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 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 2021 Calendar
Sun., Early January - Arrive in Paris, travel to Tours
Mon., Early January - Classes begin
Mid-January - Wine Tasting Workshop
Fri., Late January - Classes end,
Sat., Late January - Depart Tours for Paris
Sun., Late January - Depart Paris
Specific dates TBD. Please check this page for updates, including a more detailed calendar.
Cost and Transportation
The cost for the program is approximately $2,300 and includes:
Institut de Touraine fees for tuition and housing
Breakfasts and dinners, Monday through Friday
a cooking lesson or wine tasting;
travel voucher for transportation from Paris to Tours upon arrival and from Tours to Paris at the conclusion of the program
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. The program cost does not include transatlantic transportation, additional meals outside the homestay, 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 is 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 prior to the arrival date listed above and which arrives the morning of the specified arrival date. 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 Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris to your hotel and returning to the airport for your departure at the end of the month.