International mobility > International practical information

School year

First semester start/end dates :
15th September to 7th February

Second semester start/end dates :
23rd February to 4th July


Sojourn duration

Sojourn period : Students can come to Nantes as part of an internship or for a visit of one or two semesters.



Teaching language : most courses are given in French, but some are in English.
Required language ability : A2 level in French
French course : ensa Nantes provides French language training. These courses are optional but strongly recommended for foreign students since they contribute to their integration in the school. The duration is about 40 hours per semester (2 hours twice a week over 10 weeks) whose cost is borne by the school.


Choosing courses

First semester : before 31st August
Second semester : before 30th November


Preparing your stay in France

Admission  : students wishing to come to Nantes in the framework of an academic exchange scheme must submit their request to the Secretariat of their school of origin.
They must be elected by their school or university of origin.

Registration : send a registration file to the ensa Nantes International Relations Service by 15th June (for the first semester or a whole year) or by 15th October (for the second semester).
This file must comprise :

  • an individual "Foreign Student" sheet
  • Fiche individuelle.docx
  • an "International Exchanges" information sheet
  • Fiche renseignement pour inscription.docx
  • a photo in JPEG format

Documents to submit on your arrival
On arrival in Nantes, students must come to ensa Nantes (Study Department – International Relations Service – Place Central 1A), to submit :

  • a photocopy of their European Social Security card
  • Proof of student third-party liability insurance
  • A registration fees payment sheet
  • A Trésor Public receipt attesting payment of the registration fees

General information (living in Nantes)

European Credit Transfer System
The ECTS is a European Credit Transfer System for European students based on the workload required to attain the objectives of a program, expressed in terms of study results and acquired skills.

Students from outside the EU (except people from Quebec) must obtain a student Social Security card.
The SUMPPS (university preventive medicine and health promotion service) proposes consultations for students without advance payment, by appointment.
An obligatory medical visit is organized at the start of every university year. This is for students in the first year of the first cycle (Bachelors) and for foreign students.
110 Boulevard Michelet, BP32238, 44322 Nantes Cedex 3. Tel. : +33 (0)2 40 37 10 50 and +33 (0) 40 37 10 69. Fax: +33 (0)2 40 37 10 68. Email:

Students from outside the EU can use this address to obtain a VISA:

Financial aid
Bank account : to be eligible for housing aid you must have a bank account in France. You must also contact the CAF (Family Allowances Office: and supply :

  • Proof of your address
  • School certificate
  • Student card
  • Proof of income
  • Photocopy of your passport or identity card

A convention with the CROUS provides for 40 accommodation units for foreign students registered at ENSA Nantes. These are in two residences on the Ile de Nantes ("Ile de Nantes" and "Corbilo").
Artémisia private residences can also provide accommodation.
Other sources of information to find housing in town: Nantes Habitat, Adelis association, local press (Ouest France, Press Océan, Nantes Expansion) and many websites (Adele, My Piaule, Fac-Habitat, Appartager, ParuVendu, Citadimmo, Immojeune, etc.). See here their URL

Nantes has a good transport network run by the SEMITAN. There are 3 tramway lines, about 60 bus routes, including 7 Chronobus lines and 1 Busway line.
People in Nantes enjoy 373 kilometers of cycle tracks and can use the "Bicloo" bike sharing system.

International Relations Service : Nathalie Aknin, Student Mobility Manager. Tel.: +33 (0)2 40 16 02 41. Email :
Studies Director : Mélodie Pascaud. Tel.: +33 (0)2 40 16 09 83. Email :