Study abroad in Rennes, France this summer!
SYA Summer France 2015 dates TBD
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 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.
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.