Rennes School of Business - Haskayne Only

Located in the French province of Brittany, the Rennes School of Business is an international school of management which teaches in English. It is triple-crown accredited (EQUIS, AMBA, AACSB), which is a designation held by only 1% of business schools in the world. Their school is also a member of the Conférence des Grandes Écoles (a highly selective French school association).

Rennes is focused on entrepreneurship and innovation. They also manage Innostart, a program to help launch student start-ups. The university is geared towards students seeking an international business education and offers many on-campus services such as residence, metro access, library, sporting and music facilities and a cafeteria.

Key information


Rennes, France




Fall, Winter, Academic year

Program type


Application information

Application status



2023-2024 applications

Winter 2024 

Deadline August 15

University-specific additional requirements

No academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.

2024-2025 applications

Open Nov. 1, 2023

Student experience

Check out this video from Rennes featuring past exchange students!

Program details

Haskayne Exchange Areas of Study:

  • Business Technology Management
  • Finance
  • General Business
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
  • Strategy and Global Management
  • Supply Chain Management

Ensure you review your course selection with a Haskayne exchange advisor before leaving for your exchange to confirm transfer credit.

Haskayne undergraduate students must take their core courses at the University of Calgary. Students can take two senior commerce and/or non-commerce options, and/or a maximum of 2 concentration courses (not ACCT/PLMA). They are required to maintain full time status while on exchange.

Exchange students at Rennes typically access "Level 3" (undergraduate students) courses - more information on this program is available here. Exchange students are expected to take 30 ECTS (5 courses) per semester. 

Please consult the host university's website to create a tentative list of 60 ECTS credits per semester that you are interested in taking. This list may be based on the current or previous year's courses. 

Course conversion: 6 ECTS = 3 UCalgary units (1 half-course equivalent).

There are two semesters: 

  • Fall: early September to late December
  • Winter (Spring): late January to early May
  1. Costs

    Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider. 

    Also, don't forget to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations etc in your budget planning. All students will be covered by the national social security system which is free and covers some costs of medical care, but comprehensive travel medical coverage will still be required.

    Rennes recommends exchange students budget around 700€ / month. Sample costs, not including personal or travel expenses: 

    • Housing 350€ – 500€ / month (with initial 1-2 month deposit, refundable) 
    • Food 150 – 200€ / month (combination of cooking and eating out)
    • Bus pass 31€ / month
    • Complementary Health Insurance 100€ / year
    • Civil responsibility fee 40€ / year (mandatory to rent housing)
    • Residence Permit 55€ / year

    Please Note: French visa applications may require travel to the Vancouver consulate to finalize your student visa and take biometrics as needed - please speak with the exchange advisor as soon as possible about whether this will be required for you.

    Students considering significant rail travel in France may want to purchase a Carte Jeune via French National Rail (SNCF), which allows for reduced travel for every journey over a year. 

  2. Funding

    Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange?  
    Since you remain a degree seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.

    UC International administers the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved UCalgary study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once. Please see the exchange funding page for more information.

    France - Housing Aid: All students in France who rent housing with a contract, regardless of national origin, are eligible for a National Housing Aid from the ‘CAF’, Caisse d’Allocations Familiales. For the subsidy application, please make sure to bring a copy of your birth certificate.

Rennes has a housing platform where students can select accommodation located near campus from private landlords, halls of residence, and real estate agencies.

Note that French law requires all renters pay for Civil Responsibility and third-party insurance for their address in France; some property owners may include this in the rental package, or students may be directed to buy this separately. 

Haskayne students at UCalgary can ONLY apply for this partner through Haskayne, and must meet the Haskayne requirements for exchange.

Please note: French visa applications for Canadians may require travel to the Vancouver consulate to submit the documentation and take biometrics as needed within 3 months before departure to France, so students may not have access to their passports during that time. 


Do I have to speak French?

Courses at Rennes are taught completely in English. It can be helpful for students to have some familiarity with French for daily life, but no prior knowledge of French is required for this exchange. 

What's special about Rennes?

Rennes has a prestigious Bloomberg Trading Room!

How can I travel around Rennes?

Rennes has its own airport. Students may also choose to fly into Paris; trains are run several times per day from Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris to Rennes. For travelling during your exchange, there are a variety of options by road (popular destinations are Mont Saint Michel, Saint Malo, or Vannes). There are also harbour ports nearby (the closest ports are at Saint Malo, Cherbourg Caen or Roscoff) from which you can take a ferry to England. 

The exchange advisor for this program is: Stacey McGregor

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular global learning program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Global Learning Advisors will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

If you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Global Learning Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.

Please note: All participants must adhere to COVID-19 and other vaccination-related requirements for the destinations visited on this program. Failure to do so may have consequences such as being denied access to accommodation/housing, program activities, or to the host country itself.