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Toulouse, France

Aerospace Engineering

STEM

Dates

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3 weeks

Costs

$6,250

Extended Deadline

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Dates

-

3 weeks

Costs

$6,250

Extended Deadline

Enroll Now

Request Information

Program Overview
Reach for the sky in the European capital of air and space industries.  

Explore air and space engineering in the vibrant cradle of future technologies, Toulouse. Feast your earthbound eyes on supersonic airliners, rockets, and space stations. Get insights from engineers on how to address global challenges through engineering, like sustainable transportation or the energy crisis. Work with other Global Navigators to design a mini rocket. Then, put it to the test!  

Through expert instruction and exclusive tours of cutting-edge facilities, enter the cockpits of the industry. Get inspired to become an astronaut, aerospace engineer, or astronomer. Learn where your love of flight can take you!

In la ville rose—“the pink city,” as Toulouse is known due to the color of its buildings—get a taste of southern France, its food, and culture. Meet local teens as you discover local spots. Excursions take you to Carcassonne, a medieval fortified city and World Heritage site, to hike through the French countryside, and more.  

The Take-Aways

Real-World Experience

Work side by side with Toulouse’s aerospace experts and engineers to investigate how the industry is innovating with design solutions for major global problems. Come home with a Project that addresses a current engineering challenge.

Credentials for Your Future

Topics for your college essays, experience to inform your future career, and a Project to showcase your new engineering skills.

Life Skills and New Friendships

Return with greater self-confidence, independence, and improved communication skills. Enjoy a broader worldview and friends of different backgrounds from across the U.S.

45

Hours of Expert Instruction

3

Weeks Pursuing Your Passion

1

Life-Changing Experience

The Destination
  • High school students looking at airplanes in a museum in Toulouse
  • toulouse france ferris wheel water building
  • High school students in front of a carousel in Toulouse

The Destination

Welcome to Toulouse, a stellar hub for engineering and innovation. 

Toulouse is the fourth-largest city in France due to the aerospace industry. Its history with flight began in World War I when it was asked to specialize in aircraft materials. Later, with other early pioneers, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (famous aviator and author of The Little Prince) flew out of Toulouse as an air mail pilot on routes to Africa. Today, Toulouse is home to leaders in aviation, space, and technology, like Airbus, Alcatel Space, and Thales.  

Here, you find prestigious engineering schools and more than 100,000 students. Despite its innovation and youth, the city maintains its architectural gems, showing off a history that began in the 5th century when it was founded by the Romans. A walk down its winding streets today takes you to excellent crêperies and restaurants to try local dishes like cassoulet, down by the Garonne River that graces the city, and through parks and plazas where the vibrant music and art scene thrive.   

Cultural Awareness

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

Daily Life

Monday–Friday 

Each day offers a balance between interactive instruction and cultural activities with time on your own, too. Morning classes and afternoon activities may swap places. 

  • Breakfast at the hostel/hotel
  • Hands-on classes with expert instructors and aerospace professionals 
  • Lunch with your fellow Global Navigators 
  • Out and about for a Cultural Activity or Workshop 
  • Dinner at the hostel/hotel or out in the community 

Weekends 

  • Overnight or day excursions to top sites 
  • Quality time with friends 

Housing

Hostel/hotel with other Global Navigators

24/7 Support

1 Program Leader for every 12 students and support from local staff

Program Blogs

From CIEE

Rockets from Glen!

By Aliou Sall at CIEE

""Whoosh!" goes the rocket as the motor ignites. In seconds, the rocket is many meters above us, and then a brief moment of silence before the "pop" of the parachute... keep reading

From CIEE

Student Spotlight: Javier Rattia Partida Reflects on Toulouse's Aeroscopia Museum

By Rachel Kirk at CIEE

Read for a student reflection on a visit to the aeropsace museum Aeroscopia from Javier Rattia Partida , a high school participant from Texas. "Aeroscopia is a fascinating museum situated... keep reading

From CIEE

First weekend excursion

By Aliou Sall at CIEE

From the perspective of Jowita one of the student engineers. "We started out early on Saturday morning to make our way to the Canal du Midi. The Canal du Midi... keep reading

Activities

Sample Activities

Two high schoolers posing with an astronaut suit in a Toulouse museum

Just Imagine All the Fun You’ll Have!

  • Paddle your way down the Garonne River on kayak with your fellow Global Navigators.  
  • Step into the manufacturing plant at Airbus and see the A380 and A350 under construction. Go behind the scenes to the final assembly line for a peek at what’s next in aerospace innovation.  
  • Climb aboard the history of aviation at the Aeroscopia. See the Super Guppy—the first airplane manufactured, and sleek Concorde.  At La Cité de l’Espace, walk on the moon and behold Earth from outer space.  
  • Cross the stone bridge into the fortified city of Carcassonne and feel the Middle Ages around you. Tour the chateau and ramparts. Take in the magnificent views!  

Please note activities are based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback. Our goal when arranging activities is always to enhance your experience. 

What Students Are Saying

  • “The friends I made are now lifelong friends. The experience as a whole was eye-opening and fun. I enjoyed the trips we took too. There was a wide array of activities to do as well as giving us a different perspective of France.” 

    Andrew S., Global Navigator Alum

  • “It was amazing going to Carcassonne and getting to explore the castle.” 

    Damariz O., Global Navigator Alum

  • “My most memorable experience in Toulouse has been all the friendships that I've made. Not only did I make lifelong friendships with people from America, but I made friendships with locals.” 

    Catherine D., Global Navigator Alum

  • “It was an enlightening experience and perhaps the best month of my life. I loved having time to explore the city with my friends. I had a lot of fun!” 

    Rocio Y., Global Navigator Alum

Dates & Fees

Dates & Fees

Eligibility

  • Participants must be 14 years old and above.
  • Program open to all current high school students: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors.  
  • For scholarship eligibility requirements, please check our Scholarship page

For more information, refer to the detailed Program Essential Eligibility Criteria.

Application Fee

$25 

Program scholarships and tuition include iNext Travel Insurance, but do not cover the cost of flights. Find additional details about what’s included with your tuition.   

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Program

Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Costs

Program Summer Session I 2024 3 weeks Start Date End Date Costs $6,250
Program Summer Session II 2024 3 weeks Start Date End Date Costs $6,250

What's Included

Interactive Classes

Housing

3 Meals/Day

(Dietary Needs Accommodated)

All Ground Transportation

(Once In-country)

Optional Flight Chaperone

(Flight Cost Not Included)

Pre-departure Advice and Orientation

Access to Local Phone and WIFI

All Cultural Activities and Excursions

Comprehensive Medical and Travel Protection

24/7 Emergency On-site Support

Our Staff

Our Staff

Isabelle Jaffe

Center Director

A resident of Toulouse with American and French citizenship, Isabelle received her Licence (BA) in English and philosophy and her master's degree in literature from the University of Paris–La Sorbonne...

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