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Study Abroad

The Study Abroad Department sponsors a four-week study abroad program in Tours, France, for which students receive six hours of credit.

The program is ideal for students who have already taken the first year of French because they can complete their entire second year in four weeks in Tours. The program also caters to both complete beginners and more advanced students. Students pursuing a BS degree at Midwestern can receive six hours of elective credits for elementary French.

Tours is a beautiful, affordable, welcoming midsized city in the heart of the chateau country, about one hour south of Paris on the high-speed TGV train. La Touraine, the region around Tours, is known as the "Garden of France" because of its agricultural bounty, its beauty, and its cultural contributions to the nation. Historically, it is considered to be the home of the purest spoken French.

Students study intensively at the Institut de Touraine during the week and are free on weekends. They live and dine with a French family during their entire stay. The program ends with a two-day stay in Paris.

Both 2016 programs will take place from May 26 to June 27, before the second summer session begins at MSU. Students arrive in Tours a few days before classes start in order to get over jet lag and to get familiar with their families and their surroundings.

The cost of the 2016 program (not including the Study Abroad scholarship) is $6,800. It includes round trip airfare from Dallas to Paris, round-trip high-speed train fare from Paris to Tours, tuition and books at the Institut de Touraine, room and half board (breakfast and dinner) daily with the host family, two school-sponsored tours of the chateau country, and the hotel in Paris. This all-inclusive program was designed so that students have minimal out-of-pocket expenses while in France.

All MSU students who qualify receive a scholarship from the Study Abroad Department. Students in the Redwine Honors Program also receive an additional scholarship that matches that from the Study Abroad Department.

For details, contact the Study Abroad Department at (940) 397-4038 or visit their site at The Study Abroad office is Bea Wood 104 in The Prothro-Yeager College of Humanities and Social Sciences building.