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Universite Francois Rabelais de Tours EXC
Tours, France (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Semester 1,
Semester 2,
Year (Sem 1 & Sem 2),
Year (Sem 2 & Sem 1)
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Partner University Homepage: Click to visit
Program Details:
Postgraduate coursework, Undergraduate
Program Type:
Exchange Semester/Year
Anticipated Places:
Minimum Mark:
65%; Credit
Agreement Scope:
Not Applicable
Program Description:


Université François-Rabelais
Year Established: 1969
Student population: 24,100 (2,800 international students)
The Université François-Rabelais in Tours is a leading multidisciplinary and health sector public university. A cutting-edge and innovative institution, it’s located in the amazing Loire Valley, a region known for its history and cultural heritage.

The University is internationally recognised for research into brain imaging, virology, neurosciences, insect biology, energy and materials, mathematics, linguistics and food. It has a “Renaissance” unit in partnership with the National Centre for Scientific Research, which is unique in Europe and which offers a Virtual Humanistic Library.

Unique characteristics
The University offers degrees in more than 50 fields across Arts and Humanities, Literature and Languages, the centre for Renaissance Studies, Law, Economics, and Social Sciences, Science and Technology, Medicine, and Pharmacy. It also features two institutes of technology and a school of engineering specialising in electronics and electrical energy systems, development engineering, computer science, computer-aided manufacturing, and systems design and mechanics.
The Loire Valley is a UNESCO world heritage site and home to numerous châteaux and medieval buildings. It was the birthplace of Rabelais, Ronsard, Balzac, and other famous writers and has welcomed world-class artists from Leonardo da Vinci to Alexander Calder. Tours itself is smart and vivacious, full of students and an excellent place from which to see the Touraine region.

France - Universite Francois Rabelais de Tours - building

Academic Information

Course Catalogue 
Information about units of study at the host university

Subject Area/s:

Arts and Social Sciences









Exclusions: Medicine. Admission for 3rd year undergraduate or postgraduates only. Apply at earliest after 3rd full-time semester of course
Teaching Periods: Semesters/Terms
Semester 1: September- January
Semester 2: February - May

Credit (Full-Time Load/Semester)

University of Sydney

Host University



The above full-time load is indicative only.
Applications for academic credit are assessed by the relevant University of Sydney faculty/department based on: study load, contact hours, assessment requirements and level of study.

Grading System
The subjects taught at the host university are graded on a 0 to 20-point. 
More information on the host university's grading system 

Transcripts Issued by Partner
Transcripts will be available at the end of your exchange period


Language of Instruction
Classes at the host university are taught mainly in French. English instructed programmes include: 
Politics and International RelationsComputer ScienceElectronics and Energy SystemsMechanics and System Design and Urban and Territorial Planning and Environment. 
Language Requirement
A French level equivalent to B2 on the CEFR is required to attend this host university. Language classes are available to exchange students wishing to improve their French.


What is the host city like?
Find out more information about the host city

Housing options are offered by the host university
Cost of Living
Use this guide to estimate living expenses associated with studying overseas.

Nicolas Baudin Travel Grant: Exchange students can apply for a grant from the French Embassy to assist with the cost of a return flight ticket between Australia and France.
University of Tours Living Stipend: The Universite Francois Rabelais de Tours is offering one University of Sydney student a living stipend of 500 euros per month for up to 5 months, for an exchange during Semester 2, 2018.

Students are required to obtain health insurance valid during their exchange.

Useful Information

For Exchange/International Students
Specific information for exchange students provided by the host university

Campus France is a French government agency for the promotion of international student mobility. Visit their website for more information about preparing to study in France.

Semester/Term Dates
Access the University’s calendar
Orientation will be held at the beginning of the semester.
Support Services 
The International Relations Office provides services and assistance to exchange students.
Information from the Embassy of France in Australia

Student Experiences

Michelle Staff
Bachelor of Arts (Languages), Semester 1, 2015
Host City Highlights
From the last week of May there is "La Guinguette", a really cool outdoor bar next to the river with a stage for different performances. The parks are also lovely, and there is a Carnaval in autumn which is worth seeing.
Uni Life
There isn't much in the way of clubs and societies, but there are programs/groups for language practice. There's also outings on the weekends for exchange students and a buddy system. Getting to know local students could be difficult, but living in a uni residence hall was especially helpful for that, as well as taking non-exchange student classes. The social scene is good for students, as the main square with lots of bars and cafes is just behind the main uni building. Also, Tuesday nights were the international students' night out at Le Gros Bar.
I had about 16-17 hours per week. You can choose up to 3 courses for exchange students (oral language, written language and an option) which are graded according to level, as well as translation classes for exchange students. I also did 2 second year history subjects, which were mostly lecture-based and involved a presentation as well as an exam.
I ate mostly at home, cooking with friends, but there are several nice restaurants in Place Plume which aren't too pricey. There are lots of good bars and pubs as well.
I lived in Residence St Symphorien which was just across the river. It was in a really good, safe, quiet location. It was super easy, just involved paying monthly rent which included internet/bills, and was a great way to make friends (there were plenty of exchange students as well as French students there).
Money Matters
I didn't work there but the rent and even weekly groceries weren't too expensive.
Getting Around
It's very walkable, being relatively small, and there's also a bus service which is good. You can get a student pass for around 30 euros per month.
There is an SNCF train station in Tours so it's super easy to visit the different chateaux along the Loire as well as other regions of France - its only around 2 hours max to Paris. There's also a small airport which flies to a few destinations. It is definitely worth buying La Carte Jeune for 50 euros, as it gives you lots of extra discounts even less than student prices for train tickets.
Top Tips
It's a lovely town and being relatively small, easy to settle in to. It's good for practicing French as most if not all of the locals won't revert to English on you. Take advantage of the Tandem language practice program at the CRL (Centre de ressources en langues) and the exchange student outings/trips.


This program is currently not accepting applications.