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Coming to Nantes
as an exchange student

Since 1999, L'École de design Nantes Atlantique has been developing an ambitious strategy of international outreach. 150 foreign students are welcomed to Nantes for the 2022-2023 school year, from partner schools around the world, for a full semester, in the 3rd year of the DN MADE program, or during the International Design Strategy master's program at Studio France.

L’École de design Nantes Atlantique, an international design school

Venturing out of your comfort zone, experiencing a new culture, assimilating other codes... The international experience offered by L'École de design Nantes Atlantique allows future designers to combine openness to others, curiosity, pragmatism and interculturality. In a globalized world, where the stakes often transcend borders, living an immersive 6-month experience here in Nantes is a wonderful opportunity to further one's training as a designer.

In recognition of its international dimension, L'École de design Nantes Atlantique holds:

  • the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE) for the period 2021-2027, and is thus part of the Erasmus+ program, a European Union program promoting student mobility in higher education;
  • the 3-star Bienvenue en France, attesting to the quality of the welcome given to its international students.    
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How the exchange works

L'École de design Nantes Atlantique has concluded an exchange agreement with more than 110 partner institutions, spread over 4 continents and 36 countries. In the framework of the exchange:

  • 150 international students, from these partner schools only, are hosted in Nantes for the 2022-2023 school year for a semester. Incoming international students benefit from French as a foreign language classes throughout the semester to help them integrate more easily to life in France
  • At the same time, students from L'École de design Nantes Atlantique are welcomed in these establishments for an international experience.
Return of international students hosted in Nantes

Programs available to foreign exchange students in Nantes

L'École de design Nantes Atlantique offers foreign students programs with an international focus, taught in English and with a mix of students. The following programs are available for one semester:

Year 3 DN MADE: international class

To join this class, students must have completed at least two years in one of the following fields: product design, interior architecture, scenography, interactive design or multimedia.

Exchange students enrolled in one of these programs will have to take mandatory courses and choose optional courses to validate 30 ECTS credits. Depending on their background, students will have to choose between these three programs:

DN MADE / Year 3 Retail Interior design
DN MADE Retail & Interior Design

For students of space design, interior design and scenography

The Retail & Interior Design program focuses on the design of any permanent space (commercial architecture, interior architecture, public areas) or temporary space (scenography, events) with a user-centered approach.

DN MADE / Year 3 Industrial Products
DN MADE Industrial Products

For students of product or industrial design

The Industrial Products program focuses on the industrial aspect of design. Based on industrial know-how, the design of innovative products is put at the service of the user, their environment and their expectations.

DN MADE Year 3 / Digital Media Design
DN MADE Digital Media Design

For students of graphic design, interactive design or multimedia

Based on a user-centered design approach, the Digital Media Design program offers services that respond to needs in the field of digital media (web, interactive terminals, video, animation, computer graphics, etc.).

International Design Strategy Master’s program at Studio France

Foreign exchange students can also join the first semester (September to January) of the first year of the International Design Strategy master's program at L'École de design Nantes Atlantique's Studio France.

To join this program, candidates must hold a Bachelor's degree in one of the following fields: product design, graphic design, interior architecture, scenography, interactive design. This first semester of the Master's program encourages the exploration of French culture in an applied interdisciplinary context.

Students choose to work on projects and workshops related to five themes, linked to our five Design Labs: Care Design, Food Design, City Design, Media Design and Digital Design.

Applying for an exchange semester at L'École de design Nantes Atlantique

Here is all the information you need to apply for an exchange semester at L'École de design Nantes Atlantique.

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Only students from one of our partner schools can join the school as an exchange student. The duration of the exchange program is one semester, from September to January or from February to June.

  1. Applicants are first selected by their home institution, whose international relations department must send an email to Orianne Besnard, International Relations Assistant at L'École de design Nantes Atlantique, at the following address: o.besnard@lecolededesign.com ,
  2. L'École de design Nantes Atlantique sends a nomination form by email to be filled in by the home institution (this email is sent in September for the spring semester, and in February for the fall semester,
  3. The partner school fills out the form,
  4. The nominated students and their respective schools will receive an email, in the days following the nomination, containing the link to the application platform of L'École de design Nantes Atlantique, as well as the connection details of each student,
  5. Students complete and submit their application. The following documents must be uploaded to the application platform:
  • Curriculum Vitae,
  • Passport or ID card,,
  • Portfolio showing some of their creations and work.
  1. Students receive a response 3 weeks after the application deadline,
  2. The selected students receive an email with their official acceptance letter and practical information (list of courses, instructions for the learning agreement, exact start dates, etc.).

Due to a limited number of places, it is not possible to accept all students who apply for an exchange semester. If the number of applications exceeds the number of places available, a selection of applications will be made by the program's course leader, based on the quality of the portfolio and the application. Students will receive an answer to their application within 3 weeks after the submission deadline.

L'École de design Nantes Atlantique welcomes applications from students with disabilities or chronic illnesses, and considers them under the same academic conditions as for other students. Applicants must state all their specific requirements when sending their application. To learn more about the school's social policy, visit this page.


Here are the application deadlines for each year:

  • For semester 1

Application deadline: May 10

  • For semester 2

Application deadline: November 10

International Class / 3rd year of undergraduate degree

Semester 1 / 2022-2023
Information Days (compulsory): September 20th to 23rd, 2022
Classes begin: 26th of September 2022
End of Semester 1 (exchange students): 3rd of February 2023

Semester 2 / 2022-2023
Information Days (compulsory): February 13th to 17th, 2023
Classes begin: 20th of February 2023
End of semester 2 (exchange students): 30th of June 2023


For any questions or additional information, please contact Orianne Besnard, international
relations assistant
, at: o.besnard@lecolededesign.com.

Updated on 12.01.23