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Program Description:
ACES in France at El Purpan

Summer Study Tour and Internship

Toulouse, France



The month of June is spent at EI Purpan studying the French language at the beginner, intermediate, or advanced level in the mornings. In the afternoons two tracks with coursework in English and field visits are offered. One track focuses on various aspects of agricultural production in France and the European Union. The other track focuses on viticulture and oenology. Weekend excursions will take the group to discover for example the Pyrenees and the cultural hub of Barcelona, Spain. Most students choose to remain in France for a one-month farm or vineyard internship. This program is open to non-French speakers, although some basic knowledge is helpful.
The summer program is a great option for students in any degree program in ACES. Students in NRES or FSHN may be particularly intrigued by the viticulture and enology track. Click here for a PRESENTATION on the program with lots of pictures!

  • Passport valid for 6 months after program dates with at least two blank visa pages.
  • Visa may be required. 
  • Students who wish to participate in this program must show a strong commitment to academic achievement and be in good academic standing.
  • Applicants must have completed at least one year of course work at UIUC by the time the program begins. 


Language of Instruction 
The summer program does not require prior knowledge of French. Coursework will be taught in English. All students will take a French language course. Internships will be with French families who may or may not speak English, hence students must willing to be flexible and utilize their newly aquired language skills.


Successful participation in the summer program yields 6 credit hours of open electives.

Pre-Departure Course, LAS 291/292 - 1 credit 
Students must register themselves in LAS 291 in the semester prior to departure of their program. This is a required on-campus pre-departure (S/U graded) course. Completion of this course will result in the automatic enrollment of LAS 292, a required in-country course which continues through the semester you return to campus and is a 1 credit (letter graded) course.
Course Approval
Before you study abroad you must get the courses you plan to take abroad approved by your college’s study abroad office.  ACES Students should view the “Academic Information” section of the ACES Study Abroad Website.  This section provides information on the course approval process and a link for the pre-approval database which contains all courses with UIUC course equivalents.

JUNE: The On-campus program 

4-week intensive course in English, with field visits. Choose one of two options:
  • French & EU Agriculture – Agricultural & Food option     OR
  •  French & EU Agriculture – Viticulture & Enology option
In addition, all students will participate in
  •  French courses (2 levels at least): « the survival : brush-up your French »
  • Cultural visits of Toulouse & some week-end excursions (The Pyrénées, Barcelona)
JULY: The optional Internship program
  •  a 4-week placement, in July, on a farm, or within an agri-related business (examples: Horse riding center, cheese making farm, vineyard) or within a Laboratory (at Purpan)
  •  usually immersion within a family, English speaking or not, also interested in the cultural exchange ; activities together or free at week-ends
  •  take part in the everyday tasks on the farm, hands-on experience according to knowledge & experience
  •  (follows the on-campus program, cannot be taken on its own)
  • In order to get an idea of what will be expected of you while you are at your internship, please take a look at the form your internship supervisor will use to evaluate your performance: Internship Evaluation.pdf

bakery market buying

Students will be housed in nearby residence halls with French and American Students, usually with a single room and shared kitchen and bath facilities. Meals will be taken in the EI Purpan cafeteria or prepared in the residence hall by the students. Students will receive a stipend to purchase weekly groceries. Dorms are within walking distance of courses.

During the internship students will be housed on farms. Students are expected to work in exchange for their room and board during the internship. Students interested in the internship component should be flexible and willing to complete tasks ranging from wine bottling to assisting with English tourists on the farm(s). Students are expected to participate in their host family's everyday life. At the end of the internship, students are evaluated by the farmer(s).


For an Unofficial Budget of this program, please scroll to the top of this page and find the box labeled “Budget Sheets” and click on the semester during which you want to participate. Please read through the Unofficial Budget information which also includes information on Financial Aid and Scholarships.
*Fees are subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuations and the number of participants.
Total cost is ESTIMATED and is BEFORE scholarships.

Financial Aid
Financial aid can be applied to the cost of the program. The amount of financial aid that is applicable to study abroad will depend on your financial aid package. Since there are many variables that determine how your financial aid package applies to study abroad, it is best that you consult with the study abroad financial aid advisor in the Office of Student Financial Aid to discuss your individual financial aid package.  Their email and more information on financial aid can be found at:
Eligible students may receive additional scholarships toward the program cost.  The amount varies depending on the program destination.  Scholarship amounts are announced when program fees for each program are announced.  Non-ACES students should contact their college about scholarship opportunities.  All participants should also apply for the Illinois for Illinois (I4I) Study Abroad Undergraduate Scholarship. For more information, go to
ACES Students are eligible for additional funding through their college. More information about ACES scholarships including the application can be found at 

Application Information
First Steps Info Session 
For more information on the first steps to going abroad, visit our website: or attend a First Steps Info Session in person.  These resources will get you thinking about important themes to consider before selecting a program including: academics, housing, duration, location, and cost.  You will learn how to research a program, understand cost (with a segment on scholarships and financial aid too), and even how to apply!  
Application Process
Click the "Apply Now" button on this web page to apply. Note that you will be charged a non-refundable application fee by clicking "Apply Now".
You may only apply to one program per term. Please consider your program options carefully before beginning a new program application.  Each time you click "Apply Now" you will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

Application Components
The Study Abroad Office Application may include:
  • Letter of Recommendation - done electronically (must be an academic advisor, TA or professor)
  • Personal essay questions
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Signature verification form
  • Official Transcript
  • Online questionnaires
Upon acceptance to this program you may be required to complete the host institution's application.   The final acceptance decision is made by the host institution.
All requirements must be completed by the Study Abroad Office deadlines: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date; paper materials are due by 4:45 PM the following business day.  The Study Abroad Office reviews program applications as a batch after the deadline has passed. The decision dates listed below indicate the earliest possible date that a student's application may be reviewed. Most decisions will be released two to three weeks after each deadline.
See Dates and Deadlines at the bottom of this page.

Health, Safety, and Pre-Departure

The health and safety of students abroad is something that the University of Illinois takes very seriously, which is why the Study Abroad Office provides services that range from international insurance coverage to a 24-hour phone line to speak to an Advisor on Duty. These services can be found at:

Vaccinations and Health
Once you have been accepted into the program you may need to get a health consultation at McKinley Health travel and immunization unit ( discuss what immunization you need, get a travel kit, etc. See also  

AVI International (Premium option) provides coverage for the following risks:
- medical costs and hospitalization,
- personal civil liability (damage caused to third-party, material or physical)
- work accident during the internship on the farm
- repatriation to the home country
This is compulsory in France.
For more information:

Before You Go
The UIUC Study Abroad website ( and the ACES Study Abroad website ( both provide a variety of pre-departure information. Explore both sites for information such as travel plans, what to pack, money abroad, transportation, communicating with family members while abroad, and even what to do the day of your departure.

Passports and Visas
Please consult the host country’s consulate website or a visa agency to determine whether or not a visa is required to travel to your destination country or countries.

More information about passports and visas can be found at:

Withdrawal, Change, and Cancellation

To change to a different program during the application process, please e-mail 

To withdraw or cancel your participation in a study abroad program, please visit this link to view the Withdrawal and Refund Policy (  

Additional Resources

Purpan Summer Program Webpage

Lonely Planet Info on France.

To learn more about the program view the following video:

Contact Information

ACES Study Abroad
ACES Academic Programs
123 Mumford Hall, MC-710
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: (217) 333-3380
Walk-in hours: 
2-4pm Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9:30-11:30am Wednesday


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 03/01/2018
Rolling Admission 05/29/2018 07/21/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.