Location: Tours, France

Semester: Fall/Spring

MSU students with an advanced level of French will have the opportunity to spend one or two semesters at the Université François Rabelais in Tours, France.  It is a public university with over 20,000 students and offers courses in the arts and humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and business.  Additionally, the university hosts a center of French studies for foreign students (CUEFEE).

The university is located in Tours, France, which, including its suburbs, has a population of 300,000.  It is situated in the heart the Loire Valley, a region listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. Tours is a modern city with a prestigious past, with more than 150 historical landmarks and a vibrant cultural life.  It is an ideally located and a pleasant place to live, one hour from Paris by high-speed train (TGV).Tours is the largest town in the Loire Valley. Its central location allows one to easily tour the region and see its loveliest sites.  The Loire Valley offers visitors an exceptional environment: protected nature, wild and peaceful rivers, exceptional historical and architectural heritage.