France: University Francois-Rabelais Exchange

Fall 2018 Term: September 4 - December 22, 2018
Application Deadline: May 1, 2018

Winter 2018 Term: January 10, 2018 - May 25, 2018
Application Deadline: November 1, 2017 

*** We advise you to arrive around January 8, 2018 so that you have enough time to register and to explore the city and the university.

An important crossroads in the centre of France, Tours is situated at the heart of a European communication network, Tours is one of the major centres of France. The TGV high speed train puts Tours at only 55 minutes from the centre of Paris, and allows direct connections to all the major airports.

Modern motorway networks link Tours to other major centres of France. An International airport at the gates of the city adds a guarantee of easy, rapid transport to anywhere in France.

Students from any Wayne State college or school are eligible to apply provided their plans are approved by the department where they expect to earn their degrees. WSU students take Liberal Arts and Sciences courses. Because classes are taught in French, students must be fluent in French to participate. The exchange can last either one or two semesters, although students strongly are urged to consider staying for two semesters is possible.

Program Overview

Tours: Office of Tourism

Student Guide


Estimated Program Cost: (excludes tuition)

WSU Tuition and Fees* Varies
Roundtrip Airfare $1600
WSU Program Fee $150
Housing Welcoming Booklet (page 30)
Meals Welcoming Booklet (page 44)
Books Varies
Personal spending money (entertainment, extracurricular activities, side-trips, incidentals)


International Health Insurance $1.75/a day

*You are required to pay tuition and fees at your appropriate rate, payable through the normal tuition payment process. Click here for more information. You must register for a minimum of 12 credits.



You can choose among several types of accommodation here (page 30):

Residence Halls (forms gathered by our University for exchange students and processed by the CROUS, please refer to the accommodation request form underneath)

Private Accommodation: The University of Tours now has its own online platform to offer and find student accommodation (Private room, apartment, shared rental, etc.). After signing up, if you are not yet a student of the University of Tours, enter the following code: HOUSINGUNIVTOURS. (please note that the University does not intervene in your accommodation research)

- Private Students Residences (not managed by their University)

*Booking Accommodation:

You must fill in and print the form below (please complete it on the computer, save it and print it): 

Accomodation Request Form


Additional Costs:

Personal expenses, passport processing fees, tuition.

In addition to the WSU program fee, students will pay current published tuition and fees to WSU for 12 credit hours at the appropriate level through the normal tuition payment process. Students with questions regarding the tuition and fee assessment rate may contact Registration and Scheduling at (313) 577-3541 or view:

The Office of Study Abroad and Global Programs reserves the right to cancel this program, revise its offerings, or to make any adjustments to the preliminary cost estimates due to conditions beyond its control.

Payment Information:
The $150 Program Fee, payable upon acceptance to the program, is non-refundable. The fee is payable directly to the Office of Study Abroad and Global Programs. Information regarding payment of this fee will be provided to students after they have applied and been accepted into the program.

All tuition and fees will be assessed to your student account and are subject to University Tuition and Fee Policies, which can be located here.

Passport and Visa:
In order to travel to France, you will need a passport which is valid for 3 months beyond your intended stay. As a student who is staying in France beyond 3 months, you must receive a Student Visa through the French Consulate in Chicago.

Additional Information about the program:
Download the Welcoming Booklet for International Exchanges 


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Tours, France

Course work

Academic Focus: Liberal Arts and Sciences

This exchange program allows students to take classes in any Liberal Arts and Sciences discipline.Students from any Wayne State college or school are eligible to apply provided their plans are approved by the department where they expect to earn their degree. The exchange can last either one or two semesters, although students strongly are urged to consider staying for two semesters if possible.

Students may work also on a research project in a university lab under the supervision of an assistant professor or professor at the university. Students will be able to get a first-hand experience in their field of interest. This research will be conducted in English. In addition, students may pick a few French language courses (for beginners or intermediate level) in the Center of French for Foreign Students and/or some science courses taught in French. Click here for more information.

 Many of the classes are taught in French. There are several options that students can take that would not require the student to be fluent in French in order participate: CUEFEE, STEM Projects in English, and the Major Contemporary Issues Program (more English classes taught for 2018 in Literature and Humanities), which are all listed below:


For all courses click here.

For French courses click here.

Cuefee Equivalencies:

Tours Courses WSU Courses
 Culture and Society B1      FRE 6470
Culture and Society B2  FRE 6450 or FRE 6470 
Literature  FRE 4610, 6810, or 6840 
Society and Cinema  FRE 6420 or FRE 6470 
Theatrical Writing  FRE 5100 
Written Language  FRE 5100 or FRE 5305 

STEM courses (within the following fields):

  • Urban and Territorial Planning and Environement
  • Computer Science
  • Electronics and Energy Systems
  • Mechanics and System Design 
  • Fundamental Physics

Major Contemporary Issues Program(Literature/Humanities courses):

  • Economics Case Studies
  • Management Case Studies 
  • European Legal Issues
  • European Economics
  • Humans Rights in Europe 
  • Introduction to French Political Institutions and Constitutional Law
  • France: The Fifth Republic 
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Economics of Conflicts
  • The American and British Corporate World
  • American Counter Culture of the 1960s 
  • War and Peace in the 20th Century
  • Welfare Economy - Economics of Inequality 
  • Gender and the Law
  • The Civil Rights in the US


General Written Language - This course is organized according to different levels: WSU Equivalent for level A1/A2 (beginners) - FRE 1010 & FRE 1020; for level B1 - FRE 1020; for level B2 - WSU FRE2100 & FRE 2110.

Prerequisites and Eligibility:
Undergraduate and graduate Wayne State University students are eligible to participate as well students from other universities and colleges interested in receiving college level credits.

You must also:

  • Be a student in good standing with the University and with the home college/department.
  • Some French knowledge is recommended. 
  • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA or nomination by major department
  • Sophomore standing or higher.

Selection of applicants is done on a rolling basis; students are evaluated and considered for admission throughout the academic year. You will be notified of your acceptance status by the Study Abroad Programs Office. If you wish to participate, you will be required to sign and return the Decision Form and Waiver and Release Statement to accept the terms of the program and secure your place.

Apply now

Complete the program application here.

What happens next?
After you submit your WSU application, transcript, and $50 application fee, we will review your application for eligibility. If eligible, we will submit your nomination for the exchange to our partner/host university. After we receive confirmation of placement from the host university (during the host nomination period only), we will send you an acceptance notification with the placement decision and additional instructions. If you are accepted, you will have 2 weeks after receipt of your acceptance notification email to confirm your placement and pay your non-refundable deposit of $150.

General Application Process
Please see below for the general outgoing exchange application and admission process. Please note that each partner university has specific document and application procedures - please read your WSU Study Abroad acceptance notification email in detail for your specific program instructions.

  1. Submit WSU Online Application with Supporting Documents
  2. Nomination Submitted to Host University (Nomination Timeline Set by Host U.)
  3. Partner University Confirms Participation Status
  4. WSU Acceptance Notification & Instructions Emailed to Participant
  5. Host University Application Documents Collected & Submit by Partner Deadline
  6. Accommodation Application for Host University Prepared
  7. Letter of Invitation Sent by Host University
  8. Host University Coordinator will Communicate with Participants
  9. Visa Application (if needed), Arrival Details and Travel Plans
  10. Course Registration Processes at WSU and Host University
  11. Travel to your Host University & Have a Good Program!

For more information, please contact:
Lisa Kyle at or The Office of Study Abroad and Global Programs at (313) 577-3207

All correspondence and acceptance will be made by our office via email. Be sure to list an email address that you regularly check on your application. It is your responsibiltiy to make sure you are receiving pertinent documents. If you are worried that your email account is rejecting our email, please contact our office immediately.