Established in 1970, the University François-Rabelais of Tours plays a key role in research, development, and in raising the scientific, cultural and professional capacities of as many individuals as possible. As an acknowledged leader in its economic, social and cultural environment, the University of Tours is a cutting-edge, innovative establishment promoting humanistic values which are deeply rooted in a region overflowing with history and cultural heritage.
The university provides courses taught in English covering areas of study in International Security, Political Science, Literature, History, Computer and Life Sciences. Cultural activities are offered by the International Relations Office, including a welcome event for exchange students, guided city tours to visit the castles of Loire, and various workshops and courses led by professionals.
The University of Tours offers a course catalogue
to incoming exchange students. All SDSU students must enroll in at least 24 ECTS (European credits) / 12 SDSU semester units to be considered full-time while studying abroad. Typically, a maximum of 30 ECTS (15 units) may be taken. 2 ECTS are equivalent to 1 SDSU semester unit.
The course numbers have the semester (1-6) indicated as the 2nd character. The first character indicates the School/Faculty in which the course is offered (ie. H=Faculty of Arts & Human Sciences, L=Faculty of Literature & Lang., S=Faculty of Sciences & Tech).
Course Level at UFR, 2nd character of course number: Number 3 or higher = Upper Division Designation
Within the framework of its internationalization strategy, the University of Tours offers degree courses taught in English and allows international students to study in their field while developing their skills in French. Students enroll in French courses at the CUEFEE
(Centre Universitaire d'Enseignement du Français pour Etudiants Etrangers/ University Centre of French as a Foreign Language)
The general program dates are:
Fall Semester: September to December
Spring Semester: January to May
Academic Year: September to May
Housing and Meals
The university offers accommodation in student halls of residence to exchange students. Students may also apply for accommodations in private homes or in private student residences.
More information on accommodations and the program can be found under "Stage 2" of the website
(Accommodation) and in the 2016-17 Student Guide.pdf
All SDSU students are required by the Chancellor's office to be enrolled in the CSU Foreign Traveler Insurance Program (CSU FTIP)
for their program abroad. The insurance charge which will appear on the student's account services billing. Students will receive more detailed instructions regarding insurance before departure. For more information on costs, refer to the website.
Students under the age of 28 are also required to register with French national health insurance or social security in order to see a doctor or obtain medication while in France. The cost for this is 217 euros for the university year.
Passport and Visa
You must have a valid passport to participate on an exchange program. Your passport must be valid for the duration of the program and for at least 6 months past the program end date to be eligible to receive a student visa. If you hold a passport from a country other than the U.S., be sure to understand what you will need for entry pertaining to your citizenship at the time of participation.
Exchange students are required to obtain a French student visa to study in France. Visit the website for the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles
to get information about visa requirements for France. Students will receive more information on the French student visa process once they have been nominated for the program.
Please note, if you plan to travel to other countries during your stay in France, be sure you are aware of the requirements for entry. Visit the Department of State
website for more details for each country.