Toulouse, France

French Language & Culture

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Information for term French Language & Culture

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jun 12 – Jul 9, 2022 (4 weeks)
$6,850

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jul 10 – Aug 6, 2022 (4 weeks)
$6,850

Overview

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

Accelerate your French with four weeks of language immersion in the bustling, beautiful, and student-friendly city of Toulouse in southern France. Your skills will skyrocket as you put them to daily use in and around the Pink City. Eat exquisite pastries, window shop on streets lined with funky or chic boutiques, explore museums, and take it all in.

After morning language classes, you’ll spend an hour per day practicing your skills out in the community – speaking and reading French in markets, cafes, and parks. Later in the afternoon, enjoy small group gatherings with your CIEE peers and French host siblings and guided excursions to culturally and historically significant sites with your program leader, a French local expert.

You’ll see a side of Toulouse that tourists usually miss. CIEE steeps you in the rich culture of this region – its food, art, natural beauty, and thousands of years of French and Roman history and architecture. Living with a local homestay gives you plenty of time to practice French as you prepare and share meals, shop at local markets, and get in tune with the local customs and rhythms of everyday life.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

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The Take-Aways

  • LANGUAGE & CULTURAL PROFICIENCY

    Call Toulouse home for 4 weeks and come back with increased language proficiency and a greater understanding of the French way of life. Bring home life stories to remember your cultural experiences. Demonstrate your language growth through a test before and after your program. On average across our programs, students learn in four weeks what U.S. high school students learn in one year.

  • COLLEGE CREDITS

    Earn 4 college credits to either apply toward your future college degree, or to use to demonstrate your ability to do college-level work, or test out of a language level in college!

  • LIFELONG SKILLS AND FRIENDSHIPS

    After just 4 weeks away, you'll build self-confidence, gain a broader world view, improve your interpersonal communication skills and make lifelong friends from all across the U.S.

Location & Culture

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Explore the rich culture of the region – its food, art, natural beauty, architecture and more!

A bustling mix of old and new, La Ville Rose (the Pink City) was the Gothic kingdom capital in the 5th century and a major city under Charlemagne. Today it is the center of France’s aerospace and space industries.

Founded in 1229, the University of Toulouse is one of the oldest in Europe. The substantial student population there has spawned interesting music festivals, clubs, and a lively cultural scene.

Take time to taste southern France’s world-class cuisine – sampling specialties at local cafés in different locales during your stay. Toulouse has distinctive dishes that use local produce. Cassoulet, the classic dish of the region, is an irresistible stew of duck, saucisse of Toulouse, white beans called haricots tarbais, and herbs. The sausage is also a popular treat on its own.

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.

Daily Life

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Daily Life


Every day brings new discoveries and fun, but you can always count on a perfect balance between interactive instruction, excursions and free time! Here's what to expect on a typical day:

  • 7:00 am: Get up and have breakfast at your homestay
  • 8:00 am: Commute to CIEE for your language class, using public transportation
  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm: Interactive language class in small groups, with a local teacher
  • 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm: Practice in the streets what you just learned in class, through short activities and challenges led by your program leader in small groups
  • 12:45 pm - 1:30pm: Find a fun spot to grab lunch with your friends (your program tuition includes a stipend for lunches).
  • 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm: Gather back at CIEE to go on today's cultural activity or excursion.
  • 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Each activity or excursion is designed to echo what you learned in class that morning.
  • 5:00 pm - 7:00pm: Free time! Hang out with your friends and shop. Commute home.
  • 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Recount your day at dinner and try to use your new vocabulary!
  • 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm: Wrap up your day with jotting down some notes in your reflection journal and get your homework done before the next day. Usually just readings and personal research for your weekly project.
  • 10:00 pm: Lights out!

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  • Housing

    Carefully Screened Homestay

  • Local Support

    24/7 Support from your CIEE program leader and in-country CIEE staff members

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Activities

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Sample Activities

Get excited about all the things you could do during your time abroad. Here are a few sample activities and excursions:

 

  • Prepare pastries, crêpes, and other delicious dishes of the region.
  • View the stunning Basilica of St. Sernin.
  • Stroll through gardens, browse in colorful markets, shop (or window shop) in fashionable boutiques.
  • Visit the Airspace & Aircraft museum (Aeroscopia), and learn about the history of Airbus, or visit the Cité de l’Espace to explore outer space and the wonders of the universe.
  • Tour museums, art galleries, architectural landmarks, and other cultural attractions.​

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, covid-related measures and restrictions 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!

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees

Eligibility

  • At least one year of High School French. For intensive language immersion, see our Rennes program.
  • Program open to all current high school students: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. 
  • For scholarship eligibility requirements, please check our Scholarship page.

Application Fee

$25

Program scholarships and tuition include iNext Travel Insurance, but do not cover the cost of flights. More details about tuition inclusions can be found here.

Optional College Credit Fee

$150  Learn more 

Program

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Costs

Summer Session I 2022 4 weeks Rolling Admissions Jun 12, 2022 Jul 9, 2022

$6,850

Summer Session II 2022 4 weeks Rolling Admissions Jul 10, 2022 Aug 6, 2022

$6,850

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