills and learn more about French culture. Courses are offered from the elementary (A1) level to the advanced level (C2), with each semester of coursework granting 30 ECTS. Students will take a placement test to determine their appropriate level of study. 

To find more information about the courses offered at each French level and course descriptions, please see the Livret d'Accueil.

Website for Course Availability

ISEP STUDENT SERVICES OFFICER Jolene Bechtel 703-504-9993 | jbechtel@isep.org Thanks for your interest in ISEP Study Abroad! I’m your Student Advisor and main point of contact here at ISEP. As you search for programs, I'll be available to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact me at any point in your search process for help, tips or advice.


(in French)

*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures Recommended!

    French Language and Literature

  • Language and Culture Recommended!

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
    *accepts lower GPA with explanation
  • LPR Required
  • LPR Writing Score: A1 - Novice High
  • LPR Reading Score: A1 - Novice High
  • LPR Listening Score: A1 - Novice High
  • LPR Speaking Score: A1 - Novice High
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health

Other Academic Conditions

Students who wish to enroll in a full year of the French Language and Culture program are required pay a language program fee of 1100 euros directly to the Université de Nantes to cover the additional costs associated with a full year in this program. This requirement does not apply to students enrolled in the Language and Culture program for only one semseter.

Many full year students who are at or above a B1 level in French enroll in the Langauge and Culture program in the fall semester and continue with regular university courses for the spring. There are no additional fees for this option. When submitting a full year application, students should specify program choice. 

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