Summer Abroad in Tours, France with Homestay, French Classes, and Cultural Activities

Welcome to France! Spend your summer immersed in the beauty of French language and culture while living with a host family through our Homestay Study Program in Tours. Start your day with a delicious café au lait, discover the Loire Valley with your new friends, and develop a nice French accent through animated conversations with hosts! Located on the junction of the Loire and Cher rivers, Tours is a beautiful city with a rich history.

2018 Dates and Prices

Individual Program

Dates: Choose your dates between June 24 and July 29 and stay for 2 to 4 weeks! Open to applicants age 16+.

Prices:
2 weeks: $3,200*
3 weeks: $4,100*
4 weeks: $4,950*
Airfare not included.

Deadline to apply: April 15, 2018

Includes an individual host family placement, breakfast and dinner M-F, all meals on weekends, pre-departure orientation materials, transfer from Paris by TGV train with an escort, local bus pass, small French classes (maximum of 8 students per class), afternoon cultural activities, ongoing support, and comprehensive medical and accident insurance. 

Group Program

DatesJuly 11-July 31
Price$4,400* (Airfare from PDX included)
Deadline to apply: January 30, 2018

Don't want to travel alone? Want to experience Paris? Fly between Portland International Airport and France with a chaperone-led group! This program includes everything the individual program includes, plus airfare, an overnight orientation prior to departure, and three days of sightseeing in Paris with the group and chaperone. This program is likely to fill. We recommend that you apply early! 

Group Leader: TBD

*We reserve the right to adjust program prices if there is a major change in the currency exchange rate. In this event, applicants may cancel and receive a full refund. 

For a full immersion experience, check out our total immersion program with a French family

Language Classes

Gain confidence communicating in French through small-group language classes! From Monday to Friday, you will practice speaking, listening comprehension, and grammar for three hours in the morning. The topics are chosen to prepare you for your afternoon activities. 

Cultural Activities and Excursions

In the afternoons, you will dive into the rich cultural life of Tours and explore famous châteaus throughout the city and surrounding areas. The activities will introduce you to the history of the city, the diverse architecture, and the charming Tours landscapes. 

The Homestay

A homestay with a local family is the best way to gain insights into the everyday life and culture of France. Host families come in all shapes and sizes—for example, parents with children (from baby to adult), "empty nesters," single parents, grandparents, or single individuals. Your host family will provide breakfast and dinner during the week and all meals on weekends. Lunch on weekdays is not included in the program price. Most students stay with families in a suburb of Tours.

Sample Schedule

Week One
Sunday: arrive Tours
Monday: guided walking tour of Tours
Tuesday: Château d'Azay-le-Rideau
Wednesday: cheese class or French cinema
Thursday: bowling
Friday: outdoor sports activity
Weekend: free time with host family

Week Two
Monday: river walk with visit to a "guingette" (open-air cafe)
Tuesday: Château de Chenonceau
Wednesday: Rigny-Ussé
Thursday: Château du Clos Lucé
Friday: Gadawi Park (ziplining)
Saturday: return home

Student Feedback

"Everyone that I met during this program was so kind and generous. Speaking and understanding French was difficult, but my instructors and all the host families were so patient with me and made the whole experience much less intimidating." ~Alexandra

Prerequisites

Age: 14-17

Language: 1 year

Teacher Recommendation: Yes

You should be interested in other cultures and ready to participate in all classes, cultural activities, excursions, and your host family's everyday life. Being flexible about new experiences, foods, and ways of communicating is important, as well as having the maturity to travel independently and adapt to new situations.

All ANDEO homestay study programs include:

Fun, interactive language classes that will change your idea of "summer school" forever. You will learn in small groups with teens from around the world. The language classes will help you build your communication skills, understand the local culture, and become comfortable in real-life language situations. The classes usually take place every weekday morning (afternoons in Costa Rica) for three to four hours. On some days, you might venture out of the classroom to try out your language skills at a local market or in interviews with native speakers.

Exciting cultural activities and excursions that invite you to dive into the local culture. Depending on the location, the cultural activities may include cooking or dancing lessons, visits to nearby small villages or famous sights, nature hikes, or sports on the beach. In some places, you will also have the opportunity to get involved with a community service project. Click on the name of the country of your choice below to get more details.

Homestays that offer you a window into the local culture as well as additional chances to practice your language skills.

Local support by the local school staff and homestay coordinator who are available throughout your stay to help you make the most of your summer abroad.

Orientation materials that include practical information about your host country and help you prepare for your adventure abroad.

ANDEO staff support for you and your parents throughout the application process, in your preparations, and during your stay abroad.

Comprehensive medical travel insurance

 

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