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French Language Immersion in Tours
Tours is located on the lower reaches of the river Loire, between Orléans and the Atlantic coast. Touraine, the region around Tours, is known for its wines, the alleged perfection (as perceived by some speakers) of its local spoken French, and for the famous Battle of Tours in 732. It is also the site of the cycling race Paris-Tours.
Tours is the largest city in the Center region of France, although it is not the regional capital, which resides in its second-largest city of Orléans. In 2006, the city itself had 142,000 inhabitants and the metropolitan area had 306,974.
The city is also known as "Le Jardin de la France" ("The Garden of France"). There are several parks located within the city. Tours is located between two rivers, the Loire to the north and the Cher to the south. The buildings of Tours are white with blue slate (called Ardoise) roofs; this style is common in the north of France, as most buildings in the south of France have terracotta roofs.
Tours is famous for its original medieval district, called le Vieux Tours. Unique to the Old City are its preserved half-timbered buildings and la Place Plumereau, a square with busy pubs and restaurants, whose open-air tables fill the center of the square. The Boulevard Beranger crosses the Rue Nationale at the Place Jean-Jaures and is the location of weekly markets and fairs.
Near the cathedral, in the garden of the ancient Palais des Archevêques (now Musée des Beaux-Arts), is a huge cedar tree planted by Napoleon.
Tours is home to François Rabelais University, the site of one of the most important choral competitions, called Florilège Vocal de Tours International Choir Competition, and is a member city of the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing.
The city is only one hour from Paris by train and 1 hour 45 minutes from Charles de Gaulle airport. Tours does have a small domestic airport, which can be reached through connections at Paris or other French cities.
Our French immersion vacation allows you plenty of time to discover Tours & Touraine.
FRENCH LANGUAGE IMMERSION IN TOURS FRANCE
FRENCH LANGUAGE SCHOOL & COURSES, STUDY ABROAD IN TOURS IN THE HEART OF FRANCE
Learn French in Tours,enjoy your French learning vacation in the "Le Jardin de la France" ("The Garden of France") due to it's many parks.
The city is famous for its medieval district (le Vieux Tours) where you will see well preserved half-timbered buildings and it also offers a bustling square. It is also home to a beautiful cathedral with garden (tree planted by Napoleon) and the François Rabelais University.
The inhabitants of Tours (Les Tourangeaux) are renowned for speaking the "purest" form of French in the entire country. The pronunciation of Touraine is widely regarded as the most standard pronunciation of the French language, devoid of any perceived accent (unlike that of most other regions of France, including Paris). Gregory of Tours wrote in the 6th century that some people in this area could still speak Gaulish >> (more)
Planning for your language immersion
:: You will make your own travel arrangements.
:: Arrive independently into Tours.
:: Your arrival day is Sunday.
:: Language courses start on Monday, finish Friday.
:: Your departure day is Saturday.
:: You will be studying and living with like-minded adult International students.
Located in the center of city in the pedestrian street area, our school is a beautiful renovated 18th century stone building with large charming classrooms and rooftop terrace.
From your classroom you can look out to the Charlemagne tower a famous monument in the Medival center. This program offers small classes sizes.
Language course details
You have the following course options:
20 hours per week: (26 group lessons per week) 23 hours per week: (26 group & 3 hours of private lessons per week)
:: We accept all language levels / ages 18+
:: Unlimited course length
:: A "lesson" usually lasts 45 minutes
:: Course runs Monday through Friday
:: Loan of course materials are included
:: Placement test & orientation on first day of course
:: Maximum 7 students per group class
Academic credit available:(if required)
Undergraduate Credit Through Brookhaven College
You have the following lodging options:
:: Private rooms
:: Meals included: breakfast & dinner daily, all meals on weekend
:: Meals will be local custom
:: Shared bathroom with family
:: Laundry will be washedor you'll have access
:: Internet included
:: Bed linens provided; must bring towels
:: You will be given a key to your lodgings
:: Located 15 - 30 mins. to school by public transport
After class & weekend activities
Enjoy social & cultural outings during the week with other students and optional weekend excursions including local museums, theatres, wine cellars, a tour of the chateaux of the Loire Valley, canoeing on the river Loire.
What our students say...
"The very nice, old stone school building definitely made the learning environment enjoyable. School well-equipped with books, magazines, internet, and plenty of information for visiting the area.
Studying in a a smaller city where residents are less likely to speak to you in English. It is much more helpful to force yourself to speak in the foreign language. The challenge forces you to learn."
Start dates & program prices
:: Course Start dates throughout the year
:: Set Start dates for beginners
:: Course ONLY option available
:: School closed on weekends & Public holidays
:: Prices are in US dollars
How to Book & Pay
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We require a deposit of $300 (or 10% if over $3000) to book any language vacation.
We guarantee the highest quality Language Courses...
- Safe, small town in Central France
- University town
- Region renowned worldwide for its chateaux and vineyards
- Great for history enthusiasts & wine lovers alike
- Great school location downtown
- Small class size (max 7 students)
- Academic credit available
Arrival airport: PARIS
Most students fly into Paris and then catch the TGV high-speed train to Tours, this trip takes 1 hour from Paris or 1 hour 45 minutes from Charles de Gaulle airport.
Tours (Tours - Val de Loire) has a small airport and the TGV railway station is 7 minutes from the airport.