Fast Facts about the Program
Type of Program: ECU Bi-Lateral
Available: Semester & Full Year
Term 1=Mid-September - Mid-December
Term 2=Mid-January - May/early June
Host Country Currency: Euro(€)
Housing: 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.
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: http://www.bonjourlafrance.com/france-city/tours-france/tours-city.htm
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.