Toulouse, France

Language + Culture

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Information for term Language + Culture

Application deadline, and cost information.

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Aug 29 – Dec 21, 2019 (16 weeks)
  • Credit: 15-18 semester hours / 22.5-27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Jan 5 – May 16, 2020 (19 weeks)*
  • Credit: 15-18 semester hours / 22.5-27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Credit: 15-18 semester hours / 22.5-27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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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.

  • Spend the day

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

  • INTERN WITH A LOCAL COMPANY

    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

    2
  • students

    103,000
  • miles from Paris

    420

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 French aerospace giant Airbus and other top technology companies, Toulouse has become a European 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.

The Culture

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • 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.

PROJECTS

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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  • HOUSING

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

  • MEALS

    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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    CIEE STUDY CENTER IN TOULOUSE

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

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    L’INSTITUT CATHOLIQUE de TOULOUSE

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

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What you need to know

The program details

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 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.

CIEE Toulouse is located in the historic district of Toulouse, in the middle of the vibrant city center, close to all the main commercial facilities, Institut Catholique de Toulouse, and cultural sites. Courses are taught by faculty from a variety of local universities, while language courses are taught by faculty from the Institut Catholique de Toulouse.

Academics

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Academics

  • 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 of the work given and take exams when scheduled.

  • GRADING

    Grading is based on essays, written tests, oral presentations, out-of-class project reports, class participation, and final exams. In general, French professors use a French grading scale of 0–20, with 10 considered a minimal passing grade. The Center Director converts all final grades into U.S. letter grades using an international grade conversion chart.

  • 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.

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.

Curriculum

Program Credit

  • Total credit for the semester: 15-18 semester/22.5-27 quarter hours
  • CIEE Elective Courses: 45 contact hours, credit - 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course; French Language Courses: 60 contact hours, credit - 4 semester/6 quarter hours per course
  • Most Institut Catholique de Toulouse courses: 18-30 contact hours, credit - 1-2.5 semester/1.5-3.75 quarter hours per course.

Students on this program will take:

  • One French language course
  • At least one CIEE culture course
  • A combination of CIEE and Institut Catholique de Toulouse elective courses for a total of 8-11 semester credits

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.

Fall 2019 Courses

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FRENCH LANGUAGE COURSES

These courses will be taken at the CIEE study center with experienced professors from Institut Catholique de Toulouse (ICT).

*FREN 3002 TOFR: French - Advanced I (requires 4+ semesters of college-level French or equivalent)

CIEE CULTURE COURSES

*The Internship and Gastronomy, Nutrition and Public Health courses are offered both in French and in English. All other content courses are offered in English only.

INSTITUT CATHOLIQUE DE TOULOUSE (ICT)– FACULTÉ LIBRE DES LETTRES ET DES SCIENCES HUMAINES COURSES

ICT courses are offered on a weekly basis. Please note that most courses are offered in French and only  a few courses are taught in English. You can choose to follow courses either in French, English, or a combination of the two. ICT courses are subject to change.

  • Economic Environment: the Market, Politics and International Relations (in French, credit: 1 semester)
  • Marketing: Strategic Approaches and Customer Relations (in French, credit: 1 semester)
  • Operational Marketing: Product and Distribution (in French, credit: 1 semester)
  • Team Management and Human Resources Management (in English, credit: 1 semester)
  • International Business, Foreign Market Prospection and Surveillance  (in English, credit: 2.5 semester)
  • Commercial Law and European Institutions (in French, credit: 1.5 semester)
  • English Civilization (Identity and Culture) (in English, credit: 1 semester)
  • Modern History: The Figure of the Absolute King (16th – 17th Centuries) (in French, credit: 3 semester)
  • Contemporary History: History of Europe 1815-1919 (in French, credit: 3 semester)
  • Ancient History: Greeks and “Others” in Archaic and Classical Periods (in French, credit: 3 semester)
  • Geography of Mediterranean Region (Middle-East) (in French, credit: 3 semester)
  • Introduction to History of Archeology (in French, credit: 1 semester)
  • Introduction to Arabic World Religions (in French, credit: 2 semester)
  • Medieval History: Pluricultural Exchanges in the Mediterranean Area 7th-18th Centuries (in French, credit: 3 semester)
  • Geopolitics of Religious Phenomena: Ancient and Medieval Periods (in French, credit: 1.5 semester)
  • History of Language (in French, credit: 1 semester)
  • Introduction to Francophone Literatures (in French, credit: 2 semester)
  • French Literature: Short stories (in French, credit: 2 semester)
  • French Literature: 17th-18th Centuries (in French, credit: 2.5 semester)
  • Compared Literature: Literature and Sciences (in French, credit: 2 semester)
  • Compared Literature: Exotism (in French, credit: 2 semester)
  • 19th Century French Literature (in French, credit: 3 semester)
  • Cognitive Psychology : Information, Perception and Attention Treatment (in French, credit: 1.5 semester)
  • Basis of Psychology (in French, credit: 1.5 semester)
  • Clinical Psychology (Normal and Pathological) (in French, credit: 1.5 semester)
  • Social Psychology (Group and Communication) (in French, credit: 1.5 semester)
  • Neurosciences (in French, credit: 1.5 semester)
  • Neuropsychology: Pathology, Disorders (in French, credit: 1.5 semester)
  • Defense Mechanisms (in French, credit: 1.5 semester)
  • Cognitive Dysfunction (in French, credit: 1.5 semester)
  • Introduction to Sociology (in French, credit: 1.5 semester)
  • Art History: Forms (End of 18th) (in French, credit: 1 semester)
  • Musicology (in French, credit: 1 semester)
  • Arts in Literature (in French, credit: 2 semester)
  • Economy and Culture (in French, credit: 2 semester)
  • Theatre: History and Scenography (in French, credit: 1 semester)
  • Film Theory (in French, credit: 1 semester)
  • Introduction to Political Science  (in French, credit: 2 semester)
  • History of Law (in French, credit: 3 semester)

Spring 2020

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FRENCH LANGUAGE COURSES

These courses will be taken at CIEE with experienced professors from Institut Catholique de Toulouse 

*FREN 3002 TOFR: French - Advanced I (requires 4+ semesters of college-level French or equivalent)

CIEE ELECTIVE COURSES-IN ENGLISH

*The Internship and Gastronomy, Nutrition and Public Health courses are offered both in French and in English. All other content courses are offered in English only.

CIEE ELECTIVE COURSES-IN FRENCH

INSTITUT CATHOLIQUE DE TOULOUSE (ICT) – FACULTÉ LIBRE DES LETTRES ET DES SCIENCES HUMAINES

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. Students will receive detailed course information upon acceptance into the program.

BUSINESS

  • 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)

LAW

  • 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)

HISTORY

  • 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

  • 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)

PSYCHOLOGY

  • 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)

PHILOSOPHY

  • 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)

MEDIATION

  • 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)

EDUCATION

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

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers more than $8 million in 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.

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Some Meals (for those in Homestays)
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Orientation – an introduction to French culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city  
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city.
  • Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
  • Excursions and/or Study Tours
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

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Program

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Fees & Housing

Fall 2019 16 weeks Deadline Passed Aug 29, 2019 Dec 21, 2019
$16,450
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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 = $11,833 **

Housing = $4,150 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $16,450

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 = $200

Books & Supplies = $200

Visa Fees = $165 ††

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $2,900

Total Estimated Costs = $6,365

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 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

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

†† average cost, including Campus France fees

Academic year 2019-2020 16 weeks Deadline Passed Aug 29, 2019 TBD
$31,255
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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 = $22,488 **

Housing = $8,300 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $31,255

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 = $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 †††

Total Estimated Costs = $11,765

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.

See Scholarships

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

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

Spring 2020 19 weeks Nov 1, 2019 Jan 5, 2020* May 16, 2020*
$16,950
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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 = $12,333 **

Housing = $4,150 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $16,950

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 = $200

Books & Supplies = $200

Visa Fees = $165 ††

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $2,900

Total Estimated Costs = $6,365

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.

See Scholarships

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

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

†† average cost, including Campus France fees

*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, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

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