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  • Locations: Tours, France
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: ECU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 09/15/2019 ** 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.
Fact Sheet:
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Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: French Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Archaeology, Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Classical Studies, Communication, Computer Science, Culinary Arts, Economics, Engineering, French, Geography, Geology, German, Graphic Design, Health and Human Services, Health Science, History, Hospitality Management, Human Resource Management, Information Design, International Relations, Italian, Journalism, Latin American Studies, Linguistics, Management, Marketing, Math, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sciences, Sociology, Spanish, Urban Design
Click here for a definition of this term Housing Options: Off Campus Apartment, On Campus Housing Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Bilateral Exchange
Program Description:

Fast Facts about the ProgramTours


Type of Program: ECU Bi-Lateral                                                  
 Available: Semester & Full Year


Academic Calendar:
Term 1=Mid-September - Mid-December
Term 2=Mid-January - May/early June


Host Country Currency: Euro(€)       
: On Campus/Off Campus


City Population:  142,000                                                             
University Population:
21 207


Language of Instruction: mainly French with limited options in English         
Official Language of Country: French


Program cost:  $100 application fee due when submitting the ECU application. Students pay the same ECU tuition to ECU and will pay housing directly to François Rabelais University.

About Tours:


Tours has long had a reputation as a conservative, bourgeois city, but the increasing numbers of commuters to Paris (now less than a hour away on the TGV line) have livened it up significantly.  Tours is renowned for its architecture and history, the Loire valley food and the Loire valley wine. Tours is called "Le Jardin de la France" (The garden of France). There are several parks located within the city, as well as a cedar tree near the Cathedral planted by Napoleon. Learn more about the city here:




Academic Program:


A comprehensive research university, François Rabelais has noted strengths in mathematics, biology, health sciences, languages and cultural studies, the Renaissance, and urban design and planning. As a student you can choose from a full range of courses or opt for the CUEFFE (“Center for French as a Foreign Language”) program, in which you’ll get to take classes with students from all over Europe.  Université François Rabelais offers program in the Arts, Art History, Commerce, Communications, Economics, Geography, Health Sciences, History, Humanities, Languages, Law, Life Sciences, Literature, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology and Social Sciences.

You can view classes that are most popular amongst exchange students by clicking here.


Housing options at François Rabelais University:

Student housing in university residence is available through the Centre Local des Oeuvres Universitaires (C.L.O.U.S.). Other housing options are posted on the Service des Relations Internationales website. Exchange students in France may be eligible to apply for the Caisse d'Allocations Familiales (CAF), a French social assistance program for housing.