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overview

Rennes, Capital of the Brittany Region, is a vibrant city and the largest university town in western France with 60,000 university students (over 17% international).¬† Rennes is only one and a half hours from Paris by TGV high speed train, and Mont Saint Michel and Saint Malo are within an hour’s drive.¬† The city is a leading center of the telecommunications industry with the largest European teaching-research facility in the field. Tourism, textiles, leather goods, agri-business, automotive assembly, and petroleum industries also contribute to the economy.

courses

Bachelor Courses in English
Business.  Students normally register for a minimum of 24 ECTS units (12 credit hours) and are typically in class 15 hours per week. There are course offerings for level 3 and level 4; students may only choose one program.

 

Master Courses in English
Business.  You can view course program offerings here; students may only choose one program. Students will register for a minimum of 18 ECTS units (9 credit hours).

 

Language Courses
French language and French culture courses are offered during the semester; they are worth 3 ECTS each (1.5 US credit hours).

academics

Accreditations
Rennes School of Business holds the following accreditations: EQUIS, AACSB, 23rd Financial Times, and AMBA.

 

Exchange Student Application
After your acceptance by the Magellan Exchange, you must complete the Exchange Student Application Form.  Your application will not be processed and your acceptance letter from Rennes will not be sent until this is completed.  After admission you will be able to register for courses online.  May 20 is the deadline for the fall semester, while October 20 is the deadline for spring semester.

 

Orientation
You can be welcomed by the student welcome team, Well’Come.¬†¬† Student mentors are appointed upon arrival and these individuals can assist with your integration into French culture.¬† There is an official registration and integration program which is compulsory for all students. Please make sure that you arrive in time to participate in this program (dates¬†are provided¬†in the official acceptance letter).

 

Internships
Internships are possible for those with the necessary French fluency (550 or above on the Test d’Evaluation Francais) and on condition that the home university communicates directly with the company regarding the internship agreement. The university only provides access to the information and databases.

 

Students with Disabilities
The university is generally able to accommodate a student with a physical disability but has limited capability of accommodating a student with a learning disability.  Typical student accommodation as well as shops and services in the community have limited capability of accommodating students with disabilities.

 

Grades & Transcripts

Rennes School of Business uses the ECTS grading and credit system which consists of letter grades from “A” to “F,” with “E” being the minimum passing grade.

 

Transcripts are automatically sent to students and to the home university once the grades have been approved by the assessment committee, which convenes approximately two months after examinations.  Before leaving Rennes, you will be asked to leave your address and the address of your university in order for the transcripts to be sent.  For additional details on transfer of credits, please refer to the Student Guidebook.

fees

Health Insurance
$0.¬† In France, the health care coverage is called “S√©curit√© Sociale” and it is free.¬† However, to receive coverage and have certain medical expenses refunded, you must register directly at the “CPAM” (Caisse Primaire d’Assurance Maladie). It is recommended though that you purchase coverage from home to cover you until the French insurance has commenced.

 

Textbooks
No cost

visas

Students studying in France for longer than three months are required to obtain a student visa prior to departure.  Additional information is available online.

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logistics

Housing
Shared apartment or house; independent apartment/studio in a private residence; private, independent apartment/studio; home stay; state student hostels.  Rooms are generally furnished and equipped.  Costs typically range from 350-500 EUR per month.  The Rennes School of Business Accommodation Department will contact all incoming students by email once acceptance is complete.  The School has its own housing platform, which allows you to find accommodation, find a roommate, find a subletting, or find a temporary room.

 

Meals
A variety of inexpensive student restaurants are available, in addition to numerous local restaurants.

 

Transportation

You should fly to Paris or to another international airport for flight service to Rennes. Alternatively, there are three or four direct TGV (high speed) trains from Paris-De Gaulle Airport (CDG) to Rennes daily; the journey is approximately 1.5 hours.  It is a two-hour journey to Rennes if traveling from Paris Montparnasse rail station. Rennes is 40 minutes by car to the English Channel and Atlantic Ocean.

 

The STAR bus/metro company provides transportation within the city and sells multi-journey passes.

community

Entertainment
Rennes is home to a variety of museums, including the Rennes Folk Museum with exhibits about everyday life over five centuries, and ‘les Champs Libres,’ a contemporary multi-media performance center.¬† Numerous cultural and sport events take place, such as jazz festivals, air shows, and women‚Äôs tennis competitions. With 67,000 students in the city, there is never a shortage of entertainment options.¬† On campus, there are two gymnasiums for athletic activities.¬† Exchange students may find participation in a social service, civic, or athletic organization a good way to get acquainted with other students.¬† The beaches of WWII‚Äôs D-Day invasion are nearby, as well as Mont Saint Michel monastery, St. Malo, the King Arthur Legend forest, and the Loire Valley.¬† Rennes is also only a 90-minute train journey from the center of Paris.¬† The Well’Come team often organizes trips and cultural visits to local and national tourist areas at a reduced cost.

 

Shopping
Shopping opportunities are readily available, both in the old center of the city as well as in the suburbs.  Place de la Republique is the main square in the center of town. The Saturday morning market at Place des Lices is a popular shopping venue.

 

Climate

Rennes has a temperate climate with precipitation evenly distributed throughout the year. Winter temperatures average lows of 32¬ļF¬†and highs of 45¬ļF; snow and ice are possible but not frequent.¬† Summer temperatures average lows of 60¬ļF and highs of 80¬ļF.

short-term programs

Program Program Dates   Application Deadline Academic Credit
Cross-Cultural Management June 1-11, 2021  April 16 3 sem. hours (6 ECTS)
Sustainable Business June 15-25, 2021 April 16 3 sem. hours (6 ECTS)
Doing Business in Europe June 29-July 9, 2021 April 30 3 sem. hours (6 ECTS)

 

2021 Note: the programs shifted from face-to-face to virtual due to the pandemic.

 

Cross-Cultural Management Program
This course deals with three main points: overview of today’s global business environment (people – planet – profits); the cross-cultural framework references; and how to manage a cross-cultural team, dynamics and process strategies.¬† This program comprises different pedagogical activities, including 27 hours of face-to-face teaching, personal study time, and company visits.

 

Pre-Requisites: The program is best suited for final year undergraduate or master-level students. A minimum of two years undergraduate business study is required.

 

Meals and Accommodations: A list of nearby housing options at varying price points will be provided from the school; you may book the residence of your choice. A welcome breakfast and a farewell lunch are provided. Other meals are your responsibility.

 

Transportation: You will need to arrange your own transportation to Europe. It is recommended that you fly into Paris and take a train to Rennes or fly into Rennes.

 

Cost: There is no program fee, but you will pay for your housing (approximately 400-600 EUR for the program, depending on your choice of residence), meals, transportation, cultural visits, and personal expenses. You must obtain a passport if you do not already have one; non-US citizens should check to see if a visa is required. Tuition fees are paid to the home school as usual (if applicable).

 

Sustainable Business Program
In this course, students will learn a conceptual framework and practical ideas for understanding how organizations and managers can optimize economic, social and environmental performance through a successful Corporate Social Responsibility strategy. Topics include reframing the purpose of business, CSR and stakeholders, responsible leadership and strategy, the environmental challenge, sustainable production and consumption, sustainability reporting, CSR in the workplace, slowing down fast fashion, and tackling the plastic problem.  This program comprises different pedagogical activities, including 27 hours of face-to-face teaching, personal study time, and company visits.

 

Pre-Requisites: This program is best suited for final year undergraduates or graduate students. A minimum of two years undergraduate business study is required.

 

Meals and Accommodations: A list of nearby housing options at varying price points will be provided by the school; you may book the residence of your choice. A welcome breakfast and a farewell lunch are provided. Other meals are your responsibility.

 

Transportation: You will need to arrange your own transportation to Europe. It is recommended that you fly into Paris and take a train to Rennes or fly into Rennes.

 

Cost: There is no program fee, but you will pay for your housing (approximately 400-600 EUR for the program, depending on your choice of residence), meals, transportation, cultural visits, and personal expenses. You must obtain a passport if you do not already have one; non-US citizens should check to see if a visa is required. Tuition fees are paid to the home school as usual (if applicable).

 

Doing Business in Europe Program
The purpose of this program is to provide practical ideas about doing business in Europe, especially in the context of Brexit and the reshaping of commercial relationships between the European Union countries and the United Kingdom. Topics include Europe since 1945 (political changes); creation of NATO and defense policy; creation of the Common Market and its transformation into the European Union; Brexit and the reshaping of the EU; commercial challenges in Europe related to legalities, financial markets, economic practices; and foreign policy and differences between Central-East European views and those of West Europeans about international relations. This program comprises different pedagogical activities, including 27 hours of face-to-face teaching, personal study time, and company visits.

 

Pre-Requisites: This program is best suited for final year undergraduates or graduate students. A minimum of two years undergraduate business study is required.

 

Meals and Accommodations: A list of nearby housing options at varying price points will be provided by the school; you may book the residence of your choice.  A welcome breakfast and a farewell lunch are provided. Other meals are your responsibility.

 

Transportation: You will need to arrange your own transportation to Europe. It is recommended that you fly into Paris and take a train to Rennes or fly into Rennes.

 

Cost: There is no program fee, but you will pay for your housing (approximately 400-600 EUR for the program, depending on your choice of residence), meals, transportation, cultural visits, and personal expenses. You must obtain a passport if you do not already have one; non-US citizens should check to see if a visa is required. Tuition fees are paid to the home school as usual (if applicable).