This program typically runs from the end of May through the end of June
Toulouse, la ville rose, the “pink city” between the majestic Pyrenees and the Mediterranean Sea, in South-Western France, is the new summer offering of UConn’s Study Abroad French programs. A four-week full-immersion program where you will be able to earn 6 UConn credits, learn about French history and culture, enjoy a lively and modern city with a rich cultural heritage, meet friendly people, visit glorious sites from the past and industries of the future, and participate in daily activities with your new French and international friends.
This program, for you will receive 6-7 UConn graded credits, is designed to accommodate all majors from engineering, to business, history, art, literature, languages, and more, combines UConn courses with French cultural activities and French life experience. All classes are taught at Langue Onze, the Toulouse Language School, in beautiful and exciting downtown Toulouse. You will be in classes in the morning, and involved in cultural activities in the afternoon, sometimes in the evening.
French Language Course:
Whether you need survival French, an intermediate language refresher course or an advanced conversation or translation course. There is a language class for you at the Language School. Feel confident that whether you are a complete beginner or an advanced speaker, you will be appropriately placed in intensive language classes learning French at your own level and at your own pace. Classes are taught in small groups (10-12 students) by certified professors of French in a student-friendly environment. You will earn between 3-4 credits of UConn language courses.
At the school, you will also take FRENCH 1169: Modernity in Crisis: France and the Francophone World From 1850 to Today or its more advanced version at 3000-level, FRENCH 3224: ISSUES IN CULTURAL STUDIES
Both are three-credit French culture courses taught in English or French by UConn professor, Eliane Dalmolin. French 1169 or French 3224 fulfills your UConn General Education requirement for CA 1 and CA 4 (yes, it is a “double dip”). In this course, we will study the historical, social, and cultural transformations that turned the southwest of France upside down in the 20th and 21st centuries. We will also discuss the differences between the French and Americans that are still present today.
1. In the afternoon, you will be involved in cultural activities from playing the famous southern game of pétanque a game similar to bacci — to riding bikes on the canal banks, or even learning to dance the regional Occitan dances. Visits to Airbus Industry and the futuristic and multimedia park La Cité de l’Espace are also scheduled during your stay.
2. Evenings are for relaxation and fun whether you chose to sit at cafés terraces with friends, try local food at the many open-air restaurants, go to the movies, enjoy evening concerts (indoors or outdoors, classical and popular) or stay in with your host family for a quiet evening en famille. In any case, you will be practicing your French at all times while having the true experience of daily life in southwest France.
3. National Day of Music, June 21: A unique all night celebration from classical to hip hop that brings all of France outside to play, sing, dance, or simply learn. This music extravaganza is free and celebrated everywhere in France, a national cultural experience that you will never forget.
4. During the weekends we will go on excursions to visit the medieval city of Carcassonne, or hike in the Pyrénées, and we will spend a weekend at the beach near the Mediterrannean seaside town of Narbonne. There will also be a weekend trip to Paris.
5. Paris: an all-inclusive four day stay in the city of lights: we will visit the famous museums Le Louvre and Orsay, listen to gregorian chants at Notre Dame cathedral, take a cruise on the Seine, enjoy Paris by night. We will stay in a quaint and ideally located hotel in the Latin quarter near the famous Sorbonne University and the Luxembourg Gardens. You will have metro passes to extend your visit and make the most of Paris. Finally, we will have a farewell diner in an excellent Parisian restaurant.
You will be housed with a French family in Toulouse, yet another way for you to become part of the authentic French experience and practice your French while sharing your one cultural background with your friendly hosts. You will have access to cooking facilities–but if you prefer your family to prepare breakfast and dinner and dine with you, half-board is also available for an additional fee. You will have an independent and private room with bathroom, access to all the shared parts of the house. Sheets, blankets, towels are provided. All families have been carefully selected and their houses are friendly, spacious and charming, many are central, others near a metro station. Metro and bus passes are also provided and included in your program fee. Like many Toulousans, you may also decide to rent a bike to ride to school, a fantastic and practical way to stay healthy and really see the city at your own pace.
Please note that the only type of financial aid that can be applied to the cost of this program, other than scholarships, are Federal Stafford Loans. Click the link below for this program’s budget sheet and contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.
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- Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Class status:||2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year||Academic area:||Humanities|
|Language of instruction:||French||Prior language study required:||None|
|Open to non-UConn students:||Yes||Required GPA:||2.5|