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Program Overview

Program Overview

Learn about business in a hub for the European aerospace industry and tourist hotspot, Toulouse. With CIEE in this student-friendly city in the south of France – paradise on Earth to some – you can take courses at one of the nation’s best undergraduate business schools and pursue an internship with a local or international company. Outside the classroom, excursions, homestays, and more directly engage you with the rich culture of this beautiful region.

Study abroad in Toulouse and you'll:

  • Study at France’s top-ranked undergraduate business school alongside French and international students
  • Enjoy a varied co-curricular program that includes a study trip to Paris as well visits to local companies and activities in and around the vibrant university town of Toulouse
  • Take advantage of the convenient French rail system to explore the Mediterranean, the Atlantic coast, and the Pyrenees
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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

Study at two great schools the Toulouse Business School, one of France’s top-ranked undergraduate business schools and the Université de Toulouse I, one of the oldest public universities in the world You’ll explore business, economics, history, art and art history, international affairs, and culture during university courses, and become more proficient in your French language skills through special CIEE-designed courses offered at the CIEE study center, or in partnership with L’Institut Catholique de Toulouse.

Excursions and Cultural Activities

From cooking classes and museum visits to tours of Paris, festivals, and sporting events, exclusive activities make the most out of your stay. Parisian highlights are the Louvre, the Musee D’Orsay, Notre Dame, and more. To help you gain a better understanding of the Parisian business scene, this study tour will include visits to several multinational companies headquartered in la Défense, the city’s business district.

In addition to Paris, you might visit Carcassonne, Albi, and Rodez.

Internships

CIEE helps you find an internship that will immerse you fully in the French work environment. Build business skills, and experience the nuances of working in teams where people from different cultures interact.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card, which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Fall 2016 (15 wks)
04/15/2016
08/31/2016
12/17/2016
$17,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, residence permit fees, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$13,282
Housing ***
$4,150
Insurance
$118

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes breakfast and dinner seven days a week

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$1,200
International Airfare *
$1,200
Local Transportation
$200
Books & Supplies
$200
Visa Fees **
$165
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$2,900

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

** average cost, including Campus France fees

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Spring 2017 (20 wks)
11/15/2016
01/02/2017
05/20/2017
$17,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, residence permit fees, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$13,233
Housing ***
$4,150
Insurance
$167

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes breakfast and dinner seven days a week

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$1,200
International Airfare *
$1,200
Local Transportation
$200
Books & Supplies
$200
Visa Fees **
$165
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$2,900

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

** average cost, including Campus France fees

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Academic year 2016-2017 (37 wks)
04/15/2016
08/31/2016
05/20/2017
$33,900

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, residence permit fees, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$25,182
Housing ***
$8,300
Insurance
$118

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes breakfast and dinner seven days a week

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$2,400
International Airfare *
$1,200
Local Transportation
$400
Books & Supplies
$400
Visa Fees **
$165
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$5,800
Expenses during break ***
$900

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

** average cost, including Campus France fees

*** academic year students who wish to stay onsite are responsible for arranging their housing and meals during the semester break

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Eligibility
2.5 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.5
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

CIEE recommends that students register for a total of 15–16 semester / 22.5–24 quarter hours per semester. Total credit for the academic year is 30–32 semester/45–48 quarter hours. Participants are required to take a minimum of 14 credits per semester.

French language courses include 60 contact hours for 4 semester / 6 quarter credits. All CIEE area studies courses include 45 hours for 3 semester / 4.5 quarter credits. Most courses (aka modules) offered by the Toulouse Business School (TBS) typically include from 15 hours to 30 contact hours, for 1–2 semester / 1.5–3.5 quarter credits. A special feature of TBS is that, given the different module length, not all modules follow the same calendar, but are offered sequentially, during the semester.

Most Université de Toulouse I courses vary from 20 to 30 contact hours for 1–2 semester / 1.5–3 quarter credits.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students participating in the program enroll in a French language course and a combination of CIEE elective courses and direct enrollment courses at the Toulouse Business School. Students interested in taking the CIEE Internship course must apply for the course and receive written support from their home school study abroad office prior to the start of each semester. Students are required to take the following:

  • One French language course
  • At least one CIEE area studies (culture) course
  • One CIEE business elective class
  • Direct enrollment business electives (for a minimum of 6 US credits or 12 ECTS) at Toulouse Business School.
  • Direct enrollment business electives for a total of 3 or 6 U.S. credits at Toulouse Business School and/or Université de Toulouse I.
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About the City

About The City

In the South of France between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, Toulouse is the capital of the Midi-Pyrénées region. It offers easy access to the ocean, the mountains, and the Mediterranean, and has a wonderful year-round climate. Known as the Pink City for the reddish-pink bricks that feature prominently in many of its buildings, Toulouse is consistently rated as one of the best places to live and study in France.. Home to French aerospace giant Airbus and other top technology companies, Toulouse has become a European aerospace and technology hub. The city also has an active music and arts scene, hosting festivals throughout the year.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Marie-Anne Comoy

Program Assistant and Housing Coordinator

Marie-Anne Comoy has an extensive experience in managing customer portfolios and in carrying out quality audits of large multimedia companies in Paris. In 2011, she decided to apply her communication and public relation skills to developing a network of homestay families for the School for International Training in Toulouse. She carried out several homestay training sessions and advised various groups of students on cultural adaptation to a French homestay. Starting in January 2015, she has taken on further responsibilities with CIEE in assisting the Resident Director with program coordination and development of extracurricular activities. As Housing Coordinator, Marie-Anne Comoy is available to provide 24/7 support to the CIEE students on homestay-related issues.

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Isabelle Jaffe

Resident Director

A resident of Toulouse with American and French citizenship, Isabelle received her Licence (BA) in French and philosophy and her master's degree in literature from the University of Paris–La Sorbonne. She has been on the teaching staff of New York's Marymount College and the Alliance Française in Los Angeles, California. Ms. Jaffe has taught French and English at several institutes and colleges in Toulouse and Avignon, and served as the supervisory director for the Centre International d'Etudes et de Loisirs, overseeing the pedagogy of the French language programs. She later directed the language and culture programs at the Centre d'Etudes Linguistiques d'Avignon.

In addition to her academic positions, Ms. Jaffe has worked as a cross-cultural consultant for several firms in the Toulouse area, including Aerospatiale. Her short stories have been published in literary journals in France and her plays have been produced in theaters in Toulouse.

Ms. Jaffe was a language instructor and assistant academic director for the SIT Toulouse program in the 1997–1998 academic year and was academic director in Toulouse from 1998 through 2014 In her role as academic director, Ms. Jaffe oversaw every aspect of the program. In addition to designing the program's academic and field-based components, she collaborated with an extensive network of individuals and organizations affiliated with the program and worked to ensure students’ academic needs were met. In the Fall of 2014, she was hired to set up and run CIEE study center in Toulouse.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

Toulouse Business School

The Toulouse Business School (TBS) was founded in 1903. It is one of France's Grandes Écoles de Management, known as ESC Toulouse (École Supérieure de Commerce de Toulouse). It is one of a select group of business schools that have earned all three international accreditations: EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). TBS has placed among the top 20 in the Financial Times’ ranking of the best master’s in management in Europe; and was rated number one (out of 25) in the SMBG ranking of the best bachelor’s in management and business management. Toulouse Business School is a 25 minute walk, and just a few minute metro ride from the CIEE study center.

L’Institut Catholique de Toulouse

L’Institut Catholique de Toulouse (ICT) is an academic and research center that continues the legacy of Toulouse’s Medieval University, founded in 1229. ICT, where CIEE students take their French language classes, is conveniently located downtown on a quiet and beautiful campus. Teachers provide individual attention to international students. All ICT courses are taught in French. The ICT is located 2 minutes from the CIEE study center.

Université de Toulouse I (UT1 Capitole)

Université de Toulouse I (UT1 Capitole) was founded in 1229, the second university created in France after the Sorbonne. It is an academic and research center of international excellence for law, economics, and management. It is one of only two French higher education institutions to be listed among the world’s top 100 universities in the Shanghai ranking for economics/business. Students will be able to enroll in the business and culture courses offered by UT1 Faculty of Law (Sciences Politiques).

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Housing and some meals are included in the study abroad program fee. Students live with homestay families in Toulouse and typically eat weekday breakfasts and dinners with them. All meals are offered at the homestay on the weekend. Lunches during week days can be purchased at local cafes, restaurants, and markets throughout the city.

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Orientations

Orientations

Your study abroad experience in France begins with an online pre-departure orientation, in which the resident director at CIEE’s Study Center in Toulouse will share information about the program and site, address frequently asked questions, and give you the opportunity to inquire about anything that isn’t covered. The orientation insures that you’ll arrive to the program well informed, and it’s a great way to connect with others in the group.

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Internet

Internet

The Toulouse Business School has computer labs and is Wi-Fi accessible, as are a number a cafés in the city. In addition, students have access to Wi-Fi at the CIEE Study Center, and computers and Internet connections in households are on the rise. Students are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop although it is not required.

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Academics

Academics

The CIEE Study Center in Toulouse is geared toward students who are specializing in business, economics, marketing, and management, and interested in improving their French language skills and learning more about French culture. Students enroll in CIEE elective courses and direct enrollment courses taught in English at the Toulouse Business School.They also take French classes at CIEE study center or through the Institute Catholique de Toulouse. Students live with host families, which further promote integration into the local culture and reinforce daily use of French. Students can also choose to enroll in a CIEE internship in a local company, a great complement to their academic endeavors.

Academic Culture

French students specialize in a particular discipline at the outset of their university studies, with a prescribed set of courses and a limited choice of electives. Professors in France tend to be more formal than in the United States and do not see it as their role to give encouragement or individual attention to students. Instead, they see themselves as specialists who are there to impart knowledge. As a result, French students are generally very self-disciplined and do not expect to be motivated by their instructors, but rather judge a course by the quality of lessons and quantity of information.

Nature of Classes

Classes meet Monday through Friday (with excursions typically taking place on weekends). Student course schedules may change during the semester, given that some of the modules offered by TBS and UT1 may take place sequentially. The resident director will work closely with each student to make sure they are clear about their weekly and semester schedules. Students are expected to complete all of the work given and take exams when scheduled.

Grading System

Assessment varies but is usually based on essays, written tests, oral presentations, out-of-class projects, class participation, and final exams. Assessment of performance is ongoing throughout the semester. Students can expect at least two major exams during the term; the final exam typically accounts for as much as 50 percent of the final grade. In general, French professors use a French grading scale of 0–20, with 10 considered a minimal passing grade. French students are content to receive a grade in the 12–15 range. CIEE and other international students are also graded on this scale. The resident director will convert all final grades into U.S. letter grades using CIEE’s grade conversion chart.

Language of Instruction

English, French

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

All Courses

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

French Language Courses

All French courses are offered specifically for CIEE students by the Institut Catholique de Toulouse. Students are given a placement test upon arrival in Toulouse to determine the appropriate level of French instruction.

French Beginning I
French Beginning II
French Intermediate I
French Intermediate II
French for Business (Requires 4+ semesters of college-level French or equivalent.)
Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester/ 6 quarter credits.

CIEE Business Courses

The Aerospace Industry
Aerospace is one of the world’s largest manufacturing industries in terms of both output and jobs created. The aerospace industry has made large investments in research and development, subsidized innovation in a vast array of component technologies, and spurred new forms of production. This course offers a comprehensive overview of the fast-moving business of aerospace. Students will learn about all aspects associated with developing a new programme from having a technologically sound product to meeting customer needs of performance and time, all while keeping costs in check. Aerospace projects require huge investments to meet deadlines, which means sound financial support and usually risk sharing between partners from various countries, which in turn can result in political negotiations. With that in mind, the course also addresses the subjects of insurance, hedging and risk management, and supply chain management. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester/ 4.5 quarter hours.

European Economic Integration and Its Impact on the French Economy
This course presents an overview of the process of European economic integration, starting with an analysis of the economic and political situation after WWII. Special emphasis is placed on the different EU policies that have been developed over the years, and how they affect various national economies, with France as a central case study. The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the Common Social Policy, and the European Monetary Union will be analyzed in detail. The course will also address the EU budget and its impact on the French economy; the successive enlargements of the EU, and how the entry of less advanced economies has affected more advanced economies, like France’s. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester/ 4.5 quarter hours.

Internship
CIEE Toulouse offers an internship opportunity for students participating in the Business and Culture Program. Immersion in a French work environment builds intercultural competence along with business skills. Students will learn how to apply academic knowledge in a business setting, how to interact with co-workers, and how to compare teamwork and interpersonal interactions in different cultures. They’ll work in local companies for a total of 120 hours. On-site business experience is reinforced by a solid academic component with weekly seminar meetings. Total hours: 135. Contact hours: 15. Recommended credit: TBD semester/ TBD quarter hours.

CIEE Area Studies (Culture) Courses

French Civilization and Culture
This course addresses the politics, contemporary society, and cultures of France, with a focus on the lexicology needed to understand French society more fully. Students will explore differentiating sociological aspects of French society, including the social security system, the French attitude toward work, and view on secularism. Specific focus will be placed on history, heritage, culture, and the gastronomy of the Midi-Pyrénées region, of which Toulouse is the capital city. Site trips will complement the topics covered in the classroom. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester/ 4.5 quarter hours.

Masterworks of French Art
This course focuses on French art and architecture from the Middle Ages through the 20th century. The course considers the links between art, history, and culture as students study Romanesque churches and monasteries, Gothic cathedrals, Baroque and Rococo palaces, the Impressionist pictorial revolution, the 20th century avant-garde, and art and architecture as it stands today in France. The course takes full advantage of on-site classes and study tours. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester/ 4.5 quarter hours.

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