Toulouse, France

Language + Culture

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Information for term Language + Culture

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

April 1, 2022

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Aug 29 – Dec 17, 2022 (16 weeks)*
  • Credit: 15-18 semester hours / 22.5-27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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Bring your desire to learn French to Toulouse and immerse yourself in France’s art, history, cuisine, and music. Toulouse was voted one of the best cities in France to study abroad for its strong community vibe and small-town charm. Take classes in English at CIEE Toulouse and our partner school, Institut Catholique de Toulouse across a wide range of academic areas, or, if your French language skills are advanced, take courses in French. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.

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  • Spend the day

    at a cheese tasting, a music festival or take in a professional rugby game.


    and gain insight into French working environment in a non-profit organization or business.

  • Study at L’Institut Catholique de Toulouse

    an heir of the Medieval University founded in 1229.

  • UNESCO World Heritage sites

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  • miles from Paris


Location & Culture

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In the South of France between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, Toulouse is consistently rated as one of the best places to live and study in France. Home to European aerospace giant Airbus and other top technology companies, Toulouse has become an aerospace and technology hub. Toulouse offers program participants the opportunity to experience life in a dynamic French city with top-rated universities, quaint neighborhoods, and wonderful café-lined squares.

CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in Toulouse.

The Culture


  • Visit the medieval city of Carcassonne, the city of Albi, go on a hike in the Pyrenees or visit an organic farm in the Ariège department.
  • Partner with local French students who will show you Toulouse’s most popular sites.
  • Enjoy the pleasant year-round climate of Toulouse, while you visit the city’s historical district, monuments, and immigrant neighborhood.
  • Take in a show at the Toulouse Capitole theater.
  • Make new friends during a game of petanque, similar to bocce.


Volunteering. Volunteer at a food bank, women’s shelter, primary or secondary school, or local independent movie theater, tutor children after school, or work on an organic farm.

Internships. Intern at a local organization and gain insight into French working environment in a non-profit organization or business.

Daily Life

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    Homestays: You will live with French homestay families in various Toulouse communities.


    Two meals on weekdays and three meals on weekends are included in the study abroad program fee. You typically eat weekday breakfasts and dinners with your homestay family. You may purchase lunches at local cafes, restaurants, and markets located throughout the city.

Toulouse, France

Where You'll Study

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    The CIEE Study Center is located in the historical part of Toulouse.

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    The Institut Catholique de Toulouse is conveniently located downtown, only one block away from the CIEE Study Center.


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The Language + Culture program in Toulouse invites beginner – intermediate French students to immerse themselves in the language, culture, and history of France. Students are expected to invest time in French language study and use their language skills in everyday life with French students, homestay families, and members of the Toulouse community. Although most of the direct enrollment and specialized CIEE courses are taught in English, students are expected to use French as much as possible outside of class.

Institut Catholique de Toulouse is an academic center hosting this program and made up of faculties, organizations, and schools enriched by its diversity in social backgrounds and cultures. The university is located in the historic center of Toulouse and hosts more than 3,000 students.



Language Prerequisites

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Program Requirements

Students will take the following courses:

  • One French language course (4 credits)
  • At least one CIEE culture course (3 credits each)
  • A combination of CIEE and elective courses at the Institut Catholique de Toulouse (ICT) for a total of 8-11 semester credits

Program Credit

Total credit: 15-18 U.S. semester/22.5-27 quarter credits

Course Credit

  • CIEE courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours
  • CIEE French language courses: 4 U.S. semester/6 quarter credits, 60 contact hours
  • CIEE Internship: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 seminar hours, 100-120 internship placement hours
  • Institut Catholique de Toulouse (ICT) courses: typically 1-3 U.S. semester/1.5-4.5 quarter credits; 50-150 notional hours

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Academic Culture

Professors in France tend to be more formal than in the U.S. and see themselves as specialists who are there to impart their knowledge. French students are generally very self-disciplined and judge courses by the quality and quantity of information taught. Syllabi are seldom as detailed as in the U.S., and students are responsible for determining what information is most important. Students should remain open to new teaching methods and styles and take this as part of their foreign study experience. The CIEE Toulouse team is available to help students navigate the local academic culture.

Class Format

Classes in which CIEE students enroll normally meet Monday through Friday, with excursions typically taking place on weekends. Language classes typically meet twice a week (2 sessions of 2 hours each). Student course schedules may change during the semester. The Center Director will work closely with each student to make sure that students are clear about their weekly and semester schedules. Students are expected to complete all the work assigned and take exams when scheduled.


The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used. Grading is based on essays, written tests, oral presentations, out-of-class project reports, class participation, and final exams. French professors use a French grading scale of 0–20, with 10 considered a minimal passing grade. CIEE converts all final grades into recommended U.S. letter grade equivalents.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Language of Instruction

French and English

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.


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Course Information

Course Notes

  • Registration is finalized on-site.
  • Many courses at the Institut Catholique de Toulouse (ICT) are worth 1-1.5 credits.
  • Students can participate in the CIEE Internship course; placements are available both in English and French.
  • The Institut Catholique de Toulouse (ICT) offers courses in English, French, and Spanish. For courses taught in French or Spanish, ICT requires successful completion of at least 4 semesters of college-level French and/or Spanish.

Host Institution Courses

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ICT courses are offered on a weekly basis for a total number of contact hours ranging from 10 to 36 hours. Please note that some courses are offered in English, French, and Spanish. You can choose to follow courses either in French, English, or a combination of the two. The following list is merely a sample list and is subject to change. Students will receive detailed course information upon acceptance into the program.


  • Companies’ Internationalization Strategies (in French)
  • International Trade (in French)
  • Introduction to Accounting (in French)
  • Import, Export (in French)
  • Mathematics – Statistics (in French)
  • Main Economic Issues (in French)
  • Logistics and Geographical Approaches (in French)
  • Trade Negotiation Techniques (in French)
  • International Business (in English)
  • International Project Management (in English)
  • International Marketing (in English)
  • Financial Accounting (in English)
  • Civilization: English Perspective on World News (in French)


  • International Relationships (in French)
  • Introduction to European Law (in French)
  • Geopolitical Issues (in French)
  • French Political Life (in French)
  • Contemporary Social Issues (in French)
  • General Culture (in English)
  • Environmental Sustainability (in English)
  • International Political News (in English)
  • European Art Culture (in English)
  • Introduction to Human Rights (in English)

To Become a Start-up Manager (in English)


  • Roman History (in French)
  • Medieval History (in French)
  • Geography (in French)
  • Modern History (in French)
  • Contemporary History (in French)
  • Geography (in French)
  • Introduction to Art History: Methodological Approach (in French)
  • Urban Planning in Brazil (in French)
  • Art Object: from Creation to Exhibition (in French)
  • Modern History (in French)
  • Contemporary History (in French)
  • Geography (in French)


  • Literature: History of European Literature (in French)
  • French Literature: Tales and Other Youth Literature (in French)
  • Literary Genres (in French)
  • General Linguistics (in French)
  • French Literature: 16th Century (in French)
  • Comparative Literature: Renaissance and Humanism (in French)
  • Medieval Literature and Literary Influences (in French)
  • Comparative Literature: Humanism and Utopia (in French)
  • French Literature: 20th – 21st Centuries (in French)
  • Comparative Literature: South Francophonies (in French)
  • New Literary Approaches (in French)


  • Cognitive Psychology: Learning Process and Memory ( in French)
  • Clinical Psychology: The Individual, the Subject, the Person (in French)
  • Developmental Psychology: 0-3 year-old Children (in French)
  • Psychotherapeutic Practices: Theories ( in French)
  • Developmental Psychology: 3-12 year-old Children (in French)
  • Social Psychology: Representation of Self and Others (in French)
  • Case Study: Therapeutic Management (in French)
  • Social Psychology: Representation of Self and Others (in French)
  • Cognitive Psychology (in French)
  • Developmental Psychology: from 12 year-old to Adulthood (in French)
  • Introduction to Psycho-ontology (in French)
  • Introduction to Psychogerontology (in French)
  • Research Methods in Psychology (in French)


  • History of Antique Philosophy (in French)
  • Metaphysics I (in French)
  • History of Medieval Thoughts (in French)
  • Introduction to Ethics (in French)
  • Epistemology (in French)
  • Philosophy of Culture (in French)
  • Ontology (in French)
  • Philosophy of History (in French)
  • Metaphysics II (in French)


  • Introduction to Communication - Theories and Strategies (in French)
  • Introduction to Economy - Principles and Process (in French)
  • Introduction to Marketing - Strategies and Financing (in French)
  • Artistic Trends - Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassicism, Romanticism (in French)
  • Scenography (in French)
  • Communication Strategy (Principles) (in French)
  • Artistic Trends - Outsider Art, Pop Art, Urban Art (in French)
  • Contemporary Art Workshop (in French)
  • Photography (in French)


  • Cognitive-emotional Approaches to Learning (in French)
  • Sociology of Educational Facts (in French)
  • Conception of Learning Situations (in French)
  • Didactics and Pedagogy (in French)

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.
"(GI)" denotes courses that originated at CIEE's Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple CIEE sites.


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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.


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Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Fall 2022 16 weeks Apr 1, 2022 Aug 29, 2022* Dec 17, 2022*
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $13,206 **

Housing = $4,150 ***

Insurance = $194

Total Fees = $17,850

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $1,200

International Airfare = $1,200

Local Transportation = $100

Books & Supplies = $200

Visa Fees = $165 ††

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $2,900

Other = $120 †††

Total Estimated Costs = $6,385

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

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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 by their US home institution to study abroad via CIEE's 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

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

†† average cost, including Campus France fees

††† Covid test fees for entry to the US, if required

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

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, your college or university may charge additional fees for study abroad, or may require you to receive a transcript via CIEE's School of Record, which carries an additional fee of $500.

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What's Included

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What's Included

Pre-departure Advising
Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
Introduction to your program plus practical information about living in your host city
On-site Staff
Full-time program leadership and support in your city
Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
Excursions and/or Study Tours
Travel Protection
CIEE iNext and a local liability insurance
24/7 emergency on-site support

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