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  • Locations: Tours, France
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2023 03/01/2023 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Description:

Discover the Loire Valley of France

The city of Tours, situated along the banks of the Loire River, has been described as having the lively, cosmopolitan air of a miniature Paris. Only an hour by train from Paris, Tours attracts visitors with its wide 18th-century avenues, its many parks and formal gardens, café-lined boulevards, and thriving university.

All students who successfully complete the program will receive 9 hours of credit. More advanced students who have already completed the language requirement can earn credit toward the major or minor in French by completing intensive advanced intermediate conversation and grammar training along with a FRH 216 course in francophone literature and culture.
Tours 2012

Tours 2012

Tours 2012
Overview The city of Tours, situated along the banks of the Loire River, has been described as having the lively, cosmopolitan air of a miniature Paris. Only an hour by train from Paris, Tours attracts visitors with its wide avenues, many parks and formal gardens, café-lined boulevards, and thriving university.

All students who successfully complete the program will receive 9 hours of credit. Coursework for beginning and intermediate students fulfills the Wake Forest Basic Language Requirement and allows students to hone their French language skills in an immersion setting. More advanced students who have already completed the language requirement can earn credit toward the major or minor in French by completing intensive advanced intermediate conversation and grammar training along with a FRH 216 course in francophone literature and culture.



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Location The city of Tours, situated along the banks of the Loire River, has been described as having the lively, cosmopolitan air of a miniature Paris. Only an hour by train from Paris, Tours attracts visitors with its wide 18th-century avenues, its many parks and formal gardens, café-lined boulevards, and thriving university. Tours and the surrounding Loire Valley have played a major role in French history. Originally a Gallo-Roman settlement and later home to monks as well as to Medieval and Renaissance kings, the area has a rich spiritual and architectural legacy. While known for its physical beauty and temperate climate (74 F in June), Tours is also a center for sports with its own soccer club and cycling competitions, as well as opportunities for hiking, biking, canoeing, and kayaking. Visitors can visit the region by land, by boat or by balloon! A vibrant cultural center, Tours and nearby towns host jazz, rock, and classical music festivals in June.
Program All students who successfully complete the program will receive 9 hours of credit. Students can complete Wake Forest's basic language requirement in an immersion setting by taking intensive intermediate French concurrently with FRH 212. More advanced students who have already completed the language requirement can earn credit toward the major or minor in French by completing intensive advanced intermediate conversation and grammar training along with a FRH 216 course in francophone literature and culture; this program also includes weekly lectures by faculty specializing in history, gastronomy, business, political science, or literature. The intensive language courses will be taught by professors at the Institut de Touraine. FRH 212 and 216 will be taught by a Wake Forest professor. Depending on your level of French, your schedule will be one of the following:

Beginning to intermediate:
FRH 212: Exploring the French & Francophone World (3 hours)
FRH 520: Intensive Intermediate Language and Phonetics (6 hours)

Intermediate to advanced intermediate:
FRH 216: Studies in French & Francophone Literature & Culture (3 hours)
FRH 500: Intensive Advanced Intermediate Language and Phonetics (6 hours)
Faculty 2023 Faculty Director 
Dr. Stéphanie Pellet
Associate Professor French Studies
E-mail: pelletsh@wfu.edu
Phone: (336) 758-5000
Accommodation Students will live with families in homestays. Placements will be arranged for students before arrival in Tours. Breakfast, dinner and laundry services will be provided by families and included in the program cost.
Excursions Previous excursions have included trips to Mont Saint Michel, Saint Malo, Paris, the Vouvray caverns and winery and the châteaux of the Loire Valley. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in boating, hiking, sports, and cultural activities organized by the Institut de Touraine.
Selection The faculty director is responsible for the selection of each group based on the following criteria:
  • Academic suitability (2 semesters of French or FRH 113 is required)
  • Social and emotional maturity
  • Classification
  • Seriousness of the student in pursuing the academic and cultural aims of the program
  • Applicability of the program to the student's interests and studies.
Costs The total cost of summer study abroad can be broken down into four categories:
  • Program Fee - Usually covers room, in-country travel, excursions, some meals and other costs associated with the program.
  • Tuition – Students on WFU summer programs pay WFU summer school tuition per credit hour. The current rate is $950 per hour. 
  • Airfare (estimated) – Varies per location. Students are responsible for their own airfare unless otherwise noted.
  • Personal Expenses (estimated) – These will vary depending on the students' spending habits, cost of living in the destination country, and the number of meals included in the program fee. This may also include visa fees, vaccinations, academic supplies/books and other miscellaneous daily expenses.
Program Fee - $4,590 (includes 6 hrs transfer credit)
Tuition (3 hrs) - $2,850
Airfare (estimated) - $1,600
Personal Expenses (estimated) ~ $500
Estimated total cost - $9,450
Scholarships Scholarships are available through the Center for Global Programs and Studies. Application Deadline: February 15th. 
 
Contact
 
2023 Faculty Director 
Dr. Stéphanie Pellet
Associate Professor French Studies
E-mail: pelletsh@wfu.edu
Phone: (336) 758-5000

Sean McGlynn
Study Abroad Advisor
Center for Global Programs and Studies
116 Reynolda Hall
Phone: (336) 758 3194
E-mail: mcglynsd@wfu.edu
 



 

 
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