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is the capital of Pays de la Loire, the north-western region of France and is located on Loire River, having once been an important port city. The city is about 2 hours from Paris and has retained a strong historical and cultural heritage. Until the boundaries were redrawn during World War II, Nantes was the capital of Brittany and retains much of its Brittany identity today. Nantes today is a vibrant young city with a population of over 50,000 students, approximately 35,000 at the University of Nantes alone, 10% of which are international students. The city is known to many for its artistic areas of interest and has an lively nightlife. Nantes itself has a population of almost 300,000 and is broken into 11 separate quartiers. Nantes has a climate that often provides mild summer temperatures and is located in "Château Country" often times acting as a base for tourists to explore some of the areas beautiful castles.
The Nantes program includes a W&M faculty-taught course that will focus on Comparative Health Systems, offering students the unique opportunity to understand other health systems used by high income countries around the world to achieve good health indicators. There will be a focus on France because of the diet, lifestyle and other issues that make it unique but also because when citizens rate their health system, France tops such surveys. Students will make visits to the medical school in Nantes and hear from guest lectures in the field.
The Nantes program plans to include local field trips to: The Machines de l'Ile
, an artistic, touristic and cultural project based in Nantes, France. In the warehouses of the former shipyards in Nantes, the Machines of the Isle is created by two artists, François Delarozière and Pierre Orefice, visualising a travel-through-time world at the crossroads of the "imaginary worlds" of Jules Verne and the mechanical universe of Leonardo da Vinci. The Musée d'histoire de Nantes
, located in the Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne
- the second oldest building in Nantes. There will also be an excursion to the Musée Jules Verne,
which is housed in a beautiful late 19th century building that overlooks the Loire River. While the famous author Jules Verne never lived in the building, its surroundings reflect the atmosphere which influenced his work. The museum has a collection of artifacts, replicas of his inventions, and memorabilia inspired by his writings. Students will also visit the Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery, as Nantes was the principle salve-trading port for France from the 17th through 19th centuries.
Students will stay in private single rooms with own kitchen and bathrooms arranged through IES Abroad.
All Summer students will be enrolled in: KINE 460 Comparative Health Systems (3 credits)
This course focuses on health systems in and the cultural issues that affect population health. France's diet, culture and health outcomes and its form of universal healthcare makes it unique and important for comparing health systems of developed countries.
This course complements the range of public health courses offered by the Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences and it expands on the Global Health course taught on campus to include a more in-depth study of health systems in high income countries that student can use to compare to the US health system as they work in public health, healthcare delivery or health policy.
Students will also take a French language course (5 hours/non-credit) to familiarize themselves with the language and learn some useful key phrases that should be helpful in their daily life and interaction with local people and in learning terms associated with the French healthcare system.
Grades will appear on the W&M transcript and will be included in GPA calculations.
Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Health Sciences
Arrival date: May 27, 2022
Departure date: June 11, 2022
New for Summer 2022, there will be a Priority Application deadline of December 1.
Priority Deadline ($75*): December 1
Deposit ($600): January 28
Final Payment: February 18
Students who apply by December 1 will be given priority on eligibility for programs and scholarships.
Please note that programs may meet their capacity at the December 1 deadline and may not be accepting new applicants, so to ensure best consideration for your first choice program, we encourage you to apply by December 1.
Application ($75*): February 1
Deposit ($600): March 12
Final payment: April 1
*A $75 application fee applies, to be paid to the Bursar’s Office. Please note that the application and deposit fees are non-refundable.
2021 program fee: $5250
2022 program fee: TBD
Students are responsible for airfare and some meals.
To view the estimated costs for this program and important payment information, please visit here
Reves Summer Scholarships are available for this program.
Welcome and Farewell dinner
Ground transportation in Nantes to/from airport
Excursion admissions and some meals on excursions
Fulfills COLL 300
Students must be an active W&M undergraduate student in good standing, not on academic or disciplinary probation during time abroad, and eligible to take classes at the W&M Williamsburg campus to study abroad.
Students currently on-campus must successfully complete 1 credit spring course.
For more information about eligibility, please visit our Policies that Affect You
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