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Visa

Do you need a visa? It depends on your nationality and whether you will stay for more than 90 days. If you are not a citizen of the European Union or Switzerland, check with a French embassy or consulate for visa requirements. Allow adequate time to obtain any necessary documents. Check this website for more information.

Health insurance

We strongly advise individuals to take out medical insurance. A health insurance policy is required by the French administration for students staying more than three months. Do not forget to bring a copy of your insurance policy. If you are a citizen of the European Union, do not forget to bring your European health insurance card.

Money

You can change your money at the airport in Paris, a train station in Paris or Tours. Most « ATM » machines accept cards from the major international banks (including non-European) making withdrawing cash very simple as long as you know your code. Visa and Mastercard cards are accepted nearly everywhere. Banks in Tours are closed on Mondays.

Climate

Tours has a mild climate and it is partly for this reason that Touraine has been entitled the “Garden of France”.

Temperatures:
January : 1 – 6,5 Avril : 5 – 15 July : 13 – 25 October : 7,5 -16,5
February : 1,5 – 8 Mai : 8,5 – 18,5 August : 13 – 24 November : 4 – 10,5
March : 3,5 – 12 Juin : 11,5 – 22 September : 11 – 22 December : 2 – 7

These are average temperatures, so before you pack your luggage, you may also find it useful to check the weather forecast for Tours.

In your bag

Bring some paper, pens and pencils. If you do not have a bilingual dictionary on your smartphone, bring a paper version. A French Grammar book explained in your own language will be helpful to you.
You can obtain a student card which will entitle you some local reductions in Tours (if you are under 26 years old). Passport sized Identity photos will be needed for this.


Lunch

For lunch, you can choose among the numerous restaurants and “cafés” in the medieval part of Tours, very close to the school. Most of these are in a pedestrian area and during summer you may eat outside at a terrasse. Prices: € 4 (and more) for a sandwich, € 8,50 and up for a main dish, € 15 and up for a full meal. If you prefer, you may buy food at a boulangerie-pâtisserie or sandwicherie, at the local covered market les Halles or a grocery store and have lunch by the river side, on the school terrace if the weather permits it or in the school entrance hall.

A few prices

Food and drinks

  • A sandwich: € 4 or more
  • A croissant: € 1
  • A coffee in a bar: € 1.5
  • A softdrink in a bar: € 3
  • A beer in a bar: € 3

Visits and outings

  • A seat at the cinema: € 5.30 to € 9.90
  • Entrance to a museum in Tours: € 4 to € 6
  • Entrance to a chateau: € 10 to € 15
  • A half-day excursion: € 50 (transport and entrance fees)
  • A seat at a concert, opera : € 7 to 72
  • A seat at the theatre : € 10 to 25

Sports

  • Gym club (fitness) for 2 weeks: € 30
  • Swimming pool: € 5.40
  • Tennis, 1 hour: € 25
  • Horseriding: € 206 for 12 lessons

Transport

  • 1 bus ticket: € 1.60
  • Bicycle rental for a day: € 15
  • Bicycle rental (“velocity”) per month: € 5 (for 3 months minimum)
  • Average price for a return train ticket to visit a chateau: from € 23
  • Car rental for a week-end: from € 60
  • Average price for a return to Paris by TGV on a week-end: from € 120

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