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Study Abroad in Tours and Paris, France

Summer A, May 20 - June 14, 2022

  • Spend three weeks in the beautiful Loire valley of France.
  • Study French with students from all over the world in classes adapted to your level and taught by native speakers.
  • Take excursions to the famous castles of the Loire, local museums, and other sights.
  • Spend two days and three nights in Paris.
  • Earn 6 credits toward graduation.
  • Experience the culture and food of “The Garden of France.”

The Academic Program

Students will take an immersive French language course, either FOL 2952 Intermediate Foreign Language Study Abroad (3 cr), or FOL Advanced Foreign Language Study Abroad (3 cr), at the renown Institut de Touraine. In addition, all students will take FRT 3550 Faces of France (3 cr), a culture course on contemporary France which will include excursions to castles, a medieval abbey, and area museums.


Students must complete an application (including an interview with the faculty leaders) and, if accepted, make all payments by the deadlines. Students will register for the two 3-credit-hour classes during the regular registration period for summer classes and will pay the usual tuition and fees for these classes.

Life in Tours

Tours, sitting at the confluence of the Loire and Cher rivers, is a UNESCO world heritage site. It is the capital of the Loire Valley, the “Garden of France.” It boasts a beautiful old city with half-timbered houses. It is also close to the celebrated wine-making areas of Vouvray, Chinon, and Sancerre. Students will live with a French family and experience an authentic immersion into the life of students in France. The city of Tours, home to the Université de Tours, is known for its lively student life. We will take excursions to visit castles, museums, local markets, and medieval abbeys. Excursions are planned to Chenonceau, Blois, Chambord, Azay-le-Rideau, Villandry, and Fontevraud. There will also be excursions to sights in Tours.

Trip to Paris

After three weeks in Tours, students will travel to Paris for two days and three nights at a youth hostel located in the center of “the City of Light.” We will visit some of the most iconic places in the world.

Tentative Itinerary

  • Saturday, May 21: Arrive in Paris at the Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport by a time to be determined for the bus to Tours.
  • Sunday, May 22: Orientation tour of Tours.
  • Monday, May 23: First day of classes. Classes will be in the mornings.
  • Tuesday, May 24: First day of excursions. Excursions will be in the afternoons.
  • Friday, June 10: Last day of classes and excursions.
  • Saturday, June 11: Travel to Paris.
  • Sunday-Monday, June 12-13: In Paris.
  • Tuesday, June 14: Return to Jacksonville.

Travel Information

Students purchase their own airline tickets and commit to being in Paris, at the Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport, on Saturday, May 21, by a time to be determined to take the prearranged bus to Tours. The exact meeting point at the airport will be provided in advance.


After the end of classes, students will purchase their own train tickets (with assistance from the faculty leaders) for the trip from Tours to Paris. They will also purchase their own metro tickets to go from Paris to Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport.


Students may participate in pre- and/or post- study abroad travel on their own, but this is separate from the UNF program.


Estimated total cost for the program is $5,660. This includes:

  1. Payment to UNF: approximately $2,320. All language classes, excursions, lodging with a French family, travel Paris-Tours, 46 meals, and transportation within Tours.
  2. Expenses that students will pay on their own: approximately $2,060. Airfare, 15 lunches, and personal items.
  3. UNF tuition and fees: approximately $1,280.

If prices increase, students are responsible for any increase in program costs.

If prices decrease or come in under estimates, all money left over will be returned to the students.

Financial Assistance

Regular student financial aid can apply to this trip. Majors and minors in French and Franco-phone Studies are eligible to apply for the generous LeMaster and Cascone scholarships. Declaring a minor is easy to do. Students are also encouraged to apply for the SAILS scholarships offered by the International Center.


  • Be 18 years of age.
  • Hold a valid passport. (Faculty leaders can help students with the passport process.)
  • Have the equivalent of two semesters of college-level French.
  • Comply with all Covid-19 requirements of the French government.
  • Attend all pre-trip meetings and complete all required paperwork on time.


To apply, log on to MyWings, look under “Online Forms,” and select “Faculty-Led Study Abroad Application.”


  • Application and $775 deposit: February 11, 2022.
  • Second $775 payment: March 4, 2022.
  • Third payment, remaining balance: March 18, 2022.

More Information

Contact one of the course faculty leaders:

  • Dr. Patricia Geesey,
  • Dr. George Rainbolt,