Why Pre-College in
intensive French language
Experience the modern side of France through intensive language classes in Toulouse. While you see traditional elements of French culture, your curriculum focuses on the France that surrounds you: street art, modern music, and even local student life. By immersing yourself in all things French, summer in Toulouse fosters a nuanced understanding of language and culture—all in four weeks.
Coursework & Syllabi
You are placed into a comprehensive French language course. Your level is determined by your previous experience and the on-site placement test after your arrival.
This course emphasizes three types of communication: interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational. Your class sessions focus on developing written, oral, reading, and listening comprehension skills, with special emphasis on out-of-class assignments like short-film projects or conducting interviews with locals. Your coursework also integrates French magazines, newspapers, and literary works as reading assignments.
Immerse in French Culture
This summer, take on a place-based curriculum, meaning cultural experiences are integrated into your daily lessons—both in and out of the classroom. Refine the fluidity of your spoken French during interviews with native speakers. Take on magazine and newspaper articles are reading assignments. Study French language through modern music. In Toulouse, you have an entire world of opportunities to practice your French.
Learning in the City
Learn by doing when you head out into the city with your group. Each term is different, but this summer you might:
You share a room in student housing with a CET peer, and a group leader or resident advisor lives in the same building and facilitates regular activities and outings. Your commute to the Dickinson in France Center (where classes are held) is short and your neighborhood has everything you need within walking distance. And because you are in the heart of Toulouse, there’s plenty to see, eat, and enjoy, and with your fellow students around you, you never feel alone.
Experience College Life
Learning to share a space with new people and live without the comforts of home is a big adjustment. And on top of tackling college coursework, a foreign culture, and a new language… you’re in for a summer of learning. But with round-the-clock support from on-site staff and your new community abroad, you’ll go home ready to take on any challenge that comes your way.
Eating in Toulouse
Explore Toulouse’s fantastic food scene alongside your peers. The CET Center, where you spend most of your class time, is just minutes from many cafés and restaurants. Discover why Toulouse is famous for its duck dishes, by trying duck burgers to duck sausage to cassoulet (a duck and white bean soup). The city is also full of international cuisine that you’ll want to try. Ready to try your hand at cooking while in France? Organize a night in with your classmates and use your kitchen to whip up something fantastic.
Toulouse is one of the most beautiful cities in France, in part because of the way the ancient and the modern exist side by side. You and your peers can start by exploring the markets down by town hall, then pack a lunch and eat at the River Garonne as a group. Assemble a rugby team from your classmates and challenge local college students to play Toulouse’s favorite game. You and your fellow students will see so beauty in Toulouse that you’ll never want to leave.
YOUR TOULOUSE Itinerary
Summers with CET are packed with classes, activities around the city, and even regional travel. These are a few weekly highlights to give you a better idea of what your summer might look like.
Out and About
Each term, the program offers different ways for you and your peers to experience Toulouse and immerse in French culture. See the latest French film. Discover why Toulouse is the home of cassoulet (duck and white bean stew). Attend a local music festival. Explore the city (while using your French!) and see Toulouse’s art museums, parks, and street markets.
Outside the City
You and your group go on a CET-sponsored excursion to a different location outside of Toulouse. You might hike in the Pyrenees, or take a walking seminar around Carcassone, and its citadel, which dates back to the Roman period. Part of understanding modern France is understanding its history and natural origins. Wherever you and your cohort travel, you’ll see something incredible, then return to connect it to your language studies.
2020 Summer Fees
2020 Summer Fees: $6,750
All of your classes and course materials are included with your tuition.
All of your meals are included with your program fees. For off-campus meals, we provide you with a food stipend.
We arrange for you to live with other CET students in a residence hall. On-site staff live in the same building for round-the-clock support.
We are your support network. From pre-departure questions to academic support to emergency management, we’ve got your back.
You’re provided with a comprehensive insurance plan through GeoBlue. It even includes evacuation coverage for individual medical emergencies.
The activities and excursions that we arrange are included in your program fee. All you need to do is remember to bring your camera!
You’ll receive an official transcript from Dickinson College at the end of the program… the icing on the cake for your college applications.
For CET high school and pre-college programs, you must:
- Be between ages 15-18
- Be a rising junior or senior in high school, or a recent graduate not yet enrolled in a college or university degree program
- 2 years of high school level French or the equivalent
Competitive applicants are motivated high school students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. However, admission decisions are made on a case-by-case basis, so students with lower GPAs are still encouraged to apply.
Complete the application through your online CET account. This is a brief form that asks for basic information and has a few short answer questions about why you want to study abroad.
Your online CET account has specific instructions for submitting an official transcript.
Use the link in your online account to send a recommendation request to one of your current or previous instructors. If you already have language experience, your recommendation should come from a previous French instructor.
Price Subject to Change:
CET reserves the right to increase quoted charges at any time without prior notification, based on increased instruction costs, exchange rate fluctuation or other cost increases beyond CET’s control.