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University of Nantes

Location: Nantes, France
Website (see info for exchange students
Language of instruction: French. Some courses are taught in English in several Faculties.
Minimum language requirements: French level B1 and B2 for Humanities

  • Students may need French language proficiency certification ahead of their exchange. The UVic French and Francophone Studies department hosts tests in March and November. Please contact for more information!

Terms: Semester 1: September - January, Semester 2: January - May


  • Nantes Université is a public institution of higher education and research. Nantes Université is actively involved in the local community, Europe and the world and works in synergy with public, private, socio-economic and cultural organizations.
  • We are a member of the European University for Well-Being EUniWell.
  • Nantes Université welcomes every year more than 4000 international students.
  • In 2019, we were awarded the "Bienvenue en France" label (3 stars), as a recognition of our commitment to international students and the quality of our welcome.
  • Nantes ranked 6th (out of 44) among French cities as a great place to live and study and obtained the 'City of Art and History' label in 2000.
  • More highlights about Nantes Université.


Area of study

  • Foreign languages and cultures
  • School of Economics and Management (IAE)
  • Law and Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Science and Technology
  • History, Art History and Archaeology
  • Humanities and Languages

Exchange credit history

See the exchange credit history listing of courses that have been previously evaluated from Université de Nantes. Note that this is a guide only, and not a guarantee that your courses would be evaluated in the same way.


  • On-campus housing: Available but limited. See the Accommodation website for details
  • Off-campus housing: Available. See the Accommodation website for details

Immigration, Medical Insurance & Arrival

 Students are required to acquire a long-stay visa to study in France for periods longer than 3 months, you can find information on this visa process on the visa/residence permit page.

How to apply

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