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Institut dEtudes Politiques de Rennes


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Enjoy the local specialties of the Brittany region including galettes, cider, and caramel while taking part in the many festivals hosted in Rennes. Rennes is known as a university town because a quarter of its population is made up by students. The Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Rennes is a prestigious university offering courses along side French students in Economics, Finance, History, International Relations, Languages, Law, Management, Political Science, and Public Administration. French language support courses are available.

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Rennes, the capital of Brittany, is a lively city with 300,000 inhabitants (including the main suburbs). The architecture shows various aspects in connection with the history of the city: medieval, 18th century, and modern style. Rennes also has a thriving automobile industry and is a center for computing and telecommunications research and development. It is also a cultural capital and the city has an opera, concert halls and theaters. In addition, it hosts an annual film festival and internationally known rock festival. The student population of the city is around 60,000.

Its central position in Brittany allows easy access to the beaches and places of interest on the north coast (Le Mont Saint Michel and Saint Malo are less than an hour's drive away) as well as the Atlantic coast. Brittany is also only a two hours' ride from Paris on the TGV, a high-speed train.

ISEP Exchange: Undergraduate and graduate programs available for an academic year or semester

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.

Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Limited.
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for I-to-I students is generally Limited.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

Program Dates
Academic year: Early September to end of May
Semester 1: Early September to mid-December
Semester 2: January to end of May.

Fast Facts
Rennes, France (pop. 300,000)
Student Enrollment: 1,100
Language of instruction: French
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Semester of Full Year enrollment in regular university courses

Economics, Finance, History, International Relations, Languages, Law, Management, Political Science, Public Administration.

Courses taught in English
Sciences Po Rennes proposes a program for international students who have little or no prior knowledge of French. This program offers a general introduction to the political, social, and cultural landscapes of France and Europe, and examines important issues and debates in France today; all classes are taught in English. French language courses offered for 4 hours per week.
Courses in English

Academic Notes

ISEP students are eligible for the Certificat d'Etudes Politiques after completing the course requirements during the exchange period (semester or year). Conference de methode in the second and final years are not available to ISEP participants.

Students typically enroll in 5-7 classes per term which averages to 11-15 hours in class per week. A term runs for 12 weeks.


Transcripts are sent to ISEP in February and July and then immediately released to the student's home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
Language Requirement: A minimum of 4-5 semesters of university-level French or the equivalent must be completed prior to the program. Students participating in the program in English must have an advanced intermediate level of English.

Language Notes: One French language course is offered in addition to regular classes during the academic year for intermediate and advanced levels. Contact hours per week: 2

Pre-session: A 2 week pre-session, intensive French language program is mandatory for all students at the intermediate and advanced levels.

For more information on courses and language options, see the:
ISEP French Language Advising Guide for US Students
ISEP French Language Advising Guide for I-to-I Students

Note: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course eligibility.

Special ISEP Application Instructions

All students studying in France must purchase French health insurance (la Sécu) upon arrival for approximately 215 euros in addition to purchasing ISEP Health Insurance prior to departure.

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IEP Rennes Course Descriptions

Housing and Meals
ISEP students live in residence halls in single-occupancy rooms with a private bathroom and receive a monthly meal stipend. Married student housing is not available.


You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: optional fees (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month, including books, are estimated at 500-650 euros.

The first day of orientation at IEP-Rennes is dedicated to general information (introduction breakfast, registering, etc). The following two weeks, students will have intensive French classes in the morning. The afternoons are free in order to complete the various administrative tasks with the help of the student society ZEPHYR. ZEPHYR also organizes nights out or weekends around Brittany.

IEP-Rennes will arrange for students to be picked up on arrival at the train station or airport providing the student contacts the ISEP Coordinator with any pick-up details at least 2 weeks before his/her arrival as well as the day prior to his/her arrival.


Host will provide arrival directions with acceptance packet

Created in 1991, the Rennes Institut d’Etudes Politques (IEP) belongs to the Sciences Po group of nine higher education establishments in France. Although the Rennes IEP is officially attached to the Universite de Rennes 1, it is administratively and pedagogically independent. Fine professors as well as guest lecturers, top civil servants, and heads of industry teach the carefully selected group of 1,100 IEP students. The IEP takes a pluri-disciplinary approach to the academic program to provide a solid grounding in general culture, allowing students to choose from a wide range of professions upon graduation. Study abroad and internships are also integral elements of the program.