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Fun Classes for Expats Living in Nantes

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Once you've arrived in Nantes, here are some classes to consider taking to help you meet people and get settled in to your new life abroad.

For expats and digital nomads in Nantes, integrating into the local culture and community is a rewarding experience that can be greatly enhanced by participating in various classes. Whether you're looking to hone a skill, dive into the rich French culinary heritage, or simply meet new people, Nantes offers a variety of classes that cater to English-speaking adults. From language courses designed to help you navigate daily life to creative workshops that tap into the artistic spirit of the city, there's something for everyone. Here's a curated list of classes that are perfect for those still mastering the French language but eager to learn and enjoy the vibrant culture of Nantes.

L'Atelier des Chefs Nantes

Type of Class(es): Cooking Workshops
Location: 2 Rue de la Clavurerie, 44000 Nantes

L'Atelier des Chefs in Nantes offers cooking workshops that are suitable for English speakers looking to explore French cuisine. The classes are hands-on and led by professional chefs, providing an immersive experience into the world of culinary arts. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced cook, you'll find a class that suits your level and interests.

Institut Français de Nantes

Type of Class(es): French Language Courses
Location: 9 Rue des Hauts Pavés, 44000 Nantes

The Institut Français de Nantes is an excellent place for English-speaking expats to learn French. They offer a range of language courses, from intensive to part-time, designed to fit different schedules and learning speeds. The classes are interactive and focus on practical language skills, making it easier for newcomers to adapt to life in France.

Les Caves de la Nantaise

Type of Class(es): Wine Tasting Workshops
Location: 3 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 44000 Nantes

Les Caves de la Nantaise provides wine tasting workshops that are perfect for English speakers wanting to delve into the world of French wines. The workshops are informative and relaxed, offering a chance to learn about wine varieties, regions, and pairing with food. It's a great social activity for meeting fellow wine enthusiasts.

Beaux-Arts Nantes Saint-Nazaire

Type of Class(es): Art Workshops and Courses
Location: 2 Allée Frida Kahlo, 44000 Nantes

Beaux-Arts Nantes Saint-Nazaire offers a range of art workshops and courses in English, catering to all levels of experience. Whether you're interested in painting, drawing, or sculpture, you can find a class that allows you to express your creativity while learning new techniques and meeting like-minded individuals.

Nantes Photography School

Type of Class(es): Photography Classes
Location: 7 Rue de l'Héronnière, 44000 Nantes

For those with a passion for photography, Nantes Photography School provides classes that cover various aspects of the craft, from the basics to more advanced techniques. The courses are designed to be accessible for English speakers and offer practical experience in capturing the beauty of Nantes and its surroundings.

Le Voyage à Nantes

Type of Class(es): Cultural and Artistic Tours
Location: Various locations in Nantes

Le Voyage à Nantes organizes cultural and artistic tours that can serve as interactive classes for those interested in the city's history and contemporary art scene. The tours are often available in English and provide a unique way to learn about Nantes while exploring its streets and landmarks.

La Maison des Échanges Internationaux et de la Francophonie (MEIF)

Type of Class(es): Language Exchange and Cultural Workshops
Location: 1 Rue de la Loire, 44000 Nantes

The MEIF offers language exchange sessions and cultural workshops that are perfect for English-speaking adults looking to improve their French in a relaxed, social setting. The workshops also delve into various aspects of French culture, making it a comprehensive learning experience.

Nantes School of Art

Type of Class(es): Visual Arts Courses
Location: 2 Place Dulcie September, 44200 Nantes

The Nantes School of Art provides courses in visual arts that are suitable for English speakers. These courses range from traditional drawing and painting to digital arts, offering a broad spectrum of creative outlets for expats and digital nomads in Nantes.

Le Nid de Poule

Type of Class(es): Improvisational Theatre Workshops
Location: 17 Rue Paul Bellamy, 44000 Nantes

Le Nid de Poule offers improvisational theatre workshops that are a fun way for English speakers to practice their French speaking skills and express themselves creatively. The workshops are designed to be inclusive and foster a supportive community atmosphere.

La Cité du Vin

Type of Class(es): Wine Discovery Courses
Location: Bordeaux, with events in Nantes

While based in Bordeaux, La Cité du Vin occasionally hosts events and wine discovery courses in Nantes. These courses are often available in English and provide an in-depth look at the wine-making process, tasting techniques, and the cultural significance of wine in France.

Please note that while some classes may be offered in English or are suitable for non-French speakers, it's always a good idea to check with the institution for the availability of English-language options before enrolling.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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