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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. Dive into France's rich history and modern society while being surrounded by some of Europe's most breathtaking locations. 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. You live with a French family to enhance your linguistic skills and cultural understanding.

Penn-in-Tours is no longer accepting applications for 2018

Early admission deadline:Monday, January 15, 2018
Rolling admissions continue until the program reaches capacity
Final application deadline:Friday, March 30, 2018


Join us for an information session to learn more about the program:

  • Friday, January 12 at 3 p.m. at Williams Hall, Room 543
Saturday, May 19, 2018 Recommended arrival in Paris
Saturday, May 19, 2018 Program housing first available
Monday, May 21, 2018 On-site orientation
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 Classes start
Thursday, June 28, 2018 Classes end
Friday, June 29, 2018 Program housing last checkout date

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.

Intensive Intermediate French

FREN 134 (2 c.u.)

  • Taught by Pascal Rollet
  • 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 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. The class 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

FREN 216 (1 c.u.)

  • Taught by Mélanie Péron

The Take-Away Course is a third-year-level course designed to help students become autonomous learners of the language. Through the writing project entitled “Don’t Write on Walls,” you learn to decipher a new environment and become an active participant in the linguistic and cultural learning process. As part of the course, you have the opportunity to attend a day-long workshop with the writer François Bon.

Student Blog

Writer's Blog

Visit the blog of writer François Bon.


Contemporary France through the Media

FREN 224 / FREN 312 (1 c.u.)

  • Taught by Emmanuel Cohen
  • Fulfills General Education Requirement: Cross-cultural Analysis

This course offers a socio-cultural survey of contemporary France through its media. Get acquainted with the daily press, magazines and television—while tracing emerging cultural trends through music, cinema, video, advertising and comics. You also 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 2018. 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.

French Civilization from Beginning to 1789

FREN 226 (1 c.u.)

  • Taught by Mélanie Péron
  • Fulfills Sector Requirement II: History & Tradition

This course introduces students to key chapters of French history from the Gallo-Roman period to the Enlightenment. A lieux de mémoire, which witnessed and still bear the traces of a rich and eventful past, the streets and monuments of Tours—as well as the Loire Valley castles—guide our steps through this historical voyage. The class includes regular outings to historic sites. This course may also be taken for 300-level credit (additional work required). Class meets 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.

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 2018: $8,448
  • Program fee for summer 2018: $2,300
    • Penn Summer Abroad deposits ($500) will be deducted from the program fee amount
    • Includes homestay accommodations with breakfast and dinner, transportation from Paris to Tours (arrival only), cultural activities, program excursions and administrative costs

The Alliance Française of Philadelphia is offering the Pierre C. Fraley Scholarship for study abroad. The application deadline is February 15, 2018

Download this PDF for additional information on the scholarship: Fraleys-Application-tours

Read about the 2017 program in the news!


Watch Jessica Liu and Thomas Wiig talk about their experiences in Tours during the Penn Summer Abroad 2017 program.

Watch videos from students enrolled in French 216.

"6 semaines à Tours" by Angela Vertucci

"Cher Tours, ..." by Florence Boillat

"Ma Vie à Tours" by Melissa Beswick


Contact Information

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

Kathryn K. McMahon

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

Mélanie Péron

Program Director
Mélanie Péron
University of Pennsylvania
Tel: (215) 898-7428

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

Nicola M. Gentili

Penn Summer Abroad Office
College of Liberal & Professional Studies
University of Pennsylvania
3440 Market Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA, 19104-3335
Tel: (215) 898-7326

*Academic credit is defined by the University of Pennsylvania as a course unit (c.u.). A course unit (c.u.) is a general measure of academic work over a period of time, typically a term (semester or summer). A c.u. (or a fraction of a c.u.) represents different types of academic work across different types of academic programs and is the basic unit of progress toward a degree. One c.u. is usually converted to a four-semester-hour course.

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