France: Toulouse - A Culinary Exploration of Southern France

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Spring/Summer Study Abroad Program

Half-semester spring course followed by a summer travel experience in southwestern France.

Experience first-hand the rich cultural, historical, and culinary heritage of France with a focus on its southwestern regional capital, Toulouse. Students enroll in a 2-credit version of FREN 595 during the second half of the spring semester. On-campus class sessions will prepare students for travel and introduce them to the diversity of French cultural heritage. The program will culminate in a 2-week stay in Toulouse, France with UNH faculty, facilitated by CIEE’s Toulouse center staff. Students will engage in daily activities, site visits, lectures, and day trips. While much of the in-country portion of the program will focus on the region’s culinary diversity, students will also discover the city and region’s historic highlights and engage with contemporary social and cultural topics.

This program will not run in 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns

Program dates

Spring semester course: March 9 - May 4, 2020
Travel in France: May 25 - June 7, 2020

Information Session

Monday, February 24th, 12:00 PM (Conant 302)

Wednesday, February 26th, 4:00 PM 

Application Deadline

February 28, 2020

Deposit deadline

March 5, 2020

How to applyFinancial Aid/scholarships


Ileana D. Chirila 
Assistant Professor of French

Mike Merrill
Education Abroad Advisor, Program Coordinator
Phone: (603) 862-4788

At the time of application, all students are expected to meet the following criteria:

  • At least 12 credits earned at UNH
    • Freshmen or transfer students not meeting the 12-credit requirement may be allowed to participate in the program. Approval is needed from both the Program Faculty Director and the student's Dean's Office. Contact the COLA Center for Study Abroad for guidance.
  • A minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
    • Students who do not have a declared major or who have an established GPA between 2.0 and 2.5 may still apply. Admission will be at the discretion of the program faculty director.
  • Good standing with the Student Conduct System
    • A student who is on probation, regardless of the underlying violation, must successfully petition through the Academic Standards and Advising Committee (ASAC) for permission to participate. Students who have had a past violation will also be required to petition. Please contact your Dean’s Office for more guidance and the petition form, if needed.
  • Language proficiency is not required

All program participants must enroll in FREN 595.03 taught by Prof. Dana Chirila of the UNH French Program in the spring semester (Half Term II, 3/18-5/6/2019) which will take place on campus prior to group travel in the summer. This course is a 2-credit, Pass/Fail course. Students cannot register themselves for this course – they must apply and establish eligibility through the COLA Center for Study Abroad no later than February 22 to be considered (see “How to Apply” on the right-hand column).

The spring course will be comprised of 6 sessions on campus during the latter half of the semester with the following objectives:

  • Students will acquire practical skills for their living abroad;
  • Students will maximize their linguistic and cultural development through preparing for French lifestyle and schedule; 
  • Students will learn up to 100 essential travel phrases in French

Shortly following the end of the semester, class participants will travel to Toulouse. The in-country travel will provide a “living lab” experience, where students apply in a global setting knowledge acquired during the regular term and practice their French language and/or cultural skills in an immersive situation. The in-country activities will be arranged by expert, on-site CIEE staff and in consultation with UNH faculty to provide students an exposure to diverse elements of regional and national French culture. Co-Curricular activities may include, for example, a visit with local food producers, a workshop on the sociology of hip hop in France, a presentation on regional Occitan dance and music culture, and guided visits to local sites of historic and cultural significance. 


In the South of France between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, Toulouse is the capital of the Midi-Pyrénées region and is the fourth largest city in France, with the second largest student population in the country. It offers easy access to the Atlantic, the mountains, the Mediterranean, and has a wonderful year-round climate. Known as the Pink City for the reddish-pink bricks that feature prominently in many of its buildings, Toulouse is consistently rated as one of the best places to live and study in France. Home to French aerospace giant Airbus and other top technology companies, Toulouse has become a European aerospace and technology hub. The city also has an active music and arts scene, hosting festivals throughout the year. Toulouse offers program participants the opportunity to learn about France’s past and present while experiencing life in a dynamic French city with top-rated universities, quaint neighborhoods, and wonderful café-lined squares

Program Cost and Inclusions

Accepted students will be registered for FREN 595.03 in the Term II (3/18-5/6/2019) of the spring semester. This is a 2-credit class that will be added to a student’s spring enrollment. UNH allows students to enroll in up to 20 credits in a semester without additional tuition charges. Students who will exceed 20 credits by enrolling in FREN 595.03 will need to seek approval from their Dean’s Office and may be charged a tuition surcharge.

There is no tuition charge associated with the summer travel portion of the program, but students will be billed the following fees to their accounts which will be due May 7, 2019 in full:

  • Program fee: $1,660 (estimated)
  • Registration fee: $20
  • International insurance fee: $35
  • Technology fee: $26

The program fee includes the following:

  • Airport transfer in France
  • Double-occupancy housing in Toulouse for the entire duration of the program. Accommodations will include a small kitchen, private bathroom, bed linens, WiFi, and cleaning service
  • Day trips to Carcassonne and Ariege
  • Daily cultural activities in and around Toulouse, like a cheese tasting, hip hop workshop, cooking workshop, museum visits, local guided tours, and more
  • Welcome and departure dinners
  • Pre-departure and on-site orientation from CIEE
  • Local 24/7 emergency support from CIEE center staff

The program fee does NOT include:

  • Airfare to and from France (est. $800-1,200)
  • Meals and incidentals in France
  • Passport fees

Payment Info and Refund Policy

A non-refundable $800 deposit payment will be due from all accepted students no later than March 1. This deposit payment will be credited to the student’s summer tuition bill and the remaining balance of program-related fees (see above) will be due to Business Services by May 7, 2019.

Students are encouraged to discuss financial aid options with the UNH Financial Aid Office. Click the link to the right for more guidance.

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