Tours, France: Language and Culture

Summer 2019 Program
Dr. Cathy Blunk & Dr. Patrick Moser

All students will take four weeks of French language and culture at the Institut de Touraine, Tours, France (4 credit hours total). Classes at the Institut will meet each morning, 5 days a week (15 hours total per week) including French language, conversation, pronunciation, phonetics, culture, civilization, history, literature, and translation (depending on the level the student tests into). Tuition for work at the Institut will be paid through the program fee. All students will also enroll in two Drury courses: LLIT 390 (3 credit hours taught by Dr. Cathy Blunk) and FREN 291/391 (2 credit hours taught by Dr. Patrick Moser). Students will pay Drury summer tuition for these courses. Therefore, each participant will earn 9 credit hours for the entire program.

No previous knowledge of French necessary – all levels accepted.

Students who have not studied French before or have not satisfied their foreign language requirement will earn credit as follows and will satisfy their foreign language requirement:

  • FREN 101: 3 credit hours of transfer credit (pass/fail) for work at the Institut de Touraine
  • FREN 310: 1 credit hour of transfer credit (pass/fail) for work at the Institut de Touraine
  • FREN 291: 2 credit hours of Drury credit (letter grade) for course with Dr. Moser
  • LLIT 390: 3 credit hours of Drury credit (letter grade) for course with Dr. Blunk

Students at the French 201 level or above will earn credit toward the French major or minor as follows:

  • FREN 380: 3 credit hours of transfer credit (pass/fail) for work at the Institut de Touraine
  • FREN 311: 1 credit hour of transfer credit (pass/fail) for work at the Institut de Touraine
  • FREN 391: 2 credit hours of Drury credit (letter grade) for course with Dr. Moser
  • LLIT 390: 3 credit hours of Drury credit (letter grade) for course with Dr. Blunk

Courses Offered

FREN 101: Elementary French (3 credit hours) - Institut de Touraine
FREN 310: French Pronunciation and Phonetics (1 credit hour) - Institut de Touraine


FREN 380: Advanced International Study Abroad (3 credit hours) - Institut de Touraine
FREN 311: French Pronunciation and Phonetics (1 credit hour) - Institut de Touraine


LLIT 390: Intercultural Writing (3 credit hours) - Dr. Blunk
FREN 291/391: French Research (2 credit hours) - Dr. Moser

Dates of Travel: May 23 - June 23, 2019

Approximate Program Fee: $4,755

This amount is paid to the Drury Business Office. The final cost may vary depending on number of students and currency rate. This fee is based on a group of 10 students and covers the following:

  • Two nights in Paris & four weeks lodging with a French family
  • Tuition at the Institut de Touraine (for 4 credit hours)
  • Two meals a day with a French family (three on weekends)
  • Transportation/excursions in France
  • Health insurance

Approximate Drury Tuition: $1,281

LLIT 390: Intercultural Writing (taught by Dr. Blunk for 3 credit hours)
FREN 291/391: French Research (taught by Dr. Moser for 2 credit hours)

Estimated Personal Expenses: $1,890

Students will purchase their own round-trip plane tickets (approximately $1450.00) and should budget daily lunch money (approximately $10.00 per day or $240.00 in total). Students may also need or wish to budget for additional non-program meals, lodging outside the program dates, transportation, souvenirs, gifts, entertainment and independent travel. If you don’t have a passport, please note that you will need to budget about $200 for the passport fee and photos as well.

Total Cost: approximately $7,926.00 for 9 credit hours

Financial Aid

A grant from the C.W. Titus Foundation funds scholarships for French foreign language study abroad. Students can receive up to $2,000 to help cover expenses directly related to study abroad education, including travel to and within the host country, food and lodging, and education supplies. 

Please note: Foreign-language study in the host country is required. Applicants must be enrolled in an approved Drury Study Abroad program to participate. Applicants must also be returning students (i.e. complete their study abroad experience at least one semester prior to graduation'

Applications will be ranked by the Department of Language faculty according to the following criteria: 

  • Demonstrated commitment to foreign language study (having declared, or intending to declare, a major/minor in French)
  • Success in foreign language study (students must meet a minimum overall GPA of 3.3 in their coursework at Drury; normally 3.5 or higher in their language courses)
  • University standing (Senior, Junior, Sophomore, First-Year)
  • Financial need may also be taken into consideration

Our goal for these scholarships is to increase the understanding of international cultures not only for our students, but also for this region. Students will therefore be required, upon their return, to share their educational and cultural experiences with Drury and the larger community. The Department of Languages can think of no better way for the understanding of international cultures to occur than to have our best students acting as foreign language ambassadors at Drury and in the Springfield area.

A completed application form must accompany a one-page letter describing to the committee your interest in and commitment to foreign language study, when and where you plan to study abroad and details of your foreign language course(s). Please see the application for more information.

Applications must be delivered to Kathy Jester in 207 Pearsons Hall by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 17, 2018. For further questions, please contact Dr. Patrick Moser.

Download the Application

Student loans are not available. Please contact the Associate Dean for International Programs, Dr. Tom Russo, to inquire about other forms of financial aid available for this program. (See Drury's study abroad site and other program sites, such as the Breech School of Business, for other scholarship deadlines).

Possibility to Combine Tours with Paris Program

Students participating in the Tours program are strongly encouraged to consider also participating in the two-week Writing in Paris program from May 11 - 25, 2019. Contact Dr. Patrick Moser for more information.

To Apply

Complete the online study abroad application and pay the first deposit (see below) by December 7, 2018. 

Please note: A letter of recommendation from a faculty member is required as part of the application.

Recommended: Submit application for a CW Titus Foundation Scholarship for Language Study Abroad to Dr. Patrick Moser by September 24, 2018.

Deposit Deadlines: 
Friday, December 7, 2018: an initial non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $500.00 must be paid to Drury University by this date.
Friday, January 18, 2019: a second non-refundable, non-transferable payment of $500.00 is due.
Friday, February 22, 2019: the non-refundable, non-transferable balance is due.

Deposits and Payments

The first 10 students with a paid deposit will be guaranteed places in the program; additional students will be added on a space-available basis.

Make checks payable to “Drury University”; on the memo line write “Tours/Blunk.”

Payments must be made at the Business Office in Burnham Hall, room 100. BE SURE YOU RECEIVE A RECEIPT.

Refund Statement

In the case of illnesses certified by a doctor or a documented family emergency which requires withdrawal from the program, a refund may be requested, less the deposit and any money already paid or committed to third-party providers. At the option of Drury University, a student may transfer their position in a program to another student with the approval of the faculty directors of the program.

Note: The directors of the program reserve the right to change any portion of this program at any time. Final costs may vary according to the international exchange rates, fuel costs, etc.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Cathy Blunk
Associate Professor of French
(417) 873-7430
Dr. Patrick Moser
Professor of French
(417) 873-6957