Francois Rabelais University of Tours

Established in 1969, Francois Rabelais University of Tours is named after French renaissance writer, doctor, humanist, monk and Greek scholar. It was established as part of efforts to modernise and democratise higher education in France after the student protests of May 1968.

Academic highlights

As befitting its namesake, the University of Tours is a noted specialist in Renaissance studies with a dedicated Centre for Advanced Studies in the Renaissance. It also offers studies in food history and culture. In recent years the University has incorporated an Institute of Technology and the Polytechnic Engineering School.


The university has seven campuses, all located in the city of Tours in the Loire Valley, and is considered one of the most beautiful areas of France. The city has a beautiful medieval centre, and is known for its vibrant student population of around 40,000 students.

Did you know?

The university is located in the heart of the beautiful medieval city of Tours, often called “the garden of France”, but is also only just over one hour by train from Paris.

Language requirements

If you wish to study units in French, you must be able to certify that you have a B2 level in French on the CEFR scale and pass a language test. More information can be found here.

The University of Tours is only open to Monash Arts students (single and double degree students). However, you can study under any faculty at University of Tours.

Most exchange students choose to study in the Faculty of Literature and Languages or the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

The University of Tours offers certain units and several Master’s degrees in English. Find out more here.

Disciplines available


Ancient cultures


Banking and finance

Biological sciences

Biomedical sciences

Business law and taxation


Communications and media studies

Earth, atmosphere and environmental sciences

Econometrics and business statistics


Education - primary schooling

Education - secondary schooling


Engineering - chemical

Engineering - electrical/ computer systems

Engineering - materials science

Engineering - mechanical / aerospace

English as an international language

Film and screen studies

French languages & culture studies

German languages & culture studies


Human geography

Information technology

Italian languages & culture studies


Legal studies


Literary studies



Mathematical sciences,


Medical imaging and radiation sciences


Physics and astronomy

Politics and international relations

Psychological sciences


Spanish and Latin American languages & culture studies

Social work


Theatre and performance

Translation studies

  • The listed disciplines are not necessarily exhaustive and other fields of study might also be available at the university.
  • Approval to study particular subjects at any institution is always at the discretion of the departmental/discipline and faculty advisers in your managing faculty(ies) and subject to available places at the host campus

See the University of Tours’ unit catalogue here.

If you cannot find any unit guides after having done your own research, you can follow the process as outlined here.

Full time equivalents

  Semester Year
  Minimum 18 Monash Points Maximum 24 Monash points Minimum 36 Monash points Maximum 48 Monash points
Standard 22.5 ECTS30 ECTS45 ECTS60 ECTS

Exchange program terms

University of Tours 'Spring' Semester (Monash semester 1): January to June
University of Tours 'Fall' Semester (Monash semester 2): September to December

See University of Tours’ academic calendar here.


There are eleven university halls throughout the city of Tours, managed by CROUS, the French organisation dedicated to helping students find appropriate accommodation. Vacancies are limited so early application is recommended. Forms are collected by the University and processed externally by CROUS. Find out more about CROUS here.

The University of Tours hosts its own electronic platform to help students find private accommodation, which can be found here.


As a general rule, all students planning to study in France for more than 3 months must apply for a student visa before departure from Australia and apply for a residence permit after they arrive. Students travelling to France must visit the Consulate General in Sydney in person to lodge their application.  Processing times for visas can be up to 3 months. You should not enter France on a tourist visa if you intend to stay longer than 90 days or three months. Applications for a change of status for a visa are not supported.

Monash Abroad can only provide general information - always check with the relevant consular/Embassy and consider advice that is right for you.

For more information on visas, please refer to the Consulate General of France in Sydney here.

The University of Tours also provide some advice on visas, which can be found here.

Health and insurance

All students are required by French law to take out the French Student Health Insurance. All students need to subscribe to the French Social Security, at a cost of approximately €215 euro. It is required to cover the entirety of your stay; you can purchase it upon arrival in France. Students will require an official birth certificate with a French translation to proceed with their health insurance.

When travelling on a Monash Abroad approved program, you are automatically covered under the Monash University Student Travel Insurance policy.

Orientation and extra-curricular 

The orientation meeting is compulsory. A week-long induction is also held with various welcome activities for exchange students. Find out more here.

It is recommended that students purchase a Student’s Cultural Passport (PCE) for €7, which offers discounted rates at many cultural sites and activities in the city of Tours. Find out more here.


The University Centre for Teaching French to International Students (CUEFEE) provides language and culture classes with heavily discounted fees of approximately €50 per semester. Find out more here.

General information for France

Campus France Australia is a service of the Embassy France dedicated to the promotion of French universities, student mobility and partnerships between French and Australian unis. You can learn more on their Facebook page.


Tuition fees for this program are waived by the host institution. While on exchange you remain enrolled at Monash and continue to pay fees to Monash University. Find out more here.

Cost of living

One semester abroad will generally cost you approximately AUD$10,000 – $15,000, however this varies depending on destination and your individual living standards.

University of Tours estimates you will need a minimum of €650 a month. The University of Tours provide some advice on cost of living here.

Monash funding

Find out about Monash Abroad Travel Scholarships here.

Find out about Monash University Travel and Placement Scholarships here.

Australian government funding

Find out about the Overseas Higher Education Loan Program (OS-HELP) here.

Nicolas Baudin Scholarship

The Nicolas Baudin scholarship is designed to encourage students to undertake study, research or professional development in France. It consists of a return flight ticket between Australia and France and social insurance for up to six months. Find out more here.

Leah Bell
Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Business (Management), Semester 1 2017
Studied: Arts units

Study Experience

I studied Arts (International Studies) units, half of them were instructed in French and the half in English. The lecturers/tutors are quite understanding and helpful for exchange students, so you won’t feel too lost or overwhelmed.


Tours is a lot smaller than Melbourne, and is much less busy, and there is a lot of beautiful scenery and architecture around. The city also heavily revolves around university students and well-connected with public transport, as well as trains to larger cities. The community vibe means that you don't feel isolated and being away from home is definitely easier

Benefits of exchange

Going to France for a semester and being immersed in the language and culture helped me rapidly improve my French speaking skills - it was just what I needed in order to gain more confidence when speaking French. It also made everything that I had studied about French culture clearer and more relevant. I can't recommend going on exchange highly enough, especially for foreign language students!

Career Benefits

Firstly, I gained proficiency in a second language, which I hope will give me more opportunities in future employment. Secondly, I gained and refined a lot of soft skills, such as (self) confidence, communication skills and intercultural understanding.

Money and Budgeting

Take advantage of the Erasmus/exchange student society's day trips: they are way cheaper than trying to do the excursions yourself! The cinemas also often had cheaper student tickets, as well as some restaurants. Cook at home rather than going out to eat (even though Tours as a whole is not actually that expensive, and is cheaper than Paris).

Top Tips

  • Put yourself out there! Start conversations with other exchange students! It's so important to surround yourself with others in the same situation, so that you have a support group if ever times get tough or you just need to talk to someone.
  • Say yes to everything! I came into exchange with this mindset; I didn't want to have any regrets. I thought that it was 'now or never' - for example you may never get another chance to do a spontaneous road trip to Mont St Michel with 3 of your best new buddies.
  • Don't be afraid to ask for help. Everyone is in the same boat and both the Erasmus and exchange student society and International Relations Office are really helpful.
  • Take the French Language unit offer by their Faculty of Literature and Languages. My faculty even approved it for credit for me - it was super beneficial for my language proficiency.

Francois Rabelais University of Tours

  • Program type: Semester exchange
  • Location:
    • Tours
  • Program periods: Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Study level: Undergraduate and Postgraduate

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