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ABOUT THE PROGRAM

GENERAL INFORMATION
This Maymester Study Abroad Program, sponsored by the University of West Georgia's Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, includes four weeks in Tours and the surrounding Loire Valley region, known as both the Garden of France and the Cradle of the French Language, followed by a stay in Paris. Located on the Loire River, Tours is a dynamic city steeped in history that remains an important cultural and intellectual center today.

The first four weeks, you will stay with a host family in Tours. You will have breakfast and evening meals with your family and will have wonderful opportunities to make lasting friendships. During this time you will also be taking courses at the Institut de Touraine, a very highly respected language school for foreign students learning French. Courses at the Institut will meet five days a week for intensive language study.

You will spend the final part of the program in Paris where you will visit major museums, such as the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay and the Centre Pompidou, and other important cultural landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, and the cathedral of Notre-Dame.

In addition to offering an exceptional immersion experience and outstanding formal language instruction, this program gives students an extraordinary opportunity to discover French culture and civilization, from the ruins of Tours’s Gallo-Roman wall to the hustle and bustle of modern-day Paris.

AFFILIATED INSTITUTION
Host institution abroad: Institut de Touraine, Tours, France.

DATES
Saturday, May 23 to Wednesday, June 24, 2015.

HOUSING
In Tours, you will stay with a family for the next four weeks, and at a hotel or in student lodging for the final time in Paris.

ELIGIBILITY
You must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 and must have completed a minimum of one semester of college French (two semesters are recommended). This program is open to all university and college students in and outside the state of Georgia. Non-University of West Georgia students should apply for transient status as soon as possible.

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