A group of nine PSU students spent the entire month of June in Toulouse, France, for a linguistic and cultural immersion. The students, Natalee Armfield, Justin Blanchard, Cathleen Garrison, Melody Hutchison, Anna Italiano, Zeb Madsen, Dana Michael, Caitlin Veteto, and Georgia Wren were accompanied by Dr. Myriam Krepps, Assistant Professor of French, who assisted in their discovery of the culture and beauty of her home town and region.
While in Toulouse, students lived with a French host family and attended morning classes daily, Monday through Friday, at the Institut Universitaire de Langue et de Cultures Françaises (IULCF), a program designed by the Institut Catholique de Toulouse for international students. Afternoons were devoted to cultural experiences and explorations; either on their own, or led by Dr. Krepps, students visited Toulouse monuments, museums, varied neighborhoods and cultural sites.
Hopping on the train, students also had the opportunity to visit the region surrounding Toulouse. The group traveled on day-trips to Carcasonne to explore the walled-in Medieval City; to Foix in the Pyrenees Mountains, where we visited Gaston Foebus’castle, its picturesque city, and hiked to the Pic du Saint Sauveur; to Gruissan, a fishing village on the Mediterranean Sea; to Cordes-sur-Ciel, a Renaissance village in the Corbière region; and to Albi where we visited the Toulouse-Lautrec museum set in the painter’s family home.
Studying in a French setting, and living with a French host family, this was life changing experience!