Toulouse, France

French Language & Culture

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Information for term French Language & Culture

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

July 5, 2021
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: July 5, 2021
  • Dates: Aug 16 – Sep 25, 2021 (6 weeks)
$5,450

Application Deadline

August 16, 2021
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: August 16, 2021
  • Dates: Sep 27 – Nov 6, 2021 (6 weeks)
$5,450

Application Deadline

September 27, 2021
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: September 27, 2021
  • Dates: Nov 8 – Dec 18, 2021 (6 weeks)
$5,450

Application Deadline

November 22, 2021
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Jan 4 – Feb 13, 2022 (6 weeks)*
$5,450

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Feb 15 – Mar 27, 2021 (6 weeks)
$4,850

Application Deadline

January 3, 2022
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Feb 15 – Mar 27, 2022 (6 weeks)*
$5,450

Application Deadline

February 14, 2022
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Mar 29 – May 8, 2022 (6 weeks)*
$5,450

Application Deadline

July 5, 2021
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: July 5, 2021
  • Dates: Aug 16 – Nov 6, 2021 (12 weeks)
$10,900

Application Deadline

August 16, 2021
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: August 16, 2021
  • Dates: Sep 27 – Dec 18, 2021 (12 weeks)
$10,900

Application Deadline

July 5, 2021
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: July 5, 2021
  • Dates: Aug 16 – Dec 18, 2021 (18 weeks)
$16,350

Application Deadline

November 22, 2021
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Jan 4 – Mar 27, 2022 (12 weeks)*
$10,900

Application Deadline

January 3, 2022
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Feb 15 – May 8, 2022 (12 weeks)*
$10,900

Application Deadline

November 22, 2021
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Jan 4 – May 8, 2022 (18 weeks)*
$16,350

Overview

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Take your talent in French to the next level in the "pink city"

Home to one of the largest universities outside Paris, this vibrant city is part college town, part old-world village. The substantial student population here has spawned interesting music festivals, clubs, and a lively cultural scene. Any night of the week you’ll find something of interest, from clubs serving up jazz, reggae or techno, to cafés hosting poetry readings.

Each day you’ll study French intensively at Institut Catholique de Toulouse – a well-known French university, with qualified native French teachers and other international students. Located in the historic and picturesque red-brick downtown area, the study center is easily walkable from famous attractions like the Capitole, Toulouse’s main square, and the Basilica of Saint-Sernin.

CIEE Gap Year Abroad programs are focused on supporting participants in acquiring knowledge and developing skills to live in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world. In addition to developing your language skills and gaining a better understanding of the local culture, you will take part in our Global Competence Course. This online course will allow you to connect and collaborate in real-time with our entire cohort of Gap participants worldwide, through interactive workshops and discussions. Reflect on your own cultural biases, share insights about your experience and learn about topics ranging from cultural identity and leadership styles to how to work and live sustainably or develop communication skills.

In your free time you'll spend hours practicing your real-world skills – speaking and reading French in markets, cafés, and shops. Your skills will skyrocket as you put them to daily use in and around the Pink City. Follow the advice of our local staff and sample local restaurants and markets. You’ll have plenty of time to explore museums, eat exquisite pastries, window shop on streets lined with funky and chic boutiques, and soak it all in. Make the most of this amazing opportunity!

The Take-Aways

  • LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

    15-20 hours per week of French language learning designed to improve real world language skills

  • GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE

    Build a strong foundation in the core components of intercultural learning. Come home with an improved sense of self and awareness of what shapes others.

  • CERTIFICATE

    Earn a Certificate of Learning in French

  • of alumni said their language skills improved

    96%
  • said they learned to interact with different cultural backgrounds

    94%
  • aid their level of independence increased

    89%

Location & Culture

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Bask in the culture and natural beauty of this charming city.

La Ville Rose (the Pink City) was the kingdom capital of Southern France in the fifth century. You’ll still find plenty of authentic charm in the city’s Vieille ville (Old Quarter), where historic churches sit next to traditional French shopfronts.

During your program, you’ll be immersed in the rich culture of the Occitanie region – its food, art, natural beauty, and thousands of years of French and Roman history and architecture. On guided tours, you’ll explore the many different faces of a multicultural Toulouse, from the preserved historical culture of the city center and its many churches, monasteries, monuments, and mansions, to the young urban culture of the suburban neighborhoods.

Because Toulouse is also the center of France’s aeronautics and space industries, you’ll have a chance to discover the wonders of the universe at the Cité de l’espace and other science museums and attractions. With your homestays and CIEE peers, you’ll also discover different French landscapes, from the Pyrénées mountain range to the Mediterranean Sea.

Daily Life

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Daily Life

A succesful Gap experience achieves the right balance between structured language instruction, practice in the community and cultural activties to be fully immersed in the local culture.

Here's how a typical week goes on a CIEE Gap Language & Culture program:

  • 15-20 hours of interactive language learning at a language school
  • 1 hour of the CIEE Global Competence Course (online with our global gap community)
  • 2 cultural activities
  • Free time to explore and have fun!

Weekends are for group excursions (two per 6-week block) or personal travel and exploration.

*If Covid-19 homestay requirements cannot be met participants will be placed in a CIEE-vetted dormitory or apartment. Confirmation will be communicated to participants in advance.

  • Carefully Screened Homestay*

  • Local Support

    Local CIEE Center staff available 24/7

Activities

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Sample Activities

  • Bike along the scenic Canal du Midi, which links the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea
  • View the stunning Basilica Saint Sernin, a Romanesque church built from golden and rose-colored stonework
  • Experience world-famous opera, stroll through lush botanical gardens, browse in colorful markets, shop (or window shop) in fashionable boutiques
  • Tour museums, art galleries, architectural landmarks, and other cultural attraction

Sample Day Trips

  • Head to Carcassonne where you will travel back in time on a guided tour of a medieval castle that looks just like a scene from “The Princess Bride” (or the fairytale castle of your childhood dreams). Carcassonne, a medieval walled city set high on a hilltop in southwestern France, features a 12th-century castle, storybook watchtowers and turrets, double-walled fortifications, and fascinating archaeological exhibits. Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Carcassonne welcomes more than three million visitors annually.
  • Take off for a fun and informative day trip and guided tour of the picturesque Episcopal city of Albi in the Midi-Pyrénées region. Highlights include the Sainte-Cecile Cathedral, built from 1282–1480 and the largest brick-built cathedral in the world; and the Berbie Palace, which now houses the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum with the largest public collection of the artist’s work.

Please note this list of activities is based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to both adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback. Our goal when revising itineraries is always to enhance your experience. Every activity is designed to provide you with a deep immersion in your topic, local culture and sights. Get ready for maximum fun!

Eligibility & Fees

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Eligibility & Fees

Eligibility

  • High school graduates in good academic standing.
  • Students must demonstrate, through the application and interview process, flexibility and maturity.
  • Students must be 18 years or older at the time of their departure.
  • No previous language experience required.

Fees

$50

Apply for one or two 6-week blocks. Combining blocks in two different locations is not yet available.

Program fee includes iNext travel insurance. Full inclusions are found online.

Program

Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Costs

Spring Block II 2021 6 weeks Rolling Admissions Feb 15, 2021 Mar 27, 2021

$4,850

Fall Block I 2021 6 weeks Jul 5, 2021 Aug 16, 2021 Sep 25, 2021

$5,450

Fall Blocks I, II 2021 12 weeks Jul 5, 2021 Aug 16, 2021 Nov 6, 2021

$10,900

Fall Blocks I, II, III 2021 18 weeks Jul 5, 2021 Aug 16, 2021 Dec 18, 2021

$16,350

Fall Block II 2021 6 weeks Aug 16, 2021 Sep 27, 2021 Nov 6, 2021

$5,450

Fall Blocks II, III 2021 12 weeks Aug 16, 2021 Sep 27, 2021 Dec 18, 2021

$10,900

Fall Block III 2021 6 weeks Sep 27, 2021 Nov 8, 2021 Dec 18, 2021

$5,450

Spring Block I 2022 6 weeks Nov 22, 2021 Jan 4, 2022* Feb 13, 2022*

$5,450

Spring Blocks I, II 2022 12 weeks Nov 22, 2021 Jan 4, 2022* Mar 27, 2022*

$10,900

Spring Blocks I, II, III 2022 18 weeks Nov 22, 2021 Jan 4, 2022* May 8, 2022*

$16,350

Spring Block II 2022 6 weeks Jan 3, 2022 Feb 15, 2022* Mar 27, 2022*

$5,450

Spring Blocks II, III 2022 12 weeks Jan 3, 2022 Feb 15, 2022* May 8, 2022*

$10,900

Spring Block III 2022 6 weeks Feb 14, 2022 Mar 29, 2022* May 8, 2022*

$5,450

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

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