About the Program

Paris, one of the oldest and most fascinating cities in the world, has fired the imagination of artists, writers, and students for centuries. 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

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Program Information

The group departs for Paris June 30th and returns to Atlanta August 4th, 2013. Classes are held at the Institute de Protestant de Théologie (Faculté de Paris), with each academic course carrying three semester hours of credit. Students take one or two three-hour courses, with class sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays. Half the courses meet in the morning and half meet in the afternoon. Tuesdays and Thursdays are reserved for required field trips.

On Tuesdays, morning classes have field trips and on Thursdays, afternoon classes have field trips. On the first weekend, the program organizes group excursions and acquaints program participants with Paris, the  Cité Universitaire  and its neighborhood. After the first weekend, students have three-day weekends to explore Paris or other parts of France and Europe. The Paris Study Program is based at the Cité Universitaire de Paris provides lodging, classrooms, cafeteria, restaurant, cafe', exercise facilities, and a park that is also open to the public. The Cité Universitaire is down the street from the metro (RER line B)

 Paris program participants can easily make train connections for traveling to other cities in France or to adjacent countries. In five to six hours students can be on the Riviera of the Basque region of Spain, 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.

Health Matters and Insurance

Participants are provided with health-care insurance that covers them while they are abroad. Information about local doctors and medical facilities will be available in Paris. 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.

Passports and Visas

Everyone who travels to France must have a valid passport. Participants who have old passports should have them renewed. Participants who have never had a passport should begin the process of obtaining one immediately; it sometimes takes six to eight weeks to get a passport. Local post office have information on where to get application forms and directions for 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 will need to acquire a visa.

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Course Descriptions

Elementary French 1002- Dr. Sabrina Wengier (MidGA)

This study abroad course will provide you with the unique opportunity to start learning French in France, to experience the language and the culture, and to be able to use your French inside and outside of the classroom. The streets of Paris, its museums, restaurants, and malls, will become your extended classroom. In class, we will focus on grammar and vocabulary acquisition, and we will put our language skills to the test during our various field trips.Prerequisites: A C or better in French 1001 or two years of high school French. 

La France Diverse: Grammaire et composition—Dr. Sabrina Wengier (MidGA)

What does it mean to be French today? France has always prided itself on its model of integration and its motto of “liberte, legalities, fraternite.” However, this model and motto are being challenged and put to the test by France’s diverse and multicultural population, a population that no longer recognizes itself in the “one model must fit all” concept of “Frenchness.” In this class, through cultural readings, we will discuss this evolving French identity. We will examine the topics of education, immigration and integration, the French language in movement, and France’s modele social. As a class, we will create an online magazine, where each student will blog about his/her study abroad experience, and his/her personal reflections on France and French culture. This class will also be a review of grammar. Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in French 2002.

Developing Individuals Across Cultures (LD)—Dr. Tsu-Ming Chiang

  This is an introductory course in child development. An overview of principles and theories of human growth and development will be examined with an emphasis on cultural application and analysis. Students are expected to read the theoretical perspectives on human development and observe cultural differences in relation to these perspectives. Field trips to museums, parks and the local schools in observing children and family interaction will be used for in-class discussion. This course will provide opportunities for students to contrast American and Irish family dynamics and education systems to understand cultural influences on human development. 

Cultures and Interpersonal Relationships (UD)-Dr. Tsu-Ming Chiang

Interpersonal relationships are profoundly influenced by cultural contexts and ethnic heritages. Such influences are difficult to detect without contrasting relationships across cultures. Through readings and field trips, this course examines how individuals’ personalities, family interaction and larger economic and cultural contexts affect interpersonal behaviors from parent-child, family, friendship to romantic relationships. Students will be challenged to analyze individual relationships and learn to appreciate cultural construction of perceiving principles and norm behaviors. It will provide a valuable cross-cultural perspective in understanding how cultural contexts contribute to social interaction and relationship formation in the increasingly globally connected world. Prerequisites: Intro to Psych and upperclassmen status 

British Literature I-Dr. Laura Thomason (MidGA)

As John Donne reminds us, “No man is an island.” People, languages, nations, and culture movements are connected. This course will explore those connections by placing British literature in a broader European context. From Beowulf and The Canterbury Tales through Shakespeare, Restoration drama, neoclassical poetry and satire, and the rise of the novel, students will not only read and interpret literary works but see artifacts, visit historical sites, and experience theatrical productions. These hands-on experiences will contextualize a series of literary periods that can often seem remote. Students can then synthesize connections among literary themes, historical movements, and social movements. Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in English 1102 

The Photographic Journal—Rick Pukis (GRU)

No prerequisites The camera can record our world with dramatic results if we know how to properly operate the tool and compose the frame. Students will study the principles of photography, form, balance, symmetry, mise-en-scene (light, blocking, and composition), depth of field, contrast, color and more. The class will examine and deconstruct the work of renowned French photographers such as Robert Doisneau and Henri Cartier-Bresson. Students will become photographic “flaneurs” using the sidewalks of the city as their stage to compose images for a photographic journal of their experiences in Paris. Additional academic rigor is infused by including focus on multimedia journalistic storytelling.

Documentary Film—Rick Pukis (GRU)

No prerequisites Cinema is a medium of experiencing. In the field of film, the documentary is a remarkable tool because it can share the inner lives of those it records. Documentary filmmaking emphasizes production as a process of discovery, experimentation and collaboration between subject and filmmaker. This class will introduce students to the documentary format. Students will explore developing methodologies, shooting styles, and editorial strategies. Students will watch, discuss, and analyze to gain further appreciation of French and American documentary films.

Introduction to Political Science (LD)—Dr. Jamie Scalera (GASOU)

No prerequisite; Intro to America Government is recommended but not required Political science is incredibly dynamic, drawing on a number of disciplines to explore the distribution of power and authority across a diversity of political systems around the world. In this course, we will explore the foundations of political science, paying particular attention to the structural and procedural elements of politics. Along the way, we will survey the four main subfields of political science: American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory. We will also examine a number of contemporary political issues, including the polarization of partisan politics, efforts to control political violence, and the struggle for economic equality.

Introduction to the European Union (UD)—Dr. Jamie Scalera (GASOU)

No prerequisites The European Union (EU) is one of the most complex and unique actors in the world today. In this course, we will examine a number of questions about the EU that have puzzled scholars and policy-makers alike. We will explore the EU’s history, political institutions, major policies, and foreign policy relationships with the rest of the world. At the end of the semester, we will apply our knowledge of the EU by participating in a simulation of a European Council summit.

The Architecture and Urbanism of Paris (LD/UD)-Ed Akins (S.Polytech)

This course examines contemporary urban design, landscape, and architecture within Paris. Students will be asked to document and analyze one architectural project from the twentieth century and/or contemporary practice to fully understand its position within a particular arrondissement. In an effort to enrich student awareness of the linkages between urban planning and architecture, further research will include background on the designers, design movements, and the creation of mapping strategies that help to illuminate how these buildings and their sites are intimately connected. Writings, published criticism, and analyses of the buildings and design projects will enrich learning objectives for the course.

Ecological Urbanism: Learning from Ile Seguin-Rives de Seine (UD/grad)-Ed Akins (S. Polytech)

This course is offered to strengthen student knowledge of ecological urbanism. The course is particularly interested in the analysis of contemporary ecological practices operating in this field. The class will use the Ile Seguin-Rives de Seine redevelopment project as our “learning lab” wherein we will witness ecological urbanism in progress! Design principles will be studied at multiple scales (from land planning to facades) to engage those who have diverse knowledge within the topics presented. Trips to other redevelopment sites throughout Paris will allow students to see, first-hand, areas in the city that underwent similar transformations during the late twentieth century.

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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. The program package includes breakfast and dinner everyday in the Cité Universitaire de Paris cafeteria. The cafeteria offers a wide variety of menu items, including vegetarian options.

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Apply to the Program

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Kennesaw students! Please contact your campus representative, Jan Morian, prior to paying the application fee. You can contact her at (770) 794-7629 or at .

Pay Application Fee here (must be paid before application will be processed)

Any full-time or part-time student is eligible to participate in the program. Students from institutions that are not part of the University System of Georgia will be admitted on a space available basis. An application form is available on the European Council Website; copies of the form are also available from campus representatives listed in this site. Completed applications should be submitted to the campus representatives, along with a required application fee of $200 (to be paid online). 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 $200 application fee are received. Any full-time or part-time student is eligible to participate in the program. Students from institutions that are not part of the University System of Georgia will be admitted on a space available basis. Application forms are available from European Council Campus Representatives and from the European Council Office. Completed applications should be submitted to the campus representative, along with a required application fee of $200 and five passport-sized photos. Completed applications are forwarded to the program office at Valdosta State University only when the application fee has been paid. Because of space limitations, acceptance will be on a first come-first served basis, according to the date of receipt of the application and application fee. Students are encouraged to apply well in advance of the application deadline to assure themselves of a place in the program. The application deadline for the 2013 program is March 1, 2013.

Advice from Previous Paris Students

  • Pack for hot AND cold weather. Also, bring an umbrella and be sure to weigh your bags MULTIPLE times before you leave! Learn a few French words and phrases, they will help a lot. Come to Paris with an open mind, you never know where the breathtaking city will take you!

  • Take advantage of every opportunity given, but also make sure to explore the city on your own. You really get a feeling for what Paris is like just by walking the streets and seeing how many French people live.

  • Don't be afraid to ask questions. Apply for your passport early. Apply for the program early!

  • Plan your travel plans far in advance, and stick to France! It's amazing to see other countries, but with the short amount of time you have, get to know France intimately. There is SO much to do!

  • Prepare to make friendships of a life time. Spend some time on your own or with one other individual because it will allow you to experience the culture with the influence of your American counter-parts.

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If you do not have a campus contact or are unable to obtain the information that you need, please write or call Valdosta State University, the coordinating institution for the European Council, at the following address:

European Council

Beverly Vantine, EC Coordinator

Center for International Programs 

1500 N Patterson Street

Valdosta, Georgia 31698 

PH: 229-259-2591 or 229-333-7410 

FX: 229-245-3849


Program Directors:

Dr. Luc Guglielmi 

 Kennesaw State University

For more information or a program booklet and application, please contact the European Council Representative from your home campus. If you are from a school that does not have a campus representative, please contact Beverly Vantine, the Coordinator of the European Council of the University System of Georgia. You may obtain more information from the European Council website.

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