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.
There will be a few class sessions prior to departure, where the program's coursework will be discussed,
and students will receive important pre-departure information about health, safety & insurance.
There may also be at least one class session held after returning to Atlanta for debriefing.
Leave Atlanta for Paris - May 21
Arrive in Paris - May 22
Leave Paris for Tours; arrive in Tours same day - May 25
Leave Tours for Roissy (Paris Airport) - June 16
Leave Roissy for Atlanta - June 17
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.
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.
- Transient students should visit the
Transient Student tab on the How to Apply page of our website
- International students at Georgia State who hold F-1 visas must contact the Office of International Students and Scholar Services at
(404) 413-2070 to discuss possible implications of study abroad for their immigration status.
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, PLUS regular Georgia State University tuition and fees. Nonresident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost.
Program Cost Includes:
- Room and board in Tours with host families (lunch not included)
- Hotel accommodations & all expenses in Paris
- Travel between cities & local transit
- Selected city orientations
- All excursions
- International insurance
Program Cost Does Not Include:
- Round-trip airfare
- Georgia State tuition and fees
- Passport or visa fees
- Lunch in Tours
- Excess baggage charges and tips
- Personal expenses
- Travel not associated with the program
February 15, 2019: $495 deposit (refunded if student is not accepted into the program)
March 22, 2019: $1,500 payment
Early April 2019: Program cost charged to student account
Early May 2019: $1500 remaining balance due along with tuition & fees for Maymester/Summer.
All payments are non-refundable upon receipt
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Georgia State University students may use any financial aid they currently receive for the term they study abroad, including: Pell Grant, Federal Direct Loans (Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans and PLUS loans), Perkins Loan, HOPE Scholarship, and other scholarships. Please note: due to federal regulations, these funds are not availble in time to use for your inital payments!
Georgia State University students may be eligible for the IEF Scholarship
and the International Access Scholarship
- Meet the eligibility requriements
- Are accepted into a program
- Pay a deposit by the deposit deadline
will be considered for these scholarships based upon the program application they submit. Visit the scholarship page on our website
or stop by the Study Abroad Programs Office for advisement to learn more about
other scholarship opportunities
& financial aid for study abroad
Study Abroad Advising
Interested in studying abroad, but not quite sure where to get started? Meeting with a Peer Advisor
is your first step in studying abroad! All of our Peer Advisors have study abroad experience and can help you define your goals for studying abroad and point you to resources to make your study abroad experience a success. After you meet with a Peer Advisor to learn the basics about studying abroad, you are eligible to come in to meet with a Study Abroad Advisor
during walk-in advising hours. Study Abroad Advisors are here to guide you through the entire study abroad process, from choosing a program and applying to scholarships to making sure you're readjusting to life back on campus when you return. To view our current advising schedule, please visit our website
Study Abroad Programs Office
Georgia State University
Dahlberg Hall, 3rd Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30303