The city of Tours, situated along the banks of the LoireRiver, 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 LoireValley 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.
Summer Session I, late May to early July, 2015
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. 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)
Excursions and Cultural Activities
Previous excursions have included trips to Versailles, Mont Saint Michel, Vaux le Comte (in Maincy), Fontainbleau and to the chateaux 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.
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.
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 2014 summer rate was $900/per credit hour. Expect a small increase for Summer 2015. *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 - $4,200 (includes 6 hrs transfer credit)
Tuition (3 hrs) - $2,700
Airfare (estimated) - $1,500 Personal Expenses (estimated) ~ $500 Estimated total cost - $8,900
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
*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.
Please contact the Center for Global Programs and Studies for scholarship information
2014 Faculty Director
Phone: (336) 758-3949
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