Each January, Hollins Abroad Paris offers the option of an intensive three-week French language experience at the Institut de Touraine. The program can serve as extra preparation before a spring term on Hollins Abroad Paris, as a January Term experience for students spending the full academic year in Paris, or as a January Term course for any student, including those not enrolling in Hollins Abroad-Paris. Students at any level of French, including beginners, may enroll. Students accepted to the program must be in good academic and disciplinary standing and have their home institution's approval to participate.
The Institut de Touraine is affiliated with l'Université de Tours and is located in Tours, a charming city in the Loire Valley. Classes meet for about 20 hours per week and include grammar, phonemaximum of 30 minutes) of the Institut. The Institut organizes various walking tours during the month to introduce you to the city and also plans a bus tour to some of the chateaux in the area. There is a small fee for the bus tour; the walking tours are free.
J-Term 2018 Calendar
Sunday, January 7: Arrival in Paris via CDG airport. Depart from airport to Tours by train
Monday, January 8: Classes start at the Institut de Touraine
Friday, January 26: End of classes in Tours
Saturday, January 27: Departure from Tours to Paris for overnight stay (included in cost) and leave on the 29th
Cost and Transportation
The cost for the program is approximately $2,300 and includes Institut de Touraine fees for tuition and housing, all meals, cooking lessons, wine tastings and a bus pass in Tours, train tickets from Paris to Tours upon arrival, and from Tours to Paris at the conclusion of the program. These train tickets will be booked once you submit your flight itinerary to International Programs.
Additionally, for those returning to the U.S. at the end of January, an overnight stay in a Paris hotel before departure will be provided so that students may book a flight leaving the following morning. It does not include transatlantic transportation, meals in Paris, or any personal travel or expenses. Hollins students are billed for this program with their spring term bill, which is issued on December 1 and due on January 1. Students from other institutions are billed on the same schedule.
Participants make their own round-trip travel arrangements to Paris. You should book a flight that leaves on the afternoon or evening of January 3 and arrives on the morning on January 4. As this is a holiday period, we recommend that you book your flight as early as possible. We will provide detailed instructions for getting from de Gaulle Airport in Paris to your hotel and returning to the airport for your departure at the end of the month.