This summer term study program provides students with the unique opportunity to study French language and culture in an intensive, month-long course set in the heart of the Loire Valley in Tours, France, a region whose denizens have long been recognized as having the purest French accent. The courses are directed by the well-established Institut de Touraine, a teaching center of international repute whose rich history of language instruction dates back to 1912. Currently under the pedagogical tutelage of the Université François Rabelais de Tours, the Institut offers a stimulating atmosphere of instruction in language and culture achieved through an effective balance of traditional pedagogical methodology and modern multi-media resources. Through its emphasis on speaking, writing, reading, and listening comprehension, the month-long course at the Institut de Touraine will provide students with a solid foundation to communicate effectively in French and thus begin to understand the richness of French culture.
Students will experience the French culture on a daily basis in the homes of French families with whom they reside, in the city of Tours itself where they will live for four weeks, in the outlying regions famous for cathedrals and the chateaux, and in cities like Paris—a short train ride away—where they can explore French history, art, architecture, music, fashion, and cuisine at the very seat of French culture and civilization. Such cultural experiences will ideally lead students to ponder their own traditions and conventions, directing them to a broader understanding of what it means to be a global citizen.
Dates of travel: May 24 – June 24, 2012
Program Fee*: $3,599 - $3855 per student
Language courses will be taught through the Institut de Touraine in Tours, France—cost included in program fee
Personal Expenses**: Approximately $1,800 per student
Total Approximate Cost: $5,399 - $5,655 per student
Non-Refundable Deposit: $500 due December 2, 2011
Second Non-Refundable Deposit: $500 due January 27, 2012
Remaining balance due by February 29, 2012 (refund policy explained in program description handout)
The first 10 students approved by the program director will be guaranteed a position.
Students are strongly encouraged to inquire about study abroad scholarships, especially the CW Titus Foundation Scholarship for foreign language study abroad.
*Program fee includes accommodations, Institut de Touraine fees for language classes, transportation, excursions, health insurance, and administrative fee.
**Personal expenses will vary and will be determined by each individual participant. Projected amount includes airfare, daily lunch money, passport fee and passport photos.
Courses (6-7 hours):
FREN 101: Elementary French (4 credit hours; satisfies the GP21 foreign language requirement)
FREN 280: International Language Study (Satisfies the GP21 foreign language requirement)
FREN 380: Advanced International Language Study (3 credit hours; satisfies one of the French major/minor elective requirements)
FREN 391: French Research (3 credit hours; satisfies one of the French major/minor elective requirement)
For more information, please contact:
Dr. Catherine Blunk