This is the 21st year of the University of Toronto summer program in Tours, France. More than 1750 students have participated since 2002. The program is designed for students who wish to develop their French language skills or immerse themselves in the study of French history. This program is hosted by the Institut de Touraine, which is affiliated with the Université Francois Rabelais de Tours.
The University of Toronto will offer a French culture course and French language courses in Tours, France. The courses are worth one full-year credit and are contingent on adequate enrolment.
After arrival in Tours, students will enjoy an orientation and reception organized by the Institut de Touraine. A one-day trip at the start of the program to the Loire river valley has also been arranged for all participants.
The Institut de Touraine usually offers tours to the main historic buildings in Tours, cultural activities (e.g. movies, theatre workshops and French song workshops) and evenings and outings with French families.
The Institut also offers optional paid tours and excursions at reasonable prices. In the past, these have included several châteaux of the Loire Valley and sites such as Mont-St. Michel and St. Malo, Chartres Cathedral and the gardens of Chambord.