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 will be a group flight to Paris (direct) for students in the program. The round-trip economy class airfare with Air Canada is CAD$1,187, which includes taxes/fees of approximately $682. Note that flight taxes/fees (including fuel surcharges) are subject to change. Alternatively, students may also make their own travel arrangements.
Departure date from Toronto: Wednesday, June 24, 2020 (arrive June 25)
Return date from Paris: Saturday, July 25, 2020
Transportation between the Paris airport and the residence will be provided.
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 2019), 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 April 2021.