Thursday, June 25 to Saturday, July 25, 2020 (4 weeks)
This is the 19th year of the University of Toronto summer program in Tours, France. More than 1750 students have participated since 2002. The program is designed for students who wish to develop their French language skills or immerse themselves in the study of French history. This program is hosted by the Institut de Touraine, which is affiliated with the Université Francois Rabelais de Tours.
The University of Toronto will offer a French culture course and French language courses in Tours, France. The courses are worth one full-year credit and are contingent on adequate enrolment. Students are not permitted to register for more than one course.
FCS369Y0 The Culture of Touraine
FSL***Y0 French Language Courses in Tours
Thursday, June 25 to Saturday, July 25, 2020 (4 weeks)
This is the 19th year of the University of Toronto summer program in Tours, France. More than 1700 students have participated since 2002. The program is designed for students who wish to develop their French language skills or immerse themselves in the study of French history.
This program is hosted by the Institut de Touraine, which is affiliated with the Université Francois Rabelais de Tours. The Institut has been teaching French language and culture studies since 1912; currently, students from over 80 countries attend every summer. The Institut also offers weekly sporting activities, cultural activities and tours.
IMPORTANT: Students with previous French language exposure applying for an FSL course MUST complete an online placement assessment to be considered for the program.
Cultural Riches in the Garden of France
- Sitting along the scenic Loire River, Tours is the largest city in the Touraine region and only a 55-minute train ride from Paris. The Loire Valley was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.
- The broad 18th-century avenues and historic quarters of Tours are home to market gardens, restaurants, cafés and four museums and galleries, including the excellent Musée de l’Historial de la Touraine.
- Touraine is famous for its many outstanding châteaux, including those at Amboise,Chenonceau and Azay-le-Rideau. Once an important centre of trade under the Romans,the region has also been home to celebrated French writers and artists such as Honoré de Balzac and Jean Fouquet.
After arrival in Tours, students will enjoy an orientation and reception organized by the Institut de Touraine. A one-day trip at the start of the program to the Loire river valley has also been arranged for all participants.
The Institut de Touraine usually offers tours to the main historic buildings in Tours, cultural activities (e.g. movies, theatre workshops and French song workshops) and evenings and outings with French families.
The Institut also offers optional paid tours and excursions at reasonable prices. In the past, these have included several châteaux of the Loire Valley and sites such as Mont-St. Michel and St. Malo, Chartres Cathedral and the gardens of Chambord. Students who wish to participate should budget approximately CAD$200 (paid on-site) for one full day tour plus two half day tours.
Accommodation and Meals
Students have the option for accommodation in a local residence or homestay with local families. Every effort will be made to satisfy your accommodation needs to the best of available resources. Upon admission, students will be asked to indicate their interest in the accommodation options listed below. Alternatively, you may arrange your own accommodation.
Upon admission, students will be asked to indicate their interest in any of the accommodation options listed below.
NOTE: Students who wish to develop their language skills through full immersion should consider the homestay option.
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.
Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO)
All students admitted to the Summer Abroad program are required to successfully complete an online 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 on April 22 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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.
The deadlines for fees payable to the University of Toronto are as follows:
- Application fee: due February 3, 2020
- Non-Refundable Deposit of $1,000 due one week after admission notification
- All remaining fees: due April 6, 2020
Cost of Studying in France
|Application Fee||$200||Paid at time of application|
|Domestic Students||$3,450||Includes $1,000 deposit|
|International Students||$4,605||Includes $1,000 deposit|
|U of T Incidental Fees||$180||Estimate based on 2019 part-time summer fees|
|Field Trip Fees (FCS course only)||$450||Includes on-site transportation, guides and entrance fees|
|Airfare||$1,187||Group flight arranged by U of T – optional participation|
|Accommodation||$775||Based on single accommodation in Institut Residence|
|Meals||$750||Estimate – paid on site for purchased and self-prepared meals|
|Transportation||$100||Estimate – based on local transit to the classrooms from the residences|
|Medical Travel Insurance||variable||Students must provide proof of medical travel insurance|
|Miscellaneous Expenses||variable||All students should budget for miscellaneous expense (e.g. travel, gifts, etc.)|
|Approximate TOTAL Program Cost|
|Domestic Students||$6,642 (FSL courses) – $7,092 (FCS course)||This figure does not include mandatory medical travel insurance|
|International Students||$7,797 (FSL courses) – $8,247 (FCS course)||This figure does not include mandatory medical travel insurance|
The following assistance is available for eligible students in this program. For additional awards and further details please see the Financial Aid section of the Summer Abroad website.
• Summer Abroad Bursary (six awards at $3,000 each)
• Anne Lawrence Memorial Scholarship (four scholarships at $2500 each)
A detailed information session for the summer program in Tours will be held on the UofT St. George campus in January. This session provides an excellent opportunity to hear from previous participants, see photos, and ask any questions that you may have.
Date: Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020
Time: 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: Woodsworth College, Kruger Hall, 119 St George Street (south of Bloor)
Map to 119 St George Street