Quick Info

  • Nantes, France
  • Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : French Language and Literature
  • : May 18, 2018 - June 30, 2018
  • : In-State: $6,200; Out-of-State: $6,400
  • : January 28, 2018
  • : 2.75 GPA (2.5 for engineers), Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record


Need to fulfill a general education requirement?  We've got courses for that!  Take a look below!  Courses may count towards European Studies certificate.  

Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences:

One (1) Foreign Language:  FR 0003

This program satisfies the 3 foreign culture requirements.

Pitt Business:

This program satisfies both foreign culture requirements.

Students will take two courses from the list below.  The courses that you will take depend on your French language level at the start of the program.

**Please note depending on enrollment numbers, the French language course may be taught as a combined French 3 and French 4

These courses focus on developing competency in comprehending and producing the French language both spoken and written as well as socio-cultural competency in communicating with French-speaking people.

This course is designed to be taken along with French 3 or 4. It will examine media in twenty-first century French culture with a focus on newspapers, radio, TV, and the web. Local media sources from Nantes will also be discussed. In addition, it will use media to conduct research on French culture, and students will do media-based research projects on topics of interest.

Students at the intermediate/advanced level are encouraged to take two of the following:

The “big screen,” as the French like to refer to cinema, can be viewed as a mirror of society, as it constantly contributes to reflecting and even shaping French identity, both collective and individual. In this course, we will focus on French films released since the year 2000 to examine how 21st century French cinema has dealt with important national concerns – such as race, immigration, the working world, political life, as well as feminist and LGBTQ issues. Students will be introduced to the basic concepts and vocabulary necessary to analyze films. We will examine how French films differ from Hollywood productions in their treatment of current social issues. We will also take a look at films that have drawn the largest French audiences in the past 17 years, and at what this tells us about French movie goers and the current state of cinema (think: French vs. Hollywood) in France.

 This course focuses on the art and history of Nantes and will include visits to the Musée des Beaux Arts de Nantes, to the cathedral, and to the city's historic neighborhoods.

This course approaches the study of grammar as choices that speakers and writers make to express their meanings in various contexts. In this way, grammar is learned as a concept for meaning making, rather than as isolated rules for word and sentence formation. By approaching grammar in this fashion, students will improve their proficiency in French and will expand their language resources for communication. Students will write compositions/essays, will complete oral tasks, and give oral presentations that will lead them to use grammatical structures necessary to express themselves in various types of written and oral discourses. They will also be asked to reflect on, and analyze various grammatical forms in context to develop strategies for learning grammar from texts and interactions.  Grammar will be taught within the context of language use, and this course will stress the importance of form and meaning connections in language and communication.

On-Site Faculty And Staff

 Dr. Elisabeth Sauvage-Callaghan (formerly Elisabeth Donato) is an Associate Professor of French at Clarion University. She directed the Pitt in Nantes Program in the Spring of 2014 and 2015, and is looking forward to directing it again in 2016! Dr. Sauvage-Callaghan’s goal is that her students become proficient in all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) and, most of all, fall in love with the French language, the French people, and the francophone culture. Her research focuses on French popular culture.


While in France, you will stay in homestays with French families. Host families live all over Nantes. You will have a private room in their home. In order to facilitate immersion, only one student lives with each host family. Two students may, on occasion, live with the same family, but only upon special request.

Your host family will provide you with breakfast daily as well as five dinners each week. Other meals will be at your own expense, so please budget accordingly. The campus facility in Nantes is equipped with a full kitchen for preparing lunches.

Pricing And Dates

Summer 2018

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$6,200 $6,400
Arrive in Paris Depart Nantes
May 18, 2018 June 30, 2018

Keep in mind that dates may change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager.

Please Note: All students are required to attend the mandatory Pre-Departure Bash.  This afternoon long event will cover important topics relevant to study abroad like health, safety, security, and more.  Plus, it will give you the chance to meet other students studying abroad on your programs!  Alumni and staff will also be present to help you start thinking about your goals for the program.

The Pre-Departure Bash for this program will be on: February 10, 2018 at TBD in TBD. Your program manager will follow up with more information once you begin your application!


Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your Nantes program fee, the following are included in the program:

  • Tuition for six credits
  • Accommodations with a host family for the duration of the program
  • Arrival weekend in Paris (including hotel accommodations and some group activities)
  • Roundtrip train tickets from Paris to Nantes
  • Airport transfer upon arrival
  • International travel health insurance for program duration
  • Local transportation in Nantes
  • Some meals with the host family while in Nantes

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Pitt study abroad administrative fee $300
  • Roundtrip international airfare (~$1300)
  • International cellphone rental and usage (~$60 + credit for minutes/texts)
  • Meals, books, and personal expenses (~$1500)
  • Passport fees (~$100)

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Special Information

  • Students must have completed at least French 2 (at the University level) prior to the start of this program
  • Students live with host families on this program

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Tim Crawford

Walk-In Advising Hours: MWF 2-4 PM

Hi Everyone! I’m Tim, a Program Manager here in the Study Abroad Office. I’m proud to be from a small town in Central PA but now love calling Pittsburgh home. My study abroad experience includes a semester in France during my sophomore year, Spring Break in London during Grad School and Summer in Italy as a Program Assistant. My experiences opened my eyes to the rest of the world and I’d love to help you take advantage of the numerous study abroad opportunities here at Pitt. Outside of the office, I’m always looking for the next adventure whether it’s exploring a new city or new neighborhood in PGH. I fully embrace the yinzer way of life and plan my schedule accordingly around every Pens, Bucs and Stillers game. I’d love to talk to you more about any of our study abroad programs and answer any of your questions. Please reach me at TSC29@pitt.edu or 412-648-2156.