Students walking through Strasbourg historic buildings

Study Abroad in France

Study with Centre faculty and students in Strasbourg or among French students through a language immersion program in Nantes.

The Centre-in-Strasbourg program is led by Centre faculty and explores subjects of French culture, language, government, and social climate. Strasbourg is known as the “crossroads of Europe” for its central location, and is home to an ancient Gothic cathedral, European Parliament, Council of Europe, and Court of Human Rights.

The Université de Nantes program in Nantes is a collaborative program with Sewanee and the Institute for the International Education of Students’ Nantes-French Language Immersion & Area Studies Program. This program is a more in-depth French language experience with students living and learning among French students.

Students walking with professor in Strasbourg

Program Option


Located across the Rhine River from Germany, Strasbourg is about two hours from Paris, and one hour from Switzerland. Centre rents fully furnished apartments conveniently located near the Centre office and classroom. Homestays with local families are also an option for students with advanced language skills.

Nantes, France

Program Option


Improve your French language skills while studying and exploring all that Nantes has to offer. Located in northwestern France, this beautiful bike-friendly city is home to delicious food, rich culture, and the Université de Nantes where students study.

Courses and Cost

The 2023-2024 program will be directed by Professor Marc Démont, Visiting Assistant Professor of French.  A native of France, Dr. Démont has also co-directed Centre College study-abroad courses to Tahiti and India (Pondicherry).

Mandatory Classes

  • ​​​​​​​All students must take a French Class at the appropriate Level
  • “The French Experience”: French Contemporary Issues and Identities (HUM 2**)

Students must also enroll in TWO of the following courses:

  • Film Analysis and History of French Cinema (FLM 2** / FRE 3**)
  • France’s Relations with African Countries (AASXXX)
  • The Construction of Europe (POL 461)

Classroom Facilities in Strasbourg

The classroom area is located near the University of Strasbourg, a short walk from the main cathedral. It includes classrooms and an office, small library and study area.

Selection of courses provided by IES and at the Université de Nantes.

The estimated cost for each program is the same as studying in Danville, plus a $375 deposit (surcharge/emergency fund/carbon offset), and a $25 travel medicine fee for a total of $400. Flights to the abroad site are also the responsibility of the student.