Nantes is a highly student-friendly city which welcomes 50,000 students, including 3,700 international students every year.
Located in northwestern France, just 50 kms from the Atlantic Coast and 350 kms southwest of Paris, Nantes is situated at the head of the Loire River estuary. Once the capital of Brittany, the city is now the administrative capital of the ‘Pays de Loire’ region. It is the sixth largest city in France with a population of over 600, 000 inhabitants.
Renowned for its dynamism and vibrancy, Nantes is both steeped in history and yet resolutely innovative and forward-looking. With a solid tradition in the industrial, maritime and food processing sectors, modern-day Nantes is also home to a large number of business and research centres involved in digital technologies, robotics, aeronautical engineering, shipbuilding and renewable marine energies. It is the second most successful city in France in terms of employment growth and the leading economic hub in western France.
The city boasts a rich architectural heritage, including the Gothic cathedral, the majestic medieval/Renaissance chateau and the striking art-déco shopping arcade, Passage Pommeraye. One of the city’s most unusual attractions is the Ile des machines where converted shipyards have been transformed into the home of futuristic giant machines!