Language + Culture in Toulouse, France (CIEE)

  • Location: France - Toulouse
  • GPA Requirements: 2.75 GPA
  • Application Deadline: February 20 for fall programs and September 20 for spring programs
  • Program Term(s): Fall, Spring, academic year
  • Official Website: Language + Culture in Toulouse, France (CIEE)

Program Dates:

Spring 2023: (tentative) January 4 – May 13

Fall 2023: (tentative): August 30 – December 16

Where: Toulouse, France

In the South of France between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, Toulouse is consistently rated as one of the best places to live and study in France. Home to French aerospace giant Airbus and other top technology companies, Toulouse has become a European aerospace and technology hub. Toulouse offers program participants the opportunity to experience life in a dynamic French city with top-rated universities, quaint neighborhoods, and wonderful café-lined squares.


The Language + Culture program in Toulouse invites beginner – intermediate French students to immerse themselves in the language, culture, and history of France. Students are expected to invest time in French language study and use their language skills in everyday life with French students, homestay families, and members of the Toulouse community. Although most of the direct enrollment and specialized CIEE courses are taught in English, students are expected to use French as much as possible outside of class.

Students enroll in one French language course, at least one culture course, and then a combination of CIEE and elective courses at the Institut Catholique de Toulouse.


2.75 G.P.A. There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Housing & Student Life

Students live in with French homestay families in various Toulouse communities. Two meals on weekdays and three meals on weekends are included in the program. You typically eat weekday breakfasts and dinners with your homestay family. You may purchase lunches at local cafes, restaurants and markets throughout the city.

Fees & Costs

Students pay Allegheny tuition, double room, meal plan C, and an off campus study fee of $300. Allegheny financial aid, except work/study, is applied to program costs. Tuition includes housing, homestay meals, international travel insurance (CIEE iNext), and transcript administration fees. Allegheny students do not have to pay the program deposit requested by CIEE. Estimated additional costs include: weekday lunches ($1,200), CIEE application fee, books and supplies (approx. $200), international airfare & local transportation (approx. $1400), visa fees, and personal expenses.

Visa & Immigration information

If you are a U.S. citizen, you will apply for a visa before departing the United States. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please contact the French consulate in your home country for visa requirements.

Application Process

Allegheny students must first be approved to study off-campus before applying to their chosen program. Application deadlines are February 20 for fall programs and September 20 for spring programs. Applications will be reviewed immediately following the appropriate semester deadline. For more information about the off campus study application process, please visit: Apply