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Program Overview

Program Overview

In CIEE’s January Business and Culture program in Toulouse, you can immerse yourself in France’s storied past and study modern cultural dynamics up close. Challenging coursework, unique excursions, and living with a French family promise an enlightening and exciting experience.

Study abroad in Toulouse and you will:

  • Immerse yourself in French culture during a homestay, visits to course-related sites, and a variety of cultural excursions and activities
  • Explore the city’s impressive historical, cultural sites, and financial locales, with weekly field trips, and more
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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    The GAIN Grant helps cover airfare costs to and from CIEE program locations for students who demonstrate high financial need. GAIN Grants are available for short-term (January and summer), semester and year-long CIEE programs.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

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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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Excursions

This program gets you out and about exploring so much of what makes France great. In and around Toulouse, you’ll enjoy weekly field trips to art and history museums and monuments, guided tours of historical sites, and a local traditional cooking workshop. Enjoy cheese-tasting and an introduction to French etiquette. You might choose to take a boat trip on the Garonne River and Canal du Midi, go for a bike ride, or a hike in the Pyrénées Mountains. You’ll go on a weekend trip to explore another part of France. You might go to Millau and Rodez in the Midi-Pyrénées, Marseille and Avignon in Provence, or Perpignan and Céret in the Pyrénées Orientales.

Coursework

Learn about the formation of France by studying its historic periods, such as Roman, Gaul, Renaissance and Enlightenment. Find out more about great historical icons such as Caesar, Joan of Arc, or Napoleon Bonaparte and their power in the collective memory as symbols of France’s grandeur. Discover the diverse peoples, religions, regions, and political values that have made up France.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students enroll in one culture course, France: the Making of a Nation.

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About the City

About The City

Toulouse is the capital of the Midi-Pyrénées region in southwestern France. With 1.2 million inhabitants, including France's third-largest student population, Toulouse is a nexus of ancient and modern worlds. Nicknamed the Pink City (la Ville Rose) for its unique architecture of pinkish bricks, the city counts among its cultural treasures one of Europe's oldest universities, Universite de Toulouse (established in 1299), and two UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Canal Du Midi and the Basilica of St. Sernin. With easy access to the ocean and mountains, a favorable year-round climate, a vibrant art and music scene, and a student-friendly atmosphere, the city is consistently rated as one of the best places to study and live in France. It’s an amazing place to learn about France’s past and present while you experience life in a dynamic city with top-rated universities, quaint neighborhoods, and wonderful café-lined squares.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Marie-Anne Comoy

Program Assistant and Housing Coordinator

Marie-Anne Comoy has an extensive experience in managing customer portfolios and in carrying out quality audits of large multimedia companies in Paris. In 2011, she decided to apply her communication and public relation skills to developing a network of homestay families for the School for International Training in Toulouse. She carried out several homestay training sessions and advised various groups of students on cultural adaptation to a French homestay. Starting in January 2015, she has taken on further responsibilities with CIEE in assisting the Resident Director with program coordination and development of extracurricular activities. As Housing Coordinator, Marie-Anne Comoy is available to provide 24/7 support to the CIEE students on homestay-related issues

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Isabelle Jaffe

Resident Director

A resident of Toulouse with American and French citizenship, Isabelle received her Licence (BA) in French and philosophy and her master's degree in literature from the University of Paris–La Sorbonne. She has been on the teaching staff of New York's Marymount College and the Alliance Française in Los Angeles, California. Ms. Jaffe has taught French and English at several institutes and colleges in Toulouse and Avignon, and served as the supervisory director for the Centre International d'Etudes et de Loisirs, overseeing the pedagogy of the French language programs. She later directed the language and culture programs at the Centre d'Etudes Linguistiques d'Avignon.

In addition to her academic positions, Ms. Jaffe has worked as a cross-cultural consultant for several firms in the Toulouse area, including Aerospatiale. Her short stories have been published in literary journals in France and her plays have been produced in theaters in Toulouse.

Ms. Jaffe was a language instructor and assistant academic director for the SIT Toulouse program in the 1997–1998 academic year and was academic director in Toulouse from 1998 through 2014. In her role as academic director, Ms. Jaffe oversaw every aspect of the program. In addition to designing the program's academic and field-based components, she collaborated with an extensive network of individuals and organizations affiliated with the program and worked to ensure students’ academic needs were met. In the Fall of 2014, she was hired to set up and run CIEE study center in Toulouse.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

Classes are held at the CIEE Study Center located in the historical part of Toulouse, on rue Pharaon, near main squares Place des Carmes, Place Esquirol, and Place du Capitole.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

The program fee includes housing, two meals on weekdays, and all meals on weekends. Students live with French homestay families in various Toulouse communities. During the week, students typically eat breakfast and dinner at their host family residence, and buy lunch at local cafés, restaurants, and markets throughout the city.

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Orientations

Orientations

Before you leave for France, during an online predeparture orientation, you’ll learn about the program, site, and academic and cultural highlights, and have time to ask questions. You can also connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of this experience, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish.

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Internet

Internet

All homestays have Internet connections. Students also have access to Wi-Fi at the CIEE Study Center. Students are encouraged to bring wireless-enabled laptops.

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Culture

Culture

The academic program is supplemented with required field trips and excursions, which include visits in Toulouse to monuments, guided tours of the historical district and immigrant neighborhood, and more. The program also includes cuisine workshops, cheese-tasting, a visit to a local winery, a bike ride on the canal embankment, or a hike in the Pyrenees Mountains.

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Academics

Academics

The course is taught by professors who are experienced with U.S. academic culture and teach with methodologies that are familiar to U.S. students. Courses are a combination of lectures and discussion; frequent feedback to students; student presentations; and more. A syllabus will provide students with clear assignments and deadlines to help them stay on track throughout the course.

Although extracurricular activities and personal travel contribute to the student’s overall study abroad experience, early departure for or late return from vacation is not allowed. Any extended travel should take place prior to the start of the program, during vacation periods or upon completion of the program.

Nature of Classes

CIEE courses are for CIEE students only, and are taught in English by faculty from Toulouse public and private universities. Classes typically meet Monday through Friday. The course includes several field trips and local activities. The resident director works closely with each student to make sure students understand their schedule. Students are expected to complete all homework and take exams when scheduled.

Grading System

Students are graded based on class participation, in-class activities, homework assignments, exams, papers, and oral presentations. Assessment is based on a theoretical exam and a practical aspect of the class, specifically a group or individual project.

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English

Faculty

CIEE courses are taught by faculty from Toulouse public and private universities as well as business professionals.

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

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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.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

France: The Making of a Nation
This course covers the formation of France, ranging from prehistoric to modern times. It will focus on major periods (Roman, Gaul, Renaissance, and Enlightenment) that have shaped the country politically, socially as well as architecturally. Similarly, the course will show how great historical icons such as Caesar, Joan of Arc or Napoleon Bonaparte have remained in people’s collective memory as symbols of France grandeur. The course highlights the diverse peoples, religions, regions, and political values that have made up France and have led to numerous violent conflicts throughout the centuries. In turn, these conflicts have generated a strong desire for unity as demonstrated by a highly centralized power in Paris overlooking and ruling over all other regions in the country. Specific focus will be placed on the Midi-Pyrénées region, of which Toulouse is the capital city. Field trips, cultural outings, and cuisine workshops complement the topics covered in the classroom. In addition to textbooks, other resources, such as newspaper and magazine articles and films, will be used.

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