Accommodation and Meals
a) Residence Accommodation
Student residences are located in a quiet residential neighbourhood of Tours, near the Botanical Gardens and the Université François Rabelais, and are approximately a 20 minute walk from the Institut de Touraine. Each student will have their own small single studio apartment, with mailbox, intercom, private washroom and small kitchenette (with cutlery, plates and cooking utensils). The buildings will also house other students. There are no meal plans.
Studio apartment: CAD$775
Estimate for meals: CAD$750
Students who wish to develop their language study through full immersion (your host family will likely speak little or no English) should consider the homestay option. Students live with local French families in the town of Tours or in Saint Cyr-sur-Loire. Breakfast and dinner are included in homestay accommodation costs. Students should budget approximately $200 for all lunches during the program.
Double Room: CAD$1,100
Single Room: CAD$1,350
Students should also budget for local transportation (about $100), as some homestays are a short bus ride from the Institut de Touraine.
There is no group flight for this program; students must make their own travel arrangements. However, a group bus will be available to transport students from the airport in Paris (Charles de Gaulle) to the residence in Tours. Students will be informed of the bus departure time closer to the start of the program. Students who choose to arrive earlier or leave later than the program dates will be responsible for arranging their own accommodation for the extra day(s).
All students are responsible for making sure that their necessary travel documents are in order. Information on visitor entry requirements is available from the Consulate General of France at http://www.consulfrance-toronto.org
As of the time of publication (December 2020), Canadian citizens only need a passport valid for six months beyond their return date to enter France as a visitor. Citizens of other countries may have additional requirements.
NOTE: International students who need to apply for a short-stay visa should apply for it in Toronto. Students can request a letter of support to assist with their visa application by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org AFTER all of their program fees have been paid to the Summer Abroad office.
Health and Safety
All students admitted to the Summer Abroad program are required to successfully complete an online Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO), which will provide information and advice on international health and safety issues. Students are also strongly encouraged to attend the in-person France PDO in May 2021.