Students live with host families and have an opportunity to experience life in French society, to make friends among the French people, and to speak French in all aspects of life. Students have a private room and take breakfast and the evening meal daily with their host family. They eat lunch on their own in town or in the student restaurant. The program coordinator in Tours screens and approves all the host families, some of whom have been housing Bucknell students for a number of years. Returning students consider their experience living with the French family to be one of the most valuable aspects of their study in Tours.