Penn-in-Tours, France

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Enjoy all that France's exquisite Loire Valley has to offer as you immerse yourself in French language and culture during this six-week intensive program.

All courses are taught in French and offer University of Pennsylvania course credits. The program begins in Paris and includes group excursions to cultural sites. Students live with French families in order to enhance their linguistic skills and cultural understanding.

Applications are open and space is still available!

Deadline May 1st

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Program Calendar 2016

Monday, May 16, 2016 Recommended arrival in Paris
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 Program housing first available
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 On-site orientation
Thursday, May 19, 2016 Classes start
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 Classes end
Thursday, June 30, 2016 Program housing last checkout date


Read testimonials from past participants about their experiences and the impact of the Penn-in-Tours program.


Watch videos from students enrolled in French 216 during Penn-in-Tours 2013.


All students register for a total of two course units (c.u.). Course offerings are subject to change.
Course registration is completed by the Penn Summer Abroad office for students who confirm their intent to enroll and submit the required pre-departure documents.

Note for students from other academic institutions: One Penn c.u. is generally considered to be equivalent to three semester hours when transferred to another institution.

Intensive Intermediate French
FRENCH 134 (2 c.u.)

  • Fulfills the language Requirement in French 
  • Prerequisite: French 120, 121 or equivalent (one year of college French)

French 134 covers the equivalent of 130 and 140 at Penn. This course is also open to students who have completed third-semester French or its equivalent at Penn (French 130). Students who have completed French 130 receive credit for 140 and for one free elective at the advanced level. The course stresses the development of functional proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing, combined with a systematic review of grammar. It includes a strong focus on French culture, in particular contemporary France with a special emphasis on youth culture. It meets five days a week from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Out-of-class activities are regularly integrated into classroom assignments. The course cannot be taken Pass/Fail.

Advanced French with a Cross-Cultural Focus
FRENCH 216 (1 c.u.) 

  • Prerequisite: French 140 (or its equivalent) or exemption from the language requirement in French

The Take-Away Course is a third-year-level course designed to help students become autonomous learners of the language. It also gives them the tools to continue to learn the language independently in the future. Through the writing of a "carnet de voyage", the reading of Georges Perec's work as well as more contemporary writers', the listening of Marie Richeux's Polaroïds and a close partnership with the local independent movie theater, the students learn to decipher their new environment and become active participants in their linguistic and cultural learning process.

Tours de France: French History Seen through the Prism of Tours
FRENCH 226 (1 c.u.) 

  • Fulfills Sector Requirement II: History & Tradition

This course will introduce students to key chapters of French history from the Gallo-Roman period to World War II. As "lieux de mémoire" which witnessed and still bear the traces of a rich and eventful past, the streets and monuments of Tours will guide our steps through this historical voyage. The major chapters of the historical narrative will focus on the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and World War II, periods that are clearly visible in the cityscape of Tours and its surroundings. Class will include regular outings to historical sites. This course may also be taken for 300-level credit (additional work required). Class meets four days a week for a total of six hours a week.

Contemporary France through the Media
FRENCH 233 / FRENCH 312 (1 c.u.)

  • Fulfills General Education Requirement: Cross-cultural Analysis

This course offers a socio-cultural survey of contemporary France through its media. It acquaints students with the daily press, magazines and television, while tracing emerging cultural trends through music, cinema, video, advertising and comics. Students follow recent developments in French society and look into the current cultural forces at work today. This summer, particular attention will be given to current political life in France.  Readings and documents introduce new vocabulary in context, and provide a better grasp of the changes shaping daily life in France in 2015. This course may also be taken for 300-level credit (additional work required). Class meets four days a week for a total of six hours a week.


Students live with French families in order to experience full linguistic and cultural immersion. Housing is prearranged through a local coordinator and all students are asked to complete a host family accommodation form to list any special dietary needs or allergies. Breakfast and dinner are provided by the family.

Information Sessions

Join the program team for an information session to learn more about the details of the Penn-in-Tours program.

All sessions are in the Cherpack Lounge, 543 Williams Hall.

  • Monday, November 16, 2015 at 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 4 p.m.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition and fees are subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and may change without notice.

  • Tuition for Summer 2016: $7,820
  • Program Fee for Summer 2016: $2,800
    Includes home stay with breakfast and dinner, transportation from Paris to Tours (arrival only), cultural activities, program excursions, and administrative costs.
  • 2016 Estimated Cost Sheet


  • Early admission deadline: Friday, January 15, 2016
  • Rolling admissions continue until the program reaches capacity

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Contact Information

For details about the program, courses, or location including academic advising, travel dates, housing and orientation:

Program Director
Kathryn K. McMahon
University of Pennsylvania
Tel: (215) 898-7440

For assistance with application, financial questions, pre-departure or other general information:

Penn Summer Abroad Office
College of Liberal & Professional Studies
University of Pennsylvania
3440 Market Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3335
Tel: (215) 746-7075
Fax: (215) 573-2053