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  • Locations: Paris, France
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: European Council 
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English, French Minimum GPA: 2.5
Housing Options: Dormitories Areas of Study: African Studies, Anthropology, Art, Business, Communication, Economics, French, History, Literature, Psychology, Sociology
Minimum Credit Hours:
24 collegiate credit hours Class Standing: 1-Sophomore, 2-Junior, 3-Senior, 4-Graduates
Program Type: Study Abroad
Program Description:
European Council: Paris, France
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About the Program | Program Information and Course Structure 
Payment & Refund Schedule | Deadlines & Late Fees
Courses & Course Description | How to Apply to the Program
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About the Program
ladies in front of ETParis, one of the oldest and most fascinating cities in the world, has fired the imagination of artists, writers, and students for centuries. La “Ville Lumière”, Paris is home to countless museums, cafés, and medieval streets that wind around contemporary architecture. A city à decouvrir, Paris is an invitation to experience all the world’s cultures while maintaining a proud and distinctly French feeling. Picture yourself spending a summer studying in the “City of Light,” the “museum without walls,” immersed in history and surrounded by some of the world’s finest art, architecture, and music. As a participant in the Paris Study Program, you won’t have to imagine these things—you can live them.

The “Capital of the World” is your classroom as you study history where it was made, attend theater and music performances by world-renowned companies and ensembles, write in parks and cafés where Fitzgerald and Hemingway wrote, and learn French immersed in the language. Paris offers all of this and more as part of the study abroad program.

Dates: June 30 to August 6

Cost: $5200
  • Round-trip airfare Atlanta to Paris
  • Airport transfers to and from the airport in Paris to Cité Universitaire
  • Single room dormitory lodging at Cité Universitaire
  • 2 dinners per week and one 100€ grocery card
  • Unlimited travel on the Paris metro and bus system
  • Boat tour and formal dinner on the Seine (July 5 in the evening)
  • Excursion to Alsace (July 7-9; included in program cost)
  • Optional excursion to Normandy (July 14-16; additional $199)
  • Optional excursion to the Loire valley (July 21-23; additional $199)
  • Primary health insurance
  • Free weekends (unless signed up for optional excursions)
The package cost does not include tuition, textbooks, extra meals, entrance fees, and weekend travel expenses, passport and related expenses, spending money, ground transport to and from the U.S. airport through which flights will be scheduled, or any other costs beyond those listed above.

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CatacombsProgram Information & Course Structure 
Classes are held at the Institut Protestant de Théologie (Facultyé de Paris), with each academic course carrying three semester hours of credit. Students take one or two three-hour courses, with courses meeting in the classroom twice a week and required field trips on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students will have three day weekends to enjoy the Parisian life, travel to other cities in France, or explore other European countries. In five to six hours students can be on the Riviera of the Basque region of Spain and France, Switzerland, Germany, Amsterdam, and most cities in France are reached in three hours or less. Even London is only a three hour trip away on the Eurostar train.

On the first weekend, the program organizes group excursions and acquaints program participants with Paris, the Cité Universitaire and its neighborhood. The Paris Study Abroad Program is based at the Cité Universitaire de Paris which provides lodging, classrooms, cafeteria, restaurant, cafe’, and a park that is also open to the public. The Cité Universitaire is down the street from the metro (RER line B) which connects students to all of Paris as well as all the major points of air, rail, and bus travel.

The Paris Study Program is based at the Cité Universitaire de Paris, located in the heart of Paris on the left bank, 14th Arrondissement between the Place Denfert Rochereau and the Place d’Italie.  The Cité Universitaire de Paris is a one-of-a kind meeting place that receives more than 135,000 visitors from over 100 countries each year.  Students have single rooms with a private bath. You can visit their website at
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Courses in the 2017 Paris Study Abroad Program are part of the regular offerings of member institutions; therefore, students may apply for loans or grants for which they would normally be eligible. Students should apply for financial aid at the campus where they are registering for courses. Campus representatives will assist students in obtaining information about financial aid. Students must meet all campus requirements in applying for financial aid.

Students should plan to budget a minimum of $1,400 for extra meals, entrance tickets, evening entertainment, travel, and shopping. Some course excursions might involve additional fees; course instructors will inform students if such fees apply at the mandatory student orientation on May 13.

All costs are subject to change because of unanticipated increases in airfares or other program elements or fluctuations in monetary exchange rates. The European Council will make every effort to keep program costs as advertised and will inform prospective participants of any changes as they occur.

ladies in front of Notre DamePayment Schedule:
March 2, 2017.........Application form and $300 non-refundable program deposit due
March 9, 2017.........First payment of $2450 due
April 7, 2017...........Final payment of $2450 due

Program deposits and other payments are applied toward required advances, purchase of airline tickets and other costs related to the program. Note that the $300 program deposit is non-refundable and covers processing and reservation fees; the program deposit can not be transferred to a subsequent year.

Participants who withdraw from a program after the application deadline receive a refund according to the schedule below. Please note that all withdrawals must be emailed to the EC Coordinator, Beverly Vantine, at AND to the student’s campus representative at the home institution.

Withdrawal before March 3..................................All but $300 will be refunded
Withdrawal between March 4 and March 18..........All but $500 will be refunded
Withdrawal between March 19 and April 1............All but $850 will be refunded
Withdrawal between April 2 and April 30..............All but $2,000 will be refunded
Withdrawal after April 30....................................No money will be refunded

seine cruiseImportant Deadlines:
March 2nd–  Application deadline (spaces are available on first come, first serve basis and students are strongly encouraged to apply early)

March 9th – First Payment

April 7th– Final Payment

March 28th– Four passport photo due (late fees apply, see below for details) if they’re not received IN OFFICE by 5pm on this date. Photos MUST be passport photos that adhere to the passport agency’s rules and regulations for photos. Photos that are submitted that do not comply with these rules will be denied and late fees will still apply. Please visit the Department of State’s website for detailed passport information.

March 28th– An electronic copy of your passport is due. Passports should be scanned and emailed to the European Council coordinator; faxed and mailed copies are not accepted. Late fees apply, see below for details.

March 28th– Deadline for separate airfare waiver or flight deviation; see below for details.

May 13th– There is an all-day*Mandatory* student orientation in Macon at Middle Georgia State College. This meeting starts at 9am and is over at 4pm. Students who fail to attend will be penalized by dropping  the final grades for study abroad courses by an entire letter; if you receive an “A” in the course, the grade of “B” will be submitted to your home institution as your final grade.

LouvreLate Fees for Passports & Photo
Items received between Mar 29 – Apr 12........$25 late fee
Items received between Apr 13 – Apr 27.........$50 late fee
Items received between Apr 28 – May 11........$75 late fee
Items received on May 12 – May 19...............$100 late fee
Items received on May 20th or after................$100 plus $5 per additional day

Flight Deviation/Separate Airfare
Airfare is included in the price of the program. However, if you wish to arrive to Europe sooner, or stay later, there is a *possibility* that you can do this at an additional expense to you. Students are also allowed to do 100% of their own airfare however in order to keep our group rate only a certain number of students may do this and must receive authorization from the EC coordinator. If you are given permission to do your own airfare, there will be a deduction in your SECOND payment. All deviation and separate airfare request must be submitted by March 28th and these opportunities are provided on a first come first serve basis. All requests submitted after March 28th will be denied.

Course Descriptions
Students may choose to take one or two classes unless their home institution requires two classes. Those who take two courses must chose one class in the morning, and one class in the afternoon. See your campus representative for your institutions course equivalency.

LD-Lower Division Course
UD-Upper Division Course

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Survey of Economics (LD) 
Dr. Jason Beck (Armstrong Atlantic State University)

Survey of Economics is an overview of the field, focusing on economics in the context of specific issues. In this course, we will explore topics such as comparative economic systems, the factors that influence economic growth, governmental intervention in the economy, as well as other topics driven by student interest. An international setting offers an intriguing perspective on these issues and we will incorporate cross-country comparisons into our course work.

Human Development: Why French Children Don’t Have ADHD and Other Curiosities of Being Human (UD)
Dr.Carla Bluhm (Coastal College of Georgia)

Studying Human Development in Paris introduces students to unique customs such as French parenting styles, social and community impacts on development, adolescent behavior, schools, parks, and other settings where life unfolds and can be observed to support course materials. Imagine sailing a little sailboat on a lake at the Luxemburg Gardens and observing the life of children around you! French cemeteries possess some of the most remarkable people who have ever lived; a visit there will help students to engage in conversations regarding the end of life. The Museum of Natural History in France provides a deeper understanding of course concepts such as evolutionary theory, human development across history, and a highly unique way to further understand human diversity. 

Introduction to Business
Dr. John Stovall (Georgia Southwestern University)

This course is for both business and non-business majors. Dynamics and complexities of the competitive business world are explored through the study of topics including economic systems, forms of business ownership, social responsibility and ethics, entrepreneurship and marketing, organizational design, financial management, the role of consumers, and more.

groupVisual Rhetoric (LD)
Dr. Brian Carroll (Berry College)

It is a paradox of the twentieth century that while visual images have increasingly come to dominate US communication and culture, higher education has devoted relatively little attention to visual media and visual messages. Visual Rhetoric is a study of visual theory, visual literacy, and how images are engineered and used to persuade. Students study and interpret audience-specific visual culture and communication, and the rhetoric of visual materials and visual media.

French Reading & Writing (UD)
Dr. Brian Mann (North Georgia)

This course emphasizes skill development and refinement in the areas of critical reading and writing in French. Designed to give students extensive experience in reading and writing in French, the course focuses on the relationship between writing and reading, and on ways to improve one through the other.  Prerequisite: French 2002 with C or better. Course taught in French.

World Literature I (LD)
Dr. Carola Mattord (Kennesaw State University)

This class is a survey of the literary history of the world. It will introduce students to the literature of various cultures, such as Africa, China and Japan, North and South Americas, India, Europe, and the Middle East. The selected literature spans the course of human history, from ancient to modern times. The selected readings will be placed in both literary and cultural contexts, particularly in relation to French culture. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102 with C or better.

group at sacre coeurWatercolor I or II (UD)
Prof. Margee Bright-Ragland (Georgia State University)

Experience painting in watercolor as you explore the dynamic atmosphere of Paris. Join our watercolor class as we capture the historic sites, museums, churches, parks, squares, and people of Paris. This course will give students a basic foundation in the watercolor medium as we record the images of our adventures studying in France. The course is designed for all levels of students. Beginning painters a well as serous painters are welcome.

French 2001 (LD)
Dr. Kristina Watkins-Mormino (Georgia Gwinnett College)

What is the most effective and authentic way to learn another language? Studying it abroad of course!  French 2001 is your linguistic and cultural toolkit for savvy travel in France.  With lessons about tourism and transportation, you’ll be able to talk and write about your trip en français.  And with chapters on French politics and media, you’ll better understand what’s really happening on the Paris scene.  Not to mention, you’ll develop a fabulous accent and cultural savoir-faire! Prerequisite: French 1002 with C or better. Course taught primarly in French.

Black Culture in Paris Today (UD)
Dr. Karen Young (Clayton State University)

Everyone wants to travel to Paris, known as the City of Love and the City of Light. To experience the exquisite beauty and the rich history that you find everywhere in the city of Paris is an opportunity of a lifetime! From looking at the past (a rich historical background of Blacks such as James Baldwin, Richard Wright, Josephine Baker, Langston Hughes, jazz musicians and Harlem renaissance folks who came to Paris) to examining today’s culture (Serena Williams, the African/Afro-Caribbean community, artists, singers, musicians & others) this course will come alive and exciting things are in store for students as we travel to experience what “Black Culture in Paris Today” is all about. We will meet a famous black expatriate author and playwright in the neighborhood in which he lives; examine the art, photography and have a mini-concert by the first African American expatriate photo-journalist to photograph the runway models for Givenchy & Christian Dior; see a live jazz concert in a famous Paris nightclub; and partake in food, music, an exciting art show, concert and engage in stimulating conversation with many blacks currently living in the city of Paris!! Join me for an experience of a lifetime!

Mon LisaAmericans and Paris: Survey of American History II with a French Twist
Dr. Dana Wiggins (Georgia State University)

France has contributed more to the US than French fires! Our class will explore the history of colonial North America and the United States from the first moments of sustained European contact with the American continent through the late 20th century. Since we are covering a period of five centuries, we will be taking a thematic approach that will focus on contact between France and the United States. Topics will include French colonialization; the French and Indian War; Haitian Slave Rebellion; France and US Imperialism; WWI and WWII; the Harlem Renaissance and Paris; and France and US Civil Rights..

Sociology of Sport
Dr. David Hunt (Augusta University)

This course will examine sport as a social institution and component of culture.  Topics will include sport and socialization, youth sports, deviance in sports, gender, race, and social class in sports, sports and the media, sports and religion, and sport in educational settings.  Students will be encouraged to ask questions and think critically about sports as part of social life. Students will also compare sport in France with sport in other countries they are familiar with. Outings will include opportunities for students to observe, participate in, and interact with the social institution of sport in France.

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Loire CastleManagerial Economics (UD)
Dr. Jason Beck (Armstrong Atlantic State University)

Managerial Economics is a course dedicated to understand the managerial decision making process in the private sector. Topics covered include demand analysis, production and cost estimation, market structure analysis, pricing, and decisions under uncertainty. Analysis will be both qualitative and quantitative. Given the international context of the course, particular emphasis will be placed on a comparison of the business and managerial climate in Europe vs. the US.

Psychology and Nutrition: Exploring the French Paradox, French Food Customs, and the Psychology of Café Life. (UD)
Dr. Carla Bluhm (College of Coastal Georgia)

Psychology and Nutrition in Paris is arguably the best place on earth to study this topic! So many forms of cuisine and dining customs originated in France, much of the wine industry emerged from France with the associated social meanings, cheese production, quality controls of food, ideas about food and national identity, the so called “French Paradox", school children’s lunch preparations, the life of the café, and so many other aspects of food, social life and communal dining, community cohesion, ideas about health and dietary selection, gastrodiplomacy, and production. There is no better place to study and learn, Paris is the ultimate location to deepen study in the area of Psychology and Nutrition. 

International Business (LD)
Dr. John Stovall (Georgia Southwestern University)

An introduction to the nature and environment of international business, multinational business operations, and the future of international business.

Loire CastleTravel Writing (UD)
Dr. Brian Carroll (Berry College)
Students will write and develop, revise, and digitally publish multimedia travel narratives, learning descriptive and narrative writing, photographic, and videographic skills and techniques. Students will read travel narratives. Students will learn to read Paris as text to look beyond the surface and to avoid stereotype and treating subject as exotic other. This is essentially a writing course, so an emphasis is writing as a process. Students will also learn the business side of travel writing, including how to identify markets for your work and how to craft a query, the pitch letter for your work.

French 1002 (LD)
Dr. Beth Mauldin (Georgia Gwinnett College) 

A continuation of development in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in French with further study of the culture of francophone regions and an introduction to French-language literature.  Students will immerse themselves in the French language while exploring Paris and its surroundings.  Activities include arranging and taking a trip to Versailles, ordering food in a French restaurant and buying items in an outdoor market, and discussing French fashion during a walking tour of the Rue St. Honoré, the capital of French haute couture.

Special Topics: The French Connection (UD)
Dr. Carola Mattord (Kennesaw State University)

‘The French Connection’ explores the important literary contributions of the French culture from the High Middle Ages to the Realism Movement of the nineteenth century. Throughout its history, France has enjoyed an exceptional position in European intellectual life. Renowned for its art and film, fashion and cuisine, French writers and poets have historically had a profound impact on European literary development. This course begins with the medieval romance of the French Troubadours, a literary genre that had swept across Europe for several centuries, bringing us the world of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, and will end with the Realist world of Gustave Flaubert.

Arch de TriumphArt Appreciation (LD)
Prof. Margee Bright-Ragland (Georgia State University)

Please join us in our exploration of the visual arts in Paris and France. We will experience works of art and architecture from all ages as well as contemporary art. Our field trips will include visits to world famous museums, contemporary galleries and historic sites. Let art and architecture come alive for you in Paris!

French Conversation & Composition: Les Parisiens au Cinema (UD)
Dr. Kristina Watkins-Mormino (Georgia Gwinnett College)

Move your French to the next level! This class will develop your French skills so that you can speak more naturally and write with greater clarity and sophistication.  We’ll be taking class to the movies and around town, letting you learn from the Parisians themselves.  After all, at home, you can study the language, but in Paris, you can live the language! Prerequisites: French 2002 with C or better. Course is taught in French.

Cultural Anthropology: Diversity of France (LD)
Dr. Karen Young (Clayton State University)

An exploration of races and cultures of our world and the intergroup relations that emerge from ethnic, religious, cultural, class, gender and other differences are considered basic to developing an understanding of our society. Our ability to observe different cultural entities in France such as French architecture, French festivals, French theater, cinema, photography and fashion, the arts and food, daily life, religious practices, and ties that connect marriage, family and kinship, will help us to understand concepts such as ethnocentrism, cultural relativity, cultural diversity, and participant observation. Students will enjoy touring many of the areas that make the culture and diversity of Paris come alive including visits to various market places; touring of immigrant neighborhoods where hip hop Paris style thrives; attend live theater in Paris; visit little Africa which is full of colorful fabrics, sights & good smells; and travel to some of the locations to see where real authentic French champagne is made and manufactured.  As we broaden our awareness and knowledge of other group’s experiences and perspectives, we will gain tools for more effective intercultural communications, strengthen our ability to interact and work with others unlike ourselves, and be given a mirror in which to see our own cultural group more clearly. Join us as we explore the city, culture and cultural diversity of Paris, and the natural surrounding countryside, people, and culture of France!

Lock BridgeIntro to Sociology (LD)
Dr. David Hunt (Augusta University)

This course introduces students to the major concepts, methods, theories, and findings of sociology—the study of human interaction in groups and organizations as well as the nature of our society and its major social institutions. Students will examine different aspects of culture, society, and social institutions, including symbols, norms, social structure, interaction, deviance, families, education and religion. Students will draw comparisons between French culture and other cultures they are familiar with. Outings and field trips will include opportunities to observe and interact with French society, culture, and social institutions.

Black Paris: African American History and its Connections to France (UD)
Dr. Dana Wiggins (Georgia State University)

An introductory survey of African-American History that provides engagement with significant topics, themes and issues in the African American experience from pre-colonial Africa, through enslavement in North America to the present. The class presents a particular focus on French involvement in African American history, both in the United States and in France itself. Topics include French colonization; the French and Indian War; Haitian slave Rebellion; WWI and WWII; Josephine Baker and the Harlem Renaissance in Paris; James Baldwin; Algeria and Black Power; and African Americans and the French Student uprising (1968).

Apply to the Program
Directions on how to apply:
  1. Download and complete the European Council application
  2. Turn the application to your campus representative. If you do not know who your representative is click here.
  3. After you submit your application to your campus rep, please pay the $300 non-refundable program deposit at the payment page.
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Along the Seine*Campus representatives forward completed applications to the program office at Valdosta State University.  Applications will not be processed by the EC office until both the application form (approved by the campus representative) and the $300 program deposit are received.

** Spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis according to the date of receipt of the application and program deposit. Students are encouraged to apply well in advance of the application deadline to assure them of a place in the program as some programs will fill as early as November. Once a program is full, students will be placed on the waitlist. Please do not be discouraged if you’re placed on the waitlist as we always anticipate a 15% drop.

  • Any full-time or part-time student is eligible to participate in the program as long as the student will be 18 years of age by the time of departure.
  • Students must be in good academic standing in order to be admitted to the program. Completion of an application form does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Note also that individual campuses may require letters of reference or other information beyond that required by the European Council.
  • Students from institutions that are not part of the University System of Georgia must become a transient student at Valdosta State University. Click here for information on becoming a transient at Valdosta State University

July 14Health Matters and Insurance
Participants are provided with health-care from CISI insurance (Cultural Insurance Services International) that covers them while they are abroad. Information about local doctors and medical facilities will be available from the program director.

Students with special medical problems may be required to provide a physician’s assurance of their ability to undertake foreign travel and study. It is not possible for the European Council to guarantee accessible facilities abroad for students with special needs.

Participants should bring medications they regularly depend upon and should have copies of prescriptions in generic form in case they need to acquire additional medications.

No special immunizations are needed to enter France, and the International Immunization Certificate is not required.

Shakespeare BookstorePassports and Visas
Everyone who travels to France must have a valid passport. Participants with expired passports should have them renewed. Participants who have never had a passport should begin the process of obtaining one immediately as it can take more than 3 months to get a passport and sometimes require an appointment made well in advance. Inquire at your local post office for instructions on obtaining a passport.

Holders of U.S. passports do not need visas to enter France for summer study. Participants traveling on passports of other countries should contact their campus representative for assistance in determining whether they need a visa.

Some countries require that your passport be valid at least three (3) months beyond the dates of your trip. Some airlines will not allow you to board if this requirement is not met.

Please visit the Department of State’s website for more information on how to apply for a passport. Students are required to turn in a copy of their passport by March 28th, 2017 to avoid late fees, please see “Deadlines” for details.

field tripContact Us
Contact your Campus Representative to submit an application and determine course equivalencies

Beverly Vantine
EC Coordinator, Valdosta State University

Dr. Luc Guglielmi
Paris Program Co-Director; Kennesaw State University

Dr. Ken Kirk
Paris Program Co-Director; Valdosta State University


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.