The Nantes Study Abroad Program has been an integral part of the French Studies program at Trent University since 1978. Join the hundreds of students who have benefited from this life-changing experience of linguistic and cultural immersion, global citizenship, and opportunity to travel throughout France and Europe.
If you have any questions along the way, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will gladly answer your questions.
- Departmental Director: Isabelle Fournier
- Academic Administrative Assistant: Jeannine Crowe
- Exchange Study Abroad Advisor: Kate Logan
- General Inquiries: email@example.com
Check out our student profiles below to see how other students enjoyed this amazing experience!
Our study abroad program with the Université de Nantes is open to all students, with priority given, in order, to French Studies single majors, joint majors, and minors.
Duration: One term (fall), September to December.
- Minimum 70% cumulative French average
- Classes FREN 1101H and 1102H
Single- and joint-major Honours students
Single- and joint-major Honours students planning to participate in the Nantes Program in their third year should take the following courses in their second year:
FREN 2051H and 2452H
Students should meet with an academic advisor or the Nantes program coordinator early in their second year, or before, to ensure that program requirements are being met. Joint-majors or students in another program should meet with an advisor from their other department(s) as well.
Trent Application for the Nantes Program for 2023 is due no later than Friday, December 1st, 2023. Applications will be reviewed in January, and decisions or further selection information will be made available as soon as possible thereafter.
- The application is available on-line through the “MyTrent” Portal
- Under the Academics Tab
- Click on the Trent Year Abroad in Nantes folder on the left column
- Click on the Nantes YAP file
- Trent University full-time tuition (minus the ancillary fees) paid to Trent
- $200.00 Administration fee* due once accepted to the program
- $1000.00 Program fee* due once an application to Nantes is completed
Charges for the Program fee and Administration fee will be applied directly to the student's Trent account.
*Note: Once students are admitted into the program and have accepted their offer, the Program and Administration fees are non-refundable.
It is also recommended that students consider the following when budgeting for their year abroad:
- Airfare (We will recommend a flight for all participants to book so participants can travel together) (The usual departure time is on the Labour Day weekend)
- Living expenses (e.g., health insurance, residence [approx €255/month], groceries, transit, cell phone, etc.)
- Pre-departure expenses (e.g., passport, birth Certificate, 15 (3.5cmx4.5cm) passport-size photos, and visa)
- Arrival expenses (e.g., Sécurité sociale [approx. €216], carte de séjour, residence damage deposit, etc.)
- Additional expenses (e.g., books [minimal], travel, shopping, dining out, health insurance, etc.)
You will receive further details on all of the above throughout the spring and summer before your departure for Nantes.
Students going to Nantes are responsible to pay their normal tuition fees to Trent. This allows you to still be eligible for OSAP grants and loans, or for Trent University academic scholarships, you will remain eligible as long as you meet the requirements of OSAP and your academic scholarships.
Students going to Nantes are eligible to apply for the Trent Study Abroad Bursary Program.
Applications are due May 1st, 2024 and are located on-line through your “MyTrent”
- Under the Academics Tab
- Click on the Study Abroad Folder on the left column
- Click on the Nantes File
Students are required to take four 0.5 credit French courses while in Nantes, with the option of a fifth course. The four core courses and their course codes are listed below. Grades are posted on your Trent Academic Summary in January, once grades have been received from Nantes. Grades are reviewed by the department to ensure consistency with Trent grading practices.
Students are automatically enrolled in the following 2.0 credits in July for the fall term. You do not need to register yourself in these courses.
- FREN 3203H - La vie littéraire française I / French Literature I
- FREN 3306H: La pensée française I / French Thought I
- FREN-HIST 3506H: La civilisation française I / French Civilization I
- FREN 4053H - La communication en contexte / Communication in Context
There are two options open to students for the fifth course:
1. An Experiential Course with the permission and instruction of a Trent professor in the French & Francophone Department. The fifth course
FREN 4901H/4902H: Lectures dirigées / Reading Course or
FREN 4030H: Expérience pratique / Experiential Learning
2. Online Trent University courses: Students can take online courses offered by Trent University. Students enroll themselves in the course of their choice through My Trent Portal.
Students generally live in the on-campus student residences (Cité la Bourgeonnière , Cité Launay-Violette or Cité Chanzy). Students will apply for residence during the Nantes registration process and are then informed of their room assignment in their acceptance letters from Nantes. The acceptance letters are typically received in late March or early June.
The rooms are approximately 100 sq. ft. and are furnished with a bed, desk, closet/dresser, and mini-fridge. Each room has a private bathroom. Each residence is equipped with a shared kitchen on every floor or every other floor.
Costs (approximate values based on 2017-2018 academic year):
- Rent: 255 € (monthly)
- Security deposit: 280 € (one-time payment, will be refunded if there are no problems)
- Housing insurance: approx. 20€ (one-time payment)
Tip! Students are able to subsidize their monthly rent through a housing aid called la Caisse d'Allocations Familiales (CAF). This aid is calculated according to your income and students can apply for this aid once they are in Nantes.
Once you've been accepted, you will be enrolled into a Blackboard Study Abroad Resource Course to assist with your preparations. For now, here are the next steps:
- Mandatory Pre-Departure Meeting – March TBD: all day (important information about studying abroad, as well as a Nantes-specific session dealing with the next steps in the process
- Nantes Registration - Deadline to submit the final application online (details to be provided by Nantes staff): around mid-May 2024
All students must have a valid passport to study abroad. It must be valid for six months after your visa expires in France, so your passport should expire no earlier than July 2024.
If you do not have a passport or it expires before the timeframe above, you must apply for a new passport.
As of June 2023, the passport fees are:
- $120 for a 5-year adult passport
- $160 for a 10-year adult passport.
The processing time will vary depending on your method of submission. Submitting your application in person always yields the fastest processing time. For detailed information, please visit the official government website.
*If students have dual citizenship in any country within the European Union and hold a valid passport, the visa is not required.
- Instructions to renew your passport
- Instructions to apply for a new passport
- Passport fees
- Passport application service locations
EEF (Études en France) application
This procedure, as of October 2022, is now part of the pre-departure process for students intending to study in France. As time to review a student’s profile may take up to three weeks, it is recommended that students begin this process as soon as they receive their acceptance letter from Université de Nantes.
It is required that students have paid the €150 fee and been accepted before the date of their visa appointment.
Always follow the procedures provided by the France Diplomatie (create link out of that).
Long-stay VISA application (VLS-TS)
We highly recommend that you begin reviewing the visa procedures in May and begin preparing your documents along the way.
Always follow the procedures provided by the visa pages of the Consulate General of France website. They will provide you with the most up to date information.
The information provided here is simply a supplement to help you prepare your visa application.
Please be aware that neither the Department of French & Francophone Studies nor the Study Abroad Program has any authority or jurisdiction with respect to your visa application.
Applying for a Long-stay Visa (Student)
Definition: A visa is a stamp or sticker placed by officials of a foreign country on a passport that allows the bearer to visit that country. Visas are obtained from the proper embassy or local consulates of the country to be visited.
You apply for your visa as early as possible after your letter of acceptance from Nantes arrives. Usually, participants visit VFS Global to apply for the visa in Toronto around early June.
Note: Only nationals of the following countries are exempt from entry and long-stay visa
requirements: Member States of the European Union and the European Economic Area (EEA),
Andorra, Monaco, and Switzerland. Go to the France Diplomatie website for more information on visa exemptions.
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Complete the following administration forms
Online through your “MyTrent” & Blackboard complete:
- Agreement for Participation
- Release of Consent
- Responsibility Waiver
- Acceptance of Offer
- Confidentiality Form
- Risk Management Waiver
- Trent Emergency Contact Program
- Health & Safety Assignment
- Review the pre-departure checklist
Once in Nantes
The exchange coordinator from Trent will assist the group during the first week. They will meet you at the airport with a shuttle to take you to campus. Some meetings that take place during the first week are listed below.
- Register and move into residence
- Welcome meeting with the Maison des Échanges Internationaux et de la Francophonie (MEIF)
- Guichet Unique
- Payment of social security fees
- Acquire student card and internet access code
- Orientation of the city
Visa Part 2 – Confirmation
It’s required that students confirm their arrival in France and confirm their visa within 3 months of their arrival in France. This can be done online and will cost around €50.
Please note: you will have to undergo a medical examination as part of the process to obtain your Carte vitale (free health insurance card for students).
- Most stores, including grocery stores, are closed on Sundays.
- Offices, including residence offices and post offices) are typically closed over the lunch hour (between 12-2pm).
- A handout containing other advice (from staff and students) will be provided at the pre-departure session in March.
- A current Nantes student will be assigned to you as a student ambassador. That person can answer your questions about living and studying in Nantes.
- You will have the opportunity to be associated with a "famille d'accueil" who will introduce you to French life and culture in various ways.
- Teaching placements (teaching English) in a local elementary or high school can be arranged.
- The Association France-Canada in Nantes will organize various trips and events to allow you to experience Nantes and the surrounding region.