Program Overview


Thursday, June 28 to Saturday, July 28, 2018 (4 weeks)

This is the 17th 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 Fine Art 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 an Art History 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.

FAH392Y0 Medieval France: Art and Architecture

FSL***Y0 French Language Courses in Tours

Program Details

Thursday, June 28 to Saturday, July 28, 2018 (4 weeks)

This is the 17th 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 learn more about Medieval art and architecture.

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.

Students with previous French language exposure MUST sit for 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.

Program Activities

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 paying 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

Upon admission, students can select their preference for accommodation at Résidence Rabelais or homestay with local families. Every effort will be made to satisfy your accommodation needs to the best of available resources. Students will be required to submit a refundable damage deposit of CAD$100 that will be returned on completion of the program provided there is no damage to the accommodation or university facilities.

Please note that there is very limited internet access available at all of the accommodation options. Access is available at the Institut de Touraine and at internet cafés in the city.

Upon admission, students will be asked to indicate their interest in any of the accommodation options listed below. Alternatively, you may arrange your own accommodation.

NOTE:  Students who wish to develop their language skills through full immersion should consider the homestay option.

a) Résidence Rabelais 
Résidence Rabelais is located in a quiet residential neighbourhood of Tours, near the Botanical Gardens and the Université François Rabelais, and is approximately a 20 minute walk from the Institut de Touraine. Each student will have his or her 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

New Residence Photos
New Residence Amenities Info Sheet

*Please note this new residence building has replaced Résidence Tonnellé and Résidence Hélène Boucher.

b) Homestay
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$1,075
  • 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.

Group flight

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$1068, which includes taxes/fees of approximately $613. 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 27, 2018 (arrive June 28)
Return date from Paris: Saturday, July 28, 2018

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 26 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Entry requirements

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

As of the time of publication (December 2017), 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 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 1, 2018
  • Non-Refundable Deposit of $1,000 due two weeks after admission notification
  • All remaining fees: due April 11, 2018

Cost of Studying in France

Amount Details
Application Fee $200 Paid at time of application
Course Fee
Domestic Students $3,250 Includes $1,000 deposit
International Students $4,405 Includes $1,000 deposit
U of T Incidental Fees $175 Estimate based on 2017 part-time summer fees
Field Trip Fees (FAH course only) $700 Includes on-site transportation, guides and entrance fees
Airfare $1,068 Group flight arranged by U of T – optional participation
Accommodation $775 Based on shared accommodation in Résidence Rabelais
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 $6,318 (FSL courses) – $7,018 (FAH course) This figure does not include mandatory medical travel insurance
International Students $7,473 (FSL courses) – $8,173 (FAH course) This figure does not include mandatory medical travel insurance

Financial Assistance

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)

Information Session

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: Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Time: 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: Woodsworth College, Kruger Hall, 119 St George Street (south of Bloor)

Map to 119 St George Street


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