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Program Overview

Program Overview

Did you know that Toulouse is the center of the European aerospace industry and home to Airbus? CIEE’s new Engineering, Technology, and Society Short-Term Program is designed to meet your interests and needs by providing options for taking appropriate courses in English and participating in excursions and other activities that allow you to learn firsthand about the local aerospace industry.

Study abroad in Toulouse and you’ll:

  • Identify how current engineering and technology trends reflect the social, demographic, and cultural context within France
  • Analyze at least one contemporary engineering and technology challenge confronting France today
  • Recognize how the French interact in technical and professional settings using verbal and non-verbal communication
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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/

  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

    Applicants for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship can apply for the CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant, which provides both program cost support and support for airfare. Students will have to provide proof of having applied to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, upon request.

    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

Field Trips and Overnight Excursions
CIEE staff arranges a variety of field trips in and around Toulouse throughout each session. Sample day trips include destinations such as the medieval city of Carcassonne, the city of Albi (which holds the largest cathedral in the world and unique Museum of Toulouse-Lautrec), Narbonne, and other emblematic towns in the Midi Pyrenees region, such as Cahors. During these trips, you will be able to learn about the history and culture of these cities in Southern France.

Volunteering

You can also take advantage of opportunities to complete a non-credit community engagement activity. You might volunteer at a food bank, women’s shelter, or senior center, tutor children after school, or work on an organic farm.

Student to Student

CIEE partners with engineering schools and will organize meetings and social events between local engineering students and CIEE students.

Coursework

The Engineering, Technology and Society Short-Term Program in Toulouse is geared towards students who are interested in engineering or technology related disciplines. You will take one CIEE course taught in English and may choose to also take a Communicative French language course.

Each session offers an engineering, technology and society-specific course: Aerospace and Engineering in a Local and Global Society; Science and Technology in a Cultural Perspective; Engineering, Society and Sustainability. Students may also take an optional Communicative French Course for 1 credit.

Company Visits

The program includes company visits and other engineering-related site visits. These could include visits to various aerospace companies such as Airbus, ATR, or Thales, to the agricultural engineering school of Purpan, or to Fab-Lab, a Toulouse digital technology laboratory that is the first one of its type in France. During these visits, you will be able to gain knowledge on different engineering fields and analyze the impact of each of those on humankind and the global environment.

The Engineering, Technology and Society Short-Term Program in Toulouse is geared towards students who are interested in engineering or technology related disciplines. You will take one CIEE course taught in English and may choose to also take a Communicative French language course.

Cultural Immersion

You will live with a host family, a housing situation that further promotes integration into the local culture and reinforces daily use of the language.

CIEE staff coordinates various local cultural activities such as museum visits, cooking classes, or a trip to watch a professional rugby game. Toulouse has an active music and arts scene, and there are festivals throughout the summer such as Rio Loco that invites a guest country every year for music concerts. The Toulouse Plage festival turns the Garonne riverside into a playground for sports activities and draws large crowds for a cultural program that includes cinema, theater, art, poetry, photography, music events, and exhibitions. These activities are designed to complement your classroom experience and provide firsthand contact with a broad range of day-to-day activities in which the French participate, from sports and cuisine to arts and music.

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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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Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Summer Session I 2017 (4 wks)
04/01/2017
05/22/2017
06/19/2017
$4,650

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$3,258
Housing ***
$925
Insurance
$167

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes all meals

Estimated Additional Costs

International Airfare *
$1,300
Local Transportation
$125
Books & Supplies
$75
Personal expenses
$525

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Summer Session I and II 2017 (8 wks)
04/01/2017
05/22/2017
07/17/2017
$8,350

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$6,033
Housing ***
$1,850
Insurance
$167

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes all meals

Estimated Additional Costs

International Airfare *
$1,300
Local Transportation
$250
Books & Supplies
$150
Personal expenses
$1,050

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Summer Sessions I, II and III 2017 (12 wks)
04/01/2017
05/22/2017
08/13/2017
$12,050

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$8,808
Housing ***
$2,775
Insurance
$167

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes all meals

Estimated Additional Costs

International Airfare *
$1,300
Local Transportation
$375
Books & Supplies
$225
Personal expenses
$1,575

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Summer Session II 2017 (4 wks)
04/01/2017
06/19/2017
07/17/2017
$4,650

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$3,258
Housing ***
$925
Insurance
$167

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes all meals

Estimated Additional Costs

International Airfare *
$1,300
Local Transportation
$125
Books & Supplies
$75
Personal expenses
$525

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Summer Session II and III 2017 (8 wks)
04/01/2017
06/19/2017
08/13/2017
$8,350

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$6,033
Housing ***
$1,850
Insurance
$167

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes all meals

Estimated Additional Costs

International Airfare *
$1,300
Local Transportation
$250
Books & Supplies
$150
Personal expenses
$1,050

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Summer Session III 2017 (4 wks)
05/01/2017
07/17/2017
08/13/2017
$4,650

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$3,258
Housing ***
$925
Insurance
$167

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes all meals

Estimated Additional Costs

International Airfare *
$1,300
Local Transportation
$125
Books & Supplies
$75
Personal expenses
$525

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Eligibility
2.5 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.5
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours and 45 contact hours per session. Students may participate in one, two, or three sessions. Students may also enroll in the optional communicative language class in one session for an additional 1 semester / 1.5 quarter credit hours.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students enroll in one engineering course per 4-week session. Each engineering course include 45 contact hours. Students may also take an optional Communicative French Language course (1 semester / 1.5 quarter hours).

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About the City

About The City

Toulouse, capital of the Midi-Pyrénées region, is the fourth largest city in France and has the second largest student population in the country. Known as the “Pink City” due to the red/pink bricks that feature prominently in many of its buildings, Toulouse is a city rich in history as well as a major business and technology center. The Université de Toulouse is one of the oldest universities in the world (13th century), and the city has been consistently rated as one of the best places to study and live in France. Toulouse, home to French aerospace giant Airbus and several other top technology companies, has become the European aerospace industry hub. With easy access to the ocean and mountains, a wonderful year-round climate, a vibrant art and music scene, and a student-friendly environment, Toulouse offers program participants the opportunity to learn about France’s past and present while experiencing life in a dynamic French 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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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 Toulouse Study Center. The CIEE Study Center is located in the historical part of Toulouse, on rue Pharaon, near main squares Place des Carmes, Place Esquirol, and Place du Capitole. It is right in the middle of the vibrant city center, close to all main commercial facilities and cultural sites.

CIEE has developed close ties with a few prestigious engineering schools in Toulouse, including INSA (Institut National des Sciences Appliquées) and ENAC (Ecole Nationale de l’Aviation Civile), and taps into the knowledge and expertise of their professors to teach CIEE students. Furthermore, CIEE collaborates with the local engineering schools to arrange activities and meetings for CIEE students and local French students to help foster cultural interaction and intercultural learning.

Host Institution

CIEE Study Center in Toulouse, France

Transportation

Toulouse has a very good public transportation network, including a modern metro system and buses. The central historical area of Toulouse is compact and easy to cover on foot, and the CIEE Study Center and various host universities are close to one another. Toulouse has an international airport and is connected to other parts of the country and region by high-speed rail.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Housing, two meals on weekdays, and three meals on weekends are included in the study abroad program fee. You will live with French homestay families in various Toulouse communities. You typically eat weekday breakfasts and dinners at the place of residence. You may purchase lunches at local cafes, restaurants, and markets located throughout the city.

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Orientations

Orientations

Your study abroad experience in France begins with an online pre-departure orientation in which the Resident Director at CIEE’s Study Center in Toulouse shares information about the program and site, address frequently asked questions, and gives you the opportunity to inquire about anything that isn’t covered. The orientation insures that you’ll arrive to the program well informed and is great way to connect with others in the group.

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Internet

Internet

All housing in Toulouse provides internet connection. In addition, you will have access to Wi-Fi at the CIEE Study Center. You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop although it is not required.

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Academics

Academics

Academic Culture

Professors in France tend to be more formal than in the U.S. and do not see it as their role to give encouragement or individual attention to students. Instead, they see themselves as specialists who are there to impart their knowledge. As a result, French students are generally very self-disciplined and do not expect to be motivated by their instructors, but rather judge a course by the quality and quantity of information taught. Also, syllabi are seldom as detailed as in the U.S., and students need to be able to figure out for themselves what is important, what should be memorized, etc. Professors in France, like most of professors in the U.S., are dedicated educators whose goal is to provide the best possible instruction they can. Although this mission may take quite different forms, it is essentially the same. Students should remain open to new teaching methods and styles and take this as part of their foreign study experience.

Nature of Classes

Classes are for CIEE students only. Classes will typically meet Monday through Friday. Each course will include several field trips and local activities, for which students will have to prepare in advance, and will debrief in class with the professor. The Resident Director will work closely with each student to make sure that students are clear about their weekly schedules. Students are expected to complete all of the homework assigned and take exams when scheduled.

Grading System

Assessment varies but is usually 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. Although continuous assessment of student performance occurs throughout the program, it is usual for the final exam to 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. French students are content to receive a grade in the 12–15 range (roughly equivalent to a B). CIEE and other international students who take courses for credit are also graded on this scale. The Resident Director converts all final grades into U.S. letter grades using an international grade conversion chart.

Language of Instruction

English

Faculty

All CIEE courses are taught by local faculty with advanced degrees in their field. Professors will be hired from renowned Toulouse engineering schools such as INSA or ENAC.

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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.

Courses
Aerospace Engineering in a Local and Global Society
Science and Technology in a Cultural Perspective
Engineering, Society and Sustainability
Communicative French

CIEE Course Descriptions

SESSION 1

ENGI 3001 TOFR
Aerospace Engineering in a Local and Global Society

This aerospace engineering course allows students to develop skills in engineering science and engineering design of aeronautical systems. Students will become familiar with aircraft technologies and structures and flight control laws, as well as with the notions of aerodynamics and propulsion, safety and risk assessment. This technical approach will be complemented with study of the European and global competition and economic environment of the aeronautical sector. The course will fully benefit from the large Toulouse aerospace infrastructure and will include field trips to Airbus and several other organizations associated with Airbus.

SESSION II

ENGI 3002 TOFR
Engineering, Society, and Sustainability

The influential role of engineering in shaping modern world is indisputable. In turn, social institutions, ethical practices and cultural values influence engineers’ work and the profession is central to achieving sustainable development and improving the efficiency of resource use. This course intends to develop students’ abilities in creative and critical thinking about engineers’ role in ecological modernization. Field trips to local engineering businesses and consulting companies in sustainable development will be organized in order to deepen the knowledge to the topics discussed in class.

SESSION III

ENGI 3003 TOFR
Science and Technology in a Cultural Perspective

In this course, students will be presented with an overview of what constitutes scientific and technological approaches through the ages up to the recent role of technology in shaping modern society. Students will carry out informed discussions about the notion of technological “progress” and development focusing especially on ethical and cultural questions. The course will show how social and cultural movements, from the Renaissance of the late 15th century to the environmental and global justice movements of our time, have provided contexts for mixing scientific knowledge and technical skills from different fields and social domains.

SESSION I or II or III

FREN 0001 TOFR
Communicative French

This course is designed to help students build basic communication skills in order to effectively navigate life in the host country and remain safe. By learning key phrases and vocabulary, students will begin to better understand the local culture. Emphasis will be placed on developing real-life language use. Students will build fundamental language skills to interact with local community members in an appropriate manner, to express basic needs and feelings, to buy or order things, and to learn and discover interesting aspects of the host culture. Contact Hours: 15 Credit: 1 semester / 1.5 quarter hours

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