College Programs

The longest continuous Rennes-Rochester exchange has been between the University of Rochester French Department and the English department at Rennes 2. (French at UR has had various names over the years but in 2012 it is the French section of the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University). Since 1958 the English department of Université de la Haute Bretagne, Rennes 2, has been sending a graduate student to Rochester as an assistant. The young men and women who have come to Rochester in the last 54 years have had duties varying from running the language laboratory to teaching conversation classes.

Every fall since 1958 a recent graduate or a graduate student from the University of Rochester has gone to Rennes 2 for the academic year. They do have done a number of different tasks from working in libraries or the language laboratory, animating theater or conversation groups or teaching language classes.

Students on both campuses are eligible to work on post-graduate degrees but are not required to.

Since 1984 the University of Rochester has sent UR undergraduates to Rennes for a month-long French language course. That course operates through the Institut Franco-Américain, long-time partner of RRSCC in Rennes.

Nazareth College has been sending their undergraduates to Rennes and Rennes 2 for a semester or academic year abroad for more than 25 years. Study abroad is a requirement for language majors at Nazareth College. Nazareth has an active residential/culture center at the Maison Française on the East Avenue campus where from time to time a student from Rennes has been in residence to work with the cultural programming.  Nazareth has hosted students in the art department for several years, and has two art programs associated with Rennes:  the student exchange between Nazareth and LISAA/RENNES, and with ÉESAB.  See more on the Nazareth Center for International Education…

Kate Gleason College of Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology has had an exchange with INSA (Institut National des Sciences Appliquées) in Rennes for the last fifteen years. The exchange began slowly at first with only a few students. Now a dozen students arrive every August to spend the fall and, often, the winter quarters studying engineering at RIT. Only a few American students have taken advantage of the opportunity to study in Rennes. However, since 2010 Professor Matthew Marshall has been teaching a summer course in engineering at INSA in Rennes which gives RIT students a short-term study abroad opportunity.

Monroe Community College has had one or two exchanges with optics students from Rennes who have made short visits to Rochester.

Community College of the Finger Lakes established an exchange with the Institut Catholique in Rennes in 2008. Their relationship is a cultural exchange, French students visit the Rochester area every fall for ten days and students from CCFL visit France every spring.  More on this exchange…