Carnegie Mellon University

Study Abroad in Nantes

The Department of Languages, Cultures & Applied Linguistics is pleased to offer a summer study abroad program in Nantes, France.

The Department of Languages, Cultures & Applied Linguistics has partnered with IES Abroad to offer a one-month study abroad program in Nantes, France, beginning in summer 2024.

About Nantes, France

Located just inland from the Atlantic Ocean and on the Loire river, Nantes was a major player in salt trade and naval construction, giving birth to vibrant market places and large shipyards. The link between past, present, and future is evident. Nantes is a city that has reinvented itself through culture. It has harnessed and leveraged its past as a city of history, commerce, and industry to transform itself into a post-industrial metropolis of arts and culture, environmental urbanization, and innovative technology. Owing to the quality of life in the city, Nantes has drawn talent from all over the world, housed in such incubators and accelerators as the startup palace and la cantine numérique. In a manner that is forward looking and environmentally responsible, Nantes was awarded the title of “green capital of Europe” in 2013.

Program dates: May 27 - June 30, 2024

This program will offer students a unique opportunity for an immersive educational experience in which to explore French language and culture whilst developing maker skills in the creation of games, podcasts, video and other technologies. Students will take two courses - one French language course (9 units) and a course on media creation (6 units).

The program also includes:

  • Homestays with local families
  • Site visits to several museums (art, abolition of slavery, history, Jules Verne)
  • Cooking classes
  • Walking tours
  • Day trips to locations such as Mont St Michel and Angers

There are no prerequisites for this program. 

Total program cost: $9,115*

*Students pay CMU tuition for a 6 unit summer class (assessed by and paid to the HUB) + a $6,000 program fee. Total cost may be subject to change.

Cost includes: Tuition, room and board, cultural excursions.

Not included: Airfare to and from Nantes and incidental personal expenses.

Study Abroad Scholarships

The Department of Languages, Cultures & Applied Linguistics, along with the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, offers study abroad scholarships for students to study for a semester, full-year, or summer overseas. All LCAL declared majors, and Arabic Studies minors, are guaranteed a departmental scholarship if they are in good academic standing with CMU. Scholarships can be put towards tuition, room and board, airfare and/or book expenses when participating in any accredited study abroad program. Learn more about scholarships.


All students will be placed with local families as part of their immersive experience, with meals during the homestay provided by the families. This experience offers an invaluable way to further practice French skills – at any level, and to gain first-hand insight into French culture.


Students are responsible for their airfare to and from Nantes. Transport to required excursions, is included in the program fee.