Nantes is the administrative and financial capital of the "Pays de Loire" province. It is regularly ranked as the best city in France for the quality of life it offers. Of the almost 600,000 inhabitants, 31% of the population is under 20 years of age. This young, vibrant city houses 15 "grandes écoles" (universities) and 50,000 students. While Nantes is a bustling hub of youthful activity, it also has a particularly rich historical heritage. The prominent 15th century Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne sits right in the heart of the city and serves as a visible reminder of the region's extensive history.
Between history and modernity, visitors to Nantes will also find plenty of natural beauty. The city is littered with green parks, walking trails, and a picturesque river that brings serenity to the heart of the city. Nantes is also very close to the seaside, and accessing the coastal villages and resort towns is very easy.
Audencia Nantes School of Management
Audencia Nantes is a Grande école de Commerce, a member of the French Conférence des Grandes Écoles that are considered to be the pinnacle of French higher education. The school was founded in 1900. Audencia Nantes belongs to the less than 1% of business schools in the world holding the three major international accreditations: AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA. Audencia has more than 2200 students from over 47 countries, and an extensive corporate network of worldwide companies.
The campus is located in the city of Nantes, just a 10-15 minute tram ride from the center of downtown. The small campus borders a river and a wooded area. The main campus building is state of the art and well-respected for its innovative architecture.
At Audencia, students will enroll in a required course in French language. Students will be placed in French language based on their prior studies and language level. In addition, students will choose a "set" of predefined classes, either as a group of core courses crossing several disciplines, or in a business major subject such as Management or Marketing. Business courses at Audencia are taught in either French or English, so students can choose options in either language.
The basic philosophy behind the structure of classes at Audencia is that teaching should be carried out in small groups. This means that except in very few cases, the maximum class size is 40 students. Students are expected to participate actively at all times. Concerning content, classes are very practical in nature and much emphasis is placed on exercises, case studies and field projects. Textbooks are rarely used, although students are required to read and assimilate information given in large numbers of documents prepared by lecturers.
Please contact the study abroad office if you are interested in pursuing a set of major classes instead of the group listed above. Please note that this option will mean taking 4 or 5 courses within the same subject, which often does not easily integrate into the Bentley DegreeWorks.
Most Bentley students opt to take the "core courses" while at Audencia. View the set of predefined core courses for Fall and Spring semester here: Audencia-Bentley course guide WEB.xlsx
Accommodations and Meals
Though there is no on-campus housing at Audencia, there are several options for accommodations in Nantes. The staff at Audencia will assist students with finding housing arrangements. Audencia hosts a database on the campus intranet providing information about pre-reserved rooms in student residences, studios/flats or family lodgings.
Option 1: Host Families
Students have the opportunity to live with a French family during their semester in Nantes. Students living in host families will experience French culture first hand, and have regular exposure to the French language in order to perfect their communication skills. Depending on the family, some meals may be included in the price.
Option 2: Area Residence Halls or Studio/Shared Apartments
Students can live in public residence halls or apartment buildings, mostly with other students but also with some local residents. Many residences are near the Audencia campus and university restaurants are nearby. Students walk 5-20 minutes to class, depending on the location of the residence selected. Accommodations in student residences are usually in single dormitory-style rooms with a bathroom shared with the neighboring room. Rooms are typically equipped with a hot plate, small fridge, and sink.
Students in all types of housing generally eat in the university restaurants where full-course meals are available at lunch for very reasonable prices. Students can eat in the snack bars or local cafés in the evening.
More information on housing options at Audencia can be found here: http://audenciahousing.blogspot.fr/
Students will need to apply for a student visa via Campus France in order to study in France for more than 3 months.
Students will need to purchase French Insurance (Sécurité Sociale) within their first month of stay in France.
- Costs 213 Euros (approximately $240)