Toulouse, France

Summer in Toulouse

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Overview

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Take French language, business, art, history and French Gastronomy courses in a city recently voted as the best city to study abroad in France. A robust co-curricular program includes excursions, field trips, and various cultural activities. Through these experiences, you will become members of the vibrant Toulouse community and will learn firsthand about French culture, business, art, and history.

  • Engage in conversations

    on topics related to everyday life including home, school, and leisure activities.

  • Investigate

    the role and value of historical facts and myths leading to the French sense of identity.

  • Compare

    the French educational system and classroom experience with that of the United States.

  • people living in Toulouse

    630K
  • universities in the city

    7
  • museums

    12

Location & Culture

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Situated the South of France between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, Toulouse offers easy access to the Atlantic, the mountains, and the Mediterranean - not to mention music and art festivals. The fourth largest city in France with the second largest student population in the country, Toulouse offers students the opportunity to learn about France’s past and present while experiencing life in a dynamic city.

The Culture

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

Take day trips to spots like 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.

PROJECTS

Volunteering. Complete a non-credit community engagement activity at a food bank, women’s shelter, senior center, after-school tutoring program, or an organic farm.

Daily Life

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  • HOUSING

    As long as the local health and safety regulations permit, students could stay in: 

    Homestays: Students live with homestay families in Toulouse to promote integration into the local culture. Students in homestays will have their laundry done for them once a week.
    Shared apartments: Students can choose to live in a studio apartment with a small kitchen. Laundry facilities are available.

  • MEALS

    Homestays: Students typically eat weekday breakfasts and dinners and all meals on weekends - which are included in the study abroad fee - at the home.

    Shared Apartments: Meals are not included.

  • Getting Around

    Students walk and use the metro and buses to get around. There’s also a bike-share system.

Toulouse, France

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE TOULOUSE

    All homestays and apartments are located in the city of Toulouse and within 30 minutes, by public transportation, of CIEE.

Academics

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Academics

Students choose one, two, or three 4-week sessions and immerse themselves in France’s art, history, and culture. Courses include the opportunity to explore French business, art history, and/or French Gastronomy and nutrition. Students can also enroll in an optional Communicative French Language course taught in French (1 credit). In-class work is augmented with co-curricular visits to the city’s rich variety of cultural institutions and organizations relevant to the course offering.

CIEE classes take place in the historic district of Toulouse, in the middle of the vibrant city center and close to all the main commercial facilities, Institut Catholique de Toulouse, and cultural sites.

GPA

2.5

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

All students must enroll in one 3-credit CIEE course per session.

Program Credit

Total credit: 3-4 U.S. semester/4.5-6 quarter credits per session

Course Credit

CIEE courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours
Communicative French Language course: 1 U.S. semester/1.5 quarter credits; 15 contact 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

Students notice striking differences between education systems. 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. As a result, French students are generally very self-disciplined and do not expect to be motivated by their instructors. Classes will typically meet Monday through Friday. Students are expected to complete all of the homework assigned and take exams when scheduled.

Class Format

Classes will be taken with other CIEE students only.

Grading

Grades are based on essays, written tests, oral presentations, out-of-class project reports, class participation, and final exams. Students can expect at least one midterm and one final exam during the term. The final exam can account for as much as 50% of the final grade. In general, French professors use a French grading scale of 0–20, with 10 considered a minimal passing grade. All final grades will be converted into U.S. letter grades.

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

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.

Courses

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Course Information

Course Notes
Students studying in Toulouse for multiple sessions may only take the Communicative French Language course once.
“(GI)” denotes courses that originated at CIEE’s Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple Global Institutes and CIEE Sites.

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 Open Campus Network and that are offered at multiple CIEE Centers.

Scholarships

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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.

What's Included

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What's Included

Tuition
Housing
Pre-departure Advising
Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
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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Get Started

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    START AN APPLICATION
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    CONNECT WITH YOUR CAMPUS STUDY ABROAD OFFICE 
    Share your plans and confirm you're on track to meet all required steps to go abroad. 

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    Contact Us

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