French Studies in Tours
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The French Studies Abroad Program in Tours will consist of an intensive three-week period of study and seven days of orientation and extracurricular travel. It will offer students at the intermediate and advanced levels an opportunity to further their knowledge of French language, literature and culture in a rich cultural environment and a rigorous academic setting. The program should be of particular interest to undergraduates at the intermediate level seeking to fulfill their foreign language requirement as well as to advanced undergraduates minoring or majoring in French. Graduate students should contact the program director concerning the possibility of obtaining graduate credits.
Leave Atlanta for Paris - May 22
Arrive in Paris - May 23
Leave Paris for Tours; arrive in Tours same day - May 26
Leave Tours for Roissy (Paris Airport) - June 16
Leave Roissy for Atlanta - June 17
The program is open to undergraduate students who will have completed at least French 1002 by the end of the Spring semester. To qualify, students must have a GPA of 3.0 and an average of at least a B in their French courses. Program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director.
The program will be located in Tours, in the heart of the Loire Valley. Students will live with carefully selected French families, who will provide lodgings and two meals a day. Weekend and afternoon/ evening excursions will be organized to a number of famed Loire châteaux within easy reach of Tours. A visit to Mont St. Michel and a spectacular son et lumière are also planned. The first four days will be spent in Paris.
Students with documented disabilities who may need accommodations during their study abroad experience should discuss these needs with the Program Director and the Office of Disability Services at the time of application.
Credits & Courses
Please note: in addition to applying for this program, you must also register for the program course in GoSOLAR. Students will take two courses centered on language and culture, for a total of six credits. Upper-level undergraduates and graduate students will be able to sign up for a literature course taught by the program director. The courses will be adapted to the level of proficiency reached by the student participating in the program. The language courses will be taken at the prestigious Institut de Touraine, in classes of no more than fifteen students. The latest technical laboratory equipment will be at their disposal. Please see Program Director for more information. Students from other institutions should follow their institution's regulations concerning transfer credits.
Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements. The program cost is tentatively set at $3,495 in addition to regular Georgia State University tuition and fees.
Non-resident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost.
Program Cost Includes
Program Cost Does Not Include
- Room and board in Tours (except lunch)
- Hotel accommodations
- All expenses in Paris
- All land travel
- Tuition at the Institut de Touraine
- All excursions
- Health/Evacuation/Repatriation insurance
- Georgia State tuition and fees
- Round-trip airfare and excess baggage charges
- Personal expenses
February 15, 2018: $495 deposit (refunded if student is not accepted into the program)
March 15, 2018: $1,500 payment
April 2, 2018: Program cost charged to student account
Early May 2018: $1500 remaining balance due along with tuition & fees for Maymester.
All payments are non-refundable upon receipt except as noted above
Funding & Scholarship Info
Georgia State University students may eligible for the IEF Scholarship or the Global Experience Scholarship. Visit http://mystudyabroad.gsu.edu/prospective/funding-study-abroad or call the Study Abroad Programs office at (404) 413-2529 to learn more about scholarships & financial aid for study abroad.
Students interested in applying should click the "Apply Now" button to login with their Campus ID and password and complete all application components. Because the program size is limited, early application is strongly advised. Individual interviews will be scheduled with students upon receipt of the application.
Program Director Contact Info:
Dr. Robin Huff
Office Address: 25 Park Place 1918