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  • Locations: Tours, France
  • Program Terms: Summer Study Abroad
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

Enjoy all that France's exquisite Loire Valley has to offer as you immerse yourself in French language and culture during this six-week intensive program. Dive into France's rich history and modern society while being surrounded by some of Europe's most breathtaking locations.

All courses are taught in French and offer University of Pennsylvania course credits. The program begins in Paris and includes group excursions to cultural sites. You live with a French family to enhance your linguistic skills and cultural understanding.

General Eligibility Requirements

Penn Summer Abroad programs are available to undergraduate students at Penn or another accredited US institution. To take part in a Penn Summer Abroad program, all students, including Penn and visiting students, must complete an online application and maintain a strong academic standing.

Personal Conduct and Academic Integrity

In order to qualify to study abroad, you need to be in good academic standing at Penn. In addition, your disciplinary status may affect your eligibility to study abroad. You may not be eligible to study abroad if you currently stand charged or are charged prior to the beginning of your study abroad semester with a violation of a University regulation under the University of Pennsylvania's Code of Student Conduct or Code of Academic Integrity, or if there is a pending, current, or outstanding disciplinary matter (academic integrity or conduct). When the charge results in a warning or reprimand, the student may be eligible to study abroad pending a review of the situation. When the charge results in probation, suspension-not-imposed, suspension, or any sanction as serious as or more serious than probation, students are not eligible to study abroad during the period of the sanction.

Students who have received a sanction of probation or suspension-not-imposed may be eligible to study abroad during a future semester after the expiration date of the sanction. However, students must provide confirmation from the Office of Student Conduct that the terms and conditions of their sanction have been met before receiving Penn Abroad approval to study abroad. If there are new charges during the period of the sanction, approval to study abroad may be rescinded.

All students register for a total of two course units (c.u.)*. Course offerings are subject to change. Course registration is completed by the Penn Summer Abroad office for students who confirm their intent to enroll and submit the required pre-departure documents.

Intensive Intermediate French
FREN 134 (2 c.u.)
  • Taught by Pascal Rollet
  • Fulfills the language requirement in French
  • Prerequisite: French 120, 121 or placement test
French 134 covers the equivalent of 130 and 140 at Penn. This course is also open to students who have completed third-semester French or its equivalent at Penn (French 130). Students who have completed French 130 receive credit for 140 and one free elective at the advanced level. The course stresses the development of functional proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing, combined with a systematic review of grammar. It includes a strong focus on French culture, in particular, contemporary France with a special emphasis on youth culture. The class meets five days a week from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Out-of-class activities are regularly integrated into classroom assignments. The course cannot be taken Pass/Fail.
Le cours à emporter (Take-away course)
FREN 216 (1 c.u.)
  • Taught by Mélanie Péron
  • Prerequisite: French 140+
The Take-Away Course is a third-year-level course designed to help students become autonomous learners of the language. Through the writing project entitled Don’t write on walls, the students learn to decipher their new environment and become active participants in their linguistic and cultural learning process.
As part of the course, the students have the opportunity to attend a day-long workshop with the writer François Bon. Class meets for a total of six hours per week.

Paysages politiques et culturels de la France aujourd’hui (Contemporary France through the Media)
FREN 224 / FREN 312 (1 c.u.)
  • Taught by Emmanuel Cohen
  • Prerequisite: French 140+
  • Fulfills General Education Requirement: Cross-cultural Analysis 
This course offers a socio-cultural survey of contemporary France through its media. It acquaints students with the daily press, magazines and television—while tracing emerging cultural trends through music, cinema, video, advertising and comics. Students follow recent developments in French society and look into the current cultural forces at work today. This summer, particular attention will be given to current political life in France.  Readings and documents introduce new vocabulary in context and provide a better grasp of the changes shaping daily life in France, in 2018. This course may also be taken for 300-level credit (additional work required). Class meets four days a week for a total of six hours per week. 

La Fabrique de l’Histoire (French Civilization from Beginning to 1789)
FREN 226 (1 c.u.)
  • Taught by Mélanie Péron
  • Prerequisite: French 140+
  • Fulfills Sector Requirement II: History & Tradition 
This course introduces students to key chapters of French history from the Gallo-Roman period to the Enlightenment. As "lieux de mémoire" which witnessed and still bear the traces of a rich and eventful past, the streets and monuments of Tours as well as the Loire Valley castles guide our steps through this historical voyage. The class will include regular outings to historic sites. Class meets for a total of six hours per week.

The Alliance Française of Philadelphia is offering the Pierre C. Fraley Scholarship for study abroad. The application deadline is February 15, 2020

For more information, please visit the Penn-in-Tours website.

Students live with French families in order to experience full linguistic and cultural immersion. Housing is prearranged through a local coordinator and all students are asked to complete a host family accommodation form to list any special dietary needs or allergies. Breakfast and dinner are provided by the family.

Tuition and fees are subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and may change without notice.
Tuition and fees for 2020 will be posted in spring 2020. 
  • Tuition for summer 2019: $8,784
  • Program fee for summer 2019: $2,440
    Includes home stay with breakfast and dinner, transportation from Paris to Tours (arrival only), cultural activities, program excursions, and administrative costs.
Funding Opportunities
  • The Alliance Française of Philadelphia is offering the Pierre C. Fraley Scholarship for study abroad. The application deadline is February 15, 2020
  • Penn-in-Tours meets the minimum residency requirements for the Fund for Education Abroad. 

For more details about Penn-in-Tours, please visit our website or attend one of our info sessions:
  • Wednesday, November 20 at 4 p.m. location TBA
  • Tuesday, December 10 at 5 p.m. location TBA

This program is currently not accepting applications.