Spend 5 Weeks in France
June 18* -- July 23, 2013
(*must depart the U.S. on the 17th to be abroad on the 18th)
SYA Summer in France 2013 is now wait list only
Stroll along the quais with new friends. Practice your language skills with your host family. Be on a first-name basis with the owner of the neighborhood café. Plan a picnic at the Thabor Gardens. Come to know a culture admired by the world. Feel happily immersed in it all.
SYA Summer is proud to offer an immersion-study program for students who have completed at least two years of high school French and are interested in not only experiencing the culture of France, but also making rapid progress in the language. SYA Summer in France is a continuation of the successful Loomis Chaffee School program which opened in 1992 in France and was located in our school facilities in Rennes from 2003 until 2007.
An important hub of learning, Rennes hosts more than 50,000 university students, which has helped Rennes develop an incredible diversity of cultural, intellectual and recreational opportunities. Combine that with School Year Abroad’s 44 years of experience bringing American high school students to Rennes to learn the language and be immersed in French culture, and it makes for a truly enriching program.
SYA Summer in France features a four-week homestay in Rennes during which time students will take courses in the French language and culture taught by native instructors and live with a caring host family. Students attend classes four mornings per week and participate in all-day excursions on Wednesdays. On school days, students take two classes in French language, stressing both grammar and conversational French, as well as a class in French Culture and Society (a multidisciplinary course taught in French incorporating history, contemporary culture, and journalism). Two-three language levels are usually offered to accommodate differences in preparation among the students. Classes are held at School Year Abroad’s historic building located near the center of Rennes and just a five minute walk from Le Thabor, one of Europe’s most adored city parks.
Outside of the classroom, students take part in a variety of activities designed to enrich their overall experience. Some of those activities include kayaking, attending the circus school, visiting museums and monuments, and going to special events and excursions around the city and the countryside.Travel is of course one of the most exciting and stimulating aspects of spending a summer abroad. Beyond the sites and monuments of Rennes, students will participate in numerous excursions including Mont Saint Michel, Saint Malo, and the beaches of Normandy, home to the historical landing sites of WWII and the events of D-Day. Other frequent destinations include the prehistoric monuments on the Atlantic coast, such as Carnac and Locmariaquer, and the sheltered beaches of the Morbihan Gulf.
The conclusion of the program is a visit to Paris and its surroundings. Versailles, the Musée d’Orsay, the Louvre, Montmartre and — bien sûr! — la Tour Eiffel are among the sites and monuments visited.