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Program Category: UGA Faculty-Led Type of Instruction: Fieldwork/Research, Independent Study, Lecture
Classes With: UGA Students Language Program: No
Language of Instruction: English Taught By: UGA/U.S. Professors(s)
Housing Type: Dorm/Student Residence Work Opportunity: No
Volunteer Opportunity: No Scholarship Availability: No
College/School: Franklin Academic Area: Communication Studies, Geography, History, International Affairs, Sociology
Minimum number of credit hours: 6 Maximum number of credit hours: 6
Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.7 or above Number of Student Participants: 21-40 students
Type of Admission: First-come first-served (rolling) Open to non-UGA students: Yes
Program Description:
uga paris

We are presently full for Summer 2018.  If you are interested in coming with us to Paris in Summer 2019, we recommend that you apply early in the Fall 2018 semester -- during the past few years we have been full and had to turn students away.

UGA- Franklin- UGA à Paris

The UGA à Paris study abroad program focuses upon the economy, politics, culture, and history of France and Western Europe. For 2018, students arrive in Paris on May 14 and depart on June 23. The program is run on the “block” system and students take one course in each of the two blocks for a total of 6 credit hours.

Spending nearly six weeks in Paris, students will not only have the opportunity to gain credit towards their degrees but also to soak up aspects of Parisian and French culture. The program also includes overnight trips to the Loire Valley, where students will visit several chateaux, and to Normandy and to Brittany, where, amongst other things, you will see some of the beaches used during the D-Day landings of June 6, 1944 and the US Cemetery, together with the world-famous 11th century Bayeux Tapestry commissioned by William the Conqueror, the medieval city of St. Malo, and the fortified monastery of Mont St-Michel.

Program Location

uga paris 2Known as the City of Light, Paris is one of the world’s great cities, boasting numerous historical, cultural, and artistic sites. You will be able to visit world-renowned locations, including Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower. Students can immerse themselves in Paris’s museums, galleries, and neighborhoods while exploring the Latin Quarter, the Marais, Montmartre, the Bastille, Les Invalides, the Champs Élysées, or the designer shops on the rue Faubourg St. Honoré.

There is also lots of opportunity for independent travel. Paris is well served by train and air service, allowing students to travel across Europe both during and after the program.

To view photos of Paris & program highlights, click HERE
To watch our videos about studying abroad in Paris, click HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE
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Loire Valley ChateauMont St MichelAmerican Cemetery Normandy
Stay in this lovely chateau                         Visit Mont St Michel in Brittany         Visit the D Day sites in Normandy
   in the Loire Valley              
                           

Contact Information

Dr. Andrew Herod, Director
Dept. of Geography
Tel: 706.542.2366
E-mail: aherod@uga.edu
   
Dr. Tom Lessl
Dept. of Communication Studies
Tel: 706.542.4893
Email: tlessl@uga.edu
   
Dr E. M. Beck
Dept. of Sociology
Tel: 706.542.2421
Email: wbeck@uga.edu
   
Dr. Jennifer White
Dept. of International Affairs
Tel: 706.542.3428
Email: jenx@uga.edu
   
Dr. Jennifer Monahan
Dept. of Communication Studies
Tel: 706.542.4893
Email: jmonahan@uga.edu
   
Dr. Mark Cooney
Dept. of Sociology
Tel: 706.542.2421
Email: mcooney@uga.edu
   

Academic Program

Block 1
Arrive in Paris May 14
First Block Classes run May 16-May 31


Dr. Jennifer White, Instructor, Department of International Affairs
INTL/ GEOG 4694 – Politics and the Modern European State
France is the birthplace of modern democracy, and so we are in the perfect location to discuss what “democracy” means, how it evolves, and its different varieties.  In these discussions, we shall consider the political institutions, cultures, and economics that underpin democratic nations.  As we discuss these concepts, we shall also explore issues that currently challenge France – but also all democracies, in Europe and beyond – such as political violence, migration, the development of extremist/nationalist groups, and the effects of international institutions.  Students sign up for either INTL or GEOG credit.

Dr. Tom Lessl, Professor, Department of Communication Studies

COMM/ HIST 4635 – Paris and its Symbols: Public Art and the Public Self
One writer has called Paris the “capital of the modern self.” This is because its many creations in the visual and plastic arts, architecture, science, fashion, literature, religion, and philosophy lie at the cross-section of a long, historical struggle to come to grips with the human identity – both in its personal and public aspects. We will examine a selection of these artifacts on site in Paris in an effort to understand the stories they tell about how various notions of the Western self have emerged. Students may sign up for either course number.  Students sign up for either COMM or HIST credit.

Dr. E. M. Beck, Professor, Department of Sociology
SOCI 4500 (Special Topics) – On the Road: The Sociology of Travel and Tourism with Special Emphasis on Paris

Travel and tourism is a universal human activity, and for four hundred years Paris has been one of the most visited cities, if not the most visited destination, for scholars, political leaders, students, as well as tourists seeking culture, history, and fashion.  We will explore this human desire for travel adventure, with Paris being our laboratory.


Block 2
Second Block Classes run June 5–June 22


Dr. Andrew Herod, Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Geography, & Adjunct Professor, Department of International Affairs
GEOG/ INTL/ HIST 4634 – Paris and Modernity: Power, Politics, and Identity in the City

This course addresses issues relating to contemporary identity politics in France & Europe. The course focuses upon: i) 19th century French imperialism as an integral part of early globalization and efforts by France to present itself as a Muslim power in Africa; ii) how this led to the redesigning of Paris as an imperial capital, with a focus upon how the politics of identity and French nationalism were manifested in the urban landscape of the city; and iii) issues of national identity in the contemporary era in the wake of significant immigration from former French colonies (i.e., what does it mean to talk about "French national identity" in a multicultural France within the context of a European Union which is stressing "European identity"?). We will visit various locations in Paris related to course topics.  Students sign up for GEOG or INTL or HIST credit.

Dr. Jennifer Monahan, Professor, Department of Communication Studies
COMM 4800 – Intercultural Communication

This course focuses upon factors that affect effective communication internationally, with an emphasis on French/US interpersonal and business communication patterns.  It examines the effects of differing world-views, values systems, language varieties, nonverbal codes and relational norms on interpersonal communication cross-culturally.  Students will gain skills for disseminating ideas across cultures and building intercultural competence.


Dr. Mark Cooney, Professor, Department of Sociology
SOCI 4700/ INTL 4700 – Sociology of Terrorism/ Global Terrorism

Terrorism kills and maims thousands of people every year across the globe. Most victims are completely innocent, having little or no connection to the source of the terrorists’ grievances. This course addresses the complex phenomenon of terrorist violence, focusing on five fundamental questions: What is terrorism? What causes terrorism? Why do people join terrorist groups, often at enormous risk to themselves? Is terrorism effective? What strategies are most effective in countering terrorism?  Students sign up for SOCI or INTL credit.

Program Itinerary 

Sunday,
May 13
Depart USA
Monday,
May 14
Arrive at Charles de Gaulle airport, Paris; ISA pick up
Check in at St. John’s
Tuesday,
May 15
10:00AM ISA Orientation at St. John’s
2:00PM Guided city tour--Bus pick up at St. John’s
Students dropped off at ISA about 4:30 for reception
Wednesday,
May 16
First block classes begin
Welcome Dinner
Thursday,
May 17
First block classes
Friday,
May 18
First block classes
Saturday,
May 19
Free day
Sunday,
May 20
Free day
Monday,
May 21
First block classes
Tuesday,
May 22
First block classes
Wednesday,
May 23
First block classes
Thursday,
May 24
First block classes
Friday,
May 25-
Saturday,
May 26
Group trip to the Loire Valley
Sunday,
May 27
Free day
Monday,
May 28
First block classes
Tuesday,
May 29
First block classes
Wednesday,
May 30
First block classes
Thursday,
May 31
First block classes end
Friday,
June 1-
Monday
June 4
Break between blocks
Tuesday,
June 5
Second block classes begin
Wednesday,
June 6
Second block classes
Thursday,
June 7
Second block classes
Friday,
June 8-
Sunday,
June 10
Group trip to Normandy and Brittany
Monday,
June 11
Free day
Tuesday,
June 12
Second block classes
Wednesday,
June 13
Second block classes
Thursday,
June 14
Second block classes
Friday,
June 15
Free day
Saturday,
June 16
Free day
Sunday,
June 17
Free day
Monday,
June 18
Second block classes
Tuesday,
June 19
Second block classes
Wednesday,
June 20
Second block classes
Farewell dinner
Thursday,
June 21
Second block classes
Bateaux mouches trip on the river Seine
Friday,
June 22
Second block classes end
 
Saturday, June 23 Students vacate St John's
ISA drop off at Charles de Gaulle airport or independent travel

Housing 

Students are housed on the campus of St. John's University in the centrally-located St Germain district of the city.  From this central location students can easily walk to such sites as the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Musée d'Orsay (home to arguably the world's greatest collection of impressionist paintings), and the Luxembourg Gardens.

To learn more about the St. John's campus's amenities, click HERE
To see photos of where you will stay, click HERE

Program Costs

The total cost for the Summer 2018 program is $5,685 (a mandatory UGA deposit of $300 plus the $5,385 program fee). The program fee covers: accommodation for 6 weeks at the St. John’s University Maison-mère residence in central Paris (6th arrondissement; double rooms); breakfast and lunch (M–F); arrival/departure buses; arrival/departure receptions; guided overnight trips to the Loire Valley and Normandy and Brittany; entrances to chateaux/museums in the Loire Valley and Normandy and Brittany; breakfast and evening meal in the Loire Valley and Normandy and Brittany; a panoramic city tour of Paris; a boat ride through the heart of Paris; mandatory UGA health insurance; free internet access at St. John’s; weekly information packs; local emergency assistance; and more. What’s not included in the Program Fee: Airfare to and from Paris; cost of passport; over the counter medication; personal expenditures. In addition, students will be responsible for tuition for 6 credit hours (HOPE, Miller, & other scholarships can be applied to tuition; out-of-state students pay in-state tuition), and some other UGA fees.

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Program Reviews:
Summer 2016 Participant
I will always remember this study abroad as the best 6 weeks of my undergraduate education. I experienced more about the world in the 6 weeks I spent in Paris than I have in my 3 years in undergrad. I am so glad that I picked this program for my study abroad, and I wish that I could participate in it again next year!

Summer 2017 Participant
This trip immersed me in Parisian culture, provided me with new friendships, and gave me a new lens in which I view the world.

Summer 2017 Participant
I was so pleased with my professors and the experience I had studying in Paris. I came back to the States a more confident and cultured self, and I made a ton of amazing friends in the process!

Testimonial:
For me, there were several significant take-aways from my experience abroad. Some of these include but are not limited to learning about another culture while immersing myself within the culture, studying in a new and different environment, and being able to see another part of the world. Allowing myself to step out of my comfort zone for an extended period of time while studying and learning was a valuable experience that I won't forget.
     — Marlee Middlebrooks, Summer 2016
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