Welcome to the European Council’s Paris, France program page! While the European Council serves all of the University System of Georgia, Valdosta State University serves as the central office/headquarters for these programs. 

About the Program | Program Information & Course Structure

Payment & Refund Schedule | Deadlines & Late Fee Schedule

Course Descriptions | How to Apply to the Program

Insurance & Passport Information | What Students Have to Say | Contact Us

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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. 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 3

Cost: $5200

  • Roundtrip airfare between Atlanta and Paris
  • Accommodations at Cite Universitaire
  • 2 Free, three day weekends (July 17-19 and July 24-26)
  • 4 dinners per week
  • Dinner cruise on the Seine (July 7 in the evening)
  • Overnight trip to the castles of the Loire (July 10-12)
  • Unlimited travel on the Paris metro and bus system
  • A primary health insurance policy providing coverage for medical expenses

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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Program 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.

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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. You can visit their website at



Courses in the 2015 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.

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Students should plan to budget a minimum of $2,000 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 16.

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.

Payment Schedule:

March 2, 2015

Application form and $300 non-refundable application fee due

March 9, 2015 

First payment of $2450 due

April 7, 2015

Final payment of $2450 due


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

Baguette GirlParticipants 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 9

All but $300 will be refunded

Withdrawal between March 10 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

Important Deadlines:

  • March 2nd-  Application deadline (spaces are available on first come, first serve basis and students are strongly encouraged to apply early)  

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  • March 9th - First Payment 
  • April 7th - Final Payment
  • April 14th- 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.

  • April 14th - 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.  
  • April 14th- Deadline for separate airfare waiver or flight deviation; see below for details.
  • May 16th- 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.

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Late Fees for Passports & Photo

Items received between Apr 15- Apr 24

$50 late fee

Items received between Apr 25 – May 4

$75 late fee

Items received between May 5 – May 11

$100 late fee

Items received on May 12th or after

Will be charged the $100 late fee and an additional $5/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 April 14th and these opportunities are provided on a first come first serve basis. All requests submitted after April 14th will be denied.

Course Descriptions

Students can choose to take one or two classes in Paris. Courses are 3 credit hour and students should check with campus representatives to determine course equivalencies at the home institution. 

LD-Lower Division Course

UD-Upper Division Course

Morning Courses

Please choose only one

Elementary French 1002 (LD)

Dr. Jane Knight

This study abroad course will provide you with the unique opportunity to continue 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, vocabulary acquisition, and conversation, and we will use our language skills during our various field trips.

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World Literature I (LD)

Dr. Laura Thomason (Middle Georgia State College)

Gertrude Stein’s famous statement “America is my country, but Paris is my hometown” suggests the ways in which people, languages, nations, and cultural movements are connected. This course will explore those connections by allowing students to experience world literature in a new context. From the Iliad and Odyssey through Beowulf, Dante, and Machiavelli, students will not only read and interpret literary works but see artifacts and visit historical sites. 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 moments, and social movements.  

Visual Rhetoric (LD)

Dr. Brian Carroll (Berry College)

While visual images have increasingly come to dominate our culture, our colleges and universities have devoted relatively little attention to visual media. As a partial response to this problem, this course is a study of visual theory, visual literacy and how images are used to persuade. We will utilize Paris’s seemingly unlimited visual possibilities in architecture, advertising and high and low culture to study and interpret audience-specific visual culture and communication.

Art in Life: Paris(LD/UD)

Dr. Jessica Burke (Georgia Southern)

While visual images have increasingly come to dominate our culture, our colleges and universities have devoted relatively little attention to visual media. As a partial response to this problem, this course is a study of visual theory, visual literacy and how images are used to persuade. We will utilize Paris’s seemingly unlimited visual possibilities in architecture, advertising and high and low culture to study and interpret audience-specific visual culture and communication.


History of Film (LD)

Prof. Jesse Klein (Middle Georgia State College)

Film was the dominant mode of representation in the 20th century. In this class, we will survey the history of film across the world, starting from its inception (in France!) all the way to the present day. We will view and discuss films across genres (action, comedy, drama) and oceans (North America, Europe, Asia). The films selected will be integral to the forward march of World Cinema, but will also be directly related to Paris. This class's field trips will be integrated to further explain the contexts in which these works were created.

Reading & Writing Paris: Learning about French Culture & Civilization through Textual & Verbal Expressions (UD)

Dr. Brian Mann (North Georgia)

French 2002 is a prequisite 

This course will help students develop their skills in written and spoken French. They will start each leaning module with exposure to and discussion of an example of authentic expression in the target language (textual, visual/textual, or musical) about an aspect of Paris. Then, they will deepen their understanding of that expression with an excursion to the place in question. Finally, they will synthesize these two experiences by creating authentic French texts and verbal expressions of their own. The goal is not so much to create “perfect” French as it is to practice the process of writing something that is based on their shared Parisian experiences; a travelogue of sorts.

Literature of Islam (UD)

Dr. Claudia Yaghoobi (Georgia College & State)

Lock Bridge“Diaspora” refers to the relations between homelands and host nations from the perspective of those who have moved, whether voluntarily or not, and to the lived experience of these communities. Analyzing the relationship between the diaspora communities and their new surrounding by drawing on theories of migration, narration and identity, we will examine the literature borne out of this discourse. We will also look at diasporic Islamic literature, which developed at turn of the past century until post 9/11 era. We will attempt to shed light not only on the historical, but also on the cultural and aesthetic value of this literary production. Literary themes we will address include issues of identity, home, citizenship, belonging, loyalty, affinity, colonialism, migration, culture, and the transnational conditions of diasporic existence, the various concerns involved in cultural and relational identification, in-betweenness and hybridity and the social, ethical and political repositioning of the diasporic subject. 

Intro to Cultural Anthropology: Culture & Diversity of France (LD)

Dr. Karen Young (Clayton)

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. 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!

Ecological Urbanism (UD/Grad)

Prof. Ed Akins (Southern Polytechnic)


This course is offered to strengthen student knowledge of urbanism through an ecological focus. The course is particularly interested in the analysis of contemporary urban ecological practices operating in this field and the systems of the city that can be observed through history and current practice. Design principles will be studied at multiple scales (from land planning to building facades). Additional trips to redevelopment sites throughout Paris will engage student learning beyond the classroom and allow students to see areas of the city that have undergone extreme and subtle transformations related to ecological and urban systems. The Ile Seguin-Rives de Seine redevelopment project will be our “test lab” where students will propose solutions and a final master plan that demonstrates lessons learned from the city.  Some lectures occur in city settings so prepare to walk and explore!

Intro to Psychology (LD)

Dr. Corinne McNamara (Kennesaw State)

Do you want to know why your roommate never cleans up after herself? And, more importantly, how to get her to do it? Learn about the psychology of behavior and the other various areas of interest within psychology including biology, perception, learning, development, motivation, emotion, personality, and social psychology. This course is not exclusively directed toward psychology majors but is for those of you who want to know more about human behavior and experience. This course also serves as a prerequisite for all other courses in psychology.

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Afternoon Courses

Please choose only one

French Conversation (UD)

Dr. Jane Knight

This upper-level course is designed to improve students’ conversation and composition skills.  Emphasis will be placed on vocabulary building and advanced grammar structures.  Students will visit and write about various sites in and around Paris such as Versailles, the Paris opera house, and the Musée d’Orsay.  This course is taught entirely in French.

Music Appreciation (LD)

Dr. Ken Kirk (Valdosta State)


An introduction to music.  Students will learn to use fundamental concepts of music history and theory as they encounter masterworks of western music.  Fieldtrips will include concerts and recitals in such beautiful and historic venues as the church of St. Julien Le Pauvre, the Sainte Chapelle, and the Caveau de la Huchette jazz club.  Fulfills Area C Humanities/Fine Arts requirement.

Travel Writing (UD)

Dr. Brian Carroll (Berry College)

Students will write and develop, revise, and publish to the web multimedia travel narratives. To do this, they will learn descriptive and narrative writing, as well as photographic and videographic skills and techniques. Students will learn to read Paris as a text by looking beyond the surface and by avoiding stereotype or the treatment of subject as a sort of exotic ‘other.’ As mostly a writing course, its emphasis is on writing as process.

Drawing in Paris (I or II) (UD)

Dr. Jessica Burke (Georgia Southern University)

Come and experience the beautiful city of Paris with sketchbook in hand. Join us as we capture the parks, gardens, castles, churches, museums, landscape and people of France. This course will give students a basic foundation in a variety of drawing mediums as we record the images of our experiences in Paris. This course is designed for all levels of students. Beginning students as well as experienced artists are welcome.



French Cinema (UD)

Prof. Jesse Klein (Middle Georgia State College)

France has been at the forefront of film since its inception. Beginning with the Lumiere Brothers, through the French New Wave until the present day, French filmmakers have pushed the boundaries of what can be done and said with the camera. In this class we will screen films, discuss their artistic and social impacts as well as contextualize them within the history of French Cinema. Weekly field trips will further explore both filmmaking tactics used by directors as well as socio-political and cultural influences that shaped the works. Students will hone their analytical viewing skills, learning how to study film as art form.

French Grammar & Composition: Penning the City of Light through Selected Readings of Parisian Nature (UD)

Dr. Brian Mann (North Georgia)

This course will offer literary representations of Paris by some of France’s most important writers such as François Villon, Voltaire, Victor Hugo, Charles Baudelaire, Arthur Rimbaud, and Raymond Queneau, as well as the grammatical and lexical structures evident within them. It will connect these texts with concepts and historical contexts of revolution, societal corruption/decay, urban renewal/destruction, flânerie, mortality, and public transportation, and illustrate them with visits to such places as La Place Vendôme, La Place Concorde, Notre Dame de Paris, Le Métro, Les Égouts, Les Catacombes, and Montmartre. The goal is to help students see the continuity between time, place, and representation in the Parisian context.

World Literature II (LD)

Dr. Claudia Yaghoobi (Georgia College & State)

This course introduces students to world literature from South America and the Caribbean, Africa, The Middle East and Asia. Although it emphasizes the study of the literary significance of the selected works, one of its main goals is to understand these works in their cultural and historical contexts. These works promote an appreciation of the enduring human values and a desire to define the human condition. Since forms of expression change over time and across cultures due to beliefs, values and experience, which both unite and divide cultures, we need to understand the social, political, economic and historical background of each work. In addition, because all of these societies have also been impacted by the Western world—whether through slavery, colonialism, or through the spread of industrialization and global economy – we will also explore the ways through which these societies have expressed acceptance of, resistance to, or adaptation to these social changes. And we will examine how writers in these societies have expressed the concerns, problems and divisions within their own cultures.

Paris Noir: Sociological Explorations of the African American Exodus to Paris (UD)

Dr. Karen Young (Clayton State)

Eiffle TowerAlthough the Harlem Renaissance was a golden era in America for African American writers, musicians and artists, many could not reach their full potential and success due to the segregation and discrimination that was still casting a dark light on them in their own country. On the other side of the world, however, beckoned the city of Paris, a place which offered an opportunity to live in an environment touted as color-blind, race-free, free from discrimination, full of better employment opportunities, and a welcoming appreciation for their literary, musical and artistic talents. These were the conditions which led to the expatriation and exodus of these artists to the City of Light! Join us as we explore this expatriation from a sociological, anthropological, political and cultural perspective through figures such as W.E.B. Du Bois, James Baldwin, Richard Wright, Langston Hughes, Josephine Baker, Sidney Bechet, Barbara Chase-Riboud, Romaire Bearden, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Dexter Gordon, and through the voices of more contemporary expatriates (Serena Williams & Jake Lamar), to name a few.  Through critical historical and contemporary readings, film screenings, travel tours and site visits, we will engage in critical debate and intellectual exchange to discover the true meaning, value, and positive impact of France’s motto, Liberte’, Egalite’, Fraternite’ on the lives of those African Americans who left their home to take up residence in the City of Light!

Visual Art in Paris: Observe, Experience, Create (LD/UD/Grad)

Prof. Ed Akins (Southern Polytechnic)

This course provides an observational and experiential survey of contemporary art, with an emphasis on installation art. Students will visit an active artists atelier to learn from visual artists practicing within the city and investigate the relationship of the human form to artistic space creation.  Atelier visits will support lecture topics, readings, and artistic exploration within an art studio/classroom setting.  Documentation and analysis of installation art will prioritize themes, elements, and principles of artistic expression.  Students will be asked to document their own work in different media and position it within the context of contemporary artistic practice, a chosen period of artistic expression, and/or historical contexts.  The course concludes with student installation art proposals / presentations.

Psychology of Love (LD)

Dr. Corinne McNamara (Kennesaw State)

What is love? Is love the same in other cultures? What determines who we fall in love with? Why do people in love sometimes behave irrationally? Do men and women love differently? We will explore these fundamental questions regarding human experience. The goal of this course is to define and explain the basic structure, functions, and theories of love, based on the most up-to-date psychological research. We will cover major areas such as : the evolution and biological underpinnings of love; different stages in the development of love; and interpersonal processes within romantic relationships (such as conversation, conflict, etc.)

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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 application fee.

*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 application fee are received.

** Spaces are available on a first come, first serve 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 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.


  1. 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.  
  2. 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.  
  3. 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

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Health 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.

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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.

Passports 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 April 14th, 2015 to avoid late fees, please see "Deadlines" for details.

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What Previous Students Have to Say

  • 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!
  • Apply for your passport early. Apply for the program early!
  • The accommodations were more than what I was expecting; the amount of freedom to explore was refreshing, but I think we had the perfect number of group/whole program outings.
  • 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 French people live.
  • Don't be afraid to ask questions.
  • 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!
  • Cultural integration [was the best aspect], I loved being in Paris and embracing the culture.
  • 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 without the influence of your American counter-parts.


Beverly VantineCanoe the Seine

European Council/ISEP Coordinator


Dr. Luc Guglielmi

Paris Program Director

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