Location
  • France
    • Toulouse
Term
Fall, Spring, Summer

Program Details

Program Type
Provider
Degree Level
Bachelors
Housing
Host Family
Language
English

Pricing

Price Details
You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE! Our high-quality programs include tuition, housing, on-site airport pick-up, field trips and cultural activities, 24/7 on-site professional staff, and automatic iNext insurance. There are no hidden charges or surprises when you arrive, and scholarships opportunities are available!
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Classes Some Meals Travel Insurance
Apr 21, 2021
Feb 22, 2020

About Program

The fourth largest city in France is also home to the European aerospace industry and one of the oldest universities on the continent. Yet the charm of the Old Quarter continues to lure students and scientists with its distinctive rose-tinted architecture.

Toulouse was voted one of the best cities in France to study abroad for its strong community vibe and small-town charm.

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Program Highlights

  • CIEE Toulouse is located in the historic district, right in the middle of the vibrant city center, close to all the main commercial facilities and cultural sites.
  • Hikes in the Pyrenees or visits to an organic farm in Ariège.
  • Try cheese tastings, listen to music festivals, or attend professional rugby games.
  • Depending on their program of study and availability, students may be able to participate in an internship or volunteer.

Scholarships

CIEE

CIEE Scholarships and Grants

CIEE’s need-based grants offer support to students who face financial barriers to studying abroad. CIEE awards need-based grants based on students’ EFCs and program selection. The Gilman Go Global Grant offers students $750-$2,000 toward airfare, plus $2,500 toward semester program costs, or $1,000 toward summer program costs.

Value
$500 - $2,500

Popular Programs

CIEE Toulouse Summer Programs

Take French language, art, history, culture, communication, and political science courses in a city recently voted as the best city to study abroad in France.

CIEE Toulouse Semester Programs

Bring your desire to learn French to Toulouse and immerse yourself in France’s art, history, cuisine, and music.

Program Reviews

9 Rating
based on 12 reviews
  • 9-10 rating 83.33%
  • 7-8 rating 8.33%
  • 5-6 rating 8.33%
  • 3-4 rating 0%
  • 1-2 rating 0%
  • Academics 7.3
  • Support 8.8
  • Fun 9.1
  • Housing 9.2
  • Safety 9.4
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Hector
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Excellent Education

This is one of the few places in the world that teaches indirect painting. If you are interested in the old masters this is the place to go. Process is the other half of the fórmula for painting like the old masters. The knowlwdge Greg has will allow you to understand this and to place a base for the rest of your life.
The studio is located in a beautiful bastide town from the 12 century. It's quite and perfect for focusing on painting. If you need an escape it's no problem France has a great train and bus system.

What would you improve about this program?
Nothing, this is honestly one of the best educations that You will receive.
10 people found this review helpful.
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Ava
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Toulouse Business & Culture

I really enjoyed my time in Toulouse! I learned a lot about the French culture and had an amazing professor for my international marketing class! CIEE provided many activities to help you learn about the culture as well as build relationships with your peers. Some activities I enjoyed more than others but most of the activities such as weekend trip to Ariege and a day trip to Albi were amazing. We also got the opportunity to take a cooking class and attend a cheese and wine tasting. Class schedule was slightly intense but workload was very manageable we were given an hour lunch each day but had class from 10:30-12:30 and 1:30-3:30. The class I took offered excursions to Airbus and a local hospital to help learn about the subjects. They give weekends free to your freedom where I ended up going to Paris and Nice which is awesome for any outside travel you want to go. This 4 week program is structured very well, it’s extremely organized and they give you lots of support and help you find fun activities. I also was here during the World Cup when France made the final so that added to the excitement!

What would you improve about this program?
More activities that the students want to do directly. Food and laundry stipend given to the students living in the residence!
9 people found this review helpful.
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Damariz
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Toulouse,France

It’s an outstanding program that enchants our language and culture skills. It helps you view the world in a different perspective and be alert of your surroundings. For example, in France there’s a variety of diversity from all over the world due to the fact that France is close so people migrant to the country. I had the Time of my life I made a lot friends from all over the country. My favorite memory was us in Port Vendres in the Mediterranean Sea.

What would you improve about this program?
Honestly i think everything was perfect.
10 people found this review helpful.
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Virginia
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Review

This experience was an amazing introduction to traveling abroad. It has inspired me to pursue foreign language much more seriously! although sometimes challenging, this program and really helped expand my language skills. One of the most unique ways that someone can learn a language is to stay with a host family. This program allows you to do so, which also results in more knowledge of the nations culture itself.

What would you improve about this program?
This program can be improved through a more formal oreintation proir to arrival to the host families. I believe that it would be less stressful to meet as a group before, rather than being sent home with your host family immediately.
10 people found this review helpful.
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Courtney
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

CIEE Summer Language and Culture in Toulouse (2015)

CIEE approached my high school to begin doing study abroad trips during my junior year; it was the first year that my high school got this sort of opportunity. I had been planning on majoring in French in college, so I was interested in the program. Through my high school's connections, I applied to the program and was accepted. It was going to be my first time outside of the United States and going on a trip by myself of that magnitude. For me, a big reason why my parents were so okay with this prospect was how involved the program was with the school; they held presentations, gave out information, and were readily available for questions. They laid out the whole program, something that my parents appreciated. They also liked how there were mechanisms in place to give us the flexibility of being more independent or being with a group, such as with traveling there. CIEE was parent-friendly and it was easy to work with them and learn more about the program, which made it easier on me and my parents when preparing for this experience.

I really enjoyed the program; I liked my host family and my house-mate. The group of students that I met were amazing and I'm definitely glad that I still talk to the friends I made while I was there. This experience definitely made me champion studying abroad; I've talked about it with friends and some of my friends went on different CIEE trips after I went. As a whole, the summer programs give a glimpse into what studying abroad for a full semester or a year could be like. There were times when the program felt a little too structured where there wasn't any flexibility, but it's also understandable as we are high school students in a foreign country.

As for after studying abroad, it only made me want to go again very soon. I still keep in touch with the friends that I made while I was on the program and we talk often enough to know what's going on in each other's lives. The program also helped steer me into knowing what I wanted to do later on in college both as a French major and a Political Science major. It wasn't more than a meeting, but we had the opportunity to meet with the US ambassador to France, which to a then-potential Political Science student was really exciting. I loved the immersion experience and the opportunity to do this, especially in high school. Some people don't get the chance to study abroad until college, so being able to do it when I did was an amazing opportunity that impacted me academically and helped shape what I wanted to do then after.

What would you improve about this program?
As much as I enjoyed and value the experience, there's always room for improvement. I think that the cultural activities as a whole only targeted some aspects of culture, but not every dimension. There could have been more diversity in the kinds of activities that we did. I also think that the classes could be changed to be even more beneficial to a learning student. The final test was the same test that we took before going to determine our levels in reading, writing, and speaking/listening comprehension and skill. However, in between, I don't really feel as though there was any way to track progress or check. Some of the homework we were given was just extra practice that we didn't need to do and, knowing myself as a student, I wish there had been more activities that held you accountable for learning and knowing the material well.
10 people found this review helpful.
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Lindsey
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Truly An Unforgettable Experience

My experience with CIEE is truly one that I will always remember. The friendships I made, the material I learned, and the culture I experienced all left made my decision to apply worth it. I had never heard of CIEE nor known any alumni, but I am so thankful that I discovered this AMAZING program!! The program leaders, teachers, students, and host family were all able to make me feel comfortable in experiencing new things. I recommend this program to anyone who wants to discover a new culture, learn a new language, make lifelong friendships, or just simply step out of their comfort zone!!:)

What would you improve about this program?
Some students had difficulties with the technology that we were provided to complete the homework given
11 people found this review helpful.
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Victoria
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Toulouse

It was awesome. I wish that I could have stayed longer. I’m
Over the summer I went to Toulouse, France because I got a full scholarship to study Language and Culture for a month. There were many obstacles to overcome such as the language barrier, cultural differences and behavioral differences. I went into this new adventure without knowing anyone and coming out with new friends. We would go out and explore the city together and live like real french teenagers. I was living with my host family that consisted of two younger girls the ages of 15 and 12. The funny thing about them is that they reminded me of my own family with an occasional bit of confusion. Not a lot of students get along with their host family due to closed perceptions/minds, but everyone and each family is different. One just needs to learn to adapt. As a matter of fact, I adapted so much that I felt like a real Toulousain. I had to get comfortable with public transportation so that I could go to and from my school that was in the heart of the city of Toulouse. There had been occasions just like in NYC, transportation was down due to repairs or accidents. I had to learn how to navigate through a foreign city and deal and respond to these situations by communicating in a language that I am not a native to. Once while on my way home from school, I was on the bus standing next to a lady who suddenly collapsed and fainted. She was unresponsive for a couple of moments. I reacted calmly and asked others for help. One called the ambulance, the bus driver stopped, another was following the CPR procedures, and I offered her some water and snacks. She pulled through.

What would you improve about this program?
Adding more interesting activities and afternoon events
11 people found this review helpful.
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Tesla
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best way to learn

Spending a summer over seas was the best experience i’d ever had. I learned a lot about the languag and the culture in southern France in the class room but a lot of what i learned was when i was with friends exploring the city or on the bus in the morning on the way to school. I made so many friends in those four weeks and most of them i still talk to. I had some difficulty while I was over there but i had amazing support from the program leaders to make sure I got through everything, they really are there to help you. One of my favorite memories was when we went to Port Vendres. We got to go to the Mediterranean and explore the beach. It was close to the end of the trip but it the most bonding experience we had. The experience definitely changed my life back in the states after I got home. I now see the world so differently and can compare new things to old experiences. If you’re considering studying abroad and have the means to do it I definitely recommend it.

What would you improve about this program?
more interaction between the different groups. Most of activites were with the same half of the students and you never really talked to the others. More intergration or excercises to get to know other students on the trip.
9 people found this review helpful.

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