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 7

Cost: $5200

  • Roundtrip airfare between Atlanta and Paris
  • Accommodations at Cite Universitaire
  • 2 Free, three day weekends 
  • 4 dinners per week
  • Dinner cruise on the Seine 
  • Weekend trip to Normandy
  • Unlimited travel on the Paris metro and bus system
  • Optional trip to the Loire Valley (partially funded by the program)
  • 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 2016 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 14.

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, 2016

Application form and $300 non-refundable application fee due

March 9, 2016

First payment of $2450 due

April 7, 2016

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 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

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 7th- Deadline for separate airfare waiver or flight deviation; see below for details.
  • May 14th- 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

$25 late fee

Items received between Apr 25 – May 4

$50 late fee

Items received between May 5 – May 11

$75 late fee

Items received on May 12th or after

Will be charged the $75 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 7th and these opportunities are provided on a first come first serve basis. All requests submitted after April 7th 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 1001 (LD)

Dr. Boniface Kawasha (Savannah State)

A beginning French course which focuses on practice in hearing, speaking, reading, and writing everyday French. It is the first half of a two-course sequence designed to get students speaking, reading and writing French, as well as understanding people when they speak to you. French-speaking cultures around the world are part of the course. 

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Intro to Anthropology(LD) 

Dr. Heidi Altman (Georgia Southern)

Anthropology provides students with valuable tools for understanding the diversity of humans across all time by teaching what makes us all human. Studying anthropology in France will provide a wealth of opportunities to observe firsthand the artifacts, cultures and languages that demonstrate all the aspects of what it means to be human. Paris' wealth of museums, music, language, art, food, family and social structures are all aspects of being human that we will study and for which you will find dynamic connections in the communities we visit.  

Intro to Chemistry (LD)

Dr. Lindsey Davis (Berry College)

This course is an overview of chemistry that occurs in everyday life. Topics will include the chemistry of food, art, and medicines. Students will explore how the small structural modifications of molecules can make a large impact as to how molecules behave. A special emphasis will be placed on the role of French chemists in shaping modern chemistry and biochemistry.

World Literature: Underworlds & Afterlives (LD)

Dr. Jennifer Flaherty (Georgia College & State)

`Underworlds and Afterlives' offers an interdisciplinary and multicultural exploration of the afterlife and the spaces used to represent it in art, literature, and film. We will look at depictions of life after death covering a variety of cultures and time periods, from ancient Greece to contemporary Japan. Through readings, performances, and site visits, we will consider how interpretations of the afterlife from around the world demonstrate cultural attitudes towards death (and life). How is the physical space of the underworld, Heaven, or Hell depicted, and how does it reflect the values or ideals of the culture? How do the rewards or punishments depicted in stories of the afterlife reveal our own ideas about justice (and revenge)?


Paris Noir: African American Exodus to Paris (UD)

Dr. Karen Young (Clayton)

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 the literary, musical and artistic talents of African Americans. Join us as we explore 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, Miles Davis, and others, and through the voices of more contemporary expatriates (Serena Williams & Jake Lamar), to name a few. Through critical historical and contemporary readings, film screenings, jazz concerts, theater performances, 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, Liberty, Equality, Fraternity on the lives of those African Americans who left their home to take up residence in Paris, the City of Light! 

Reading & Writing Paris: Learning About French Culture & Civilization through Textual and Verbal Expression (UD)

Dr. Brian Mann (North Georgia)

French 2002 is a prequisite 

This course will help you develop all five of the basic skills in French: reading & writing (literacy), listening & speaking (oral proficiency), and cultural acumen. You will start each learning module with exposure to and discussion of authentic expressions in the target language (perhaps textual, perhaps visual/textual, or perhaps musical) about an important aspect of Paris that is, by extension, an important component of French Culture. These forms of expression will conform to themes: La SeineLa Mortalité et Le Macabre, La Flânerie, and La Présence Musulmane. As you will see, these are the driving themes behind each of our excursions, during which you will deepen your understanding of these concepts in the various places that exemplify them. Finally, you will synthesize your experiences – classroom and peripatetic —  by creating authentic French texts and verbal expressions of your own. The goal is not so much to create “perfect” French as it is to practice the process of writing and speaking about our shared Parisian experiences; a travelogue of sorts.


Crime Fiction & Film (UD)

Dr. Lauren Curtright (Georgia Perimeter)

Lock BridgeWhy did Edgar Allan Poe set his crime fiction trilogy, including what is arguably the first-ever detective story, in Paris even though Poe never visited France? How and why has the so-called City of Light signified a hotbed of criminal activity to not only Poe but also other writers, as well as filmmakers? Students will explore these questions as they analyze key works of literature and film of the crime genre in France and as they visit Parisian sites that illuminate the realities and representations of French crime, policing, and punishment. After considering ways in which Poe’s representations of crime both challenge and extend ideas of the Enlightenment and fit within Romanticism, students will then link criminology to art forms and technologies of modernity. Finally, students will learn ways in which economic disparities, geographic divisions, and differences in ethnicity, race, and religion influence crime and law enforcement in contemporary Paris.

Intro to Psychology (LD)

Dr. Casey Dexter (Berry College)

This course will provide you with a broad overview of the field of psychology. You may be surprised by the extent to which psychology is about normal, everyday experiences- the aspects of being human we often take for granted- rather than the abnormal, unusual, or clinical phenomena hat often come mot readily to mind when we hear the word “psychology”. Many students find this course helping them better understand and explain their own behavior as well as the behavior of others. Given the location of the course, the study of human behavior through a novel sociocultural lens will be emphasized. 

Art Appreciation (LD)

Prof. Stacy Koffman (North Georgia)


Go beyond “looking” at the world and truly learn to “see” by studying art in Paris! From
Egyptian, Greek and Roman art through the Renaissance and into the modern world students will learn how to truly appreciate art in one of the most visually stimulating places in the world! Understanding the concepts of creativity, the vocabulary of art (elements and principles of design) and a general history of art will be the focus of this class. Students will apply the knowledge gained in class first hand with written essays, hands-on projects and on-location presentations.

French 2001 (LD)

Dr. Sabrina Wengier (Middle Georgia State)

A continuation of the development of proficiency in the language skills, which include listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will be exposed to discussion in French, written compositions, selected literary works, and Francophone culture. We will take full advantage of our Parisian surroundings to enhance what we learn in the classroom.

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Afternoon Courses

Please choose only one

French 1002 (LD)

Dr. Boniface Kawasha (Savannah State)

Introduction to French Language and Culture, "Part II," stressing continued, progressive acquisition of effective communication skills in both the written and spoken language and an understanding of the practices and products of French and Francophone cultures.  Not open to native speakers of French.

Languages and Cultures of France (UD)

Dr. Heidi Altman (Georgia Southern)


In this class, students will develop effective communication skills through written and oral projects, learn how to effectively analyze information presented in texts, films, the internet and other media in order to be able to separate fact from opinion and to recognize inconsistencies in logic in the materials they encounter and in their own opinions, develop an appreciation of the scientific method by reading case studies, visiting museums (and other cultural experiences) and interacting with native speakers to gain an understanding of how anthropologists conduct research, be exposed to a variety of aesthetic traditions and come to understand the cultural bases by which they are informed, examine their assumptions about themselves, about others and about society in general, and develop a broad knowledge of the development of the cultures, societies and histories that constitute contemporary France.

Biochemistry (UD)

Dr. Lindsey Davis (Berry College)

This course is the introduction to the chemistry of life, providing a general overview of biomolecular structure and function with emphasis on proteins/enzymes, carbohydrates, and an introduction to metabolism. In addition, this course will highlight the role of French chemists in shaping modern chemistry and biochemistry.

World Literature II (LD)

Dr. Lauren Curtright (Georgia Perimeter)

This course offers a survey of world literature from the mid-seventeenth century to the present. The course will feature a large portion of writings by Parisians, translated into English from French. Students will not only draw connections between the texts and their authors’ lives but also think about literature within its cultural context, exploring relationships between writing, fine arts, practical arts, performance, science, and politics.



Cultural Anthropology: 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 the architecture, French festivals, theater, the arts and food, daily life, Bastille day, religious practices, and ties that connect marriage, family and kinship, will help us to understand concepts such as ethnocentrism, cultural relativity, 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 of Paris, and the natural surrounding countryside, people, and culture of France!

Cultural History of France through Art, Literature, and Film (UD)

Dr. Beth Mauldin (Georgia Gwinnett) 

A cultural study of Paris through art, literature and film. The course begins with the 1860s and the massive restructuring of the city by Baron Haussmann and ends with occupation and liberation of Paris during WWII. Topics include the Belle Epoque, impressionism, café culture, and writers of the Left Bank, WWI and life under the occupation, and the French Resistance. Classroom discussions will be supplemented by museum visits, film viewings, and walking tours to explore the vibrant and rich history of the city. 

Picturing Paris: Film &Literature (UD Special Topics)

Dr. Jennifer Flaherty (Georgia College & State)

‘Picturing Paris’ explores the identity of Paris in the popular imagination. How has the legacy of Paris evolved from Belle Epoque art and literature to contemporary film? How have the French depicted Paris, from Victor Hugo to Toulouse Lautrec? How has Paris been depicted by foreigners such as Hemmingway, Fitzgerald, and Calvino? How are the identities of specific neighborhoods depicted, such as Montmartre in Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Amelie? How are Parisian landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower or Notre Dame depicted in different literary or film genres (memoirs, dramas, action movies, romantic comedies, children’s movies)? Students will watch films on Paris and read selections from a variety of texts, using different interpretations of Paris to formulate critical analyses and arguments. They will also have a chance to analyze their own creative depictions of Paris before they arrive and after. Using site visits combined with texts and screenings, we will ‘read’ the identity of Paris through its art, architecture, literature, and film.

Psychology of Adulthood & Aging (UD)

Dr. Casey Dexter (Berry College)

Eiffle TowerIn this course, students will study the “Psychology of Adulthood and Aging” from multiple contextual lenses. Course discussions will examine the unique process of how and why adult development unfolds in the fashion that it does and the specific role of culture in this process. Students will gain an appreciation of the process of aging, learn how they themselves are “developing” as an adult, and examine predictors of healthy and unhealthy aging from biopsychosocial perspective. On a daily basis, students will interact with research on the aging process from various fields such as neuroscience, epidemiology, developmental psychology, sociology, etc. 

Drawing I or II (UD)

Prof. Stacy Koffman (North Georgia)

Drawing in Paris…a true artistic experience! Through the process of drawing we will learn to observe what is before us and transfer that information to the pages of our sketchbooks. In Drawing I the subject matter will range from still life and portraiture to landscapes and cityscapes. The course will cover the basic concepts of drawing, focusing on perceptual skills, including, line value, composition, contour, gesture, and perspective. The Drawing II course will allow more advanced students develop a strong understanding of both perceptual as well as conceptual skills working with representational and abstract subject matter. Incorporating the figure with the environment will be a key component to this course. Both classes will use a variety of drawing mediums and techniques.

French Conversation (UD)

Dr. Sabrina Wengier (Middle Georgia State)

This course is designed to help students improve their ability to communicate in French on a variety of topics through guided discussions. In this course, we will discuss various aspects of French culture, through literary readings, newspaper articles, movies, and of course, our Parisian surroundings. Emphasis will be put on correct pronunciation, and grammar will be reviewed as needed. The course is taught in French.

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Anything is Possible

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, 2016 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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