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Program Overview

Program Overview

There are few places in Europe quite like Toulouse, France’s fourth largest city, where you can immerse yourself in a storied past, study modern cultural dynamics up close, or track the course of Europe’s aerospace industry. With CIEE’s Toulouse Summer Business & Culture Short-Term program, the choice is yours.

Study abroad in Toulouse and you will:

  • Experience challenging coursework, enriching homestays, enlightening visits to French businesses, and a variety of cultural excursions and activities
  • Develop an appreciation for the skills needed to conduct business on an international scale with exposure to international brands such as Airbus, the Galileo positioning system, the SPOT satellite system, and others
  • Explore the city’s impressive historical, cultural sites, and financial locales, with weekly company site visits, field trips, and more
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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:

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    For students who demonstrate financial need, CIEE provides direct support for travel.

    Awards: Up to $1,500 per student

  • CIEE/MIUSA Access to the World Scholarship
  • CIEE/MIUSA Access to the World Scholarship

    CIEE and Mobility International USA are partnering to give more U.S. college students with disabilities the chance to study abroad! See

    http://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/miusa/

    for more information, including the additional application required to be considered for this award.

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

The CIEE Difference

Intercultural Comparative Experience

Expand your global perspective and sharpen your cultural awareness in another international city during a three-day Intercultural Comparative Experience. With other CIEE students, you’ll visit museums and architectural wonders, attend a performance, take part in service-learning projects, and more.

2016 Destinations*:

  • Session I: Madrid
  • Session II: London
  • Session III: Amsterdam

*Note: Locations are subject to change.

Coursework

Choose from business- and culture-specific courses, including International Marketing, European Economic Integration and its Impact on the French Economy, France: the Making of a Nation, Human Resource Management and the Labor Market in France, The Aerospace Industry, and French Identity: Intercultural Relations and Immigration.

Excursions

Enhance your coursework with a number of excursions throughout Toulouse, including weekly company site visits, and field trips to art and history museums and monuments. Get familiar with Toulouse through guided tours with a practical, historical or sociological focus, and enjoy a local traditional cuisine workshop.

Culture

The academic program is supplemented with required field trips and excursions, which include visits in Toulouse to business sites, monuments, guided tours of the historical district and immigrant neighborhood, and more. The program also includes activities such as cuisine workshops, cheese-tasting, a visit to local farm that makes wine , and either a bike ride along the canal embankment or a hike in the Pyrenees Mountains.

Volunteering or Internship

Students can also take advantage of opportunities to complete a non-credit activity or internship. You might volunteer at a food bank, women’s shelter, or senior center, or tutor children after school. Internships are available through CIEE company partners.

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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.

  • 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.
Program
Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Summer Session I 2016 (4 wks)
04/15/2016
05/23/2016
06/20/2016
$4,150

Program Date Notes

Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$2,807
Housing ***
$925
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 all meals

Estimated Additional Costs

International Airfare *
$1,300
Local Transportation
$125
Books & Supplies
$75
Personal expenses
$525

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

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Summer Session I, II 2016 (8 wks)
04/15/2016
05/23/2016
07/18/2016
$7,470

Program Date Notes

Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$5,202
Housing ***
$1,850
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 all meals

Estimated Additional Costs

International Airfare *
$1,300
Local Transportation
$250
Books & Supplies
$150
Personal expenses
$1,050

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

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Summer Session II 2016 (4 wks)
05/15/2016
06/20/2016
07/18/2016
$4,150

Program Date Notes

Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$2,807
Housing ***
$925
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 all meals

Estimated Additional Costs

International Airfare *
$1,300
Local Transportation
$125
Books & Supplies
$75
Personal expenses
$525

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

More Information
Summer Session I 2017 (4 wks)
04/15/2017
05/22/2017
06/19/2017

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

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.

Estimated Additional Costs

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.

More Information
Summer Session I, II 2017 (8 wks)
04/15/2017
05/22/2017
07/17/2017

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

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.

Estimated Additional Costs

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.

More Information
Summer Sessions I, II, III 2017 (12 wks)
04/15/2017
05/22/2017
08/13/2017

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

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.

Estimated Additional Costs

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.

More Information
Summer Session II 2017 (4 wks)
05/15/2017
06/19/2017
07/17/2017

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

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.

Estimated Additional Costs

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.

More Information
Summer Session II, III 2017 (8 wks)
05/15/2017
06/19/2017
08/13/2017

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

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.

Estimated Additional Costs

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.

More Information
Summer Session III 2017 (4 wks)
06/15/2017
07/17/2017
08/13/2017

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

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.

Estimated Additional Costs

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.

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Eligibility
2.5 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.5
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours per each 4 week session

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students enroll in one business or culture course per 4-week session. Each business and culture course includes 45 contact hours. Students may also take an optional non-credit Survival French course.

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About the City

About The City

Toulouse is the capital of the Midi-Pyrénées region in southwestern France. With 1.2 million inhabitants, including France's third-largest student population, Toulouse is a nexus of ancient and modern worlds. Nicknamed the Pink City (la Ville Rose) for its unique architecture of pinkish bricks, the city counts among its cultural treasures one of Europe's oldest universities, Universite de Toulouse (established in 1299), and two UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Canal Du Midi and the Basilica of St. Sernin. As the hub of the European aerospace industry, Toulouse is home to the headquarters of Airbus, the Galileo positioning system, the SPOT satellite system, and the largest space center in Europe. With easy access to the ocean and mountains, a favorable year-round climate, a vibrant art and music scene, and a student-friendly atmosphere, the city is consistently rated as one of the best places to study and live in France. It’s an amazing place to learn about France’s past and present while you experience life in a dynamic city with top-rated universities, quaint neighborhoods, and wonderful café-lined squares.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

Classes are held at the CIEE Study Center and at our partner institution, the Institut Catholique de Toulouse (ICT). The CIEE Study Center is located in the historical part of Toulouse, on rue Pharaon, near main squares Place des Carmes, Place Esquirol, and Place du Capitole. The ICT is one block from the Study Center.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

The program fee includes housing and two meals per day. Students live with French homestay families in various Toulouse communities. Students typically eat breakfast and dinner at their host family residence, and buy lunch at local cafes, restaurants, and markets throughout the city.

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Orientations

Orientations

Before you leave for France, you’ll learn about the program and site during an online predeparture orientation. You can expect to hear learn about academic and cultural highlights, and have time to ask questions. You can also connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of this experience, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish.

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Internet

Internet

All homestays have Internet connections. Students also have access to Wi-Fi at the CIEE Study Center. Students are encouraged to bring wireless-enabled laptops.

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Culture

Culture

The academic program is supplemented with required field trips and excursions, which include visits in Toulouse to business sites, monuments, guided tours of the historical district and immigrant neighborhood, and more. The program also includes gastronomy-based activities such as cuisine workshops, cheese-tasting and visit to a wine-making local farm, a bike ride on the canal embankment or a hike in the Pyrenees Mountains.

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Academics

Academics

Courses are taught by professors who are experienced with U.S. academic culture and teach with methodologies that are familiar to U.S. students. Courses are a combination of lectures and discussion; frequent feedback to students; student presentations, etc. Syllabi will provide students with clear assignments and deadlines to help them stay on track throughout their courses.

Although extra-curricular activities and personal travel contribute to the student’s overall study abroad experience, early departure for or late return from vacation is not allowed. Any extended travel should take place prior to the start of the program, during vacation periods or upon completion of the program.

Nature Of Classes

CIEE courses are for CIEE students only, and are taught in English by faculty from Toulouse public and private universities, as well as by business professionals. Classes typically meet Monday through Friday. Each business course includes company visits that require advance preparation and follow up discussions in class with your professor. Culture courses include several field trips and local activities. The Resident Director works closely with each student to make sure students understand their schedules. Students are expected to complete all homework and take exams when scheduled.

Grading System

Students are graded based on class participation, in-class activities, homework assignments, exams, papers, and oral presentations. In some courses, assessment is based on a theoretical exam and a practical aspect of the class, specifically a group or individual project.

Language Of Instruction

English

Faculty

CIEE courses are taught by faculty from Toulouse public and private universities as well as business professionals

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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.

SESSION I

International Marketing

The complexities of developing and implementing marketing plans are far more intricate on the international than on the local level. Successful international marketing requires more than intercultural skills. This course examines the specific issues involved in developing an international marketing strategy and in conducting marketing operations on an international as opposed to a local scale. Attention will be focused on identifying and evaluating opportunities for local products in international markets, developing and adapting marketing tactics in relation to multiple, specific national market needs and constraints, and coordinating strategies in global markets. As such, this course pays attention both to strategy and tactics of international marketing, with particular emphasis on business practices in France.

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 the national economies, with France as a central case study. Among other common EU policies, 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 implications on the French economy; the successive enlargements of the EU and how the entry of less advanced economies has affected more advanced economies, like the French one.

France: the Making of a Nation

This course addresses the main steps involved in the formation of France, ranging from prehistoric times to modern France. It will focus on these periods such as the Roman Gaul or Renaissance or Enlightenment that have shaped the country politically, socially as well as architecturally. Similarly, the course will show how great historical icons such as Caesar, Joan of Arc or Napoleon Bonaparte have remained in people’s collective memory as symbols of France grandeur. It will give an overview of the diversity of the people, religions, regions and political values that have made up France and have led to numerous violent conflicts throughout the centuries. In turn, these conflicts have generated a strong desire for unity as demonstrated by a highly centralized power in Paris overlooking and ruling over all other regions in the country. Specific focus will be placed on the Midi-Pyrénées region, of which Toulouse is the capital city. Field trips will be organized as a complement of the topics covered in the classroom as well as cultural outings and cuisine workshops. In addition to textbooks, other resources, such as newspaper and magazine articles and films, will be used.

SESSION II

Human Resource Management and the Labor Market in France

This course will analyze Human Resources Management (HRM) from the perspective of multiple disciplines: economics, sociology, social psychology and law. The focus of the course is to consider HRM mostly as a strategic tool for the firm, and analyze the importance of a sound incentive, performance review and reward system, which is aligned with the strategy of each business. Topics such as job design, recruitment, and job training are also addresses. Different case studies of European and French companies will be analyzed and compared with those of American firms.In addition, the case study of French labor market and regulations is presented, with its 35 hour week, in which the role of unions and employers’ federations is analyzed.

The Aerospace Industry

This course will allow students to gain a comprehensive global overview of the fast moving Aerospace business environment outside the scientific and technical aspects. Students will learn about all the aspects associated with developing “a new programme”: develop a technologically sound product, meet customer needs in performance and time, and propose competitive prices and low operational costs. Projects typically involve various political negotiations, are based on complicated financial agreements, and usually rely on shared risk between various international partners. This course will also address the topics of insurance, hedging and risk management, and supply chain management. The course will include local field trips, including a visit to the Airbus headquarters located in Toulouse.

French Identity: Intercultural Relations and Immigration

This course examines cultural and intercultural concepts through specific examples of French and U.S. societies related to everyday interactions, family and friend relationships, gender roles, communication patterns (besides languages), education and teaching methods, and work ethics. In parallel, the course explores France’s internal regional and international cultural diversity by providing an overview of France’s immigration history and integration policies. It looks at how different cultures have interacted and evolved through French society and how they have constantly challenged and blurred the definition of national identity. Several field trips and site visits complement the in-classroom instruction.

SESSION III

International Marketing

The complexities of developing and implementing marketing plans are far more intricate on the international than on the local level. Successful international marketing requires more than intercultural skills. This course examines the specific issues involved in developing an international marketing strategy and in conducting marketing operations on an international as opposed to a local scale. Attention will be focused on identifying and evaluating opportunities for local products in international markets, developing and adapting marketing tactics in relation to multiple, specific national market needs and constraints, and coordinating strategies in global markets. As such, this course pays attention both to strategy and tactics of international marketing, with particular emphasis on business practices in France.

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 the national economies, with France as a central case study. Among other common EU policies, 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 implications on the French economy; the successive enlargements of the EU and how the entry of less advanced economies has affected more advanced economies, like the French one.

France: the Making of a Nation

This course addresses the main steps involved in the formation of France, ranging from prehistoric times to modern France. It will focus on these periods such as the Roman Gaul or Renaissance or Enlightenment that have shaped the country politically, socially as well as architecturally. Similarly, the course will show how great historical icons such as Caesar, Joan of Arc or Napoleon Bonaparte have remained in people’s collective memory as symbols of France grandeur. It will give an overview of the diversity of the people, religions, regions and political values that have made up France and have led to numerous violent conflicts throughout the centuries. In turn, these conflicts have generated a strong desire for unity as demonstrated by a highly centralized power in Paris overlooking and ruling over all other regions in the country. Specific focus will be placed on the Midi-Pyrénées region, of which Toulouse is the capital city. Field trips will be organized as a complement of the topics covered in the classroom as well as cultural outings and cuisine workshops. In addition to textbooks, other resources, such as newspaper and magazine articles and films, will be used.

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