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Institut dEtudes Politiques de Rennes

Fast Facts

Rennes, France (pop. 300,000)
Student Enrollment: 620
Language of instruction: French
Course Information


Rennes, the capital of Brittany, is a lively city with 300,000 inhabitants (including the main suburbs). The architecture shows various aspects in connection with the history of the city: medieval, 18th century, and modern style. Rennes also has a thriving automobile industry and is a center for computing and telecommunications research and development. It is also a cultural capital and the city has an opera, concert halls and theaters. In addition, it hosts an annual film festival and internationally known rock festival. The student population of the city is around 60,000.

Its central position in Brittany allows easy access to the beaches and places of interest on the north coast (Le Mont Saint Michel and Saint Malo are less than an hour's drive away) as well as the Atlantic coast. Brittany is also only a two hours' ride from Paris on the TVG, a high-speed train.

Program Type

Academic year and semester exchanges

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.

Program Dates

Academic year: Early September to end of May
Semester 1: Early September to mid-December
Semester 2: January to end of May.


Semester of Full Year enrollment in regular university courses
Economics, Finance, History, International Relations, Languages, Law, Management, Political Science, Public Administration.

Housing and Meals

ISEP students live in residence halls in single-occupancy rooms and receive a stipend for meals in the student cafeterias. Married student housing is not available.


The first day of orientation at IEP-Rennes is dedicated to general information (introduction breakfast, registering, etc). The following two weeks, students will have intensive French classes in the morning. The afternoons are free in order to complete the various administrative tasks with the help of the student society ZEPHYR. ZEPHYR also organizes nights out or weekends around Brittany.

IEP-Rennes will arrange for students to be picked up on arrival at the train station or airport providing the student contacts the ISEP Coordinator with any pick-up details at least 2 weeks before his/her arrival as well as the day prior to his/her arrival.


Created in 1991, the Rennes Institut d'Etudes Politques (IEP) belongs to the Sciences Po group of nine higher education establishments in France. Although the Rennes IEP is officially attached to the Universite de Rennes 1, it is administratively and pedagogically independent. Fine professors as well as guest lecturers, top civil servants, and heads of industry teach the carefully selected group of 620 IEP students. The IEP takes a pluri-disciplinary approach to the academic program to provide a solid grounding in general culture, allowing students to choose from a wide range of professions upon graduation. Study abroad and internships are also integral elements of the program.

ISEP-Exchange programs allow students to participate in reciprocal exchanges with students at ISEP member institutions worldwide, while paying their home university tuition. Students attending US universities that are ISEP-Exchange members are eligible to apply for these programs at other international ISEP-Exchange member universities. Chances of placement vary by location.

ISEP-Direct programs allow students to enroll directly in a host institution abroad, instead of exchanging places with another student. Chances of placement are typically excellent for qualified applicants and some sites offer special academic programs and excursions. Students attending US universities that are either ISEP-Exchange members or ISEP-Direct members can participate in ISEP-Direct programs abroad.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2023 09/15/2022 10/01/2022 TBA TBA